Advisory Board Members
Chief Executive Officer
Kate Beal is Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Woodcut Media, a member of the Anthology group of businesses and one of the fastest growing Indies in the UK, producing a broad range of unscripted programming.
A leading true crime producer in the UK (How I Caught the Killer, Jo Frost on Killer Kids, World’s Most Evil Killers, Britain’s Most Evil Killers, The Krays: The Prison Years), Woodcut’s growing catalogue also includes specialist factual series (Royals on the Frontline, Wings of War, Combat Machines, Football: A Brief History by Alfie Allen), premium documentaries (Fiennes: Return to the Nile, The Ivy, Cut From A Different Cloth and Mandela, My Dad and Me featuring Idris Elba) factual entertainment shows (World’s Greatest Palaces, How Hacks Work, Around the World in 80 Tricks, Paranormal Captured, World’s Scariest Hauntings).
Woodcut Media also forged an alliance with The Development Partnership (a company that provides an environment for talent to have a substantial voice in the development and production of projects they are passionate about), to co-produce a broad range of talent-led unscripted content with global appeal. Projects have included Fiennes: Return to the Nile, featuring Sir Ranulph Fiennes and his cousin, actor Joseph Fiennes, for National Geographic, and Football: A Brief History by Alfie Allen for the History Channel featuring Game of Thrones actor Alfie Allen.
Kate Beal entered the TV industry at just 15 years old, and her impressive list of achievements and expertise spans 26 years.
Her foray into the business began when she joined UK broadcaster ITV as a runner in 1995, and worked her way up the ladder, learning all aspects of the production business. Her talent and ambition took her from researcher, to producer/director, culminating in the shooting of her first ever show as series producer Firefighters for ITV, when she was just 25 years old. Over the years, she worked on a variety of productions, with credits for popular programmes such as The Real London's Burning (for Channel Five), and ITV’s That’s Esther and Faith and the City (which is still used within schools today as a top-rated educational tool).
It was in 2005 that she founded KMB Productions Ltd (a niche factual entertainment entity), producing acclaimed series such as Vicars’ Wives for ITV1 and By Royal Appointment for ITV. Then in 2008, entertainment and kids’ specialist Talent Group PLC, approached Ms. Beal to buy her company, and later that year KMB became Talent TV South. With Kate still continuing at the helm, her management and direction saw Talent TV South go 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), Fred Dinenage: Murder Casebook a long-running, and very popular series for the Crime and Investigation Network, The Flying Winemakers for UK TV and more. Over the years she also developed strong partnerships with distributors such as DRG, Kew Media, TCB Media Rights and Keshet International, to mention just a few.