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 jade 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 joined Tuesday’s Child in its first few months and has worked closely with Karen to build the company into the respected indie it is today. As Creative Director, Popular Factual her remit and stable is broad – from the global fact ent format Lego Masters to the genre bending reality horror gameshow Killer Camp, rigged formats in Dutch coffeeshops and Welsh bingo halls alongside travelogues and access documentaries.
Steph recently celebrated her telly silver jubilee; a 25 year adventure that began in comedy development at Thames Television, luring young comics from the dimly lit comedy clubs into the bright lights of the television studio. 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 on the nation 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, re-designing their homes and clearing their clutter in various Channel 4 and BBC features shows. 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. Five years later, she moved to Shine TV to head up Factual Entertainment and did a stint at Dragonfly overseeing spin-offs of One Born Every Minute whilst birthing Channel 4’s What Happens in Kavos.
Steph wouldn’t say she was a typical Wednesday’s Child – whilst she’ll admit she’s made some woeful decisions at times – her glass is definitely always half full – often overflowing.
James Donkin is Head of Development at Tuesday’s Child where he oversees the team creating our new ideas and formats, developing/co-developing new television formats including Head Hunters (BBC1), Killer Camp (ITV2), The Drugs Cafe (C4), and The Hit List (BBC1).
With a development and production career spanning over 11yrs, James was a Series Producer at TwoFour on Dolph Lundgren gameshow Take the Tower for ITV4, Head of Development at Renegade Pictures (Evil Monkeys for ITV2, Used Car Wars for Dave, School of Rock CBBC and Our Wildest Dreams for C4) and co-developed and produced the RTS-Award winning Release the Hounds (ITV2, FOX), The Exit List (ITV) and Breakaway (BBC2) for Gogglebox Entertainment.
Prior to that he worked in the Zodiak central development team, working on entertainment formats for its production companies across the world, including Sing If You Can (ITV1, Antena Tres Spain), The Guillotine (Telecinco Spain, TVP2 Poland), That’s My Kid (CTC Russia) and The Call (Italia 1)
He had an unusual start to his career in television, appearing in seven TV gameshows as a contestant before persuading 12 Yard Productions to accept him onto their trainee development scheme. As well as being a dad to two, former innovation consultant at WhatIf and journalist at The Daily Telegraph, he is also a keen kickboxer, quiz master and general games obsessive.
Sheryl joined Tuesday’s Child in 2018, overseeing the launch of Tuesday’s Child Scotland and the commissions of The Hit List, Head Hunters and Killer Camp. With a production career stretching over 24 years, Sheryl started her TV career as a Meeter Greeter on The Big Breakfast, where memories of that time span from the low of having to don a giant egg costume and have her face painted yellow to the highs of making breakfast for the Wu Tang Clan and looking after the Zig and Zag band performances.
Joining Princess Productions in 2001 after a stint at Talkback she stayed for 19 years, assisting with the growth of the company as it expanded to have its own live studios and post-production facilities, and working on a diverse range of programmes from RI:SE, Orange Unsigned Act to The Friday Night Project, The Big Art Project, Ashley Banjo’s Secret Street Crew and The Mash Report.
Sheryl loves being able to work across varied genres on innovative programmes in a company that supports working parents and is committed to the highest production values.