Former Maverick, Princess execs uncover Little Gem

Former Maverick Television exec Ben Gale (pictured, right) and ex-Princess Productions factual entertainment head Natasha Bondy (left) have launched a London-based indie called Little Gem which will focus on factual and fact ent content.
September 29, 2014

Former Maverick Television exec Ben Gale and ex-Princess Productions factual entertainment head Natasha Bondy have launched a London-based indie called Little Gem, which will focus on factual and fact ent series.

Gale is taking on the managing director role for the company, while Bondy will serve as creative director. Both previously worked together at Maverick. A slate of productions is currently in development.

Gale, previously director of programs at Maverick Television, also served a stint as the head of factual at BBC Bristol, where he oversaw series such as Don’t Tell the Bride and The Real Hustle for BBC Three and Heston’s Perfection and Nigella Express for BBC Two. Prior to his time with Maverick, Gale was director of programs at Channel Five.

Bondy, meanwhile, most recently served as head of fact ent at Princess Productions, and was in charge of such series as Ashley Banjo’s Secret Street Crew for Sky One and Britain’s Best Bakery and Nursing the Nation for ITV. Prior to joining Princess, the exec spent eight years at the BBC, where she focused on science and business programming and directed series such as Back to the Floor. She also served as head of development at TalkbackThames for four years.

The group is currently recruiting a senior executive producer.

“Little Gem’s creative vision is to make high-quality, entertaining factual programs with outstanding editorial at their heart,” said Gale in a statement.

Bondy added: “After several years working for superindies, it’s very exciting to be running a true independent company. Ben and I have a long track record of making feel-good factual TV and a shared understanding of what makes great television.”

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