SAMANTHA ANSTISS - CHIEF CREATIVE OFFICER
Samantha Anstiss is the BAFTA & RTS award-winning Chief Creative Officer at Wonderhood. Her job is to define and lead creative strategy, oversee Wonderhood’s creative pipeline, as well as manage development and the production teams, to deliver programming across the company. At Wonderhood she has delivered a C4 medical access series Miracle Babies (wt), Trump in Tweets (BBC Two & Three), Our Lockdown Shanghai (Smithsonian), Summer on the Farm (ITV), Heston’s Marvellous Menu (BBC Two), Balmoral Hotel (C5) and two big box set series yet to be announced. Previously, she was a BBC Documentary Commissioner and Creative Director responsible for access documentaries including BAFTA winning Life and Death Row, BAFTA nominated Keeping Britain Alive, The Prisoners and RTS award winning Kids Behind Bars. She was also responsible for creating Amazing Hotels for BBC Two, Executive Producing RTS winning Power to the People and commissioning Popular Documentary series like Pound Shop Wars, Iceland- Life Behind a Freezer Cabinet and A Very British Airline. She has worked on a range of Factual Entertainment too including Its Grime Up North, Phone Shop Idol, Snog Marry Avoid and Bizarre ER. And as a Current Affairs Executive Producer she has produced documentaries on Obama, Blair, Diana, Bin Laden, 9/11 and 7/7.
HANA CANTER - MANAGING DIRECTOR
Hana joined Wonderhood Studios in September 2020 and is responsible for all commercial aspects of the TV Division and supporting the CCO in delivering the company’s culture and vision. With over 25 years of experience in the tv industry, working across all genres, Hana has helped design and implement the practical framework for a wide range of programming seeing them through from initial proposal to multiple series and award nominations. As a Production Executive at Endemol she oversaw formats such asSnog Marry Avoid (BBC3), Deal or No Deal (C4) and Pointless (BBC2) The Farm (C5) and more recently as Business Director at Twenty Twenty The Choir (BBC2), First Dates (C4) and A House Through Time (BBC2).
EMMA LORENZ - DEPUTY CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Emma is the BAFTA, Grierson & RTS award-winning Deputy Creative Director at Wonderhood. Her job is primarily to win new business, oversee Wonderhood’s pipeline, run the development team, help craft the creative strategy for the company and oversee the delivery of some of these projects. At Wonderhood she has developed the upcoming C4 access series Miracle Babies (wt), Trump in Tweets (BBC Three), Heston’s Marvellous Menu (BBC Two), Balmoral Hotel (C5) and a further series yet to be announced. Over her career she has secured and maintained access to big institutions The Met (BBC One), the army for British Army Girls (C4) and Singapore Airline The World’s Most Luxurious Airline (C4). Developed high-profile documentaries like’s BBC Three’s BAFTA winning series Life & Death Row and Our World War, a Bafta nominated Factual Drama series. Worked on big budget award-winning specialist factual co-pro’s Pompeii: New Secrets Revealed with Mary Beard (BBC/PBS), Hannibal’s Elephant Army: The New Evidence (C4/PBS) and Hunt for the Arctic Ghost Ship (C4/Disc./Nova). She has also developed Fact Ent documentary series from Its Grime Up North (C4) to Secret Life of the Holiday Resort (C4) and competitions like Hair (BBC Two & Three) and Popstar to Operastar (ITV). As well as landing some big name talent projects whether The RAF at 100 with Ewan & Colin McGregor (BBC One), Eddie Izzard’s: Marathon Man (BBC Two & Three) or David Jason’s Battle of Britain (ITV). Prior to working at Wonderhood she ran development at Lion TV, BBC Documentaries & BBC Fact Ent, and worked at ITV – and over her development career has won over 60 commissions.
KATHARINE PATRICK - EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Katharine is a BAFTA & Grierson nominated Executive Producer with twenty years’ experience working in TV. At Wonderhood, she has Executive Produced BBC Three’s Trump in Tweets as well as blue-chip medical documentary series Miracle Babies (w/t) for C4 Documentaries. She has spent almost five years making medical series, such as Surgeons: At the Edge of Life, Junior Doctors & 24 Hours in A & E, as well as other documentaries such as The World’s Most Luxurious Airline, 20 Kids & Counting and The Secret Life of the Holiday Resort Prior to that, she was Head of Development at Nutopia, BBC Documentaries and Minnow Films.
REBECCA TEMPLAR - EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
During a twenty-year career, Rebecca has been an Executive Producer, Director or Producer on projects in development and production; from observational documentaries to high rating factual formats, archive-rich specialist factual films and factual dramas. At Wonderhood she executive produced BBC2’s Heston’s Marvellous Menu: Back to the Noughties; The Smithsonian Channel’s COVID: Our Lockdown in Shanghai; and ITV’s Summer on the Farm: An Extraordinary Year. Previously she co-created BBC2’s popular returning series Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby. Former credits include Who Do You Think You Are? (UK and US); 24 Hours in A&E; The Audience and Strange Days: Cold War Britain.
TOM GARTON - DEVELOPMENT EXECUTIVE
Tom joined Wonderhood in March 2019 as a Development Executive, devising and developing films and series across the company’s slate. At Wonderhood, he has produced and developed Trump in Tweets (BBC Three), Heston’s Marvellous Menu (BBC Two), COVID: Our Lockdown in Shanghai (Smithsonian) and two major series yet to be announced. Tom joined from Dragonfly, where he built and managed a new slate of premium non-fiction projects, with a particular focus on feature documentaries and drama documentary. He has also worked in factual drama, developing major scripted projects with award-winning screenwriters. Tom previously worked at Pulse Films and BBC Current Affairs where he produced and developed critically acclaimed films and series including Is This Rape? Sex on Trial (BBC Three) and Billion Dollar Deals and How They Changed Your World (BBC Two).