Chief Creative Officer
Samantha Anstiss is the BAFTA, Grierson and RTS award-winning Chief Creative Officer at Wonderhood. Previously she was a BBC Documentary Commissioner and Creative Director responsible BAFTA-winning Life and Death Row, BAFTA-nominated Keeping Britain Alive and BBC Two’s Amazing Hotels. Since co-founding Wonderhood Studios, Samantha has executive produced BAFTA-nominated Baby Surgeons (C4), premium box set series The Devils Advocate and Scouting for Girls - The Dark Side of Fashion (Sky Documentaries), Heston’s Marvellous Menu (BBC Two) and Trump in Tweets (BBC Three/iPlayer), Inside The Balmoral Hotel (C5) and The Airport (BBC One) amongst other titles. She commissioned hit series The Call Centre, Pound Shop Wars, and Iceland-Life Behind a Freezer Cabinet. As an award-winning current affairs executive producer she produced documentaries on Obama, Blair, Diana, Bin Laden, 9/11 and 7/7.
Head of Factual Programmes
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.
Head of Development
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.
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.
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.
Kat Shearwood joined Wonderhood as a Development Producer in 2021, helping to grow the popular factual slate. Before Wonderhood Studios, Kat worked at Twenty Twenty and BBC Three where she developed and produced a range of series including, David Beckham: Save Our Squad (Disney+), Hot Property (BBC Three), and Heartbreak Holiday (BBC Three). Kat was also part of a team which developed social content within the BBC, which resulted in her career highlight – walking down the runway on the set of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK.
Head of Talent
Hattie joined Wonderhood in April 2023 and staffs up all our productions, both on the editorial and production management sides. Hattie was previously Head of Talent at Wall to Wall and Twenty Twenty, staffing up productions for all the major broadcasters across a variety of genres. Before moving into talent managing she was a Senior Producer, PD and Edit Producer in production and development. She worked across a variety of factual programming, from obs doc series including 24 Hours in A&E (Channel 4), Teens (Channel 4) and Tourettes: Let Me Entertain You (BBC Three), to formats such as Young Apprentice (BBC One) and Four Rooms (Channel 4). She trained in-house at the BBC on the flagship documentary strand One Life.