Kenton Allen is the CEO of Big Talk Productions – one of the UK’s leading film and television production companies and winner of Best Independent Production Company at the 2017 Broadcast Awards. Kenton is a multi-award-winning producer who holds the record for most individual awards for Situation Comedy in the history of BAFTA, winning BAFTAs for television hits Rev., The Royle Family and Him & Her.
Kenton’s other notable credits include Martin McDonagh’s Oscar-winning film Six Shooter, as well as a host of critically acclaimed television series in both the comedy and drama genres. Comedy successes include Ambassadors, Brotherhood, Back, Chickens, Cockroaches, Crashing, Free Agents, Mum, Mr. Sloane, The Job Lot and Threesome alongside drama series The Town for ITV, BBC One’s Our Zoo and Sky’s dark comedy drama, A Young Doctor’s Notebook, starring Daniel Radcliffe and Jon Hamm.
2017 was Big Talk’s most prolific year to date. Recommissioned successes include a second series of Mum, returning to BBC Two screens after the series won Best Comedy at the 2017 Broadcast Awards and British Press Guild Awards, as well as a BAFTA TV Craft Award for Writing. Brand-new comedy Back reunited David Mitchell and Robert Webb with Emmy award-winning writer Simon Blackwell for Channel 4/Sundance. The 90’ drama Diana & I made headlines for BBC Two and the highly anticipated Cold Feet returned for a seventh series, with another in the pipeline and U.S.-set drama Living The Dream made its debut on Sky One. The autumn saw the twisted time-travelling comedy Timewasters arrive on ITV2, winning writer Daniel Lawrence Taylor the RTS Breakthrough Award in 2018. Friday Night Dinner, written by Robert Popper, became Big Talk’s longest running comedy when it aired its fifth series in May 2018.
Kenton has led the dynamic growth of Big Talk Productions over the past nine years, including BBCW’s investment in Big Talk in 2008, which culminated in the sale of the company to ITV Studios in 2013. He has continued to lead Big Talk’s strategic growth in North America via changed format, international co-production and US originals. With numerous comedy and drama projects in active development at SVOD, premium cable and broadcast networks, Kenton, supported by an exceptional team, oversees an increasingly dynamic international portfolio.
Kenton and the Big Talk team have a keen eye for discovering and encouraging relationships with new and emerging talent; the new generation of writers, actors, directors and producers are key to the company’s success and Big Talk takes pride in nurturing existing A-list talent, whilst building new creative relationships, both in front of and behind the camera – which may be one reason why the company was named as one of Broadcast’s Best Places to Work in 2017 and 2018.
Kenton is married with two children, one dog and four iPads.