Studio Lambert is bolstering its unscripted creative team with the hire of two staff executive producers, Toni Ireland and Stephen Yemoh, as well as Jenny Spearing as its new head of legal and business affairs, unscripted.

Ireland and Yemoh have both worked in a senior role on the company’s returning Channel 4 reality sow, The Circle, with Ireland executive producing the US version of the format for Netflix, as well as for the UK version since season one.

Ireland began her career at Celador before moving to Channel 4’s Big Brother. She then went into live productions working on Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway for ITV and Big Brother’s Bit On The Side, before becoming executive producer on I’m A Celebrity: Extra Camp. 

Ireland has considerable experience across several reality shows, including series producing ITV’s Love Island and executive producing Celebs Go Dating for E4.

Yemoh began his career at Sky Sports on Soccer AM, before moving to Endemol where he worked on a range of shows, including Fame Academy for the BBC, Sky One’s The Match and Soccer Aid for ITV.

As a freelance producer, he has worked on many reality and entertainment shows, including Comic and Sport Relief for the BBC, and Love IslandAnt and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway and I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! for ITV.

In their new posts, Ireland and Yemoh will report to Studio Lambert’s creative director, Tim Harcourt.

Spearing joins Studio Lambert from Abbas Media Law, where she worked as head of TV Business Affairs for five years. Prior to this, Spearing worked in BBC independent drama business affairs, before moving to Tiger Aspect where she worked for 11 years, looking after a range of genres including factual, features, drama, children’s animation and natural history.

Spearing will report to the company’s commercial director, Zoe Chatten.

“I am delighted three of the best people in their area of expertise have joined us,” said Studio Lambert CEO, Stephen Lambert.

“Toni and Stephen are two of the up-and-coming, off-screen stars of unscripted television and Tim and I look forward to them making a difference to the development and production of more big, noisy Studio Lambert shows.

“And Jenny will provide terrific support to Zoe as we grow the commercial, legal and business side of our business.”

Studio Lambert’s Creative Director, Tim Harcourt said: “I have been in awe of the expertise, energy and creative flair of Toni and Stephen in helping establish The Circle as a Channel 4 and Netflix hit. We are thrilled to have them join the company and bring their brilliance to everything we do.”

Spearing and Ireland take up their roles with immediate effect, with Yemoh due to join the company in mid-February.


Jon Creamer

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