Nicola Shindler

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Nicola Shindler (born 8 October 1968)[1] is a British television producer[2] and executive, and founder of the independent television drama production company RED Production Company.

Early life[edit]

Shindler is the daughter of Gay Shindler (née Kenton) and Geoffrey Shindler.[1]


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).

Red has since produced dramas for BBC One, BBC Two, and ITV including Clocking Off (2000–03), Flesh and Blood (2002), Bob and Rose (2001) and The Second Coming (2003).

Sally Wainwright credits Schindler with bringing Last Tango In Halifax to BBC TV.[3]

In February 2013 she was assessed as one of the 100 most powerful women in the United Kingdom by Woman's Hour on BBC Radio 4.[4]

In December 2013, it was announced that Shindler had sold a majority stake Red Production Company to the French media company StudioCanal.[5]


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