Kat Sommers

Freelance writer

Level
Mid Level
Location
London, United Kingdom
Availability
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Professions
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Projects

About me

I'm a freelance writer and editor with a background in technology and UX. Currently I write comedy for TV/radio as well as news/features about pop culture, books, tech and feminism. I also have ten years’ experience writing, editing and producing content for high-profile clients such as the BBC, Sky, the National Theatre and School of Life. I write in plain English, taking complex legal, technical, business or even philosophical projects and writing about them in such a way a lay person can not only understand but get enthusiastic about.

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Skills

  • Writing
  • UX
  • Agile
  • User Insight
  • Digital
  • English Grammar
  • Communication
  • Editiorial
  • Editing
  • Content Copywriting

Companies I’ve worked with

  • Sky

    Sky

    • Television
  • BBC

    BBC

    • Television
  • B

    BBC America

    Work history

    Currently

    Freelance writer/editor

    Self

    Oct 2011
    • London, United Kingdom
    • Freelance
    • Recent work: - x4 part sitcom for BBC Radio 4 starring Miriam Margoyles and Helen Monks (aired Sept 2017) - currently writing daily news and features about pop culture for BBC America - wrote web and brochure copy for Ark Schools - researched and wrote x5 video scripts for the School of Life - wrote interactive guides to Shakespeare for BBC iWonder - wrote and edited copy about complex technical projects for new BBC R&D website - edited and rewrote all copy on new website for DACS (Designers and Artists' Copyright Society) - wrote copy, headlines, newsletters etc for exclusive daily deals for the Daily Telegraph

    2014

    Producer

    Sky

    Jul 2013 - Sep 2014
    • London, United Kingdom
    • Freelance
    • Directing and edit producing video packages and creating content to support new drama programmes on the Sky website. I also work with marketing to ensure our content goes out to the widest possible audience on traditional and social media platforms.

    2013

    Feb 2013 - Jul 2013
    • London, United Kingdom
    • Freelance
    • Managing social media campaigns and creating highly shareable content for major brands.

    2014

    Digital Producer

    Self

    Feb 2011 - Dec 2014
    • London, United Kingdom
    • Freelance
    • Sample projects: - produced online exhibits for the National Theatre on Google's Cultural Institute platform - produced videos and social media content for drama and arts programmes at Sky - produced social marketing campaigns for BBC Radio 5 live and Asian Network at Telegraph Hill - produced a MyShakespeare arts commission for the Royal Shakespeare Company - produced a physical installation of Map The Museum for Royal Pavilion and Museums, Brighton & Hove

    2011

    Development Producer

    BBC

    Oct 2010 - Oct 2011
    • London, United Kingdom
    • Full Time
    • I developed, scoped and managed projects in an R&D team focussed on the rapid prototyping of new technologies and applications. One notable project was RadioTAG, in which we developed a cross-industry standard for bookmarking live radio with the simple press of a button. This work won an award for Technical Innovation as part of the Radio Festival 2011.

    2010

    Senior Content Producer

    BBC

    Sep 2009 - Oct 2010
    • London, United Kingdom
    • Full Time
    • Managed the development of a suite of social media products for the BBC website. Key achievements: • Worked with a technical and design team based in Manchester to deliver v1 of Buzz, the full service application of Shownar • Tweeted the project's progress @bbcbuzz • Developed a range of relevant metrics for assessing the performance of the BBC's social media activity • Conducted extensive research into and gained expert knowledge of the emerging market for social media “buzz” metrics and data • Negotiated business and technical terms for key data licensing partnerships • Commissioned digital strategists Tobias & Tobias (www.tobias.tv) to provide business analysis of the use of Twitter data on all BBC programme pages

    2009

    Content Producer

    BBC

    Jan 2009 - Sep 2009
    • London, United Kingdom
    • Full Time
    • Worked on early development of a “social viewing” app for top shows, and the prototyping of a new buzz tracking tool. Achievements: • BBC project manager for Shownar (www.shownar.com), which tracked links in blogs and Twitter to over 8,000 programme brands broadcast by the BBC in any 15-day window. • Wrote website copy, blog posts announcing its launch, and tweeted its development @bbcbuzz • Worked closely with BERG (www.berglondon.com), the agency building Shownar, to facilitate a complex technical build and ensure BBC requirements were met • Researched social media market for suitable data providers, discussing technical requirements with a number of them • Solely responsible for the development of three key business partnerships, with Yahoo!, Nielsen Online and Twingly, a Swedish supplier of microblog data • Negotiated terms and worked with legal team to draw up complex data licence contracts, which had so far been without precedent at the BBC

    2009

    Content Producer

    BBC

    Jul 2006 - Jan 2009
    • London, United Kingdom
    • Full Time
    • Producing and commissioning content for the BBC’s comedy website (bbc.co.uk/comedy). Responsibilities and achievements: • Managed and wrote daily promos of comedy content at bbc.co.uk/comedy and on the BBC homepage • set up and ran the official @bbccomedy Twitter feed to cover the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August 2007, tweeting what the BBC scouts saw and recommended • Developed stand-alone website showcasing online-only comedy and new talent, in a co-production between Multiplatform and Television (http://www.bbc.co.uk/comedy/extra) • at short notice pulled together a site covering the Edinburgh Fringe 2007 and a team to film, edit and upload a video of new comic talent every day of the festival (http://www.bbc.co.uk/comedy/edinburgh/) • project managed a Flash-animated platform game built by Numiko (http://www.numiko.com) to coincide with the transmission of BBC2 sitcom Hyperdrive

    Education

    2003

    Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.)

    University of Cambridge

    Oct 2002 - Jun 2003
    • Cambridge, United Kingdom
    • Postgraduate research concentrated on German eighteenth and nineteenth century literature and philosophy.

    2002

    BA (Hons) English Literature

    University of Cambridge

    Oct 1999 - Jun 2002
    • Cambridge, United Kingdom
    • Gained a Double First in English literature from 1066 to the present day, with particular interests in eighteenth century poets Byron and Cowper, nineteenth century novelists Henry James, George Meredith and Virginia Woolf. I also developed in-depth analytical skills in the close reading of texts, and furthered my language skills in the translation of German works.

    1998

    3 A Grades at A Level (English Literature, History, Politics)

    The Howard of Effingham

    Sep 1992 - Jun 1998
    • Effingham, UK
    • A Levels in English, History, German (AAA) 10 GCSEs (6 A*s, 4As)

    Awards

    2012

    Technology Innovation Award

    National Association of Broadcasters

    • Part of RadioTAG Application team, which received this for 'Demonstration of Advanced Research and Development of New Media Technologies'.

    2011

    TechCon Technical Innovation Award

    Radio Academy

    • I was part of the team behind the development of RadioTAG, which won for its innovation and commitment to cross-industry collaboration and open standards.