ABOUT US

CURIOUS FILMS makes the highest quality popular factual television for broadcasters in the UK and around the world. Founded by Dov Freedman and Charlie Russell, we bring documentary authenticity, distinctive storytelling and a popular touch, to create hugely enjoyable, extraordinary television.

DOV FREEDMAN

Managing Director & Co-Founder

Dov has over 20 years experience in the TV industry. His ambitious popular factual hits for UK television include The Island with Bear Grylls, An Hour to Save Your Life, Banged up Abroad, Barbie: The Most Famous Doll in the World and Outside Man for Netflix. He has a strong track record in winning new business and originated and oversaw Charlie’s acclaimed documentaries The Trouble With DadThe Last Nazis and Young Soldiers.

CHARLIE RUSSELL

Creative Director & Co-Founder

Charlie is a double BAFTA and EMMY award-winning director who has made over 20 documentaries for British television, including the highly acclaimed Chris Packham: Asperger’s & Me, (winner, Best Director, Factual, BAFTA 2018) and his seminal film about assisted dying with Sir Terry Pratchett, Choosing To Die, which won every major documentary award including the BAFTA, EMMY, Grierson and RTS, and was debated in Parliament.

NICKY VARLEY

Head Of Production (Currently on Maternity Leave)

Nicky has spent 10 years in production management across multiplatform broadcast, branded & commercial content, delivering to major UK & US broadcasters, SVOD platforms & international brands. She started her career in the BBC Factual team and has worked for a number of major indies, where she first met Dov and Charlie.  Nicky has been with Curious since the first few months of the company starting.

 

LAUREN KELLY

Acting Head Of Production

Former HOP at Flicker Productions, Lauren has a wealth of experience overseeing productions for the BBC, ITV, Ch4, Ch5, Nat Geo, Discovery & MTV. Her credits include the award-winning Exodus: Our Journey To Europe and Kathy Burke: All Woman

 

YASMIN HEIDARY-MILIC

Junior Production Coordinator 

After a career in law, Yasmin joined Curious in 2019. Her first credits include Squad Goals (series 2 of BBC3’s Britain’s Youngest Football Boss) and Being Frank for BBC2. She now works across all Curious productions.