Kate Beal


Breaking the taboo: How do we navigate mental health in TV?

Mental ill-health in the TV sector is an unspoken reality for many working in the field. Finally, these issues are in the spotlight. The UK’s Film and TV Charity recently launched the industry-wide Looking Glass survey to get a snapshot of the well-being of TV workers. Ahead of findings being released next year, TBI can […]

Discovery serves up Woodcut’s ‘British Police: Our Toughest Cases’

Discovery has commissioned Woodcut Media for a Quest Red series on the British police, and a returning series of The Killer In My Family. Canada-headquartered distributor Blue Ant International provided deficit funding for the new series and will handle global distribution for both programmes outside the UK. British Police: Our Toughest Cases (6 x 60 […]

Avalon Factual Television exec moves to Woodcut

Avalon Factual Television features and daytime chief Matthew Gordon is moving to another UK prodco, Woodcut Media. Gordon (pictured) has been named executive producer of factual, reporting to Woodcut CEO Kate Beal. He’ll work also closely with Woodcut’s creative director, Derren Lawford. Bob & Co.-owned Woodcut is known for factual shows such as Jo Frost […]

Prison sells

Prisons have long been a source of fascination for TV producers – as illustrated by series such as British sitcom Porridge, Australian soap Prisoner Cell Block H and HBO limited series Oz. Right now, though, there are more outstanding prison-themed shows than ever, across both scripted and factual television, reports Andy Fry. Prison might not […]

TBI Formats: Drinking tea with gangsters

Kate Beal, CEO & joint creative director, Woodcut Media Over the years I’ve filmed with hundreds of ‘real’ people including doctors, vicars, vets, firefighters and criminals. Often you couldn’t tell one from another. Other times the apprehension inside can make it patently obvious, especially when you’re a few months’ pregnant, alone and about to head […]

TV’s Big Questions: has 4K truly broken through?

There was a buzz around ultra-high definition television coming into 2015, but did the medium have the impact many expected? For Naked Entertainment’s Simon Andreae (below left), it was a resounding no. “How many people got a 4K set for Christmas? Not many,” he says. MoMedia boss Lucas Bertrand has a similar view. “It’s not […]

Keshet plots crime move with Woodcut deal

Israel’s Keshet International is getting into unscripted crime programming distribution following a deal with UK producer Woodcut Media. KI, the global sales arm of Keshet Media Group, will have exclusive rights to Woodcut’s new non-scripted factual crime programmes internationally. “This deal is another step towards our ambition to grow a larger finished English language programming […]

TV’s Big Questions: what is shaping the world of content?

Platforms, technology and marketing aside, what really drives the international TV industry is content. We asked a selection of execs from around the world for the shows that they feel are pioneering, brilliant or genre-defining. In the world of docs, Simon Chinn from Man on Wire prodco Lightbox says 2015 was the year of the […]

Woodcut poaches A+E commissioner

Woodcut Media has poached A+E Networks UK buyer Jinal Patel to become its joint creative director. At Sky joint venture A+E UK, Patel (pictured) was senior commissioning and acquisitions editor, focused on the on the Crime + Investigation and Lifetime channels. At Woodcut, she will be executive producer, working alongside CEO and founder Kate Beal […]

Guilty pleasures

Murder. Bloodlust. Revenge. Jesse Whittock listens to testimony from leading executives and gathers evidence to deliver a verdict on why the true crime genre continues to deliver killer ratings A s the ultra-popular podcast Serial has demonstrated, the true crime genre continues to defy expectations. The mix of blood, horror and investigation has captivated middle-aged […]