Ian Curtis

Creative / Producer / Director

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  • LevelSenior
  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom
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  • ProfessionsProducer - Senior Creative - Director

Projects

  • tv, television, Branded Content, creative, director, director reel, producer

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About me

I am a highly creative producer, strategist, writer and director with an established background in working with some of the UK’s most respected comedy and entertainment talent. I specialise in youth orientated content and previous credits include 'Horrible Histories', 'So Awkward', 'FM' - which I co-created for ITV2 starring Chris O’Dowd, 'Blowout', starring Greg McHugh and Susan Calman and three series of 'Sorry I've Got No Head'. I have extensive experience of conceiving, pitching, developing and creating branded content and working closely with clients, including Microsoft, Yahoo and Aviva, to deliver engaging and entertaining work. I've developed and directed scripted comedies and pilots for companies including The Comedy Unit, So Television, Lime Pictures, Brown Eyed Boy and Hat Trick and have a detailed knowledge of the vibrant stand-up circuit.

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Skills

  • Film
  • TV
  • Digital Content
  • Multi-platform Content
  • Music Videos
  • TV Film Commercial
  • Screenwriting
  • Commercials
  • Directing
  • Post Production
  • Pre Production
  • Producing
  • Production Management
  • Popular Culture
  • Youth Culture
  • Youtube Content
  • Brand Creative Strategy
  • Concepts/conceptual/art Direction/creative

Work history

2017

Director

Beano Productions

Jan 2017 - Mar 2017
  • Freelance
  • Developing, writing and directing 4 x live action pilots for the Beano Channel featuring comic talent including Marek Larwood and Ed Weeks.

2017

Director

Lion Television

Aug 2016 - Jan 2017
  • Freelance
  • HORRIBLE HISTORIES SERIES 7 / Director Lion Television / CBBC /13 x 28 minutes Sketch show where history and comedy collide. Producer: Tom Miller, Exec Producer for CBBC: Melissa Hardinge

2016

Director

Channel X

Mar 2016 - Aug 2016
  • Freelance
  • SO AWKWARD SERIES 3/ First Block Director Channel X / CBBC / 7 x 28 minutes Comedy Drama. Producer: Sally Martin, Exec Producer for Channel X: Alan Marke & Jim Reid Exec Producer for CBBC: Sue Nott

2016

Feb 2016 - Mar 2016
  • Freelance
  • CHANNEL FOUR / AVIVA SHORTS / Director Little Dot Studios / Channel 4 / 6 x 3 minutes Branded fixed rig prank series. Celebrities demonstrate the dangers of distracted driving on an epic and entertaining scale.

2016

Director

So Television

Jan 2016 - Feb 2016
  • Freelance
  • MARK WATSON & SAM SIMMONS PILOT / Producer - Director SO Television / BBC Worldwide /1 x 28 minutes Comedy OB - studio audience. Live stand-up and pre-recorded sketches.

2015

Producer

Zigzag

Jun 2015 - Dec 2015
  • Freelance
  • ULTIMATE BRAIN / Series Producer Zigzag / CBBC / 10 x 28 minutes Comedy game show featuring celebrities and children competing in science based games. Exec Producer for Zigzag: Peter Wyles, Exec Producer for CBBC: Hugh Lawton

2015

Producer

Zigzag

Jun 2015 - Oct 2015
  • Freelance
  • MAD LAB / Series Producer Zigzag / BBC Learning / 4 x 15 minutes Comedy science programme for pre-teens featuring characters from the CBBC’s Ultimate Brain. Exec Producer for Zigzag: Peter Wyles, Exec Producer for BBC Learing: Moray London

2015

Director

Channel X

Jan 2015 - May 2015
  • Freelance
  • SO AWKWARD SERIES 2 / First Block Director Channel X / CBBC / 7 x 28 minutes Comedy Drama. Producer: Sally Martin, Exec Producer for Channel X: Alan Marke & Jim Reid Exec Producer for CBBC: Sue Nott

2014

Director

Lion Television

Jun 2014 - Dec 2014
  • Freelance
  • HORRIBLE HISTORIES SERIES 6 / Director Lion Television / CBBC /13 x 28 minutes Sketch show where history and comedy collide. Producer: Tom Miller, Exec Producer for CBBC: Melissa Hardinge

2014

Senior Creative

Rockabox

Nov 2014 - Dec 2014
  • Freelance
  • THOMPSON HOLIDAYS / Producer - Director Rockabox Studios / Online / 1 x 5 minutes Advertising the Boeing Dreamliner 787 by means of a 70’s style, television game show.

2014

Director

BBC Scotland

Feb 2014 - Jun 2014
  • Freelance
  • DON’T DROP THE BATON / Director BBC Scotland / 2 x 28 minutes Live stand-up and pre-recorded comedy sketches. Producer: Jaqueline Sinclair, Exec Producer BBC Scotland: Eileen Herlihy

2013

Senior Creative

Rockabox

Aug 2013 - Dec 2013
  • Freelance
  • MICROSOFT CHRISTMAS CAMPAIGN / Producer - Director Rockabox Studios / Online / 3 x 5 minutes Comedy shorts featuring Santa Clause using the new Windows 8 software

2013

Director

CPL Productions

May 2013 - Aug 2013
  • Freelance
  • OFF THEIR ROCKERS / Director CPL Productions / ITV / 7 x 30 minutes Comedy hidden camera show. Producer: Andy Brown, Exec Producer: Mob Dar

2013

Senior Creative

Rockabox

Feb 2013 - Jun 2013
  • Freelance
  • YAHOO! - HOME MOVIES WITH JOE WILKINSON / Writer - Producer - Director Rockabox / YAHOO / 10 x 10 minutes Scripted comedy movie review show for Yahoo’s Lifestyle platform.

2013

Writer

The Foundation

Nov 2012 - Mar 2013
  • Freelance
  • DANI’S CASTLE SERIES 2 / Writer The Foundation / Zodiak / CBBC /1 x 28 minutes Comedy Drama Exec Producer for Zodiak: Elaine Sperber

2012

Senior Creative

Hat Trick

Apr 2012 - Oct 2012
  • Freelance
  • PECKHAM KNIGHTS / Creator - Writer - Producer - Director Hat Trick / Channel Four /1 x 30 minutes Comedy pilot developed with Paul Schlesinger

2012

Director

BBC Comedy

Feb 2012 - Apr 2012
  • Freelance
  • CHAIN GANG / Director BBC Comedy / 1 x 30 minutes Comedy pilot – live studio audience performance. Producer: Simon Mayhew-Archer, Exec: Pete Thornton

2011

Director

The Foundation

Jul 2011 - Dec 2011
  • Freelance
  • DANI’S CASTLE / Director The Foundation / Zodiac / CBBC / 3 x 30 minutes Drama Producer: Ray Lau, Exec Producers: Elaine Sperber & Melissa Hardinge

2011

Producer

IPCN Shanghai

Feb 2011 - May 2011
  • Freelance
  • Producer overseeing the pilot of a French bought comedy dating show and the development of a slate of shows, including BBC1’s ‘Material Girl’ (drama).

2010

Producer

So Television

May 2010 - Dec 2010
  • Freelance
  • SORRY I’VE GOT NO HEAD, SERIES 3 / Producer - Director So TV / CBBC / 13 x 30 minutes Exec Producer CBBC: Melissa Hardinge, Exec Producer SO TV: Jeremy Salsby

2010

Director

So Television

Feb 2010 - Apr 2010
  • Freelance
  • THE FORGOTTEN PICTURE SHOW / Director In-house scripted comedy pilot starring Steve Oram, Tom Meeten, Alice Lowe and Simon Farnaby. Producer: Tom Miller, Exec: Graham Stuart

2009

Director

So Television

Jun 2008 - Nov 2009
  • Freelance
  • SORRY I’VE GOT NO HEAD, SERIES 1 & 2 / Director So TV / CBBC / 26 x 30 mins Producer: Tom Miller, Exec Producer CBBC: Melissa Hardinge BAFTA Nominated 2010: Best Children’s Comedy.

2008

Senior Creative

ITV2

Dec 2007 - Jun 2008
  • Freelance
  • F.M. / Co-creator - Writer - Associate Producer Granada TV / ITV2 / 6 x 30 minutes Comedy starring Chris O’Dowd and Kevin Bishop. (First refusal to direct but not available)

2007

Director

Comedy Unit

Jul 2007 - Dec 2007
  • Freelance
  • BLOWOUT / Director Comedy Unit / Channel 4 Comedy Lab / 30 minutes Producer: Rab Christie BAFTA Scotland Winner 2007: Best Comedy.

2007

Senior Creative

Channel 4

Jan 2007 - Jul 2007
  • Freelance
  • F.M. – Co-creator / Writer - Director Channel 4 Comedy Lab / 30 minutes Producer Johnny Morrison, Exec Producer Channel Four Caroline Leddy

Education

1994

Acting Diploma

Drama Centre

Sep 1991 - Jun 1994

Awards

2007

Best International Comedy Short Film – ‘A Full Blown Affair’

N. Ireland Film Festival

2007

Best Comedy – ‘Blowout’

Scottish BAFTA