Speakers in 2016 included indie bosses, commissioners and investors who will give you the full picture on the current independent production scene in the UK. Senior executives from a range of true indies, super indies and start-ups shared how they made the crucial transition from programme making to running a successful company, while commissioners gave insight into building and delivering creative ideas. Organisations with money to invest in independent production also outlined what they are looking for. Speakers for 2017 will be announced in late 2016. For updates on 2017 speakers please subscribe for updates
Colin Barr is a Bafta and Emmy-winning executive producer/director who works across documentary and drama. His reputation has been built on merging journalism with innovative forms of filmmaking to create work that is challenging, intelligent and popular. He is responsible for some of the BBC’s highest profile documentaries, such as Life and Death Row, Our War and Space Dive and some of its most successful factual dramas such as Our World War, My Murder and Maxwell and Glasgow Girls, which won the Broadcast Award for Best Original Programme. He has also executive produced a number of acclaimed documentaries including the recent BBC Two series The Detectives.
Minnow Films is an award-winning independent production company, renowned for its sensitive and intelligent portrayal of powerful human stories. Their work focuses on producing bold and ground breaking films that sit at the very cutting edge of documentary making. Today, Minnow is working with some of the most established and reputable filmmakers in the industry, who continue the company’s ethos of developing and producing thought-provoking documentaries of the highest quality.
Executive Producer & Head of Development
Kate Beetham is Executive Producer and Head of Development at Plimsoll Productions. Prior to this she was most recently an Executive Producer in the BBC Features Department. Her Executive Producer credits include DIY SOS, Bargain Hunt and Flogit. Previously, Kate was a Commissioning Executive for documentaries on BBC One and BBC Two, and has been Series Producer of Horizon and other titles in the BBC and at Granada.
Plimsoll Productions creates and produces non-scripted shows for the international television market from our offices in the UK and the USA. The award winning creative team has produced some of the biggest factual hits of recent years, winning Emmy Awards, as well as top awards from BAFTA and RTS. Since its launch in September 2013, the company has grown rapidly, with more than twenty series now in production. Commissions include: Rescue Dog to Super Dog (Channel 4), Life at the Extreme with Davina McCall (ITV), The Secret Life of the Family (Channel 5), The Life of Dogs (Discovery).
Roanna began her TV career as a script editor on BBC’s EastEnders and ITV’s Jane Eyre before moving to Tiger Aspect where she script edited four series of Playing the Field by Kay Mellor for BBC One, Births, Marriages and Deaths by Tony Grounds for BBC Two, the BAFTA-award winning White Girl by Abi Morgan for BBC Two and the multi BAFTA-winning & Oscar-nominated feature film Billy Elliot by Lee Hall.
Also at Tiger Aspect, as either producer, series producer or executive producer, Roanna developed and produced: BAFTA-nominated Coming Down the Mountain by Mark Haddon for BBC One, Aftersun by David Nicholls for BBC One, Royal Wedding by Abi Morgan for BBC Two, four series of Secret Diary of a Call Girl by Lucy Prebble and others for ITV2, two series of Prisoners’ Wives by Julie Gearey for BBC One, and the first two series of My Mad Fat Diary by Tom Bidwell for E4. Most recently Roanna developed and executive produced the BBC One series Doctor Foster by award-winning playwright Mike Bartlett. Doctor Foster was the highest rating new show in all genres in 2015 and was recently awarded Best New Drama and Best Drama Performance for Suranne Jones at the 2016 National Television Awards. Roanna is currently working on Doctor Foster series two and a new green-lit series for BBC One which is yet to be announced.
Our aim is to make Drama Republic an environment where creative people – writers, directors, producers and actors – can do their best work and get the support they need and the recognition they deserve. Our ambition is to continue making high-quality, distinctive, entertaining and gripping drama that will reach the widest possible audience.
David Brindley joined Channel 4 as a documentaries commissioning editor in 2013. He has recently worked across The Tribe, Royal Navy School, The Jihadis Next Door, Muslim Drag Queens & The Vote and is now jointly responsible for 9pm series. Before joining C4, he was co-series director on the Emmy award-winning Educating Yorkshire, other directing credits include One Born Every Minute and The Kid’s Speech (BBC One) as well as producing on Cage Fighting Women (Storyville),The Fallen and Beautiful Young Minds (BBC Two).
Channel 4 is a publicly-owned, commercially-funded, not-for-profit public service broadcaster and has a remit to be innovative, experimental and distinctive. Its public ownership and not-for-profit status ensure all profit generated by its commercial activity is directly reinvested back into the delivery of its public service remit. As a publisher-broadcaster, Channel 4 is also required to commission UK content from the independent production sector and currently works with over 300 creative companies across the UK every year. In addition to the main Channel 4 service, its portfolio includes: E4, More4, Film4, 4Music, 4seven, Channel4.com and digital service All 4.
Tom Brisley is co-founder and joint creative director of Arrow Media, one of the UK’s fastest growing independent production companies. His creative vision and leadership have played an integral role in establishing Arrow as one of the UK’s most ambitious creative forces and expanding its portfolio of content across live, scripted, factual and factual entertainment programming for the UK, US and international TV market.
Tom’s credits for Arrow include the ground-breaking and RTS award-winning Live From Space for Channel 4 in the UK and NGC in the US; Battle of Britain: Return of the Spitfires for Channel 4; Crime series See No Evil, which broke audience records for Investigation Discovery in the US and is now in its second season and Animal Fight Night for Nat Geo Wild, which has just completed its third season.
Before setting up Arrow, Tom ran the factual TV output of Darlow Smithson Productions where he was responsible for creating and executive producing more than 150 hours of high-quality television, including long-running series I Shouldn’t Be Alive; Richard Hammond’s Engineering Connections and the award-winning Seconds from Disaster. He also oversaw documentary specials such as Miracle on the Hudson; Concorde’s Last Flight and the BAFTA nominated Tsunami: Caught on Camera, as well as the Animal Planet drama Mermaids – The Body Found.
Previous to that Tom worked as a producer/director in the independent sector and at the BBC, where he started his TV career as a graduate trainee.
Arrow Media is one of the UK’s most ambitious creative forces.
A fast-growing independent production company, Arrow Media specialises in creating high quality and innovative content across TV, film and digital media from long-running series to big ambitious projects such as Live from Space, Ultimate Airport Dubai and Jumbo – The plane that changed the world.
Established in 2011, the company was founded by Tom Brisley, John Smithson, and Iain Pelling and operates in the UK, US and other key international territories, where all three partners have extensive experience.
Stuart is an award winning director and Executive Producer who spent 15 years at the BBC. Since launching Plum, he has overseen projects such as Inside Necker Island (BBC), Kid Criminals (Channel 4), Rookies (ITV), Rachel Khoo’s Little Paris Kitchen (BBC), and directed Inside Death Row and The Mafia with Trevor McDonald (ITV).
Plum is one of the UK’s fastest growing and critically acclaimed independent production companies. Since launching in 2007 we have become known for producing innovative, stand out hits for all the major networks. From returning series and formats including Amazing Spaces (Channel 4), Shed of the Year (Channel 4), Rookies (ITV), James May’s Man Lab (BBC Two) to access driven docs such as Billionaire’s Paradise: Inside Necker Island (BBC), Kid Criminals (Channel 4) and The Mafia with Trevor McDonald (ITV). Our shows are broadcast on BBC, ITV, Channel 4 & Sky and are sold to over 140 countries.
Nick Curwin began his career as a print journalist before working at London Weekend Television for nine years and then at indie Mentorn, where he was Head of Programmes for one of its divisions, Folio. He launched Firefly, later renamed Dragonfly, with Magnus Temple in 2004, sold it to Shine in 2007, left in 2009, launched The Garden in 2010 and sold it to ITV Studios in 2013. He remains Chief Executive of The Garden. His Executive Producer credits include 24 Hours in A&E (BAFTA-nominated and winner of the Royal Television Society award for Best Documentary Series), the BAFTA-winning first series of One Born Every Minute, the BAFTA-nominated first series of The Family, Seven Dwarves and the BAFTA-nominated The Audience. He also produced The Autopsy and Anatomy For Beginners, winner of three RTS awards including Best Science Programme.
The Garden is a television production company that was launched by Nick Curwin and Magnus Temple in June 2010. Our purpose is two-fold: to make cutting edge, ambitious, distinctive factual programmes for major broadcasters in the UK and internationally; and to be the most ideal production company we can be, where programme-makers can do their very best work and that always delivers exceptional television.
COO and CEO Emerging Markets
Sangeeta Desai is FremantleMedia’s Chief Operating Officer and Chief Executive Officer of Emerging Markets, responsible for the group’s operations and investments and oversees FremantleMedia’s growth, particularly in the emerging markets.
FremantleMedia is a global content company with a network of offices across 31 markets. We create, produce and distribute some of the best-known and most-loved content in the world across traditional TV and digital platforms. Our titles range from Got Talent, Idols, The X Factor, The Price is Right and Family Feud through to Acquitted, Danger Mouse, Deutschland ‘83, FullTimeDEVILS, Gute Zeiten, Schlechte Zeiten, Munchies, Party Down South and Storage Wars – among many others.
We make over 10,000 hours of programming a year and have more than 20,000 hours of programmes in our catalogue, which we sell to broadcasters and platforms all over the world. These programmes cover every major genre: drama, entertainment, factual, kids, lifestyle, digital and branded entertainment – daytime, primetime and online. We are part of the RTL Group, the leading European entertainment network, which in turn is owned by Bertelsmann, the international media company.
Joely has had extensive experience in the independent television sector, most recently as CEO of Zodiak UK, Belgium and Netherlands which comprised of 16 production companies including RDF Television, IWC and Touchpaper producing over 700 hours of content in 2012. Joely was also responsible in 2011 for the acquisition of Bwark the comedy producers behind hit movie ‘The Inbetweeners’.
Previously she spent 7 years as COO and Holding Board director of RDF Media Group, with responsibility across the Legal, Commercial, Finance, Production management, IT, HR, Music, Digital, Distribution, Sales, Press, Production and Talent departments of the group in the US and UK. Across this period Joely supported a raft of creative executives and the production of a huge catalogue of programmes across all genres including: Wife Swap, Shipwrecked, Scrapheap, Being Human, Location Location Location, Extreme Fishing with Robson Green, Faking It.
Joely joined RAW in July 2013 to work alongside the existing team and bring increased strategic and operational expertise to the business after a period rapid of growth and exciting output.
Raw TV started up in 2001 and since then we’ve been busy making popular and award winning shows for broadcasters in the UK and US including the BBC, Channel 4, Five, CBS, A&E, Discovery, Nat Geo and others.
Raw is all about great stories told with style. We’ve built a reputation for bringing visual flair and gripping storytelling to everything we do – factual programmes, drama documentaries, digital projects and current affairs. We want every single production to stand out from the crowd, whether it’s a one-off special, or the last in a 13 part series.
In 2012, we produced our first feature film The Imposter which went on to win a Bafta and numerous other awards. Following this success we have established a dedicated film and TV drama division who are working with the most exciting writers and directors to build a slate for financiers and broadcasters across the UK and US.
Our obsession with the quality of our programmes, and our belief in the importance of a good story, has helped us attract some of the best film-makers and most exciting young talent to Raw.
Full Fat TV
Full Fat’s Creative Director is Colette Foster. At Remarkable Television she launched over 22 brands amongst them she devised, developed and executive produced BBC Two series Restoration Home, The House that £100K Built and Tricks of the Trade; BBC Three series Freak Like Me, Hotter Than My Daughter; Channel 4 series Supersize versus Superskinny, The Sex Education Show, Gok’s Fashion Fix, Secret Eaters, Mary’s Bottom Line, Superscrimpers, Katie Piper’s Bodyshockers. At Maverick Television, Colette developed and executive produced 10 Years Younger, How to Look Good Naked and Embarrassing Illnesses. Colette started her career at the BBC where she created Tracks (launching the career of Ray Mears), and worked on Clothes Show and Gardeners’ World.
Full Fat Television opened for business in September 2015 and is based in Birmingham. The team at Full Fat Television is behind a string of groundbreaking, award winning hit television shows. The name Full Fat means our programmes are full of rich, nourishing content. Full Fat also means we’re a little bit naughty, but always nice. We have particular expertise in live and fast turnaround magazine series.
Matthew joined RDF in 1994 and was responsible for establishing and growing RDF’s international distribution business, RDF Rights. He did this from a standing start (from a small room in Ealing) and by 2010 (when RDF became part of Zodiak), the revenues of RDF Rights had grown to c£30m.
As part of the sale of RDF, Matthew was appointed CEO of Zodiak Rights, one of the world’s leading international distributors with revenues of c£60m selling drama, entertainment, comedy, factual and kids programming to more than 200 broadcasters worldwide.
He also managed the company’s relationship with hundreds of producers from across the globe. Matthew is a well-known figure among the international broadcast and production community.
TRX is the online marketplace for secondary TV and video rights. It offers buyers and sellers a fast, efficient and cost effective way to transact online.
The way TV rights are traded hasn’t changed in over 30 years… Many buyers and sellers around the world agree that the current way of doing business is old fashioned, slow and needs to change.
TRX offers a new and exciting alternative that will transform the way we all do business.
Head of Growth Fund
Channel 4 is a publicly-owned, commercially-funded, not-for-profit public service broadcaster and has a remit to be innovative, experimental and distinctive. Its public ownership and not-for-profit status ensure all profit generated by its commercial activity is directly reinvested back into the delivery of its public service remit. As a publisher-broadcaster, Channel 4 is also required to commission UK content from the independent production sector and currently works with over 300 creative companies across the UK every year. In addition to the main Channel 4 service, its portfolio includes: E4, More4, Film4, 4Music, 4seven, Channel4.com and digital service All 4.
In 2014 Channel 4 launched its £20m Indie Growth Fund. Its aim is to further support the independent production sector, outside of the normal commissioning cycle, by providing access to funding for small and medium sized high growth independent production companies based in the UK to help them grow and develop their business. As a not-for-profit organisation, all returns from the Fund’s investments are used to reinvest in the indie sector for the benefit of producers and audiences.
Managing Director/Executive Producer
Films of Record
Neil Grant has been in the TV industry for 27 years. Currently at Films of Record he is Managing Director/Executive Producer. Credits include the recent critically acclaimed Channel 4 series The Murder Detectives. Also, Brett: A Life With No Arms; Charlie Hebdo: Three Days That Shook Paris; Don’t Cap My Benefits; The Kids Hospital at Xmas; Jeremy Corbyn: Labour’s Earthquake; The Mayor and Our Money; Greggs, More Than Meats The Pie; Stephen Lawrence: A Time For Justice; Fish Town; For Neda; Stephen Lawrence: A Time For Justice; and The Man Who Can’t Stop Hiccupping. When at the BBC for 17 years, Neil made some of the most prestigious and popular documentary including Hotel (Adelphi); Fighting the War; The Oklahoma Bomber; The Boys That Killed Stephen Lawrence; Defence of the Realm; States of Terror; Panorama and Public Eye. He was also an EP at Mentorn Media for six years and ran Mentorn Wales. In another life, Neil was a comprehensive school teacher and Parliamentary researcher, but still likes to ride a 1998 Harley Davidson.
Films of Record has a breadth and quality, placing it as one of the UK’s leading and most respected factual television producers. The company specialises in making popular and accessible programmes reaching out to a wide and diverse audience.
Creativity Trainer and Consultant
Leading Creative Talent Ltd
Linda graduated from the London School of Economics and initially pursued a career in pharmaceutical research before taking a creative leap to BBC Factual programming. After working in programme making, Linda developed a keen interest in creative strategy and development, working to the BBC Director General, then Greg Dyke, to set up the BBC’s Planning team and developing ideas and programme strategy for many of the BBC’s top titles, including Blue Planet, Top Gear and the BBC’s Digital Olympics.
As Head of Creative Leadership at the BBC, Linda designed the BBC’s Creative Leadership Programme which over three years developed new ideas, talent and cultural change for BBC North, iPlayer, Strictly Come Dancing, Doctor Who and external clients including BSkyB, Format houses such as Zodiak and Fremantle and Public broadcasters, DR, NRK and RTE.
Linda now runs Leading Creative Talent Ltd, a creative strategy and training company, she also writes articles for industry magazines and speaks regularly at international conferences such as the Edinburgh TV Festival, CREA in her native Italy, Copenhagen TV Festival and the Belfast Media Festival.
Leading Creative Talent helps organisations to create winning new ideas, give those ideas the best chance of success, and develop the leadership and environment for creativity to flourish. And we don’t just sell you new ideas: our unique approach gives you the tools, techniques and supportive culture to innovate and create, over and over again.
Whether you want to improve your idea generation, overhaul your organisational strategy to support ideas and innovation, or don’t yet know how or why you need to change, get in touch! An informal chat can rapidly uncover quick wins or training requirements, or the potential impact of a strategic review or wider change programme.
Head of Investments
Hugo sources projects for investment, negotiates terms, prepares recommendations for the Investment Committee and has creative oversight of the projects Screen Yorkshire invests in.
For over ten years, Screen Yorkshire has been at the forefront of championing the film, TV, games and digital industries in Yorkshire and the Humber. Its aim has always been to secure and support the very best projects, companies and individuals, helping to make Yorkshire and the Humber one of the most sought after destinations for production in the UK.
Screen Yorkshire is a specialist business which invests first and foremost in content, but also in developing talent. As an investor in content it runs the largest investment fund of its kind in the UK – the £15m, ERDF-supported Yorkshire Content Fund.
Recent investments include: Dad’s Army, The Hunter’s Prayer, A Royal Night Out, Peaky Blinders, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, Testament Of Youth, The Great Train Robbery, Get Santa, X + Y, Death Comes to Pemberley, Catch me Daddy, ’71, Black Work and Bill.
Warner Bros. TV Production UK
Claire serves as the Warner Bros TV Production Group’s MD, overseeing its 6 production companies. Primarily responsible for the strategic direction of the Group and its commercial, business, operational and financial matters she also oversees the Group’s PR, digital and technology and legal divisions.
Claire ran the commercial operations of the Institute of Contemporary Arts before training to be a Barrister and going in-house to work in the BBC’s legal department. From there she became Head of Business Affairs for Princess Productions and then Commercial and Legal Director for Wall to Wall in 2004, where she established Wall to Wall’s in house content distribution division in the wake of the introduction of the Terms of Trade. She formed part of the team who sold Wall to Wall to AIM listed Shed Media PLC in 2007, and then took on the dual roles of Managing Director for Wall to Wall and Commercial Director for the Shed Media Group PLC, as well as taking a place on the PLC Board. In 2010, by virtue of a management buy-out backed by Warner Bros., Shed Media de-listed from AIM and she became Chief Operating Officer, having been part of the team that orchestrated the event. She took on the role of Managing Director of the Group following the completion of the buy-out of Shed Media by Warner Bros. in 2014.
Warner Bros. Television Production UK is a group of leading British television production companies, Wall To Wall, Twenty Twenty, Ricochet, Renegade, Headstrong and Yalli Productions, producing some of the nation’s favourite television.
WBTVPUK’s output covers everything from long-running brands and formats to one-off specials and features, encompassing scripted, factual, factual entertainment, comedy and lifestyle content.
Established in 1998 as Shed Productions, the company grew rapidly after acquiring Ricochet (in 2005), Twenty Twenty and Wall to Wall (both 2007), launching Yalli Productions (2011), acquiring Renegade Pictures (2012), and starting up scripted specialists Headstrong Pictures (2014) to form the Shed Media Group. Warner Bros. became majority shareholders of the Shed Media Group in 2010, and the group became a fully-owned part of Warner Bros. in June 2014, changing its name to the Warner Bros. Television Production UK group.
WBTVPUK’s 2015 highlights include historical factual drama The Scandalous Lady W, Back In Time For Dinner, The Voice UK (Wall To Wall); The Tribe, Woolly Mammoth: The Autopsy, The Nick (Renegade); Sex In Class, Channel Patrol, Food Unwrapped, Secrets of the Superfoods (Ricochet); First Dates, The Naked Choir, Stacey Dooley: No Place To Be A Woman (Twenty Twenty); the final series of the hugely popular New Tricks (Headstrong); and the return of Impractical Jokers (Yalli).
Other notable successes for the group include the Oscar and BAFTA winning film Man On Wire (2008), the Emmy nominated drama feature The Girl (2012), the long running genealogy series Who Do You Think You Are? and the international smash hit franchise Supernanny (2004-12). The classic drama favourites Bad Girls, Footballers Wives and Waterloo Road, plus Don’t Tell The Bride (2007-), Drugs: Live (2012, 2015), and the continuing success of Gareth Malone’s choir franchise, including The Choir (2006), The Choir: Military Wives (2011), and Gareth’s All-Star Choir, which spawned the chart topping official BBC Children In Need single in 2014.
Endemol Shine UK
Endemol Shine UK is one of Britain’s largest independent production companies and is behind some of TV’s biggest hits.
Our diverse range of hits includes Big Brother, Black Mirror, Broadchurch, Grantchester, MasterChef, One Born Every Minute, Peaky Blinders, Pointless, Sunday Brunch, The Fall, The Island, Vicious, 8 out of 10 Cats and many more.
Labels within the UK Group include Artists Studio, Bandit Television, Brown Eyed Boy, Cave Bear Productions, DSP, Dragonfly, Fifty Fathoms, House of Tomorrow, Initial, Kudos, Princess Productions, Remarkable Television, Shine North, Shine TV, Tiger Aspect, Tigress and Zeppotron.
The UK group is part of Endemol Shine Group – the world’s largest independent production company with a global network of around 150 companies in over 30 countries.
Prior to joining ITV Studios at the beginning of 1997, Michael Kelpie had worked for a variety of UK indies, BBC and Channel Four producing a diverse range of shows including, Top of The Pops, The Brit Awards, Miss World, Saturday Kitchen and The Big Breakfast, to name just a few. Since joining ITV Studios in 2007, Michael created a diverse and successful slate of award-winning programming including The Chase (ITV), Four Weddings (Living), It’ll Be Alright On The Night (ITV), Krypton Factor (ITV), Steps: Reunion (Sky Living), You’ve Been Framed (ITV), Funniest Things (ITV) and Surprise Surprise (ITV).
In March 2013, Michael was appointed Managing Director of Potato, a new production label within ITV Studios and has been the creative powerhouse behind channel-defining hit shows such as The Chase (ITV), Ninja Warrior UK (ITV), Britain’s Secret Treasures (ITV), The Big Reunion (ITV2), Autopsy: The Last Hours of … (Five) and Bear Grylls’ Survival School (CITV).
Michael also executive produces The Chase USA (an ITV America production for GSN) and Autopsy USA (a Potato production for Reelz).
Founded by Managing Director Michael Kelpie in March 2013, Potato is home to a number of successful formats. Since then, Potato has had phenomenal growth with an impressive slate of successful TV series like the award-winning ratings-busting juggernauts of The Chase, Ninja Warrior UK, The Big Reunion, Four Weddings, Autopsy: The Last Hours Of …, Fearne & … and Bear Grylls Survival School.
Potato brings together a group of highly experienced Producers, Directors and Executive Producers with years of experience in Primetime Entertainment, Factual, Documentary, Factual Entertainment, Music Entertainment and Daytime programming, all of whom share a passion to create a diverse range of high quality, engaging, entertaining, talked-about and, most importantly, returning TV formats across multiple genres and broadcasters. In 2016, Potato will produce 300+ hours of original programming both in the UK and Internationally.
Acting Head of Factual Commissioning
Alison Kirkham was appointed Acting Head of BBC Factual Commissioning in May 2015. Prior to that, she was Head of Commissioning Formats and Features for BBC One and BBC Two for five years. Alison’s commissions include: Back In Time for Dinner, Eat Well For Less, DIY SOS Veterans Special, Britain’s Spending Secrets with Anne Robinson, Kew On A Plate and The Great British Sewing Bee. She joined the BBC in 2005 as an executive producer for Daytime and spent six months as acting Controller of BBC Daytime in 2006. Prior to that, Kirkham worked in ITV Current Affairs on Tonight With Trevor McDonald. While there she worked as a producer on ITV’s 9/11 and Iraq war coverage. At ITV she secured and produced interviews including with George Bush, Colin Powell and Hillary Clinton. As well as working in current affairs at ITV she worked as a producer on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here and This Morning. Her first broadcasting job was on Radio 4’s Today programme.
The BBC creates, commissions and broadcasts more hours of original television and radio programming than any other broadcasting organisation with the vast majority produced in the UK.
The BBC’s single vision is to be the most creative organisation in the world. To enrich people’s lives with programmes and services of high quality, originality and value that inform, educate and entertain.
The strategy for delivering this vision in the digital age is through five editorial priorities:
- The best journalism in the world
- Inspiring knowledge, culture and music
- Ambitious UK drama and comedy
- Outstanding children’s content
- Events that bring together communities and the nation
The BBC operates under a Royal Charter and its UK public service broadcasting activities are funded by a licence fee paid by UK households. This is augmented by profits from commercial operations through a wholly owned subsidiary BBC Worldwide Ltd.
The BBC offers the following services:
- Nine nationwide TV services
- National and regional TV services across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
- Ten nationwide radio networks and two national radio services each in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
- 39 local radio stations in England
Alongside BBC television and radio, BBC Online brings together a broad portfolio of websites including BBC News, BBC Sport, & Weather. It also offers websites for CBBC and CBeebies, Knowledge & Learning and provides access to programmes on-demand through BBC iPlayer and digital music through Playlister.
Since April 2014 the licence fee has funded the World Service which provides international news on radio, television, online, and via wireless handheld devices in English and 27 other languages across the world.
The BBC maintains a number of separate ventures across the world some of which help fund BBC public services.
BBC World News – The BBC’s commercially funded international news and information television channel, broadcasting in English 24 hours a day in many countries across the world.
BBC Monitoring – Provides news, information and comment gathered from mass media around the world.
BBC Worldwide – The BBC’s main commercial arm, BBC Worldwide helps deliver and promote BBC content and formats around the world with over two-thirds of its revenues coming from outside the UK.
For more information visit www.bbc.co.uk/aboutthebbc
Stephen Lambert is the founder and CEO of Studio Lambert, the production company he launched in 2008 with the support of All3Media. He is one of the best-known creative television executives in Britain and America, responsible for global unscripted hits such as Gogglebox, Undercover Boss, Wife Swap, Four in a Bed, Secret Millionaire, Tattoo Fixers and Faking It. His programs have won many awards, including several Primetime Emmys and more than half a dozen BAFTA awards.
In 2010, the Huffington Post selected Lambert as one its Game Changers: 100 innovators, mavericks, visionaries, and leaders who are changing the way we look at the world and the way we live in it. In 2013, he received the C21/FRAPA Gold Medal at MIP in recognition of his outstanding achievement and contribution to the international formats business. And in 2014, Lambert was inducted into Realscreen’s Hall of Fame.
Lambert began his career at the BBC in 1983 where he worked for 15 years making documentary films and series all over the world as well as launching the acclaimed documentary strand of the 1990s, Modern Times. He joined RDF Media in 1998 as director of programs, becoming the group’s chief creative officer after the company’s flotation on the AIM market and its acquisition of several other production companies.
Studio Lambert is a fast-growing independent television production company based in London and Los Angeles. It is part of All3Media, the global production group. Stephen Lambert, creator of many well-known global formats, launched the company in 2008. It quickly grew a reputation on both sides of the Atlantic for making innovative and popular unscripted shows. A scripted division was established in 2015 to produce high quality drama series with British and American writers, directors and on-screen talent.
In the UK the company produces the multi-award-winning Gogglebox, the most popular show on Channel 4, as well as Tattoo Fixers, the most popular show on E4. For BBC Two Studio Lambert produces The Great Interior Design Challenge; and for Channel 4 daytime, Studio Lambert has produced more than four hundred episodes of Four in A Bed and more than a thousand episodes of the format have been made internationally.
In the US, Studio Lambert’s Undercover Boss attracted the highest rating premiere for an unscripted show in US TV history with more than 38 million viewers. A seventh season is currently airing on CBS and the show has been nominated for the best reality series Emmy Award six times, winning it twice. A US version of Gogglebox called The People’s Couch is in its fourth season on Bravo and several other shows are currently airing on cable.
Joint Creative Director
Derren spent over a decade at the BBC where he helped launch 1Xtra, was Panorama’s first digital exec, secured a number of BBC Three documentary commissions, was the Mutliplatform Exec for the award-winning Our War and helped launch the Global iPlayer in 16 territories around the globe. He then left to join youth engagement agency Livity as Head of Content, before joining London Live as a commissioner specialising in documentaries and breaking new talent on and off screen. He is currently Creative Director at independent production company, Woodcut Media which produces factual programmes for UK and international broadcasters.
Led by CEO Kate Beal, Woodcut Media specialises in the production of documentaries, specialist factual and factual entertainment programming for UK and international broadcasters. Recent broadcast projects include the Idris Elba documentary, ‘Mandela, My Dad and Me’ (Discovery and Netflix), ‘Defenders of the Sky’ (H2), Heir We Go Again! (ITV3), The Krays: The Prison Years (Discovery), Combat Trains (History) and 4K production, Around the World in 80 Tricks (Insight). The company have also recently appointed former Lion Television co-founder Jeremy Mills as Chairman.
Group Commercial Director
David Leach is Group Commercial Director at Tinopolis media group, one of the largest international television production and distribution groups, with a number of leading companies in the UK and the USA. Tinopolis group companies in the UK include: Daybreak Pictures, Mentorn Media, Sunset+Vine, Folio Productions, Firecracker Films UK, Fiction Factory, Rain Media, Pioneer Productions and Passion Distribution. And in the USA include: A Smith & Co, BASE Productions, Mentorn USA, Firecracker Films USA and Magical Elves.
Formerly David was Managing Director of Mentorn International, Head of the international distribution business for the Tinopolis group companies, marketing television programmes and formats worldwide. He was also CEO of Mentorn USA, Mentorn’s US television production company based in Los Angeles.
David was also executive producer on a number of US series including Sirens for USA Network, Work Out for Bravo, Paradise Hotel for Fox, America’s Worst Driver for Travel Channel, Chef Academy for Bravo and Fast & Dangerous for Fox Reality. He began his television career as a Contracts Executive at the BBC before joining the ITV network as Head of Business Affairs, LWT and moving to the independent production sector as Director of Business Affairs at SelecTV before joining Mentorn. David has a BA honours degree from Newcastle University and studied Media Strategy at Harvard Business School.
The Tinopolis Group is an international media producer and distributor. In the USA we produce television programmes for all the top networks and in the UK we are one of the largest independent television suppliers to major broadcasters. We work in all genres – factual, entertainment, sport, drama, reality and digital media. Our programmes are seen across the world and through our distribution company, Passion Distribution, we have a significant presence in the global media marketplace.
The Group has invested heavily in the new media. We provide multiplatform programme support, as well as digital resources for the corporate and learning sectors.
Kate joined Lime Pictures in 2012 as COO, becoming Joint Managing Director alongside Claire Poyser in March 2013. Under Kate and Claire’s leadership, Lime’s long running drama series, Hollyoaks (Channel 4) won Best British Soap at the 2014 Soap Awards and is now in its 21st year, The Only Way is Essex successfully launched ITV Be and is midway through its 18th season, Lime recently opened an office in Los Angeles and delivered its first two US non-scripted series for Bravo: the Emmy award winning The Singles Project and Work Out New York. Lime has also become the first live action producer commissioned by The Disney Channel US outside North America with The Evermoor Chronicles which has been nominated for this April’s International Emmy Awards.
Lime Pictures is one of the UK’s largest independent production companies with over 400 staff based in Liverpool, London and Los Angeles. It is the home of the UK’s most talked about television – from cutting-edge formats to multi award winning, long-running drama and sits at the forefront of today’s popular culture – as a content creator and the producer of TV shows that stand the test of time. From the very first steps in development through to full scale production, Lime delivers the very best in programming together with the very latest in digital content, allied social media and ground breaking commercial partnerships.
Prior to joining Lime Pictures, Kate was Director of Business Affairs at ITV Studios. A key member of the ITV Studios Board, Kate had responsibility for Business Affairs across ITV’s content business, UK and International production as well as distribution. Her key global projects included Come Dine With Me, the US launch of Jeremy Kyle, Prime Suspect USA and multi-party financed large scale drama co-productions such as Titanic and The Prisoner.
Lime Pictures produces world class, cutting edge content. From the very first steps in development through to full scale production, we deliver the very best in UK TV programming along with the very latest in digital content, allied social media and ground breaking commercial partnerships.
Outline Productions develop and create popular factual entertainment TV series and formats. We aim to excel in everything we do, and seek to entertain and engage while ensuring our shows have a strong sense of purpose and journalism.
Outline is an independent TV production company dedicated to creating factual entertainment series and formats for British and international markets. We take pride in the high calibre and bold editorial ambition of our programmes, and bring our passion for excellence to a broad range of subjects, with global appeal, from food and gardening to business and health. Over the years, our innovative approach has seen us create returning series and build strong programme brands like our Revival series (Great British Food Revival, Britain’s Big Wildlife Revival and Great British Garden Revival), Health Freaks, Tom Kerridge’s Proper Pub Food, Tom Kerridge’s Best Ever Dishes, Million Dollar Intern, Jo Frost: Extreme Parental Guidance, Fat Families, Dumped and The House of Tiny Tearaways.
We have developed and produced large scale reality shows as well as lifestyle, entertainment and popular factual series for broadcasters including BBC1, BBC 2, BBC 3, Channel 4, ITV, five, Sky 1, Sky Living, UKTV, Discovery UK and US and TLC.
Outline was established in 1999 by MD Laura Mansfield and Creative Director Helen Veale, who were joined in 2008 by Director of Programmes Bridget Boseley. Focusing on shows with a clear sense of purpose, the company aims to balance an entertaining approach with journalistic rigour and ethical integrity. We have developed a strong reputation for working well with on screen talent, and helping them develop their passions. We like to listen, and seek to bring together teams who care as much about what happens off-screen as on camera to create a positive, productive working atmosphere.
ACF Investment Bank
Tom Manwaring is a Managing Director of ACF, a leading international Investment Bank with offices in London, Los Angeles and New York. ACF specialises in buying, selling and fundraising for individuals and businesses in the TV Production and Distribution sector.
Tom has over 15 years’ experience in Mergers and Acquisitions and has advised on 20 TV Production deals. He was previously the Founder of Mediatique’s Corporate Finance division before it was acquired by ACF in June 2013. He advised on over £500m of transactions through a variety of trade sales, private equity transactions, AIM flotation’s and stock market take privates.
Tom is an Associate Chartered Accountant of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and has a 1st class degree in Economics from Bristol University. He has also been honoured by Variety in its Dealmakers Impact Report, and won UK Deal of the Year at the UK’s M&A Awards for the sale of Neal Street Productions to All3Media.
ACF is a leading international Investment Bank, specialised in buying, selling and fundraising for individuals and businesses in the TV Production and Distribution sector.
The company has offices in London, Los Angeles and New York and the team have advised on more than 80 transactions in the TV Production and Distribution sector with a combined transaction value of over $4 billion. ACF’s approach is to value the global reach of content and intellectual property through deep financial analysis whilst tailoring each deal to optimise the diverse opportunities in the evolving distribution market.
ACF won two awards at the 2015 UK M&A Awards including; UK Deal of the Year, for the sale of Neal Street Productions to All3Media, and Cross Border Deal of the Year, for the sale of Leftfield Entertainment to ITV Plc and has been honoured by Variety in its Dealmaker Impact Reports.
A selection of ACF’s deals:
Sale of New Pictures to All3Media
Sale of Neal Street to All3Media
Sale of Left Bank Pictures to Sony Pictures
Sale of Think Factory Media to ITV Plc
Sale of Mammoth Screen Productions to ITV Plc
Sale of Pilgrim Studio’s to Lionsgate
Sale of Leftfield Entertainment to ITV Plc
Sale of Orion Entertainment to Red Arrow
Sale of Magical Elves to Tinopolis
Sale of Jupiter Entertainment to Sky
Sale of Love Productions to Sky
Kirstie McLure is Managing Director of Pioneer Productions, one of the UK’s most successful independent production companies.
She became Managing Director in 2012, having played an integral role in transforming the company into one of the world’s leading producers of innovative, award-winning factual content.
At the helm of the business, she has helped expand its core science remit; from fast-turnaround science documentaries to lifestyle and natural history. She has produced some of Pioneer’s most successful series, including the ground breaking ‘In the Womb’, long running series ‘How the Universe Works’ and ‘Strangest Weather on Earth’, and the critically acclaimed ‘UFO’ series for National Geographic Channels International (NGCI).
She has been at the forefront of innovation for the past twenty years, pioneering new cutting-edge technologies into production, such as 4K and Pioneer’s 3D ‘Storm City’ for Sky. She has extensive knowledge of all aspects of television and the international market, having worked across hundreds of hours of blue chip programming for UK, US and international broadcasters.
She is also a seasoned expert in the field of international co-production, having brokered the Pioneer’s first tri-continent deal with South Korean production company PAAN Media in the US and Korea for a landmark three-part series ‘Treasures of the Earth’. From this deal, Kirstie went on to launch a joint venture production company with PAAN Media, called Buzz Media. Based in Seoul, Buzz Media develops and produces 4K natural history and science programming, character-led access docs and factual entertainment formats for UK, Korean and international broadcasters.
Richard McKerrow is the Creative Director and Chief Executive of Love Productions, which he co-founded with Anna Beattie in October 2004. He has Executive Produced many of Love Productions’ critically acclaimed factual series, single documentaries such as Stairlift to Heaven, Me and My Mum, A Dad is Born, among others, and formats including award-winning series such as The Baby Borrowers, Famous Rich and Homeless, Cirque de Celebrite, Britain’s Missing Top Model, Young Mums Mansion, Filthy Rich and Homeless, Tower Block of Commons, The Great British Bake-Off, Famous Rich and In The Slums, Make Bradford British, The Great Pottery Throw down and Benefits Street.
Love Productions’ shows and formats have sold around Europe and the world and Richard executive produced an American version of The Baby Borrowers for NBC and The American Baking Competition for CBS. He is currently EPing more network shows in the US. Richard has given Masterclasses in Factual and Entertainment television and has appeared on panels and as a guest speaker at various television festivals around the world. He also regularly travels to give lectures and screenings of Love’s work to television professionals and media students across the world.
Richard McKerrow began his career as a print journalist for The Nation magazine in New York. He also worked for Yorkshire Television in their Documentaries and Current Affairs department as a producer/director before joining Channel 4 in 1997 as a Commissioning Editor for Education. He was Creative Director and then Managing Director of Maverick Television (2002-2004), before he set up Love Productions.
Love Productions is a UK-based independent production company set up in October 2004. We specialise in thought-provoking, entertaining television for the UK and internationally.
We’ve made award winning, ground breaking hit formats including The Great British Bake Off, Junior Bake Off, Newlyweds, Famous Rich and Homeless, Tower Block of Commons, Young, Autistic & Stagestruck, The Baby Borrowers, Young Mums’ Mansion and Naked; agenda setting documentaries – Make Bradford British, Benefits Street, Britain Then and Now, Goodbye Year Six, A Dad is Born, Underage and Having Sex, The Marchioness, 8 Boys And Wanting A Girl, Me and My Mum, Stairlift to Heaven; live entertainment shows – Cirque de Celebrité; and popular singles and series – Britain’s Youngest Grannies, Rock Stars Wives and Kids, and Britain’s Youngest Boarders.
The senior editorial team has a proven track record in Documentaries, Factual Entertainment, Entertainment, Features and Daytime. Between us we have made award-winning documentaries, devised formats which have sold around the world and produced long-running returning series for all the major UK broadcasters. Love has production bases in London, Bristol and New York.
John has been involved in programme making as a producer, consultant and trainer since 1986. He has held a variety of positions in the creative industries, including founding Director of the Research Centre for Television and Interactivity and Director of Training and Education at Scottish Screen. He was a board member of Skillset, Chairman of the Skillset TV Investment Committee and President of CEPI, the pan-European TV producers’ association.
At Pact he led the successful campaign that resulted in significant changes to the 2003 Communications Act. These changes led to the UK having the world’s most creative and commercially successful independent TV production sector.
John attends and contributes to many UK government forums on the creative industries and trade and investment. John is also the current Chair of the Creative Diversity Network.
Pact is the trade association representing the commercial interests of UK independent television, film, digital, children’s and animation media companies. Pact supports its members with legal and business affairs advice and support, as well as a wide range of services and campaign work.
Pact helps to shape the best possible regulatory and legislative environment for the independent production sector to grow domestically and internationally – the association has a strong record of success in campaigning for producers’ rights.
Pact was highly influential in shaping the current production business environment and the Communications Act 2003, giving independent UK producers their intellectual property rights. In just over a decade, the sector has grown from a cottage industry to a world-beating multi-billion pound business.
Pact is socially responsible and seeks to influence the wider industry to commit to diversity on and off the screen. Pact works closely with broadcasters and producers’ groups to create training opportunities and promote fair access for all.
Head of Development
Shine TV makes popular factual television that entertains, surprises and challenges with humour and warmth. Shine TV has grown to become one of the UK’s most successful production companies. We make popular factual television in all its forms: from single documentaries to global factual entertainment formats. We work hard to make sure that everything we do is surprising, challenging, entertaining, witty and warm – and always supported by the highest production values. We are proud to be the home of shows such as MasterChef, The Island With Bear Grylls, Quads: Our First Year, Ashley Banjo’s Big Town Dance, Britain’s Best Bakery, Idris Elba: King of Speed and Eddie Stobart: Trucks, Trains and Planes. Shine TV was founded in 2001 by Elisabeth Murdoch and is a member of the Shine Group.
At the BBC, Jeremy produced and directed programmes spanning an incredibly eclectic range of genres including news, documentaries, music shows, studio quizzes and dramas. As a series producer and executive producer, he ran many high profile one-offs and series on BBC1 including the Vet, The Doctor, Island Race and Airport, the first ‘docu-soap’. In 1997 he left the BBC to found Lion Television which went on to produce a string of hit and award winning shows for UK and international broadcasters including Castaway, Paddington Green, Homes Under The Hammer, Playing It Straight and Horrible Histories. After selling Lion Television to All3Media and 18 years at the helm, in 2015 Jeremy decided to explore new creative challenges. He is currently Chairman of Woodcut Media and an advisor to Bob & Co, a media investment and advisory firm.
With offices in London and Hampshire, Woodcut Media specialises in the production of documentaries, specialist factual and factual entertainment, as well as lifestyle programming, providing innovative and entertaining programmes for UK and international broadcasters.
Woodcut Media’s operations are spearheaded by leading doc producer Kate Beal, who over the years has established strong relations with key broadcasters such as A+E Networks, Discovery Networks, ITV, and UK TV, to mention just a few, as well as partnerships with leading distributors such as DRG, Content Media, Sky Vision, TCB Media Rights and Flame Distribution. Working alongside her is former BBC Worldwide executive, Derren Lawford, as Joint Creative Director.
Our broadcast projects include the Idris Elba feature documentary, Mandela, My Dad and Me, H2’s Defenders of the Sky, TLC’s Tina Malone: Pregnant at 50, ITV’s Vicars’ Wives and By Royal Appointment, UKTV’s The Flying Winemakers, CI Network’s Fred Dinenage: Murder Casebook, Damilola: Death of a Ten Year Old and Frankie Fraser’s Last Stand.
Steve spent over 10 years at the BBC where he ran the co-production division, funding many major international factual titles. He joined Dragonfly Film and TV in 2009 as COO running the commercial, business and legal operations side of the business.
Voltage TV is an independent production company founded in 2013 by a senior team with a long track record in making hit factual programmes in the UK.
Commissioning Editor, Factual
Andrew is an experienced television executive who has worked with all the UK’s leading broadcasters. He is currently a commissioning editor in the Factual team at ITV. Commissions have included, When Ant And Dec Met The Prince: 40 Years Of The Prince’s Trust, Sugar Free Farm, Life At The Extreme, Best Walks With Julia Bradbury, Barging Round Britain, Heathrow and Rookies.
Prior to that he spent 4 years at C5 as Head of Factual, News and Current Affairs where he commissioned twelve new returning series, including Paul Merton’ s Adventures; Extreme Railways with Chris Tarrant, WW1 Tunnels of Death, Trauma Doctors; Gibraltar: Little Britain Abroad and Royal Navy: Caribbean Patrol. Andrew was also responsible for the News output for the channel. As a Commissioning Editor at Sky One he was responsible for developing and extending the Ross Kemp brand. Ross Kemp on Gangs and Ross Kemp In Afghanistan where multi award winning series that bought kudos and factual reputation to the channel. Before commissioning Andrew spent 10 years as a freelancer working on shows like House of Obsessive Compulsives; The Gambler; Soldier Town; Black Box – The Death of Flight TWA 800 and Hungerford, Ten Years On.
ITV is an integrated producer broadcaster, operating the largest commercial family of channels in the UK. In addition to traditional broadcasting on our channels, we deliver our content on demand through numerous platforms, both directly and via the ITV Hub. Through ITV Studios we produce content for both our own channels and third parties in the UK and increasingly overseas. Our distribution business sells finished programmes and formats worldwide.
Matt is Twofour’s Group Development Director and his recent commissions include: Paddy’s 2011 Show & Telly (ITV1), My Hoarder Mum and Me (BBC One) and New Look Style the Nation (Channel 4).
Before joining Twofour, Matt was Head of Development at BBC Worldwide where he oversaw development of BBC formats across their international network of production bases, securing commissions in Argentina, India, Canada and Germany amongst others.
Previously, he worked in Development at ITV Studios where commissions included The Chase, Who Dares Sings and the updated Krypton Factor.
The Twofour Group is a family of award winning companies striving to deliver world class international TV production and distribution. Working for broadcasters around the world, the Twofour Group spans drama, comedy, factual, children’s and entertainment.
Emma is an award winning executive producer and former commissioning editor who has made thousands of hours of programmes for BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, Sky, History and Discovery and successfully commissioned for SKY, Discovery and Animal Planet, working with some of the brightest talent and most prestigious organisations in the UK.
Prior to Emporium Productions, Emma was the Head of Factual and Features at ITN Productions, making critically acclaimed series such as Broadcast Award nominated Harrow: A Very British School (Sky1), Young Vets with the Royal Veterinary College (BBC Two), Broadcast Award winning Climbing Great Buildings (BBC Two and BBC Four), Roadworks Ahead (Channel 5) and Gordonstoun (Sky1). As Commissioning Editor of Factual and Features at Sky she commissioned a number of ground-breaking shows such as RTS Award winners Brainiac: Science Abuse and Big Ron Manager, UK Border Force and Fat Families.
Prior to this Emma was Head of Science and Topical Commissioning for Discovery UK and EMEA and Managing Editor of Animal Planet Europe winning international awards for documentaries such as Moscow Siege and commissioned many series such as Heston Blumenthal’s first TV show – Kitchen Chemistry.
Emma works with the Royal Society, serving as a Faraday Medal and Kohn Award committee member for many years and a judge on the Winton Science Book Prize. Emma is also a regular juror on TV award panels and was a director of Sheffield International Documentary Festival for many years and a member of Edinburgh television festival’s advisory committee.
Emporium Productions is a specialist in creative and original popular factual programming.
- We specialise in access-led programmes with high production values produced with sensitivity and integrity both in the UK and around the world.
- We work with institutions and individuals, make programmes collaboratively with our contributors, and we always keep our promises.
- We make fast turnaround, reactive documentaries about the big news stories, finding original and exclusive angles and material.
- We create and produce factual formats and features and work with the brightest talent.
- We work hard to produce programmes that are challenging, surprising, informative, intelligent, warm and entertaining.
Emporium Productions was set up in 2015 by award-winning Executive Producer, Emma Read and leading UK independent television production company, Hat Trick.
Commissioning Editor for Entertainment
Steve Regan is Commissioning Editor: Entertainment at Channel 5. Steve’s remit since joining has included launching Lip Sync Battle UK, the hugely successful new entertainment format on Channel 5 averaging 1.9 million viewers in the Friday 10pm slot. Steve also became co-commissioning editor on Celebrity Big Brother, which proved a huge success for 16-34s, attracting a 27% share across the series.
Steve joined Channel 5 in October 2015 from MTV where he started as Senior Editorial Director for MTV UK & Ireland and moved up to Vice President of Commissioning and Production. Whilst at MTV, Steve commissioned and executive produced eleven series since launch of Geordie Shore and four series of Ex on the Beach, the most popular series in MTV UK’s history.
Steve is tasked with developing entertainment programming for Channel 5 and continues his role on Big Brother in the summer. Regan will also be commissioning popular factual and factual entertainment for the 10pm and 11pm slots on Channel 5, with the potential to be shared across MTV and Comedy Central.
Prior to joining MTV, he worked as an Executive and Series Producer at Two Four, Target, Monkey and Endemol.
Steve has also worked as Commissioning Editor at Sky One and Living TV.
Channel 5 was launched as Britain’s fifth and final terrestrial broadcaster on the 31st March 1997. In September 2014 the Channel 5 network was bought by Viacom International Media Networks.
Currently well over 30 million UK viewers watch Channel 5 any given week tuning in for programming as diverse as the CSI franchise, Dog Rescuers, The Gadget Show, Big Brother, Home and Away and Neighbours, 5 News as well as the Channel 5’s award winning children’s strand, Milkshake!
Deputy Director of Commissioning
Hilary Rosen is Deputy Director of Commissioning at UKTV, commissioning and executive producing high profile and award-winning shows for the network, including Taskmaster, Singing in the Rainforest, Monty Python Live and Crackanory.
Prior to joining UKTV Hilary was Creative Director at Silver River devising formats including The Town That Never Retired (BBC 1) and overseeing Inside Gatwick (Sky 1). Her career has also encompassed ten years as a senior executive producer at Lion Television where credits include The Real Cherie (BBC1), Bad Behaviour (C4) Mum’s on Strike (ITV1) Ann Robinson’s Travels With an Unfit Mother (BBC1) and Going Straight (C4). Hilary began her career with a decade in BBC News and Current Affairs, including stints on Panorama and Newsnight. Hilary has also acted as a consultant for BBC Academy, training the factual development teams and helping to launch idea portal iCreate.
UKTV is the multi-award winning media company that reaches over 42 million viewers every month.
UKTV’s eleven imaginative brands – UKTV Play, Dave, W, Gold, Alibi, Yesterday, Drama, Really, Home, Eden and Good Food – include the most popular non-PSB channel in the UK and account for 9% of the British commercial TV market. The company’s most recent financial results showed record-breaking year-end revenue of £278m, and EBITDA of £67.4m. It invested a record £125m in programming and related launches last year, and is becoming an increasingly significant investor in UK creativity.
UKTV has a truly innovative model, curating brand-defining commissions, high-profile acquisitions and the very best of BBC, alongside programmes originally shown on ITV and Channel 4. The network embraces technology to deliver inspired channels to audiences through Freeview, Sky, Virgin Media, BT, TalkTalk, YouView and UKTV Play, and distributes its highly valued original programmes to 200 territories.
Now celebrating its 21st year at the forefront of digital television, UKTV – an independent commercial joint venture between BBC Worldwide and Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc. (SNI) – is proud to be the only British television broadcaster to be recognised by Best Companies.
Creative Director and Founder
Andrew is an award winning journalist and film maker who leads the documentaries and current affairs departments at True North. Having started his career in newspapers, he’s been telling stories that matter ever since.
Andrew is constantly breaking new ground, often in the world of the police and crime. His genre-bending Big Sting brand took the best of Candid Camera and Crimewatch, working with police forces to catch up with criminals on the run
His eye for a story often takes him inside the stories that everyone is talking about – like One Man and His Canoe for ITV, which told the story of fraudster John Darwin as the police investigation unfolded.
With a reputation for negotiating exclusive access and years of investigative experience, Andrew’s Executive Producer credits include the inside story of the disappearance of schoolgirl Shannon Matthews in Panorama: The Mother of All Lies, the UK’s first ever hand transplant in My New Hand and the expose of the UK’s biggest funeral company in Dispatches: Undercover Undertaker.
Independently owned and run, True North is the fastest growing indie outside London and home to some of the most creative and dedicated talent in television. In the past twelve months, more than 600 hours of our programmes have been broadcast in the UK alone, with our high-profile productions airing on BBC One, Channel 4, Channel 5, MTV, National Geographic, CBBC, UKTV and Crime and Investigation Network. We’re proud of our ability to make first-class content that’s watched in 220 countries across the world.
Working across genres including factual, factual-entertainment, features, children’s, reality and more, diversity is part of our DNA. With a dedicated division covering each of our fields, we have all the specialist skills to make everything from distinctive children’s television to headline-grabbing reality and hard-hitting documentaries.
True North is proud to have its roots in the North of England with its Head Office in Leeds and a base at MediaCity UK in Salford. With over a decade of top class television already under our belt, and a hard-earned reputation for delivering on our programming promises, there has never been a more exciting time for True North.
Head of Entertainment Development
Neale is Head of Development for RDF’s new entertainment label, Fizz. He joined RDF Television in 2011 and has since delivered entertainment commissions including: Tipping Point (ITV), Britain’s Brightest (BBC One), Crazy Beaches (ITV2), Humble Pie (UKTV), Grossbusters (MTV) and Darren McMullen’s Outsiders (Nat Geo).
Prior to RDF Neale worked at Lion where he created and produced shows including: Scream If You Know The Answer (UKTV), World Series of Dating (BBC Three) and Hello, Goodbye (Sky1).
In 2013 Neale collaborated with Broadcast magazine to produce the We Need To Talk About Commissioning session at the Edinburgh Festival, and the follow up We Still Need To Talk About Commissioning in 2014. These two sessions led to the BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5, Sky and UKTV all pledging to improve the way they engage with producers.
RDF Television is the largest production company within Zodiak Media and is in the top 20 biggest production companies in the UK. It has offices in West London and Bristol. Founded in 1993 it has established an outstanding reputation for producing popular and innovative programmes across programming genres of Entertainment, Factual Entertainment, Comedy, Documentaries, Daytime and Features.
RDF Television has enjoyed huge success across all the terrestrial channels, with recent hits such as critically acclaimed The Secret Life of 4, 5 and 6 Year Olds for Channel 4, Eat Well For Less? for BBC One, 6 Puppies And Us for BBC Two and 100 Year Old Drivers for ITV. They also have major commissions from digital channels such as Nat Geo, UKTV and MTV. Under their own entertainment label Fizz they produce daytime quiz show Tipping Point for ITV, Humble Pie for UKTV, Grossbusters for MTV and a forthcoming series for TLC.
Tuesday’s Child Television
Karen’s network television career started at Granada TV’s This Morning as a Day Producer before becoming Deputy Editor and then Editor. From there she spent time as a series producer at Endemol launching Comic Relief Does Fame Academy (BBC One) and The Games (Channel 4) and in October 2004 she joined BBC Entertainment where she was the co-devisor and launch Executive Producer of the multi-award winning Strictly Come Dancing. She led the first five series in the UK and ultimately became Creative Director of BBC Entertainment overseeing all format and factual entertainment shows. In January 2009 Karen joined Shine TV, initially as Director of Programmes and shortly afterwards was made Joint Managing Director. Under her creative leadership Shine TV grew to be one of the UK’s largest indies with shows such as Masterchef; Got To Dance; Gladiators; The Biggest Loser and The Magicians. Karen launched her indie Tuesday’s Child Television in September 2012 and over the last three years they’ve made entertainment and factual entertainment series for BBC One, BBC Two, ITV, Channel 4, Discovery, Travel Channel and Food Network. Karen exec’s all the company’s entertainment shows.
Tuesday’s Child Television is a U.K.-based independent production company specialising in entertainment and popular factual programming. It was launched in September 2012 by Karen Smith, the co-creator of Strictly Come Dancing/Dancing with the Stars. She was also former Shine TV joint MD (The Magicians, Gladiators, Got to Dance, The Biggest Loser). Tuesday’s Child has devised and produced entertainment and factual entertainment series for BBC One, BBC Two, ITV, Channel 4, Discovery, Travel Channel and Food Network including Sean Conway Running Britain, and the upcoming Sean Conway: On the Edge (Discovery); RTS-nominated Superstar Dogs (Channel 4); RV Rampage (Travel Channel); My Crazy Christmas Lights (Channle 4); For What It’s Worth (BBC One); Sunseeker (BBC Two) and two series of Broadcast Award nominated You’re Back in the Room (ITV1), which has also been produced in four other territories, optioned in over 10 more, and will be produced as an 8×60 series for Fox in the US.
Matthew Worthy is Joint Managing Director of Stellify Media. His formative years were spent at Granada Entertainment, working on shows like Stars in Their Eyes and You’ve Been Framed. In 2007 he formed a creative partnership with Kieran Doherty – and together they created and produced several successful entertainment formats including BBC One’s Secret Fortune and ABC’s Take the Money and Run. In 2014 he and Kieran jointly set up Stellify Media in partnership with Sony Pictures Television. Their original format Can’t Touch This was commissioned for a 10 part Saturday night BBC One series that same year.
Stellify Media specialises in creating and producing original entertainment and factual entertainment formats. It is a Belfast based production company and was formed in March 2014 by Joint Managing Directors Kieran Doherty and Matthew Worthy. The company was formed in partnership with Sony Pictures Television. In its first year of business Stellify Media secured a BBC One series order for physical action gameshow Can’t Touch This – as well as a pilot for Fox.
Hannah is Managing Director of Boundless, which is FremantleMedia UK’s factual label. Hannah first joined as Creative Director in March 2014, before becoming MD in July 2015. Boundless sits alongside the other FremantleMedia production labels; Newman Street, Retort, Talkback, Thames and Euston Films.
Shows produced by Boundless include ‘The Apprentice’, ‘You’re Fired’, ‘Grand Designs’, ‘Escape To The Country’, ‘Great British Railway Journeys’, ‘Four Rooms’, ‘Dara and Ed’s Great Big Adventure’ and ‘Great Continental Railway Journeys’.
Hannah held two roles at Mentorn, first as Head of Factual Entertainment and then as Director of Programmes. Whilst at Mentorn Hannah was responsible for shows such as ‘The Fried Chicken Shop’ and ‘Up All Night: Minicabs’ both for Channel 4, ‘Watermen: A Dirty Business’ for BBC 2, ‘Hotel of Mum and Dad’ and ‘Stacey Dooley: The Truth About Domestic Violence’ both for BBC Three, ‘The Hairy Bikers Mississippi Adventure’ and ‘John Torode’s Australia’ for UKTV Food and ‘Young and Married’ for MTV, among many others.
Hannah has also enjoyed a prolific career in popular factual and factual entertainment as a freelancer working on shows including ‘No 57 The History of a House’ for Channel 4 and ‘Gardens Through Time’ for BBC2’. Her factual entertainment slate includes the first ever ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ for Channel 4, ‘School Musical’ for Sky 1 and ‘Diet on the Dancefloor’ for Sky Living; daily live studio shows such as ‘Great Food Live’ and ‘Saturday Kitchen’ and also high volume daytime documentaries including ‘Pet Rescue’ and ‘Great Estates’.
Hannah studied History at Sussex University.
Boundless is committed to developing the very best new ideas in factual television and beyond. We are home to innovation and excellence. Our major series include The Apprentice, Escape to the Country, Great British Railway Journeys, Grand Designs and Four Rooms. Our recent commissions include My Kitchen Rules (a major nationwide cooking competition with Lorraine Pascale and Jason Atherton for Sky Living), An Hour to Save Your Life (exploring the science of emergency medicine for BBC TWO), Talk to the Animals (popular natural history series for BBC One), Fast and Fearless: Britain’s Banger Racers (for BBC TWO) and World’s Toughest Jobs (w/t) (for BBC Three). We also make one of the most popular entertainment shows of BBC TWO – You’re Fired! and our shows are home to some of the biggest talents on TV.