"It was huge when the original series aired in the U.K. and had a massive impact, and we thought, 'That's great.' Two to three months later, it aired in the U.S., and we had a similar reaction, and what became clear is that it's not just a British hit. It's not that it's a quintessential English piece -- the themes are universal."-- Gareth Neame, exec producer, "Downton Abbey"
Gareth Neame is managing director of Carnival Films, the NBC Universal-owned producer of “Downton Abbey,” which won 15 Primetime Emmy Awards. With 69 nominations, the costume drama is the most nominated non-U.S. show in the history of the Emmys. Among Carnival’s other awards successes have been BAFTA-winning miniseries “The Lost Honor of Christopher Jefferies” and “Any Human Heart.”
While “Downton” has hogged much of the limelight, Carnival has always maintained a broad slate of projects. Past series include crime drama “Poirot,” comedy drama “Jeeves & Wooster,” and horror tale “Dracula.” Its current lineup includes “The Last Kingdom,” about tribes fighting for control in England in the Middle Ages, “Jamestown,” about the first British settlers in North America, and “Stan Lee’s Lucky Man,” about a police detective with special powers.
Carnival is developing cyber-warfare drama series “Stuxnet” with “The Americans” showrunner Stephen Schiff, producer Marc Shmuger and filmmaker Alex Gibney. Neame joined Carnival in 2005, and sold it to NBC Universal in 2008. Prior to his time at the company, he was head of drama at the BBC. Neame has been honored with the Producers Guild of America’s David L. Wolper Award for outstanding producer of long-form television, and has received the British government’s Order of the British Empire for services to drama.