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ITV Studios UK names Gardiner director of factual

Alexander Gardiner steps into the role of director of factual as part of a departmental rebranding that will see the UK-based producer's factual output consolidated under its Shiver label.
January 25, 2013

ITV Studios has appointed Alexander Gardiner as director of factual for ITV Studos UK in a departmental restructuring.

The UK-based producer is consolidating its Manchester-based Shiver and London Factual production arms into one department branded under the Shiver label. The team will be based in London, Manchester and Leeds.

Gardiner, formerly the creative director of ITV Studios Factual North and Shiver, will now oversee series previously produced under the London Factual banner such as ITV’s Piers Morgan’s Life Stories and Pride Of Britain as well as Channel 4′s Come Dine with Me.

“Alex is a brilliant producer and is incredibly creative,” said ITV Studios UK managing director Denise O’Donoghue in a statement. “His wide ranging experience made him a natural choice for the job and I’m sure that he will make a seamless transition into this new role where he will continue to bolster ITV Studios’ factual slate.”

Gardiner joined ITV in 1995. His production credits include 56 Up, The Dales, The Martin Lewis Money Show and Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs, as well as daytime formats such as Ade in Britain and May The Best House Win.

He recently executive produced Exposure: The Other Side of Jimmy Savile, the program that exposed accusations of pedophilia against the late TV personality and led to a sweeping police investigation that rocked Britain.

He will continue to report to O’ Donoghue.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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