Knickerbockerglory is an independent production company launched in 2011 by Jonathan Stadlen with the aim of making shows we love, sharing our profits and giving to charity. In 2017 we were proud to be voted the best place to work in TV by Broadcast Magazine, and also won Best Documentary at the Mind Media Awards for "Me and My Mental Illness".
Our founding producers were the production team behind the BAFTA nominated and RTS award winning Pineapple Dance Studios. Since then we have produced six series of GPs: Behind Closed Doors (230 x 60' Channel 5), two series of Lookalikes (9x30' C4), The Great Model Railway Challenge (6x60' C5), two series of Stage School (60x30 E4), How To... (10x30' E4), two series of Gypsy Kids: Our Secret World (10 x 60' C5), South Side Story (12x30 BBC3) three series of Celebrities in Therapy (12x60' C5), First Time Call Girl (1x60' C5), Mind the Age Gap (5x60' C5), My Name Is… And I’m An Alcoholic (1x60' C5), Me and My... (6x60' C5), MH370: Inside the Situation Room (1x 60), Life is Wonderful: Mandela's Unsung Heroes (1x90), The Hospice (13x60 TOGETHER), Boom Town (6x30' BBC3), Jodie Marsh On…, (6x60' TLC) Superstars and Superfans (6x60' TLC), Me and My Addiction (1x90' C5), Online & Lying (1x60' E4) and Twin Towns (10x60' Sky1). We also have a Digital Division.
Knickerbockerglory was set up as a profit-sharing company, meaning earnings from shows we produce are shared between staff and also equally between freelancers based on length of service that year (whether they are a runner or a director), and every year we donate a percentage of our profits to a different charity chosen by our production teams. This year we donated £100,000 to charity, split equally between The Shepherds Bush Families Project who help local homeless families and refugees, Jessie May Children’s Hospice, Friends of Hammersmith Hospital, Focus 12 and Ellenor hospice, Gravesend.
We are not owned by a large media corporation, distributor or super-indie. We are creatively autonomous and able to choose our projects first and foremost because we love them. Despite this, in 2016 and 2017 we made more documentary hours than any other TV company in the UK. Our office has been set up to work as a second home – so children are welcome to visit, we support people who require flexible working hours and we have a gold office mannequin called Graham who watches over us.
We love the programmes we make and we love the people we make them with. We especially enjoy making shows that challenge prejudices and stereotypes. If you’d like to make shows with us, we’d like to hear from you.