After joining the board of ITV, setting up her own company and serving as SVP in charge of International Sales at media giant Viacom, Cally Beaton has also started a parallel career in comedy. She brings humour and energy to workplace insights ranging from how to foster a creative, positive environment to how to inspire and lead through change.
Cally Beaton is a media executive, entrepreneur and performer. At the start of her career she headed an independent television production company that was bought by ITV. She joined the board of the UK’s main commercial broadcaster as the youngest and only woman member (and for a while sat alongside David Cameron). She left ITV to start a creative consultancy and production company as well as joining Viacom as Senior Vice President of International Sales.
At Viacom, Cally oversaw a £500million budget for channels including Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central and Paramount and including programmes from South Park to Friends, Russell Howard’s Good News to SpongeBob SquarePants. Responsible for selling programmes and formats around the world she combined working with on-screen and production talent with business planning and strategy, bridging the divide between creative and financial priorities.
It was working on Comedy Central that saw Cally develop her other life as a standup comedian. Despite joining the circuit after already establishing an impressive corporate career, the move has seen her perform at clubs around the country, front her own show at the Edinburgh Fringe, and appear as a guest on QI and on Radio 4’s The Museum of Curiosity.
Bringing humour and energy to her business insight, Cally considers the nature of the workplace and leadership culture. She looks at how to engender change, inspire teams and develop a positive, agile and inclusive environment. She also tackles the working priorities and expectations of the so-called millennial generation, and reveals how to be creative whilst keeping on eye on the bottom line. Her personality, love of performance and business knowledge has also seen her coach and train senior figures from a range of industries.
The Executive Insight programme is a great initiative which brings together senior business figures from across the region and a huge variety of sectors. With a superb line-up of guest speakers, a three-course lunch, enjoyable company and networking opportunities, I’ve enjoyed every event which I've attended so far. Speakers such as Edwina Currie and Will Butler-Adams from Brompton Bicycle have provided fascinating and humorous insights into their careers. It’s also been great meeting entrepreneurs from the north west and building new relationships.
I’ve really enjoyed the HURST Executive Insight events. To meet with such high-profile people and hear their stories, with the opportunity to ask questions and interact, has been really interesting. Not least because the speakers have had very relevant things to say about the current state of politics and the economy. The events I have been to have achieved a very intimate atmosphere, where it has also been great to meet like-minded business people.
Having attended a number of the Executive Insight events, I have found them extremely useful and thought-provoking. Guest speakers are of a very high calibre and the events are also great from both a knowledge sharing and network perspective.
Sir Graham Brady was an excellent speaker – thank you for the invite.
A fantastic evening. David Blunkett was an amazing speaker, charismatic, humorous, great company, incredible insight and intellect and it was a privilege to enjoy such an intimate dinner and talk with him. I have not stopped going on about it since!
I really enjoyed the event last night – I was very lucky to be sat on the same table as David Blunkett, and I thought his presentation was very inspiring and informative.