Merman’s recent projects include: The She Goes for BBC4, starring David Tennant and Jessica Hynes; Women on the Verge for UKTV’s W channel, starring Kerry Condon, Nina Sosanya and Eileen Walsh and written by Lorna Martin; Motherland for BBC2 starring Anna Maxwell Martin, Lucy Punch and Diane Morgan; Bliss for Sky 1 starring Heather Graham and Stephen Mangan; the third series of the award-winning Catastrophe for Channel 4/Amazon created by and starring Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney; Divorce by Sharon Horgan for HBO starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Thomas Hayden Church; one off special The Circuit for Channel 4 reuniting award winning duo Sharon Horgan and Dennis Kelly; and Todd Margaret for IFC starring David Cross, Will Arnett, Sharon Horgan, Jack McBrayer and Blake Harrison, with many more in development and production.
Merman have also produced multiple shorts for Sky Arts across its different strands, including the BAFTA TV award winning Morgana Robinson’s Summer: Dream Land, a season of Horror Comedy Shorts, Lolly Adefope’s Christmas, and Sky Arts Comedy Shorts in Ireland.
Merman works in all areas of the worlds of entertainment and communications, not just scripting award-winning TV and film, but also creating and executing the next generation of branded entertainment. In 2017, Merman opened offices in LA and NYC, alongside a branded entertainment division, headed by Academy- and Emmy-nominated producer Kira Carstensen and advertising veteran Jeremy Rainbird. The London office is under the directorship of EP/Partner Dan Dickenson and Siobhan Murphy, Development Director of Commercials and Branded. In addition to commercial content helmed by an award-winning roster of directors, Merman’s focus is to bring writers and creators from their TV and film family into scripting entertainment for brands in collaboration with agency partners.
Merman recently launched Mermade, its brand new digitally focused arm specialising in the creation of non-broadcast content of all shapes and sizes, funded by and for social and streaming platforms, brands and publishers, with a particular focus on short-form episodic. Merman Global Managing Partners Jeremy Rainbird in London and Kira Carstensen run Mermade, alongside Sharon Horgan and Clelia Mountford.
The board of Mermade in the US and UK is bolstered by the addition of non-executive Directors Rene Rechtman and Dan’l Hewitt, both formerly of Maker Studios/Disney. Former Channel 4 and All4 commissioning editor Joshua Buckingham is UK Managing Director alongside Melanie Donkers who joins the Mermade USA team.
The Merman family of talent includes David Cross, Rob Delaney, Dennis Kelly, Jack McBrayer, Sara Pascoe, Shaun Pye, Aisling Bea, Morgana Robinson and of course Sharon Horgan. Merman’s commercial directing roster features multi-faceted talent like MJ Delaney, Peter Lydon, SNL director Paul Briganti, Frank Coraci, rising star Mariana Youssef and Academy Award nominee Lucy Walker. In the UK, Merman is proud to represent Superprime and its roster of directors including Martin Scorsese, Terence Malick, Paul Thomas Anderson, The Malloys, David LaChapelle, and Damien “La La Land” Chazelle.
Merman Founders Clelia Mountford and Sharon Horgan first met on Season 1 of The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret as producer and actor respectively. Both enjoyed full and diverse careers before joining forces to create Merman in 2014. In addition to working with established writers, actors and directors around the world, they remain committed to discovering and nurturing new talent as the Merman family grows.