Fig Sanders

Development Researcher/Production Researcher/Casting Researcher

About me

TV Development/Production Researcher/AP with broadcast credits looking for new opportunities. Interested in working on factual development projects, specifically documentary, popular factual and observation film. Also, very interested in working on development for brand campaigns and short-form digital content.


  • TV
  • Casting
  • Writing Media Releases
  • Self Shooter
  • Proposal Writing
  • Writing Proposals
  • PR and Content
  • Treatment Writing
  • Research for TV
  • Final Cut Pro Basic
  • Writing for Broadcast
  • Development of Original Ideas for Digital and Analogue TV

Companies I’ve worked with

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  • Sky


    • TV
  • BBC


    • TV

Work history


Casting Researcher

Sugar Films

Mar 2016 - Apr 2016
  • Casting for sensitive Channel 4 documentary pilot around the subject of DNA testing. Involved sourcing stories, interviewing potential contributors, writing up stories, location research.


Development Researcher

Exposure Digital

Jul 2015 - Oct 2015
  • DEVELOPMENT RESEARCHER, EXPOSURE LONDON August – October 2015 Developed six short-form cross-platform film ideas for a new BBC News app campaign. Worked closely with the creative director and producer on developing story narratives and casting.


Development Researcher


May 2015 - Jul 2015
  • DEVELOPMENT RESEARCHER, BBC ARTS June – July 2015 Worked primarily on The One Show and also provided editorial and artist liaison supported the BBC’s Get Creative multi-platform campaign. - Generated 4’30” and 3-3’5” arts genre film ideas for The One Show. Included researching and writing up story proposals and sourcing contributors. - Recruited celebrity ambassadors to support the Get Creative Campaign, liaised with talent, agents, and publicists, news and features articles for the Get Creative website.



Reef Television

Apr 2015 - Jun 2015
  • Researcher on two commissioned factual features: Discovering Britain and Penelope Keith’s Hidden Villages for C4. - Wrote research documents, developed story ideas, made research calls, sourced locations and contributors, negotiated access to organisations and set up filming recces. - Liaised with talent, agents and publicists to secure access for interviews and filming locations


Development Researcher

OR Media

Mar 2015 - May 2015
  • Production company producing award winning films in a range of factual genres. Worked in the Development team headed up by Executive Producer, Narinder Minhas. - Develeoped ideas through brainstorming sessions and drafting proposals and treatments - Attended research trips and interviewed contributors


Development Researcher

Firecracker Films

Jun 2014 - Sep 2015
  • Researched and brainstormed development ideas on a broad range of topics for specialist factual, formats, factual entertainment, access series, and observational documentaries for all the major broadcasters. - Attended research meetings with contributors and organsations, negotiated access with high-level institutions and organisations, wrote research documents, developed story ideas, made research calls - Worked on the development on commissioned C4 obs doc Wedding Town (working title). Including casting, and shooting taster on location


Freelance Script Writer

Boulder Creek International

Aug 2013 - Mar 2016
  • Researching, fact checking and writing time-coded scripts for two sports lifestyle and magazine format series: Wild Spirits (52 x 30’) HD and Better Than Four (26 x 30’) HD, broadcast in approximately 100 counties on channels including: BT Sport, CNBC, NBC Universal Sports, FOX Africa, Sky, Nautical Channel, GloboSat Brazil.


Client Eprogrammes Producer


Jul 2010 - Oct 2014
  • TLP and TDLP (The Learning partnership and The Digital Learning Partnership) is a global education provider producing and delivering off and online eLearning programme content. - Collaborated on the development of eLearning content with Account Director and client - Broke down research material with senior academics and trainers for programme delivery - Wrote comprehensive research notes for instructional designers, web developers - Managed relationships with trainers and academics and collaborated on scripts - Set up international location shoots with trainers and faculty


Freelance PR Manager


Feb 2008 - Jul 2011
  • Clients: Musicians Benevolent Fund – the UK’s leading charity for professional musicians and Planet Rock Radio the largest digital commercial radio station in the UK


Freelance PR Manager

GCAP Media

May 2006 - Jan 2008
  • Managed PR and media relations for Gold Radio’s network of 25 radio stations across the UK. - Delivered creative PR campaigns for on-air talent and programming - Day to day management of all media enquiries and positioning statements - Managed damage limitation strategies for Radio’s quarterly RAJAR results


Freelance Press Officer

Guardian Media Group

Mar 2006 - Nov 2007
  • Responsible for the delivery of PR and Communications strategies for GMG Radio’s portfolio of radio stations, Smooth Radio, and Real Radio across the UK. Sole responsibility for the media launch of the group’s Rock Radio brand.


Press Officer

Capital Radio

Mar 2003 - Jan 2005
  • Worked closely with in-house marketing, events, and production to deliver high impact consumer press and trade campaigns for the radio group’s flagship station.




Mar 2000 - Dec 2002
  • A key position within BSKYB’s Sky 1 PR team with a remit to devise and deliver publicity campaigns across its youth and entertainment output: such as The Simpson’s, Buffy, The Villa, Reps in Ibiza, Temptation Island, Dream Team. - Nurtured relationships with on-screen talent and journalists to maximise coverage - Liaised daily with channel heads, commissioners, studios, production teams and agents - Set up and managed press junkets, screenings, compiled press packs