Former Channel 4 executive Kelly Webb-Lamb has launched Mothership Productions, a new indie focused on global formats and ideas of scale across unscripted genres.
Webb-Lamb, the former deputy director of programs and head of popular factual for Channel 4, announced the new company on Monday (August 1). Mothership’s senior leadership team includes Charlotte Desai, Gilly Greenslade and Gudren Claire.
“After 25 years in the industry on both sides of the pitching/buying table, it felt like it was time to take the leap and have a go at doing it for myself,” Webb-Lamb said. “I can’t honestly believe I’ve managed to persuade such a brilliant group of women to come along for the ride with me. We are super-ambitious and intend to make some properly great, entertaining, warm and witty programs — and have a lot of fun.”
At Channel 4, Webb-Lamb helped to create, sell, produce and commission a variety of unscripted TV hits in the UK, including The Apprentice, The Great British Bake Off, The Island with Bear Grylls, Hunted, Mary Queen of Charity Shops and The Circle. She also landed the Black to Front Project in her final year at Channel 4, the most thorough diversity program in the channel’s history.
Webb-Lamb’s senior team at Mothership includes ex-producers and commissioners with strong track records. Newly anointed creative director Charlotte Desai joins Mothership from Five Mile Films, where she developed The Simpler Life and The Dog Academy. She has also worked as a commissioning editor at Channel 4 and Sky, and created the award-winning series The Dog House.
Gilly Greenslade, Mothership’s director of programs, joins the prodco from Channel 4, where she worked as commissioning editor in factual entertainment. Her credits include The Circle, Five Guys a Week and The Undateables. Before C4, she was series producer on Hospital for BBC Two, and she also worked on several formats early in her career, including The Apprentice, Wife Swap and Faking It.
Mothership head of production Gudren Claire brings 25 years of experience to the new venture, with work for such production companies as Parable, Summer Films and Five Mile Films. She also previously served as head of production at Jamie Oliver’s Fresh One Productions, and then moved on to perform the same role for Jamie Oliver Productions.
Mothership has several projects in the pipeline, according to the leadership team, and it is currently pitching to broadcaster and SVOD commissioners.