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The Garden chief Magnus Temple to step down, Nicola Hill and John Hay upped

Magnus Temple is stepping down as chief executive and co-founder of 24 Hours in A&E producer The Garden after 11 years. Nicola Hill and John Hay will become joint CEOs of the London- and ...
April 27, 2021

Magnus Temple is stepping down as chief executive and co-founder of 24 Hours in A&E producer The Garden after 11 years.

Nicola Hill and John Hay will become joint CEOs of the London- and Leeds-based company, part of ITV Studios.

The pair have worked closely alongside Temple over the past three years as managing director and chief creative officer, respectively.

Temple will remain with the company for several months in a consultancy role, and to see through ongoing projects.

Meanwhile, Nicola Brown, who joined The Garden as director of programs just over a year ago, has been promoted to creative director. Her expanded role encompasses both development and delivery across the prodco’s output.

Temple hired Hay and promoted Hill after he took sole charge of the company following co-founder Nick Curwin’s departure in 2017. Temple and Curwin founded The Garden in 2010.

Together, the trio have overseen a broadening of the company’s slate, established The Garden’s Yorkshire base, and set up a company talent fund designed to give people from under-represented backgrounds their first insight into directing, edit producing, line producing and SP-ing.

The prodco says it is on track to deliver its biggest-ever production slate this year. The company is producing two series with Simon Reeve for BBC2, and is currently in the edit on another season of 24 Hours in A&E — shot during the pandemic.

Later this year, The Garden will deliver new episodes of 24 Hours in Police Custody. It has also been commissioned to make a new medical format for Channel 4, shooting this summer.

Starting in the fall, the company’s Leeds office will become the new home of 24 Hours in A&E and another upcoming factual format, expected to be announced at a later date.

This year will also see the launch of its first U.S. series, a Kansas-based version of Police Custody for Discovery and Channel 4.

The slate also includes a box-set true crime series and two further series for the BBC.

Temple said in a statement: “I love this company. The Garden is like family to me. But it’s been 11 years, in which time my own family have almost grown up and I’d like to spend more time with them before they disappear. It’s going to be a wrench, but I’m so pleased to be able to leave the company in the brilliant hands of Nicola and John, who’ve been instrumental in the success of the last few years.”

Hay and Hill added: “Running it as joint CEOs will further cement the close partnership between editorial and production that has enabled us to ‘do scale beautifully’ as a commissioning editor once said. This is a great time to be a company specializing in premium factual, and with our expanding slate and the new energy and expertise Nicola Brown has brought, we’ve really opened up new pathways.”

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Jillian Morgan is a special reports editor at realscreen with a background in journalism and digital marketing. She joined the publication in 2019 after serving as the assistant editor to trade publications HPAC and On-Site. With a bachelor of journalism from the University of King's College in Halifax, she also works as a freelance writer and fact-checker.

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