TEAM BIOGRAPHIES

Helen Gregory – Creative Director:

Helen Gregory is an award winning producer of drama and comedy for BBC 1, BBC 2, BBC 3, ITV, C4, Five and Sky. She has a wealth of experience in production and development.

Her producing credits include: Byker Grove, EastEnders, Grafters, starring Robson Green and Stephen Tompkinson, In Defence, starring Sophie Okonedo, No Angels, Never Better starring Stephen Mangan, Pulse starring Claire Foy, Rose D’or nominated Perfect Day and BAFTA winning Case Histories starring Jason Isaacs.

Helen was Commissioning Editor for Drama at Channel Four, part of the team that commissioned Shameless and Buried; as well as overseeing Teachers, Brookside and Hollyoaks. She spent five years at World Productions becoming Joint Head of Drama before moving to Ruby Film and Television as Head of TV where she executive produced Case Histories II and Sarah Solemani’s Aphrodite Fry.

Her recent work includes: Executive Producer for The Enfield Haunting, starring Timothy Spall and Matthew MacFadyen, Sky Living’s highest ever rating show, Executive Producer for the pilot of Agatha Raisin for Sky One, starring Ashley Jensen and Producer of BBC 1’s Cider with Rosie, starring Samantha Morton. Helen developed the second series of Sky Atlantic’s Fortitude to green light and was Script Executive on BBC America’s The Last Kingdom 2 by Stephen Butchard. She was the Producer of Julian Fellowes’ Dr Thorne starring Tom Hollander for Hat Trick/The Weinstein Co/ITV/Amazon and is the Co-Creator and Co-Executive Producer of The Catch for Shondaland/ABC starring Mireille Enos (The Killing) and Peter Kraus (Six Feet Under) which has been picked up for a second season.

Christian Wikander,  Director Co-Production:

Christian was formerly Head of Drama with SVT, Sweden’s public broadcaster. During his tenure there, Christian and the team developed and produced international sensations like The Bridge, Real Humans, Jordskott and Midnight Sun.

Previously, Christian was Head of Drama and & Entertainment West, SVT Gothenburg, leading  a development/production team charged with creating drama and entertainment programming in Sweden’s second largest city. He developed the local infrastructure for production, and commissioned international Emmy winning The Truth About Marika and established SVT Play online.

As Founder and CEO of TV Spartacus, Christian created one of the first independent production companies in Sweden, and negotiated its sale to Metronome Film & Television Group.  He sold Hotel Caesar to TV2 Norway in 1998 in the biggest deal Europe had seen at the time – the first contract for five years production, 900 episodes, and 330 million NOK (36 million GBP). He served as Creator, Producer, Writer, and Director on series for Norway and Sweden that are still  the most watched in Scandinavian television history: Hotel Caesar, Seven Sisters, Three Crowns.

Christian will drive co-production strategy outside of the UK, working with production companies, broadcasters and OTT providers to develop, produce and finance high-end drama series. Christian will source projects looking for finance as well as taking Pinewood Television’s projects to international partners.

Louisa FitzGerald – Head of Development

Louisa will be sourcing and developing projects with a broad range of writing talent. She was previously the development producer at Hat Trick where she developed projects for the BBC, Channel 4, Sky and ITV. Louisa’s script credits include The Secret (Hat Trick/ITV), River (Kudos/BBC), Law & Order: UK (ITV), Casualty (BBC) and Holby City (BBC). The writers that she has worked with include Abi Morgan and Jed Mercurio, as well as a raft of new talent coming up through both television and theatre.

Prior to her television career, Louisa worked as a freelance theatre director and dramaturg, running the Kings Cross New Writing Award and working in both regional and London venues.

Sam Marchant – Development Assistant

Sam assists both Helen and Louisa in building the Pinewood Television slate. After graduating from film school Sam, worked as an Assistant Script Editor on the last series of Poirot and Marple. As a Script Assistant with Tiger Aspect, he worked in development with emerging writers alongside script reporting. He also assisted the Script Executive on Ripper Street 2 with historical research and assisted in script meetings for My Mad Fat Diary.

Before joining Pinewood Television, Sam produced a documentary for Fulwell 73 called House of Flying Arrows about the sport of darts and created an original drama series in development with The Forge/Sky Atlantic.