Nicola Shindler

executive producer
RED Production Company

RED Production Company was set up by Nicola Shindler in 1998 to work with the best writers on modern, innovative and entertaining programming.

The Manchester-based indie has since produced some of the UK’s most popular drama series working with esteemed writers including Russell T Davies, Bill Gallagher, Sally Wainwright, Danny Brocklehurst and Sean Conway.

RED’s previous TV credits include Russell T Davies’ award-winning cult hit Queer as Folk for Channel 4, Paul Abbott’s Clocking Off for the BBC, romantic comedy Bob and Rose for ITV, Burn It written by Matt Greenhalgh for BBC Three and the critically acclaimed dramas Unforgiven by Sally Wainwright and Mick Ford’s Single Father.

RED Production Company’s most recent original dramas include Sally Wainwright’s critically acclaimed and award-winning crime thriller Happy Valley (BBC One) starring Sarah Lancashire, the gripping mini-series Prey by new writing talent Chris Lunt on ITV and Danny Brocklehurst’s ratings-winning BBC drama Ordinary Lies – all of which were executively produced by Nicola Shindler.

RED also produced Russell T Davies ambitious and innovative trilogy of programmes for Channel 4 – Cucumber (Channel 4), Banana (E4) and Tofu (4oD) as well as David Morrissey’s BBC mini-series The Driver.


RED’s established returning series – multi-BAFTA winning Last Tango in Halifax and Scott & Bailey – continue to draw impressive ratings for BBC One and ITV respectively. Sally Wainwright’s Last Tango in Halifax has been commissioned for a fourth series with the multi-award winning and critically acclaimed Happy Valley returning to BBC One for a second series.

Nicola Shindler was named Female Indie of the Year 2012 by Women in Film & TV and RED was Broadcast Award’s Independent Production Company of the Year in 2013. Happy Valley won Best Drama at the 2015 BAFTAs.

Following a partnership deal in 2013, RED Production Company is now part of StudioCanal’s international production network.