With offices in London and Hampshire
Woodcut Media, a member of the family of Bob & Co businesses, is one of the fastest growing indies in the UK producing a broad range of factual programming. In addition to being one of the leading true crime producers in the UK (Holloway: Women Behind Bars,The Krays: The Prison Years and Murder Casebook), Woodcut Media’s rapidly growing catalogue also includes specialist factual series (Defenders of the Sky and Combat Trains),premium one off docs (The Ivy, Cut From A Different Cloth and Mandela, My Dad and Me featuring Idris Elba) and factual entertainment shows (Around the World in 80 Tricks and Animal Antics).
Kate Beal, Chief Executive Officer
Former ITV producer Kate entered the TV industry at just 15 years old and has amassed a programming expertise spanning 21 years. Back in 2005, Kate founded KMB Productions Ltd and within three years a major independent, Talent Group PLC, approached Kate to buy her company, which became Talent TV South. There Kate went from strength to strength, producing hit shows for broadcasters such as Tina Malone: Pregnant at 50 for TLC UK (the highest-rated single doc commission for the channel to date), By Royal Appointment and Vicar’s Wives for ITV, the Flying Winemakers for UK TV and Fred Dinenage: Murder Casebook a long-running, and very popular series for the Crime and Investigation Network.
Matt Blyth, Co-Founder and Technical Director
Technical Director and Editor, Matt has worked on numerous series and genres including The Krays: The Prison Years, Fred Dinenage: Murder Casebook and The Ivy. Matt is also a double RTS award winner for Best Post Production and Best Graphics.
Jeremy Mills, Chairman
In a distinguished career 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.
Derren Lawford, Creative Director
Derren joined Woodcut Media from London Live where as commissioner he oversaw a dozen documentaries for London Live working with the industry’s brightest new directing talent. He was also responsible for creating, commissioning and acquiring shows for Raw, an experimental late-night zone which gave TV debuts to a host of You Tube stars. Prior to that as Head of Content at Livity, he worked with Channel 4, Google and the Department of Health and has also been an advisor to multi-millionaire You Tuber, Jamal Edwards. As Head of Programming & Scheduling at BBC Worldwide’s Global iPlayer, he helped launched in 16 territories and in a distinguished decade at the BBC he worked as a digital executive producer on the award-winning documentary series Our War for BBC Three, was Panorama’s first Multiplatform Editor and as a development producer helped to secure a raft of commissions for BBC Three Current Affairs.
Jenni Day, Head of Production
Series Producer and Head of Production, Jenni works across all of the Woodcut slate. Her recent series include the highly successful Defenders of the Skies, Fred Dinenage: Murder Casebook and Combat Trains. Previously Jenni worked at ITV across news and factual programming.
Jinal Patel, Executive Producer
Jinal joined Woodcut Media from A+E Networks UK, where she was Senior Commissioning and Acquisitions Editor. Her activities focused on The Crime & Investigation Network and Lifetime in the UK and across EMEA. During this period she was responsible for acquiring some of the most successful non-scripted series for Lifetime including The Real Housewives Franchise. She executive produced two of the most successful series for Crime & Investigation Network with Britain’s Darkest Taboos and Crimes that Shook Britain. Jinal also commissioned and executive produced formats across the US and Australia, including the RTS award-winning programme I Survived 9/11.