Francesca Fanshawe

Production Manager

  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom

About me


Currently a production manager at a fast-paced film production company, I am also a trained journalist with 3 years’ magazine and broadcast news experience. As such, I pride myself on combining the editorial and the logistical. As a lead production manager at Aspect Film and Video, I handle complex shoots from conception to completion across the world, in sometimes challenging countries like Zambia, Oman and China. I research, locate and negotiate specific locations, resources and contributors for each shoot, always with an eagle eye to the budget and timeline. I assign and manage crew and act as a key liaison point throughout throughout the whole process. Prior to this, I spent a year working as a producer at African-focused international news channel. Within three months at Arise, I was promoted to a senior producer on the early morning live news bulletins, in which capacity I wrote the shows and managed assistant producers, anchors and studio crew to provide smooth programming. Leading the show in the studio gallery, I needed to respond instantly to breaking news and developing stories. It was during one of these morning bulletins that the Charlie Hebdo story was evolving in Paris. We stayed live well after the show had finished and I fed breaking news from different outlets to the anchors as we followed the story of two gunmen holed up in a printing factory. Being a low-budget news channel with often very limited resources, we were often plagued by technical difficulties - one always needed the flexibility to react and adapt! After completing an NCT diploma in journalism, I cut my teeth at a local newspaper and then at a legal business magazine. I collected, analysed and disseminated sometimes very complex information and data to create highly-informative and well-informed, impactful articles. At both places, I also learned to interview very different subjects. From local residents, teachers and firemen in Hackney, to some of the most senior lawyers at the UK’s most dominant law firms at Legal Business - all were treated with the same tact and care. I hope this demonstrates my ability to connect with people from all walks of life. Common to all of these roles was the need to juggle multiple projects and priorities at any given time, a skill which I believe I have certainly mastered!



  • Film
  • Multi-platform Content
  • TV Film Commercial
  • Online
  • Budgeting
  • Film Production
  • Post Production
  • Pre Production
  • Producing
  • Production Management
  • News
  • Production Assistant
  • Writing Features
  • Italian
  • Writing Communication

Work history


Production Manager

Aspect Film and Video

May 2015
  • Experience managing all aspects of animations and shoots from conception to completion, always with an eagle eye to budget, timeline and quality output. Lead PM for Aspect’s biggest client, with extensive experience planning challenging shoots in sometimes complex countries abroad. A key player in launching a series of productions for Aspect’s newest major client.



DMA Media, Arise News

Jul 2014 - May 2015
  • Lead producer on morning news bulletins at a young African-focused world news channel. I shaped live shows in the gallery and adapted as required to breaking news, usually working independently. As a supporting producer on the afternoon shift, I created VTs from scratch on the biggest stories of the day; selecting footage, scripting, voicing and updating as the stories evolved.



Legal Business, Legalease

Feb 2013 - Apr 2014
  • I sought out daily news stories to turn around in minimal time, while researching and writing 4000+ word analyses of the legal business market, with a focus on in-house counsel. Developing and maintaining relationships with senior contacts in the legal industry was a major part of my job.



Hackney Citizen

Aug 2012 - Feb 2013
  • Hackney-centric news, reviews and short features for a local newspaper, including an exclusive interview with the illustrators who created the Monty Python animation, A Liar’s Autobiography. I had a keen focus on the changing face of education in Hackney, specifically the launch of several free schools. Interviews included council members, head teachers and free school directors.


Features Intern

Evening Standard

Sep 2012 - Sep 2012
  • Snappy reviews, idea generation and updating social media on the features desk.


Production Assistant

Bloomberg News

Jan 2012 - Apr 2012
  • Overnight shift coordinating with studio in Hong Kong. Calculating key timings and shaping show with producers and directors on different continents to ensure smooth broadcasting.


Runner & Researcher

Cactus TV

Aug 2011 - Dec 2011
  • Live studio runner for Saturday Kitchen. Office work included researching and planning a documentary about a London-based bee keeper, which took me out to the rooftops of the Tate Britain, Tate Modern and Fortnum & Masons.


English Language Assistant

British Council, Italy

Sep 2009 - May 2010
  • Created lessons, led one on one conversation classes and supported teachers in two schools in Puglia, Italy.


Public Relations Assistant


May 2009 - Aug 2009
  • Wrote press releases, coordinated journalists and supported media team in UK-based charity which helped young people not in education, employment or training (NEET) to take steps forward with their lives.



NCTJ Diploma in Journalism

Lambeth College

Sep 2012 - Jan 2013
  • Journalism


BA with Hons in English Literature and Italian

University of Manchester

Sep 2007 - May 2011
  • English Literature and Italian