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by Amy Walker

Beth Whittal Williams' mum looked after her 2 and a half week old baby in the car nearby so she could come and meet some people. Amazing!

Huge thanks to the sixty people who came along on November 13th and made it a great night, and to BBC North for hosting at MediaCity.  It was great to meet so many people and hear some inspiring stories of how people are working flexibly, or can arrange it.

Listening to Sinead Rocks, BBC Director of Learning, the Media Parents crowd was full of talent managers, freelancers and MDs.

BBC Creative Director for Learning, Sinead Rocks, kicked off the evening.

Liz Bayliffe, Production Executive for Shine North, works part time.

Question from the crowd: "What can I do in TV with a young child?" "Development, position yourself as someone who can use social media to bring an audience to a show. Don't ask for flexible working, present solutions to a company."

Ian Bradshaw from Title Role said that their company embraces flexible working.

Sarah Murch, left, MD of Blakeway North told freelancers to ask for flexible working, but be realistic in their choice of programmes to target. "Great turnout, really good bunch of people. Sarah said "Media Parents is a really good organisation and very worthwhile. On the flexible working topic, I thought the evening worked really well. The key point is that no one does it for you, you have to work out what's best for you."

Danny Morrisey, Talent Executive for BBC Children's was hugely supportive in getting this event off the ground, special thanks to him and Aesha Zafar for their hard work and persistence. "We met new talent, which was really good, and all my colleagues at the BBC said the same. The topic of flexible working worked really well. I think it was demonstrated that sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn't, but that there is a real appetite for it. Especially in BBC children's as it helps to get access to our audience!"!"

Helen Tonge, MD Title Role, with freelancer Fiona Greig. Helen "Great Evening, Amazing turnout. Really pleased that everyone is now aware of what we do at Title Role, so that they can make contact and we can grow our freelancer pool. There could be some jobs coming up... we will definitely be in touch with Media Parents then".

Amy Boscombe, Head of Development from LA Productions talks to Claire Brown from Media Parents.

Louise Blythe from the BBC Academy North spoke about FastTrain.

Carol Mackenzie, True North: "Great to meet new faces. Now we know Media Parents and who you are, we will be in touch as soon as we need to advertise. We are growing really fast, we have 35 people in Cardiff for the Valleys and have 18 Edits already in for next year."

Paula Stringer, Production Executive for News & Current Affairs talks to a freelancer.

Luke Frost from BBC Children's networks.

Tracey Walker, ITV Factual and Entertainment Talent Exec.

There may have been a reason why we couldn't remember names by the time we got home. Thanks for coming, we had a great time.

November 25, 2012 @ 12:00 pm Posted in News Comments Off

5 Minutes with… Christina Wilby, PD

by Amy Walker

New mum Christina Wilby talks about juggling her job in TV and her relationship, how her husband re-trained in order to support her career choice, and bridging the North South divide to keep working.

I’ve been working in television for the last seven years and love it. I knew it was for me well back when I was at school, and after I studied at Manchester University I got my first work placement in Religion and Ethics at the BBC in Manchester. It was a great starting point. I was still studying for my Post Graduate Degree while working full time as a runner and they were very accommodating when I had to take time off for my final exams.

Christina Wilby and Ollie. "Early on I had to learn to juggle my career and my relationship with Ollie who I met when I was 17 years old."

Early on I had to learn to juggle my career and my relationship with Ollie who I met when I was 17 years old. Ollie doesn’t work in TV so at first I think it was hard for him as he was alone at home a lot of the time as I often did not know when I would be home. But he has been so supportive and when I decided to go freelance and had to take a number of jobs in London he supported me 100%.

I worked in News and Current, then moved to ITV as a Senior Researcher on The Jeremy Kyle Show. It was this show that really taught me about the dedication needed to work in TV as the hours are long and you have to produce a show every week no matter what.

For the last four years I have predominately worked in London. Mentorn Media  gave me my first job as a researcher after leaving The Jeremy Kyle show, developing the BBC3 series Underage and Pregnant. I have worked for Mentorn a lot and they are a great production company.  I have managed to be able to continue to work in factual documentaries and factual entertainment which is where my passion lies and I finally got to the point where I was able to choose between different jobs that came up.

After four years working in TV, Ollie and I got engaged and decided to move to Canada for a year as we love travelling and wanted to visit my family who live out there. We thought if we don’t do it now we’ll never do it. So we moved to Vancouver where I worked at the Vancouver International Film Festival, and on a 48 hour Horror film which was brilliant. When we arrived back in the UK we were planning our wedding which took place at Kichaka Lodge, a Private Game Reserve in South Africa. Ollie and I love wildlife and Southern Africa and knew this was the place for us to celebrate our big day. I started work on Junior Doctors: Your Life in Their Hands in Newcastle as Story AP which was brilliant but full on as I was away from home and planning a wedding abroad. We got married in October 2010 which was such a special day but straight away after we returned home I was back to London to help in the edit for Junior Doctors.

Christina and Mako. http://www.mediaparents.co.uk/freelancers/1277/christina-wilby
It was a hard decision for Ollie and I on when the right time was to have children. I love my career and it is very important to me but Ollie and I had been together 10 years and it felt like the right time. Ollie decided to change careers and re-train as an electrician so he could work for himself which would enable me to return to work. I fell pregnant in June 2011 and we were so excited. We decided to move back home near my parents in Harrogate, near Leeds, so they could help with childcare. I managed to work all the way through my pregnancy, right up until 2 weeks before I had my son, working for Firecracker Films developing Unsafe Sex in the City which has just aired on BBC3.  I had our son Mako Oliver in February this year; he is the best thing in the world.

I love being a mum but love working in television. I had always said to myself I wanted to achieve my goal of being a Producer by the time I was 30 and before I had children. I have been able to achieve this goal and hope to set myself a new one once I get back to work.

I was lucky and worked as Casting Producer on One Born Every Minute, Series Four, in Leeds when Mako was 6 months old, helping out with some last-minute casting. It was hard leaving Mako for the first time but it was nice to get back out there again. I haven’t worked since then although I have been offered various projects in London but decided it was too soon to leave Mako. I decided to join Media Parents as I saw the flexible working event in Manchester which I thought was a great idea.  I attended the event and it was great to see some familiar faces, meet some new people and learn more about some of the current projects happening at the BBC and Indies in Manchester. Through Media Parents I also found out about the Fast Track North event at BBC Salford which I am attending on November 20th.

Mako is nearly 9 months old now and I am looking to get back to work, so I hope I am able to balance being a mother and working in TV – only time will tell.  I am looking for PD work ideally, but AP work if needed in Factual or Factual Entertainment. I have lots of experience in casting and development. I can self shoot but haven’t shot that much for broadcast recently.  I love working in TV because you learn and take away something new from every project you work on and I don’t want to do anything else. I am sure I will end up back in London again but hope I am able to work up North more often than not.

http://www.mediaparents.co.uk/freelancers/1277/christina-wilby

If you have more than 3 years' media experience see www.mediaparents.co.uk for great networking, talent, jobs and information.

November 19, 2012 @ 10:05 pm Posted in News Leave a comment

5 minutes with… Anthony Holland, producer / director

by Amy Walker

Fatherhood and TV – making it work, by Anthony Holland.

Freelance Producer Director Anthony Holland is in the TALENT section of www.mediaparents.co.uk

I’ve been a self-shooting factual PD for 8 years and my job has taken me all over the world, from Phoenix, Arizona to Cape Town, South Africa. During my late twenties the travelling was a real perk of the job.  I was single, independent, had few responsibilities.  I spent 9 months in America on one series and a year in South Africa on another project – long contracts and long time away from the UK.  And I enjoyed it.

But then I met my future wife (ironically, during that long shoot in South Africa), fell in love and wanted to settle down.  I was 32.  Fortunately I was able to stay on in Cape Town after the shoot and continued to work in South Africa, on and off, as a wildlife cameraman and producer.  After a few years together we got married on a wine farm in Stellenbosch, moved back to the UK, and last year we had a lovely little girl called Liya.

As soon as I got married, the idea of going away on long foreign trips seemed less attractive.  Not least to my wife, Kira who, although very supportive, doesn’t work in television.  To be fair, I’d wrenched her from the sunny climate and sandy beaches of Cape Town and arrived in the UK during one of the worst winters on record so I don’t think I’d have been very popular if I’d then sauntered off on another long foreign shoot.   But I also didn’t want to spend long periods away from home.  I managed to work on a couple of projects that only involved location filming Monday to Friday so I was able to come home for weekends.  But even that was hard. 

As soon as Kira fell pregnant I had a decision to make.  Could I be a supportive husband and a hands-on father, and still work as a roving PD in television?  I didn’t want to miss out on my baby’s first months.   I wanted to be there for the first smile, the first word, even the nappy changing.  But I also loved my job – the creativity, the buzz and excitement of being on location. 

So 14 months on, how have I managed being a Dad in TV?  Have I been able to marry the two successfully?  Well, yes and no.  I think I’ve been quite lucky, and I’ve had jobs through Media Parents that have kept us going - but I’ve also had to make some sacrifices. 

A week before Kira was due to give birth I was offered a London-based producing job on a Discovery series which was filming in the States.  It was ideal for me – a 30 minute bus ride from home to the office – for a great company and working with lovely people.  The only drawback was they needed me to start immediately.  No paternity leave for me.  So the day after Liya was born, I turned up to work, a bit bleary eyed, but excited.  And being a new Dad had its advantages – waking up at 3am to change a nappy was also the perfect time to call the cameraman in New Mexico!

I then got offered a Development Producer job at ITV Anglia Factual in Norwich that I had applied for through Media Parents.  Another big decision to make – move the family up to Norwich or stay in London in a pokey one-bedroom flat with a new born?  Actually it wasn’t that hard a decision.  So we let out our London flat and moved to a rented 3 bedroom terrace with a garden.  The attraction for me was that I could walk to the office in 20 minutes and be home for bathtime.   Kira met some lovely Mums in Norwich and we had an amazing 10 months in Norfolk.  I enjoyed the thrill of being back in Development again, and could still go away to shoot taster tapes – 4 days in the US this time, as opposed to 9 months.

But as with everything in life, and particularly in TV, there was another dramatic change around the corner.   In January this year ITV decided to close down the Factual Department in Norwich.  So I was looking for work again, and most of it was back in the capital, 2 hours away.  Kira then got offered a job in London and we had to up sticks again.

We’re now living just outside London, closer to my parents, who are helping with childcare, and I am PD’ing again on the new series of ‘Escape to the Country’ for Boundless Productions.  They found my profile on Media Parents and approached me, which was great.  The production involves some filming time away but weekends and office weeks at home. 

PD Anthony Holland shoots Alistair Appleton on Escape to the Country. We've all wanted to. http://www.mediaparents.co.uk/freelancers/434/anthony-holland

It’s been a whirlwind few months, and we’ve had to adapt and move at very short notice, but somehow it’s worked out.  Fortunately Liya is still too young to notice the big changes (three houses in 14 months!).  Occasionally I’ve felt like a nomad, but we’ve been able to keep the family together, I’ve been able to watch my daughter grow up and I’ve also been able to enjoy my work and spend quality time at home.

Now I’m looking for my next project, ideally in Development or as an Edit Producer.

 http://www.mediaparents.co.uk/freelancers/434/anthony-holland

If you have more than 3 years' media experience see www.mediaparents.co.uk for great networking, talent, jobs and information.

November 15, 2012 @ 9:06 pm Posted in News Leave a comment

BBC Learning Creative Director to speak at Media Parents MediaCity UK Event

by Amy Walker

On November 13th, Sinead Rocks, Creative Director of BBC Learning, will open the Media Parents MediaCity event hosted by BBC North.

Sinéad Rocks has worked as a journalist at the BBC since 1996 and was previously responsible for all of BBC North’s network current affairs content. As Creative Director she heads Learning’s in-house production team, taking the creative lead on all learning projects online, on television, radio, and face to face. Sinead started her career working in News and Current Affairs in Northern Ireland and was editor of Newsround for a number of years.

Sinead Rocks, Creative Director of BBC Learning will speak at the Media Parents MediaCity UK event this Tuesday. If you have more than 3 years' media experience see www.mediaparents.co.uk for great networking, talent, jobs and information.

Sinead, along with other BBC employees working with Talent, is hosting a networking evening with Media Parents for freelancers and independent companies from across the North at Salford’s MediaCity UK.  This groundbreaking event which will embrace production across Manchester and the North has been co-ordinated by Media Parents, a jobs website and organisation which aims to pull all the short term, regular hours, job share and part time jobs in media into one place, to help freelance working parents, or anyone who wants to work flexibly to balance the demands of life and TV production.  Some of the other companies represented are Shine, ITV North, Title Role, Blakeway North, True North Productions and Nine Lives Media.

The evening will include a brief discussion on flexible working in TV production, followed by an opportunity to network with local TV production freelancers, broadcasters and Indies. The evening of networking and discussion on how TV can work more flexibly will begin at 6:30pm and is strictly by guestlist only.

Media Parents Director Amy Walker said “Media Parents currently helps experienced freelancers to find flexible and standard contracts in London, Brighton, Bristol, Scotland, Wales and elsewhere nationwide, so it is great to be working with companies in the North at this exciting time for Salford and MediaCity UK.  I am hoping that we will be able to forge some great flexible working relationships and open minds to the possibilities of working flexibly in production”.

We look forward to being joined by a host of talented freelancers, and more respresentatives from other indies in the region.  The guestlist for this event has now closed, do join us at future events soon. Please note that you must have 3 years’ production experience to join Media Parents.  Scroll down the blog to see who else will be joining us from companies in the North.

November 11, 2012 @ 1:12 pm Posted in News Comments Off

Media Parents MediaCity UK Networking Manchester : Who’s Coming?

by Amy Walker

On November 13th BBC North is hosting a networking evening with Media Parents for freelancers and independent companies from across the North at Salford’s MediaCity UK.  This groundbreaking event which will embrace production across Manchester and the North has been co-ordinated by Media Parents, a jobs website and organisation which aims to pull all the short term, regular hours, job share and part time jobs in media into one place, to help freelance working parents, or anyone who wants to work flexibly to balance the demands of life and TV production.

If you have more than 3 years' media experience see www.mediaparents.co.uk for great networking, talent, jobs and information.

Media Parents will be hosting with BBC North, and will be joined by Talent Execs, Managers and MDs from the BBC, Shine, ITV North, Title Role, Blakeway North, True North Productions and Nine Lives Media amongst other indies. The evening will include a brief discussion on flexible working in TV production, followed by an opportunity to network with local TV production freelancers, broadcasters and Indies.The evening of networking and discussion on how TV can work more flexibly will begin at 6:30pm and is strictly by guestlist only. Here’s who will be joining us from companies in the North:

Daniell Morrisey, BBC Talent Executive, BBC Children's. BBC Children's is a company which employs through www.mediaparents.co.uk

Daniell Morrisey is a BBC talent executive with BBC Children’s, career writer and coach, previously HR & Development Manager for BBC Comedy and Entertainment and headed up recruitment for BBC News. His experience in the commercial sector included recruiting journalists and editorial staff for the print, multimedia and broadcast industries and he has worked as a journalist and magazine editor himself. Also joining us from the BBC are Victoria Roye, Talent Executive for Entertainment North. Victoria Roye has been the Talent Executive for BBC Entertainment Production North for 3 years. Responsible for the staffing of productions like Junior Doctors, The Planners, Racing Legends, Dragons’ Den and A Question of Sport to name a few. Previous to that she worked with Channel 4 implementing and delivering a Series Producer course for their upcoming freelance PDS.  Her background is in entertainment production, making shows like Honey We’re Killing the Kids, Dragons’ Den and Mastermind. Paula Stringer, Production Executive for News & CA. Paula Stringer has a background in factual, entertainment and news production (both inside and outside the BBC) and is currently Production Executive for News Group North based in Salford.  She spans all News Programming including Radio Current Affairs (File on 4, 5Live Investigates, the Report and Profile), TV Current Affairs (Rip Off Britain, The One Show, James Martin’s Operation Hospital Food and BBC3 docs), 5Live (all programming now comes from Salford inc Nicky Campbell and Rachel Burdens breakfast show, Victoria Derbyshire, Shelagh Fogarty, Richard Bacon etc.), BBC Breakfast (3 hours of live News programming every day) and Regional and Local Programming (North West Tonight, Inside Out, Online, Sunday Politics and Sport on Sunday).  Her role is wide ranging and she works closely with Head of News North and editors/execs from each department on the strategic direction of News in Salford and offers the operational plan of action to achieve the specific goals set and manages the Production Management teams across News Group North.  A key part of her role is involvement in recruiting, retaining and developing the best journalists and production management talent in the North for News and also ensure effective succession planning takes place. We will also be joined by Aesha Zafar, Resourcing & Talent Business Development Partner, BBC North.

Jackie Barnett, Talent Exec, Religion & Ethics.

Jackie Barnett, Talent Executive, BBC Religion & Ethics. I am a Talent Executive for BBC Religion & Ethics looking after Editorial staff for both TV and Radio programmes. I’m keen to meet those across all job categories with relevant knowledge and experience and an interest in working across BBC Religion & Ethics programming.  Victoria Goodwin, Talent Executive, BBC Learning Current Role: Leads on staffing & recruitment for BBC Learning teams, based in Salford, London and Bristol; ensuring that we attract, manage and develop the very best staff base possible; reflecting diversity & creative excellence, which helps us deliver our strategic objectives.

Victoria Goodwin, BBC Learning, Talent Executive.

19 years’ experience of working in the Broadcasting Industry.  I began my career after a work placement on Good Morning with Anne & Nick at BBC Pebble Mill.  From there I went to a small independent production Company specialising in the production of Corporate training & promo videos.  I moved from there to ITV for 5 years, where I was trained as studio gallery Production Assistant in News programming. This was followed by a short foray into the Cable Network, where I worked on the start-up and operational growth of local Sports programming studios for NTL across the UK, which subsequently became Virgin Media. I returned to work for the BBC 10 years ago and joined the Children’s department in London. I have predominantly worked in Production Management roles throughout my career, from Production Secretary to Production Executive. I have worked for a variety of Companies and genres in the industry, from Daytime programming ,to Corporate, News, Sport, Children’s, Multiplatform, News & Currents Affairs and now BBC Learning.  

Luke Frost, Talent Manager, BBC Children's.

Luke Frost is a Talent Manager for BBC Children’s, responsible for the development, recruitment and scheduling of staff across CBBC.  His main areas of responsibility are CBBC & CBeebies Presentation, CBBC Development and CBBC non-drama covering all factual and entertainment productions.

 

Melissa Mitchell.

Melissa Mitchell is a Talent Manager for BBC Children’s, responsible for the development, recruitment and scheduling of staff across CBBC tv and interactive output and genres including news, factual, entertainment and drama – main areas of responsibility are Blue Peter, Newsround, CBBC Interactive, CBBC Drama including WolfBlood and 4 O’Clock Club, as well as many diversity initiatives across BBC Children’s and BBC North.

Sarah Murch, MD, Blakeway North.

Sarah Murch - Blakeway North Managing Director Sarah Murch, award winning Executive Producer joined Blakeway from Granada Television. Since her arrival at Blakeway, Murch has started developing factual programming in Manchester to complement Blakeway’s London slate of Current Affairs and Documentary Commissions – and is responsible for a range of factual commissions for an assortment of broadcasters. Maire Tracey – Blakeway North Producer I worked at Granada for 10 years as a producer / director. I produced and directed a wide range of factual programmes ranging from Science and history documentaries for Nat Geo and Discovery (Time Machine, Battlefield Detectives, The First Americans)  to Factual Entertainment and archive shows (Farewell Mike, 40 Years of University Challenge) for ITV and BBC.   I have filmed around the world extensively in the US and China and throughout the world using local and international crews.  My factual entertainment documentary “40 Years of University Challenge” won an RTS North West award.

Tracy Walker, Talent Executive for Factual and Entertainment, ITV North, will be joining us.

   Amy Buscombe joined LA Productions as Head of Development in September 2009.  She has since worked on twenty episodes of the acclaimed Jimmy McGovern-created MOVING ON for BBC One Daytime, with series four currently in post-production for tx in 2013.  Amy developed and script edited JUSTICE (BBC One Daytime 2011), SECRETS AND WORDS (BBC Learning / BBC One 2012), and STEPPING UP, the company’s first children’s drama series, which aired on CBBC and BBC ONE in 2012.

Amy Buscombe, Head of Development for LA Productions will be networking with Media Parents on Nov 13th.

Amy is currently working on COMMON, the new BBC One single drama from Jimmy McGovern, which has been greenlit for production in 2013.  Among other projects in development are new dramas from Alice Nutter, John Fay, Marks and Gran, Shaun Duggan, Nick Leather and Esther Wilson. Previously Amy has worked as a freelance script editor, New Writing Co-ordinator at BBC writersroom, Broadcast Assistant at BBC Radio Drama and Business Rights Executive for BBC Television Drama and Children’s Programmes.

 
 
 

Amee Fairbank, MD of Lizardfish TV.

Amee Fairbank, MD, Lizardfish TV Amee Fairbank graduated from the University of Teesside in 2006 with a BA (Hons) Media. Her experience in production lead to her researching and making over thirty programmes for Lizardfish for channels such as the BBC, Teachers TV and corporate companies, with two of the programmes being nominated for RTS and BAFTA Awards. She has directed programmes for Teachers TV.

If you have more than 3 years' media experience see www.mediaparents.co.uk for great networking, talent, jobs and information.

Amy Walker, Media Parents Director and founder continues to work as a factual Series Producer in addition to championing flexible working and Media Parents. Currently working for Mentorn Media on the World’s Scariest series for Channel 5 which regularly gets more than 2million viewers for the channel, Amy has worked in TV production for more than ten years, in five continents, gaining an RTS award along the way. She has worked for all the major broadcasters, with many indies large and small, and has had her own ideas commissioned. Her passion is to keep experienced talent in TV, and she believes that production can work more flexibly in order to do this.

Claire Brown works as Companies Liaison for Media Parents. Claire works flexibly from home on the Media Parents website, as well as bringing up her three children.  Claire previously worked as a Business Development Manager for BBC Broadcast, and as a business consultant for FOX International Channels, Nat Geo and the BBC before leaving to start her family. Please scroll further down this blog to see a photo of Amy and Claire.

Cat Lewis of Nine Lives Media will be networking with Media Parents in Salford.

Cat Lewis is the CEO, Joint Creative Director and Executive Producer for Nine Lives Media an Independent Production Company based in Manchester. Cat has worked continually since 2002 as an Executive Producer, specialising in factual programming and winning many awards. She has come up with the ideas for and overseen the production of hundreds of hours of factual programmes for the BBC, Channel 4, ITV, Channel 5, AETN, Discovery and Sky. Cat also makes programmes directly for American channels. She set up her own production company – Nine Lives Media on 3rd September 2007. Nine Lives has built a reputation for producing programmes which are highly acclaimed, have great production values and usually rate exceptionally well. Before becoming an Executive Producer, Cat enjoyed a successful career as an award winning Producer/Director, Series Producer and on screen News Reporter for the BBC and Granada. Cat is the founder and chair of the Indie Club, which she’s run since September 2006 to support television production in the north – www.indieclub.tv. She is on the PACT Council as the representative of independent production companies based in the English Regions – www.pact.co.uk . Cat is also on the committee of the Royal Television Society North West.

Liz Bayliffe, Production Executive, Shine North will be joining us at MediaCity UK on November 13th.

 Helen Tonge Title Role, Managing Director & Executive Producer.

 

After 6 years with the broadcaster she left to set up Title Role Productions, but her affiliation with the channel continued.  She was asked to produce and direct Ghosthunting with Girls Aloud for the channel, a format she established that has been highly successful.  She also edit produced for the Saturday night entertainment show, Soapstar Superstar. Now as the co-owner and Managing Director of Title Role Productions, Helen continues to produce and Executive produce a wide range of quality programming for UK and International broadcasters. In the last few years she has created 2 high rating returning series, ‘Crimes That Shook Britain’ and ‘Britain’s Biggest Heists’ for Sky, both of which were nominated for RTS awards.  She has also created a number of factual entertainment series for ITV and stand alone documentaries for History and Discovery. Helen is a member of the RTS Committee.

Ian Bradshaw, Technical Director & Director of Photography.

Ian Bradshaw of Title Role.

Royal Television Society Winning Cameraman Ian has had a successful career at ITV for 10 years.  He has also worked on news, factual and entertainment programmes for C4, MTV and Sky.  He left Granada Television in 2005 to set up Title Role with Helen Tonge. Ian now has many TV credits to his name and is a highly recognized Cameraman and Director of Photography within the industry. Since becoming Technical Director for Title Role Ian has helped produce programming for ITV and the History Channel and gaining countless award nominations for the company. Amongst Ian’s credits are Crimes That Shook Britain & Britain’s Biggest Heists. Carol McKenzie: Head of Production and Facilities, True North Carol joined True North in April 2009 after 25 years in YTV, Granada and ITV, where she worked across a wide variety of drama, entertainment, children’s and sport, but spent the last decade as Head of Production for Factual programmes in the North. Programmes supervised include Billy Connolly’s Journey to the Edge of the World, Tonight with Trevor McDonald, numerous 100 Greatest for C4, Challenge Anneka and Naked Science. Carol will be joined by Samantha Stamp, Production Manager, True North. We look forward to being joined by a host of talented freelancers, and more respresentatives from other indies in the region.  The guestlist for this event has now closed, do join us at future events soon. Please note that you must have 3 years’ production experience to join Media Parents.

If you have more than 3 years' media experience see www.mediaparents.co.uk for great networking, talent, jobs and information.

Helen Tonge of Title Role Productions.

Helen Tonge began her television career working on a series for FIVE with Endemol.  She then worked her way up the ranks at Granada Television, researching, then producing and directing factual and entertainment programmes for ITV.  She was part of the team that produced the RTS award winning series, Crimefighters.

November 4, 2012 @ 9:50 pm Posted in News Comments Off