Gareth Neame, MD, Carnival films

Gareth Neame is the Managing Director (CEO) of Carnival Films, was responsible for the global TV phenomenon, Downton Abbey, and originally proposed the idea for the show to its writer Julian Fellowes.  

With a total of 39 nominations, Downton is the most nominated non-US show in the history of the Emmys and one of the highest rated shows on US television.   It was sold to 250 territories worldwide.

It set the seal on the success of Carnival which was sold to NBC Universal in 2008 as the cornerstone of its international TV studio.

Watch Neame and other Downton players talk about the record-breaking programme

Neame was named by GQ magazine as one of the 100 most connected men in Britain in March 2014 and in December 2014 was announced by No.10 Downing Street as an Ambassador of the GREAT Britain campaign.

Aside from Downton, Neame  also executive produced screen adaptations of Shakespeare's History Plays in the mini-series The Hollow Crown, David Hare's political thriller Page Eight, starring Bill Nighy and Rachel Weisz, Dracula for NBC and Sky, starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers and David Nicholls' mini-series The 7:39 for the BBC.

Carnival also produced the British Academy Award winning Best Drama Serial Any Human Heart for C4, Blake Morrison's The Last Weekend and the popular ITV crime series, Whitechapel. 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.

With offices in London and Los Angeles, the company is the UK's biggest drama specialist and over the last three decades has produced many popular shows such as Hotel Babylon, Poirot, Jeeves and Wooster, and Traffik, as well as US content such as The Philanthropist for NBC and The Grid for TNT.

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), Hustle, New Tricks, and Clocking Off.