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 (The Killer in My Family,How I Caught the Killer, Jo Frost on Killer Kids, World’s Most Evil Killers, The Killer in My Family, The Krays: The Prison Years), Woodcut’s growing catalogue also includesspecialist factual series(The Secret Historyof World War II,World’s Greatest Palaces,Combat Ships, Combat Machines,Royals on the Frontline,Wings of War, Football: A Brief History by Alfie Allen),premium documentaries(Tony Robinson’s VE Day: Minute by Minute,Fiennes: Return to the Nile,The Ivy, Cut From A Different ClothandMandela, My Dad and Mefeaturing Idris Elba, Football: A Brief History by Alfie Allen,The Ivy)factual entertainmentshows (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 (part of Talent agency The Artists Partnership and 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 includedFiennes: Return to the Nile, featuring Sir Ranulph Fiennes and his cousin, actor Joseph Fiennes, for National Geographic, andFootball: A Brief History by Alfie Allenfor HISTORY featuring Game of Thrones actor Alfie Allen.
Kate is a prominent and inspirational speaker (keynotes/panels) at numerous markets such as MipDoc/Mipcom, Content London, Televisual Factual Festival, etc and is a member of the British Screen Forum, as well as Advisory Board Member for Realscreen Summit 2020. She is also a published author withThe Krays: The Prison Years. Operating Woodcut as a very diverse and multi-cultural entity, she also focuses on mentoring young talent, and some years ago established theWoodcut Post Production Awardscheme, working closely with Southampton University to offer university grads the opportunity to get paid trained work as editors.
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 producerFirefightersfor ITV, when she was just 25 years old. Over the years, she worked on a variety of productions, with credits for popular programmes such asThe Real London's Burning' for Channel 5, 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 asVicars’ Wivesfor ITV1 andBy Royal Appointmentfor 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 asTina Malone: Pregnant at 50for TLC UK (the highest-rated single doc commission for the channel to date),Fred Dinenage: Murder Casebooka long-running, and very popular series for the Crime and Investigation Network,The Flying Winemakersfor UK TV and more. Over the years she also developed strong partnerships with distributors such as DRG, Red Arrow Studios, Kew Media, TCB Media Rights and Keshet International, to mention just a few. Talent TV South later rebranded as Woodcut Media in 2014, and today forms part of The Anthology Group of businesses.