Orchard Studios Taps Nat Lippiett, Clare Mottershead, Dani Carpanen for Senior Creative Team

Orchard Studios, the new production company founded by former Amazon Studios U.K. exec Dan Grabiner, has hired a trio of heavyweight execs to round out its new senior creative team.

Nat Lippiett, Clare Mottershead and Dani Carpanen have joined the company, which is headed by Grabiner as CEO and managing director Nicola Hill.

Lippiett, an award-winning executive producer, joins the company as head of programmes. A former ITN executive, his credits include “Harry: The Interview” and Prime Video documentary series “The Confession.” Mottershead has been hired as head of factual and formats. She moves over from the BBC where she was lead commissioner in factual entertainment and events, overseeing titles including “The Antiques Roadshow” and “Interior Design Masters.” Carpanen joins as senior producer. She boasts credits on projects such as “The Baby Borrowers” and “Save Our Squad with David Beckham.”

Orchard was founded earlier this year by Grabiner, the former head of Amazon Studios U.K. and Northern Europe, and Hill, former CEO of The Garden Productions.

“Nat, Clare and Dani are best-in-class creative leaders with knockout track records in developing, producing and launching bold, innovative unscripted programming,” said Grabiner. “Together, we’re building a modern, global, world-class production company, creating must-watch factual-entertainment formats and impactful box-set documentaries.”

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