Thanks so much to everyone who is coming along to the Media Parents CV Surgery on October 1st, and to ENVY for hosting and Shift 4 for sponsoring. Here’s who will be joining us to talk CVs and selling yourself on paper:
Production Recruitment Manager, Endemol UK
Chloe Samwell-Smith has been with Endemol for almost 14 years in the HR department, recruiting and nurturing talent, and looking after HR needs of productions and permanent staff.
Deborah Lane Winter
Open4 Channels Specialist, Channel 4
Deborah runs Open 4, a new online learning platform that’s available to everyone. Open 4 is part of Open Channels (an innovative collaboration between Channel 4 and the BBC) and is supported by Creative Skillset.
Industry Talent Specialist, Channel 4
Priscilla looks after 4Talent which works across the country nurturing and developing new talent.
Director of Production, DCD Media
Elaine was appointed as DCD Media’s Director of Production in January 2012 to oversee the production output of September Films, Prospect Pictures, Prospect Cymru and Rize USA.
Prior to that Elaine was Director of Production for September Films, where she supervised September’s entertainment, factual and drama slate including PENN & TELLER: FOOL US, RICHARD HAMMOND’S BLAST LAB, PREGNANT MAN, BRIDEZILLAS, HOUSE OF AMERICA and BREATHTAKING. Elaine began her career at the BBC, where her diverse credits range from MASTERMIND and NEWSNIGHT to BLEAK HOUSE and A PERFECT SPY. As a freelance Script Supervisor, Elaine worked on feature films and television dramas, including BUSTER and BEHAVING BADLY.
Head of Production, October Films
With 25 years experience in TV production, Jane has overseen over 200 hours of content covering current affairs, documentary, factual entertainment and live events for worldwide broadcasters, and for corporate clients.
Jane is a member of the October board and, as Head of Production, is integral to the company’s creative, strategic and commercial planning. She manages programme output and together with the Managing Director is responsible for the day-to-day running of the company. She is also in charge of personnel, and takes particular interest in mentoring and growing talent within the company. Jane is a Mentor on the CDN Senior Mentoring Scheme and is a judge of television industry awards, most recently the Broadcast and Grierson Awards.
Head Of Talent, Dragonfly Film & TV
Nicky Searle has been Head of Talent at Dragonfly since May 2013. After a production career in music, entertainment and event television, spending most of her time interviewing bands and working with key presenters she moved across to talent management in 2007. Most recently she set up the talent department at NBCUniversal International, and prior to that oversaw all production recruitment at Optomen. In six years of talent management she has worked across a variety of genres, from specialist factual to constructed reality.
Head of Production, Dragonfly
Yvonne joined Dragonfly in June 2013 as interim Head of Production. Prior to joining Yvonne had been working as a Line Producer/Production Manager on some of the biggest shows in factual television – most recently series 3 of 24hours in A&E (C4) at The Garden Productions and prior to that she spent two years working on The Apprentice at Boundless Productions. Previously Yvonne was resident Line Producer at Windfall Films for 8 years where she helped bring complex and challenging projects to the screen including the BAFTA winning gargantuan series Inside Nature’s Giants (C4/NG) and their two innovative reality dramas Born with Two Mothers (C4)and Richard is my Boyfriend (C4).
Director, Media Parents
Amy runs Media Parents in addition to working as a factual series producer. She will greet everyone at Tuesday’s CV Event and ensure it runs smoothly. Profile links for talent attending will be sent to each of the talent managers in advance, and timed appointments will take place on a first come, first served basis on the night. Currently making a new series with Bear Grylls, Amy has probably seen a million different TV CVs since her first job in TV as Peter Bazalgette’s PA and she has recently written a piece for The Guardian which contains some CV advice for returners to the workplace: http://www.theguardian.com/women-in-leadership/2013/sep/20/confidence-trap-beat-back-to-work-blues