Lime Pictures Expands Non-Scripted Creative Team with New Appointments

Lime Pictures is delighted to announce a number of new roles within its non-scripted team under Head of Non-Scripted Sarah Tyekiff.  Lime will strengthen its senior creative team with the appointment of

Rebecca Kenny Smith as Creative Director of current programming, ITV Studios’ executive producer Kevin O’Brien and former TOWIE executive producer Andrew Jackman.

Rebecca Kenny Smith who earlier this year was the executive producer of Lime’s critically acclaimed True Love or True Lies giving MTV it’s highest week of share to date has been promoted to Creative Director of current programming which includes the BAFTA award-winning The Only Way is Essex (going into production of its 24th series in early 2019) as well as MTV’s global hit Geordie Shore (now in production of its 19th series).


Kevin O’Brien (I’m a Celebrity) and Andrew Jackman (Big Brother) join the business in the New Year as development executives who are expected to executive produce new and re-commissions. 

Lime’s ratings hit Celebs Go Dating returns to E4 in early 2019 and continues to be overseen by Lime staff executive producer Colin Whitaker who is joined by former TOWIE executive producer Luke McFarlane (EP series 18 – 22).  Nazleen Karim joins Cheryl Price as executive producer for the forthcoming series of The Only Way is Essex and after a hugely successful Series 18 Manus Wynne and Rebecca McLaughlin continue to executive produce Geordie Shore.

Head of Non-Scripted Sarah Tyekiff comments; “This is a really exciting time for Lime Pictures and I am thrilled to have secured such a strong editorial team to support our current slate of programming, work alongside our development team and prepare for some exciting new commissions.  Rebecca, Kevin and Andrew bring with them a wealth of experience across both development and production which is paramount as we focus on expansion of the business through new formats with a variety of partners on both sides of the Atlantic.”  


Notes to Editors:

Rebecca Kenny Smith

Rebecca most recently executive produced Lime’s critically acclaimed dating game show True Love or True Lies for MTV.  Prior to working with Lime Rebecca executive produced Big Brother and Celebrity Big Brother for Channel 5 from 2016 to 2018 as well as series editing both series in 2015 and 2016 for Endemol Shine.  Her vast reality and entertainment experience saw her overseeing international formats for Shine including Master Chef, the Island and the Biggest Loser.  Her UK credits also include; the Island with Bear Grylls Series 2 (C4), the Big Allotment Challenge (BBC2), the Apprentice and Island Hospital (ITV). 

Kevin O’Brien

O’Brien has just finished as executive producer for this series of I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here which is the show’s most watched in 18 series.  The series launch consolidated at 13.7m viewers which is the show’s highest launch episode to date.  Prior to that he executive produced the live final of Love Island as well as the live sister show Love Island: Aftersun with responsibility for the expansion of the brand including a new podcast, official book, a live event at the ExCel and various commercial activities.  With proven experience in Entertainment, Game Shows and Reality O’Brien’s versatility saw him develop and win important commissions for ITV Studios including Survival of the Fittest (ITV2) and Dress to Impress (ITV2).  He also redeveloped Dancing on Ice (ITV) for its successful return and he won a gameshow pilot for BBC with his own idea The Revengers as well as Love Island spin-off Chris & Olivia: Cracking’ On (ITVBe) a show he also went on to executive produce as well as Chris & Kem: Straight Outta Love Island (ITV2).

Andrew Jackman

Jackman previously executive produced The Only Way is Essex for Lime Pictures in 2014 and 2015.  Since then his executive producer credits have included; Big Brother and Celebrity Big Brother (C5), the Royal World (MTV) and Celebrity Haunted Mansion (UKTV for W) as well as development for Boomerang and Talkback.  Prior to TOWIE, Jackman series edited the BAFTA award-winning series 4 and later 5, 6 & 7 of Made in Chelsea (E4) for Monkey Kingdom.  His extensive experience in reality, factual entertainment and features also extends senior credits across; Location, Location, Location, Kirsty and Phil’s Property Guide, Relocation, Relocation, Relocation, Celebrity Scissorhands and Richard and Judy.  Jackman was named a Broadcast Hot Shot in 2008.

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About Lime Pictures:

Lime Pictures is a multi-award-winning independent producer with more than 30 years’ experience in producing content for global audiences.  Lime is home of the UK's most talked about television – from cutting-edge formats to multi award winning, long-running drama.  Lime is at the forefront of today's popular culture – both as a content creator and the producer of TV shows that stand the test of time.  From the very first steps in development through to delivery, Lime produces the very best in UK TV programming along with the very latest in digital content, allied social media and ground breaking commercial partnerships.  

Lime’s current programme credits include;

Hollyoaks (C4) – multi award-winning, single camera daily family drama, now in its 23rd year.  Winner of Best Continuing Drama at the Broadcast Awards 2018 and winner of four British Soap Awards 2018 including Best Dramatic Performance, Best Story-line and Best Single Episode.

Free Rein (Netflix) the double Emmy award-winning drama series, filmed in the UK for a global audience (190 countries). Series 2 launched June 2018, a Christmas special dropped 7th December 2018 and series 3 and a Valentine’s special is expected to launch in 2019. 

The Only Way is Essex (ITVBe) – genre busting real-time reality drama entertainment series, currently in pre-production of its 24th season.  Winner of the BAFTA Audience Award.

Geordie Shore (MTV) – MTV’s highest rated show outside of North America.  Reality entertainment series, currently in production of its 19th season.

Celebs Go Dating (E4) entertainment dating series, season 6 currently in production for E4.

The Lovers and the Liars (MTV) Season 1 aired earlier this year.

Previous Credits include;

Six Pack Superstars (All 4), Gamechangers: Inventing the World (Discovery), Diva Espana (ITVBe)

Educating Joey Essex (ITV2), My Psychic Life (C4), Too Posh to Parent (C4), Elliott Wright: Playa in Marbella and Elliott and Sadie: the Wedding (ITVBe).   In the US, Emmy-Award winning Singles Project and Work Out New York (Bravo US) and most recently for Bravo US, Relative Success with Tabatha Coffey.    For children, Lime has produced the following dramas: Evermoor and The Evermoor Chronicles (The Disney Channel), Rocket’s Island (CBBC) and House of Anubis (Nickelodeon). .   

Lime Pictures is an All3Media company.