"I don't think the job of producing entails anything beyond taste and judgment. I was told when I was originally trying to put 'Downton Abbey' together, 'Nobody in the United States will ever be interested in this project,' and it's one of the highest rating shows in America, despite the incredibly competitive landscape. If I'd been wobbled by that, maybe it would never have happened."
About This Interview
In his one-hour Archive interview, Gareth Neame talks about his early years and being part of a show business family. He describes his first years at the BBC as a floor manager, where he received invaluable training on such series as EastEnders. Neame recalls working his way up to Head of Independent Drama at the BBC, which led to taking over Carnival Films (which was later bought by NBC/Universal). He discusses getting Julian Fellowes involved in what later became Downton Abbey, and speaks of his working relationship with Fellowes. He talks about the casting and production of the show, the global phenomenon it has become, and the challenges of losing actors and keeping storylines secret until the show airs. He concludes with advice for aspiring producers. Nancy Harrington conducted the interview on May 4, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California.