About Studio Ramsay
Studio Ramsay is an international multi-platform production company founded by Gordon Ramsay that develops and produces both unscripted and scripted television shows, digital content, new formats and innovative programming with offices in the UK and US.
Renowned for highly successful and award-winning original programming, Emmy nominated, multi-Michelin star chef Gordon Ramsay is the founder and CEO of Studio Ramsay. Gordon serves as the Executive Producer for all Studio Ramsay shows as well as MasterChef, MasterChef Junior, Hell's Kitchen & MasterChef Celebrity Showdown.
Chief Creative Officer
Lisa oversees Studio Ramsay’s programming slate and helps grow the business, working closely with Head of Popular Factual, Helen Cooke, in the UK and EVP/ Head of Current Programming, Elvia Van Es Oliva, in the US.
Before joining Studio Ramsay, Lisa was at Lion Television for more than two years where she led the team that secured new business including The Truth About… for BBC One, The Secret Life of the Holiday Resort, The World’s Most Luxurious Airline and 19, 20 &21 Kids and Counting (all for Channel 4) and We Are British Jews for BBC Two.
Previously Lisa was Director of Programmes at Twenty Twenty Television where she was responsible for shows including The Restaurant Man (BBC Two) and How Not to Get Old (Channel 4). Prior to that Lisa was a commissioning editor for BBC Factual, Features and Formats where she greenlit programmes including The Hairy Dieters, Nigellissima, The Supersizers Go, Grow Your Own Drugs, Baking Made Easy, Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents and The House that £100k Built.
Lisa also worked as a commissioning editor for Channel 4 features where she oversaw hit series Property Ladder, You Are What You Eat, How to Look Good Naked and River Cottage.
She particularly loves discovering new talent and was responsible for launching Gok Wan, Lorraine Pascale, Russell Norman and Tom Lawton amongst others.
Head of Popular Factual
Helen Cooke joined Studio Ramsay in the spring of 2017 and is based in London. Helen is responsible for all UK productions and development including Born Famous on Channel 4 and Nat Geo’s new international series Uncharted which will premiere in 2019.
Helen joined after two years at Channel 4 where she was a Features commissioning executive before subsequently being made Features Editor, commissioning Rescue Dog to Super Dog and Peter Cook and Dudley Moore: The Missing Sketches.
While at the channel she also oversaw returnable brands George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces, Shed of the Year and Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners, Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners Country House Rescue and Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners USA.
Prior to Channel 4, she was a commissioning editor at UKTV, and freelance series producer at Betty for Channel 4’s Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners. She also worked across big brands such as X Factor and The Only Way is Essex for ITV, before moving to Mentorn as an executive producer.
Executive Vice President, USA
Elvia Van Es Oliva
Elvia Van Es Oliva leads Studio Ramsay’s US office based in Los Angeles. Working alongside Helen Cooke in the UK, Elvia is responsible for all US productions and development, including 24 Hours to Hell and Back for Fox and Nat Geo’s new series Uncharted slated to premiere in the spring of 2019.
Prior to joining Studio Ramsay, Elvia served as head of the West coast development team for TLC, as the VP of Development, where she helped launch the hit series' Outdaughtered, Rattled, Meet The Putman's and the groundbreaking four night live event series This Is Life Live.
Prior to TLC, Elvia served as Senior Vice President of Development for Fly On The Wall Entertainment where she was responsible for developing and selling formats, social experiments and docu-series. Elvia also managed the development team and oversaw current programming at High Noon Entertainment, West Coast. In her role as VP of Programming and Development, she helped develop, sell and oversee several shows including TruTV's Guinness World Records Gone Wild, VH1's Making Mr Right, and Discovery's Dude,You're Screwed! Prior to working as a development and programming executive, Elvia had an extensive career working as a freelance producer and Showrunner; some of her credits include Brat Camp and The Family for ABC, Flipped for MTV, and I Wanna Be A Hilton for NBC.
Head of Digital & Short Form Content
Justin Mandel is the Head of Digital & Short Form Content for Studio Ramsay, a role he assumed in September 2017. Previous to this role, he served as Gordon Ramsay's Talent Producer on all his U.S. shows as well as his Social Media Manager, growing Ramsay's reach on social media by over 150% over three years. Before his role with Ramsay, he worked in the office of Ramsay's previous production company, One Potato Two Potato, where he worked in Development and Production and also served as Story Assistant on the first season of Hotel Hell. His wide range of experience has also seen him work at CNN, UWire.com (then part of CBS News), New Line Cinema and Blue Sky Studios. Justin’s early work has been featured on ESPN, CBSNews.com, WashingtonPost.com and more.
Justin is a graduate of the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts.
Tom Day has been at Studio Ramsay since almost the beginning, developing shows including Gordon, Gino and Fred's Great Christmas Roast, Gordon Ramsay on Cocaine, Born Famous and 24 Hours to Hell and Back.
After starting in TV as a Development Intern at ITV Studios, he’s worked at Channel 5 where he developed the panel show It's Not Me, It's You, Britain's Greatest Bridges and the Inside… and Hat Trick, where he secured two pilot commissions for entertainment ideas he co-created.
His production credits include Questions AP on Cash Trapped (ITV) and Researcher on Very British Problems (Channel 4), Freeze Out (ITV) and Quiz Nights (SKY1).
Most importantly he’s a Liverpool FC fan.
Alana Tiernan joined the Studio Ramsay team in October 2017 as Team Assistant. Her role involves assisting the development team.
Before Studio Ramsay, Alana was a Junior Researcher on the third series of Channel 4's A New Life In The Sun working on location in Spain. Prior to this, she worked on Emmerdale as a Floor Assistant, at True North as a Junior Casting Researcher and previously as a Runner on shows including The Generation Game (BBC) and Culinary Genius USA (FOX).
Before this, she worked as a 2nd AD and Production Manager on two Yorkshire-based feature films: Destination: Dewsbury (2017) for Circus Pictures and Ask The Cheat (2018) for TalkingLens Productions. Alana graduated from the University of York in 2016 with a BA in Writing, Directing and Performance.
Kaltun Abdillahi joined the Studio Ramsay team in October 2018 as Team Assistant. Her role involves assisting the development team and being the PA to Head of Popular Factual, Helen Cooke.
Before Studio Ramsay, Kaltun was a Runner at Objective Media Group. During her time at Objective, Kaltun assisted the production teams with day-to-day tasks, helping to ensure a smooth-running office.
Prior to that she was a Production Assistant, Production Secretary and Runner at Keo Films. Kaltun worked on shows including Exodus (BBC One), Eden: Paradise Lost (Channel 4), A Year on The Farm (Channel 4) and Three Wives, One Husband (Channel 4).
Kaltun graduated from John Moores University in 2015 with a journalism degree. She followed that up with a stint at BBC Sport as a freelance Broadcast Assistant.