Chief ExecutiveAbout Nick
Nick Curwin, Chief Executive
Nick Curwin began his career as a print journalist before working at LWT for nine years and then at Mentorn, where he was Head of Programmes for Folio. He launched Firefly, later renamed Dragonfly, with Magnus Temple in 2004, sold it in 2007, left in 2009 and launched The Garden in 2010.
His Executive Producer credits include 24 Hours in A&E which won the RTS Awards for Best Documentary Series,, Seven Dwarves, the BAFTA-winning first series of One Born Every Minute, BAFTA-nominated first series of The Family, Going Cold Turkey, Britain's Deadliest Addictions, Jamie's Fowl Dinners and Kill It Cook It Eat It. He also produced The Autopsy and Anatomy For Beginners, which won three RTS awards including Best Science Programme.
Chief ExecutiveAbout Magnus
Magnus Temple, Chief Executive
Magnus was a documentary director and series producer before founding Firefly, later re-named Dragonfly, with Nick Curwin in 2004. The company became known for its distinctive factual programming and in particular the fixed-rig genre, pioneered with the BAFTA-nominated The Family and the BAFTA-winning One Born Every Minute. Firefly was sold to Shine in 2007 and Magnus and Nick left in 2010. Since setting up The Garden, Magnus' Executive Producer credits have included Perfume, 24 Hours in A&E, which won the RTS Award for Best Documentary Series, Seven Dwarves, the drama The Kidnap Diaries and one of BBC2's highest rating series of 2012, Inside Claridge's.×
Creative DirectorAbout Jon
Jonathan Smith, Creative Director
Jonathan joined The Garden in January 2011 and looks after the slate of programmes and developments in a variety of roles, as Director, Series Producer and Executive Producer. He is also involved in the running of the company, including key decision-making about personnel.
Smith trained in the BBC documentary department, working on series like People's Century, Modern Times and Picture This, before becoming a freelance director. He has directed many films including the BAFTA-award winning Make Me Normal, a film about young people with Autism and Asperger Syndrome and The Trust which also won a BAFTA for best documentary series. He directed The Family and was Executive Producer of the second series of The Family, both of which were BAFTA-nominated, and was series producer of the BAFTA-award winning One Born Every Minute. For the last three years he has also been making a long-term film about Alzheimer's Disease.
Managing DirectorAbout Scarlett
Scarlett Ewens, Managing Director
Scarlett joined The Garden in January 2011. As Managing Director, she is responsible for the day-to-day running of the company. In addition to overseeing all aspects production management within the company, she manages all of The Garden's commercial, financial, rights exploitation and business and legal affairs.
Previously a Production Executive at Dragonfly, Scarlett has extensive experience in production and line management on a range of primetime, award winning, landmark series, formats and specials for broadcasters such as the BBC, C4, C5, Discovery and National Geographic including The Family, Kill It Cook It Eat It, Going Cold Turkey, Bang Goes The Theory: Human Powerstation and Grand Designs.
Scarlett's Head of Production credits include 24 Hours in A&E, Seven Dwarves, Perfume, The Kidnap Diaries and Crucifixion. ×
Head of ProgrammesAbout David
David Wise, Head of Programmes
David joined The Garden in March 2013 and looks after the company's slate of programmes in production as well as taking an active role in developing new projects.
Prior to joining The Garden, David was Creative Director at Jamie Oliver's Fresh One Productions for three years, where he was responsible for the company's development team and executive produced programmes including Jimmy & The Giant Supermarket for C4, Cheryl: Access All Areas for ITV and The Men Who Made us Thin for the BBC.
David was previously Head of Factual at Blast! Films and spent four years as an executive producer at betty, where he produced and developed a range of documentaries and formats, including Find Me a Family and Confessions of a Traffic Warden for C4 and Repossessed and Freaky Eaters for the BBC. David started off his career at October Films before working at the BBC's Documentaries Department and at RDF, where he developed the hit C4 show Perfect Match, series produced Wife Swap and directed numerous documentaries.
Head of DevelopmentAbout Kate
Kate Collier, Head of Development
Kate Collier joined The Garden in October 2010 and spearheads the company's development efforts.
Kate was previously Head of Development at Mentorn Media, where she developed a range of successful documentary singles and series. Her recent development credits include Underage and Pregnant and Tulisa: My Mum and Me for BBC THREE, Having a Baby to Save our Child for BBC ONE, An Idiot Abroad for Sky 1, John Sergeant on Tracks of Empire for BBC FOUR and the BAFTA-nominated Cutting Edge film Katie: My Beautiful Face - which Kate also Assistant Produced – plus the follow-up series Katie: My Beautiful Friends for Channel 4.
Kate started her career at BBC Birmingham, on the development team that created The One Show, Trawlermen and Coast.
Executive ProducerAbout Amy
Amy Flanagan, Executive Producer
Amy joined the Garden as an Executive Producer after Series Producing 24 Hours in A&E, which won the RTS Awards for Best Documentary Series, with Anthony Philipson. Previously, she spent six years at Blast! where she produced Victorian Sex Explorer (RTS Winner),The Artful Codgers and Last Days of the Raj (both Grierson-nominated) and factual drama Sex, the City and Me. Other credits include co-producer on the BAFTA-winning Feltham Sings and series producer on the second series of The Hospital. Amy is currently developing a slate of documentary and factual projects and is looking at nurturing new talent.×
Executive ProducerAbout Emma
Emma Tutty, Executive Producer
Emma joined The Garden at its launch in 2010 as series producer on Perfume for BBC4. Prior to that, she spent six years at Dragonfly where she produced the BAFTA-award winning first series of One Born Every Minute for Channel 4; Goldsmiths - This is Modern Art and When Britain Went Bananas for BBC4; and co-produced the feature-length documentary Murder on The Lake (Grierson nominated) for BBC4.
She is currently executive producing a major access-based series for BBC2 and a range of projects in development.
Executive ProducerAbout Zac
Zac Beattie, Executive Producer
Zac joined The Garden in 2011 as an Executive Producer.
Previously, he'd been directing at the BBC and Ronachan Films and working as an Executive Producer with young directors.
Zac's most recent film, The Trouble with Love and Sex was a ground breaking animated-documentary for BBC TWO about relationship therapy. He's previously produced and directed Rich Kid Poor Kid; My New Brain; the Grierson nominated The Dead Body Squad; and the RTS award-winning Blind Young Things, all for Channel 4's Cutting Edge strand. He also produced the BAFTA award winning Make Me Normal. For the last three years he has been making a long-term film about Alzheimer's disease and continues to look after a film about wrestlers.
At The Garden, Zac is looking after a six-part documentary series for BBC TWO, a film for BBC FOUR and has a number of projects in development.
Executive ProducerAbout Hamo
Hamo Forsyth, Executive Producer
Hamo joined the Garden as an Executive Producer at the end of 2012. He was previously at North One TV where he worked as Executive Producer across projects including The Street That Cut Everything for BBC One and How Britain Worked with Guy Martin for Channel 4. Prior to this Hamo spent 14 years making factual programmes at the BBC. He created BBC One's Rogue Restaurant series and was Producer Director on the pilot episode of the long running Rogue Traders series.
As part of the senior Money Programme team he Series Produced business and history programmes including Credit Crash Britain and The Foods That Make Billions for BBC Two. In the same role he oversaw numerous films including The World's Greatest Money Maker: Evan Davis meets Warren Buffett for BBC Two and The Box That Changed Britain for BBC Four. He spent four years at the BBC office in New York as a Director and Series Producer on a variety of shows for Discovery Networks including What Not To Wear and Honey We're Killing the Kids for TLC.
Head of ProductionAbout Nicola
Nicola Hill, Head of Production
Nicola started her career as an assistant director working on various TV dramas before moving into location management and working for a location finding company as a production and library manager.
She went on to work at BBC Films with David Thompson and was involved with all aspects of the department. She left BBC Films in 2007 to take up the role of Production Executive at David Thompson's independent production company, Origin Pictures. There she managed the business affairs of the company and all their projects, both in development and production, including Dominic Savage's highly acclaimed Freefall for the BBC; the feature films The First Grader and The Awakening, the critically successful The Crimson Petal and the White and Hidden written by Ronan Bennett and staring Philip Glenister.
Nicola joined The Garden in January 2012 as Production Executive working under MD Scarlett Ewens across all the production output.
Production ExecutiveAbout Steven
Steven Hunt, Production Executive
Steven started his career as a production assistant and then production co-ordinator working on various factual entertainment, entertainment and ob doc productions including three series of Eurotrash and the second series of Faking It at RDF. Whilst there, Steven moved up to Production Management and became a staff PM at RDF for seven years. He worked on a range of productions including Ladette to Lady, Shipwrecked, Wife Swap, Scrapheap Challenge and Rock School.
Steven left RDF Media in 2007 and after a stint freelancing at ITV Studios, joined Studio Lambert as a staff Line Producer. Whilst at Studio Lambert Steven worked on a range of their output for various channels including Ultimate Traveller, Undercover Boss and Seven Days.
Steven joined The Garden in November 2011 as a Unit Manger working under Scarlett Ewens, the MD. Currently he is managing the second series of 24 Hours in A&E for Channel 4.
Production ManagerAbout Claire
Claire Birch, Production Manager
Claire joined The Garden in August 2011 as in-house Production Manager. As well as being across various projects, she assists and supports Managing Director Scarlett Ewens in the company's overall management.
She has extensive experience of bringing ambitious factual series and singles to screen, working across programmes such as Günter Van Hagen's Body Appeal and Equinox: The Whale that Swam to London for Dragonfly, and popular strand and BAFTA nominated Grand Designs for Talkback Thames.
Claire previously worked at Zeppotron, where she was involved in the indie's major comedy brands – including Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe, Newswipe, How TV ruined your life, Would I Lie to You? and 8 Out of 10 Cats.
Executive AssistantAbout Mar
Mar Ramis, Executive Assistant
Mar joined The Garden when it launched in June 2010. She is responsible for running the office, supporting the company directors and helping coordinate upcoming projects before going into production. Her well-honed organisational skills ensure that, in a diverse role such as hers, everyone has all they need to make brilliant programmes.
Mar has over eight years experience working in television in both her homeland in Spain as well as in the UK. She worked for some of Spain's main TV broadcasters, and during her time in the UK Mar has worked in events and marketing for Marketforce Communications, as promo producer at Jetix Europe – now known as Disney XD, and production assistant for Radiant Studios. She joined The Garden from Nutopia where she ran the London and Washington Offices, and exec assisted the CEO and the creative team.