Colman Hutchinson began his TV career with Irish national broadcaster RTE before spending 7 years as senior researcher for the Late Late Show, hosted and produced by legendary Irish broadcaster Gay Byrne.
In the late 1980s Colman moved to England and worked as a freelance researcher and associate producer on a wide range of entertainment programmes with TVS, Granada, Tyne Tees and Thames Television. Three years later he moved to London Weekend Television and produced some of the most successful shows from the 1990s, including Blind Date and Surprise Surprise hosted by Cilla Black, You Bet and Schofields Quest.
As Head of Entertainment at Hat Trick Productions, he went on to develop and Executive produce Confessions hosted by Simon Mayo and Gaby Roslin’s Whatever You Want (winner of the Silver Rose at Montreux), both Prime Time entertainment shows for BBC1.
Three years later he arrived as Head of Entertainment at Celador Productions.
As well as Executive producing Who Wants To Be A Millionaire(Winning awards at Bafta, Royal Television Society, Comedy Awards, Silver Rose at Montreux and 7 consecutive National Television Awards) He was responsible for all of Celador’s Entertainment output and developed with the team, Winning Lines, the national Lottery show for BBC1, hosted by Philip Schofield, 6 series. Commercial Breakdown, hosted by Jim Davidson, Jo Brand and John Culshaw, 3 series for BBC1. Daytime quiz The People Versus, hosted by Kaye Adams, 100 episodes for ITV1. Comedy panel game Back in The Day for Channel 4 hosted by Clive Anderson and Passport To Paradise, live Saturday night entertainment show for BBC1 hosted by Johnny Vaughan and Denise Van Outen. Colman also co-created ‘Brainiest’, hosted by Carol Vorderman and Tess Daly a hit format in the UK for ITV1 and licensed to fifteen territories worldwide.
In 2013 Colman set up ‘Boxatricks’, a format creation/consultancy company with David Briggs and Mike Whitehill (Co creators of ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire’) The other board member is Steve Springford, former Head of Production at Celador Productions. Colman Executive Produced a major new Primetime game show series ‘High Stakes’ for ITV1 hosted by Jeremy Kyle, and an American Pilot of the show for NBC with Mark McGrath as host. In 2013 he worked as Executive Producer on a major ITV 90 minute special celebrating Cilla Black’s 50 years in Showbusiness called
‘The One And Only Cilla Black’
In 2014 Colman and Boxatricks signed a distribution and development deal with Nordic World in Scandanavia and are currently developing a major new Game Show for them, a pilot of which will be presented to the world at MIPCOM in Cannes in October 2015.
Colman is on the Advisory Board of The Entertainment Masterclass.