An independent production and distribution company co‑founded and led by Jimmy Mulville with offices in London and Belfast. Established with the principle of putting writers first, we continue to nurture both new and established creative talent.
INTRODUCING THE TEAM
Managing DirectorJimmy was one of the founders of Hat Trick Productions in 1986 and since then has seen it grow into one of the country’s leading producers of comedy, drama and entertainment, regularly bringing to the screen distinctive and popular series. In the US Hat Trick launched ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway’ in 1997 which ran on ABC for seven years and was the very first British series to be recreated for American network television by a British producer. In 1999 he received the BAFTA Award for Outstanding Creative Contribution to Television. Jimmy is a Fellow of the Royal Television Society and recently received an honorary doctorate from the University of Liverpool. Before moving to television in 1982, he produced for BBC Radio, where he developed and produced the award-winning Radio Active.
Head of Podcasts
Claire Broughton is Head of Podcasts at Hat Trick Productions, where she oversees shows such as ‘Queen Bees with Jane Horrocks and Esther Coles’, ‘Armstrong & Miller: Timeghost’, as well as scripted offerings ‘London Pub Reviews (feat. Tim Key)’ , the comedy drama ‘Holy Sh!t’ and more.
She has previously worked across film, TV and radio on titles such as Episodes, Plum House, The Constant Gardener, Black Books and Spaced.
The pinnacle (and end) of her acting career was appearing as a zombie in ‘Shaun of the Dead’.
Business Affairs Assistant
Sarah joined Hat Trick in 1997 after working in the mundane worlds of insurance, surveying and banking. The more exciting world of tv beckoned and has held her interest for all these years. Sarah works alongside the lawyers and is across pretty much everything that happens in the Business Affairs Department (and, it has been said, the glue that holds the team together).
When she isn’t drafting and chasing (they call it nagging…) contracts/invoices etc., she likes to spend her spare time being a crazy yoga/dog lady.
Head of Development (Scripted)
Sarah oversees the scripted development slate for comedy and comedy drama. She’s been across the development of a raft of Hat Trick shows, like Spy, You Me and Them, Boomers, and Flack, as well as earlier work on the scripts for shows like Dead Set and Twenty Twelve. Sarah also sees the development process from the other side, as a writer for screen and radio. So she knows just how annoying this last set of notes is going to be…
Group Commercial Director
Paul oversees legal, commercial, rights and focuses on financing and co-production for high-end productions. He is also responsible for corporate and business development. He contributes to various industry bodies and spent six years on Pact Council including two as Vice-Chair.
Paul trained as a solicitor working in London and Sydney before making the not very difficult decision to leave the world of mining patent litigation for the bright lights of television.
Development Producer (Scripted)
Nick is a producer focusing on scripted comedy. For Hat Trick, he has produced ‘London Pub Reviews’ starring Tim Key. Before joining Hat Trick, he produced a range of comedy for BBC3, Comedy Central and Sky Arts, award-winning (and losing) audio comedy for BBC Sounds, Radio 4, Spotify and Audible, as well as BAFTA-qualifying short films.
He has a background in production management, and also co-wrote a book of comedy haiku published by Penguin in 2017, described in one Amazon review as ‘very disappointing’.
Development Producer (Non Scripted)
Jake is a development producer on the comedy entertainment team. He does a large portion of Stu’s work for a small portion of his salary.
Jake can tap dance, is a big fan of Charlie Chaplin, and strictly adheres to word count limits in bios, even though it
Director of Production
Laura started her working life at 16 as a junior secretary at Chelsea Football Club, then into the music industry. A brief stint on The Pretenders’ world tour lead to a decade of travelling interspersed with freelance production manager roles on a variety of comedy, entertainment and travel & arts documentary series.
Such mundanity couldn’t last though and Laura headed to the razzamatazz of a desk-bound job as Programme Finance Manager at Channel 4 before joining Hat Trick in 2001 as Head of Production. Laura and Jessica Sharkey joined forces in 2004, and although they now look after their own individual slates, combined they continue to steer all of Hat Trick’s shows through from start to finish.
Laura claims she can’t do without Jessica. Jessica was unavailable for comment.
Andy is responsible for all areas of financial management and governance across the group. He has been at Hat Trick for over ten years and is most often found in his natural habitat of the excel spreadsheet, where he is a big fan of adding, but prefers not to subtract.
A keen cricket fan, his work colleagues have learnt over the years not to engage him in conversation during the summer months.
Suzie has been at Hat Trick since 2015, coming from a film background as a Producers assistant, she started as the HOPs team assistant and has worked her way up to JPM.
She helps to set up all the productions alongside Laura Djanogly, Jessica Sharkey and Georgia Hogan, as well as looking after in-house development projects, tasters and pilots.
Quite simply if you have a Production question she is your go to. And if you like dogs, she often has her furry mate Ziggy sitting beside her who is very keen on cuddles and chin scratches.
Development Producer (Scripted)
Roya works across comedy and drama because she can’t pick a lane.
Having started her career in television at BBC Comedy where she was a development assistant she then transitioned into drama beginning as a script intern and working her way up to in-house Script Editor at Tiger Aspect; there, she worked across multiple developments and productions, including the C4 series, Adult Material, written by Lucy Kirkwood.
As a producer, she now works across both Hat Trick and HTM, developing comedy, drama and particularly shows which like her, can’t decide what they are.
Chimma is an In-House runner for Hat Trick Productions and can usually be found striding up and down the hallways in some form of platform shoes.
Previously she’s worked as a floor runner for Justine Skye’s Intruded music video and was part of the video team at Reading Festival 2019.
In her spare time, Chimma enjoys listening to music and attempting to finish the one spec script she wrote 4 years ago.
Development Executive (Belfast, Scripted Comedy & Drama)
Louise started her career at the BBC in Belfast working in production across Radio, TV and Online services.
She flew the BBC nest and started working on independent shorts and features, producing her first feature film, A Bump Along The Way, in 2018.
She joined Hat Trick at the start of 2020 to run their most westerly outpost in Belfast, seeking out new and exciting projects from across Ireland.
Junior Development Producer (Belfast)
Anna is the newest member of the team in Belfast.
She joined Hat Trick from the BBC Writersroom Northern Ireland where she supported new writing initiatives and championed writing talent from this corner of the world for over three years.
Anna spent her early career working as production crew before moving into development.
Executive Assistant to Jimmy Mulville
Leo is Jimmy Mulville’s Executive Assistant, a.k.a. the woman who runs Hat Trick.
After graduating from the University of Sussex with a Psychology BSc, Leo had a stint in the world of finance before realising that TV would be far more exciting.
Whenever Leo isn’t juggling the many demands of her role, you can find her leading Hat Trick’s Responsible Business initiatives, reading fantasy novels, or getting a caffeine hit from an overpriced coffee.
Georgia Hogan started at Hat Trick in January 2021 as Production Executive and works across the full range of Hat Trick Group productions, mainly on our scripted content with Jessica Sharkey.
Previously Georgia was a freelance Line Producer on scripted productions from Comedy to Period Drama for Netflix, Apple, Hulu, BBC, ITV and E4.
Anna works in our in-house production department, supporting all of our shows on their journey from development through to delivery.
She started at Hat Trick in 2019 after graduating from Bournemouth University with a BA in Media Production, including a rather chilly semester in the Norwegian mountains.
When she’s not busy maintaining her title as the dark horse of development run-throughs, Anna enjoys frequenting the London musical theatre scene and attempting to recruit people for karaoke.
Development Producer (Scripted, Non Scripted & Podcasts)
Chris started his career working in Production on some of the UK’s biggest sitcoms such as The IT Crowd, PhoneShop, Detectorists and People Just Do Nothing before coming in-house at Hat Trick.
With a passion for comedy and storytelling, he moved into development where he has a focus on Scripted and Comedy Entertainment shows. Because ‘what is free time?!’ Chris had a monthly column in Gay Times Magazine and recently he’s written for Radio Times, Attitude and GQ.
Post Production Supervisor
Dan Lee is the supervisor for our Post Production department. In short this means he spends his life googling and running around trying to fix Avid Media Composer problems. Thanks, Avid.
Leo is an In-House Runner for Hat Trick Productions and is often found answering calls on reception or putting his barista training to good use in the kitchen.
He is a Mama Youth Project alumni and Bournemouth University graduate. Outside of work, Leo loves everything football and is a budding screenwriter.
Executive Producer (Non Scripted)
Stu is our in-house exec for comedy ent and runs the the non-scripted development slate.
He is sometimes known as Johnny Panel Show as he has produced so many of them – Nevermind the Buzzcocks, Would I Lie To You, Mock the Week, 8 out of 10 Cats and for us, Room 101 and Hypothetical.
Ironically the only one he hasn’t worked on is Have I Got News For You – he was turned down for a researcher role in 2004 but he’s totally over it.
Office and Facilities Manager
Malena is the facilities manager for our London offices.
As well as covering our day to day office management, Malena’s team offers operational support to all productions within the Hat Trick Group and also oversees a wide range of company events and all things Health and Safety.
In her spare time, you can find Malena with a glass of champagne at brunch, though she is keen to stress never when administering first aid or running fire drills.
Malena also runs our work experience and runners support programs.
IT Support Analyst
Fouad works in the IT department as a Support Analyst – He has been working at Hat Trick for +4 years supporting Hat Trick Productions, Hat Trick International, Plum Pictures, LIVEWIRE, HTM Television and more!
Fouad has introduced and manages SharePoint, this allows users to work and collaborate remotely from any location! One of the other things he has recently just finished is building our lovely Intranet site!
Kelly has enjoyed a 10 year + career in Hat Trick’s Finance Department, and has had the opportunity to work across the majority of Hat Trick’s Group companies.
Now overseeing the Corporate Finance for Hat Trick and providing financial support including management accounting, statutory reporting, cash flow management, and forecasting.
As well as having a passion for TV, when stepping away from her calculator she is a foodie, plant lover, big music fan and choir member.
Accountant (Non Scripted)
Tristan Nardini provides financial day to day support as well as cost reports, the management of accounts, and forecasting.
Valerie joined Hat Trick Productions in March 2019 as an Accounts Assistant. She is the point of contact for the finance department, providing support across the team. Her role includes financial tasks such as, bookkeeping, issuing payments & Invoicing.
Valerie graduated in 2018 with Accounting & Finance BA and is currently studying towards attaining her ACCA qualification for certified chartered accountants.
Outside of work she enjoys spending time with family & friends or booking her next holiday!
Legal & Business Affairs Manager
Having trained in a sports law firm, Carl moved into the wonderful world of television and looks after the legal and commercial matters for the Comedy and Entertainment departments.
Carl is also responsible for developments emanating from our Belfast office. When not trying to keep the Have I Got News For You team in check, Carl stays busy by acting as a trustee for a charity and a climbing frame for his kids.
Assistant to Paul Cohen, Kate Wilson, Mark Redhead and Andy Dugdale
Síle joined Hat Trick in 2005, originally from Co. Limerick in Ireland she can watch Derry Girls and Father Ted without the need for subtitles.
She has worked in many industries including Retail, Architecture, Law, Medical and even fruit picking in Australia, before settling in to the exciting world of TV.
Post Production Manager
George is our in-house Post Production Manager and oversees the day-to-day management of production teams, assistants, and editors.
As well as offering in-house productions 10 offline suites, 5 remote edit suites, 1 online suite and an audio mixing room, George also helps manage the companies post productions scheduling and workflow creation from pre-production all the way through to final delivery.
George also works closely with Armen, our Head of Technology, to make sure Hat Trick Post is at the forefront of ever-changing trends in Post.
Receptionist & Facilities Assistant
Selina has been working at Hat Trick since 2008 looking after Front of House and providing support to Office Management & the facilities team.
Selina is also a Fire Warden and First Aider.
Whilst being dedicated to her family if there is any spare time Selina loves to indulge in a little champagne afternoon tea now and then!
IT Support Analyst
Executive Producer (Scripted Drama)
Mark Redhead was a journalist and a documentary director before turning to drama. His productions range from the Bafta winning Murder of Stephen Lawrence, Bloody Sunday, winner of the Golden Bear at Berlin, RTS winning series Bodies, and Bafta nominated The Secret.
He has worked with writers and directors such as Paul Greengrass, Julian Fellowes, Jed Mercurio and Frank Cottrell Boyce.
Development Executive (Non Scripted)
Adam has worked in development for the last ten years at companies such as Endemol Shine, BBC Studios and Rumpus Media where he has developed countless world-class TV formats, the vast majority of which were promptly rejected by commissioners. Those that weren’t include Complaints Welcome for Channel 4, Rhod Gilbert’s Growing Pains for Comedy Central, The Great History Quiz for BBC Two and A Stitch in Time for BBC Four.
Production Accounts Assistant
Esther is the Production Accounts Assistant for Hat Trick Productions and Livewire Pictures, working on non-scripted projects such as Have I got News For You, Mastermind and TV Showdown to name but a few.
A performing arts graduate and a recent graduate of the Assistant Production Accountant Scheme (APATS), she sees this role as a great opportunity to combine her accounting knowledge with her degree.
In her ‘me time’, she enjoys theatre, period dramas and 1980/90’s animation.
Kelly is the accountant for the Hat Trick group, doing company financial and management accounts and making sure HMRC know everything they need to about Hat Trick.
She’s worked in finance across various industries and moved from the countryside via Brisbane to London picking up a love of hula hooping along the way.
Originally joining in 2011, Kelly qualified with ACCA while at Hat Trick before taking a hiatus and re-joining the team in 2020.
Head of Technology
Armen joined Hat Trick in 2005 and refuses to leave. As Head of Technology he oversees both the IT and the Post Production departments.
His primary focus is to invest in emerging technologies and maintaining infrastructure.
Director of Production
Jessica is Joint Director of Production with a focus on the scripted comedy and high end drama production slate for Hat Trick and HTM Television.
She started her career in casting and then moved up through production on a variety of genres for independent companies, the BBC and ITV.
She first worked at Hat Trick as a freelancer in 1997 joining as Joint Head of Production in 2004 where she and Laura Djanogly were pioneers of job-sharing at a senior level in the television industry. She still hasn’t managed to get rid of Laura.
Head of Legal & Business Affairs
Carly manages the Hat Trick legal team and works across the Group’s wide-ranging slates. Following a Masters in Human Rights Law, all sense of altruism was abandoned in pursuance of combining law with her true love of television and cinema.
Carly has worked in the industry since 2005 and is concurrently running the Hat Trick office located in Scotland (employees, 1).
Executive Producer (Scripted)
Angela is the Executive Producer for Scripted. She cut her story teeth on the first five years of BAFTA winning series Shameless and has stayed roughly within that wheelhouse ever since.
Equally at home with a half hour comedy series or a dark comedy drama, her TV heaven would be a mash-up of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Goonies and Early Doors. No pressure, writers.
Legal & Business Affairs Manager
Vicky is our legal and business affairs manager with day to day responsibility for Livewire Pictures and some of our non-scripted slate, as well as working closely with our distribution arm, Hat Trick International.
Vicky is also our go-to person for music licensing yet, remarkably, hasn’t allowed her extensive experience in this area to dampen her own enthusiasm for music and going to as many gigs as possible. She also loves whisky… but we don’t have a department for that.
Head of Production Finance
Claire oversees the finance support for productions. This involves ensuring the in-house production accountants and freelance production accountants have everything they need in terms of systems and understand the Hat Trick processes.
When Claire is not looking at figures she enjoys mentoring, helping others to achieve their goals and also in her spare time enjoys walking her dog in the forest and climbing mountains (or just big hills!).
Sian joined Hat Trick in 2019 as Group HR Manager. She has worked in HR for nearly 20 years, across media and the creative industries.
Sian is responsible for delivering on a number of People and Culture initiatives that we have implemented within Hat Trick and is passionate about ensuring that everyone who works with us has a positive experience. Sian is kept on her toes at home by her two adventurous young children who love to explore the outdoors.
Assistant Development Producer (Non Scripted)
Zoë is a Development AP in comedy ent, and script editor on Hypothetical. Outside the department, she is the co-creator of SeanceCast, Hat Trick’s sketch podcast showcasing new women and non-binary writers.
As well as being a regular writer on Have I Got News For You, Zoë writes for numerous other shows not made by Hat Trick, which she is contractually obliged to say are not nearly as good.
International Sales Director
Sarah has worked in television distribution since 1992, working for both independent and broadcaster owned distributors, selling all genres and to all territories worldwide.
Since joining Hat Trick International in 2008, Sarah has expanded the catalogue from Hat Trick’s comedy and scripted output, to include factual and formats from a range of producers from outside of the Hat Trick Group.
The HTI team is an extremely experienced and excellent group of people which Sarah is proud to lead.
As one of Hat Trick’s Podcast Producers, Diggory is very glad to have made one of his favourite hobbies – sitting in a dark room listening to voices in his head – into a career.
Outside of office hours, Diggory can be found supporting Arsenal Football Club from the safety of his armchair, quenching his unwavering and unsettling thirst for anything involving Hugh Grant and banging on the walls of the Hat Trick offices demanding to be let back in.
Director of Operations
Kate is our Director of Operations. Her remit is to make Hat Trick a place where people can do their best work and, preferably, stay happy and sane while doing so.
She has had a couple of careers before telly – working at the Science Museum, a Breast Cancer Research Charity and even as a Pedagogical Researcher (yes we had to google it too). She also keeps one metaphorical foot in the charity sector as Chair of a UK charity supporting children’s projects in Odisha, India.
Kate’s favourite things about working in the Group is the sheer variety of what we produce and our ethos to do it with integrity.
Head of Comedy Entertainment
Richard has been working at Hat Trick on and off for about 25 years, mainly responsible for Have I Got News For You but also Room 101, The Bubble, The Revolution Will Be Televised, The Fake News Show and possibly the weirdest daytime series ever, Cheap Cheap Cheap.
Scripted Development Assistant
Laura is the point of contact for the Scripted Development team. She started out in the MAMA Youth Project in 2017, and after that went on to work freelance in Production Management.
These roles were challenging, and occasionally felt like being a high-stakes babysitter for celebrities. As fun as this was, all she wanted was to find a way into Scripted Development, so she is thrilled to now be
involved with Hat Trick Comedy and HTM Television.