Clelia Mountford


Sky Studios strikes two-year pact with Merman Television as Amazon deal expires

UK pay-TV operator Sky’s production outfit Sky Studios has struck a two-year funding and distribution deal with Clelia Mountford and Sharon Horgan’s prodco Merman Television. The pact covers overhead and development funding and a first-look distribution agreement, and will see the business expand its UK scripted team to develop global-facing drama. NBCUniversal Global Distribution will […]

Sharon Horgan’s Merman launches digital arm

Sharon Horgan and Clelia Mountford’s Merman is to launch a digitally focused arm named Mermade. Mermade will specialise in the creation of non-broadcast content of all shapes and sizes, funded by and for social and streaming platforms, brands and publishers. It will have a particular focus on short-form episodic content. The development of Mermade follows […]

Women are in charge: how TV production is evolving

Recent years have shown that TV programmes focused on female experiences can be as lucrative as they are timely, and a focus on this notion must be maintained if movements such as #TimesUp are to make a long-lasting change in the business, as Kaltrina Bylykbashi reports. Recent events have seemingy led to a wave of […]

Sharon Horgan’s Merman hires Fremantle production head

Merman, the production company founded by Catastrophe’s Sharon Horgan and Clelia Mountford, has appointed FremantleMedia UK’s Rebecca Parkinson (pictured) as its head of production. Parkinson joins Merman from Fremantle’s scripted comedy label Retort and will oversee the production of all Merman projects in the newly created role. She will work closely with Mountford. The appointment […]

Sky Vision, Merman sign script deal

UK-based distributor Sky Vision has signed an exclusive three-script development deal with Merman, the transatlantic producer behind Channel 4 comedy Catastrophe. Sky Vision will get a first look at a selection of scripted projects from Merman, with the option to distribute them internationally. The sales arm of European satcaster Sky already sells scripted shows such […]

Writer’s Room: Sharon Horgan

Irish comedy star Sharon Horgan on the quirks she and production partner Clelia Mountford found working in US TV after launching their UK-based production firm, Merman, in the States The difference between working in the UK and US can be summed up in two words: craft services. Affectionately known as ‘crafty’, this service provides sets with […]

Merman, Kapital launch UK-focused JV

Sharon Horgan’s new production firm Merman Films has created a joint venture with US indie Kapital Entertainment. Horgan (pictured) and Kapital boss Aaron Kaplan have previously worked together on a number of American scripts, but will now develop US-created content for the UK market through Kapital’s new global division, Kapital International. The JV already has […]

Pulling creator, Mountford launch Merman Films

Irish comedian and writer Sharon Horgan has launched a production company with producer Clelia Mountford. Horgan (left) is best known for BBC Three comedy Pulling, while Mountford’s credits include Sky Arts’ Daniel Radcliffe drama A Young Doctor’s Notebook. Mountford will be managing director of Merman Films, while Horgan will oversee all creative aspects. The latter […]