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BBC hires exec from ITVS’s The Garden as factual commissioner

The BBC has hired Anna Dickeson from ITV Studios-owned UK producer The Garden as a commissioning editor for documentaries. Dickeson was most recently creative lead for The Garden’s Yorkshire-based division, which she joined in 2018. She has previously worked on shows such as 24 Hours In A&E, The Secret Life Of The Zoo, Educating The […]

UK’s DSP hires The Garden alum Ninder Billing as creative director

UK-based factual prodco DSP (Darlow Smithson Productions) has hired Ninder Billing as creative director. Billing joins from The Garden, where she served as head of specialist factual. In her new role at DSP, which is part of Banijay UK, she will report to MD Donna Clark and work to further develop the company’s documentary and […]

ITVS-owned The Garden rejigs senior team as co-founder Magnus Temple steps down

24 Hours In A&E producer The Garden has appointed two new CEO’s after the company’s co-founder and current chief exec Magnus Temple revealed he would be stepping down. Temple, who has been in charge at the ITV Studios-owned prodco for 11 years, is being replaced by Nicola Hill and John Hay, who become joint CEOs.   […]

ITVS-owned The Garden appoints Channel 4 commissioning editor

ITV Studios-owned UK producer The Garden has appointed Channel 4 commissioning editor Nicola Brown as its director of programmes. Brown, who previously worked at The Garden almost a decade ago, takes up her new role in March and will help to expand the company’s slate, which includes Channel 4 shows 24 Hours In A&E and […]

For My Next Trick: The Garden’s Ninder Billing

Each day this week, in the lead-up to International Women’s Day on Friday (8 March), TBI presents its ‘For My Next Trick’ series, which finds a group of industry-leading women across production, commissioning and distribution reflecting on the advice that has shaped their career; innovation in their respective fields; diversity in TV; and the legacy […]

Operation Live, The Desert highlight ITV Studios’ spring formats slate

ITV Studios has rolled out a slate of new formats including The Garden’s Operation Live, Talpa survival show The Desert and Twofour’s undercover series Secret Teacher. The producer-distributor kicked off UK Screenings week today (15 February) with its annual Formats Festival, which welcomed more than 200 international buyers. ITV Studios-backed producers presenting at the showcase […]

Channel 5’s Operation Live gets Aussie adaptation

The Garden’s Operation Live has scored an Australian adaptation. Channel Seven is localising the format in the new year, with plans to air a two-part special, produced by ITV Studios Australia, that will go behind the scenes on operations in Australia’s leading hospitals. Operation Live will also feature commentary from Australian cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Nikki […]

C4 appoints ex-Garden CEO to Indie Growth Fund board

Channel 4 (C4) has appointed The Garden’s former CEO Nick Curwin to its Indie Growth Fund Advisory Board. Curwin joins the board as an external independent expert, where he will help to supervise the operation, review the performance of the Fund and make recommendations to the C4 Corporation Board for investments and exits. He will […]

Curwin leaves Garden but remains with ITV

Nick Curwin is exiting is role as co-CEO of The Garden, but will remain with the UK prodco’s parent, ITV Studios, after signing a new deal. His new role means Garden co-founder and co-chef exec Magnus Temple becomes sole CEO, after he agreed to an “indefinite extension” to his existing deal. This comes four years […]

Authentically survival

Survival shows are nothing new, but the last few years have seen the genre go into overdrive, with titles like Naked And Afraid, Alone, Running Wild, Hunted and The Island proving real-life endurance tests are popular around the world, reports Andy Fry. Ask TV executives why survival shows are proliferating and they will tell you […]

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