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 30 years and personally created and devised a wide range of programmes including Britain’s Best Dish and Celebrity Fit Club.

Over the last nine 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, 10 Puppies and Us, How To Spend It Well with Phillip Schofield and Secrets of The Pickpockets. 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. Recent programmes include Crystal Maze and Shipwrecked.

Katie Brewer-Frankl - Director of Production
Katie Brewer-Frankl Director of Production

Katie oversees RDF, Fizz & Wonder’s large production slate and joins us from 7Wonder, where she was Director of Production & Operations, looking after their business operations and production management on shows such as “Billy Connolly: Great American Trail” (ITV 1), critically acclaimed “Hometown” (BBC One) and “Maddie’s Do You Know” (CBeebies). Prior to joining 7Wonder, she was Head of Production at Little Gem, in-charge of all business affairs, finance and operations as well as overseeing productions such as “How To Lose Weight Well” (C4), “Famously Unfit for Sports Relief” (BBC) and “How To Build a Human” (C4). As Production Executive at Jamie Oliver’s production company Fresh One – Katie was responsible for delivering their format “Dream School” stateside. She has lived in both Los Angeles and New York, working with Oliver Stone, 50 Cent and the Rev Jesse Jackson. A former Broadcast “Hot Shot”, she was recently named as one of Broadcast Magazine’s “International Rising Stars”.

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.”

Maia Liddell - Head of Documentaries
Maia Liddell Head of Documentaries

Maia began her career at ITV where she produced and directed a range of programmes from Dark Side of the Brain and So You Think Can Nurse to David Jason’s Greatest Escapes and Bomber Command. Her yearly treat was the Pride of Britain Awards where she began as a researcher, working her way up to Series Producer.

At RDF, she helped create the BBC2 series Collectaholics, 100 Year Old Drivers and 100 Year Old Driving school for ITV, and Humble Pie for W, as well as producing 10 Puppies and Us, Britain’s Most Spectacular Backyard Builds, and the Eat Well For Less? Christmas Special for the BBC.

Her recent credits include overseeing a number of specials of The Secret Life of 5 Year Olds, as well as creating the new specialist factual format series Lodgers for Codgers for Channel 4

Mel Bezalel - Director of Development
Mel Bezalel Director of Development

Mel began her career as a journalist, writing news and features for a number of newspapers and magazines, including Radio Times, Psychologies and The Jerusalem Post - before defecting to TV on the Channel 4 trainee scheme. And she’s glad she did, as she spent more time watching telly than reading anyway...

Since then, Mel’s worked in development and production at various production companies, including: Films of Record, Twenty Twenty and the BBC. Credits include: The Met (BBC One); Iceland Foods: Life in the Freezer Cabinet (BBC Two); Karl Pilkington: The Moaning of Life (Sky One); GPs: Behind Closed Doors (Channel 5) and Hoff The Record (Dave) - a mockumentary series about David Hasselhoff - which won an international Emmy.

Since joining RDF, Mel has enjoyed expanding into factual formats as well as indulging her passion for documentary story-telling - and now runs the development team. Her credits include: 100 Year Old Driving School (ITV); Being Black, Going Crazy? (BBC Three); 10 Puppies and Us (BBC Two) and RDF’s forthcoming longitudinal documentary series about the transgender community for Channel 4.

Claire Morrison - Creative Director for Little Wonder
Claire Morrison Creative Director for Little Wonder

Creative Director Claire Morrison works closely with RDF's Executive Producers to develop TV ideas for all the broadcasters and SVOD's, with the support and guidance of RDF's Managing Director Jim Allen.

Claire started in Television in 2000 and has been responsible for developing primetime titles for all the UK’s leading broadcasters including but not limited to: BBC One’s “The Met” and “Paul O'Grady on The Salvation Army”; ITV’s “An Hour to Catch a Killer with Sir Trevor McDonald”, “Devon and Cornwall Cops”, “Multiple Birth Ward”, “The Turner Quads: Our First Year”, “Billy Connolly Route 66” and “Children’s Hospital”; Channel 5’s “Inside Paddington Station 24/7” and “Inside King’s Cross: The Railway”; ITVBe's “Sam Faiers Mummy Diaries” and “Sam Faiers Baby Diaries”; CITV’s Bafta Award-winning “Bear Grylls Survival School”; Sky One’s “The Force: Manchester”; Discovery’s “My Naked Secret”; and BBC2's “Peter Jones: How We Made Our Millions”. Claire started her career in TV as a runner on the BBC Children's Show “Live and Kicking”, before going on to work on a number of productions up to Producer level including “Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway”, “Being Simon Cowell” and “Supersize vs Superskinny”, before joining development. Claire is currently developing a number of exciting projects with the team at RDF that will be announced shortly.

Little Wonder is a new popular factual and factual entertainment development label that is a part of RDF Television. All commissions go on to be produced by RDF Television.

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.

Louise Dibley - Production Talent Executive
Louise 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.

Rosa Moratiel - Production Executive
Rosa Moratiel Production Executive

Rosa started her PM career working on Eurotrash with Jean Paul Gaultier and Antoine de Caunes for several series. From here she moved on to work for an American satellite channel (The Family Channel) before being brought in to work on the launch of SMTV/CDUK. She graduated to become Production Executive for Zenith and oversaw various live studio projects and music programmes such as Re:covered. Joining RDF in 2004 Rosa has worked across many different genres and programmes ranging from Scrapheap Challenge, Collectaholics, Eat Well for Less? and 100 Year Old Drivers through to 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.

Natalie Heustice - Production Executive
Natalie Heustice Production Executive

Natalie started her TV career as a runner at a Post Production House before joining a small indie which led to her first role in production. Natalie worked on various series for Discovery/Animal Planet as well as sporting programmes including the Ultimate Fighting Championships and P1 Powerboat Racing. Natalie joined RDF in 2008 as a Production Co-ordinator on Shipwrecked and since then has worked on a wide variety of documentaries, factual and entertainment series including Eat Well For Less, How to Spend it Well at Christmas, Secrets of the Shoplifters and Tipping Point.

Sarah Burns - Director of Finance
Sarah Burns Director of Finance

After moving to London from Manchester, Sarah began her finance career at BBC Worldwide (now BBC Studios) working in their commercial music division looking after their record label, TV sales and music publishing business, from which came the unforgettable record releases by Bob The Builder and The Tweenies.

Following 7 years at Thomson Reuters and then CBS, she moved on to join ITN Productions during an exciting and ambitious period of growth. She joined as their Commercial Finance Manager, supporting the Production team on an ever expanding and fast paced slate of quality popular factual programmes such as Dispatches, Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields and Flight MH370. She was also part of the team that was successful in winning the Football League tender to produce competition matches for the three Football Leagues, League Cup and League Trophy.

After returning briefly to BBC Studios as Head of Finance for the Content Investment Division, Sarah joined RDF in 2018 as Director of Finance. During this time, she has worked on Shipwrecked, Crystal Maze both UK and US versions and all things Tipping Point, whilst leading and managing the finance team.

Nick Singfield-Strank - Head of Technical Production
Nick Singfield-Strank Head of Technical Production

Nick began his career at Maverick Television as a Technical Assistant working across the inhouse edit suites and camera department. Over seven years he progressed to Technical Co-ordinator, and then to London Facilities Manager, working across shows including; How To Look Good Naked, 10 Years Younger, and Embarrassing Bodies. He left there to work as an Account Executive at Shooting Partners overseeing projects such as; 10’000 BC, Hunted (series 1) and The Changing Room.

Since Nick joined RDF in 2016, he has led the technical department from managing the in-house edits and resources, to streamlining workflows and supervising the technical requirements for productions including; The Secret Life of 4 & 5 Year olds, Shipwrecked, The Crystal Maze, and RDF’s first UHD production, Sing: Ultimate A Capella for Sky.

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 - Deputy Head of RDF West & Head of Popular Factual
Jo Scarratt-Jones Deputy Head of RDF West & 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.

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.