Sarah TyekiffHead of Unscripted Programming
Sarah Tyekiff joined Lime Pictures as Head of Unscripted Programming in September 2017. Sarah has overall responsibility for the company’s flagship unscripted shows as well as driving new business opportunities with key networks.
Sarah joined Lime with a depth of experience in developing and producing major reality, factual, entertainment shows and live events with prominent success in engaging 16-34 year old audiences. As an executive producer Sarah has a proven track record of creating and developing successful formats, managing multi million pound budgets, rejuvenating brands, increasing viewing figures and getting shows re-commissioned.
Her most noted success was the re-brand of Love Island for which Sarah developed, cast and produed Series 1, 2 and 3, being awarded a BAFTA for Series 3. Tasked to specifically develop a show to engage a 16-34 audience for ITV2, Series 2 launched with 1.1m viewers, with 52% made up of 16-34’s, up 13 share points. Sarah is also credited with maintaining and growing the ‘I’m a Celebrity’ brand. Her last series, Series 16 was launched with over 13 million viewers. Tyekiff also developed the ground-breaking format for Red or Black, Simon Cowell’s £1m gameshow; coproducing with Simon Cowell and Ant and Dec. She re-wrote the I’m a Celebrity NOW! show format in 2009 growing the viewers back up from 400,000 to an average audience of 1.2m, with a finale of over 2m.
Sarah also worked closely with the interactive and social media teams at ITV: In 2016, the IAC App was the most downloaded App in the UK for 2 weeks, with over a quarter of a billion interactions for the live playalong game, peaking with 52m during TX1. Engaging social platforms with Love Island was key for the programme success and Series 2 of Love Island saw an increase of 348% on Twitter.
Helen Kurger BrattHead of Unscripted Production
Helen Kruger Bratt joined Lime Pictures in November 2019 in the role of Head of Production for Lime’s growing slate of unscripted programming in the UK.
Prior to joining Lime Pictures, Helen was Executive in Charge of Production at ITV Studios Entertainment, where she was responsible for the delivery of programmes such as Love Island, I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here and Saturday Night Takeaway. Helen was instrumental in the rebirth of Love Island for ITV2 in 2015, setting the blueprint for its success both at home and on a global scale. Working closely with the commercial teams to bring the brand partnerships and commercial opportunities to light driving the huge commercial and ratings success of the brand to date. Additionally, she left ITV Studios with 2 series of Love Island negotiated for 2020.
Helen is no stranger to managing high profile flagship entertainment mega hits with a proven track record in launching new series with particular emphasis on large scale complex reality shows overseas, prime time entertainment, as well as having extensive experience across Daytime and Lifestyle, Factual, Formats and Quiz programmes, all of which are relevant to Lime’s recently bolstered development team, overseen by Head of Unscripted programming Sarah Tyekiff and Head of Development Nick Johns.
EVP Unscripted DevelopmentEVP Unscripted Development (US)
Prior to joining Lime Pictures’ Unscripted team in London in 2014, Crompton was Head of Development for Eyeworks and had senior development roles at ITV & Spun Gold. In 2009 he was named a Hotshot in Broadcast magazine’s annual list of emerging TV talent under the age of 30.
In January 2018 Crompton relocated to Los Angeles as EVP Development to accelerate growth for Lime in the States under Sarah Tyekiff who is responsible for Lime’s unscripted portfolio, worldwide. He continues 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.
Crompton is currently co-executive producing Lime’s latest entertainment offering in the US, E!’s Dating No Filter. He co-developed Bravo’s Relative Success with Tabitha Coffey. In the UK, Crompton developed the critically acclaimed True Love or True Lies for MTV and primetime dating series Celebs Go Dating for E4.
Nick JohnsHead of Unscripted Development
Johns joined Lime Pictures in May 2019 with a proven track record for leading development teams and originating creative ideas and formats for entertainment, quiz, reality and factual entertainment. He is best known for his creative lead developing and securing commissions on Dancing on Ice for ITV Studios, Let’s Dance for Comic Relief (Whizz Kid Entertainment), Beat the Pack (BBC) and Sex Tape and And They’re Off! (STV). Prior to joining Lime Pictures Johns was Head of Entertainment Development for STV Productions in London since 2014. During his tenure he landed commissions for the BBC, C4, ITV1, ITV2 and UKTV. His key credits include; Babushka, The Dressing Room and Safeword. Prior to that he was a Development Executive for Victory Television, the BBC and ITV Studios where he also worked as a senior producer on two series of I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here.
Rebecca Kenny-SmithCreative Director of Unscripted (Current Programming)
Rebecca was appointed Creative Director of Unscripted in 2018 to oversee the company’s flagship entertainment reality series reporting directly to Sarah Tyekiff. Prior to this Rebecca executive produced series one of 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).
Stewart BattUnscripted Production Executive
Stewart Batt joined Lime Pictures as the Production Executive in December 2016 working across Lime’s unscripted shows which includes TOWIE, Celebs Go Dating and Geordie Shore.
Prior to joining Lime Pictures Stewart worked across a wide range of genres and broadcasters including Live Events, Digital, Factual and Reality Television. Key credits include The National Television Awards, James May’s Toy Stories, Bad Teeth, The Little Paris Kitchen, and Made in Chelsea. He also has experience working on US programming including Tour Group for Bravo.
Andrew JackmanIn-House Executive Producer – Unscripted
Jackman joined Lime Pictures as a staff executive producer in late 2018 to executive produce the second series of Lime’s critically acclaimed True Love or True Lies for MTV. He had previously executive produced The Only Way is Essex for Lime Pictures in 2014 and 2015. During his break from Lime his executive producer credits 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.
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.