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The Nest is a non-creative, Co-Production partner to indies who want/need the stability of a fully fledged production company.

We have a team of In-House staff which includes production management, finance and business affairs.

We are also the leading provider of production management staff in the UK TV industry from Junior Production Manager to Head of Production support. 

As a team, we manage over £100M per year across all our productions.

Our speciality genres are Drama, Childrens, Entertainment, Factual, Docs, Archive and Live.

We also specialise in branded funded content. 

We work with some of the biggest and best TV companies in the UK, as well as start-ups and medium level sized production companies providing 

support with budgeting, contract negotiations to running productions from greenlight to delivery. 



We care about people. We are proud of our work. 

We want people to enjoy working with us. We are passionate about the wellbeing of those we work with both on and off screen. We enjoy creating and fostering a culture that is friendly and professional. We have lots of ideas to help create positive working environments and would be thrilled to discuss these with you.  



Our incredible team is truly the heart of Nest Productions. It’s their talent that leads to award-winning visual content, and their dedication that keeps our clients coming back. Learn more about our team below.




Derek has worked in TV since 2000, starting off his career in HR and then spent his time climbing the ranks as a freelancer in production management working across most genres including studio entertainment, live, kids, reality, documentary, drama and branded content.

Previously to starting The Nest, he was the Head of Production (non-scripted) for Lime Pictures and Wise Owl Films. 
At Lime he looked after the business from a commercial perspective as well as leading a huge team of freelancers, staff & cast and ensuring the smooth running of all productions across the non-scripted slate.

Some of Derek's TV highlights include previously working on Emmerdale, Socceraid, CoachTrip, Eggheads, Celebs Go Dating, Made In Chelsea and most recently via The Nest on a BBC Storyville feature length doc and a brilliant kids drama for C5 'The World According To Grandpa' starring Don Warrington and Sally Lindsay.

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We provide the infrastructure production companies need.

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The Nest can help and manage all aspects of your production, from Development stage to Delivery.


We can provide:

Head of Production  

Production Executive

Production Management 

Production Accountants 


Contracting with Broadcasters. 

Supplying Production Protocols.

Creating & Overseeing Production Budgets and Schedules.

Delivery of final programme in line with Broadcaster Agreement. 

Negotiating deals with suppliers including Post and Kit. 

International Distribution. 

Office Space.


The Nest can have an overview of your Company health.


Reviewing and improving company margin.

Initiating production processes from hiring, finance and production close down.

Implementing company processes with specific interest in crew wellbeing, diversity and duty of care.

Providing non-executive board members to help with business growth and strategy.

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What about it?

The Nest has worked with some of the biggest brands including Nike and SONY on long and short-form content. 

So, whether you are a brand looking to fund a brand funded programme, or a production company with an idea that needs funding we can help by liaising with broadcasters, completing budgets and running the production.


Got an idea?

The Nest can act as a co-production partner providing the facilities you need.

You may have an idea that has interest from the channel but need help to get it from paper to reality.

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Let us know how we can help

With our knowledge and expertise in TV production we can provide video content for your company/project. We have worked with various companies applying the principles we have learnt in TV production to help create engaging and well priced content for a variety of projects.


From day one I was impressed with their professionalism, knowledge and efficiency. Their friendliness, attention to detail and integrity simply made them indispensable. We are expanding our work with Nest as a result.

Derek and Stew are so so helpful and patient. I'm really appreciative and really hope to be able to continue working with them in the future!

Lisa Chapman, MD Whizz Kid Entertainment

Stacey Dooley, Little Dooley Productions

Derek is a consummate professional, highly networked and at the top of his game. His intuitive approach to the editorial drives his business brain and I have really valued working with him. It is clear from every meeting we have done together, that he is both incredibly well liked and respected.

Caroline Roberts-Cherry, MD, Saffron Cherry-Productions

The Nest were essential to the smooth running of a very tricky long-form branded content shoot. They have comprehensive knowledge, are adaptable and always a calming influence; They were our rock.

Tom Dean, In-House Executive Producer, Wieden and Kennedy