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Tiger Aspect meets Media Parents 12th Feb – Who’s Coming

February 13, 2011 @ 10:31 pm Posted in Events, News Comments

www.mediaparents.co.uk is a new jobs and social networking website for people who want to work flexibly in media, and companies who support that and want to benefit from experienced, diverse talent.

Tiger Aspect meets Media Parents is an exclusive opportunity for Media Parents talent to meet Creative Heads, Executive Producers and Production Executives from Tiger Aspect. The Company is renowned for the breadth and depth of its portfolio. Tiger Aspect produces Drama, Comedy, Entertainment, Factual, Children’s and Animation.

Tiger Aspect HR Director Helen Matthews was so impressed by the talent she met at the Media Parents CV Event (see blog.mediaparents.co.uk) that she persuaded Tiger Aspect’s managers to take part.

Media Parents talent will be meeting…

Helen Matthews is HR Director at Tiger Aspect

Head of Comedy Sophie Clarke-Jervoise and Head of Production for Comedy & Entertainment Toby Ward.  Entertainment Executive Producer Matt Bennett, Entertainment and Comedy Production Executive Philippa Catt.

Drama Producer Rebecca de Souza, and Head of Production Frith Tiplady.

Factual Executive Producer Ruth Pitt and Head of Production Rebecca Mulraine.

Director of Operations Richard Thomson, HR Director Helen Matthews and HR Assistant Emma Fox, amongst others.

Here are their biogs…

Sophie Clarke-Jervoise – Head of Comedy

Sophie Clarke-Jervoise – Head of Comedy.

Sophie joined Tiger Aspect in November 2005 as Head of Comedy and has responsibility for overseeing Tiger Aspect’s comedy activity, managing the department, developing original programming as well as working on a number of series already in development. Her most recent credits at Tiger Aspect are Benidorm, Grandma’s House, Harry & Paul, Sky One’s ’Little Crackers’, The Catherine Tate Show, The Vicar of Dibley, Ladies of Letters and the forthcoming Mount Pleasant for Sky One.


Philippa Catt – Production Executive, Comedy & Entertainment

Philippa Catt – Production Executive, Comedy & Entertainment.

Philippa joined Tiger Aspect in Aug 2001 as a Line Producer and went on to work on various scripted comedy projects eg, Lenny Henry in Pieces,  Swiss Toni, Vicar of Dibley, The Catherine Tate Show and Benidorm. In June 2009 she became Production Executive, working with the Head of Production across all Tiger’s comedy and entertainment output/development.

Before joining the Tiger family,  Philippa worked at TalkBack Productions for 6 years as a Line Producer/PM on projects such as Smith & Jones, They Think It’s All Over,  11 O’Clock Show, Jam & Brass Eye Special.

Toby Ward – Head of Production, Comedy & Entertainment

Toby Ward - Head of Production, Comedy & Entertainment.

Toby Ward joined Tiger Aspect in 1997 and is currently Head of Production for Comedy & Entertainment working across such shows as , Benidorm, Harry & Paul, Catherine Tate Show, Ross Kemp Gangs / Afghanistan, Argumental and Joanna Lumley’s Nile. Prior to Joining TAP Toby was a freelance PM / accountant working on projects such as Spitting Image, Poirot & London’s Burning.
Helen Matthews – HR Director (pictured above).

Helen Matthews joined Tiger Aspect as HR Director in September 2007, with overall responsibility for Tiger Aspect HR.

Helen had previously worked at the BBC in various HR roles, leading the HR recruitment and freelance contracting teams across London programme making departments, including Drama, Entertainment, Children’s, Radio & Music, Television and Sport.

Prior to the BBC, Helen had worked at various independent companies and broadcasters, including Planet 24 and ITN, as well as heading up the HR strategy for deckchair.com in early 2000.

Richard Thomson – Director of Operations

Richard Thomson - Director of Operations

Formerly Head of Television Production for Endemol UK, Richard was appointed Operations Director for the Digital Media division in May 2008. Responsible for all digital activities including the online elements of television projects such as Big Brother, Deal or No Deal, Sexperience, Gok’s Fashion Fix, and children’s series “Roar” and “I Can Cook”.

As Head of Production at Endemol, Richard worked closely with the Executive Producers across the company to oversee projects as diverse as Big Brother’s Little Brother andShattered for C4, Golden Balls, Soccer Aid, Extinct, 24 Hour Quiz for ITV and both series of The Farm and Cosmetic Surgery Live and The All Star Talent Show for Five, as well as more traditional documentary series for the BBC and Channel 4.  His slate included live events, reality programmes, docusoaps, ob docs and several documentary series and one-offs.

From 1996 to early 2001, Richard was Head of Production, Arts and Features at London Weekend Television and prior to that was a founding director of documentary production company Cafe Productions.

Ruth Pitt – Executive Producer, Factual and Features

Ruth Pitt - Executive Producer, Factual and Features

Ruth Pitt is an executive producer at Tiger Aspect Productions and has just completed a film for BBC2 on social mobility. She was formerly Executive Director of Screen England, creative director of documentaries in BBC Religion and Ethics, head of documentaries at Granada Television, executive producer at Century Films, reporter/presenter at Yorkshire Television and founder and managing director of Real Life Productions. She has presented, produced and executive produced numerous films and series as well as chairing the Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival. Awards include Royal Television Society, Grierson, Broadcast Production, International Emmy, Sandford St Martin and New York Film Festival.

Matt Bennett – Executive Producer, Factual (not pictured)

Matt is a freelance Director and Executive Producer who has worked on shows such as Trawlermen, Who Do You Think you Are?, Ross Kemp on Gangs, Ross Kemp in Afghanistan, Joanna Lumley’s Nile and Ross Kemp Return to Afghanistan. During 2010, he was Commissioning Editor for the factual department at Channel 5 where he commissioned and oversaw a wide variety of new commissions from Nature Shock and Extraordinary People, to long running obs doc series Emergency Bikers.

Matt has returned to Tiger as an Executive Producer to oversee the next Ross Kemp Afghanistan series for SKY 1 and the next Joanna Lumley series for ITV1, as well as developing and winning commissions from other UK channels.
Rebecca Mulraine – Head of Production, Factual and Features

Rebecca Mulraine - Head of Production, Factual and Features

Rebecca Mulraine joined Tiger Aspect in 2005, initially working on a series called ‘Sexual Fantasies’! Rebecca previously worked for a number of smaller independents, mainly on documentaries; her first job was as a production secretary for Norma Percy.
Once at Tiger Aspect, Rebecca PM’d a number of factual/features productions before moving on to become a Unit Manager for the Features Department, then Head of Production for Factual and Features when the departments merged in 2008.  Rebecca now looks after all department finances, liaising with production teams and negotiating with broadcasters, plus closely managing personnel within the department.  Her key objectives are to ensure that ‘Factual and Features’ is a happy, creative environment where production staff are keen to work to the best of their abilities towards producing great programming.  Recent productions include The Home Show (C4), Paul Merton in Europe (Five), Who Stole all the Best Jobs (BBC 2), Restoration Man (C4), The Big Silence (BBC 2), Island Parish (BBC 2), Surgery School (ITV), Fry and Laurie Reunited (UKTV).
Frith Tiplady – Head of Production, Drama

Frith Tiplady - Head of Drama Production

Frith Tiplady joined Tiger Aspect in May 2006, as Head of Production for Drama. Having started off in the industry as a runner and then the locations department, she previously worked as a freelance Line Producer on such shows as Clocking Off (BBC 1), Sparkhouse (BBC 1), Burn it (BBC 3) Flesh & Blood (BBC 2) & Brookside (Channel 4).

She is responsible for overseeing the financial, logistical, personnel and broadcaster liaison aspect of each production within the drama and film department; endeavouring to ensure that the creative vision is realised. At any one time, overseeing a diverse range of drama programmes in various stages of production and over forty projects on the TAP drama slate. Shows include Robin Hood (BBC 1) Secret Diary (ITV2), The Deep ( BBC1), Blood & Oil  (BBC 2) White Girl (BBC 2) The boys are Back (feature film).
Rebecca de Souza – Script Executive, Drama
Rebecca de Souza is a script executive at Tiger Aspect Productions and is currently in production with two dramas: a three part serial for BBC 1 called ‘Public Enemies’ by Tony Marchant about an offender and his relationship with his probation officer; and a returning series called ‘Bound’ about a group of women who are united by the fact that their men are serving time in prison while they are left on the outside.  She has produced, executive produced and script edited many programmes including ‘Recovery’ starring David Tennant and Sarah Parish; ‘Murder’ starring Julie Walters; ‘Bodily Harm’ starring Timothy Spall, ‘Family Business’ starring Jamie Foreman ‘My Fragile Heart’ starring Sarah Lancashire and most recently a children’s sitcom ‘Me and My Monsters’ for CBBC.
Iain McCallum – Head of Press and PR (not pictured).

Iain McCallum has been Head of Press and PR at Tiger Aspect since 2004. In this time he has devised and implemented a great many successful, creative and resonant promotional campaigns for all Tiger Aspect’s key projects. These in turn have been further exploited to amplify Tiger Aspect’s programming globally and to help secure future deals.

Working closely on projects from the development slate through to the final TX means that Tiger Aspect’s programming is nurtured and given voice and promotional push from earliest point of entry. Iain considers this to be of tantamount importance to the success of any project these days as visibility and noise around any production is what can turn a great idea into a future worldwide entertainment brand. He loves working with the talent, their agents and of course his Tiger Aspect colleagues to shape the future of every project.

Sharon Van Der Maas - HR Manager

Sharon Van Der Maas – HR Manager

Sharon Van Der Maas joined Tiger Aspect as HR Manager in April 2010 covering maternity.

Sharon has worked in the Media industry for the past 10 years as a HR professional with  Channel Five, Virgin Radio, Pearl and Dean Cinema, and Primesight Outdoor.   During this time, she has been responsible for delivering both operational and strategic HR to the businesses.

Prior to working in Media, Sharon has worked for Gillette and the NHS as a HR professional delivering operational HR to multi locations for both professional and technical teams.

Since having a family, Sharon has returned to work on a part-time basis.

Emma Fox - HR Assistant

Emma Fox – HR Assistant

Emma joined Tiger Aspect in January 2010 and is responsible for the smooth administration of the HR department. She also manages the Runner’s Apprenticeship Scheme.

Prior to joining to joining Tiger Aspect Emma worked in HR roles in the retail and travel sectors after graduating in 2007.

www.mediaparents.co.uk is a new jobs and social networking website for people who want to work flexibly in media, and companies who support that and want to benefit from experienced, diverse talent.

by Amy Walker

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