Ben Gale, Managing Director Little Gem
Ben’s past roles include BBC Commissioning Editor for Features, Director of Programmes at Channel 5, and senior positions at Maverick, Wall-to-Wall and Lion TV. He was the Series Editor of the first series of Who Do You Think You Are? and the BBC’s Executive Producer of the first BAFTA Award-winning series of The Choir. He commissioned hits including Don’t Tell the Bride, The Real Hustle and Nigella Express.
While running BBC Bristol Factual he oversaw the creation of DIY SOS: The Big Build, the launch of Nigel Slater on BBC One and the multi-award winning Protecting Our Children on BBC Two. While Director of Programmes at Maverick, Ben Executive Produced BBC Three’s Growing Up Down’s which won the Groundbreaking Programme Award at the CDN Awards and was nominated for an International Emmy.
Ben set up Little Gem with Natasha Bondy. It is a genuinely independent production company making high-quality factual television. Little Gem’s focus is creating innovative and entertaining programmes for all major broadcasters. In their first three years, they’ve had 21 hours commissioned by C4, six hours by Sky and two hours by the BBC. They have worked with the best on-screen and off-screen talent and will continue to do so, producing programmes with outstanding editorial and production values. Little Gem’s shows aim to leave the audience feeling brighter and wiser about the world we live in.