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.
Kerry Allison - Development Producer / Producer Director
RTS Award-winner Kerry began her television career at Endemol, working on reality series such as Big Brother, The Games and Shattered.
After joining ITV in 2004, she specialised in producing blue-chip pop culture celebrations including The Nation’s Favourite Carpenters Song, The Comedy Years, Carry On Forever and Elton John: The Nation’s Favourite Song, as well as current affairs specials like Newsflash: Stories That Stopped The World and Unbelievable Moments Caught On Camera. Kerry has worked alongside on-screen talent including David Walliams and Sir David Jason.
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.
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.