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I'm currently working as a freelance writer / producer. I've spent the past fifteen years producing and directing content for both the commercial and cultural sector. I spent five years working for Sky Arts as their full time in house producer and director. My main area of interest over that period was launching and managing the production of a series called Sky Arts At which was the umbrella brand for forty media partnerships that the channel did with UK arts organisations. I managed, produced and directed films with a range of galleries, museums and organisations including the ENO, V&A, Northern Ballet in Leeds and both National Theatres in England and in Wales. I worked with the marketing departments of each organisation as well as Sky's own corporate social responsibility team and channel commissioners/directors to deliver films that told engaging stories about the organisation and their brand as well as the behind-the-scenes creative process of staging a new opera, ballet, exhibition or performance. The work was about providing bespoke content for the organisation and their audiences as well Sky's linear broadcast and online platforms. I'm well versed in delivering stories for TV broadcast but equally interested in other delivery methods. I've been working with a New York based digital company that market ebooks by producing high quality digital films. I have also spent the past few months producing multimedia guide content for the museum and heritage sector. I tend to like to focus on the craft of making things, appreciating how an artist goes about producing work. At heart I'm a writer. I love to tell stories whether for a sixty second commercial, or an hour long documentary. I would like to try to find a writing mentor in the comedy production field who can advise me on developing some of the projects that I have. I'm currently developing two sitcoms with a small digital production company as well as writing a novel and a screenplay.
Produced the Multimedia Guide for the British Museum’s ‘Germany: Memories of a Nation’ exhibition. Produced French audio-guide content for Canadian Museum of Human Rights in Winnipeg
Produced 30 minute specials on the Hobbit 2 with Stephen Fry and Martin Freeman and Saving Mr. Banks with Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson.
Produced interviews with French authors across France for New York based digital publisher and multimedia content company.
Produced promo spot for Sky Arts Ignition: Memory Palace a documentary about a joint arts venture between Sky and the V&A.
Produced the overnight edit for the Oscars 2013. A quick turnaround needed for broadcast the following day.
Project Dream - Wrote and conceived this theatre installation piece at the Wilderness Festival and Wellcome Collection that invited the public to share their hopes, dreams and ambitions.
Producer and Director for the channel and managed the media partnership strand called Sky Arts At. I made a series of documentaries and behind the scenes films with UK arts organisations including: Dublin Dance Festival - film following Junk Ensemble and Liz Roche Dance Company during rehearsals of their new work. Voiced by Niamh Cusack (1X30) National Theatre Wales, The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning - film following writer Tim Price and his play about the US soldier accused of leaking 250,000 classified military cables. Voiced by Cerys Matthews (1x30) Northern Ballet's Beauty and The Beast - film following choreographer David Nixon, dancers Martha Leebolt and Ashley Dixon in the run up to their new production. Voiced by Juliet Stevenson (1x30) Headlong Theatre’s Decade – film following director Rupert Goold as he rehearsed his latest project exploring our responses to 9/11. Featuring Simon Schama (1x30) Frank Zappa at the Roundhouse – film celebrating what would have been Zappa’s 70th birthday presented by Bob Harris. Featuring Dweezil, Moon, Gail & Diva Zappa (1x60) Yorkshire Sculpture Park - film celebrating the work the YSP has been doing over thirty years included profiles and new work by sculptures Peter Randall-Page and David Nash. (1x30) Sky Arts Theatre Live! - series of films with Sandi Toksvig as Sky Arts brought live drama back to British television for the first time in twenty years. Featuring Benedict Cumberbatch and Pauline Collins (12x3) ENO: Opera Shorts - documentary following Sam Taylor Wood, Werner Herzog and Dougal Wilson during the production of three short films inspired by opera arias. (1x30) Major Barbara at the National Theatre - film following director Nicholas Hytner’s production of George Bernard Shaw’s play starring Simon Russell Beale (1x30) Satyagraha: Behind the scenes with Philip Glass – film about the English National Opera’s staging of Glass’s opera based on Ghandi’s life. (1x30) Anthony Minghella Directs Madam Butterfly - film following Minghella’s first foray into directing opera at the ENO. (1x30) ? I also made shorter ten minute films with organisations including Turner Contemporary in Margate, Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool, The Althorp Literary Festival, Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool Philharmonic, The Art Fund Prize, Glyndebourne, Cheek By Jowl, Baltic, Barbican, Dance Umbrella, French Film Festival and Globe Theatre. Friday Night Hijack: Weekly series that invited artists to curate the Sky Arts channel including: George Melly, Malcolm McLaren, Martin Parr, Don McCullin, Germaine Greer, Rankin, Don Letts, Nicola Benedetti, and Michael Sheen. Produced and directed studio links with John Shuttleworth, Antoine De Caunes, Leslie Garrett, and Vanessa Mae covering topics on the Sheffield music scene, French cinema, Opera and Classical music. ?
Producer and writer on a number of behind the scenes programmes, studio shows and OB broadcasts. These included: ‘Omid Djalili Presents’ series of introductions for movie premieres. ‘The Making of Robots’ documentary with Ewen McGregor. (1x30) ‘The Making of Charlie and The Chocolate Factory’ documentary with Tim Burton (1x30) ‘The Making of 5x2’ mini-doc with Francois Ozon (1x10) ‘The Making of A Very Long Engagement’ mini-doc with Jean-Pierre Jeunet (1x10) ‘Dame Julie Andrews: On Camera’ - Q&A at Bafta. (1x30) ‘Paul Bettany: On Camera’ - Q&A at the NFT (1x30) ‘Maxview’ - a studio review film show presented by Richard Mackney (52x30) ‘Zoe Ball on Film’ -3 a review of up coming film releases. (1x30) I was also a journalist/producer on over 100 junket interviews (UK, US and France) as well as set visits with actors and directors including: Emmanuelle Beart, Dustin Hoffman, Julianne Moore, Audrey Tautou, Brad Pitt, Charlotte Rampling, Matt Damon, Cameron Diaz, Marion Cotillard and Nicholas Cage.