About Monkey

Monkey is an award-winning independent British television production company based in London, United Kingdom and the USA. Established by David Granger and Will Macdonald in 2000 the company was acquired by NBCUniversal International in 2010.

The company produces content in various genres, including live studio, structured reality, factual, documentary, entertainment and scripted comedy, as well as digital and brand-driven content. These include BAFTA-winning structured reality show Made In Chelsea, reality/quiz hybrid The Question Jury (best Daytime Programme 2017), BAFTA-nominated iconic music entertainment show TFI Friday, Comedy Award-winning studio variety show The Charlotte Church Show, RTS-winning The Real Housewives of Cheshire, Focal Award-nominated Elton John: Me, Myself and I, and two Rose D’Or-winners: hidden camera fixed-rig comedy show Make My Day, and comedy sketch series Swinging.

Monkey has produced shows for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, Sky, E4, 5Star, ITVBe, All4, MTV UK, MTV US, Trouble, ABC, Bravo, E!, E! International, TBS, Tru, GSN, The WB Network, Tvland, Huffington Post, Bebo, Ikea, Orange, Sony Ericcson and Amnesty International.

Prior to founding Monkey, David Granger and Will Macdonald produced International Emmy/BAFTA/Golden Rose-winning Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush, TFI Friday, The Priory, Lock, Stock … The TV series, MTV’s Most Wanted and The Big Breakfast.

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David Granger

Creative Director

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David Granger

Creative Director

David runs Monkey’s television productions with overall responsibility for the execution of all Monkey programmes. Before co-founding Monkey, he was Head of Television at Ginger and worked on many of their most successful programmes, including TFI Friday.

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Will MacDonald

Creative Director

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Will MacDonald

Creative Director

Will takes the lead in generating ideas for Monkey and oversees the creative side of the company. Before co-founding Monkey in 2000, Will worked at Ginger, where he co-wrote and/or produced Emmy, Bafta and Comedy Award-winning shows such as Don't Forget Your Toothbrush, TFI Friday and The Priory.

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Samantha Lawrence

Managing Director

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Samantha Lawrence

Managing Director

As MD of Monkey Kingdom, Samantha Lawrence gets involved in pretty much everything! Prior to joining she ran Silver River as MD for almost a decade, set up Maverick London, and was a founding member of Love Productions.

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Ollie Brack

Head of Comedy Entertainment

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Ollie Brack

Head of Comedy Entertainment

Ollie is a BAFTA winning Executive Producer working across entertainment, comedy and alternative formats for both the UK and US markets. Ollie joined the team following many years at Talkback, working on entertainment, comedy and scripted programming and winning commissions with all the major UK broadcasters. He has worked in London and New York and keeps busy by developing and producing new formats, working with great TV talent and watching quite a lot of sci-fi.

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Heidi Birkett

Head of On-Screen Talent

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Heidi Birkett

Head of On-Screen Talent

As the Head of Talent at Monkey, Heidi is responsible across all productions and development for on-screen talent. From A-List stars to Elves with a few Made in Chelsea bods in-between, if they are in front of the camera for Monkey, Heidi is their first point of call.

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Andy Charles Smith

Executive Producer

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Andy Charles Smith

Executive Producer

Andy joined Monkey Kingdom having produced shows for a number of leading indies and broadcasters. With a background in live and studio entertainment, his credits include classic entertainment formats such as Surprise Surprise and Tonight At The London Palladium as well as several successful first series across genres from Naked Attraction and Alan Carr’s New Year’s Specstacular to Animal Rescue Live and What Would Your Kid Do?
He has also produced many hours of live programming including T4, Got To Dance, and the BAFTA nominated and RTS Award winning Stand Up To Cancer.

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Emily Shield

Production Executive

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Emily Shield

Production Executive

Emily joined Monkey Kingdom as a Line Producer working on multiple series of Made in Chelsea. With a background in reality, factual entertainment and studio, her previous credits, include The Grand Tour, The Island with Bear Grylls, Masterchef and The Apprentice. Emily’s career highlight was acting as a Mary Berry double for a long driving sequence.

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Maria Sharman

Production Executive

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Maria Sharman

Production Executive

Maria joined Monkey in 2018 with over 16 years’ experience in the television industry and enjoys working on a broad spectrum of programming including factual entertainment, adventure and studio shows.

Maria loves working closely and collaboratively with her editorial teams to problem solve and ensure delivery of the best programmes possible and also strongly believes in promoting a happy work atmosphere.

Credits include Don’t Hate the Playaz, The Undateables, Gone to Pot: American Road Trip and Bear Grylls: Wild Weekend.

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