Kate Beal Blyth
Kate Beal is Chief Executive Officer of Woodcut Media, a member of the Bob & Co businesses and one of the fastest growing Indies in the UK, producing a broad range of factual programming.
In addition to being one of the leading true crime producers in the UK with titles such as Holloway: Women Behind Bars, The Krays: The Prison Years, Murder Casebook and Britain’s Most Evil Killers, to mention a few, Woodcut Media’s rapidly growing catalogue includes specialist factual series Defenders of the Sky, Combat Trains and Combat Ships, as well as factual entertainment shows such as Around the world in 80 Tricks (shot in 4K) and Animal Antics. Woodcut also produces high-end premium docs like The Ivy, and works with talent such as Idris Elba (Cut From A Different Cloth and Mandela, My Dad and Me) and Alfie Allen (Alfie Allen’s Story of Football).
Kate Beal entered the TV industry at just 15 years old, and her impressive list of achievements and expertise spans 22 years.
Her foray into the business began when she joined UK broadcaster ITV as a runner in 1995, and worked her way up the ladder, learning all aspects of the production business. Her talent and ambition took her from researcher, to producer/director, culminating in the shooting of her first ever show as series producer Firefighters for ITV, when she was just 25 years old. Over the years, she worked on a variety of productions, with credits for popular programmes such as The Real London’s Burning’ (for Channel Five), and ITV’s ‘That’s Esther’ and ‘Faith and the City’ (which is still used within schools today as a top-rated educational tool).
It was in 2005 that she founded KMB Productions Ltd (a niche factual entertainment entity), producing acclaimed series such as Vicars’ Wives for ITV1 and By Royal Appointment for ITV. Then in 2008, entertainment and kids’ specialist Talent Group PLC, approached Ms. Beal to buy her company, and later that year KMB became Talent TV South. With Kate still continuing at the helm, her management and direction saw Talent TV South go from strength to strength, producing hit shows for broadcasters such as Tina Malone: Pregnant at 50 for TLC UK (the highest-rated single doc commission for the channel to date), Fred Dinenage: Murder Casebook a long-running, and very popular series for the Crime and Investigation Network, The Flying Winemakers for UK TV and more. Over the years she also developed strong partnerships with distributors such as DRG, Content Media, Sky Vision, TCB Media Rights and Flame Distribution, who sold the indie’s back catalogue worldwide.
In August 2014, Stitchcombe Productions (owned by Bob & Co) acquired Talent TV South and re-launched as Woodcut Media, allowing Kate Beal (and her husband Matt Blyth) a 20% stake in the new venture.