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Magnus was a documentary director and series producer before founding Firefly, later re-named Dragonfly, with Nick Curwin in 2004.
The company became known for its distinctive factual programming and in particular the fixed-rig genre, pioneered with the BAFTA-nominated The Family and the BAFTA-winning One Born Every Minute (C4). Firefly was sold to Shine in 2007 and Magnus and Nick left in 2010.
Since setting up The Garden, Magnus' Executive Producer credits have included Perfume (BBC4), 24 Hours in A&E (C4), which won the RTS Award for Best Documentary Series, Seven Dwarves (C4), Inside Claridge’s (BBC2) and BAFTA-nominated Keeping Britain Alive: One Day in the NHS (BBC2). Since April 2013, The Garden has been owned by ITV Studios.
As Chief Creative Officer, John leads the creative and editorial side of the company, and is a Board Director alongside Nicola and Magnus.
Before joining The Garden in March 2018, John was Head of Specialist Factual at Channel 4, running a department whose output included Guy Martin’s Speed, The Secret Life of 4, 5 and 6 Year Olds, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and Mutiny. John’s own commissions included Grayson Perry: All Man, SAS: Who Dares Wins, Walking the Nile, Our Gay Wedding: The Musical and D-Day: As it Happens, and he oversaw the channel’s programming on the discovery and reburial of Richard III.
John began his TV career at the BBC, working on Newsnight and in production and development for the Arts, Current Affairs and Factual departments. From there he moved to Channel 5 as Commissioning Editor, Factual (where his commissions included North Pole Ice Airport, Brain Hospital and Nazi Titanic) before joining Channel 4 in 2012.
Nicola joined The Garden in January 2012 as Head of Production to oversee all production and development output from budgeting stage through to delivery and beyond. She was promoted to the role of Managing Director in March 2018 and works closely with the core management team to support the smooth running of the company.
She came to the company from David Thompson’s Origin Pictures where, as Production Executive, she managed the business affairs of the company and all their projects, both in development and production for four years. Prior to that she worked with Thompson at BBC Films.
With over 15 years’ experience in the industry, Melissa joined The Garden in 2017 initially as Line Producer on the fixed rig series 24 Hours in A&E before being promoted to Production Executive. Melissa was promoted to Head of Production in July 2018, overseeing The Garden’s output.
Before joining The Garden, Melissa Production Managed at numerous Indies including Minnow Films, Nerd, Silver River, Endemol, Outline and Blink working across a variety of ambitious series such as Spies, Hidden Talent and Jo Frost: Extreme Parental Guidance for Channel 4; National Lottery OB and Mad About the House for the BBC.
Spencer joined The Garden in June 2012 and has executive produced 100 hours of programming including The Midwives (Series 2) and The Motorway: Life in the Fast Lane (BBC2), On the Yorkshire Buses and 10,000 BC (C5) and three series of 24 Hours in A&E (C4).
Prior to that he worked as a freelance producer director on programmes such as Faking it, Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares and Wife Swap USA before series producing programmes for all the major broadcasters including Titanic: The Mission and Hidden Talent (C4).
Emma joined The Garden at its launch in 2010 as series producer on Perfume (BBC4). Prior to that, she spent six years at Dragonfly where she produced the BAFTA-award winning first series of One Born Every Minute (C4); Goldsmiths - This is Modern Art and When Britain Went Bananas (BBC4); and co-produced the feature-length documentary Murder on The Lake (Grierson nominated) (BBC4).
At The Garden, Emma has executive produced Inside Claridge's and Hotel India (BBC2) and 24 Hours in A&E (Series 3) and 24 Hours in Police Custody (C4).
Zac joined The Garden in 2011 as an Executive Producer, before that Zac had been at a variety of indies and the BBC, producing and directing documentary films, including the BAFTA-winning Make Me Normal (C4), the ground-breaking animated documentary The Trouble With Love and Sex (BBC2) and the form-bending, Rich Kid Poor Kid (C4).
As an Exec at The Garden he has looked after a range of the documentary output for the BBC and Channel 4, including the wildly ambitious Keeping Britain Alive - The NHS in a Day; The Midwives; The Bank - A Matter of Life and Debt (BBC2); The Motorway; Inside Rolls Royce (C4); Professor Green - Living in Poverty (BBC3); and Extremely British Muslims (C4).
Amongst other new projects, he’s overseeing a feature documentary about Britain’s most lethal gun.
Chloë joined The Garden in June 2015. As Head of Popular Factual she is responsible for developing new projects and executive producing programmes for the company; most recently the BBC Two series Skies Above Britain.
Chloë has extensive experience in developing and running flagship series having spent eight years at Shine Television and the BBC as Executive Producer. Her wide range of Executive Producer credits include Nursing the Nation (ITV), Jewish Mum of the Year (C4), Ashley Banjo’s Secret Street Crew (Sky1), Junior Doctors (BBC3) and two series of the much loved The Restaurant and Raymond Blanc’s: Kitchen Secrets (BBC2), which she devised. In 2015 she Executive Produced Sex in Class (C4), winner of the RTS South, Best Documentary.
Chloë started her career as a editor working on Cutting Edge and Dispatches before becoming a freelance Director of documentaries and popular formats. These include the BAFTA nominated That’ll Teach Em, RTS winning Supernanny, Wife Swap, Time Team and the BAFTA winning first series of Big Brother (C4).
Debbie joined The Garden as Head of Talent in 2013. She was previously Talent Manager at Betty TV.
Debbie has over 15 years experience in television, starting out in-house at the BBC in the Specialist Factual department before working as an Assistant Producer on the BBC One flagship documentary strand One life and Building the Olympic Dream (BBC2). She then directed on The Apprentice (BBC1) and Seven Days (C4), before turning her hand to talent managing in 2011.
Since joining The Garden in 2017, Ninder has launched the BAFTA-nominated Operation: Live, a surgery series which pioneers a new grammar for live factual TV. The series has been produced internationally and recommissioned in the UK. She also launched ITV’s hit series Police Tapes, presented by Susanna Reid.
Ninder has a long track record as an executive producer and commissioner of innovative programmes, from popular documentaries and formats to live events and current affairs, on ITV, the BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5. As a Commissioning Editor at Channel 5 she was responsible for all news output, and for prime time factual formats such as Broadcast Award-winning Tour de Celeb, access documentaries and authored films launching new on-screen talent from a wide range of backgrounds. Her work has been awarded a BAFTA, and a Peabody Award for Journalism. She is a passionate advocate for improving diversity in television, regularly writing on the subject and contributing to panels.
Liz first joined The Garden in 2011. Her credits include BAFTA-nominated series Keeping Britain Alive: A Day in the life of the NHS (BBC2), 24 Hours in Police Custody, Crucifixion, Inside Rolls-Royce (C4) and Virgin Atlantic: Up in The Air (ITV).
Liz started her career in-house at BBC Factual and has worked as a freelance Series Producer and Producer for a number of leading indies including Blast! Films, Twenty Twenty, Fresh One and Windfall Films.
(On maternity leave)
Lucie joined The Garden as Series Producer of Channel 4's flagship fixed-rig series 24 Hours in A&E in January 2016. Over the next two years she helped to oversee the production and delivery of two, thirty-four episode series, most recently as an Executive Producer.
Prior to that, she spent five years as a freelance Director on a variety of factual productions, including the Grierson-nominated first series of 24 Hours in Police Custody, multiple series of 24 Hours in A&E, Superhospital (The Garden), Educating Cardiff (Twofour) and Confessions of a Teacher (Silver River).
As a Producer, she worked mainly in arts, history and specialist factual programming, filming all over the world for series such as Dan Snow's Filthy Cities (BBC2) Crucifixion (The Garden for C4) Rocket Science (Diverse Productions for BBC2) and Human Zoo (Diverse for C4) as well as on live OBs such as The BBC Proms and Anna Nicole: The Opera.
As Creative Executive, Graeme works as a Director and Executive Producer on flagship documentary and factual projects in development and production.
A BAFTA, Emmy and RTS award-winning documentary-maker, he is Series Director of 24 Hours in Police Custody (C4) and he directed the Garden’s boundary-pushing documentary Bring Me Back To Life (C4).
Prior to joining The Garden, Graeme was Series Editor of BBC Two’s RTS-winning series Hospital, Producer/Director on BBC Three’s BAFTA and RTS-winning first series of Life and Death Row, Producer of the Emmy-winning feature length documentary Space Dive (BBC Two/Nat Geo) and Producer/Director of the acclaimed BBC Four documentary The Box That Changed Britain.
Graeme began his career in-house at the BBC, spending 10 years producing and directing news, current affairs and landmark factual series including Horizon, Panorama, The Politics Show and The Money Programme.
Amber’s first foray into television was as an illustrator, drawing historical caricatures for a series of history documentaries. From there Amber spent ten years working on an eclectic mix of programmes finding a niche in adventure television and stunt design. Credits include the Channel 4 series Playing it Straight, Beginners Guide to Hinduism and Scientology and three series of Jack Osbourne’s Adrenaline Junkie. Amber’s break into documentaries came when her passion project about a group of female Indian vigilantes was commissioned by Channel 4, directed by Kim Longinotto. Pink Sari’s was nominated for a BAFTA for best international film.
Since joining The Garden in 2015, Amber has worked across 40 episodes of the BAFTA and Grierson nominated 24 Hours in Police Custody .
Flavia joined The Garden in 2011 working across development and production. She specialises in making observational documentaries, rig shows and factual dramas. Flavia developed and series produced the first series of the award winning 24 Hours in Police Custody (C4) and was the Executive Producer on the second series. Other credits at The Garden include The Kidnap Diaries (BBC4) and Murder on the Victorian Railway (BBC2).
Before joining The Garden, Flavia spent ten years working for a number of leading indies including Mentorn, Tiger Aspect and Ricochet. She spent four years working at Dragonfly where she series produced the third series of The Family (C4) and other factual dramas including, Canoe Man (BBC4), Escape from Auschwitz (C5) and The Antiques Rogue Show (BBC2).
Anna joined The Garden at the end of 2018 as Creative Lead, The Garden Yorkshire to work across regional production and develop projects. Prior to joining The Garden, Anna worked as a freelance Series Producer/Director and has extensive experience of fixed rig series and high profile observational documentaries.
As well as developing various series for the BBC and Channel 4, Anna recently Series Produced and Directed the first series of The Secret Life of the Zoo (C4) and prior to that has Produced and Directed on multiple BAFTA and RTS nominated series including Educating the East End and One Born Every Minute as well as producing on the first three series of 24 Hours in A&E. Her First Cut documentary ‘My Baggy Body’ (C4) received the channels highest ever viewing figures for the series and was nominated for a North West RTS award. Other PD credits include The Job Centre (C4) and Parking Wars (ITV) as well as producing the BBC2 Wonderland documentary‘Boy Cheerleaders’.
Mike joined The Garden as Development Executive in April 2017 and was promoted to Head of Development in June 2019. He generates new ideas across all genres as well as overseeing the day to day running of the development team.
Previously, he ran development at Oxford Scientific Films and worked across specialist-factual and factual entertainment formats as a Development Executive at the BBC.
Past projects include Tomorrow’s Food (BBC One); Meet The Humans (BBC Earth); Food Detectives (BBC TWO) and the drama-documentary Kennedy’s Suicide Bomber (Smithsonian Channel).
Georgie first worked at The Garden in 2015 as Production Manager on the British Arrow Award winning Cancer Research, Right now Campaign for cinema, television and online. She then returned to The Garden in 2016 for the second Cancer Research, Right now Campaign as Production Manager; and then in 2017 continued as Line Producer on the third series of 24 Hours in Police Custody before being promoted in August 2018 to Production Executive.
Prior to joining The Garden, Georgie worked with a number of independent production companies including Fresh One, Silver River, Victory Television and Magnum Media across both Factual and Entertainment productions in the UK and America for all major broadcasters.
Victoria joined The Garden in April 2018 as the Line Producer on the Channel 4 pilot of Spying on My Family. She was promoted to Production Executive in August 2018. Prior to joining The Garden, Victoria’s credits include 24 eps of Village of the Year (C4), 40 eps of Shipping Wars (C4), Changing Rooms(BBC), – delivering the final series and one-off special, and 2 series of Jedward’s Big Adventure for CBBC.
Victoria has worked across a number of genres in multiple roles latterly as Line Producer and Head of Production at Meglomedia, and has over 18 years industry experience having worked for Endemol, Atit Productions & Reef Television.
Jackie started her career at Granada Television over 20 years ago.
In October 2001 she left to become freelance and worked as a Production Manager with a variety of indies in the North West for all the major broadcasters.
She joined The Garden Productions in October 2011, since then she has worked on: The Midwives (Series 1 & 2) (BBC2), Baby Makers: The Fertility Clinic (C4), Kicked out Kids (C4), All Aboard! The Canal Trip (BBC4), All Aboard! The Country Bus (BBC4), Motorway: Life in the Fast Lane (ITV), The Bank: A Matter of Life and Debt (BBC2), 100% British (C4), 10,000 BC (Series 1 & 2) (C5), Extremely British Muslims (C4), Britain’s Busiest Motorway (ITV), 24 Hours in Police Custody (Series 3) (C4) and Operation: Live (C5). Jackie works from the Leeds office.
Janine started her career in 1999 at Pearson Television on the travel series ‘Wish You Were Here…?’
Following time spent at Lion Television and Studio Lambert she joined The Garden Productions in 2013 and has Production Managed a number of productions including Hotel India (BBC2), All Abroad!
The Sleigh Ride (BBC4) Professor Green: The Truth About Weed and The Truth About Child Poverty (BBC3).
(On Maternity leave)
Hannah joined The Garden in 2014 and has worked across a variety of productions and in development.
Her credits at The Garden include Saved (ITV), 24 Hours In Police Custody (C4), Right Now (Cancer Research UK campaign), Professor Green: Living in Poverty (BBC Three) and Professor Green: The Truth About Weed (BBC Three).
Hannah trained as a journalist and started her career working as a researcher for indies before joining BBC Current Affairs where she pitched, developed and worked as Assistant Producer on the BAFTA and RTS Award winning factual drama: Murdered By My Boyfriend for BBC Three.
(On Maternity leave)
Scarlett first joined The Garden in 2012. Her credits include Keeping Britain Alive: A Day in the life of the NHS (BBC2), The Audience, 24 Hours in Police Custody and 24 Hours in A&E (C4).
Scarlett started her career working as a freelance Assistant Producer and a Researcher for a number of leading indies including Rare Day and Love Productions.
Jordan joined The Garden in 2012 and works full time as an Accountant. As well as overseeing the day-to-day running of the company accounts, she has been the Production Accountant across numerous projects including more recent series of 24 Hours in A&E.
Jordan became CIMA qualified in 2018.