Star Gates has a recipe for success

Into the low-rent world of British cable and satellite a star is born. Or at least a former child actress, Sam Gates, has been appointed director of marketing for Carlton Select and Carlton Food Network, which is about as heady as this twilight medium gets.

Ms Gates has starred in partly animated children’s film the Waterbabies, had a supporting role in Dennis Potter’s Blackeyes and, as a toddler, appeared nude with her brother on the cover of the Led Zeppelin album House of the Holy.

In her business career she was head of brand marketing at the Paramount channel and head of marketing and programming at Westminster Cable.

With that sort of past Gates is a rare example of a marketer who is actually more famous than the gormless celebrity chefs she spends her time promoting.

Latest from Marketing Week


Access Marketing Week’s wealth of insight, analysis and opinion that will help you do your job better.

Register and receive the best content from the only UK title 100% dedicated to serving marketers' needs.

We’ll ask you just a few questions about what you do and where you work. The more we know about our visitors, the better and more relevant content we can provide for them. And, yes, knowing our audience better helps us find commercial partners too. Don't worry, we won't share your information with other parties, unless you give us permission to do so.

Register now


Our award winning editorial team (PPA Digital Brand of the Year) ask the big questions about the biggest issues on everything from strategy through to execution to help you navigate the fast moving modern marketing landscape.


From the opportunities and challenges of emerging technology to the need for greater effectiveness, from the challenge of measurement to building a marketing team fit for the future, we are your guide.


Information, inspiration and advice from the marketing world and beyond that will help you develop as a marketer and as a leader.

Having problems?

Contact us on +44 (0)20 7292 3703 or email

If you are looking for our Jobs site, please click here