About

Launched in 2016, and based in both London and Scotland, Second Star is all about storytelling. Whether it's factual entertainment, formats or reality; we're mischievous, innovative and ambitious... 

Second Star is currently in production with a number of projects for BBC, CBBC and Sky.

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Headed by Chief Creative Officer, Deborah Sargeant, the Second Star office is a base for all its production teams as well as home to its small but perfectly formed development team. 

Led by Head of Development, Andrew Burgess, Sush and Amy beaver away crafting bold ideas whilst our Team Assistant Cassie keeps things ticking over.

Meanwhile up in Glasgow, Toby Stevens and his team also develop and produce ideas for Second Star.

The Team

Deborah Sargeant

Deborah Sargeant

Chief Creative Officer

Previously Deborah was Commissioning Editor at Sky Entertainment, working across a variety of Entertainment and Non-Scripted formats for all of the Sky owned channels, including two series of Sky Arts’ Portrait Artist of the YearWhen Robbie met James (with Robbie Williams and James Corden) and the Idris Elba AFP The Ones to Watch with Samsung. 

From 2009-2011 she was Executive Producer for Entertainment at Tiger Aspect. Amongst her commissions were When Piers met Andrew Lloyd WebberGood Times with Justin Lee Collins and Laughing At The 80’s/90’s/00’s, before moving on to produce a 90 minute live BAFTA event for Monkey Kingdom.

Previously Deborah Series Edited hit factual entertainment and reality shows such as the International Emmy award-winning How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?, The Salon, Big Brother and the BAFTA-nominated Gordon Ramsay’s F Word. 

Andrew Burgess

Andrew Burgess

Head of Development

Andrew Burgess joined Second Star in January 2016 as Head of Development. 

An RTS Award-nominated Series Editor, producer and director Andrew has developed ideas and formats such as Piers Morgan's Life Stories, long-running returnable daytime format Come Dine With Me and Hell’s Kitchen amongst others. 

Appointed development executive at John Stanley Productions in October 2014, he has worked over a range of broadcasters including ITV, BBC and Sky Arts.

At Second Star Andrew runs the development team, creating ideas for all major broadcasters. He was Executive Producer on Property... Boom! for E4.

Toby Stevens

Toby Stevens

Head of Objective Media Group Scotland

Toby Stevens joined Objective Scotland in 2013 as Series Producer for BBC Three’s Killer Magic. Appointed Head of Objective Scotland in May 2014, he has Executive Produced the ratings success Now You See It for BBC One and both It Was Alright in the 70s and The 50 Funniest Moments of 2014 for Channel 4. Toby and his team develop and produce ideas for Second Star in the Objective Media Group Glasgow office.

Starting his career in London in 1993 he worked on Room 101They Think It’s All Over, eight series of Have I Got News For You and was the producer of the first 68 shows of The Weakest Link, before moving to BBC Scotland in 2001. Whilst there his extensive Executive Producer credits across Entertainment, Factual and Events included Comedy ConnectionsGlamour’s Golden AgeDear DiaryMovie ConnectionsThe Edinburgh Military TattooComic Relief’s Naughty Bits and That Was the Week We Watched.

Toby is one of the key Executive Producers of Channel 4’s fake news show Britain Today Tonight.