I’ve been producing, writing and directing television for 23 years.
I began my career in media working as a reporter for a small local newspaper in Yorkshire. Before that I trained as a sound engineer at The Beatles producer George Martin‘s Air Studios in London.
Following a Post Graduate Diploma in Film & TV Production in Sheffield University I was accepted out of 4000 applicants to complete a 2 year traineeship at BBC Television Centre. This created wonderful opportunities including producing a documentary for See Hear, A LIVE 3hr outside broadcast for BBC 1 (presented by Gail Porter) and 52 x 30min science and tech series with ‘Black Mirror‘ creator Charlie Brooker.
My Production Company
As a freelancer I set up my own production company with offices in Bloomsbury, London and mainly focused on delivering corporate advice and films for RBS, NatWest, Churchill and many other financial institutions. For seven years I produced and directed the Summer Big Screens Opera & Ballet performances from ‘The Royal Opera House‘ to cinemas across the UK, Europe and US.
My company has been in business now for 11 years.
SELF SHOOTING PD
My favourite work is self-shooting, directing talent and story gathering. With my journalist background I enjoy talking to people and engaging with their story. I’m good at making people feel at ease in-front of the camera free to express themselves naturally.
Trained at Elstree Studios and BBC TV Centre and over 2 years worked with Armando Iannucci, Julian Clary, Charlie Brooker & Jules Holland. Today I PD on many BBC shows such as Countryside 999 and Celebrity Antiques Road Trip.
Filmed an obs doc pilot in Turkey for ITV (Shiver) following the personalities and people involved in the making of multi-million dollar yachts. Also edited the taster.
Property and travel based daytime shows such as Sun, Sea & Selling Houses, Beat My Build & Coast V. Country. Location scripting and filming obs doc soap in the Costa Blanca, Spain. Directing and scripting presenters.
Personality driven obs docs ‘Marston’s: One Ale Of A Job‘ & ‘Alan Davies Dog Rescuers‘. Included roadtrip trucking and delicate animal surgeries. Production: Shine TV/Middlechild
The US hit property series ‘House Hunters International‘ filming episodes in UK, Germany and Sweden. US citizens relocating to Europe – recreation of their experiences – all directed with a PSC crew. Production: Leopard USA
6 x 1hr documentary series as series producer & director. Filmed in Jordan, Japan, Europe, USA and UK. Filmed underworld organisations such as KKK and Yakusa.
Production: Like A Shot
Interviews with Olly Murs, Busted, Craig David & other bands for kids talent show ‘Got What It Takes‘ – filmed on location at the Liverpool Fusion Festival.
Recreating the feel of ‘Masterchef’ in Elstree Studios with James Cordon, Jack Whitehall, Freddie Flintoff & Jamie Rednapp we filmed on a specially built set – I directed multi-camera from the floor and edit produced. Production: CPL
- Post Graduate Diploma – Film & Television Production (1 year)
- Post Graduate Certificate – Film & Television Production (1 year)
- BBC Trainee Assistant Producer – BBC Television Centre (2 years)
- BBC Health & Safety – Lighting PSC
- BBC Health & Safety – Studios & Location
- Journalist / Reporter – IMAP Newspapers
- Sound Engineer – Air Studios
- Sound Engineer – The Royal Opera House
As a sound engineer I worked at George Martin’s Air Studios with bands such as The Beautiful South, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Dire Staits, Pink Floyd & Brian Eno.