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Woodcut Media plans to “significantly ramp up” its factual entertainment output with the appointment of Through the Keyhole executive producer Meriel Beale.

The indie, which makes shows including Sky’s Murdered at First Sight and Channel 4’s A Royal Guide To…, has hired Beale in the newly-created role of senior executive producer, factual entertainment.

The role includes developing original fact ent formats and securing UK and international commissions, and helping Woodcut break into comedy factual.

Beale worked with Leigh Francis (aka Keith Lemon) on ITV’s Through the Keyhole reboot and with Paul Merton and Suki Webster on Curve Media’s Channel 5 series Motorhoming With Merton and Webster.

Beale is the founder of anti-bullying project Unseen on Screen and is anti-bullying and harassment officer for Bectu, where she is currently developing an anonymous platform for freelancers.

She is also working with Dermot O’Leary’s Learning the Ropes project, which encourages and supports underrepresented people to work in TV, and penned an open response to the allegations against Noel Clarke that was signed by more than 2,000 people working in the industry. 

Beale also founded Unseen On Screen, an anti-bullying project, working with Bectu to create an anonymous platform for freelancers, and is currently mentoring for Dermot O’Leary’s Learning the Ropes project to encourage under-represented people into the industry.

Her appointment follows Woodcut’s recently promotion of series producer Nick Mavroidakis to executive producer.

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