Colman Hutchinson began his TV career with Irish national broadcaster RTE before spending five years as senior researcher for the Late Late Show, hosted and produced by Gay Byrne.
In 1985 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 You Bet, Schofield’s Quest, Blind Date and Surprise Surprise.
As Head of Entertainment at Hat Trick Productions, he went on to 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, producing five series of 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)
As well as Executive producing future series of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? and six series of Winning Lines, the national Lottery show for BBC1, hosted by Philip Schofield, Colman continued to work on developing a range of entertainment shows for Celador Productions and co-created ‘Brainiest’ a hit format in the UK and fifteen territories worldwide.
From 2007 until 2010 he was Creative Director at ‘Prime Suspects’ a subsidiary company of 2waytraffic International and Sony Television.
In 2010 Colman set up ‘Boxatricks’ a Production and Format creation Company along with Steve Springford, former Head of Production at Celador Productions, and Co Creators of ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire’ David Briggs and Mike Whitehill. John Gough is also on the board of the Company. Colman is the Creative Director.
In 2011 Colman Series Produced a major pilot of a big new game show ‘High Stakes’ for ITV with Jeremy Kyle as host, and an American version of the show for NBC with Mark McGrath as host.
Colman is on the Advisory Board of The ENTERTAINMENT MASTER CLASS and is also on the Advisory Board of The Golden Rose of Lucerne.