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.

People

david new.png

David Granger

Creative Director

Close
david new.png

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.

will2.png

Will MacDonald

Creative Director

Close
will2.png

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.

ollie new.png

Ollie Brack

Executive Producer

Close
ollie new.png

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.

ros res.png

Ros Coward

Executive Producer

Close
ros res.png

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.

Heidi.png

Heidi Birkett

Head of On-Screen Talent

Close
Heidi.png

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.

Zena.jpg

Zena Van Ackeren

Head Of US Talent Development & Casting

Close
Zena.jpg

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!

office.jpg