Ruth Newton

Producer, Director, Writer

Level
Mid Level
Location
United Kingdom
Availability
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Professions
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About me

I love creating content with a purpose. Since graduating Sussex University with a 1st class MA in Documentary Film, I've spent the last decade working in production. I've done everything from making tea through to scripting primetime episodes, producing and directing. To date I've made documentaries for Ch4, BBC3, Ch5, Discovery and the History Channel. They've given me insight into the world of UFO hunters, classical music legends, webcam models and tax evaders. Outside of TV, I've produced films for the likes of Greenpeace, Virgin, Disney and Walkers. These films accumulated millions of views online and picked up several awards, including a Cannes Lion. As a Creative and a Director, I've made films for Iceland, Social Bite and Sequaderma, as well as an original series called Pillow Talk and several unbranded documentaries. In 2016 I became Head of Production at Jungle Creations and oversaw all of the branded films from pitch to delivery. I ensured clients including Walkers, Badoo and Cadbury were delivered innovative, shareable content with the highest production values. Our team was nominated as 'Branded Content Team of the Year' by the Drum. In 2018 I took on a new challenge and cycled from Bristol to Bangkok in partnership with the nonprofit kindness.org. My photography and writing about this trip can be found on intandemstories.com. If you're interested in collaborating, feel free to get in touch. From generating ideas and writing treatments to producing, photography and directing, I love a new challenge. . . the more imaginative the better.

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Skills

  • Production
  • Production Management
  • TV Production
  • Short Films
  • Film Production
  • Advertising Production
  • Creative Direction
  • Client Management
  • Strategic Planning
  • Copywriting

Companies I’ve worked with

  • b

    back2back productions ltd.

    • Television
  • Action Productions

    Action Productions

    • Film
  • Jungle Creations

    Jungle Creations

    • Publishing
  • T

    Tiger Aspect Production Company

    Work history

    2019

    Content Creator

    Kindness.org

    Jan 2018 - Jan 2019
    • Central Asia
    • Full Time
    • I cycled from the UK to Thailand telling stories about kindness around the globe. I was commissioned to make content for kindness.org after pitching this original idea to them. You can read more about this project on www.intandemstories.com

    2018

    Head of Production

    Jungle Creations

    Nov 2016 - Jan 2018
    • London, United Kingdom
    • Full Time
    • I oversaw the merge of Action Productions into Jungle Creations, expanding the production team to manage the increasing workflow. I managed all original branded content as well as directing and producing when time allowed. Our team was nominated ‘Branded Content Team of the Year’ by The Drum and our campaign for Yoti was nominated for a Cannes Silver Lion.

    2018

    Sep 2016 - Nov 2018
    • London, United Kingdom
    • Full Time
    • Producing online content that promotes positive social change. Projects include a flashmob for Greenpeace’s ‘Save The Arctic’ campaign.

    2015

    Mar 2015 - Sep 2015
    • United States
    • Full Time
    • Directing, filming and editing a documentary for a non-profit organisation travelling across the USA for 3 months, spreading random acts of kindness.

    2015

    Jan 2014 - Mar 2015
    • London, United Kingdom
    • Full Time
    • Assistant Producer Meet The Taxman: Channel 4 Finding taxpayers who we were in dispute with HMRC, as well as casting employees within HMRC. Negotiating hurdles around sensitive access and subjects, I spent a year within the institution, following criminal cases. Filmed casting tapes, and contributed to decisions within the edit.

    2018

    Assistant Producer

    back2back productions ltd.

    Jun 2012 - Dec 2018
    • Brighton, United Kingdom
    • Full Time
    • Held various positions including: Assistant Producer John Ogdon: Living with Genius: BBC4 Casting high-profile experts, and coordinating shoots on a small budget. Negotiated location fees for prestigious venues, oversaw archive research and contributed to editorial decisions. Assistant Producer Webcam Girls: Channel 5 After edit producing the taster tape that led to this commission, I developed good relations with contributors, and directed smaller shoots of a sensitive nature. Also acted as a stand in edit producer. Edit Producer Shaun Ryder on UFOS: History Channel Scripting a 1x60 episode. Conducted in-depth research and wrote a detailed and humorous voice-over. Development Assistant Producer Sourcing new stories, negotiating access, writing treatments, casting potential contributors and producing sizzle tapes. Conducted sensitive Skype interviews, including members of the KKK and people with disabilities. Instrumental to the following commissions: Webcam Girls (Channel 5), The Man Who Doesn’t Breathe (Discovery 3x60) The First Great Escape (Channel 5, 1x60), Brian Johnson: Pedal to the Metal (Discovery 3x60), Seven Deadly Sins (Sky 1, 7x60).

    Education

    2013

    MA First Class Honours Digital Documentary

    University of Sussex

    Sep 2011 - Jun 2013
    • Brighton, United Kingdom
    • MA Digital Documentary Filmmaking – Distinction Awarded a full scholarship based on academic merit.

    2010

    BA First Class Honours English Literature and Creative Writing

    Goldsmiths, University of London

    Sep 2007 - Jun 2010
    • London, United Kingdom
    • Awarded a partial scholarship based on academic merit.