Mark Sammon

executive producer
Shine

Most recently Mark was MD of Jamie Oliver’s Fresh One, with responsibility for the Indie’s non-Jamie output, including comedy entertainment series Bad Bridesmaids for ITV2, Len and Ainsley’s Food Adventure for BBC1, The Elaine Paige Show for Sky Arts and First Class Chefs for Disney.

A short stint at Storyvault saw him lead the development and pitch for Portrait Artist of The Year, winning the commission from Sky ahead of joining Fresh One.

Mark has held a number of senior commissioning and strategic roles at a variety of UK broadcasters  At Sky he was Head of Factual Entertainment, commissioning Ashley Banjo Secret Dance Crew for Sky 1, securing Morgan Spurlock as executive producer and host of New Britannia for Sky Atlantic and signing Rihanna as both on and off-screen talent to Sky Living. Mark also commissioned ratings hit Steps Reunited for Living.

As Virgin Media TV’s first Head of Commissioning, Mark editorially led original output across Living, Bravo, Challenge and Virgin 1. His credits include Living’s first ever scripted commission Bedlam and the doc series which followed reality star Jade’s battle with cancer. His other hits include Four Weddings (Broadcast Digital Award) and Dating in The Dark (RTS Digital Programme of the Year in 2009) He also signed supermodel Elle Macpherson as the host and executive producer of Britain’s Next Top Model and temped Katie Price to Living from ITV2.

Mark spent 10 years at ITV, becoming Editor of Entertainment in commissioning before moving into multi-channel. While at ITV Mark looked after a number of big entertainment brands, including stalwarts You’ve Been Framed, Who Wants To Be a Millionaire and Stars In Their Eyes. He started his TV career working in Audience Research at ITV Network Centre, before taking the leap production side.