Louise SuttonHead of Drama & Young Adults
Louise Sutton is a BAFTA and RTS award-winning producer who joined Lime Pictures in 2018 as Head of Drama and Young Adults. Her appointment marked a return to Lime for Louise, where she began her career over 15 years ago working on Brookside, Grange Hill and Hollyoaks.
Louise most recently produced Butterfly (Red Productions/ITV), Tony Marchant’s story of one family struggling to cope with their trans child and prejudices against them.
Prior to that Louise produced two critically-acclaimed episodes of Black Mirror for Netflix: USS Callister, starring Cristin Milioti, Jesse Plemons, Jimmi Simpson, Michaela Coel and directed by Toby Haynes; and Metalhead, starring Maxine Peake, directed by David Slade. The former won 4 Emmys including Outstanding Television Movie for Sutton at the 2018 Emmys in the US. Metalhead also won the Bafta award for Visual Effects.
After 5 years on Coronation Street, including as Assistant Producer during its landmark 50th anniversary year, Louise was the first Series Producer of CBBC’s The Dumping Ground, which won a BAFTA, an RTS Award and a Writers’ Guild award. She went on to produce series ranging from Midsomer Murders, Home Fires and Jekyll & Hyde for ITV to BBC1’s Death in Paradise.
Bryan KirkwoodHead of Continuing Drama
BAFTA winning producer Bryan Kirkwood returned to the helm of Hollyoaks in 2012, stepping up to the role of Executive Producer and Head of Continuing drama.
Bryan’s return set in motion a renaissance for the show culminating in Hollyoaks winning Best Soap at the British Soap Awards 2014. Hollyoaks currently has a coveted BAFTA nomination in the Soap and Continuing Drama category – the first nomination for the show since 2003.
Under his leadership Hollyoaks has won plaudits and numerous awards for the issue-based storylines that underpin the narrative in the continuing drama, including domestic abuse, male rape and Motor Neurone Disease. This year the show will embark on raising awareness of child sexual abuse.
Hollyoaks has in Bryan’s tenure become synonymous with big storylines, epic twists and heart-wrenching gothic love stories – packaged up with those plots that would ‘only happen in Hollyoaks’.
Bryan embarked on his career in television at ITV, joining the network’s flagship show ‘Coronation Street’. Over the course of six years with ITV he progressed through the ranks occupying the roles of Researcher, Story Liner, Script Editor and ultimately Story Editor.
In early 2006 Bryan began his first stint as Producer of ‘Hollyoaks’. He refocused the show and introduced popular families such as the McQueens. 2009 saw Bryan join the BBC taking the role of Executive Producer on ‘EastEnders’ which saw the programme win a BAFTA award for Best Continuing Drama and Best Soap Award at the British Soap Awards for both years of his tenure.
Tim ComptonCo-Head of Kids
Tim began his career at HIT Entertainment, developing, writing and producing animation. He was script editor for all indie dramas at CBBC, working across MI High and Grange Hill, and developing the multi-award-winning Roy with Jam Media. At Lime, Tim developed the Banff award winning The Well (BBC Switch) by Melvin Burgess and was story producer and core writer on the global hit House of Anubis (Nickelodeon). He piloted Rocket’s Island for CBBC, as well as the International Emmy-nominated Evermoor for the Disney Channel, the first UK live action series commissioned by Disney Channel US. Tim has written for Evermoor and the Netflix Original Free Rein, and has just co-produced two standalone specials of Free Rein with Angelo Abela, as well as the show’s forthcoming third season. In early 2019 Compton was confirmed as Joint Head of Kids for Lime Pictures alongside Angelo Abela.
Angelo AbelaCo-Head of Kids
Angelo Abela joined Lime Pictures in 2011 as Showrunner and Series Director of the multi award-winning House of Anubis, Nickelodeon’s first live action drama commissioned outside of North America. House of Anubis enjoyed three successful series securing a BAFTA nomination and the Nickelodeon US Kids Choice Award for Best UK show voted for by the audience. Following its success Angelo stayed with Lime Pictures to develop children’s projects alongside Tim Compton for all networks in the UK and abroad. In 2016 he developed the double Emmy award-winning Free Rein with Anna McLeery and Vicki Lutas for Netflix and then went on to produce/direct the series. Prior to joining Lime Pictures, Abela was an award-winning Comedian and Actor before moving into writing and then directing. As a Director/Producer he won awards for live theatre and across TV in Children’s, Entertainment and Drama - they include an RTS, Banff, Montreux and Broadcast. In early 2019 Abela was confirmed as Joint Head of Kids alongside Tim Compton. Their aim for Lime Kids is to deliver more shows to a global audience. He describes Lime’s dedication to elevating children’s television so it can stand alongside Adult Drama in scale and ambition as being at the heart of his vision. He comments, “we want to tell stories that resonate with our audience - to entertain and spark the imagination, shows that can make them feel, laugh and think.”
Colette ChardHead of Production (Hollyoaks)
Colette Chard is the Head of Production for Hollyoaks at Lime Pictures.
Colette began her career in the art department in 1989 working on Water Front Beat for the BBC, she then moved on to the channel 4 soap opera Brookside. After 4 years, she moved to Los Angeles and during her time there she worked for Catholic Production Company, Paulist Productions. Returning to the UK in 1995, Colette began work on the new channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks, and over a period of nearly a decade, she worked her way up to become the show's senior Production Manager.
She then moved on to become a Line Producer and Production Executive overseeing all Lime's in-house children’s drama Programmes including Grange Hill, Ingenious, Proper Messy, The Well, Shelfstakers, Combat Kids, House of Anubis, Rockets Island and The Evermore Chronicles. Being nominated for several BAFTA’s and winning awards including Banff, Kids Choice and an RTS for Grange Hill.
In 2015, Colette returned to Hollyoaks to become Head of Production and during her current tenure Hollyoaks been nominated for 3 BAFTA’s, won the 2018 Broadcast award for Best Continuing Drama and the 2019 RTS award for Best Soap and Continuing Drama as well as Best Soap at the British Soap Awards and Inside Soap Awards 2019 as voted for by the viewers.
Rebecca J. FentonHead of Development Drama & Young Adult
Prior to joining Lime Pictures, Rebecca Fenton established and grew a multi-award-winning portfolio of scripted audio drama productions for Audible, an Amazon Company. With a contact book spanning international agents, IP owners, acting talent and writers, Rebecca was a driving force behind Audible UK’s growth over the last decade, having held a number of roles in the company before ‘coming home’ to an Original Content Commissioning role. She built up a portfolio of 40+ dramas across a wide range of genres and IP partnerships, including several innovative pieces drawing upon premium non-fiction material.
Fenton’s award-winning commissions have included The Jungle Book (Double Audie Award winning), Murder on the Orient Express (Cameo Award), Blood on Satan's Claw (New York City Radio Award for Best Drama Special, 2018) and key commissioning partnerships included Agatha Christie Ltd and The Donmar Warehouse. Under Rebecca’s creative direction, the productions attracted big name talent to Audible’s Original Production slate including Dominic West, Rebecca Hall, David Tennant and Ruby Wax.
Alison LooseDrama Production Executive
Alison Loose returned to Lime Pictures as a Production Executive in early 2018 to work across both the Drama and Kids departments as the company prepared for growth on both sides of the Atlantic. Prior to that she had been working in house at BBC Children’s taking care of the development slate and managing co-producer relationships. Alison’s credits as a Line Producer include prime time hits Last Tango in Halifax, Scott and Bailey and Home Fires.
Peter HuntHead of Casting
Peter joined Lime Pictures in October 2015 taking up the position of Head of Casting & Casting Director of Hollyoaks. In his position as Head of Casting Peter oversees the casting needs for all Lime Drama and Children’s output.
Peter initially trained as an Actor at The Arts Education School, London and worked professionally as an Actor across various TV, Film & Theatre projects before moving behind the camera to work in production and casting.
Over the years Peter has worked on many popular and well-known productions such as ‘Where the Heart is’, ‘Coronation Street’, ‘Shameless’, ‘Blue Murder’ & ‘Cold Blood’ to name but a few. In recent years his career has led him to cast an array of productions both for the UK and international markets ranging from Music Videos to TV Commercials, TV Comedy, TV Drama, Feature films and Theatre.
In 2018 Peter was awarded Casting Director of the year by The Mandy Networks.
Rachel HardyHead of Press & Digital
As Head of Press and Digital for Lime Pictures Rachel has overall responsibility for the press and digital communications output including the work of the highly acclaimed and multi award-winning Digital team.
In addition to leading on all corporate communications, Rachel has led the press team during some of the most successful periods of Lime’s portfolio, launching new shows including TOWIE, Celebs Go Dating and most recently the double Emmy award-winning Free Rein, an original series for Netflix (worldwide), she has also managed some of the most difficult press stories around Lime’s high profile and constantly newsworthy programme brands.
With over a decade of experience working across communications for largely youth focused entertainment brands, Rachel has worked with some of the UK’s most recognisable onscreen talent nurturing them from unknowns into household names.
Rachel has worked with most major broadcasters in the UK including the BBC, ITV, C4, MTV, Nickelodeon, Disney and Netflix. As well as launching some of their biggest shows, Rachel has also overseen publicity campaigns for some of the UK’s most well-established brands including the X Factor and Hollyoaks with a specific focus on reviving and modernising their communications output.
With responsibility for all press and digital output for the company’s slate of programming, Rachel is tasked with devising and implementing truly integrated multi-platform campaigns that deliver volume, audience engagement, innovation and brand consistency across every platform as well as being an integral part of managing returning onscreen talent and reputation management for the company and brands.
Across all programme brands and platforms the digital team have grown a following of over 5 million users and won awards from the Royal Television Society, DigiDay, The Drum (including a Grand Prix Judge’s Award for Best Overall Campaign), MIND and have had a Webby nomination.