The Garden co-chief executive Nick Curwin is to step down from the ITV Studio’s owned indie, with Magnus Temple becoming sole chief executive.

Curwin’s is to step down from the day-to-day management of the indie in June, but remain as a Board Director and key advisor.
Temple has agreed an indefinite extension to his deal with ITV Studios which will see him continue as sole CEO.

Managing Director Scarlett Ewens’ contract has also been extended and she has been promoted to Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer.  She will have more autonomy over business affairs, finance and the international side to the business.

Curwin’s move comes nearly four years after ITV acquired The Garden.

Curwin said: “I’m biased, obviously, but I believe The Garden is the best documentary production company in the world.  So it’s hard to make a change like this.  But much as I love what we do and working with Magnus and the team, and much as these have been very happy years, my gut says it’s time for a break and a proper think about the future. I’m glad we’ve found a way for me to do that whilst also remaining involved and supporting Magnus, Scarlett and the team."

Temple said: “Nick and I have been working together for nearly 15 years.  It’s a partnership I value hugely from both a personal and business perspective.  Whilst I’ll miss sharing things from day-to-day I’m incredibly excited about the prospect of taking The Garden forward and creating a next generation of company with Scarlett and the fantastic team here.”
Curwin has a track record of launching and building up successful indies, then selling and exiting at the end of an earn out period.

Curwin and Temple launched Firefly, later renamed as Dragonfly in 2004, selling it to Shine in 2007. They left in 2009 , setting up The Garden in 2010, selling it to ITV Studios in April 2013.

Staff Reporter

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