THREE RIVER FICTION is a next-generation independent production
company dedicated to creating, developing and producing
quality must-see drama.
Established in 2014 by creative directors Jonathan Drake and Steve
Maher, Three River Fiction is passionate about ﬁnding brilliant
stories and bringing them to life. Working with the very best writing,
editorial, production and on-screen talent, we aim to create thought
provoking, entertaining, ambitious and distinctive television which
will resonate with contemporary UK and International audiences.
Jonathan Drake is CEO of the group’s holding company
Three River Studios and has 25 years experience in media business, the last
ten of these being in the independent TV production sector. Formerly
Managing Director of Impossible Pictures he was responsible for bringing
together funding for many blue-chip factual shows such as Prehistoric Park
(ITV, Pro7, M6, Animal Planet), Perfect Disasters (Discovery Channel, M6,
Pro7, Five), World War II: The Last Heroes (C4, History Canada, Yesterday), as
well as drama series such as Primeval (ITV, UKTV, Pro7), Primeval New World
(Space, Pro7, Watch) and Sinbad (Sky1).
Steve has worked in the animation and television industry as Art Director,
Producer and Director for over two decades.
He has been involved in an array of projects from multi award-winning
children’s series, on blockbuster exhibitions for the V&A, as the creator of
numerous animated Doctor Who projects, and in recent years, as Creative
Exec and Director at Impossible Pictures and Impossible Factual. This has
resulted in the commissioning of a diverse range of specials and series for
clients from National Geographic to History and Smithsonian Channels. Steve devised and produced a 90 minute documentary/drama telling the story of the Martian Invasion of 1913 that was nominated for Best International Drama at the 2015 Canadian Screen Awards.
Steve has a strong background in visual effects design and animation and works between the Manchester and London ofﬁces.
Benjamin McGrath has ten years experience working in television drama
across all genres. Ben joined Three Rivers from ITV’s long running serial
drama Emmerdale where he was part of a story team that wrote and edited
storylines for over 1000 episodes of the continuing drama series.
Prior to writing stories for Emmerdale, Ben worked alongside Laura Mackie,
Sally Haynes, Steve November and Victoria Fea as Development Editor for
ITV’s drama commissioning team across a range of productions from
Primeval to Law and Order and before that for Andy Harries, Christine Langan and Saurabh Kakkar in Granada Drama and Comedy.