‘Made In Chelsea’ prodco Monkey hires Talkback’s Laura Gibson as creative director

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Laura Gibson, co-creator of Netflix reality show Too Hot To Handle, is joining Universal International Studios’ UK label Monkey as creative director.

 In her new role, Gibson will be responsible for leading the development of entertainment formats with global appeal, encompassing the creation, development, and delivery of shows across an array of genres.

She will be working on a slate of programming that includes That’s My Jam fronted by Mo Gilligan for BBC One; reality series Made in Chelsea, which is currently in its 25th season on E4 and is also available on Peacock in the US; and ITVBe’s The Real Housewives of Cheshire which is currently in its 16thseason.

Laura Gibson

Other Monkey shows include Don’t Hate The Playaz and The Emily Atack Show for ITV2, Generation Drag for Discovery+, and health format Know Your Sh!t for Channel 4.

Gibson joins Monkey from Talkback, which she joined in 2016 as head of development before taking up the position of creative director in 2019. During her time at the company, she co-created titles including the Netflix reality series Too Hot to Handle, ITV game show Alan Carr’s Epic Gameshow, BBC Two travelogue Last Woman On Earth With Sara Pascoe and ITV docuseries Harry’s Heroes.

She was also responsible for helping to bring Never Mind The Buzzcocks with Greg Davies and Daisy May Cooper back to Sky.

Prior to Talkback, Gibson was SVP of unscripted development for Los Angeles-based indie 44 Blue Productions., and before that she held roles as VP of unscripted development for Endemol Shine North America and creative director of comedy entertainment for ITV Studios UK.

Monkey co-founders & creative directors, Will Macdonald and David Granger, commented: “Laura’s exceptional track record creating ground-breaking entertainment shows and launching fresh formats with global appeal sets the stage for Monkey’s future.”

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