Merman, the Production Company founded and run by award-winning duo Sharon Horgan and Clelia Mountford, is bringing in new talent with the addition of two development executives to the team. Daniel Walker joins Merman from 42 as Head of Drama Development, while comedian and writer Katy Brand joins as Comedy Development Consultant.
Merman, which was founded in 2014 and produces scripted content both in the UK and the US. The hires follow the recent commission of comedy pilot The Circuit for Channel 4 that will see writers Sharon Horgan and Dennis Kelly reunited for the first time since Pulling, in addition to BBC Two pilot Motherland, which will be co-produced with Delightful Industries. Mean while Merman / HBO series Divorce, starring Sarah Jessica Parker, is set to air later this year. Merman has also signed a development deal with Sky Vision that will see the companies work together across three different scripted projects.
British Comedy Award winning and RTS Award-nominated writer, comedian and actor Katy Brand joins Merman with a wealth of industry experience, having appeared in films (Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang, Svengali), TV shows (Mapp and Lucia, Peep Show, Psychobitches, Rob Brydon’s Annually Retentive), radio programmes (Mouth Trap, Infinite Monkey Cage, News Quiz) and live events (Victoria Wood’s Angina Monologues, The Twitter Joke Trial Benefit Gig). Between 2007 and 2009 she wrote and performed her own ITV sketch show Katy Brand’s Big Ass Show, taking it out on a live UK tour in 2010. She has since worked extensively as a writer/performer (Little Crackers, Common Ground: Eleanor) over the past decade, across all UK independent production companies and broadcast networks. She also still performs live, and can be seen at the Edinburgh Festival this year, and is the voice of Winnie in Channel 5’s forthcoming animated adaptation of the international best-selling Winnie the Witch books. Her debut novel, Brenda Monk is Funny, was published by Unbound in 2014.
Daniel Walker joins Merman from 42, where he was TV Development Executive. His credits at 42 include script editing Watership Down, which was commissioned last year as a four part series for BBC. Prior to this, Daniel worked for Sky Drama in their development and commissioning team for 3 years. He started his career at The Agency.
Merman Founder and Managing Director Clelia Mountford said:
“We are thrilled to see the Merman family growing with the addition of Katy and Daniel, who are both incredibly talented and inspiring to work around. It’s a privilege to have such an informed and dynamic development team onboard as our adventure continues and we can’t wait to make even more of the shows we love… and of course we’re expecting a few laughs along the way!”