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 ABBA 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 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. As well as executive producing the majority of Wise Owl’s output, Mark oversaw a number of ITV’s celebrations of the life of the Queen, documentaries which aired in September 2022.
James Knight - Development Executive & Series Producer
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.
Kay Beaumont - Production Executive
Kay works as Production Executive at Lime Pictures looking after Wise Owl Films in Leeds as well as Lime’s Liverpool-based Press and Digital department.
Kay worked at ITV for 15 years where she production managed shows including I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here!, Saturday Night Takeaway, Loose Women, Judge Rinder & It'll be Alright on the Night.
Since then she worked as production executive at Shiver (ITV Studios) across a range of shows for C4, ITV, BBC & UKTV and also at Workerbee (Endemol) on commissions for Discovery, National Geographic, Quibi, Netflix, C4 & C5.
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.
Nathalie Mayer - Assistant Producer
Nathalie is an assistant producer working across development and production with a passion for innovative approaches to storytelling.
From developing formats to working on documentaries, she loves seeing programmes through from inception to production. Some of her recent credits include Yorkshire Firefighters, When Nirvana Came to Britain and digital series Box Fresh.
She is one of Edinburgh TV Festival's Ones to Watch 2022 and is keen to find fresh ways of communicating untold experiences, challenging stigma and expanding expectations of regional TV production.
Rebecca Richardson - Production Coordinator
Rebecca studied film and television production at the Northern Film School and Leeds Beckett University.
After she graduated in 2018, she started working in scripted and drama productions, working her way up to 3rdAssistant Director. Rebeccathen decided to make the switch to production management and began working for Wise Owl Films in June 2022.
She loves planning, organising and working with people. In her spare time, she enjoys photography and shooting with her 35mm camera.
Joe McLusky - Director of Production
Before joining Wise Owl, Joe was Vice President of Paramount’s BAFTA winning in-house production company, VIS UK.
Originally from Yorkshire, Joe started his career in Manchester with roles at BBC North and Granada TV before heading south to take up senior management roles at Shine TV, and ITV Studios.
He’s had two stints at Lime Pictures, returning last year to head up all production for Lime, Lion and Wise Owl. In a 30+ year career he’s overseen nearly 1000 different commissions, and thousands of hours of TV.
Jacek Kruza - Senior Legal & Business Affairs Executive
Jacek is the Senior Legal & Business Affairs Executive at Wise Owl, covering all matters related to the company and its award-winning productions.
After training at a tier 1 media firm, and with a background in both film and music, he joined Wise Owl in 2020.