About us

Retort is the FremantleMedia UK label specialising in scripted comedy, formed in January 2012 from the Scripted Comedy department of talkbackThames.

Current commissions and co-commissions include Henry IX (UKTV Gold), BAFTA nominated Count Arthur Strong (BBC One), BAFTA winning Chewing Gum (E4), Birds of a Feather (ITV),  and recently The Rebel (UKTV Gold) and Goodnight Sweetheart (BBC One).

Retort is the latest incarnation of a company that has produced some of the best and most popular sitcoms and sketch comedy of the last forty years, including ground-breaking and award-winning shows such as The IT Crowd, PhoneShop, Brass Eye, Green Wing, I’m Alan Partridge and many more.


Our Team

Jon Rolph

Managing Director

Jon became Retort’s first Managing Director when the label launched in 2012, having joined as Head of Scripted Comedy for talkbackThames the year before. Over more than twenty years, Jon has produced, executive produced, written, directed or commissioned hundreds of hours of broadcast scripted comedy across every UK terrestrial and many digital channels.

Rebecca Parkinson

Head of Production

Rebecca joined Retort from Vera Productions in 2015, where she was both Head of Production and Managing Director. Prior to joining Vera, she worked with Sky Entertainment Production across all genres, and was Head of Production at TwoFour Broadcast.

Angelina Tomé

Development Co-Ordinator

Angelina joined the BBC as a PA and moved around various genres until finally settling in comedy commissioning as a Commissions Co-Ordinator. She completed a seven month attachment in Knowledge post production as a Delivery Co-Ordinator. She joined Retort in 2014.

Hannah Moulder

Assistant Producer

Hannah joined Retort in April 2015 from Big Talk where she worked for two years with the comedy development team. Hannah was nominated for a 2014 Broadcast TECH Young Talent Award and her production credits include Chewing Gum, Cockroaches and The Job Lot. She has a GSOH and WLTM exciting writing and performing talent.

Ben Walker

Development Producer

Ben started out producing and editing radio comedy shows for the BBC and moved on to be the Comedy Development Producer for John Stanley Productions. Credits include sitcom Bull, sketch show Here Be Dragons and The Matt Lucas Awards. He joined Retort in June 2016.

Rashida Seriki

Trainee Researcher

Rashida graduated from university in August 2016. With a growing passion for screenwriting she went on to do work experience at Green Door Pictures while still studying. Secure in her decision to pursue a career in film and television she gained a place on Channel 4’s Production Trainee Scheme and joined Retort in September.

Hannah Dunnell

Production Supervisor

Hannah joined Retort in July 2016 as Production Supervisor. Prior to this she worked as a freelancer for 10 years in TV & film production management and music supervision, before setting up her own post and music supervision service working with companies such as Big Talk, Comic Relief, and Roughcut. She now works across Retort’s production slate, and post supervised Goodnight Sweetheart, Count Arthur Strong 3, and Chewing Gum 2.

Meriel Paisley

Development Assistant Producer

Meriel began her career in comedy entertainment and has worked in development at a range of companies that include Objective Media Group and Spelthorne Community TV, and counts 8 out of 10 Cats and Bad Robots among her production credits. Her scripted development experience includes working with both CPL Productions and Channel X, and she is both a graduate of the NFTS Diploma in Script Development and a 2014 Edinburgh TV Festival One to Watch.

Josh Grant

Development Assistant Producer

Josh re-joined Retort in July 2017, having previously been freelance. His production credits include four series’ of CBBC’s Horrible Histories, Count Arthur Strong, Catastrophe, Newzoids and Trying Again. He likes to make a cameo appearance in all show he’s worked on and can be regularly seen in a ruff on Horrible Histories.

Notes to Editors

FremantleMedia UK is the UK production arm of FremantleMedia, the global production and content business of the RTL Group, Europe’s largest television and radio company.  FremantleMedia UK, consists of a group of labels, producing some of the UK’s most successful shows: Boundless, Euston Films, Newman Street, Retort, Talkback, Thames and Shotglass Media encompassing all digital and social media activity for FMUK’s programmes. The labels are headed up by some of the UK’s leading creative talent including Hannah Wyatt, Kate Harwood, Paul Marquess, Jon Rolph, Leon Wilson, Richard Holloway (who is also FMUK interim CEO), Suzy Lamb and Kat Hebden.  Across the group the labels provide award winning programming for all major terrestrial, digital channels and digital outlets, with an unparalleled range of programming including: The X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent, Celebrity Juice, Take Me Out, Through the Keyhole, The Apprentice, Four Rooms, Grand Designs, Birds of a Feather, Chewing Gum, Great British Railway Journeys, An Hour to Save Your Life, QI, Suspects and digital work for programmes including The X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent and The Apprentice – the Group aired over 350 hours of programming on terrestrial TV over the last 12 months.

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