Rick Murray
RICK MURRAY
Managing Director & Executive Producer

Rick is responsible for overseeing the company as a whole alongside many of Workerbee's shows as Executive Producer.

Over the last 6 years, Rick has seen Workerbee grow from its roots as a busy regional office of Shine TV, into an independent label within Endemol Shine Group with an output of over 75 hours a year for a range of UK and international broadcasters.

Michelle Chappell
MICHELLE CHAPPELL
Creative Director

Michelle has overall responsibility for winning new business, driving the development slate and building relationships, particularly with terrestrials.

 

At Channel 4 Michelle was responsible for returning brands including The Supervet and The Secret Life of the Zoo and commissioned successful films and series such as The Bulger Killers: Was Justice Done? and Saving Poundstretcher. Before joining C4, Michelle was a Commissioning Editor of Factual at Channel 5 and prior to commissioning Michelle worked for 12 years in Production.

Nicola Griffiths
NICOLA GRIFFITHS
Production Executive

Nicola has worked at Workerbee on multiple projects over the last 5 years, from Supercar Megabuild and Goblin Works Garage to Idris Elba: Fighter and many more, working at indies and ITV in between. In 2017 she returned to the company as Production Executive across all programmes and business.

Currently on maternity leave, Nicola will be back in 2019 to resume looking after all programming needs. 

Kay Beaumont
KAY BEAUMONT
Production Executive

Kay has recently joined Workerbee as Production Executive having worked previously at ITV for a number of years. Formerly, Kay was a production manager on award-winning shows such as I'm A Celebrity, Saturday Night Takeaway, Loose Women, The Chase and Judge Rinder before moving to the Shiver label as Production Executive overseeing their Popular Factual output. Currently Kay is responsible for the overall management of programmes at Workerbee, ensuring the shows are produced efficiently, on spec, on budget and adhere to company policies.

Ben Smith
BEN SMITH
Development Executive

Ben might be Welsh, but after 16 years working in telly in Manchester, Workerbee is very much home. Heading up the development team, Ben creates and pitches content to all of the main UK broadcasters and specialist factual channels. With a background in producing shows like Supercar Megabuild, No Limits, Peter Kay's Comedy Moments, Fierce Earth, Trawlerman's Lives and Journey to the Edge of the World, Ben has made shows produced out of Manchester, but filmed with talent all over the world, for all the major channels.

Darrell Brown
DARRELL BROWN
Executive Producer - Documentaries

Darrell currently oversees all of our crime output. Darrell joined Workerbee in Spirng 2017 and made our first true-crime series Written In Blood. He's gone on to Series Produce our high-end Armed & Deadly: Police UK for Channel 5, and our recent smash-hit series for C&I Murdertown. Before Workerbee, Darrell specialised in crime and current affairs, producing films for Channel 4 Dispatches and factual documentaries for all major networks. He also built a close bond with a rescued gorilla during a 16-hour roadtrip across Western Europe for the BBC.

Coral Lawson
CORAL LAWSON
Executive Producer - Factual Entertainment

Coral oversess our Factual Entertainment and female-skewed output. Coral also created and Executive Produced Ali A's Superchargers and series produced Idris Elba: Fighter. Started career at Carlton TV as a researcher and quickly got into their graduate training scheme, going on to produce shows such as Today With Des And Mel. Was also formerly series producer of Blue Peter at Media City. Worked on many formats including: Workerbee's Idris Elba: No Limits, Dragons Den, Gok's Fashion Fix, Blood, Sweat and Luxuries, 10 Years Younger, Hairy Bikers and Jamie's UK.

Ben Hirsch
BEN HIRSCH
Series Director

Ben directs our most stylish output. Recently finished working on our hit series for Quest Goblin Works Garage and is now directing Armed Response for Channel 5. He has also produced and directed Idris Elba: No Limits and Idris Elba: Fighter and delivered a 10 part series for Channel 5 Car Crash TV. Previously he developed Workerbee fomats including World Class and Jonathan Phang's Caribbean Cookbook. Other TV Credits include Mentorn Media's Watermen: A Dirty Business, BBC’s Young Talent Of The Year, Antiques Master & World’s Toughest Driving Test.

Tom Calvert
TOM CALVERT
Head of Legal

Tom has been working within the Endemol Shine Group since 2016, and now heads up legal and business affairs for Workerbee, Dragonfly and DSP. He has been working in the legal side of the TV industry since 2004, and has done time at the BBC, FremantleMedia, Hat Trick Productions and NBC Universal. His credits include Doctor Who, The X Factor, The Apprentice, Grand Designs and Have I Got News For You

Michael McKenna
MICHAEL MCKENNA
Head of Finance & Business Development

Michael joined Workerbee as Head of Finace & Business Development in 2018. Prior to this, Michael worked at the BBC, where he played an instrumental role as the Finance Lead on the creation of BBC Studios; the BBC's commerical production business that launched in 2017. Most recently, Michael was Head of Finance for the Entertainment, Music and Events division of BBC Studios - where he had oversight of well-known BBC titles including Top Gear, Strictly Come Dancing, Later with Jools Holland and Dragons Den. Michael qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young, and was recognised as one of the Top 35 CA's under 35 in 2017.

Leanne Orme
LEANNE ORME
Production Finance Manager

Leanne is responsible for the most important part of any successful business operation - the money! Having worked in the industry for 10 years now, Leanne cut her teeth as a Production Accountant at ITV before joining the BBC in the same role, where she gained experience of working across multiple genres including Drama, Comedy, Entertainment and Factual. Whilst at the BBC, she worked her way up to the role of Production Accounting Finance Manager before deciding to move to Workerbee. She also does a mean spread sheet.

Thea Hey
THEA HEY
HR & Office Manager

Overseeing HR for all productions as well as the day to day running of our busy Manchester office. With a background as a Researcher for Arts, History and Factual Entertainment documentaries in London, Thea joined Workerbee in 2016. Credits include History of Art in Three Colours, Diamond Jubilee River Pageant and The Manor Reborn.

Hassan Ghazi
HASSAN GHAZI
Junior Producer Director

Currently working on our new commission for CBBC, Ali A's Superchargers, Hassan has previously been part of the team on Workerbee productions such as Car Crash TV, Dumball: Idiots in India and Supercar Megabuild.

Jonny Simmonite-Marshall
JONNY SIMMONITE-MARSHALL
Development Producer

Jonny joined Workerbee in 2014 following time at the BBC, Shine TV and Princess Productions. Works across all development projects and has helped to create new series such as No Limits, FighterSupercar Megabuild and The Big NHS Singalong Live. Also has a background in digital and multi-platform content and helps to oversee Workerbee's online presence. Previous credits include Strictly Come Dancing, It Takes Two, T4 and The Love Machine.

Matt Davidson
MATT DAVIDSON
Post-Supervisor

Currently overseeing in-house post production at our offices in Spinningfields - including 40 hours of broadcast and online content over the past year for channels such as CBBC, Discovery and CBS Reality.

Started out at BBC Entertainment and CBBC in Manchester with a background in post production and archive research.

Jack Jarvis
JACK JARVIS
Editor

Jack joined Workerbee in 2014 as an intern, and is our in-house editor. Jack has recently edited our smash-hit series, Murdertown for C&I, as well as cutting The Big NHS Singalong Live for ITV. Currently editing an upcoming high-end crime series for Channel 5. Previous credits include Ali-A's Superchargers, Written In Blood and Supercar Megabuild.

Andy Williamson
ANDY WILLIAMSON
VFX

Andy creates the 2D and 3D graphics content for Workerbee's programmes. Currently working on a couple of exciting new car shows for 2019. Previous credits include Written In Blood, Murdertown, Second Chance Dresses and Under Attack