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The Garden’s Katie Collier joins Minnow Films

London-based indie Minnow Films has appointed Kate Collier, longtime executive with UK prodco The Garden, as creative director. Collier (pictured) will be responsible for leading the British outfit’s new business and ...
July 27, 2018

London-based indie Minnow Films has appointed Kate Collier, longtime executive with UK prodco The Garden, as creative director.

Collier (pictured) will be responsible for leading the British outfit’s new business and strategy when she takes on the role in September.

Collier joins Minnow following an eight-year stint at The Garden where she rose from head of development in 2010 to become creative director. In that capacity, Collier led new business across the company, serving as executive producer on key output and delivering more than 40 commissions during her time at the company.

Her past credits include BBC2′s Keeping Britain Alive: The NHS in a Day and Skies Above Britain; BBC1′s Britain’s Spending Secrets; The Audience, My Week As A Muslim and BAFTA-winning Bedlam, all for Channel 4; as well as C4′s forthcoming fact-ent format Spying On My Family.

Prior to joining The Garden, Collier served as head of development at Mentorn Media where she developed a raft of content, including Sky 1′s An Idiot Abroad. She began her television career at BBC Birmingham.

“We have long admired Kate and her work, and are completely over the moon that she is joining us as creative director at Minnow,” said Minnow founder Morgan Matthews in a statement. “Kate has an exceptional mind and immense talent for translating thoughts into original, compelling and popular television. We are thrilled to welcome her at an exciting time for the company, as we expand the bar-raising craft, scale and humanity that Minnow is known for into returnable documentary brands, specialist factual and formatted popular factual – as well as looking more globally, with some ambitious commissions for the major content platforms.”

Elsewhere, Minnow has elevated Sophie Leonard from executive producer to director of programs.

Leonard will work closely alongside Collier and Matthews to deliver the indie’s content output, which includes SAS: Who Dares Wins and The Detectives.

Leonard joined Minnow Films in 2016 to oversee SAS: Who Dares Wins. The constructed factual series will return this year with a 10-episode order across two seasons, including a celebrity special in conjunction with Stand Up To Cancer. Her additional executive production credits include Valley Cops, Sue Perkins and the Chimp Sanctuary and Children Who Kill with Susanna Reid.

Before Minnow, Leonard worked across both documentary and factual series, including series producing season one of First Dates.

“Sophie is a televisual powerhouse who has been responsible for shaping and delivering huge recent successes at Minnow including SAS: Who Dares Wins and Valley Cops, both of which have been re-commissioned as a result of her great skill, tenacity and incredibly high standards,” said Matthews. “Sophie continues to grow from strength to strength and deliver in ways that I am completely in awe of, and I could not be happier to confirm her as director of programs.”

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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