Nicky Searle

Head of Talent


About me

CAREER SUMMARY: An 20 year career in television to date. Previously specializing in music and entertainment programming with varied experience: single and multi camera studio directing, live gallery producing, and editing. Working on long form music programming, live OBs, events, award shows, movie premieres, festivals, countless artist interviews and producing key on screen talent. For the past 8 years I have been working in talent management. KEY SKILLS - Full understanding of the production process, from producing VTs, to single programmes and series ? Managing all staffing and crewing up for prime-time factual, fact ent & entertainment programmes ? Managing all aspects of two successful launches of online talent databases at Optomen and NBCU - An excellent contacts book, understanding of individual roles, current rates, and employment law - Overseeing all production related training opportunities within the organisation - Setting up an unpaid work experience programme for NBCU - Proactive at industry networking events, and championing various entry level industry schemes ? Career Academy UK Partner in Business and Mentor


  • Film
  • Music
  • Directing
  • Producing
  • Entertainment
  • Documentaries
  • Reality
  • Talent Management
  • Production
  • Video Production
  • Entertainment Industry
  • Television
  • Broadcast
  • Talent Aquisition Development
  • Broadcast Television

Companies I’ve worked with

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  • MTV


    • TV

Work history


Head of Talent

Dragonfly Film and Television Productions

Jan 2013
  • - The Accused (working title) - Modern Times: Secret Life of Our Gardens (working title) One Born Every Minute Series 7 - The Hotel Series 4 - People Like Us Series 2 - Inferno: Inside The Wildfire - The Auction House - The Complainers - Vets in the Dangerzone - One Born Every Minute: What Happened Next - What Happens in Kavos...What Happens in Sunny Beach... Channels included: ITV BBC2 C4 C4 BBC3 BBC2 C4 C4 BBC2 More 4 C4


Talent Executive

NBC Universal International Television Production

Aug 2011 - Aug 2013
  • -Made in Chelsea Series 3, 4 (Bafta) & 5 -Made in Chelsea End of Season Reunion Show Series 3 & 4 -Home for the Holidays -Sex Lies and Rinsing Guys -Young Farmers -Newlyweds -Baggage -Ten Thing I Hate About... 87, 90, 95, 99 -Great Houses with Julian Fellowes -Raymond Blanc: How to Cook Well -Britain’s Greatest Gold Medallists Channels included: ITV, BBC2, E4, C4, C5,


Creative Resources Manager

Optomen Television

Aug 2007 - Aug 2011
  • -Gordon’s Great Escape: SE Asia, -Ramsay’s Best Restaurant - C4 -Mary Queen Of Shops - Series 3, -The Great British Menu Series 5 BBC2 -Heston’s Feast - Series 2, -Cutting Edge:The Lady & The Revamp - C4 -Gordon’s Great Escape: India, -The F Word - Series 5 - C4 -Cookalong-a-Gordon Live Series, -Heston’s Feast - Series 1 - C4 -What To Eat Now: Autumn & Spring -BBC2 Mary Queen Of Shops - Series 2, -Mary Queen of Charity Shops - BBC2 -Horizon: How To Kill A Human Being - BBC2 -The Great British Menu Series 3 & 4 BBC2 -Police Camera Action! Series 1, -Xmas Special & Series 2 ITV -Cookalong-a-Gordon – Live, -The F Word Series 3 & 4 C4 -Market Kitchen Series 1, 2, 3 -UKTV Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares Series 4 (Bafta) C4


Freelance Series Producer, Producer and Director


Aug 2003 - Aug 2007


Special Programmes Manager

Music Choice Europe

Aug 2000 - Aug 2002
  • Managed all programme content for 40 digital audio channels on Sky. Liaising with music industry to promote new artists, and create programming around their rosters.


Assistant Features Editor


Aug 1998 - Aug 2000


Producer & Director


Aug 1996 - Aug 1998


Assistant Producer


Aug 1995 - Aug 1996



English Classics

University of Manchester

Aug 1989 - May 1992