Shindler began her career working for Granada Television, for whom she first came to prominence as a script editor on the drama series Cracker (1993). She then went on to work as assistant producer on the BBC's Our Friends in the North (1996) and producer on Hillsborough, a dramatised account of the 1989 football stadium disaster. All three starred actor Christopher Eccleston, who subsequently featured in several dramas for Red.
Red – named after the nickname of Shindler's favourite football team, Manchester United – was formed in 1998 and its first project, with Shindler producing, was writer Russell T Davies' gay drama serial Queer as Folk. Queer as Folk gave Red a reputation as producers of noteworthy drama, and they followed this off with subsequent series for Channel 4 such as Love in the 21st Century (1999) and Queer as Folk 2 (2000).
As of February 2004, another Red series, Mine All Mine is due to start on ITV later in the month, and they have several other productions for various channels in various stages of development.
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