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 brand new series for Channel 4.

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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.

Under the direction of our Head of Development, Andrew Burgess and Executive Producer Joff Powell, Sush, Gregor, Mez, Elliott and Rianna beaver away crafting bold and innovative ideas.

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. 

Currently Executive Producer for Flirty Dancing (w/t).

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.

Currently Executive Producer for Flirty Dancing (w/t).

Joff Powell

Joff Powell

Executive Producer

Joff joined Second Star in February 2018 from BBC Three where he was Executive Producer.

Previously he was Commissioning Editor of Factual Entertainment and Formats at BBCW where he commissioned series including, Astronauts: Do you Have What it Takes, Joel & Nish Vs The World and Million Dollar Car Hunters. Prior to that he was Creative Director of Broad Bean Media Where he developed and Exec’d Katie Piper’s Extraordinary Births and Sophie Turner fronted series #PowerShift.

From 2011 – 2013 he was Co-head of Entertainment at Lion where he co-created and executive produced BAFTA nominated and RTS winning, Officially Amazing, World Series of Dating and Playing it Straight. He also worked as head of development and talent at betty where he created specialist factual series, The Food Hospital, Heston’s Fantastical Food and constructed reality series Dirty Sexy Things.

Previously Joff worked at UKTV as commissioning, development and talent executive, overseeing a variety of entertainment, sport, live and non-scripted formats for the 10 channel network.

 

Emma Read-Wilson

Emma Read-Wilson

Production Executive

Emma joined OMG in 2016 and is responsible for overseeing production management for Second Star and Panda Television. Previously, Emma worked in the UK for betty, ITV and Shine, and spent several years in Sydney, Australia at FremantleMedia and Shine Australia. She has experience in budgeting, setting up and overseeing large-scale entertainment and factual entertainment series both in studio and on location in the UK and overseas. TV credits include: Flirty Dancing, Wedding Day Winners, Bear Grylls: Mission Survive, I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here, X Factor Australia, Top Gear Australia, The Mole and Gladiators.

Sushil Mirchandani

Sushil Mirchandani

Senior Development Producer

Sush joined Second Star in October 2016.

He was part of the Ones to Watch talent scheme in 2010 and since then has developed major formats for indies such as Objective, Whizz Kid Entertainment, CPL Productions and Twofour.

With an encyclopedic knowledge and deep passion for both Entertainment and Factual Entertainment programming, Sush has been instrumental in the development of shows including Cleverdicks (Sky Atlantic), The British Comedy Awards (C4), Eternal Glory (ITV) and The Jump (C4).

Mez Ansari-Beni

Mez Ansari-Beni

Assistant Development Producer

Mez joined Second Star in May 2018 from Electric Ray.

Prior to this she worked at Endemol Shine UK where she had begun her career in TV via their internship scheme. During her time there she worked across a number of their labels including Remarkable, Tiger Aspect and Shine.

She has worked in both a development and production capacity on a wide range of successful productions including Murder in Successville, Tenable, The Almost Impossible Gameshow and The Secret Life of Prisons.

Rianna Gayle

Rianna Gayle

Label Assistant

Rianna Gayle joined Second Star as the label assistant in May 2018.

After graduating from Bournemouth University’s Television Production course, she’s had production roles on a variety of big factual entertainment and entertainment programmes, including The Voice Kids, Saturday Night Takeaway and the BBC Proms. She also spent 6 months at Studio Lambert.

Rianna recently took a quick breather from running Second Star’s busy office to take on the role of production runner on our new exciting new project for Comedy Central.