Gareth Neame is a Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning Drama Producer and Executive, based in London. Neame is the Managing Director of Carnival Films, the respected British production company which he sold to NBC Universal in 2008 as the cornerstone of their new international TV studios.
Neame is one of the UK’s leading producers and is responsible for the global TV phenomenon Downton Abbey, winner of a Golden Globe for Best Mini Series and nine Primetime Emmy Awards, including Best Mini Series. With a total of 27 nominations, it is the most nominated non-US show in the history of the Emmys. Among numerous national and international awards, the show garnered a Guinness World Record for the highest critical review ratings for a TV show. Neame has also been recognised by The Producers Guild of America with the David L. Wolper award for outstanding producer of long-form television. Neame has also recently executive produced adaptations of Shakespeare’s history plays The Hollow Crown; Richard II, Henry IV Part 1 & 2 and Henry V. Carnival also produced the British Academy Award winning Best Drama serial Any Human Heart for C4, David Hare’s political thriller Page 8 starring Bill Nighy and Rachel Weisz, Blake Morrison’s The Last Weekend and also produces the popular crime series on ITV1 Whitechapel. Forthcoming productions include Murder on the Home Front and a new series of Dracula for NBC to star Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Carnival’s prestigious output has resulted in the company winning The Broadcast Award in 2012 and The Bulldog award in 2011 for Best Production Company.
Over the years, Carnival has produced many popular shows such as Hotel Babylon, Poirot, Enid, Sea of Souls, Jeeves and Wooster, As If, Rosemary and Thyme and Traffik, as well as US content such as The Philanthropist for NBC and The Grid for TNT. Other productions Neame has been responsible for at Carnival include Whistleblowers, Midnight Man and The Old Curiosity Shop.
Prior to joining the company, Neame had a successful career as Head of Drama at the BBC and was instrumental in the significant growth in independent production, responsible for the development and production of a range of innovative, award-winning and popular shows such as Spooks (MI5), Bodies, Outlaws, Hustle, New Tricks, Tipping the Velvet and Clocking Off.
After graduating with a degree in English and Drama in 1988, Neame worked extensively in both production and development at the BBC and as an independent producer. Neame was the Executive Producer of the multi-award winning series State of Play and other producer credits include Truth or Dare (BAFTA winner, RTS nominated), All the King’s Men, The Woman in White (BAFTA nominated), The Missing Postman (British Comedy Award winner), Station Jim, Getting Hurt, The Wyvern Mystery, Lorna Doone, Happy Birthday Shakespeare, Cambridge Spies, Take a Girl Like You, Twenty Thousand Streets under the sky (nominated for South Bank Show award), Paranoid and Peter Kosminsky’s multi award winning Warriors. Neame is a member of The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (serving on The Council from 2004-06), The Royal Television Society, The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and The Producers Guild of America.
Gareth Neame represents the fourth generation of a remarkable dynasty that has made a significant contribution to the world of cinema and television over the past century. His great-grandparents were the society photographer and pioneer filmmaker Elwin Neame (1885-1923) and the film actress Ivy Close (1890-1968) described by The Daily Mirror as ‘the most beautiful woman in the world’. His grandfather was the celebrated director, producer, cinematographer and writer Ronald Neame CBE (1911-2010), his great-uncle was the author and screenwriter Derek Neame (1915-1979) and his father was the producer and writer Christopher Elwin Neame (1942-2011).