Workerbee Appoints New Director of Development


Matthew Winter has been named director of development at Workerbee.

In his new role, which takes immediate effect, Winter is responsible for generating the next wave of ideas across Workerbee’s film and formats divisions.

Winter has worked within the Banijay Group since 2021, having developed shows such as Grand Slammers (ITV), Lost Worlds with Ben Fogle (Channel 5) and The Big Interiors Battle (Channel 4).

Before joining Banijay, Winter worked in senior development roles at various indies, including Boomerang and Optomen, having spent three years prior at ITV Studios Australia, where he developed Noma Australia and helped create local versions of Love Island, Hell’s Kitchen and The Chase.

Winter commented, “Workerbee is the most exciting production company in the country. Rick, Michelle and the team have achieved so much over the last few years, and I can’t wait to help them create more future hits.”

Michelle Chappell, managing director at Workerbee, said, “We are delighted Matt is joining us at Workerbee as we supercharge the development of big, standout, unmissable formats and premium films. He shares our passion and entrepreneurial spirit and so fits in perfectly with the bees!”

Workerbee Group CEO Rick Murray added, “We weren’t actively looking for a director of development, but with Matt everything changed! His track record is seriously impressive, combine that with his infectious enthusiasm and deep understanding of the market and he makes a major addition the team.”