Who we are

We were founded by Jamie Oliver and things grew from there

Fresh One, founded in 2000 and wholly owned by Jamie Oliver, has created remarkable campaigning factual entertainment in recent years including: Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, Ministry of Food, School Dinners and Saving Jamie’s Bacon.

Jamie's vision for the company was to create a brand that stands for the highest of production values and makes entertaining programmes that can change lives for the better.  As we expand, honesty, intelligence and, wherever possible, fun, will always be at the heart of our programmes.

We are working with some of the best talent – in front of and behind the camera – and will continue to promote originality and the ability to have a positive impact on the world.

Starting out in 2001 with Jamie’s Kitchen (the multi award-winning series for Channel 4 that launched Jamie as a campaigning presence on TV), the company grew under the leadership of Managing Executive Producer, Zoe Collins and Head of Operations, Jo Ralling.

Jamie’s shows went from strength to strength and other successful output included: To the Manor Bowen with Laurence Llewellyn Bowen, The Roadkill Chef and Neil Morrissey’s Risky Business.

In 2009, Managing Director Roy Ackerman joined Fresh One. With his 28-year background in award-winning documentary, specialist factual, entertainment and drama, the company is now growing fast into talent-led series such as An African Journey with Jonathan Dimbleby and The Delicious Miss Dahl (both BBC2) and a range of documentary and arts series including: James Rhodes: Piano Man (Sky Arts) and the award-winning 3D show Dance, Dance, Dance (Sky 3D).  

With the arrival, in 2010, of Creative Director David Wise, we're continuing to expand our formats, popular documentary and factual entertainment.

Our major launches this year are:  The Channel 4 Mash Up, Prison My Family and Me (BBC3), Jimmy and the Giant Supermarket (Channel4), The Men Who Made Us Fat (BBC2), and Simply Italian (Channel 4).  We also produced a second series of The Two Greedy Italians (BBC2) and The Restaurant Inspector (Channel 5).

Our programmes have sold into 60 territories and have been translated into 29 different languages. The company is also winning awards, including a Prime Time EMMY for Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution and an international award for Dance, Dance, Dance 3D.

In 2011, we also launched 2 new divisions, Fresh Pictures and Fresh Digital.  Fresh Pictures produces high-quality drama and scripted formats. Fresh Digital integrates award-winning multiplatform expertise with the Fresh One development team to create innovative new formats and produce stand alone digital products.