Phillip McGovern, Co-Founder and Managing Director Big Mountain Productions

At Big Mountain, Philip has utilised his extensive and award-winning current affairs, factual and entertainment programme-making experience to create and oversee exciting hybrid brands for the company. He has an established track record in developing and collaborating with top talent in Ireland and the UK including Ardal O’Hanlon, Christine Lampard and Daniel O’Donnell.

He co-created and launched Genealogy Roadshow in Ireland and the USA, where it ran successfully coast to coast on PBS for four seasons, as well as originating and executive producing a host of Big Mountain titles from internationally selling police obs doc Traffic Blues to music mentoring format Jam, which won six recommissions in three years.

Philip began his career with Janet Street-Porter’s BBC Two DEF II slot. He Executive Produced BBC One shows Bruce Goes Dancing with Bruce Forsythe and What If with David Dickinson, as well as BBC Two shows Turf Wars and Like a Hurricane: The Alex Higgins Story.

With RTE he produced and directed the seminal stripped comedy sketch series Nighthawks, devised and produced game shows, magazine shows and hard-hitting popular factual series such as The Secret Baby Trail – the first TV exposé of the scandal of illegitimate Irish babies dispatched to the USA.

Harriet Palmer