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John Hay

As Chief Creative Officer, John leads the creative and editorial side of the company, and is a Board Director alongside Nicola and Magnus. Before joining The Garden in March 2018, John was Head of Specialist Factual at Channel 4, running a department whose output included Guy Martin’s Speed, The Secret Life of 4, 5 and 6 Year Olds, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and Mutiny. John’s own commissions included Grayson Perry: All Man, SAS: Who Dares Wins, Walking the Nile, Our Gay Wedding: The Musical and D-Day: As it Happens, and he oversaw the channel’s programming on the discovery and reburial of Richard III. John began his TV career at the BBC, working on Newsnight and in production and development for the Arts, Current Affairs and Factual departments. From there he moved to Channel 5 as Commissioning Editor, Factual (where his commissions included North Pole Ice Airport, Brain Hospital and Nazi Titanic) before joining Channel 4 in 2012.

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Nicola Hill

Nicola joined The Garden in January 2012 as Head of Production to oversee all production and development output from budgeting stage through to delivery and beyond. She was promoted to the role of Managing Director in March 2018 and works closely with the core management team to support the smooth running of the company. She came to the company from David Thompson’s Origin Pictures where, as Production Executive, she managed the business affairs of the company and all their projects, both in development and production for four years. Prior to that she worked with Thompson at BBC Films.

Magnus Temple

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 (C4). 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 (BBC4), 24 Hours in A&E (C4), which won the RTS Award for Best Documentary Series, Seven Dwarves (C4), Inside Claridge’s (BBC2) and BAFTA-nominated Keeping Britain Alive: One Day in the NHS (BBC2). Since April 2013, The Garden has been owned by ITV Studios.