'Downton Abbey' Producer Carnival Names David O'Donoghue, Nigel Marchant Managing Directors

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Gareth Neame

The NBCUniversal International banner elevates Gareth Neame to the role of executive chairman, while leaving the day-to-day leadership responsibilities to the duo.

NBCUniversal International on Friday announced that Gareth Neame has been elevated to the role of executive chairman at Downton Abbey producer Carnival Films, effective immediately.

He will continue to lead the firm's production pipeline and creative vision, while David O'Donoghue and Nigel Marchant will take on day-to-day leadership responsibilities as joint managing directors. 

The company also promoted head of business affairs Aliboo Bradbury to the role of commercial director. The new executive roles were announced by Kevin MacLellan, chairman, global distribution & international, NBCUniversal.

"Gareth has done a remarkable job with Carnival, creating some of the most engaging, award-winning television of all time," said MacLellan. "The team he has built at Carnival is first-rate, and I am confident that the new structure sets them up for even greater success in the future."

Acting as managing director since 2004, Neame has been the creative driving force behind the company’s productions, including Downton Abbey, The Last Kingdom, Stan Lee’s Lucky Man and Jamestown.

O'Donoghue has been Carnival’s COO since 2012, having previously held business affairs positions at Carnival and NBCUniversal International Studios. Marchant, an Emmy-, Golden Globe- and PGA Award-winning producer, has worked at Carnival since 2011 and has executive produced such shows as The Last Kingdom, Dracula, Jamestown and Downton Abbey

"I am delighted to step into the role of executive chairman in order to focus on Carnival’s content strategy and creative vision, allowing David and Nigel to excel in more expansive creative leadership roles," said Neame. "With the invaluable support of Aliboo and the formidably talented senior team, these moves position us perfectly to continue our mission of producing the very best drama for global audiences"