Kate Herron is an award-winning Writer-Director working in Comedy and Drama. She is passionate about making female-driven stories that are as cinematic as they are funny.
Kate is a SCREEN INTERNATIONAL STAR OF TOMORROW, BROADCAST HOT SHOT, one of FORBES 30 UNDER 30 and on the BBC HOT NEW TALENT LIST. She was described as “A huge comedy voice in the years to come” by SKY COMEDY.
For TV, Kate directed every episode of FIVE BY FIVE for BBC/GREEN DOOR PICTURES, starring & exec-produced by IDRIS ELBA, who described Kate as “Great at working with actors”. The show was SUNDAY TIMES CRITICS PICK OF THE WEEK and is currently on BBC iPLAYER and AMAZON PRIME.
Kate also directed two shorts for SKY COMEDY, VICKI PEPPERDINE & ELLIE WHITE'S SUMMER produced by Adam Tandy (THE LEAGUE OF GENTLEMEN) and ANDI OSHO’s HALLOWEEN , produced by SHARON HORGAN’S company MERMAN (CATASTROPHE). Both are on SKY ONDEMAND.
In film, Kate's shorts have played at festivals inc. LONDON FILM FESTIVAL, PALM SPRINGS, ENCOUNTERS and FLICKERFEST. Her work has been featured by VIMEO STAFFPICKS, COMEDY CENTRAL and the BFI. Her short REST STOP won the GRAND PRIZE for BEST COMEDY at FLICKERS: RHODE ISLAND FILM FESTIVAL. There was a RETROSPECTIVE of her short films at the BFI in 2016 as part of the UNDERWIRE FILM FESTIVAL. Her last short SMEAR went online with THE BIG ISSUE for INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY in 2018. It was described as “Very funny” by PAUL FEIG (GHOSTBUSTERS, BRIDESMAIDS).
Right now, Kate is working on a number of projects, many with her writing partner Briony Redman. These inc. feature MISS UNIVERSE, a comedy-horror about a beauty pageant under alien attack. This was developed on FILM LONDON’S MICROWAVE, in association with the BFI and BBC FILMS. They are also working on multiple TV shows with TOM DAVIS and his company SHINY BUTTON (Murder in Successville).
When not making things Kate does Improv Comedy and has just started doing stand-up. It's cheaper than therapy.
"I WAS VERY IMPRESSED WITH DIRECTOR KATE HERRON; SHE WAS GREAT AT WORKING WITH ACTORS. BRINGING ON A TALENTED AND UP-AND-COMING DIRECTOR WAS IMPORTANT FOR THE PROJECT, AND IT WAS A CHALLENGING ASK - TO HELM A SERIES MADE UP OF FIVE VERY DIFFERENT EPISODES USING MULTIPLE ACTORS AND LOCATIONS. BUT HER ENERGY, PASSION AND AMBITION - AND THAT OF EVERYBODY ELSE INVOLVED IN FIVE BY FIVE - HAS PAID OFF" - IDRIS ELBA (ACTOR AND EXEC PRODUCER OF FIVE BY FIVE, BBC DRAMA AND GREEN DOOR PICTURES). "KATE HAS CONSISTENTLY DEMONSTRATED A GIFT FOR WORKING WITH TALENT THAT IS FURTHER EVOLVED THAN MANY OF THE VETERAN COMEDY DIRECTORS I WORK WITH IN BROADCAST TELEVISION. IN THE COMEDY WORLD, REAL CONFIDENCE - IN THE MATERIAL AND THE AESTHETIC - IS THE MOST IMPORTANT TRAIT A DIRECTOR CAN OWN; YOU NEED TO *SELL* THE JOKE TO WIN THE AUDIENCE'S TRUST. SUCCESS IN THAT AREA IS A SIGN OF MATURITY THAT CAN TAKE YEARS TO CONQUER. KATE'S WORK TACKLES THIS WITH PRENATURAL CONVICTION - SHE'S GOING TO BE A HUGE COMEDY VOICE IN THE YEARS TO COME." - BEN BOYER (COMMISSIONING EDITOR AT SKY COMEDY) "ONE OF THE MOST TALENTED, CREATIVE, IMAGINATIVE AND INSTINCTUAL DIRECTORS EITHER OF US HAVE EVER COME ACROSS. SHE IS ALSO HILARIOUS, A DELIGHT TO WORK WITH, DILIGENT, PROFESSIONAL, AND A CHAMPION NETWORKER. EVERYONE WHO COMES ACROSS KATE WANTS TO WORK WITH HER AGAIN. A SERIOUSLY IMPORTANT TRAIT IN THIS INDUSTRY." - SCREENWRITERS JESSICA AND HENRIETTA ASHWORTH (SCREEN INTERNATIONAL STARS OF TOMORROW 2013 & BROADCAST HOTSHOTS 2012) "AN AMAZING COMEDY DIRECTOR." - SARAH MCINTOSH (SHORTS PROGRAMMER AT THE BAFTA-QUALIFYING CAMBRIDGE FILM FESTIVAL) "WE MEET A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO WANT TO BE DIRECTORS BECAUSE THEY THINK IT'S A COOL JOB, OR THEY WANT TO BE FAMOUS. KATE'S A DIRECTOR BECAUSE SHE WAS JUST BORN TO BE: SHE HAS A CLEAR, DISTINCTIVE VOICE AS A FILM-MAKER, SHE HAS A STRONG SENSE OF STORY AND CHARACTER, AND SHE MAKES WORK THAT CONNECTS INSTANTLY WITH AUDIENCES WITHOUT EVER PANDERING TO THEM." - JONATHAN WAKEHAM (CO-FOUNDER AND PROGRAMMER AT THE LOCO LONDON COMEDY FILM FESTIVAL) "KATE SUCCESFFULY BLENDS HER USE OF CHARACTER COMEDY AND SOCIAL SATIRE TO CREATE FILMS THAT PRESENT A REFRESHING TAKE ON THE CHARATERIZATION OF WOMEN IN FILM. WE SPEND MONTHS LOOKING FOR FILMMAKERS WHO HAVE A DISTINCT VOICE AND VISION. FILMMAKERS LIKE KATE MAKE EVERYTHING WE DO AS A FESTIVAL WORTH IT." - SHAWN QUIRK (DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMING AT THE BAFTA AND OSCAR-QUALIFYING FLICKERS: RHODE ISLAND FILM FESTIVAL)