Clelia Mountford founded Merman in 2014, a television and film production company, with writer/performer Sharon Horgan. Merman’s shows include three series of CATASTROPHE (C4), MOTHERLAND (BBC 2), DIVORCE (HBO), BLISS (SKY), THE CIRCUIT (C4), TODD MARGARET (IFC), SARA PASCOE’S MUSIC LOVERS (BBC Online) and the Lolly Adefope, Jason Byrne, Katherine Ryan COMEDY SHORTS (Sky).
Prior to Merman, Clelia produced the post-apocalyptic comedy COCKROACHES starring Jack Whitehall and Daniel Lawrence Taylor (ITV2). She devised and produced two series of the comedy drama adaptation of Mikhail Bulgakov’s A YOUNG DOCTOR’S NOTEBOOK (Sky Arts) starring Jon Hamm and Daniel Radcliffe. The show received huge critical acclaim and won record-breaking audiences for Sky Arts. Series 1 won the Broadcast Award for Best Multi-Channel Programme.
She produced the Broadcast Award nominated comedy drama series MR SLOANE by Robert B. Weide (director and EP of ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’) starring Nick Frost and Olivia Colman for Sky Atlantic. And two ‘Little Crackers’ for Sky One: Caroline Quentin’s NUTCRACKER and Sharon Horgan’s THE WEEK BEFORE CHRISTMAS, which won the Outstanding Achievement Jury Prize for Best TV Short in the International 3D Awards and was selected for the Los Angeles Comedy Festival.
As Head of Comedy at RDF, she executive produced two series of THE INCREASINGLY POOR DECISIONS OF TODD MARGARET for IFC and Channel 4. The series starred David Cross, Will Arnett, Spike Jonze, Sharon Horgan, Blake Harrison and Jon Hamm.
Clelia was Head of Radio and TV Script Associate at TalkbackThames for 8 years, starting there as assistant to Griff Rhys Jones. She began her career in theatre and radio, producing over 50 radio comedies and dramas for BBC Radio 4, 3 and 2 and assistant produced numerous no 1 theatre tours and West End shows.