Fri
24/11/17
12:47
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Karen Smith:
CEO/MD
Tuesday: Full of Grace

Karen’s network television career started at Granada TV’s “This Morning” as a Day Producer. Three weeks into the job she conducted the world’s first live Viagra trial dubbed “the tawdriest two hours of daytime television ever” by The Daily Mail. The team had t-shirts printed with the headline on the back.  Despite her dad’s worries that she was going to be sacked for it and sent back up North in disgrace, she was quickly promoted to Deputy Editor and then Editor. From there she spent time as a Series Producer at Endemol launching “Comic Relief Does Fame Academy” (BBC1) and “The Games” (C4) and in October 2004 she joined BBC Entertainment as an Executive Producer as they had an idea to bring back Come Dancing with celebrities. Karen was the co-devisor and launch Executive Producer of the multi-award winning Strictly Come Dancing (Dancing with the Stars) which is now one of the world’s biggest entertainment formats. She led the first five series in the UK, and ultimately became Creative Director of BBC Entertainment overseeing all format and factual entertainment shows. In January 2009, Karen joined Shine TV, initially as Director of Programmes and shortly afterwards was made Joint Managing Director. Shine TV grew to be one of the UK’s largest indies with shows such as Masterchef (BBC1 and BBC2); Got to Dance (Sky1); Gladiators (Sky1); The Biggest Loser (ITV1) and The Magicians (BBC1). Karen launched Tuesday’s Child Television in Sept 2012. As a teenager she’d dreamed of being Monday’s Child, but now is happy to be “full of grace”. Her twins are also Tuesday’s children, but are fantastically fair of face too.

Steph Harris:
Creative Director, Popular Factual
Wednesday: Full of Woe

Steph’s early television career was in comedy development at Thames Television and then in the indie sector working with the likes of Graham Norton and Mark Thomas. But little did she know how much she’d need a sense of humour when she was tasked with making a new series about dusting for Channel 4 and found herself knee-deep in filth as she unleashed Kim and Aggie in How Clean Is Your House? Steph realised her television calling was to help people, and in her role as Editor of Factual at TalkbackThames she spent the next four years in other people’s homes, installing cameras in their bedrooms (C4’s Sex Inspectors), re-designing their kitchens (C4’s Honey I Ruined The House) and clearing their clutter (Five’s Chaos Clinic/C4’s Get Your House In Order). After homes came balls and boobs at Maverick Television with a role as Executive Producer of C4’s Embarrassing Bodies, which picked up three Baftas and an Emmy for its multi-platform innovations. Steph also tackled troubled kids with ITV1’s My Child’s Not Perfect and helped find Britain’s Next Big Thing with Theo Paphitis for BBC2. The last year at Dragonfly brought three new Channel 4 formats including a spin-off of One Born Every Minute, What Happens in Kavos and Britain’s Crappest Criminals, as well as Beat the Bullies for Five.

Gail Harman:
Head of Development, Entertainment
Sunday: Bonnie and Blythe and Good and Gay

Despite being trained as a journalist Gail quickly realised her heart belonged to shiny floor entertainment. When she landed her first job fresh out of university she couldn’t believe her luck; getting paid as an intern by Endemol to come up with TV shows all day felt too good to be true. She must have done something right, because after a year at the company she was asked to join the BBC in-house entertainment development team where she continued to cut her teeth, earning development credits on 10 shows in two years, including Friends Like These (BBC1), The National Lottery Jet Set (BBC1), Dog Eat Dog (BBC1) and Weakest Link (BBC1/2), a show which ran for more than 11 years in primetime and daytime and which sold into over 40 territories. She left the BBC in 2001 to join some of her BBC colleagues at a new start-up, 12 Yard Productions. Whilst at the indie Gail earned production and development credits on shows including Eggheads (BBC2), Coach Trip (C4), the International Emmy award winning Without Prejudice? (C4) and The National Lottery: In It To Win It (BBC1), which went on to become the UK’s longest running lottery format ever. After 5 years at 12 Yard Gail joined talkbackTHAMES where she later became Head of Development. Within two years the company had changed to Fremantle UK and Gail had earned development credits on ITV1’s hit dating show Take Me Out, Hole in the Wall (BBC1), 1001 Things You Should Know (C4) and Break the Safe (BBC1). When asked to join Tuesday’s Child Television, Gail hadn’t been as excited about something since ITV2 began showing season 6 of The Real Housewives of Orange County. Despite being Sunday’s child she’s very happily married to a lovely man who tolerates her obsession with American scripted reality shows.

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