Gareth Neame Becomes Executive Chairman At NBCU’s Carnival Films


NBCUniversal International has made some shifts in the top ranks of Carnival Films, elevating Gareth Neame to the role of Executive Chairman. A respected veteran, and the exec producer of Downton Abbey, Neame will continue to lead Carnival’s production pipeline and creative vision. At the same time, David O’Donoghue and Nigel Marchant will take on day-to-day leadership responsibilities at the NBCU-owned outfit, becoming Joint Managing Directors. Aliboo Bradbury has further been named Commercial Director.

Neame has been MD of Carnival since 2004 and steered the company to become a leading drama producer. He’s been the creative driving force behind its biggest hits including the global phenomenon Downton Abbey. He’s also on current series such as The Last Kingdom, Stan Lee’s Lucky Man and Jamestown, together with miniseries that include the BAFTA-winning The Lost Honour Of Christopher Jefferies and Any Human Heart. Neame has worked in scripted production for 30 years, including a role as Head of Drama Commissioning at the BBC.

He says, “I am delighted to step into the role of Executive Chairman, in order to focus on Carnival’s content strategy and creative vision, allowing David and Nigel to excel in more expansive creative leadership roles. With the invaluable support of Aliboo and the formidably talented senior team, these moves position us perfectly to continue our mission of producing the very best drama for global audiences”

O’Donoghue has been Carnival’s COO since 2012, having previously held business affairs positions at Carnival and NBCUniversal International Studios. His credits include working across the production and distribution of the Downton Abbey franchise, co-productions such as The Hollow Crown and The Worricker Trilogy.

Marchant, an Emmy, Golden Globe and PGA award-winning producer, joined Carnival in 2011, bringing over 20 years’ production experience. His credits include The Last Kingdom, Dracula, Jamestown and Downton Abbey. Prior to Carnival, Marchant produced shows including The Philanthropist, The Suspicions Of Mr Whicher and Fanny Hill, and worked on numerous films including Charlie Wilson’s War, Rendition and Sex And The City.

Bradbury joined Carnival in 2006 as Head of Business Affairs and has played a critical role driving the commercial success of its programming.

Neame, O’Donoghue and Marchant will work closely with the rest of the Carnival management team, led by Executive Producer Richard Fell, Head of Production Charlotte Ashby, Head of Development Joanna Strevens, Commercial Director Bradbury and Executive Producer Jessica Pope who joined Carnival from BBC Studios in 2017.

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