Our team

Samantha Anstiss

Samantha Anstiss

Chief Creative Officer

Samantha Anstiss is the BAFTA, Grierson and RTS award-winning Chief Creative Officer at Wonderhood. Previously, at the BBC she was a Documentary Commissioner and Creative Director responsible for premium observational documentaries including the 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 hit series like The Call Centre, 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 It’s Grime Up North, Phone Shop Idol, Snog Marry Avoid and Bizarre ER. And as an award winning current affairs executive producer she produced documentaries on Obama, Blair, Diana, Bin Laden, 9/11 and 7/7.

Susie Dark

Susie Dark

Managing Director

Susie Dark is the award-winning Managing Director of Television at Wonderhood. Susie has more than 25 years’ experience of creating and overseeing long-running, critically acclaimed television brands across multiple genres for broadcasters in the UK and North America, as well as founding and growing several successful independent production companies. She joined Wonderhood from her role as COO of Fremantle-owned Naked TV, responsible for content including the RTS-winning and BAFTA-nominated The Rap Game, Daytime Emmy-winning The Day I Picked my Parents, alongside global shows The Apprentice and Grand Designs. She previously held senior roles at Mentorn Media, Outline Productions and as MD of Fox TV Studios. As well as setting up Scream Films and Summer Films, Susie co-founded and ran the British Comedy Awards for five years.

Katharine Patrick

Katharine Patrick

Executive Producer

Katharine is a BAFTA & Grierson nominated Executive Producer with over twenty years’ experience in TV,

At Wonderhood, she has exec produced Trump in Tweets for BBC3, Baby Surgeons: Delivering Miracles for C4 (nominated for a Grierson) and is currently exec producing on Sky Docs boxset series Devil’s Advocate: The Mostly True Story of Giovanni di Stefano and a C4 premium documentary series. She has a strong track record in making medical documentaries, such as Surgeons: At the Edge of Life (BBC2), Junior Doctors (BBC3) & 24 Hours in A & E (C4) as well as other programmes such as The World’s Most Luxurious Airline (C4) & The Secret Life of the Holiday Resort (C4). In addition, during her TV career, she has also worked as Head of Development at Minnow Films, Nutopia and BBC Documentaries.

Tom Anstiss

Tom Anstiss

Executive Producer

Tom joined Wonderhood Studios in 2021. He created the highly acclaimed format My Grandparents’ War. The first season with Helena Bonham Carter, Mark Rylance, Carey Mulligan and Kristin Scott Thomas was broadcast across the globe on Channel 4, PBS, SBS and CBC. Tom is now working with some of Hollywood’s biggest names on season 2.

In 2020, Tom was an executive producer at Vice on the 8-part series ‘Criminal Planet’ which was acquired by Canal Plus, SBS and All4.

Tom worked for several years at Wild Pictures. As an Executive Producer, he oversaw 4 seasons of ITV’s Fraud Squad, BBC Two’s ‘Army: Behind the New Frontlines’ and films which won the Amnesty International Award and were nominated for RTS and Broadcast awards. With over 25 years’ experience, Tom has made factual series with major public organisations from Britain's Armed Forces to global law enforcement agencies. He’s also worked with international brands on AFP projects.

Rebecca Templar

Rebecca Templar

Executive Producer

Rebecca has been an Executive Producer, Director or Producer on projects in development and production; from observational documentaries to factual formats with high-profile talent, archive-rich specialist factual films and factual drama.

At Wonderhood she has executive produced BBC2’s Heston’s Marvellous Menu: Back to the Noughties; The Smithsonian Channel’s COVID: Our Lockdown in Shanghai; ITV’s Summer on the Farm: An Extraordinary Year and a C5 series about The Balmoral. One of her current productions is a Sky Documentaries series about sexual exploitation in the modelling industry. Previously Rebecca created BBC2’s popular returning series Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby and other former credits include Who Do You Think You Are? (UK and US); 24 Hours in A&E (C4); The Audience (C4) and Strange Days: Cold War Britain (BBC2).

Tom Garton

Tom Garton

Development Executive

Tom joined Wonderhood Studios in March 2019 as a Development Executive. At Wonderhood, he developed and produced the drama-documentary series Devil’s Advocate (Sky Documentaries) charting the life of the fake lawyer Giovanni Di Stefano. Before Wonderhood Studios, Tom worked at Dragonfly, Pulse Films, and the BBC, where he developed and produced a range of critically acclaimed series and single films. He has also worked in factual drama developing major scripted projects with award-winning screenwriters, and once wrote questions for the hit quiz show Pointless.

Patrick James

Patrick James

Production Executive

Patrick comes to Wonderhood Studios with over 20 years TV experience having recently worked for Shell International as their Head of Production, where he formed part of an award-winning team who secured much industry recognition for their Net Zero Carbon roll out. Prior to Shell, Patrick was the Head of Production at Red Bull, based in Austria, where he worked across their 'live' and 'non-live' slate of productions.

Before Red Bull, Patrick was the Head of Production for Vice, and he has held senior executive roles at both Sky and BBC, plus several Indies including Endemol, Fulwell73, and IMG.

Louie Buckridge

Louie Buckridge

Office Manager

Louie joined Wonderhood Studios in May 2021 as Office Manager. He spent the previous 10 years in the fashion industry working as a Visual Merchandiser for brands such as Anya Hindmarch, Furla and Guess before making the jump into Office Management. Before Wonderhood Studios, he worked as an Office Manager for global concierge company Quintessentially. He is also a keen baker in his spare time.

Casey McConnell

Casey McConnell

Production Manager

Casey is currently Production Manager on the second series of My Grandparents War for Channel 4. Since joining Wonderhood Studios in 2019, she's worked across a range of productions such as The Balmoral: Scotland's Finest Hotel (Channel 5), Covid: Our Lockdown in Shanghai (Smithsonian Channel) and Grierson 2021 Award Nominated Baby Surgeons: Delivering Miracles (Channel 4). Prior to joining Wonderhood Studios, Casey was at the BBC working on two series of Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby with Samantha Anstiss and afterwards a few years with Children in Need and Comic Relief.