Sharon Horgan is a BAFTA award-winning Irish actress, writer, producer and director, who is perhaps best known for her multiple award-winning sitcom CATASTROPHE, which she co-writes and stars in with Rob Delaney.
She co-founded Merman with Clelia Mountford and they have become one the most iconic and successful comedy production companies.
Sharon also co-created and co-wrote DIVORCE (HBO), as well as Motherland (BBC). In 2019 Sharon co-produced the feature film, HERSELF and co-starred in THIS WAY UP.
As co-founder of Merman with Sharon Horgan, Clelia develops and produces a multitude of projects with a host of international talent.
Clelia has most recently executive produced the comedy drama series FRAYED (Sky One/ABC Australia) written by and starring Sarah Kendall, THIS WAY UP (Channel 4/HULU) written by Aisling Bea and starring Bea and Sharon Horgan, and the second series of MOTHERLAND (BBC Two).
She also produced two series of the award-winning THERE SHE GOES (BBC 2) written by Shaun Pye and starring David Tennant and Jessica Hynes.
CO-FOUNDER & GLOBAL MANAGING PARTNER
Kira Carstensen is the Global Managing Partner of Merman and co-founder of Mermade. She is an Academy Award Nominee and a two-time Emmy Nominee for her work as Producer on Lucy Walker’s documentary short “The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom.”
She has developed and produced original content for Facebook, Intel, Disney, Apple, United Airlines, plus many others. In 2016, Kira oversaw and produced the critically acclaimed visual album for Beyonce and HBO ‘Lemonade’.
Her latest film “Rebel Hearts” premiered at Sundance this year and is currently streaming on Discovery+.
Jeremy is a media entrepreneur with more than 30 years’ experience running international content and communications businesses.
A co-founder and non-exec Director of Mermade since launch, Jeremy guides the boards in the UK and the USA.
Jeremy also serves on the board of sister company Merman UK and USA in the capacity as Chairman.
In 2019 Jeremy co-founded The Creative District Co, an urban regeneration specialist with studios at its heart and Time + Space Studios, its operating platform, the owner and operator of the historical Twickenham Film Studios in the UK.
Managing Director UK
Josh joined Mermade from Channel 4 where he was a Commissioning Editor across digital, linear and On-Demand. He commissioned sketch-show News Crack (Channel 4), documentary Gay Dad’s Forever (E4 / ALL4) and comedy ent show Rage Room (All4).
Over 15 years in the industry he has devised and produced shows for TV and digital such as Safe Word (ITV2), Brexigeddon (BBC 2), Revolting (BBC 2) and Daniel (Channel 4). He is a digital obsessive and is fascinated with how you get the right stories to the right audiences on the platforms they use.
Since 2018 he has been Mermade London’s MD overseeing the development and production of Down From London (Topic), Fantastic Machines (Facebook Watch / Ladbible), Big Juice (Channel 4) and The Pin present: Every Character in… (Amazon Prime Video).
Development Director USA
Originally from Canada, Melanie got her start by assisting the likes of producer Lorenzo diBonaventura and director Ron Howard. She produced Joseph Gordon Levitt’s first short film SPARKS, which had its premiere at Sundance in 2009.
Melanie served as a development executive for film/TV and digital companies FilmColony, Fullscreen and Pulse Films where she developed multiple projects across the board from Tom Wolfe’s THE ELECTRIC KOOL-AID ACID TEST with director Gus Van Sant and served as Associate Producer on indie film THE TIME BEING starring Wes Bentley and Frank Langella, which premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.
In the TV space, she developed and produced a one-hour drama pilot based on novelist Elmore Leonard’s short story for the USA Network, original short form content for YouTube creators and an original television pilot for Fox and Party Over Here.
Cristina is a bilingual Mexican-American, born and raised in Colorado. As Coordinator, she identifies, cultivates and shepherds projects from ideation through production.
Prior to Mermade, Cristina worked at Justin Hartley's Change Up Productions, where she developed projects for both digital and linear platforms. In her spare time she can be found traveling the world or climbing a fourteener.