From being the first to put Jonathan Ross on screen to making menopause a national issue, Katie has always been in the forefront of TV innovation. She has produced shows for all major networks with talent such as Tony Livesey, Alan Davies and Jo Brand. After leaving Channel X, of which she was one of the founders, Katie moved to Glasgow where she created Bank of Dave – the Bafta and RTS award winning Channel 4 series that made Dave Fishwick a household name and has now become a hit Netflix film. She has been the executive producer on many Finestripe productions including two series of Sophie Grigson’s Slice of Italy for the Discovery Food Network and Davina McCall’s Channel 4 films on the menopause which as well as putting the subject on the national agenda helped to change the law.
Sue Summers developed and co-produced the Kevin Macdonald feature documentary Touching The Void, which has won more than 12 international awards, including the Bafta for outstanding British film of 2004. The former Sunday Times, Sunday Telegraph and Evening Standard journalist turned to producing with the Bafta-winning Child Of The Death Camps – Truth Or Lies, the story of a man who invented his own childhood as a child Holocaust survivor, for BBC1. She and Katie co-founded Finestripe in 2005 to make the celebrity interview series Shrink Rap with Pamela Stephenson Connolly – which ran on More4 for three years – and since then Sue has developed and exec-ed many of the company’s programmes, including six films in The Day That… strand, including The Day John Lennon Died, The Day Kennedy Died and The Day We Walked on the Moon as well as Billion Pound Bond Street, for ITV, Inside Dior for Channel 4 and many programmes for the Smithsonian Channel, including two seasons of Million Dollar American Princesses.
Lorraine McKechnie has developed and produced some of the most striking and high-profile factual programmes of recent years. She specialises in securing hard to obtain access and was executive producer on BBC Two’s Murder Trial: The Disappearance of Margaret Fleming and Murder Case, as well as BBC daytime’s Paramedics On Scene. Her BBC2 feature doc The Mysterious Mr Lagerfeld won five-star reviews from both the Guardian and The Times and incredible word of mouth. At the same time, her two-part documentary series Boris Becker: The Rise and Fall – an early commission for ITVX – featured a host of the fallen tennis champion’s close friends and rivals as well as a star turn from his estranged wife, Sharlely. A former Nations and Regions executive for Channel 4, Lorraine early producing career includes a raft of Finestripe’s award-winning programmes, including ITV’s ‘The Day That…’ strand, as well as Bank of Dave andthe series Inside Dior . Other notable credits include Stephen Fry: The Not So Secret Life of the Manic Depressive for BBC1.