Duncan Gray has spent 25 years developing and launching big, innovative hit entertainment shows, as a commissioner and producer on both sides of the Atlantic. He started his career at Planet 24 where he wrote and developed The Big Breakfast pitch and paper running orders. He went on to become Series Editor for enfant terrible late night show The Word.
He spent 1996 in Los Angeles heading up Planet 24 USA where he led the Survivor development team funded by Michael Davies at BVTV before returning to The Big Breakfast as Exec Producer in 1997. He paired Johnny Vaughan and Denise Van Outen and is credited with turning round what was a failing franchise. Gray founded At It Productions in 1998, developing and Exec Producing At It’s very first commission The Jo Whiley Music Show.
He then joined Granada TV later in 1998 as Head Of Entertainment. He oversaw the launch of the hugely successful celebrity version of Stars In Their Eyes, before developing and Exec Producing PopStars: The Rivals (the world’s first competitive mentoring talent show) and BAFTA winning Saturday Night Takeaway, which has just completed its 10th series.
Gray joined ABC as VP Alternative Series and Specials in 2003, developing and launching Extreme Makeover: Home Edition before joining the Jimmy Kimmel Live team as Exec Producer for 3 years (2003-2006). In 2006, Gray went back to London to join ITV as controller of Entertainment. During his tenure he oversaw an overhaul of The X Factor and had responsibility, amongst others, for Harry Hill’s TV Burp, Saturday Night Takeaway and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.
At ITV, his key new commission was Britain’s Got Talent. He left ITV in 2008 and spent 18 months writing and broadcasting before returning to TV in 2009 as Head Of Entertainment at Sky as Stuart Murphy’s first key editorial hire. Whilst at Sky, he commissioned two long running iconic Sky shows, Got To Dance and League Of Their Own before leaving to join Princess Productions as Creative Director in January 2012.
Gray is currently working very closely with Gary Carter, Shine Northern Europe’s Chairman, and Shine Northern Europe’s development teams across Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland.