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powerful women under 30’. Talkback head of development, comedy and entertainment Juliet Denison describes her as “one of those rare finds who can take a germ of an idea through to a fully formed format, pitch a show, and produce it”.


Associate producer, The Garden Fixed-rig is one of the fastest-growing areas of documentary production and Kate has already got it down to a fine art. Joining Firefly (now Dragonfly) in 2005 as a PA with ambi- tions to get into production, she became part of the launch the team on The Family. She impressed bosses by first finding and then managing the family and creating a role for herself as gallery assistant producer while sup- porting the edit. She has since worked on One Born Every Minute and 24 Hours In A&E. The Garden chief executive Nick Curwin

marvels at her “unparalleled knowledge of rushes” on these shows, which amass hundreds of hours of footage. He adds: “These pro- grammes have pushed experienced people way outside their comfort zone. A big part of the reason we’ve had the confidence to do them – and pulled them off – has been Kate. She’s become so good that we now depend on her to train people.”


Head of development, Minnow Films After winning a place on C4’s New Talent scheme for a development role with Film 4, Carys went on to form part of the pioneering Channel 4 Education commissioning team, steering them to Bafta, BIMA and RTS awards, and even an Emmy. Carys was then head-hunted by BBC Bristol to

develop programmes for BBC3, with films in the Dangerous Pleasures and Bringing Up Britain seasons. Joining Minnow in 2011 as head of development, she has secured three paid devel- opments across the BBC and C4 in three months and has seen through two major commissions. According to Minnow Films managing director

Morgan Matthews: “Carys has an encyclo paedic knowledge of television and commis sioning but an almost innate instinct for development. Her abilities are way beyond her 26 years.”


Comedy producer, Hat Trick Productions Using his own comedy stand-up connections, Mark has successfully made the move from young performer to capable producer, provid- ing a home for new voices. His first commission

was Radio 4 sketch show The Ladies, followed by an E4 Funny Cut (The Viewing) and a C4 Comedy Lab (Happy Finish). More recently, he produced The Back End Of Next Week for Radio 5 Live and a BBC3 pilot, Eggbox, set on a teenage cancer ward. “In an industry where great comedy produc-

ers are few and far between, Mark stands out as an exciting new prospect,” says Hat Trick managing director Jimmy Mulville. Mark con- tinues to write and perform stand-up. His own comedy night, Sabotage, is currently in devel- opment with a broadcaster.


Development producer, comedy and entertainment, Talkback Thames In her early career, Poppy quickly notched up development credits on the likes of 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Would I Lie To You? and The Friday Night Project. While heading up talent liaison for Talkback Thames’ comedy entertainment department, she has scouted and nurtured talents such as Alan Carr, and secured Kate Moss for the MTV show Top Shop In 24 Hours. She has also written for The Kevin Bishop Show and was one of Company magazine’s ‘TV’s most

Researcher/assistant producer, BBC Alex was one of three principle shelf-shooters who made BBC1’s 5 x 60-minute ob doc series Nature’s Miracle Babies last year. He went on to direct a three-week shoot in Zambia for BBC1’s Africa, and in 2011 he directed 5 x 5-minute films and 5 x 2-minute films for Springwatch, where his use of 5D cameras and specialist cam- eramen gave the series an entirely new look. “Every thing he does, he tackles with an open

mind – always thinking outside the box,” says Spring watch series producer Roger Webb. “This was very much the case with his work on Springwatch 2011, where his portrait of surfer Mickey Smith was possibly the standout moment of the series.”


Researcher, BBC Factual, Bristol After completing his internship with South West Screen, Matt was immediately offered three jobs. Starting as location researcher on Wife Swap, he went on to cast an entire series of Wanted Down Under and sourced a working replica of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang for free for an episode of Scrapheap Challenge. He later became a talent researcher in BBC

Bristol’s factual development department, filming and editing numerous taster tapes, one of which received secondary development funding to become a full pilot for primetime BBC1. Matt now works on Hairy Bikers. Chris Hutchins, BBC Bristol head of talent

for Vision, says: “Matt’s charm, tenacity and all- round creativity have made him an essential element in all the teams he’s worked in.” Claire Urquhart, development lead at BBC

Factual in Bristol, adds: “Matt not only has great technical skills, he’s also super-organised, hard- working and – above all – great with people.”

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