Head of Drama
Managing Director, Mermade
Head of Production
EA to Sharon Horgan and
Clelia Mountford / Development Manager
Management / Production Accountant
Development Script Editor
Head of Scripted Television
Director of Development, Mermade
Merman is a globally-renowned production and entertainment company working across the UK and US, with a reputation for scripting and producing award winning TV and film. Founded in 2014 by award-winning duo Sharon Horgan and Clelia Mountford, Merman Television has won multiple accolades under their leadership, including numerous BAFTAs and multiple Emmy and RTS nominations, alongside Production Company of The Year at the Edinburgh TV Awards 2022. Merman have been once again nominated for Production Company of the Year at this years’ Edinburgh TV Awards.
Merman’s recent TV projects include the critically acclaimed Bad Sisters (Apple TV+), which was created by and starred Sharon Horgan. In 2023, Bad Sisters won the BAFTA Award for Drama Series, Best Supporting Actress and Best Titles & Graphic Identity, alongside a further two nominations. It received four IFTA Awards and the Peabody Award for Entertainment, and was nominated at the Critics’ Choice Television Awards, C21’s International Drama Awards, Writers Guild of America, Broadcast Awards, Channel 4’s National Comedy Awards and RTS Craft & Design Awards. Bad Sisters has also been nominated at the Edinburgh TV Awards for Best Drama. The highly anticipated second series is currently in the early stages of production.
Recently aired was a special episode of There She Goes for BBC Two, starring David Tennant and Jessica Hynes, comedy-drama Dreamland for Sky, starring Lily Allen and Freema Agyeman, and BBC Sounds audio drama People Who Knew Me, starring Rosamund Pike and Hugh Laurie.
Other TV projects include: Frayed for Sky/ABC, This Way Up for Hulu/Channel 4, Housebroken for Fox, Shining Vale for Starz. Frank of Ireland for Channel 4/Amazon, Motherland for BBC Two, There She Goes for BBC Four, Catastrophe for Channel 4/Amazon, Divorce for HBO, Women on the Verge for UKTV, plus series 3 of The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret for Channel 4.
Merman’s first feature film Herself, a co-production with Element Pictures, written by Clare Dunne and Malcolm Campbell and starring Dunne, premiered at 2020 Sundance Film Festival.
Working alongside Sharon Horgan and Clelia Mountford in the London office are Merman’s Managing Director, Rebecca Parkinson; Finance Director Jackie Sidey; and Head of Drama, Faye Dorn.
Also based in London, Merman’s advertising and branded division is under the leadership of joint Managing Directors Siobhan Murphy and Spencer Dodd.
In the US, Merman’s offices cover Television and Film as well as advertising and branded content. Kira Carstenson is Managing Partner of Merman Los Angeles and Ellen Jacobson-Clarke is Managing Partner of Merman New York.
In 2018, Merman launched Mermade, its digitally focused sister company, specialising in the creation of content of all shapes and sizes, funded by and for social and streaming platforms, brands and publishers, with a particular focus on short form episodic.