Claudia Rosencrantz

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Claudia Rosencrantz is a British journalist, and former Controller of Entertainment for ITV, a post she held for over ten years. She was also Director of Television for Virgin Media for five years and worked for Jamie Oliver for four years and as CEO of the Jamie Oliver Media Group for the last two years

In December 2005, ITV's Director of Television Simon Shaps testified to Rosencrantz's influence in saying that she "has been responsible for some of the biggest entertainment hits in ITV's history. It's no exaggeration to say that the US networks have watched and waited to see what Claudia has commissioned".[1]

Early career[edit]

Rosencrantz began her career in Fleet Street in 1979, where she worked first as a picture editor and then as a journalist on various publications, including The Daily Telegraph Sunday Magazine, Sunday magazine and Elle, before opting to become a television producer in 1986.

Her production credits include executive producer of Don't Forget Your Toothbrush, working with Elton John to produce Elton John: Tantrums & Tiaras, the drama Prisoners in Time (starring John Hurt, based on Eric Lomax's book The Railway Man) for the BBC. She also worked with Barry Humphries on Dame Edna Everage's shows as producer for ten years, including winning the Golden Rose of Montreux in 1991. She was one of the first UK producers to cross the Atlantic, to produce the Dame Edna specials for the US networks.


Rosencrantz joined the ITV Network in 1995 with responsibility for commissioning around 500 hours of prime-time entertainment programming a year, encompassing variety and talk shows, music specials and game shows. Her first major breakthrough hits were Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, Popstars and Pop Idol, which changed the fortunes not only of ITV but of two of the biggest US networks, ABC and Fox. Her next generation of entertainment events, I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!, Hell's Kitchen, The X Factor and Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway remain some of ITV's highest rated shows. She is credited with shifting presenters Ant & Dec from children's television to an entertainment double act for a general audience, and for putting Simon Cowell on television.

Rosencrantz was also responsible for running ITV's entertainment talent roster – a list that included Simon Cowell, Ant and Dec Chris Tarrant, Michael Parkinson, Sharon Osbourne, Paul O'Grady, Gordon Ramsay, Davina McCall, and Harry Hill. Before her departure at the end of 2005, she had also commissioned Soapstar Superstar, Dancing on Ice, Harry Hill's TV Burp and Britain's Got Talent which have all proved highly successful for ITV. In the official UK top ten most watched TV shows of the last decade, four of the entries are Rosencrantz's commissions.


In April 2006 she was appointed director of programming for Living TV, which she re-branded as LIVING, LIVING 2 and ftn. In 2007 she became Director of Television for Virgin Media Television taking over responsibility for the creative strategy for all the channels across the entire portfolio, including LIVING, Bravo, Challenge and Trouble. She launched Virgin 1 in October 2007 and re-positioned Bravo in 2009. She became part of the management team that ran the company.

When Rosencrantz joined Living TV the channel had already broadcast Jade's Salon, featuring Big Brother 3 contestant Jade Goody, and was in production with a second series, Just Jade, following Goody as she launched her perfume. Then in the autumn of 2006 came Jade's PA and then Bigg Boss, the Indian version of Big Brother, in August 2008. Goody heard the diagnosis of her terminal condition, cervical cancer, on screen. The series of documentaries broadcast leading up to Jade's Wedding, transmitted on 12 March, brought the highest ratings in Livings history.

In 2009 vmtv enjoyed its most successful year ever, and Living had hits such as Four Weddings, Dating in the Dark and Living with My Idol featuring Pamela Anderson and David Hasselhoff, among others.

In 2010 LIVING picked up the RTS Award for its hit Dating in the Dark. It also won the Broadcast Award for Four Weddings. Living also managed to persuade super model Elle Macpherson to take over as host on the channels Britain's Next Top Model

Rosencrantz was responsible for commissioning LIVINGs first original drama Bedlam starring Will Young and Theo James, which has proved a hit and was taken into a second series. In June 2010 Katie Price announced she was leaving ITV to join LIVING with a raft of programmes.

In 2010 Virgin Media concluded a very long sale process by selling the portfolio of Virgin channels to Sky for £160,000,000. The Hollywood Reporter Maggie Brown of the Guardian broke the story that Rosencrantz had decided to leave post-integration of the channels as she felt there was no suitable role for her in the new structure at Sky. On Rosencrantz's departure the Virgin Chief Executive was quoted as saying:

Fresh One/Jamie Oliver[edit]

In October 2012 Rosencrantz joined Jamie Oliver as Director of Programmes of Fresh One and CCO of the Jamie Oliver Media Group [1]

In February 2015 Rosencrantz became the CEO of the Jamie Oliver Media Group.[2]

Inheriting significant write downs Rosencrantz re-structured the entire media group introducing a centralised operational structure across all JO output,across tv, book, digital, commercial and global endorsement. Over two years she stabilised the group's financial performance and prepared the business for growth with long term production and distribution deals. During the two years as CEO she oversaw the hugely successful Everyday Superfood book and tv series and his first ever Xmas book, and the Sugar Rush campaign which resulted in a government initiative supporting sugar tax on sugary drinks.

Rosencrantz left the group at the end of 2016.[3]


Rosencrantz is Fellow of the Royal Television Society, ex Chairman of its Programme Awards Committee, and is married to the writer/director Daniel Abineri, and has one daughter Lola Aviva


  1. ^ Smith, Alistair (23 December 2005). "Rosencrantz quits ITV". The Stage. Retrieved 25 August 2006. 
  2. ^ Media Week

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