Team Member

Rick Murray

CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Rick is responsible for creating many of ESNorth's most successful formats and oversees ESN's slate of shows as Executive Producer. He also directs now and again (Idris Elba: Fighter) and occasionally he sings karaoke (badly). Rick began his career 17 years ago in the ITV department that created I'm A Celeb and Love Island. Later at RDF he spent countless weeks in people's houses making Wifeswap before moving to the BBC where he made shows ranging from Strictly to The Restaurant and Dragons' Den. At BBC North Rick created and produced the award winning Racing LegendsFavourite Karaoke Song: 'All Night Long'

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Ben Smith

DEVELOPMENT EXECUTIVE

Ben might be Welsh, but after 16 years working in telly in Manchester, ESNorth and MediaCity are very much home. Heading up the development team, Ben creates and pitches content to all of the main UK broadcasters and specialist factual channels. With a background in producing shows like Supercar Megabuild, No Limits, Peter Kay's Comedy Moments, Fierce Earth, Trawlerman's Lives and Journey to the Edge of the World, Ben has made shows produced out of Manchester, but filmed with talent all over the world, for all the major channels.

Favourite Karaoke Song: 'Time After Time'

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Coral Lawson

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER - FACTUAL ENTERTAINMENT

Currently Executive Producer and creator of Ali A's Superchargers, Coral also series produced Idris Elba: Fighter. Started career at Carlton TV as a researcher and quickly got into their graduate training scheme, going on to produce shows such as Today With Des And Mel. Was also formerly series producer of Blue Peter at Media City. Worked on many formats including: Endemol Shine North's Idris Elba: No Limits, Dragons Den, Gok's Fashion Fix, Blood, Sweat and Luxuries, 10 Years Younger, Hairy Bikers and Jamie's UK. Favourite Karaoke Song: 'Valerie' 

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Ben Hirsch

SERIES DIRECTOR

Recently finished working on our hit series for Quest Goblin Works Garage and is now directing Armed Response for Channel 5. He has also produced and directed Idris Elba: No Limits and Idris Elba: Fighter and delivered a 10 part series for Channel 5 Car Crash TV. Previously he developed ESNorth fomats including World Class and Jonathan Phang's Caribbean Cookbook. Other TV Credits include Mentorn Media's Watermen: A Dirty Business, BBC’s Young Talent Of The Year, Antiques Master & World’s Toughest Driving Test.

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Charlie Graham

JUNIOR PRODUCER DIRECTOR

Currently undertaking his first Producer / Director role on an exciting new ESNorth commission. He loves all thing technical and working to create stylish television with arresting visuals. Previous credits include Channel 4's Inside Bentley: A Great British Motorcar, Discovery's Goblin Works Garage and Idris Elba: Fighter, and National Geographic's Supercar Megabuild among others. Favourite Karaoke Song: '7 Days'

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Thea Hey

HR & OFFICE MANAGER

Overseeing HR for all productions as well as the day to day running of our busy Manchester office. With a background as a Researcher for Arts, History and Factual Entertainment documentaries in London, Thea joined Endemol Shine North in 2016. Credits include History of Art in Three Colours, Diamond Jubilee River Pageant and The Manor Reborn.

Favourite Karaoke Song: 'Africa'

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Jonny Simmonite-Marshall

DEVELOPMENT PRODUCER

Works across all development projects and has helped to create new series such as No Limits, Fighter and Supercar Megabuild. Also has a background in digital and multi-platform content and helps to oversee Endemol Shine North's online presence. Previous credits include Strictly Come Dancing, It Takes Two, T4 and The Love Machine.

Favourite Karaoke Song: 'It's Not Unusual'

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Hassan Ghazi

ASSISTANT PRODUCER

Currently working on our new commission for CBBC, Ali A's Superchargers, Hassan has previously been part of the team on Endemol Shine North productions such as Car Crash TV, Dumball: Idiots in India and Supercar Megabuild.

Favourite Karaoke Song: Forgot About Dre

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Matt Davidson

POST-SUPERVISOR

Currently overseeing in-house post production at our offices in MediaCityUk - including 40 hours of broadcast and online content over the past year for channels such as CBBC, Discovery and CBS Reality.

Started out at BBC Entertainment and CBBC in Manchester with a background in post production and archive research.

Favourite Karaoke Song: 'Mr Blue Sky'

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Bethany White

OFFICE ASSISTANT

Helps with the smooth running of the office, assists productions and ensures that everyone gets their daily 4pm snacktime. When she's not looking after all of us, Beth can be found coaching gymnasts. 

Favourite Karaoke Song: 'The Best'