LONDON — Sophie Gardiner has been appointed creative director of Colin Callender’s Playground Television in the U.K.
The responsibilities of the exec, who was most recently commissioning editor for drama at Channel 4, will include developing and producing indigenous U.K. dramas, as well as assisting with the company’s co-productions.
She will report to newly appointed managing director of Playground Television in the U.K., Louise Pedersen. Playground will open offices in London in early 2015, at which point Gardiner will take up her new role.
Gardiner has a wealth of experience in drama production, and a reputation for championing the work of new writers. At Channel 4 she was responsible for commissions such as “My Mad Fat Diary,” “The Mill” and “Utopia.”
“Sophie’s work at Channel 4 is a real testament to her keen sense of story, deep relationships with writers and great eye for new talent,” Callender said. “She will play an invaluable role in broadening the Playground slate and expanding our reach into the writing community.”
Gardiner said: “I look forward to continuing to work with the amazing writers, producers and directors we have in the industry, and forging relationships with new ones.”
Playground, which was founded in 2012 by Callender, is in post-production with Company Pictures on the six-part miniseries adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s “Wolf Hall,” starring Mark Rylance, Damian Lewis, Claire Foy and Jonathan Pryce. It is set to debut on BBC and Masterpiece in early 2015. It is also partnered with Charlie Pattinson’s New Pictures on “The Missing,” the eight-part thriller for the BBC and Starz.