Steve Hewlett took over as Director of Programs, Carlton Television, in September 1998, having previously been Head of Factual Programs and Features at Channel 4. He became Managing Director of Carlton Productions in January 2001 with responsibility for Carlton TV Productions, Planet 24 and Action Time.
Steve started as a researcher on NATIONWIDE in 1981 before going on to produce a number of series for Channel 4 in the mid-eighties, including THE FRIDAY ALTERNATIVE and DIVERSE REPORTS. In 1987 he began working on factual programs at the BBC and in 1990, he became producer then editor of INSIDE STORY. From 1995 to 1997, Steve was editor of PANORAMA and Executive Editor of Special Projects.
He was Executive Producer of the first two series of CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL as well asTHE SKIPPER, ROUGH JUSTICE, STATES OF TERROR and THE DIAMOND EMPIRE.
Having left ITV at the time of the Granada/Carlton merger, Steve is currently a non-executive director of Tiger Aspect Productions, a Guardian columnist and broadcasting consultant whose clients have included Ofcom, DCMS and Channel 4. He also runs Big Pictures Ltd, a television production company with commissions from Channel 4, the BBC and the PBS Network in the USA. He is visiting professor of journalism and broadcasting policy at Salford University and non-executive Chairman of Channel M TV (A GMG owned local TV station in Manchester). He is also a regular contributor to and presenter of programs on Radio 4 and Five Live.
Tony Stark is a documentary filmmaker with over 20 years experience of making programs for the BBC, Channel 4, ITV and for a variety of American PBS channels. He has produced and directed three major TV series, including a major investigation of the FBI, and over 25 one-off broadcast documentaries - programs that have been made in Africa, Russia, Europe, North and South America and the Middle East.
His experience covers a range of filmmaking styles: from crafted historical documentaries to observational, presenter-led and investigative approaches. Three of his programs have been recognized at international film festivals, including a BAFTA nomination at the 2003 ceremony.
Programs that Stark has produced and directed include: RAPE ON TRIAL - a look at why the conviction rate for rape is an all-time low in Britain (BBC Panorama); THE BIG HEIST - a dramatised investigation of the IRA’s £26million bank robbery (Channel 4); THE NEW FUNDAMENTALISTS – a critical look at Evangelical Christianity (Channel 4); ARAFAT INVESTIGATED – which examined the Palestinian leader’s links with terrorism; CAN CONDOMS KILL - an investigation of the Catholic Church’s claim that condoms leak the HIV virus (BBC). And A SHADOW OVER EUROPE - an historical film about mass-murder of ethnic Germans in Czechoslovakia at the end of WWII how this affected the Czech Republic’s desire to join the European Union (BBC)
Tony was trained as a reporter and feature writer on a weekly newspaper in the Midlands, UK where he won a Distinction and the Guild of Editors' Prize in the NCTJ test -- the national journalists examination. He began his broadcast career at BBC TV where he produced and directed films on a variety of network programs. He left the BBC in 1989 to become an independent filmmaker.
Stark has written a history of transplant surgery, published by Macmillan and a tie-in with a series that he made for BBC1. He’s a contributing author to the British Film Institute’s The Television Book; is a visiting lecturer at the University of Luton and a media and communications consultant for the Design Council. His list of industry awards is extensive.