Shindler to set up new ITV Studios label in Manchester

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by Simon Austin

Nicola Shindler OBE, the founder of Manchester’s Red Production Company, is to launch a new scripted label within ITV Studios.

Based in Manchester, the new label will see her develop and produce premium drama for the UK and international market. Shindler, who will join ITV Studios and launch the new label in 2021, is one of the UK’s leading drama executive producers.

Her body of work includes Happy Valley, Last Tango in Halifax and Years and Years for the BBC; Queer As Folk, Cucumber and the upcoming Boys for Channel 4; Butterfly and five series of Scott and Bailey for ITV; and recent series The Stranger for Netflix. 

During her career, she has worked with writers including Russell T Davies, Sally Wainwright and Danny Brocklehurst, and actors such as Sarah Lancashire, Keeley Hawes and Suranne Jones.

Julian Bellamy, MD of ITV Studios, said: “Nicola is one of Britain's most talented and prolific drama producers. She's been behind some of the UK's best, most memorable dramas from Queer As Folk to Happy Valley and I'm delighted that Nicola will be starting a new drama venture with ITV Studios.

“I’m looking forward to, with Nicola, sharing more details about her new label next year when she joins" 

Shindler first rose to prominence working for Granada Television as script editor on the ITV drama series Cracker and won her first Bafta as producer on Hillsborough for ITV. 

She is the winner of 7 Bafta Awards, including 2019’s Special BAFTA, and was awarded an OBE for her services to British Broadcasting. International distribution for Shindler's new label will be handled by ITV Studios.