Southern Star Entertainment production executive Howard Parker – who was behind all nine series of reality format Big Brother – is leaving after 17 years with the company.
The announcement from Southern Star:
Howard Parker will be leaving Southern Star at Christmas. Howard has been with Southern Star for 17 years and in his role as Production Executive, he has overseen the production of many major series and most notably all nine series of Big Brother. He was integral to Big Brother’s highly successful return this year.
Janeen Faithfull, CEO of Southern Star Entertainment said, “I have worked with Howard over many years and his professionalism, experience and dedication to the shows, his crews and to Southern Star has been exemplary. There are many, many production personnel who have benefited from his mentoring, his support and his guidance. “
“I wish Howard every success with his future endeavours and he leaves us knowing he has made a substantial contribution to the Company’s successes over the years as well as many friendships.”
Howard said: “Big Brother has been the biggest challenge, the biggest budget, the biggest crew and the biggest success of my career to date.”
“My personal reward has always come from working with our wonderful staff / crews and trying to assist them in any way I could to achieve their career aspirations. I loved mentoring staff whenever possible. Their success in their careers has always been my reward.”
“I depart with continued loyalty to Southern Star and great affection for the wonderful friendships I have made both at SS and throughout the industry. I look forward to pursuing new production opportunities in the New Year.”
Howard’s other extensive production credits for Southern Star include Deal or No Deal, Beauty & the Geek, Undercover Boss, Ready Steady Cook, Gladiators, Forensic Investigators, No Leave No Life and many other successful entertainment / reality formats.
Parker described the revival of Big Brother as the rising of Lazarus in a recent interview with Encore.