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Karen Smith

Karen Smith – Managing Director, Tuesday’s Child

Karen Smith2018-10-08T19:09:33+00:00

Project Description

Karen’s network television career started at Granada TV’s This Morning as a Day Producer before becoming Deputy Editor and then Editor. From there she spent time as a series producer at Endemol launching Comic Relief Does Fame Academy (BBC One) and The Games (Channel 4) and in October 2004 she joined BBC Entertainment where she was the co-devisor and launch Executive Producer of the multi-award winning Strictly Come Dancing. 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 made Joint Managing Director. Under her creative leadership Shine TV grew to be one of the UK’s largest indies with shows such asMasterChef; Got To Dance; Gladiators; The Biggest Loser and The Magicians. Karen launched her indie, Tuesday’s Child Television, in September 2012. The UK-based independent production company specialises in entertainment and popular factual programming. Over the last five years Tuesday’s Child has devised and produced entertainment and factual entertainment series for UK and US broadcasters including the International Format Awards Best Studio Gameshow of 2016, You’re Back in the Room for ITV1 which Tuesday’s Child have also made in the States called Hypnotize Me. The format has also been made in ten other major territories and optioned in a further 10. Tuesday’s Child also produced Sean Conway Running Britain and Sean Conway: On the Edgefor Discovery; RTS-nominated Superstar Dogs for Channel 4; My Crazy Christmas Lights for Channel 4; two series of gameshow format For What It’s Worth for BBC One; Sunseeker a one-off documentary for BBC Two and Saturday night entertainment format Pitch Battle (BBC One). Lego Masters (Channel 4) is currently in production on season 2 alongside Man vs Robot an arena scale gameshow pilot for Fox US.

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