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Paul Stead

Managing Director, Daisy Beck Studios

Paul Stead is the founder and Managing Director of Leeds based Daisybeck Studios, which he launched in March 2013. Daisybeck became a wholly owned part of entertainment one in 2019 and Paul is now a co-EVP across their unscripted TV UK division. Daisybeck is one of the biggest factual producers in the north of England with currently 100 hours in production across returning brands including The Yorkshire Vet and the On the Farm franchise for Channel 5.

Paul has been a creative and managing director in the independent sector since 1993 and has conceived, produced and directed thousands of hours of programmes for all the major terrestrial and digital channels.

These include a whole range of daytime shows for the former BBC Daytime Documentaries unit, which included chat shows, cookery shows and travelogues. Paul also produced returnable series for the emerging digital channels in the early 2000’s with ratings winning hits for ITV3, ITV4, and A&E Networks UK.

He was the creator and Executive Producer of the Emmy nominated Too Fat for 15 which ran for two seasons on NBC Universal’s Style Network and has won several Royal Television Society Awards for his shows.

Over the last twenty-six years Paul has been the Producer/Director on hundreds of programmes ranging from single high profile documentaries for BBC One through to multi-episodic returnable series on digital channels. He has been responsible for securing access to key people, places and events in order to allow them to tell their stories and or showcase their work. Along the way he has worked with the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, Sky, MTV, A&E Networks UK, UKTV and NBC Universal.

Paul began his career as a presenter and producer in local radio and was part of the team that won several major Radio Industry Awards including the coveted Sony Gold Award for Best Outside Broadcast. His TV career started in the local programmes unit at Yorkshire Television in the late 80s.

These days, as well as heading up the Daisybeck operation of eOne, Paul acts as the Executive Producer on much of the company’s output but occasionally will get his wellies on and go out with a crew and film something – usually for development projects.