Kate Taylor

MD / Executive Producer

Rogue

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Kate Taylor came to advertising following a stint in documentary television. Wanting to change the world after Oxford university and film school in Cuba, she tried investigative documentaries with some industry heavyweights, only to discover that narrative drama, beautiful photography, visual storytelling and comedy were all more her thing. TV commercial production beckoned.

She cut her teeth as PA/PM at Macleod’s and Rose Hackney, before swiftly moving up to produce for the brilliant, legendary and inimitable Graham Rose, including producing his multi-award winning short film, mRs mEITLemeiHR.

Over the years (Curly) Kate’s exceptional organisational and communication skills along with her wicked sense of humour have set her in good stead to produce and exec produce for many award-winning directors at a string of London’s most established creative shops; Rattling Stick, Sonny, Outsider, The Sweetshop, Thomas Thomas and RSA, to name a few.

In 2014 she joined Biscuit Filmworks as Producer/Head of Production where she produced and oversaw a number of significant projects before moving into management in 2016 when she launched and ran SKUNK London.

As MD/EP of SKUNK London, Kate signed and grew exciting new talent, worked with impressive global brands and brought significant London exposure to the well-established US roster.

She is now MD/EP at Rogue where she is responsible for running of one of the most distinctive and successful production companies in London and upholding their passion and commitment to excellence in filmmaking.

I was born in….
Buxton

I now live in…
Kensal Rise, London

But if I could live anywhere, it would be…
Buenos Aires, Argentina or the Gorges du Tarn, France

Right now, I’m binge-watching…
I Hate Suzie (again) and The Queen’s Gambit

The last track I listened to was…
Celebration (Kool & The Gang) - US Election Result!

I dream about…
Losing my teeth

The app I couldn’t survive without is…
BBC Sounds

Social media is…
Instagram & LinkedIn

When we can travel again, I’ll be heading to…
As far as I can get!

The most important lesson I’ve learned in 2020…
That a crisis brings out the best in people

The best/worst thing about lockdown was…
Best - eating three meals a day as a family. Worst - eating three meals a day as a family

What the film industry needs is…
More women and diversity behind the lens, better representation and diversity in front of the lens.

What I wish I’d known when I was starting my career…
That your peers will be more important to you in the long run, than the superstars that you look up to at the beginning.

The best advice I’ve ever been given…
Never take No for an answer. Never give No for an answer.

The film I wish I’d made…
The Godfather

My biggest inspiration is…
Kathleen Kennedy

The person I would canonise is…
Ruth Bader Ginsburg

If I wasn’t… I’d be…
A builder

My last meal would be…
Côte de Boeuf, Skinny Fries, Salade Verte, French bread and salty butter, bottle of Burgundy. Cheese. And a Tarte Tatin, with some Sauternes

My life philosophy in three words…
Radiators not Drains