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Made in Chelsea indie Monkey has hired Lime Pictures’ head of production as its managing director, alongside a key development hire and production exec promotion.

Helen Kruger Bratt has spent three years at Lime’s unscripted arm, working on the likes of The Only Way Is Essex, Celebs Go Dating and Geordie Shore.

She was previously instrumental in the 2015 revival of Love Island as executive in charge of production for ITV Studios’ entertainment production, which also included responsibility for I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! and Saturday Night Takeaway.

Monkey’s previous managing director Sam Larence recently left to join indie Box to Box.

Meanwhile, Abby Woolf has joined Monkey as head of development, with a portfolio including stints at BBC Studios, Endemol Shine Group and ITV Studios – spanning Glow Up, MTV’s Cribs and Keep It In The Family.

Finally, Monkey’s production executive Emily Rai has been promoted to head of production after four years with the company, working on shows including The Emily Atak Show and The Real Housewives of Cheshire and Jersey.

The Universal International Studios-owned indie’s current slate includes BBC1 entertainment format Mo Gilligan’s That’s My Jam and Channel 4 gut health series Know Your Sh!t.
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