Group Director of Family Entertainment and Drama
Zodiak Media

Nigel Pickard1972: Film editor, floor manager, then trainee director and assistant director at Southern TV.
1982: Moves to TVS to be senior programme director of the children’s department.
1984: Senior producer of Saturday morning show No 73.
1985: TVS children’s executive producer, responsible for all children’s information and entertainment series.
1986: Controller of children’s and family at TVS, responsible for all production and development of programmes including Motormouth, Rupert Bear, The Storyteller, Art Attack, Greek Myths and Streetwise. BAFTA awards for Art Attack and Storyteller.
1992: Moves to Scottish TV to be controller of entertainment and drama features, developed and produced Wolf It and What’s Up Doc for ITV.
1993: Moves into cable as director of programmes at the Family Channel.
1996: Promoted to general manager of the Family Channel.
1997: Moves to Flextech Television as general manager of Challenge TV and vice president of production. Oversees the launch of Challenge TV and other original production for Flextech channels.
1998: Moves back to ITV to be controller of children’s and youth programmes, responsible for programme commissions, acquisitions and schedule of ITV’s children’s programmes. High point is commissioning SM:TV and CD:UK, both fronted by Ant and Dec, which breaks the BBC’s dominance of Saturday morning TV for the first time in 12 years.
2000: Moves to the BBC for the first time in his career to take up the position of controller of CBBC. Oversees the launch of two new children’s channels, CBBC and CBeebies.
Feb 03: Director of Programmes ITV – overall responsibility for commissioning and scheduling of all ITV Channel’s programmes.

2005: Director of Family Programming, RDF Media

2010: Group Director of Family Entertainment and Drama, Zodiak Media