Jon Rolph is Managing Director of Retort, FremantleMedia UK's scripted comedy label.
Jon joined FremantleMedia UK (formerly talkbackTHAMES) as Head of Scripted Comedy in August 2011. Jon is responsible for driving the scripted comedy business forward including finding, developing and nurturing new writing talent.
He most recently held the post of Executive Editor, BBC Comedy Commissioning. Over two stints in Commissioning he developed and Executive Produced series and pilots for all four national networks, including responsibility for Outnumbered, Rab C Nesbitt, Life of Riley, Lunch Monkeys, and In With The Flynns.
Jon began his career as a stand-up comedian and comedy promoter. He joined BBC Radio Light Entertainment in 1995, where he produced shows including The News Quiz, Children's Hour with Armstrong and Miller, The Write Stuff (co-deviser) and The Joy of Sketch. On BBC Two, he co-wrote, co-directed and co-produced the African-set Taking The Flak starring Martin Jarvis and Doon Mackichan.
During his career to date, Jon has produced on a range of successful shows with high profile comedians including the BAFTA-nominated Mark Steel Lectures, The Armstrong And Miller Show (Channel 4), French and Saunders Celebrity Christmas Puddings (BBC One) The 11'O'Clock Show (Channel 4), and The State We're In (BBC Three).