Whizz Kid Entertainment

Whizz Kid Entertainment is a high-profile established independent production company based in the heart of London. It is jointly owned by Ingenious Capital Management Ltd and founder and CEO Malcolm Gerrie.

The company is trusted producer of prime-time entertainment in a range of genres for all the major UK broadcasters and enjoys an enviable track record in format origination, high-quality output and access to major talent.

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Team

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Chief Executive

Malcolm Gerrie

Malcolm is the founder of Whizz Kid Entertainment spearheading business development whilst also taking an active role in production and the creative vision of the company. After 30-plus years in the industry there isn't a genre of programming that Malcolm has not been involved with be it prime time entertainment, scripted, arts, music, kids, documentaries, events, 3D, comedy or digital content.

Famed for his pioneering programming, Malcolm created the now legendary live music entertainment show ‘The Tube’ for Channel 4; he broke new ground in ad-funding with the first UK prime-time series featuring the sponsor in the title (the Pepsi Chart) and he produced the first ever global live stream for YouTube with a live concert from U2 at the Rose Bowl, California.

Other career highlights have included launching ‘The Match' – a reality/football series for Sky One which remains the highest-rated UK-commissioned show ever for the channel; 15 years at the helm of the ‘British Academy Film Awards’ for a worldwide TV audience, 'Let's Dance’ for BBC1 which ran for five seasons, the hit teen drama series ‘Miami 7’ and ‘LA 7’, and the Emmy award-winning 'Concerto'. Malcolm has also been instrumental in over 15 major charity initiatives for TV including ‘Live 8’, ‘Band Aid’, ‘Red Hot & Blue’; ‘War Child’, ‘Nelson Mandela’s 46664’, ‘Fashion Rocks for the Prince’s Trust’ and ‘Stand Up to Cancer’ which he introduced to the UK following its success in the USA.

Music is one of Malcolm’s greatest passions. He took over producing ‘The Brits’ for eight years and transformed it into one of the biggest global awards ceremonies; he has produced over 30 music series and concerts, six teen music dramas, and has even hosted the critically acclaimed ‘Talks Music’ series on Sky Arts interviewing some of the most respected musicians in the world including Tony Bennet, Robert Plant and Nile Rogers. In the year 2000 Malcolm was inducted into The Music Manager's Forum British Music Roll of Honour and in 2006 received an horary doctorate from Sunderland University for his contribution to TV and the Arts.

Malcolm has an unquenchable love for talent – nurturing creatives both in front and behind the camera. He has mentored some of the industry’s best producers and directors and has worked closely with the most famous and respected faces in music, cinema and TV. He remains committed to innovation and creativity and is never afraid to take risks as seen in some of Whizz Kid’s most successful output like MTV’s ‘Ex on the Beach’, ‘The Titanic: A Commemoration in Music and Film’ for the BBC or his latest passion project ‘Ibiza The Silent Movie’ – which is a feature length documentary created for a joint theatrical, live event and TV (BBC) release directed by the legendary Julien Temple.

Prior to founding Whizz Kid Entertainment, Malcolm was on the main board of Endemol UK running Initial – a company which he founded in 1988 as Initial Pictures with Eric Fellner which subsequently was bought out by the Guardian Media Group.

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Managing Director

Lisa Chapman

Lisa is a founding member of the team having worked closely with CEO Malcolm Gerrie for over a decade at Endemol UK prior to Whizz Kid Entertainment. Her TV career spans over 20 years and has seen her operate as a Producer, Production Manager and Executive Producer as well as running a development and production department at Initial (part of the Endemol UK Group).

With an enviable track record in many different genres including prime time entertainment, reality, fact ent, live events, ad funding and quiz, Lisa has a reputation for creative innovation, motivating a team and delivering the highest possible production values.

Lisa has overseen the development and launch of several high-profile new formats while at Whizz Kid including prime time BBC1 series ‘Let’s Sing and Dance’, reality TV series ‘Ex On the Beach’ for MTV, the ‘BBQ Champ’ competition series for prime time ITV and new reality show ‘Prank Pad’ for ITV2.

Live, large-scale events are one of Lisa’s specialisms having launched many prime-time TV events at the company including ‘Stand Up To Cancer’ on Channel 4, ‘The British Animal Honours’ for ITV, ‘Frank Sinatra: Our Way’ for BBC1, and ‘The Titanic: A Commemoration in Music and Film’ for BBC2.

Prior to Whizz Kid Lisa co-developed and produced several new programmes such as ‘Fame Academy’ for BBC1, the ‘UK Music Hall of Fame’ for Channel 4, ‘The Ultimate Harry Potter Fan’ for ITV, ‘Fashion Rocks’ for Channel 4 and ‘The Pepsi Chart’ for Channel 5 which she went on to launch in the USA from Miami. Other credits include The MOBO Awards and long running entertainment show ‘Movies Games and Videos’ for ITV which she series produced from London and LA.

Lisa’s role straddles development, production and commercial growth at the company and she is passionate about pushing the boundaries of entertainment and new technology playing a hands-on role in the concepts for programme-apps, 3D production and interactivity. She is an active member of BAFTA and sits on the Archive and Heritage Committee and she is also a member of the RTS. In 2016 she was appointed to the main board of Whizz Kid.

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Head of Production

Lisa McCormack

Lisa is a long-standing senior member of the team at Whizz Kid and takes executive responsibility for all of the company’s budgets and production output. She runs the development budget and overseas production recruitment and HR. Lisa also has a pivotal role in much of the legal and commercial aspects of the company working alongside the board and business affairs teams and dealing directly with broadcasters on contracts and compliance.

Prior to working at Whizz Kid, Lisa held the role of Vice President of International Production at MTV International where she managed teams across several departments including News, Digital & Online, Documentaries, Operations, Live Music and Award Shows and Development. She was part of the working party from MTV’s Business Affairs and Development which set up the first external commissioning department operating across the whole of the MTV footprint bar the USA. Before that she was an in-house Production Manager for Hewland International working across many of their key entertainment titles.
Other career highlights have included launching ‘F1 Rocks Singapore’ (for F1 / Universal), the MTV Africa Awards, the MTV Europe Music Awards and, whilst at Whizz Kid ‘Stand Up to Cancer’ for Channel 4.

Having brought over ten brand new series or TV events to life as Whizz Kid’s Head of Production, Lisa has a keen understanding of how to successfully get a programme from paper to broadcast – on time and on budget. She is a member of the PMA and represents the company at PACT.

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Executive Producer

Katherine Allen

Katherine joined Whizz Kid at its inception having worked with CEO Malcolm Gerrie and MD Lisa Chapman for several years at Endemol UK. Since then she has Executive Produced over 40 series and event specials for Whizz Kid heading up some of the company’s biggest and most high-profile output.

Prior to Whizz Kid, Katherine was an in-house executive producer at Initial (part of Endemol) and worked on many major shows including fashion and music extravaganza 'Fashion Rocks' for The Prince's Trust (Channel 4), 'Harry Potter at the Castle: Magic at Midnight' (ITV1) and Amnesty International's 'We Know Where You Live' - a comedy and music special from Wembley Arena with Eddie Izzard (Channel 4).

With a background in ad sales, Katherine is also an expert in branded content and has launched several ad funded series at Whizz Kid including ‘The Nokia Green Room’ (Channel 4), and two series of the fact ent series ‘Being N-Dubz’ also for Channel 4 sponsored by Adidas. She has also produced branded content for Jack Daniels, MSN, Yahoo! and Shell.

Katherine has worked closely with BAFTA for the past eighteen years on the 'EE British Academy Film Awards', helping to launch it on the BBC and taking it worldwide. She has also produced the British Academy Television Awards for the BBC for the last ten years and she collaborates with BAFTA Productions on the prime time ‘Life On Screen’ specials for BBC2 which to date have featured Julie Walters, Stephen Fry and Lenny Henry.

As well as movies, Katherine's other passion is music: she has produced a huge number of music festivals including 'Bestival' (Sky Arts HD, 3D and Sky1) and 'Safeway's Picnic in the Park' (ITV1) not to mention major live concerts with acts such as U2, Elton John and Bjork.

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Head of Development

Caroline Roseman

Whizz Kid Entertainment's Head Of Development Caroline Roseman has worked in the television industry for more than 15 years - producing and developing high-profile shows for all major networks. Since joining Whizz Kid in 2010 she has been key to the development and commission of MTV's ‘Ex On The Beach’, ITV's ‘BBQ Champ’, ITV2's ‘Prank Pad’ and BBC1 special ‘Frank Sinatra: Our Way’. Having joined as a Senior Development Producer, Caroline was appointed to the role of Head of Development in 2014.

Caroline spent her early career working on studio shows for the BBC and ITV Sport before beating hundreds of applicants to join the Development team at ITV Entertainment in 2003. In six years at the company, Caroline was successful in developing series and specials for ITV1, 2 and 3, Sky Living and Channel 5. She also worked on the development of some of ITVs biggest returning brands including ‘Saturday Night Takeaway’, ‘An Audience With’ and the ‘Mania’ music specials.

Moving regularly between development and production, Caroline also earned credits on shows for ITV (‘The Girls Aloud Christmas Party’, ‘The British Soap Awards’, ‘Katie and Peter Unleashed’, ‘Paris Hilton's British Best Friend, ‘Phillip Schofield’s Night Before Christmas’, ‘Abbamania’), Sky 1 (‘Football's Next Star’), Sky Living (‘Dirty Dancing: The Time Of Your Life’) and BBC3 (‘Move Like Michael Jackson’).

Caroline has an unparalleled knowledge of all things showbiz and celebrity. Her gift for working and collaborating with top TV and music talent has seen her develop and produce shows with stars including Ant and Dec, Cheryl Cole, Katie Price, Peter Andre, Adam Richman, Westlife, Jamie Redknapp and Paris Hilton.

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General Manager

Tracey Lloyd

Tracey has been the General Manager of Whizz Kid Entertainment since it was founded and is a senior member of the company carrying out a role that encompasses all office management, facilities, IT, HR, distribution co-ordination and production services. Tracey is also on the Business Affairs Board and takes an active role in corporate and talent relations and hospitality.

Tracey has been a long-standing colleague of CEO Malcolm Gerrie since they worked together in 1998 - starting as a personal assistant before becoming a project co-ordinator at Initial (part of Endemol UK). After freelancing in production roles for various other companies Tracey once again returned to working with Malcolm when he set up Whizz Kid.

Beginning her career in music radio - first at the industry's membership body, The Radio Academy, then with two years at Radio 1, she then went on to become part of the launch team of London's last FM radio station: Xfm. Tracey has kept her interest in the music industry going ever since and acts as Malcolm’s right-hand person in talent relations; negotiating the company’s music license deals and taking an active role during production on much of Whizz Kid’s music output.

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Financial Controller

Shane Murray

Shane is the Financial Controller of Whizz Kid running a dedicated team of accountants, production accountants and finance assistants. He works closely with the Head of Production on managing production cost reports, cash flow and production finance as well as playing a pivotal role in corporate accounting, forecasting, royalties and audits.

He joined Whizz Kid Entertainment in 2008 as a Management Accountant reporting to the then Head of Finance. Building up his knowledge of production and corporate finance Shane gradually worked his way up in the company, expanding his exposure to corporate finance before being appointed as Financial Controller in 2016.

Shane is on the company’s Business Affairs Board and prior to Whizz Kid he held a variety of jobs in the sector including a spell at Diverse TV.

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Business Affairs Consultant

John Villeneau

John trained as a lawyer at Harbottle and Lewis. On completing his training he moved in house to LWT and then Granada International. John was then Head of Legal and Business affairs at GMTV before moving to Channel 4 where he worked as an in house lawyer for the Entertainment, Comedy and Sports departments.

John then jumped ship to the independent sector and currently consults with a number of indies and has been working with Whizz Kid Entertainment for the past six years.