Cally Beaton is a media executive, entrepreneur, performer and a keynote speaker on leadership culture and change.
At the start of her career, Cally Beaton headed an independent television production company that was bought by ITV. She joined the board of the UK’s main commercial broadcaster as both the youngest and the 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. In her talks, she looks at –
– How to engender change (both personal and organisational),
– How to Inspire teams and develop a positive, agile and inclusive environment.
– The Millennial Generation – what are the working priorities and expectations of the so-called millennial generation
– How to be creative whilst keeping an 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.
Cally is also available to perform as a stand-up and has hosted a number of awards events before.
(The video link is for her stand up material – business reel to follow soon)
Very positive. Fab prep and engagement up front, Cally put the time in to get to know Aviva and use familiar terminology on the day. She was extremely professional and personable in terms of how she interacted with the comms team. A pleasure to work with. Really engaged, good balance of key messages mixed with humour.
— Aviva PLC
Finding a good closing speaker for the PICG Conference is always a challenge, with expectation from the delegates for the day to end on a high. Suffice to say that Cally was superb, bringing energy to the end of the day, with a perfect mix of insight and wit. When you get people saying they could listen to the speaker for another hour or more then you know they have hit the mark. On a personal note, from my perspective as the organiser of the conference, Cally was a delight to work with, breath of fresh air and I would happily recommend her.
— Property Insurance Claim Group