Simon Crawford Collins is one of the most experienced producers of successful television drama working in the UK.
Former Joint Managing Director of Kudos, Simon was instrumental in the company’s meteoric rise, having developed and produced its first hit show the Bafta, and multi-award winning, international series Spooks, before going on to produce the company’s next hit series Hustle and then exec produce Ashes to Ashes. During his time at Kudos as producer, Head of Drama and finally Joint Managing Director, Simon developed and oversaw over 250 hours of channel defining series. Simon first cut his teeth in the film industry as a tea-making runner/driver on Matthew Vaughan’s first feature – The Innocent Sleep. He then proceeded through location managing and line producing in both film and TV (An Ideal Husband, Spiceworld, Poirot, The Railway Children to name a few).
In November 2011, Simon decided to start his own company Slim Film + Television, to follow his passion to be more closely involved again with the development and production of ground-breaking and entertaining series – and vitally to get back to the best part of the job, namely being in a room with inspirational writers generating great ideas.
Louise started in the industry as a Casting Agent’s Assistant at Independent Talent and ARG. She joined BBC Films in Production in 2007, and moved into Development across films including An Education, Brooklyn, Fish Tank, Streetdance and We Need To Talk About Kevin. She then joined The Weinstein Company’s London office in Development and Acquisitions, before moving to Vertigo Films as Head of Development, where she worked across the slate on a number of projects and Co-Produced Nick Love’s latest film American Hero. Louise joined Slim in 2017 to cover Victoria Brown’s maternity leave as Head of Development.
Before joining Slim as Development Executive in September 2014 Victoria worked for BBC Drama Series and Serials where she both developed new projects and script edited several productions, including The Crimson Field and Mapp & Lucia. She first met Simon Crawford-Collins when script editing the final two series of Hustle for Kudos where she also worked on both series of The Hour. Her television career began with four great years in the Tiger Aspect drama department where her roles included two series as UK Coordinator on Robin Hood before being given her first Trainee Script Editor role on the show’s final series.
Emma is a founding member of the Slim team and has both a management and creative role. Emma sits on the board of Slim and is integral in helping to manage the company. On the project side, Emma is involved in a number of key developments and works closely on Slim’s book strategy. Emma originally trained as a lawyer and then spent six very happy years in publishing before heading off to help establish Malmaison Hotels and head up marketing, communications and crisis management throughout Europe and Middle East at Intercontinental – experiences which have prepared her perfectly for drama production. Throughout this time, she also developed her freelance writing and script reviewing skills.
Simon started his career as a runner at Kudos, which led to a range of subsequent roles at the company, including Music Supervisor on Lip Service series two, and part of the social media teams for Lip Service and Outcasts. He joined Slim in January 2012 as Assistant to the Managing Director, and was the In-House Production Co–ordinator on Legacy in 2013. Simon became Development Assistant in 2014, and has since played a significant role in the development of comedy series The Art of Foley, script editing three Comedy Blaps for Channel 4 that were released in February 2015.
Prior to joining Slim, Lauren script edited the first series of Doctor Foster and over sixty episodes of EastEnders. Having started her television career in the RDF publicity team, she then worked as a script reader for various indies, before script editing on Spies of Warsaw, Coming Up 2012 and EastEnders: E20.
Hannah began her television career working in documentaries researching and co-ordindating shoots on programmes such as David Attenborough’s Natural Curiosities, Chris Tarrant’s Extreme Railway Journeys and more recently was Production Manager on Nelufar Hedayat’s series The Traffickers. In 2015 Hannah began undertaking an MA in Screenwriting which inspired her to make the move from factual programming across to drama.