Liz Warner

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Liz Warner
Liz Warner started in print journalism working as a feature writer on newspapers and women’s magazines. Her TV career started at the BBC, in 1989, as researcher and she worked thereafter for Diverse Productions and Granada. In 1993, at BBC youth programmes, she worked as deputy series producer on The Living Soap, the first contemporary docu-soap, about students living in a house in Manchester.

In 1995, as Editor of BBC2 Factual Programmes she oversaw theme nights such as Kung Fu Night, one-off documentaries and series such as BBC TWO’s Travel Show. She then became Deputy Head of BBC’s Youth and Entertainment Department. Ginger TV hired her in 1997 as development executive and she executive produced three 60-minute documentaries for Channel 4, Models Close Up. She then joined Channel 4 in 1998 as Commissioning Editor Education and developed The Real Birth Show, Embarrassing Illnesses and the Women’s Bits season. Shortly after this she took on the additional commissioning area, Features (as well as Education), and was responsible for Ramsay’s Boiling Point, She’s Gotta Have It, Driven, Tourist Trap, Grand Designsand Location Location Location and others.

She then became Commissioning Editor for event pieces, which led to her commissioning the BAFTA award-winning Big Brother.

In 2001 Liz founded betty tv, an independent television production company which produces high-quality contemporary television, specializing in popular documentaries and factual entertainment relevant to modern Britain. The company also makes contemporary factual drama and education programmes focusing on the teen audience. In the past six months the company has won an RTS award for This Teen Life and Broadcast’sCompany Talent Award for investing in young people. betty tv is committed to breaking new talent from diverse backgrounds ranging from publishing television and music with a view to assembling the next generation of programme-makers. Workshops on character casting, master classes from commissioners and guest speakers from charities and the arts are part of the company’s culture.
Liz Warner