'Happy Valley' Producer Nicola Shindler to Receive BAFTA Special Award

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Nicola Shindler

The producer was named head of StudioCanal U.K. last year.

Nicola Shindler, the acclaimed British producer of shows such as Happy Valley and Queer as Folk, is set to receive a special award at the BAFTA TV Awards. 

Shindler, who last year was named head of StudioCanal U.K., replacing outgoing CEO Danny Perkins, is being recognized for her outstanding contribution to the television industry. 

In 1998, she founded the award-winning RED Production Company, responsible for dramas including the groundbreaking Queer as Folk (1999-2000), Clocking Off (2000-2003), Happy Valley (2014-2016), Burn It (2003) and Harlan Coben’s Safe (2018).

“I am incredibly honored to be the recipient of the BAFTA Television Special Award," said Shindler. "When I set up RED Production Company 20 years ago, my goal was to make drama that I wanted to watch and that always challenged the audience as well as entertained. It hasn’t been easy, but I am proud of the shows we make at RED and how hard we work. I have an amazing team and have worked with a number of the most incredible people, who have made coming into work each day a joy. And I’m not done! I continue to be excited by new ideas every day, and I can’t wait to see what the next 20 years brings."

Also set to be honored at the awards on May 12 is presenter Joan Bakewell, who will receive the BAFTA Television Fellowship in recognition of a career spanning 50 years.

Script supervisor Emma Thomas, who has worked on shows including The Bastard Executioner, Guerrilla and Luther, will receive a special award at the BAFTA Television Craft awards on April 28.