About Monkey

Monkey is one of Britain’s leading independent production companies.

Founded in 2001, Monkey delivers high quality scripted, factual and entertainment programming in both the UK and the USA.

Monkey has a proven ability to produce a wide range of content as diverse as Made in Chelsea, The Real Housewives of Cheshire and TFI Friday, ensuring that ideas will always be given the best possible creative and production support.

On an international level, Monkey continues to sell formats, such as Best Friend Rehab, Grand Slam and Young, Dumb and Living off Mum, to all key territories; and in particular to the major and cable networks in the USA, with shows such as Tour Group (Bravo), Newlyweds (Bravo), My Kind Of Town (ABC), Man vs Cartoon (Tru TV) and Make My Day (TVLand).

This ongoing success across a broad range of programming and featuring a wide cast of international talent, means that Monkey is able to create, develop and produce shows in whatever genre, platform or territory is most effective.

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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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Ollie Brack

Executive Producer

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Ollie Brack

Executive Producer

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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Daniel Marlowe

Executive Producer

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Daniel Marlowe

Executive Producer

Daniel joins Monkey having spent a large part of the last decade at Endemol working on some of their most successful big scale entertainment reality behemoths including The Match, Space Cadets, Big Brother and Celebrity Big Brother. He left Endemol after exec producing the final series of Big Brother on Channel 4. He then went on to exec produce an ambitious multi territory gameshow on Cartoon Network for Twenty Twenty before co-execing Sky Living fashion show Styled to Rock with Rihanna. He likes eating, drinking, smiling, watching tv and his family and describes himself as a people person.

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Ros Coward

Executive Producer

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Ros Coward

Executive Producer

Ros is Executive Producer of Monkey’s BAFTA winning E4 series Made in Chelsea. Before joining Monkey she worked across a wide range of reality, comedy and entertainment programming including the first series of The F Word, Dragon’s Den, Weakest Link and Strictly Come Dancing, she also created British Comedy Award winning My New Best Friend and produced and directed the first two series of The Only Way is Essex.

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Heidi Birkett

Head of Talent

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Heidi Birkett

Head of 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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Zena Van Ackeren

Head Of US Talent Development & Casting

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Zena Van Ackeren

Head Of US Talent Development & Casting

Zena is an unscripted TV veteran, beginning her career just as the phenomenon of reality television emerged. For a decade, she travelled the US and abroad discovering authentic characters for over 30 shows in a variety of genres. In 2008, she joined Shed Media (US) as Head of Casting, overseeing their hit shows including Supernanny and It’s Me Or The Dog, while also working closely with development exes on new ideas. Prior to joining Monkey, Zena worked at CMT/Viacom as VP, Talent Development where she collaborated on a wide range of network projects. She now collaborates with Monkey’s development team, bringing to life UK formats for the US market and generating a flow of new ideas. She lives to discover great characters, fascinating subcultures, and emerging talents!

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