TOWIE: The Next Generation Confirmed

Lime Picture’s award winning TV show The Only Way is Essex returns for Series 24 and as the Essex's old favourites head off on an exotic Thai getaway (the furthest TOWIE has ever been before) a brand new generation descends upon the UK's most talked about county. Eight fresh new faces are ready to make their presence felt as they shake up Essex. A close knit group consisting of hairdresser’s Chloe Brockett and Ella Wise and best pal Joey Turner clash when they talk fillers and botox, whilst the boys get steamy chatting about Male grooming Essex style. They may be fresh-faced but the new lineages of Essex are sure to bring plenty of drama, love and friendship to your screens.

Lime Pictures To Adapt James Nicol's Best Selling Children's Book Trilogy "The Apprentice Witch"

Lime Pictures has secured the rights to the best-selling children’s book trilogy by James Nicol “The Apprentice Witch”, the sequel “A Witch Alone” and the forthcoming “A Witch Come True” from leading children’s publisher Chicken House and The Viney Shaw Agency

Lime Pictures’ Joint Head of Kids Angelo Abela and Tim Compton and Barry Cunningham, Managing Director, Chicken House today announce that Lime has secured the option to adapt the bestselling kid’s trilogy The Apprentice Witch and is set to bring the magic of Lull to life in a live action drama adaptation for 8-12 year olds. Lime is one of the UK’s largest independent production companies and is the production house behind double Emmy award-winning Netflix original series Free Rein.  Publishing rights to the magical trilogy set in a cosy world reminiscent of pre-war England have already sold to several countries around the World. 

The Apprentice Witch trilogy follows the story of Arianwyn, who has spent her young life preparing for her witch’s evaluation, only to fail it in a very public way. As the artillery of war rumbles in the distance, Arianwyn is billeted to the remote village of Lull, to serve and protect the villagers as their district witch. But sleepy Lull is not all it seems. There is a strict curfew, a mystery surrounding the fate of their previous witch and something terrible is growing in the woods ... Arianwyn finds herself facing a test far greater than any exam.

Lime Joint Head of Kids, Angelo Abela and Tim Compton comment; ‘The Apprentice Witch has warmth and style in abundance, from its immediately lovable characters to its nostalgic setting. And Arianwyn is the perfect role model for anyone fighting to express their true gifts. She doesn't fit the mold, so she's going to have to break it – in a journey of self-discovery that's perfect for a family audience.’

Lime Joint Managing Directors Kate Little and Claire Poyser add; ‘James has created a wonderful world teeming with magic and adventure and a fabulous heroine in ArianwynWe are thrilled to be collaborating with Barry and the team at Chicken House; their amazing eye for original and groundbreaking storytelling for younger readers feels like a fantastic fit for Lime’s extensive experience in producing the highest quality drama for kids and young adults. We are really excited about the potential of this creative partnership.’

Barry Cunningham, Publisher and Managing Director, Chicken House comments; ‘The plans for the TV series are incredibly exciting – I can’t wait to see the cast of amazing characters on screen. Perhaps James and I will be allowed to visit Lull and meet Bob, the moon hare – or even (gasp) Arianwyn and Salle themselves!’

Kate Shaw, Director of The Viney Shaw Agency on behalf of James Nicol, author and creator, adds; ‘We’re thrilled to be working with the terrific team at Lime for James’s brilliant books. They understand completely the utter charm of his characters, the gorgeously nostalgic world he’s created and its terrors.’

Lime recently announced Angelo Abela and Tim Compton as Head of Lime Kids alongside Louise Sutton as Head of Drama and YA (Young Adults) as the company builds its scripted division for further growth in both the UK and US following the multi award-winning success of Netflix original series Free Rein.


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About Chicken House:

Founded in 2000 by Barry Cunningham and Rachel Hickman, Chicken House is a small, highly individual children’s book publishing company with an enthusiasm for new fiction. Chicken House books have found huge popularity with children, parents, teachers and librarians around the world.

Over the last 19 years, Chicken House has demonstrated how a small publishing team based in Somerset can make an impact on an international scale. Chicken House has sold more than six million copies of Cornelia Funke’s books, including five New York Times children’s bestsellers, while James Dashner’s Maze Runner series has sold more than 1.5 million copies in the UK.


About Lime Pictures:

Lime Pictures is a multi-award-winning independent production company with more than 30 years’ experience in producing content for global audiences.  From network programming to streaming and digital content, allied social media and ground breaking commercial partnerships, Lime is at the forefront of some of today's most popular entertainment.  Lime’s programming includes the double Emmy award-winning drama “Free Rein” for Netflix worldwide, MTV’s highest rated series outside of North America “Geordie Shore”, the multi award-winning “Hollyoaks” for C4 in the UK (now in its 23rd year) and the BAFTA award-winning reality series “The Only Way Is Essex” for ITV.  Previous credits include the Emmy award-winning “Singles Project” and “Relative Success with Tabatha Coffey” for Bravo, Disney’s “Evermoor” and Nickelodeon’s “House of Anubis”.

About The Viney Shaw Agency:

The Viney Shaw Agency is one of the UK’s most successful independent literary agencies, established (first as The Viney Agency) in 2008 by Charlie Viney.  Two years later Kate Shaw, who had been an agent for six years at Aitken Alexander Associates, joined him; the agency became The Viney Shaw Agency in 2007. 

Among The Viney Shaw Agency’s roster of award-winning and bestselling clients are Holly Smale, author of the multi-million copy bestselling series Geek Girl (translated into 29 languages); Ben Kane, author of ten consecutive Sunday Times Top Ten bestsellers; David Hepworth, author of three Sunday Times Top Ten bestsellers; and Alex Crawford OBE, Sky News Special Correspondent named Royal Television Society’s Journalist of the Year on five occasions.

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Lime Pictures Ups Abela and Compton to Lead New Kids Division

Lime Pictures, producers of the double Emmy award-winning Netflix original series Free Rein and International Emmy nominated Disney’s Evermoor confirms Angelo Abela and Tim Compton as Joint Head of Kids

One of the UK’s largest independent production companies Lime Pictures, has announced it has created a Kids division to be led by in-house duo, Angelo Abela and Tim Compton, reporting to Joint MD’s Kate Little and Claire Poyser.  The new entity will sit alongside Lime’s other divisions: Drama and YA, led by Louise Sutton, Hollyoaks and Continuing Drama by Bryan Kirkwood and Non-Scripted programmes by Sarah Tyekiff.

Lime Pictures Ups Crompton To Accelerate US Presence

Emmy and BAFTA award-winning Production Company

Lime Pictures, creators of The Only Way is Essex, Hollyoaks and Netflix Original series Free Rein, today announces that its current Head of Unscripted Development Ben Crompton will join the company’s US division as EVP of Development  

Led by joint Managing Directors Kate Little and Claire Poyser, Lime is the UK’s fifth largest production company, best known for producing genre-busting long running series for youth audiences globally including the Emmy award-winning Singles Project for Bravo and the forthcoming Dating No Filter for E!  Crompton, who has helped oversee the company’s US development from the UK for the last three years, will be based in Los Angeles and will continue to develop material that blends the entertainment and factual genres as well as building on the company’s experience producing in real-time and optimising content for multiple platforms.  He will continue to report into Lime’s Head of Unscripted Programming, London based Sarah Tyekiff who is responsible for Lime’s unscripted portfolio, worldwide.

Tyne and Wear Metro Opens its Doors in New Series From Wise Owl Films

A new series for ITV will feature life on the Tyne and Wear Metro – the first time in-depth access has been granted in the Metro’s near 40 year history.

The four-part series is the first commission for Leeds based producer Wise Owl Films, a Lime Pictures company that launched this year.

E! Swipes Right on New Unscripted Comedy Series 'Dating #NoFilter' Premiering Monday, January 21st at 10:30PM ET/PT

Half-Hour Episodes to Air Monday Through Thursday Nights at 10:30pm ET/PT for Five Weeks 

Los Angeles, CA – Wednesday, December 12, 2018 – E! expands its original nightly programming line-up with a 20-episode order of the new unscripted comedy blind dating series, “Dating #NoFilter,” to air Monday through Thursday starting Monday, January 21st at 10:30p ET/PT. From Lime Pictures and All3Media America, “Dating #NoFilter” is a fresh and hilariously honest take on the modern dating scene for the socially savvy, right-swiping generation. In each buzzy half-hour episode, three pairs of outspoken comedians will serve up play-by-plays as they follow real singles on the most outrageous, intimate, and surprising first dates. Throughout the blind dates, the comedians will offer their candid and unique POVs as they weigh in on every accidental love story pulling at viewers’ heart strings and the “OMG-no!” cringe-worthy moments, with real, unfiltered and clever commentary.

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).

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