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Karen Smithn
Managing Director/CEO, Tuesday’s Child Television

Karen’s network television career started at Granada TV’s “This Morning” as a Day Producer before becoming Deputy Editor and then Editor. From there she spent time as a series producer at Endemol launching “Comic Relief Does Fame Academy” (BBC1) and “The Games” (C4) and in October 2004 she joined BBC Entertainment where she was the co-devisor and launch Executive Producer of the multi-award winning Strictly Come Dancing. She led the first five series in the UK and ultimately became Creative Director of BBC Entertainment overseeing all format and factual entertainment shows. In January 2009 Karen joined Shine TV, initially as Director of Programmes and shortly afterwards was made Joint Managing Director. Shine TV grew to be one of the UK’s largest indies with shows such as Masterchef; Got To Dance; Gladiators; The Biggest Loser and The Magicians. Karen launched her indie Tuesday’s Child Television in September 2012 and over the last three years they’ve made entertainment and factual entertainment series for BBC1, BBC2, ITV, C4, Discovery, Travel Channel, Food Network including the highest rated new entertainment show of 2015  You’re Back in the Room on ITV, series 2 is currently in production and the format is selling incredibly well internationally. Plus they’re currently also in production on For What It’s Worth for BBC1, Sunseeker for BBC2 and the Lights Before Christmas for C4.