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Kenton Allen

Kenton Allen is CEO of Big Talk Productions. He is a multi award- winning producer who holds the record for the most individual awards for the Situation Comedy in the history of BAFTA, with wins for “Rev.”, “The Royle Family” and “Him & Her”. Other notable credits include the Oscar-winning film “Six Shooter”, the comedy series “Free Agents” (US series), “A Young Doctor’s Notebook”, “Friday Night Dinner”, “The Job Lot”, “Give Out Girls“, “Mr Sloane“ and drama series “The Town” and “Youngers.” Kenton has led the dynamic growth of Big Talk Productions over the past 6 years, including BBCW’s investment in Big Talk in 2008, culminating in the sale of Big Talk to ITV Studios in 2013.  Kenton is Executive Producer across a variety of Big Talk shows including the major BBC1 drama series “Our Zoo”. He is leading the company’s growth into internationally co-produced drama and all activity in North America, where Big Talk has a number of original and changed format comedy and drama projects in development with the major US cable and broadcast networks.

Kate Bartlett

Kate Bartlett joined ITV Studios in June 2007 from the BBC where she worked as a Producer. At the BBC she was responsible for shows such as Canterbury Tales, Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South, Phillip Pullman’s Ruby in the Smoke and Shadow in the North and Danny Brocklehurst's first original serial The Stretford Wives. Kate is developing and Exec Producing dramas for ITV and all the broadcasters, with a wide range of writers including Peter Morgan, Paula Milne, Andrew Davies, Ed Whitmore, Stephen Greenhorn and Paul Rutman. Her most recent projects are crime series Identity for ITV1, Dive a Dominic Savage two-part drama for BBC2 and the upcoming detective series Vera starring Brenda Blethyn for ITV1. And recent commissions include Peter Morgan’s five part drama The Jury for ITV1 and Paula Milne’s epic six part BBC2 drama White Heat.

Mike Beale

In 2011 Mike was approached to join the new executive team at ITV Studios and became Director of International Formats and is overseeing the slate of formats including "Come Dine With Me", "I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here"and new shows such as "Red or Black?". Mike's career began on children's shows such as “Wacaday” and “Top Banana” TV-am. He moved to Planet 24 and was part of the team which launched “The Big Breakfast”, before moving on to LWT. Here his credits included “Blind Date”, “You Bet!” and “Gladiators”. After 2 years at LWT Mike joined US production company Bunim/Murray Productions on their landmark series “The Real World”, followed by a period with Hat Trick Productions, working on “Confessions” and “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” including setting the latter up for ABC in the US. In 1998 Mike joined the BBC where he oversaw many of their top rated shows including “Dog Eat Dog” and “Friends Like These”. He was also part of the team that developed, produced and then rolled out internationally “The Weakest Link”. In 2001 he was asked to help set up independent 12 Yard Productions and again worked on bringing many hits to UK screens. His Executive Producer credits include “In It To Win It”, “Coach Trip” and “Eggheads” in the UK and “The Benefactor”, “The Rich List” and “Without Prejudice?” in the US.

Julian Bellamy

Julian Bellamy is Managing Director of ITV Studios, the number one commercial production company in the UK, the largest independent producer of non-scripted content in America and one of the leading independent producers in the world. Julian’s team comprises more than 50 production labels around the world making over 7,000 hours of original content every year. ITV Studios’ diverse slate of hit shows includes: I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here, The Voice, This Morning, Vera, The Chase, Come Dine With Me, Aquarius, Hell’s Kitchen, Pawn Stars, The Graham Norton Show, Duck Dynasty, 24 Hours in A&E, Cold Feet, Educating Yorkshire, Victoria, Eggheads, Thunderbirds Are Go and the world’s longest running soap opera Coronation Street. Julian joined ITV from Discovery Networks International where, as Creative Director and Head of Commissioning, he ran production and development across 200 countries, with commissioning teams in five international bases. He was previously Head of Channel 4 managing over 2000 hours of original programming a year including Undercover Boss, One Born Every Minute and This is England. Julian is also a former Head of E4 and BBC3 Channel Controller, he began his career as a current affairs producer/director.

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Darren Campbell

Darren joined ITV in September 2015 as HR Director for ITV Studios. Prior to joining ITV, Darren was Group VP HR for Discovery Communications and was responsible for Western, Southern and Northern regions. Prior to Discovery, he held European & African HR roles with Sony Music Entertainment, Thomas Cook and Diageo. Darren's earlier career was in finance and recruitment in his hometown Melbourne.

Phil Collinson

Phil Collinson joined ITV Studios in 2010 and as Producer on Coronation Street he has editorial and strategic responsibility for the programme, he manages storylines, scripts, visual style and is responsible for the management of cast, writers and directors. Phil leads all story conference and script meetings, overseeing the development of storylines and the scripts. Viewings are attended by Phil to make any necessary changes during the final edit, dubbing and graphics stages of post production. Phil is also involved with casting and publicity along with managerial meetings within the Coronation Street department and ITV. Phil was previously the Head of Drama for the BBC in Manchester. In 2005 he was part of the team who brought Dr Who back and produced the show to 2008.

Lee Connolly

Lee started his television career in the Comedy Department at London Weekend Television before moving on to work across many of LWT's big entertainment shows including; 'Blind Date', 'Surprise Surprise', 'Barrymore' and 'Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway'. Lee went on to produce 'Blind Date' as well as numerous 'Audience With's...' and many other flagship entertainment, comedy and music shows including executive producing the 'Royal Variety Performance' in 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013. Now as one of the Creative Directors for ITV Studios Entertainment, Lee is responsible for a slate of successful returning programmes as well as developing new and exciting formats.

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Rachael Cowie

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Richard Cowles

Richard's portfolio of shows includes two of ITV's most popular Entertainment shows: Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway - he oversaw the re-launch of the series in 2012; and I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! the format which he co-created and has produced since series one. Richard started his career in documentary programming before becoming a Producer/Director and then Series Producer on a wide range of award-winning factual/entertainment series including Airline and Ibiza Uncovered. At ITV Studios he has had considerable success developing and producing international formats including Hell's Kitchen, Red or Black? and, of course, I'm a Celebrity..Get Me Out of Here!

Simon Crossley

Simon began his career in the BBC’s Entertainment Department; working on primetime formats including How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria? and The Weakest Link. He then spent five years working in international development for BBC Worldwide, Zodiak Media and Sony Pictures Television, where he supported development teams in the UK and beyond, developing shows such as Sing If You Can / Killer Karaoke (ITV and truTV) and That’s My Kid (CTC Russia). Prior to joining Possessed, he developed The Secret Life of Four Year Olds (C4) and since arriving has conceived and produced the ITV prime time game show Spotless.

Andy Culpin

Andy Culpin is the Managing Director of 12 Yard Productions the company behind hit entertainment formats including Eggheads, In It to Win It and Who Dares Wins on the BBC, Big Stars Little Star on ITV and Coach Trip on Channel 4.

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Julian Day

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Sally Debonnaire

Sally joined ITV Studios UK in January 2012 where she has responsibility for leading ITV Studios production management strategy to deliver and support the ongoing creative renewal and growth plans of ITV. She will be in charge of driving value, efficiency and production modernisation, and ensuring effective use of resources and technology across all platforms. Sally will develop production partnerships with ITV Studios International production business and co producers to maximise the range and diversity of ITV Studios content. Sally began her career in the media industry over 30 years ago. Her early years were spent at London Weekend Television on programmes including; Game For A Laugh, World of Sport, Blind Date and Dempsey and Makepeace. This was followed by a five year spell as a freelancer working for major independent companies. Sally joined Talkback Productions in 1993 as Head of Production, becoming Managing Director in 2002.

Scarlett Ewens

Scarlett Ewens, Managing Director Scarlett joined The Garden in January 2011. As Managing Director, she is responsible for the day-to-day running of the company. In addition to overseeing all aspects production management within the company, she manages all of The Garden's commercial, financial, rights exploitation and business and legal affairs. Scarlett has extensive experience in production and line management on a range of primetime, award winning, landmark series, formats and specials for broadcasters such as the BBC, C4, C5, Discovery and National Geographic including The Family, Grand Designs and Britain's Deadliest Addictions. Head of Production credits include 24 Hours in A&E, The Audience, Seven Dwarves, The Midwives, Keeping Britain Alive and 24 Hours in Police Custody.

Alexander Gardiner

Alexander Gardiner is Managing Director of ITV Studios’ Factual arm Shiver, a division that employs teams in Media City UK, Leeds and London working on a wide range of factual and entertainment programmes from current affairs, archive series, daytime formats through to docu-soaps and documentaries. The department’s range of projects is immense from The Martin Lewis Money Show and Paul O’Grady For the Love of Dogs to popular daytime formats such as Come Dine With Me and Show Me the Telly. So far, Shiver’s output for 2014 includes Piers Morgan’s Life Stories, Gibraltar: Britain in the Sun, Ade at Sea and Paul O’Grady’s Animal Orphans. Alexander has a diverse range of production credits from hard-hitting documentaries to entertainment series. He was Executive Producer of the Savile Exposure documentaries – Exposure: The Other side of Jimmy Savile and Co-executive Producer of the first four series of I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!

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Maxine Gardner

Maxine started her career at ITV as a graduate trainee in HTV(Wales) in the 90s, where she qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant. Having progressed through various finance roles including Chief Accountant for Wales, West and Central regions, Maxine moved to London in 2007 to work on ITV's finance transformation project She joined ITV Studios in 2008 as Financial Controller for Factual & Entertainment. In 2009 Maxine became Head of Financial Planning and Analysis for ITV Studios, a

Liz Gaskell

Since she became Head of Development at 12 Yard Liz and her team have created over a dozen original networked series, many of which have gone on to multiple recommissions and international success. Over a twenty five year career she has worked at many of the most prestigious UK TV companies producing a wide range of entertainment and factual entertainment shows.

Richard Hastings

Richard Hastings leads Shiver’s Factual Entertainment and Formats team. He joined Shiver in September 2015 from BBC Entertainment where he created formats including Home Away from Home and When I Get Older for BBC One; You Make Me Feel Like Dancing for BBC Two; and Young Talent of the Year and Don’t Drop the Baby for BBC Three. Richard’s previous credits include: The Big Breakfast, Light Lunch, Late Lunch, Show Me the Money, Confessions and My Kind of Music.

Francis Hopkinson

Francis joined ITV Studios from Left Bank Pictures where he was Executive Producer of DCI Banks for ITV1. Prior to that, Francis was commissioning Editor for Channel 4’s Drama Department, and has overseen projects including the multi-award winning Elizabeth I to Sugar Rush, Longford and E4’s Skins. Since joining ITV, Francis established a Drama unit responsible for developing and producing a new slate of scripted content for both internal and external commissions.

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Glenn Hugill

Hugill is a multi award winning producer who has created, co-created, formatted and produced a vast number of groundbreaking entertainment shows across all UK channels including The Mole (C5), Playing it Straight (C4), Beauty and the Geek (C4), Cash Cab (ITV), SpinStar (ITV), 101 Ways to Leave a Gameshow (BBC), The Whole 19 Yards (ITV), Prize Island (ITV), Pointless (BBC) and Two Tribes (BBC). He was the executive producer of Deal or No Deal (C4) from its launch in 2005 until the end of 2013. It has been widely reported that he also created and played the character of ‘The Banker’. He can neither confirm nor deny this.

Angela Jain

Angela is Managing Director, ITV Studios Entertainment, responsible for the development, production and management of some of the biggest shows on television. The slate is incredibly varied consisting of about 25 titles in any one year, producing about 900 hours of entertainment shows a year. The portfolio includes; I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here, The Voice, Love Island, University Challenge, Judge Rinder, The Jeremy Kyle Show, Meet The Parents, The Royal Variety Performance and Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway. Prior to that Angela worked in Broadcast at ITV managing the portfolio of digital channels: ITV2, ITV3, ITV4, CITV, ITVBe and ITV Encore. At ITV2 she acquired Family Guy as well as commissioning the award-winning shows; Plebs,The Big Reunion and Release The Hounds. She also commissioned Love Island, The Keith Lemon Sketch Show and Thunderbirds Are Go. Angela’s career started in television production working across a range of entertainment, children’s, documentary and music shows before making the leap into commissioning working at Channel 4, Channel 5 and E4 where she eventually ended up running it. She is currently on the board of Film London, London First and The Edinburgh International TV Festival as well as sitting on the Advisory Board of Creative Access.

Matthew Justice

Matthew Justice is Managing Director of Big Talk, and executive producer of multiple award-winning motion pictures and television series, including the films “Attack the Block”, “Sightseers”, “Cuban Fury”, “In Fear” and “Man Up” and the TV series, “Free Agents” (US and UK series), “Rev“, “Him & Her”, “The Town”, “A Young Doctor’s Notebook”, “The Job Lot”, “Mr Sloane”, “Give Out Girls” and “Our Zoo”. He has overseen the re-structuring of Big Talk over the past 8 years, including BBCW’s investment in Big Talk in 2008 and the sale of Big Talk to ITV Studios in 2013. Prior to Big Talk, Matthew ran his own production label, Lunar Films, through which he produced David Mackenzie’s Berlin Silver Bear-winning “Hallam Foe”, Cedric Klapisch’s multiple César-winning “The Russian Dolls” and Raul Ruiz’s “Klimt”. After starting his career at The Moving Picture Company, Matthew produced Michel Gondry’s award-winning commercials for Levis and Smirnoff. He also worked as Stephen Norrington’s producing partner on “Blade”, “The Last Minute” and “Death Machine”. Matthew is a Governor of the British Film Institute.

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Michael Kelpie

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, Michael continued to grow a diverse and successful slate of award-winning programming including The Chase, Four Weddings, It'll Be Alright On The Night, Steps: Reunion, Surprise Surprise, You've Been Framed, Funniest Things and Krypton Factor. In March 2013, Michael was appointed Managing Director of Potato, a new production label within ITV Studios and has been the creative powerhouse behind new hit shows such as The Big Reunion, Autopsy: the Final Hours..., I Never Knew That About Britain, Fearne & ..., Britain's Secret Treasures and The Chase, which Michael also executive produces with ITVS America for GSN.

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Michael Mannes

Michael Mannes is the Deputy Managing Director of 12 Yard Productions, who were acquired by ITV in 2007. He joined the company in 2005 as a Series Producer and by 2006 became Head of Entertainment. Prior to this Michael had worked for various companies including the BBC, FreemantleMedia, Planet 24 and At It Productions, working across a variety of shows such as Jet Set, Dog Eat Dog, Strictly Come Dancing and The Big Breakfast. Since joining 12 Yard Michael has been instrumental is helping to grow the business and has been creatively at the forefront of Executive Producing the majority of their output including In It To Win It, Who Dares Wins, Big Star's Little Star, Perfection, Pressure Pad, The Colour of Money, Holding Out for a Hero and The Great British Village Show. Michael also helped successfully launch The Money List on GSN in America.

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David McGraynor

David joined ITV in June 2011 as Finance Director of ITV Studios. He qualified with Arthur Andersen in Dublin in 1996 and has extensive international experience having worked with businesses in the UK, the US, Australia, Russia, Brazil, and Western Europe. Before joining ITV, David spent 7 years with TUI Travel PLC in a number of senior finance roles. This included 3 years as Finance Director of its Specialist and Emerging Markets Division and 3 years as Director of M&A where he lead the £3bn merger between First Choice Holidays PLC and TUI Tourism to create TUI Travel PLC. Prior to TUI, David spent 6 years with Close Brothers Corporate Finance advising on a wide range of transactions including public and private takeovers, fund raisings and M&A strategy for both PLC and private clients. He was promoted to Chief Finance and Operating Officer of ITV Studios in February 2016.

Tom Mclennan

Tom began his career at ITV in 2000, he created The Jeremy Kyle Show in 2005. As Executive Producer he went on to oversee over 2,500 episodes across 13 series and garnered numerous awards including five Daytime TV Choice Awards. Tom also launched The Jeremy Kyle Show US , the syndicated programme was based in New York and ran for two series. His wide slate of productions span factual, factual entertainment, daytime, current affairs and drama and include Judge Rinder, The Kyle Files, Countdown, Yes Chef and Crime Stories.

Pukar Mehta

Pukar joined ITV in April 2010 and is now Commercial Director for ITV Studios UK, responsible for strategy, mergers & acquisitions and other commercial projects for the UK division. He started at ITV as Head of Business Development working on M&A opportunities for the Group, and he led on acquisitions including So TV, The Garden and Big Talk Productions. Pukar started his career at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) as a strategy consultant before moving Antfactory, an internet-focused venture capital firm. He then spent 8 years at KPMG's transactional strategy team advising on a range of transactions and strategy projects in the telecomms and media including the merger of Carlton and Granada, the acquisitions of Odeon and UCI cinemas by Terra Firma, a number of acquisitions for Vodafone, the demerger / delisting of Cable & Wireless and supporting the Post Office enter the telecoms market.

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Catherine Oldfield

Catherine joined ITV Studios Drama in 2011 tasked with developing a broad range of drama singles, serials and series for UK and international broadcasters. She developed HOME FIRES alongside writer and creator, Simon Block, and oversaw the project from its inception, through production, to broadcast on two series. Alongside this, she developed and executive produced TUTANKHAMUN – a lavish 4-part drama by Guy Burt based on the Howard Carter story. In 2016, she co-founded the new ITV Studios label TALL STORY PICTURES with Francis Hopkinson. She developed and is producing Mike Bartlett’s three-part thriller, TRAUMA, for ITV. Prior to joining ITV Studios, Catherine has held posts at Monkey Kingdom where she was Head of Drama and Scripted Comedy where she produced numerous projects for the BBC and a pilot for HBO (KATE’S SMALL VICTORIES). Before this, she worked as Development Producer for Greenlit where she ran the development slate and worked on 4 series of the award-winning FOYLE’S WAR as well as developing COLLISION, CAUGHT IN A TRAP, VEXED and HONEST. A previous role as Head of Development at Sally Head Productions (producers of Tipping The Velvet, The Mayor Of Casterbridge) saw Catherine working on THE CRY and the Bafta-nominated adaptation of Sarah Waters’ FINGERSMITH for BBC 1.

Nira Park

Nira Park founded Big Talk in 1995. She is best known for her collaborations with Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, having produced both series of award-winning comedy series ‘Spaced’. For television, she also produced all three series of the double BAFTA award-winning sitcom ‘Black Books’. Nira produced ‘Shaun of the Dead’, the first installment of Wright’s iconic Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy starring Pegg and Frost. This was followed by 2007 hit ‘Hot Fuzz’ and 2013’s critically acclaimed ‘The World’s End’. The three films combined have amassed a box office of over $150 million. Outside of the Cornetto Trilogy, her relationship with Wright, Pegg and Frost has seen a further three films released internationally: ‘Scott Pilgrim vs. The World’ in 2010; the Working Title/Universal film ‘Paul’ in 2011; and ‘Cuban Fury’ in 2014. Nira continues to champion emerging as well as established talent, having produced Joe Cornish’s 2011 debut feature ‘Attack the Block’, Ben Wheatley’s 2012 black-comedy ‘Sightseers’, and Jeremy Lovering’s psychological horror ‘In Fear’. She has also just completed romantic comedy ‘Man Up’ starring Simon Pegg and Lake Bell which will be released in spring 2015. Currently, Nira is producing Sacha Baron Cohen’s new action-comedy ‘Grimsby’, directed by Louis Leterrier for Sony, Joe Cornish’s second feature ‘Section 6’ for Universal, and Edgar Wright’s latest movie ‘Baby Driver’.

Katie Rawcliffe

Previously a freelance producer working across entertainment and factual entertainment programmes for Channel 4, Endemol, Princess Productions and the BBC, Katie Rawcliffe joined ITV Studios as Head of Entertainment in 2008 after working across various ITV projects, mainly the Dancing On Ice Brand, which she helped to create and turn into the award winning and international format. Since then she has overseen every series. Katie's portfolio of shows at ITV has also included Hell's Kitchen, I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here!, Red or Black, Stepping Out, Comedy Rocks with Jason Manford and Pop Star to Opera Star.

Kieran Roberts

Kieran's credits as producer include: children’s drama The Ward which won a BAFTA and was nominated for an International Emmy; hit ITV1 series At Home with the Braithwaites which was also nominated for an International Emmy; Emmerdale which won the BAFTA for best soap in 2000 and Coronation Street which won RTS and BAFTA awards for best soap/best continuing drama in 2002 an 2003 and pulled in nearly 20 million viewers during the Richard Hillman story. Since 2005 he has been running ITV Studios' Manchester drama department. His credits as executive producer include Mobile, Cold Blood, Blue Murder, Britannia High and Boy Meets Girl. Kieran is also now executive producer of Coronation Street which celebrated its fiftieth anniversary last year. One of the many projects Kieran oversaw as part of the fiftieth celebrations was The Road To Coronation Street, which told the amazing true story of the birth of Coronation Street. The film was shown on BBC4 to huge critical acclaim and has since picked up several prestigious awards including BAFTA and RTS awards for best single drama and a gold medal at the New York Film and Television Festival.

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Mark Robinson

Mark has executive produced a wide range of projects for Shiver on behalf of ITV, Channel Four, Channel 5 and Sky. As a leading light in shows celebrating our cultural and popular history he set up the 100 Greatest format for Channel Four and has since looked after The Nation’s Favourite…for ITV, a brand which has revealed the stories behind the songs of icons like Abba, the Bee Gees and Elvis Presley. Mark pioneered the Monday night ITV travelogue slot with series like The Lakes, The Dales, Little England and Tales From Northumberland With Robson Green. He also executive produced all six series of the Rose D’Or nominated daytime – and now international – hit series May The Best House Win and has recently looked after titles as diverse as Coronation Street – 50 Years, 50 Moments, The Talent Show Story, Super Tiny Animals, Newsflash – Stories That Stopped The World, Being Poirot and The Miners’ Strike & Me.

Justine Rodgers

Having qualified as a solicitor in 1994, Justine left private practice and joined Granada Television (Manchester) at the beginning of 1996 in the legal and business affairs team. After 18 months she moved to the London office to work in the drama and comedy departments as business affairs manager. In 1999, Justine moved up to Yorkshire Television (which had become part of the group in the previous year) and worked across the production slate of Yorkshire Tyne Tees, subsequently becoming Head of Business Affairs for Granada's northern production businesses. In 2006, the remit was expanded to include drama and comedy in London and the role was formalised within that genre in 2007, as Controller of Business Affairs for Scripted Content, ITV Studios. On 1 October 2011, Justine was appointed Director of Legal and Business Affairs, ITV Studios UK. As Director of Business Affairs, Justine is a member of the ITV Studios management team, playing a significant role in the daily management of the UK business, advising on all areas of legal and commercial policy ensuring that commercial terms are fully exploited. The DBA negotiates or oversees all major deals, drives talent deals and broadcaster/talent union negotiations and manages the Business Affairs, Casting and Music teams in ITV Studios.

Graham Stuart

Graham Stuart is the co-founder with Graham Norton of So Television. He executive produces the multi-award winning Graham Norton franchise in the UK and US.

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Matt Walton

Matt Walton is Head of Entertainment at 12 Yard Productions. He has overseen 17 series of Channel 4 reality hit Coach Trip as well as other successful formats like Big Star's Little Star, Sorority Girls and Top Dog Model. Prior to joining 12 yard he was a freelance series producer on various primetime shows including mega-brands The X Factor and Britain's Got Talent.

John Whiston

John Whiston is Creative Director, Serial Dramas responsible for Coronation Street and Emmerdale. John started his career at the BBC producing arts programmes for strands such as Bookmark, Timewatch, Omnibus and The Late Show including award winning documentaries such as Absurdistan and Naked Hollywood. Moving to Manchester to head up the ‘yoof’ department John built up a broad slate of BBC programming in the North from The Sunday Show to Red Dwarf, from Mrs Merton to Mastermind. Moving to Yorkshire to become Director of Programmes, he helped nurture important ITV shows such as Emmerdale, A Touch of Frost and Heartbeat. As well as growing Emmerdale from 3 episodes to 6, he also launched some of ITV’s most popular dramas including The Royal, At Home With The Braithwaites, Fat Friends and the Emmy winning Lost For Words. He then moved west and took responsibility for Coronation Street, and later all of ITV Production’s drama such as Poirot, Marple, Prime Suspect, Cracker, Blue Murder, Lewis and the Oscar winning feature film, The Queen. A further move saw him become responsible for all of ITV Studio’s (as it was renamed) UK production, including amazing hits such as GMOOH, Dancing On Ice and Come Dine With Me as well as attending the birth of some significant new ones such as The Chase. Now working with two of the most talented production teams in the UK, he reckons he has the best job in Television - not least because it comes with the nickname The Pope of Soap.

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