‘Made In Chelsea’ producer Monkey’s co-founders exit after 20 years

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David Granger and Will Macdonald, the co-founders of Universal International Studios (UIS)’ UK label Monkey, have stepped down after more than two decades leading the Made In Chelsea and That’s My Jam firm.

The company will now be led by managing director Helen Kruger Bratt and recently hired creative director Laura Gibson, the co-creator of Netflix reality show Too Hot To Handle, who joined Monkey from Talkback a little over a week ago.

Kruger Bratt will oversee Monkey’s growth strategy and operations, while Gibson will be responsible for creative strategy and the creation and delivery of shows with global appeal.

The news of Granger and Macdonald’s exit was announced in a memo shared with staff by UIS president Beatrice Springborn, with whom Kruger Bratt and Gibson will work closely going forward.

Springborn wrote in the note that Granger and Macdonald has “announced their decision to leave” and praised them for “building a compelling premium unscripted business” as well as for “leaving Monkey well-positioned for the future.”

Granger and Macdonald founded UK-based Monkey in 2000, with the company also behind unscripted titles such as Don’t Hate the Playaz and The Real Housewives Of Cheshire.

Variety was the first to report Granger and Macdonald’s exit from Monkey.

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