MEET OUR TEAM
Jane Kelly, creative director
Jane Kelly joined the BBC as a Graduate Trainee in 1989. For the BBC she produced and directed News and Current Affairs in New York Bureau including Newsnight, Public eye and Arena. She has also produced Arts and Education documentaries for BBC network and popular/specialist Factual programming. She has produced and directed series and documentaries for both British and Irish Commercial and PSB providers including Granada Television, UTV, RTE and TG4.
→ For Living TV: 'Second Chance Honeymoon', a 6x60' fact/ent series.
→ As Series Producer, Jane Secured returning series for BBC 2 Daytime Awash with colour 4x20 eps painting series.
→ UTV Mckeever, 2x6 eps studio Based comedy series for UTV.
→ BBC Family S.O.S, 2x6 eps Fact/Ent psychology series with prof. Geoffrey Beattie
Philip McGovern, Managing director
Philip McGovern has 25 years experience in television production with the BBC, RTE, UK & Irish indie sector- in the popular factual, fact/ent and entertainment genres.
Philip started his career with Janet Street Porter's BBC " DEFII slot & has successfully got series on network TV for the BBC including-
→ Executive produced Turf Wars for BBC2
→ Like a Hurricane- the Alex Higgins Story ( BBC 2- aud: 3.8 million @ 9pm.)
With RTE as senior Producer/Director, he produced the seminal stripped comedy series NIGHTHAWKS, devised and produced game shows, magazine shows and hard hitting popular factual series such as 'Tuesday File', 'Never the same Again'
Philip is also an IFTA (Irish Film and Television Academy) award winner.
Brid Cunningham, F.C.C.A Head of Finance
Brid joined the company in 2008 and is responsible for managing the company’s finances and is production accountant on all projects.
She has twenty years accountancy/financial experience having previously worked as Company Accountant/Financial Controller at Clancourt Group Holdings Ltd and Thermal Heat Exchangers Ltd.
Donna Higgins, Head of Production
Donna is a line producer with 20 years of extensive experience across multiple genres of television. She has worked in the UK, the US and Canada across the production spectrum, including live location and studio OBs, entertainment, lifestyle, music, drama and factual documentaries. After working as a senior production manager at the UK’s Dragonfly Film & Television, she line produced a number of projects for Blast Films and Double Act Films. Her recent credits include ‘Web of Lies” Blast Films for Investigation Discovery, ‘Dr Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet’ Double Act Films for Animal Planet and ‘Flying to the Ends of the Earth’ Blast Films for Channel 4.
LUCY WEDLOCK, Executive Producer
Lucy joined Big Mountain this year after a successful career involving series production and directing roles with major broadcasters such as Channel 4, ITV, BBC 3 & RTÉ. Her credits include One Born Every Minute, Four In A Bed, Come Dine With Me, I’m A Celebrity Get Me out of Here, Don’t Drop The Baby and Ireland’s Fittest Family.
Denise Fogarty, Production Manager
Denise initially joined the company in 2008 on a work experience programme and returned in the Summer of 2009 after completing her degree to work full time with Big Mountain Productions. Denise is the coordinator on all shows produced by the company including Irish language productions and has recently taken on the role of Production Manager on new projects.
ALEX REILLY, DEVELOPMENT PRODUCER
Alex came to Big Mountain in 2015 having chalked up over 10 years within the industry in a variety of development, casting and producer roles. A love of writing and an eye for casting has meant she has been a member of numerous development teams that have led to successful commissions. Her most recent credits include The Voice of Ireland, Home of the Year, and Celebrity Apprentice. Her claim to fame is being pulled up on stage by Garth Brooks, where he gifted her with his guitar.
LAURA MAILEy, Development Producer
After graduating from Queens University Laura trained at the BBC, and went on to complete Channel 4’s Researcher Development Programme. She has worked for over 10 years on a range of output for BBC Factual and Current Affairs. Credits include BBC’s National Lottery quiz show Secret Fortune, religious and ethical debate show Sunday Morning Live, Channel 4’s 4Thought, and long running topical debate show Nolan Live. On the lighter side Laura has worked on entertainment series, covering everything from cookery, dating, gardening and musical performance. Highlights include CBBC’s Sesame Tree, BBC’s The One Show, and RTE’s Francis Brennan’s Grand Tour, which took her across Europe by bus! Laura is passionate about creating new ideas, and continues to develop, and successfully pitch proposals to a range of broadcasters.
LEAH WYLIE, PRODUCTION COORDINATOR TRAINEE
After graduating with a BA(Hons) Film & Television Production Degree in 2012, Leah has joined Big Mountain in 2016 through the Channel 4's Production Training Scheme. With a previous background in Assistant Directing and Production office experience within the Filming Industry, including work experience in the production office of Steve McQueen's award winning feature film 'Hunger'.
Leah found her true passion lay in the Production Office and has joined the company as a Production Co-Ordinator. Her most recent credit in our latest series on More4 - 'Ireland with Ardal O'Hanlon' and is currently working on upcoming shows.