Meet the Team

RDF London

Jim Allen - Managing Director
Jim Allen Managing Director

Jim joined RDF in 2009 from ITV Productions where he held the position of Director, ITV Studios, Factual & Entertainment since 2003.

At ITV his two genre section of the business had more than 500 staff and was responsible for a stellar slate of programming including I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here!, Dancing on Ice, Hell’s Kitchen, Come Dine With Me, Piers Morgan’s Life Stories, Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, Tonight with Trevor McDonald, Airline and the RTS Educational TV Award winner Words of War. Prior to this role he was Group Controller, Granada Factual (from 2001) and Controller of Factual Programmes, LWT (from 1997) whose programmes included Ramsay’s Boiling Point, the first television vehicle for celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay. He has worked in television production for over 25 years and personally created and devised a wide range of programmes including Britain’s Best Dish and Celebrity Fit Club.

Over the last six years Jim has overseen the growth of new factual formats and hits, including Eat Well For Less, Secret Life of Four Year Olds, Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents and 6 Puppies and Us. RDF's daytime slate has also grown with major ITV series including Dickinson's Real Deal, Secret Dealers and the hit quiz, Tipping Point. In 2015, RDF set up its own entertainment label Fizz, which has already secured a raft of commissions for ITV, MTV, Watch and, most recently, Discovery.

Jane Wilson - Director of Production
Jane Wilson Director of Production

Jane started her TV career in Manchester as a trainee Editor moving up to Post Production Manager for a facility company. She then moved to Mersey TV as Production Manager for the long running popular serial, Brookside.

As a freelance PM, Jane worked for several companies on a variety of factual, entertainment and live shows. She was a Programme Finance Manager for Discovery and Channel Five before joining RDF in January 2002 as a Production Executive. Now Director of Production, Jane oversees the busy and varied output of RDF TV.

Teresa Watkins - Creative Director - Development
Teresa Watkins Creative Director - Development

Teresa's a senior creative with a track record for developing and exec-ing successful TV shows across all factual genres. She ran the development team at RDF that pioneered the constructed documentary and created some of the best loved shows of the past decade, from Wife Swap to Faking It to Secret Millionaire. From 2008, as Creative Director, Development, she saw shows like The Verdict, and Extraordinary Breastfeeding, from initial idea to delivery. Executive Producer credits include Michael Jackson's Face, The World's Greatest Musical Prodigies, Terry Wogan's Ireland, and the award winning Channel 4 series The Secret Life of Four, Five and Six Year Olds.

Dan Barraclough - Head of Factual Entertainment
Dan Barraclough Head of Factual Entertainment

Dan Barraclough began his career as a Researcher on The London Programme, the current affairs series. He went on to become a PD and Series Producer for LWT, working on  programmes as diverse as the documentary  “Ampleforth  - My Teacher’s a Monk”, the hit docusoap “Airline” and the long-running entertainment series “I’m A Celebrity Get me out of Here.”

He later became an Exec within ITV productions, overseeing a raft of prime time documentary and factual entertainment series in both the UK and the US.  He spent four years at Mentorn as Head of Factual entertainment, where he produced a number of Factual entertainment shows including “Grease the School musical” for Sky1 and “Paradise Hotel” for Fox before joining RDF. Whilst at RDF, he has overseen a number of successful factual and factual entertainment formats including the crime series “Secrets of Shoplifters” for Channel 4 and one ITV highest rating series, “100 year old drivers.”

Daniel Fromm - Executive Producer
Daniel Fromm Executive Producer

Daniel joined RDF in 2012 after working as an award-winning PD and Series Director on documentaries including Big Fat Gypsy Weddings, 999: What’s Your Emergency? and Secret Millionaire. At RDF he’s executive produced across a wide range of factual programming including Del Boys & Dealers, Million Pound Properties and The Greatest Shows on Earth.

Beth Morrey - Head of Factual Development
Beth Morrey Head of Factual Development

Beth joined RDF as a development producer in Entertainment. Credits include The Truth About Size Zero and The Great Pretender for ITV, and Wogan’s Perfect Recall for Channel 4.

She then moved into popular factual where she helped develop the Oz and James Big Wine Adventure series for BBC Two, the Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents format for BBC Three, devised the ITV daytime series Secret Dealers and developed the 100 Year Old Drivers brand, also for ITV.

More recent credits include developing Six Puppies and Us for BBC Two, Shop Well for Less for BBC One, and Garden Nightmares for ITV. She also helped a bit on the development of Channel 4’s The Secret Life of Four Year Olds, with particular emphasis on the Nativity Special.

In her spare time she likes wine (see Oz & James), dogs (see Six Puppies) and Christmas (see SLO4YO Xmas special). The Holy Grail is a format that combines all three.

Ricky Cooper - Joint Head of Development
Ricky Cooper Joint Head of Development

Before joining RDF in November 2015, Ricky spent the last decade working in development at Endemol, BBC Scotland, Crackit Productions and for the last three years, Love Productions.

He has developed a broad range of programmes, across all genres, including Bake Off: Crème de la Crème, Famous, Rich and Homeless 2, The Great British Pottery Throwdown, Bake Off – An Extra Slice, Warwick’s Weekend Breaks, For the Love of Cars, You Deserve This House, The Ugly Face of Beauty and The Dark Side of Fame with Piers Morgan.

Mel Bezalel - Joint Head of Development
Mel Bezalel Joint Head of Development

Mel began her career as a journalist, writing news and features for a number of newspapers and magazines, including Radio Times, Psychologies, The Jerusalem Post and the esteemed Doctor Who Adventures - before defecting to TV on the Channel 4 trainee scheme. 

Passionate about storytelling, Mel's worked in development and production at various production companies including Films of Record, Twenty Twenty and the BBC. Her career highlight is meeting David Hasselhoff in the flesh. Unable to top that, she joined RDF in 2014 and now co-runs the brilliant factual development team. 

Oliver Calleja - Head of International Development
Oliver Calleja Head of International Development

Olly joined RDF in 2012 as a Factual Development Executive.  Working across a broad slate he’s developed series and singles for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5, and with a focus on specialist factual, created series including Mine Kings for National Geographic and Undercover Angel for the National Geographic People channel.

Prior to RDF, Olly worked at a number of indies based in the UK and the USA including Firecracker, Sundog and Zig Zag where he produced and developed factual and fact-ent projects for domestic and international markets. 

Now Head of International Development, Olly develops for both the UK and US markets, working with broadcasters including National Geographic, Discovery, TLC, FYI and History, as well as all major UK channels.

Julia Waring - Head of Production Talent
Julia Waring Head of Production Talent

Julia joined RDF to work as part of a production team for a C4 programme, and joined permanently in May 1997, as Head of Light Entertainment and Features for RDF Rights.
Julia started in the TV industry in 1984 as a secretary in drama and worked her way up to Series Producer via a mix of factual entertainment, features, travel and cookery shows at various indies. After working on the LE and Features Desk until 2000, Julia was then put in charge of in-house production after which she became involved in recruitment at RDF. In 2004 Julia became Head of Production Talent working mainly for RDF TV, but contributing to recruitment across the group.

Lou Dibley - Production Talent Executive
Lou Dibley Production Talent Executive

Louise started her career in production, working in factual entertainment and documentaries at various indies including the BBC, Princess Productions, Ricochet, Fresh One and Blast Films.   At RDF she worked on the prestigious C4 series Faking It.  She joined the Talent Desk nearly nine years ago, bringing her valuable production experience with her to recruitment.  Now, with a growing family, Louise works part time finding the best staff for our commissions and looks forward to meeting you.    

Kathryn Morris - Production Talent Executive
Kathryn Morris Production Talent Executive

Kathryn first came to work at RDF in 2003, and went from being Runner, to Assistant to the Executives, to Development Manager during which time she acquired a vast amount of knowledge about the television industry.  Kathryn departed for Australian shores in 2006, where she continued to work in television development alongside training as a massage therapist and managing a restaurant and fine food store! Four years on Kathryn returned to the UK, and in 2011 joined the Talent Desk, happy to be back at RDF, her TV home.

Sam Burton - Production Executive
Sam Burton Production Executive

Sam started her career at Fulmar TV as a production secretary before moving to LWT.  Here she worked on a variety of studio shows and documentaries – a highlight being Miami Uncovered!!  In 2000 she started her first PM job at RDF Television and in 2005 became a production executive.  During her PE role she has looked after a variety of programmes including Extraordinary Breastfeeding, Sun Sex and Suspicious Parents, Sing If You Can, Secret Millionaire and Tipping Point.

Rosa Moratiel - Production Executive
Rosa Moratiel Production Executive

Rosa started as a Production Secretary working on as series of short films for Channel 4’s Independent Film and Video Department under Alan Fountain. She then went on to work for an American satellite channel as Production Assistant for two years, before moving on to Eurotrash initially as Production Co-ordinator and then Production Manager for several series. Following on from this she was part of the team that launched SMTV/CD:UK and went on to become Production Executive for Zenith and Blaze overseeing various productions. Joining RDF in 2004 she has worked across many different genres and programmes ranging from 100 Year Old Drives and Secret Life of 4, 5 and 6 year olds.

Emily Walton - Production Executive
Emily Walton Production Executive

Emily began working in TV in 2000. After a stint in post-production she moved across to coordinate the first series of Nigella Bites and then a large National Geographic series before joining RDF as a Production Coordinator in 2001. Over the past 15 years she has worked across a diverse range of RDF’s programmes including Secret Millionaire, The World’s Greatest Musical Prodigies and Collectaholics. As a Production Executive Emily looks after a range of programmes and series.

RDF West

Mark Hill - Head of RDF Television West
Mark Hill Head of RDF Television West

Mark launched RDF West 10 years ago and it is now one of the UK’s most thriving regional independent production businesses delivering over 200 hours of network production every year. He is responsible for wide range of factual series from BBC1 consumer factual series Shop Well For Less and Eat Well For Less, to long–running Daytime hit shows Dickinson’s Real Deal and Secret Dealers for ITV,  C4 features shows The Changing Room, and This Old Thing, observational documentary series Emergency Bikers, Inside The National Trust and Stansted, specialist factual with Choose The Right Puppy For You for BBC2 and music documentaries The Richest Songs In the World, Secret Voices of Hollywood and Biggest Band Break Ups and Make Ups.

Before joining RDF, Mark was Head of Factual for the BBC in Bristol where he also created and executive produced many long running series, including DIY SOS, Bargain Hunt and Flog It. He has also worked extensively across the industry at ITV, breakfast television, BBC and the independent sector.

Angela Oakhill - Head of Production
Angela Oakhill Head of Production

Angela started her career in television in 1989 at Watershed Television in Bristol.
As a freelancer for many years, Angela has worked on a variety of factual, natural history, documentary and reality programmes, for all the major broadcasters in both the UK and Internationally.  She became Head of Production at Touch Productions in 2004, joined Love West in 2007 then Diverse in 2009.  She came to RDF in 2010 when the two companies merged.

Jo Scarratt-Jones - Head of Popular Factual
Jo Scarratt-Jones Head of Popular Factual

After working as a press officer for the Metropolitan Police for 9 years, Jo started her career in television in 1997 when she joined LWT. Jo spent 15 years at ITV working on a varied output from Trinny and Susannah to Katie Price. She was involved in setting up the first series of I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! and spent many happy times in Australia on subsequent series. She joined RDF in February 2011 as an Executive Producer and became Head of Popular Factual in 2012. Jo looked after many series of Sun Sex and Suspicious Parents for BBC3 and more recently is the executive producer for BBC1 series Eat Well For Less? and Shop Well For Less? She recently relocated to Bristol and works from RDF West.

Andrew Anderson - Executive Producer
Andrew Anderson Executive Producer

Andrew Joined RDF in 2012 from Maverick where he Executive Produced 10 Years Younger, How To Look Good Naked and other Gok Wan projects. He also Executive Produced Property Ladder and House Doctor as well as many other feature series credits including Grand Designs, She’s Gotta Have It and the pilots for both Ground Force and Changing Rooms.

Since joining RDF Andrew has Executive Produced This Old Thing, The Changing Room, and Something for Nothing.

Julia Hunt - Production Executive
Julia Hunt Production Executive

Julia started her career as a runner on Blind Date where the late great Cilla Black taught her the correct way to open a bottle of champagne. A skill she still uses today more than anything else she has learned in the industry. From there she was recruited by a company in Soho called Independent Image simply because her pitiful CV had been wrongly put in the interview pile rather than the reject pile. She surprisingly got the job and this small but lovely company trained her up to be a Researcher before she realised that the money, glamour and power lay in Production Management.

As a freelance PM she worked at several other indies like Shine, ORTV and October Films, before becoming a Production Executive. Julia then went on to be a PE at Endemol, Shine and Virgin Media before being lured to the bright lights of Bristol by RDF Television West in 2008. She has worked on a variety of programmes from quiz shows to hard hitting docs, wildlife to long running returnable formats, feature films, theatre productions and everything else in between. She still credits champagne for all her successes.

Heather Milward - Production Executive
Heather Milward Production Executive

Heather started her TV career as an intern at Thames Television, before becoming office runner at a small indie. She joined RDF in 2000 as a Production Co-ordinator, moving up to Production Manager two years later and working on a wide variety of documentaries and factual entertainment series including Faking It, Shipwrecked and Eat Well For Less. In 2015, Heather joined RDF West in Bristol as a Production Executive.