Allsopp and Spencer get producing in Glasgow

Property experts and presenters Phil Spencer and Kirstie Allsopp have set up a new television production company based in Glasgow, Raise The Roof. And not a hint of Bob Holness.

“All we know about television we learned in Scotland, and we have been fortunate enough to work with some of the best programme makers in the business. Raise The Roof is a fantastic new venture for us and we’re looking forward to developing new programmes with local production talent.” – Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer statement

Created to produce a range of lifestyle and property programmes for Channel 4 and other broadcasters, Raise The Roof will utilise the diverse creative skills of its founders and look to nurture new ideas and develop production talent in Scotland. The company has, as well as Allsopp and Spencer, the creative talents of Sarah Walmsley and Jane Muirhead of IWC Media. Walmsley is currently head of features at IWC Media and Muirhead is Production Executive. Together they have worked with Kirstie and Phil on nearly 150 hours of programming over the past seven years, overseeing their entire production slate including Location, Location, Location and Relocation Relocation.

Sarah Walmsley will be Creative Director, Jane Muirhead will be Managing Director and both Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer will be board directors. The new company has also signed a development deal with BBC Worldwide that will see it act as their distributor and explore commercial opportunities across all platforms.

Phil Spencer trained as a general practice property surveyor and in 1996 was one of the very first people to set up a property buying agency which he ran for twelve years. He has written regular columns for, among others, The Sunday Times, GQ and Country Life and appears regularly on radio to discuss property issues. He co-hosted a show on Classic FM with Kirstie in 2009 and has published two property related books while Kirstie Allsopp started work for interior designer Nicky Haslam Kirstie went to work at Country Living Magazine and set up her property search company in 1997 where an article about her work was the catalyst for Location, Location, Location. She is an ambassador for Keep Britain Tidy and works to promote the work of The Prince’s Trust for Built Enviroment and the Prince’s Regeneration Trust.

“Raise the Roof’s decision to locate in Glasgow is excellent news for the city and its flourishing digital media sector. Scotland has a large vibrant industry base with successful companies operating across the full range of digital media markets including games and animation, broadcast and TV production, New Media and publishing. It is one of the growth areas for the Scottish economy and we are currently working with some of the industry’s key players to help ensure Scotland continues to grow in this evolving market sector.” – Jim Watson, senior director, Scottish Enterprise