Sarah TyekiffHead of Unscripted Programming
As Head of Unscripted Programming, Tyekiff is ultimately responsible for Lime Pictures flagship unscripted shows, whilst driving new business opportunities with key networks both throughout the UK and worldwide.
Since joining Lime in September 2017, Tyekiff has brought a wealth of experience in developing and producing major reality, factual, entertainment shows and live events with prominent success in engaging 16-34 year old audiences.
Tyekiff oversees the Unscripted offices in both the US and UK and is also currently executive producing on brand new studio dance show Dance Monsters, for Netflix and two recently commissioned titles for Lime US; Who Do You Believe?, a gripping true-crime series, for ABC and Match Me in Miami (wt), a look behind the scenes of an elite matchmaking agency, for Roku Originals.
2022 looks set to be a bumper year for the Unscripted slate with BAFTA award-winning reality show The Only Way Is Essex entering its 30th Season alongside Georgia & Tommy: Baby Steps Season 2 both for ITVBe, MTV's highest rated series outside of North America Geordie Shore and Geordie OGs return as does True Love or True Lies for MTV, now in Season 3, as well as E4's highly successful Celebs Go Dating, now in Season 10.
As an executive producer Tyekiff 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 before joining Lime Pictures was the re-brand of Love Island for which she developed, cast and produced 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. Tyekiff 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. 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.
Tyekiff 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 play along 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 Kruger 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.
Ben Crompton EVP Unscripted (US)
Crompton relocated from London to Los Angeles to accelerate growth for Lime Pictures’ U.S division. As EVP, he is responsible for developing and producing projects that blend 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 reports into Sarah Tyekiff who is responsible for Lime’s unscripted portfolio, worldwide.
Crompton is currently executive producing Lime’s Who Do You Believe? for ABC, and the recently announced Match Me in Miami (wt) for Roku. Other US co-executive producing credits include E!’s Dating No Filter, whilst he also led the development for Netflix’s Dance Monsters and the critically acclaimed True Love or True Lies for MTV in the UK, now in Season 3, and primetime dating series Celebs Go Dating for E4, now in Season 10.
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.
Nick JohnsHead of Development (UK)
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 - Current
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).
Andrew JackmanExecutive Producer
Jackman re-joined Lime Pictures 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 and is currently developing an exciting new format with Lime Pictures for a global SVOD.