Mark Robinson - Creative Director
Before starting Wise Owl Films, Mark worked at ITV Studios in Leeds and Newcastle for over 25 years, creating over 200 different series and prime-time specials for ITV, the BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Sky, including May The Best House Win, Super Tiny Animals, David Jason: My Life On Screen, Last Laugh In Vegas and The Nation’s Favourite music documentary series, telling the stories behind the songs of icons such as Elvis, Elton John and The Beatles.
Mark created Shiver in 2007 - ITV Studios’ first label – and has worked closely with many of Britain’s best-loved television stars including Peter Kay and Sir Trevor McDonald as well as with some of Britain’s biggest institutions and brands, from record companies including Sony, Universal, Warner Music and Apple Corps to the casts of series like Coronation Street and Emmerdale, and the families and estates of comedy legends including Tommy Cooper, Les Dawson and Morecambe & Wise.
Stuart Ramsay - Development Executive / Series Producer
Stuart joined Wise Owl Films having spent 22 years at ITV in Leeds, where he was responsible for a host of award-winning and critically-acclaimed documentary series and factual entertainment formats.
He series produced the reality series Last Laugh In Vegas, the Rose d’Or nominated property format May The Best House Win and the RTS Award-winning travelogue Tales From Northumberland. His single documentary The Miners’ Strike & Me was nominated for a BAFTA. Stuart has worked with some of the biggest names in entertainment, including the likes of Sir David Jason, Bradley Walsh, Stephen Mulhern and Robson Green.
James Knight - Development Executive, Specialist Factual
With a background in science, extreme environment and history-based programming spanning over 15 years, James is an award-winning series producer who has worked for a host of broadcasters including Discovery, The History Channel, CBBC, ITV, Nat Geo and Channel Four.
He received two BAFTA nominations, for the CBBC series Absolute Genius: Monster Builds and The Dengineers, and his CV also includes international commissions such as The World’s Biggest Cave (Nat Geo), Hidden China (CICC) and Exodus Earth (Discovery Science).
James joins Wise Owl fresh from series producing the engineering format, Scrapyard Supercar, for Nat Geo.
Charlotte Topliss - Production Manager
Charlotte has been working for production companies in the North of England since 2006 on a variety of reality, factual and entertainment programmes including The Valleys, Snog Marry Avoid?, Most Haunted and Coach Trip.
A University of Sunderland graduate now back in her native home city of Leeds Charlotte joined Wise Owl Films from Shiver’s Salford office where she worked on titles including Eat Shop Save, Ade In Britain, Manchester: 100 Days After The Attack, Real Stories with Ranvir Singh and ITV’s flagship current affairs programme Tonight.
Ali Hobbs - Production Manager
Over the last 20 years Ali has delivered hundreds of hours of television to major broadcasters including the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, Nat Geo, Sky, UKTV and Discovery. In doing so she has worked across many different genres – including Children’s, Entertainment, Factual, Specialist Factual, Documentaries and Current Affairs - for a number companies across the UK.
Ali has looked after a number of high risk productions including overseas Dispatches and 40 episodes of Channel 4’s critically acclaimed foreign affairs series Unreported World, filmed in some of the most neglected and dangerous locations in the world.
Ali is a ScreenSkills mentor, organiser of the talk series Think Leeds, and works with Leeds Trinity University to deliver the popular TV Production (Re)Boot evening course.
Lindsey Steward - Production Coordinator
Lindsey completed a Media & Communication degree at the University of Leeds in 2018. During this time she was Assistant Director for the Leeds Rag Fashion Show and TIME.LESS - raising over £10,000 for Leeds Mind and Dementia UK and winning the National Student Fundraising Award - Event of the Year.
Lindsey also volunteered for Leeds Community Foundation and was part of the Leeds Fund Event, attended by HRH Prince Harry, to raise awareness of mental health.
In 2018 Lindsey got involved with Chapel FM, and in 2019 went live with a radio show called Puermusic, featuring emerging talent from the local communities.
She has joined Wise Owl Films to develop her skills as a production co-ordinator having gained a place on the Channel 4 Para Production Training Scheme.
Nathalie Mayer - Junior Researcher
Nathalie is a published photographer and documentary filmmaker in the early stages of her filmmaking career. During her time studying a Masters in Documentary Filmmaking at the Northern Film School, Leeds, she worked as a cinematographer and producer on a number of short student documentary films.
She joined Wise Owl Films keen to develop her skills and knowledge of factual television production.
Zahra Clembintson - Development Intern
Zahra is a recent Broadcast Journalism graduate from the University of Leeds. During her time studying, she worked on a number of short student factual films as a member of Leeds Student Television.
She joins Wise Owl on an internship having completed work placements at BBC Studios Factual and True North Productions.