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Paola Cimmino

Senior Creative Producer, Senior Art Buyer

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About me

Senior creative producer/ art buyer with extensive commissioning and shoot production experience in editorial, advertising and digital platforms for a diverse range of international brands, publications and projects. Resourceful, meticulous and forward-thinking individual with strong managerial, communication, negotiating, and administrative skills, honed over a career spanning over more than 20 years during which I have worked as head of a picture department, senior creative producer/art buyer, photographic director, photo editor, picture researcher. Mother tongue Italian.


  • Fashion
  • Excel
  • Photoshop
  • Production
  • Production Management
  • Advertising Production
  • Pre Production
  • Post Production
  • Creative Direction
  • Advertising

Work history


Senior Art Producer


Feb 2015 - Jul 2017
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • Worked as creative producer on various projects and clients including: Beyond By Lexus, Mackintosh, Zurich Airport, Brisbane airport, Genetec, commissioning photography as well as animation, illustration and videos.


Head of Pictures

The River Group

Jan 2015 - Feb 2015
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • Worked across a range of publications including Harvey Nichols (Dubai), Liberty, Harrods, The Sunday Times Travel. As director of the picture team my role included commissioning and producing photo shoots in UK and abroad for editorial and digital platforms and recruiting and managing full time and freelance staff.


Freelance Photo Editor

Emap / Bauer

Nov 2002 - Sep 2005
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • A regular freelancer on many titles including Eve, Loaded and Time Out covering all aspects of picture editing


Photo Editor


Jan 1997 - Aug 2002
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • • Organised and directed photographic shoots and researched images • Managed the budget and worked to tight deadlines • Negotiated fees and copyrights with photographers and agencies


Assistant Picture Editor

Dazed Media

Aug 1996 - Sep 1997
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • • Assistant to Picture Editor, Phil Poynter • Responsible for picture research and curated a photographic project in collaboration with the Italian magazine, Private


Associate Photo Editor

Colors Magazine, Benetton

Aug 1994 - Sep 1995
  • Italy
  • Full Time
  • • Managed the photo department of the international magazine sponsored by Benetton, working under the editorship of Tibor Kalman and Oliviero Toscani • Assistant to the photo editor, Alfredo Albertone, and promoted to associate photo editor after four months. Responsible for picture research, commissioning photographers, negotiating fees and copyrights worldwide



(MSc) Master of Science in Architecture in Environmental Design and Engineering

University College London (UCL)

Feb 1993 - Feb 1994
  • London, United Kingdom
  • The course dealt with the environmental issues associated with buildings. With an increasing emphasis on the most cost-effective ways to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions from buildings.