'Happy Valley' Producer Nicola Shindler Named StudioCanal U.K. CEO

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Nicola Shindler

She replaces outgoing head Danny Perkins, who announced he was stepping down earlier this year.

Nicola Shindler, the hugely respected British TV exec who, as founder and head of Red Production Company has produced hit shows including Happy Valley, is set to take the helm of StudioCanal's U.K. division.

Shindler — who will move into her new role Oct. 1 — replaces Danny Perkins, who announced he was stepping down earlier this summer after eight years, and will report to StudioCanal CEO Didier Lupfer.

In her new position, Shindler will be responsible for setting up and running an in-house film production arm developing British films using U.K. talent, as StudioCanal already has done in France and is initiating in Germany. She will work closely with Ron Halpern, who will continue to helm third-party productions around the world, including in the U.K.

The appointed can largely be seen as an inward hire, with StudioCanal having owned a majority stake in Red — which Shindler set up in 1998 — since 2013. Despite her new role, she will retain her position as CEO, but several management changes have also been announced. 

Richard Fee, Michaela Fereday and Jemma Rogers will now work alongside Shindler as Red's Executive Producers and Davina Earl will become head of development.

Manchester-based Red has produced some of the U.K.’s most acclaimed and award-winning series, working with writers including Russell T Davies, Harlan Coben, Matt Greenhalgh, Danny Brocklehurst and Sally Wainwright.

Alongside the multi BAFTA-winning Happy Valley, Shindler's credits include Last Tango in Halifax, Trust Me, Ordinary Lies, The Driver and recent Netflix drama Safe