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Daniel Nettleton and Derek McLean founded Bandicoot to devise and produce award-winning entertainment & factual entertainment.

Derek Mclean

Co-Founder & Managing Director

Derek is a two-time Emmy award-winning TV producer with over 20 years’ experience in the industry in both the UK & USA. As a freelance Series and Exec Producer, Derek gained a reputation for developing and launching new comedy & entertainment formats including Would I Lie To You, Charlie Brookers’ Screenwipe, John Bishop’s Britain and Tool Academy.

Daniel Nettleton

Co-Founder & Creative Director

Daniel began his TV career as Terry Wogan’s warm up man before being snapped up by Chris Evans for his UMTV development team. His first commission was 18 Stone of Idiot which he devised with Evans and Johnny Vegas.

Louisa Benger

Director of Productions and Operations

Louisa joined us in 2023 as Director of Productions and Operations with a remit across Bandicoot TV, Bandicoot Scotland and our expanding US operations. Louisa was previously at Moneybags producer Youngest Media, where she also held the role as director of production and operations, overseeing its output across series that also included E4 series Game of Clones and ITV game show Small Fortune.

Katy Smith

Deputy Head of Production

Katy joined Bandicoot in 2018 to Production Manage their first commission, Chase the Case for BBC Scotland and has stayed with the company ever since. Renowned for having her fingers in every Bandicoot pie, Katy production managed Test Drive series 1 & 2, Peckham’s Finest, The Masked Singer: Unmasked and The Masked Sing-a-long, as well as being heavily involved in every series of the The Masked Singer and The Masked Dancer. It’s fair to say it’s been a busy few years for Katy Smith!

Kate Stannard

Head of Development

Kate began her TV career in 2004 on a development trainee scheme at 12 Yard Productions. Her long list of development credits include 5 Gold Rings, Cash Trapped, Catchpoint, Pick Me, Real Housewives of Cheshire, The Question Jury, The Games and Beauty and the Geek. As Head of Development at Bandicoot, Kate is charged with leading the very talented development team and working with them to devise new and exciting formats.

Ryan Meloy

Development Executive Producer

Ryan is a BAFTA Scotland winning Development Exec and the creative mind behind the innovative children’s format, Last Commanders. He has Developed and Produced shows across a range of different genres, from shiny floor studio shows like Break The Safe and Partners In Rhyme, to factual entertainment formats like Science Of Stupid and Scotland’s Home Of The Year, as well as scripted, documentaries, live events and digital content.

Liz Holmwood

Head of Talent

Liz began her career at This morning as a Travel Coordinator in 2006. She then moved over to the Showbiz team before leaving to take on a role at Thames Television, working on The Xtra Factor and Britain’s Got More Talent. From there, she moved into Comedy Entertainment, taking a position at Talkback and gaining credits on shows including Celebrity Juice and Through The Keyhole. Before joining Bandicoot in 2021, Liz was Head Of On Screen Talent at Fremantle, working on shows including Britain’s Got Talent, Harry’s Heroes, The X Factor: Celebrity and The Celebrity Apprentice. At Bandicoot, Liz is across talent for both The Masked Singer and The Masked Dancer, while also working on exciting new projects with the development team.

Nick Johns

Head of Digital

Nick oversees all of Bandicoot’s digital output, including creating new digital content series and the social media and digital content for The Masked Singer. Nick joined Bandicoot in 2024 to executive produce and host Maskcast, the first Masked Singer podcast / vodcast. Prior to this, he was Creative Director for Development at Lime Pictures and has held senior development roles at STV, BBC and ITV as well as working on shows including I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! and Love Island.

Isobel Nixon

Production Accountant

Isobel started out as a teacher of French and Italian before taking a leap into the world of accountancy. She has worked on various BBC productions, STV’s flagship crime drama, Taggart (there’s been a murder!) and in News and Current Affairs at STV. Isobel joined Bandicoot in 2020 as a Production Accountant, working on The Masked Singer and The Masked Dancer as well at various other productions.

Rebecca Ramsey

Junior Production Manager

Rebecca became a fully-fledged full time member of the Bandicoot family in 2021 but has been part of the team on The Masked Singer since the very first series in one role or another! Before this, she worked on a wide range of productions including Dynamo: Beyond Belief for Phil McIntyre, Glastonbury for BBC Music and Sunday Brunch at Remarkable TV.

Kirstie Ellard-Smith

Executive Assistant

Kirstie came to Bandicoot in early 2022 from UKTV where she was PA to the Director of Commissioning. She joins us with a wealth of experience from the Broadcaster side. Kirstie is EA to Derek, Daniel and Louisa.

Gordy The Bordy

Head of Happiness

Gordy joined Bandicoot in 2020 and has proven to be a very sociable addition to the team. This role is Gordy’s first foray into TV production, but his playful disposition and effortless charm has shown him to have a natural talent for bringing joy. He is generous with his time, a great listener and is always keen to have meetings outside the office. Gordy brings a smile to the faces of all who meet him and asks only for a tummy rub in return, he truly is a team player.


The Masked Singer

BAFTA Television Awards

  • 2021: Nominated – Entertainment Programme
  • 2023: Winner – Entertainment Programme

BAFTA Craft Awards

  • 2022: Nominated – Entertainment Craft Team

Broadcast Digital Awards

  • 2021: Nominated – Best Digital Support
  • 2022: Nominated – Best Digital Support
  • 2023: Nominated – Best Digital Support

Broadcast Awards

  • 2021: Nominated – Best Entertainment Programme
  • 2022: Nominated – Best Entertainment Programme

National Television Awards

  • 2021: Nominated – Talent Show
  • 2022: Nominated – Talent Show
  • 2023: Nominated – Talent Show

RTS Craft & Design Awards

  • 2020: Winner – Costume Design
  • 2021: Nominated – Costume Design
  • 2022: Winner – Costume Design
  • 2023: Winner – Costume Design

TBI Content Innovation Awards

  • 2021: Winner – Entertainment Format of the Year
  • 2022: Winner – Competition Show of the Year
  • 2022: Winner – Entertainment Format of the Year
  • 2023: Winner – Competition Show of the Year
  • 2023: Winner – Entertainment Format of the Year

TV Choice Awards

  • 2022: Nominated – Best Talent Show
  • 2023: Nominated – Best Talent Show
  • 2024: Nominated – Best Talent Show

International Emmy Awards

  • 2021: Winner – Non-Scripted Entertainment

Rose D’Or Awards

  • 2021: Nominated – Studio Entertainment

Beano Power Award

  • 2020: Winner – Best TV Show

Test Drive

  1. BAFTA Scotland Awards2020: Nominated - Entertainment