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The Garden hires C4′s Nicola Brown, ups Ninder Billing

The Garden, a division of ITV Studios, has fortified its executive structure with the appointment of former Channel 4 executive Nicola Brown and the promotion of Ninder Billing. Brown (pictured left) ...
January 17, 2020

The Garden, a division of ITV Studios, has fortified its executive structure with the appointment of former Channel 4 executive Nicola Brown and the promotion of Ninder Billing.

Brown (pictured left) joins the London-based prodco in March as director of programs tasked with expanding The Garden’s slate, which currently includes Channel 4′s 24 Hours in A&E and 24 Hours in Police Custody.

Most recently, Brown served as a commissioning editor in the specialist factual team, overseeing such titles as SAS: Who Dares Wins, Meat the Family and the network’s factual digital strand ‘True Stories.’ Prior to this, the executive was head of documentaries at Shine and executive producer for Hunted, Celebrity Hunted, The Island with Bear Grylls, Secret Life of 4, 5 and 6-Year-Olds, and 24 Hours in A&E during a first stint with The Garden nearly a decade ago.

Billing (right), meanwhile, has been elevated to head of specialist factual after serving as an executive producer at The Garden for the past two years. In that time, she’s managed such projects as the BAFTA-nominated Operation Live on Channel 5, ITV’s Police Tapes, BBC2′s Five Star Renovation: Inside The Luxury Hotel (working title), and BBC3′s The Unshockable Dr Ronx (w/t).

Previously, Billing served as a commissioning editor at Channel 5.

“Nicola is the perfect addition to the senior team. Already known and respected by many at The Garden, she has a stellar track record, having worked on some of the most memorable Channel 4 factual hits of recent years, and so we’re very lucky to be able to benefit from her creative and production firepower,” said The Garden’s chief executive Magnus Temple in a statement. “I’m also delighted that Ninder has agreed to lead the charge on our expanding specialist factual slate, building on the success of the brilliant Operation Live.”

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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