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Merman signals growth with three promotions to creative team

Sharon Horgan and Clelia Mountford’s Merman Television has bolstered its board of governors with significant promotions and appointments as part of the London entertainment studio’s ongoing expansion strategy. Rebecca Parkinson, previously ...
December 13, 2019

Sharon Horgan and Clelia Mountford’s Merman Television has bolstered its board of governors with significant promotions and appointments as part of the London entertainment studio’s ongoing expansion strategy.

Rebecca Parkinson, previously Merman’s head of production since January 2018, has been named managing director of the company’s London television division and will also join the Merman TV board as a member.

Since joining Merman, the former FremantleMedia executive has spearheaded significant productions including BBC1′s Motherland, BBC/BritBox’s BAFTA- winning There She Goes, UKTV’s Women on the Verge, and Sky/ABC’s Frayed.

Replacing Parkinson as head of production will be Rebecca Kerley, who joined Merman in 2018 and has been elevated from her previous role as a production executive. Prior to joining the London producer, Kerley worked across a number of series as a line producer including This Time with Alan Partridge, Inside No 9 Live and Murder in Successville.

Jackie Sidey, meanwhile, has been appointed as Merman’s finance director and also becomes a board member having already overseen accounting for all of Merman’s output since its launch.

Sidey has previously worked with a number of leading UK production outfits including Tiger Aspect, Brown Eyed Boy and King Bert and has held roles from production accountant to head of finance.

Alongside Parkinson and Sidey, the full Merman TV board consists of chairman Jeremy Rainbird, Sharon Horgan and Clelia Mountford.

The appointments follow the recent news that Sky has signed a two-year overhead funding and first-look distribution deal with Merman.

“We’re delighted to welcome these three dynamic women to help run the Merman ship,” said Mountford, Merman co-founder, in a statement. “With the TV business in these very safe and knowledgeable hands, we can explore more creative opportunities and grow our roster of talent even further.”

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