With offices in London and Hampshire (UK), 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.
Woodcut’s 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’.
Kate Beal, Chief Executive Officer and Joint Creative Director
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.
Derren Lawford, Joint 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 YouTuber 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.