The move marks the first major hire by newly-appointed Playmaker managing director Jo Porter, who took the helm at Sony-owned production company last November from Fremantle following the departure of co-founders David Maher and David Taylor.
In her new role, Gardner will work with Porter to drive and oversee all creative aspects of the company’s scripted slate.
“I couldn’t be more thrilled the brilliant Rachel Gardner will be joining me in this key role as we reshape the business,” Porter said.
“Rachel combines a razor-sharp instinct for original and compelling stories, a reputation for excellence and the respect and love of all the creatives she has worked with over her impressive career.
“We both have a proud track record of championing original voices