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Media Parents Cardiff networking, who’s coming…

by Amy Walker

Media Parents’ latest networking event is on Tuesday 29th April in Cardiff, kindly hosted by the BBC and sponsored by Boom Pictures and Dragonfly Film & TV. Stop Press : Christopher Hutchins, Head of Production Talent, Natural History, Features, Documentaries, Daytime, BBC Television and Paul and Rhodri from Gorilla will also be joining us tomorrow now. We have more than 80 freelancers attending and company members should bring us up to 100 people. Get polishing those CVs! We’re delighted to announce that Judith Winnan, Head of Factual and Music for BBC Wales, will also be joining us at the event.

Judith Winnan, Head of Factual and Music, BBC Wales will be at the Media Parents networking in Cardiff on Tuesday

If you are an experienced freelancer working in factual or drama we’d love you to join us. We introduce freelancers to employers in a relaxed environment, without the pressure of an interview. Our networking events combine timed “speed networking” sessions, and informal networking. You don’t have to be a parent, you just need to be experienced, as our events are open to people with three or more years’ TV experience. The jobs we advertise are sometimes flexible, sometimes standard TV mayhem. To join us in Cardiff you must be on the guestlist so please see the bottom of this post for details. Meanwhile, here are some of the people who’ll be joining us:

Yvonne Bainton, Head of Production, Dragonfly will be at the Media Parents networking event in Cardiff on April 29th

Yvonne Bainton, Head of Production, Dragonfly

Yvonne became Head of Production in 2013 and had previously worked as a line producer and production manager on some of the biggest shows in factual television, most recently series three of 24 Hours in A&E (Channel 4) at The Garden.  Prior to that she spent two years working on The Apprentice at Boundless Productions.

Yvonne spent eight years as resident line producer at Windfall Films, bringing complex and challenging projects to the screen, including the BAFTA-winning specialist factual series Inside Nature’s Giants (Channel 4/National Geographic), and innovative reality dramas Born With Two Mothers and Richard Is My Boyfriend (both Channel 4).

Dragonfly Executive Producer Sarah Swingler is Bristol-based and will be meeting freelancers in Cardiff at the Media Parents event on April 29th

Sarah Swingler, Executive Producer, Dragonfly

Sarah is the Dragonfly executive in day-to-day control of the company’s flagship series, One Born Every Minute, which she runs out of our satellite headquarters in the West Country. Sarah joined Dragonfly in January 2010.  Since then, she has overseen many of the company’s key programmes, including One Born At Christmas, World’s Toughest Trucker, and The Hotel.

Before joining Dragonfly, Sarah was an executive producer at Darlow Smithson Productions, where she oversaw a wide range of UK and US peak-time output.  Her DSP credits include the BAFTA-nominated Tsunami: Caught on Camera (Channel 4/TLC), Killer in a Small Town: The Ipswich Murders (Channel 4), and Megastructures (FIVE/National Geographic).

Sarah helped to devise the format for the first episode of global format phenomenon Wife Swap, which she also directed.

Nicky Searle, Dragonfly's Head of Talent, has been a staunch supporter of Media Parents and will be joining us again in Cardiff on April 29th.

Nicky Searle, Head of Talent, Dragonfly

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.

Nia Thomas, MD, Boom Pictures Cymru

Nia Thomas, MD, Boom Pictures Cymru

Nia Thomas joined Boom Pictures (formerly Boomerang) in 2000, having worked previously for the BBC and a number of Cardiff based indies.  Now Managing Director of Boom Pictures Cymru, the Division of Boom Pictures that includes Welsh production companies Fflic, Alfresco, Bulb Films, Boom Kids and Apollo, Nia’s production experience crosses a variety of genres, including children’s, entertainment, factual, music and events.  Nia is a board member of TAC and Creative Skillset Wales.

Boom Pictures operates in a variety of sectors, including programme production, television facilities and talent management, and creates entertainment, factual, sport, music, drama and children’s programmes for television, radio and online.

“From small acorns grow great oaks. It all started with youth and music programmes, and we’re incredibly proud of these roots which will continue to flourish within Boom Pictures.” Nia Thomas, MD

Siwan Phillips, Unit Manager

Siwan Phillips, Unit Manager, Boom Pictures Cymru

Siwan Phillips started her media career at the BBC in 2001, working in Radio, TV and Marketing. In 2007 she joined Fflic Cyf (a Boom Pictures company) as a TV Production Manager, specialising in lifestyle and children’s programming.  Siwan moved to the newly created Boom Kids division in 2009 as Unit Manager for both ‘Cyw’ and ‘Stwnsh’ services, managing an annual TV output of over 250 hours.   She currently works as the Unit Manager for Boom Pictures Cymru, and has wide production experience across all genres as well as a keen interest in Post Production processes, live studio & OB Programming.

Joanna Adams, HR Manager, Boom Pictures

Rhodri James, Technical Director, Gorilla Group

Rhodri James, Technology Director, Gorilla Group

Rhodri is the Technology Director of Wales’s largest facility Gorilla Group. Located across multiple sites in Cardiff and London, encompassing edit suites, dubbing theatres, several studios and outside broadcast vehicles, the company is becoming a heavy weight in the consolidating facilities market.

Having worked at facilities such as Barcud Derwen and Men-from-Mars, reseller Tyrell Corp and more recently the BBC, his experience is broad from working with film Post Production to setting Broadcaster requirements.

Paul Owen, Operations Director, Gorilla

Paul Owen, Operations Director, Gorilla

Gorilla is the largest television facility in the UK outside the M25. Paul oversees over 50 staff at Gorilla, which spans 3 sites in Cardiff, as well as one in Soho.

Gorilla houses over 90 edit suites, as well as HD Studios and Outside Broadcast Facilities.

As a certified training instructor, Paul takes care of the training requirements for the company.

Paul also still works hands on as an editor on many of the company’s high profile jobs, and is heavily involved in the company’s event management, which includes clients such as Sony, Nissan and Disney.

Paul Islwyn Thomas, Creative Director, Bulb Films

“We collaborate with the best talent to develop projects that are distinctive, make ‘noise’ and are talked about “ Paul Islwyn Thomas

Peter Rogers, Creative Producer, Bait Studio

We work with a diverse range of clients across TV, film, music and advertising, using our design skills to create enticing and arresting visuals for a variety of platforms.

Judith Winnan, Head of Factual and Music, BBC Wales

Judith Winnan, Head of Factual and Music, BBC Wales

Judith Winnan started her television career at BBC Wales as a researcher on live programmes and went on to produce and direct documentaries for local and network transmission in the Factual department.  She then joined a Cardiff based independent production company, Fulmar West, where she was responsible for a wide range of programmes for C4, Channel Five, network BBC and BBC Wales and eventually took over the running of the company. She returned to BBC Wales in 2008 as a Commissioning Executive and has been Head of the Factual & Music department since 2011.

Christopher Hutchins, Head of Production Talent, Natural History, Features, Documentaries, Daytime, BBC Television meets a freelancers at the Bristol Media Parents event. He will attend the Cardiff event with 99 others!

Christopher Hutchins, Head of Production Talent, Natural History, Features, Documentaries, Daytime, BBC

Chris is a vocal advocate of flexible working, and spoke in favour of this at the Media Parents flexible working meeting in Bristol here: http://blog.mediaparents.co.uk/2010/12/media-parents-flexible-working-meeting-bristol-–-who-said-what-1/

Catrin Whitmore, Head of Production Talent, BBC Wales

Catrin Whitmore, Head of Production Talent, BBC Wales

I’m Head of Production Talent for BBC Wales and one of my responsibilities is leading a team of Talent Managers who support Factual & Music, Interactive & Learning, Sport and Drama.
Having worked my way up in the industry over the past 19 years I’ve experience on a range of output from entertainment, music, docs, factual and education.  I’m passionate about my work and developing people so that they reach their full potential.

Val Turner, Production Executive, Factual and Music

Val Turner, Production Exec Factual & Music

A mum of 3 who has managed to have a fun and interesting career alongside bringing up a family – certainly a juggling act and part-time working from time to time has made that possible.  Background in recruitment and staff scheduling – as well as training and development.

Over thirty years’ experience in TV and Radio production in BBC Wales – in Radio Wales, Radio 3 and 4, Drama, Education, Events, Factual and Music (both local and network). A wealth of experience specialising as a  location Production Co-ordinator/Production Manager on most continents around the world – before taking a more central role in Factual and Music supporting the Head of Dept planning the wide range of output we deliver currently, from Composer of the Week and The Choir – to Cardiff Singer of the World, Young Musician, Proms in the Park, Choir of the Year, Doctor Who Prom, and various music docs – to One Show inserts and Crimewatch Roadshow on the network Daytime slate – to Crimewatch and Coast on the network Features slate – to Call Centres on the Documentary slate – to Xray, DVLA, 24/7, Weatherman Walking, Welsh Towns, Welsh Greats on our local slate.

Zoe Rushton, Talent Manager, Factual and Music

Zoe Rushton, Talent Manager Factual & Music

Zoë Rushton started at BBC Wales back in 2000.  She originally worked unpaid to gain whatever experience she could, this led to fulfilling a childhood dream of working in television.  Zoë cut her teeth on Educational and Children’s programmes for BBC and S4C, before moving to more general, entertainment programmes for both radio and television.  In 2005, when the new wave of Drama in Wales began with the return of Doctor Who, Zoë started on the long-running BBC Three series Doctor Who Confidential and worked her way up to Senior Producer.   The success of the brand led to other backstage shows and DVD extras, for the likes of Torchwood, Sherlock and Being Human.

In 2012, Zoe became the Talent Manager for the BBC Wales Factual & Music department, developing staff, crewing up for shows made in Wales, such as Crimewatch, The One Show and a wealth of Features and Documentaries.

Zoë is a committed RTS committee member and was a judge for the RTS Wales Student Awards.  She has a real passion for helping to develop new talent in the television industry.

Louise Ring, Talent Coordinator

Louise Ring, Talent Coordinator, Factual and Music

I am responsible for co-ordinating staff for productions  within the Factual and Music department. I am also building relationships with Independents and freelancers from outside the business. On a daily basis I deal with the Talent Manager, Production Managers and Producers, Recruitment and HR  to ensure we are recruiting the best staff for our productions. Duties include pulling together CV’s, organising meet and greets, booking interviews, helping with schedules and working with the schedulers. I am a main point of liaison for the team.

Julie Scott, Head of Production, Drama

Julie Scott, Head of Production, Drama

I love helping to make television drama which people want to watch and have been lucky enough to work with terrific Executive Producers – Julie Gardner, Piers Wenger and Faith Penhale on their dramas here in Wales written by great writers, including Steven Moffat & Russell T Davies.

As Head of Production, I manage the productions from the development phase, working with the Editorial team to devise how & where to make the dramas, planning production schedules , budgeting , fund raising, through the production shoot , post production and delivery of the episodes to the Channels and Co producers.

I have worked on popular Science Fiction dramas such as Torchwood, Sarah Jane Adventures, An Adventure in Space and Time & our successful children’s drama Wizards vs. Aliens  for CBBC.  Also Upstairs Downstairs & the immensely enjoyable Eric and Ernie. I worked closely with the project team who built Roath Lock studios and moved Casualty from Bristol to Roath Lock.

I had the pleasure of working as Production Executive on the formative series of Sherlock, Being Human, Merlin, Spooks & New Tricks. My last major series as an Associate Producer on an in-house production was on Pride & Prejudice 18 years ago when Colin Firth as Mr Darcy swam in the lake en route to Pemberley.

Tom Morrey, Drama Talent Manager

I am responsible for all of the recruitment and contracting on BBC Wales Dramas. Working closely with the Line Producers and HoD’s this covers the engagement of fixed term contracts, freelance and casual roles.  The role also involves the training and development of our existing teams, meeting individuals who wish to begin or further their career in Drama and running the BBC Drama Apprentice Scheme.

I am also here to offer advice to production on various subjects including contracting, rates, BBC Policy and Guidelines, expenses, payroll and anything else they come up with!

Leanne Bowcott, Talent Coordinator, Drama

Leanne Bowcott, Talent Coordinator, Drama

I am responsible for the day to day running of the core activities of the Talent Team. The duties include coordinating the recruitment process from initial request through to hire, monitoring the freelance engagements on all of our Productions to ensure they meet BBC and HMRC Guidelines and to liaise with partners in Production Management, Finance, HR and Scheduling.

I manage the CV’s that are sent in to BBC Wales Drama, ensuring they are saved on to our database and sent on to the relevant Productions as required.

Catherine Morrissey, Talent Manager, Sport and Interactive

Catherine Morrissey, Talent Manager Sport and Interactive & Learning

As the Talent Manager for Sport and Interactive and Learning, I work across 2 very diverse and busy departments which is equally challenging and rewarding but means that I get exposure to working with a wide variety of people and skill sets.  I enjoy recruiting in new talent to supplement our existing staff base, helping out with new productions or one off commissions.  But also working with managers on the best way of developing people both personally and professionally to ensure that the BBC remains a vibrant, creative and supportive place to work.

Craig Jones, Planning & Production Advisor, Editorial

Craig Jones, Planning & Production Advisor, Editorial

I work with the Head of Production Talent Wales and liaise closely with the Talent Managers/Coordinators to ensure we have appropriately skilled staff to work across all editorial productions when needed. I am responsible for raising/extending contracts, raising/extending attachments and setting the leaving action at the end of contracts for all staff working for the BBC in line with production needs. I am also responsible for investigating financial under/over recoveries based on salary paid to staff and cost reclaimed against each editorial area.

Julie Scott, Head of Production, BBC Wales Drama

No longer attending.

Erika Hossington, Series Producer, Casualty

No longer attending.

Wendy Wright, Line Producer, Casualty

No longer attending.

Serena Kennedy, HoP, Love West

Serena Kennedy, HoP, Love West

I’ve been working in television for 19 years. In my capacity as PM and HoP I have looked after series and one offs for all the major broadcasters; BBC, ITV, Channel 4, FIVE, UKTV, Bravo, Discovery. Previously, I was Head of Production at RDF Television West and Maverick Television. My credits span docs, ob docs, daytime, features and new media content amongst others and include high profile shows such as Wifeswap, Secret MIllionaire, Dickinsons Real Deal, Oz and James Drink to Britain, Embarrassing Illnesses, 10 Years Younger and How to Look Good Naked. I’ve worked with companies including Firecracker Films, Doghouse Media, Nutopia and Keo Films.

Sian Gale, Cult Cymru, pictured centre, to left of Media Parents' Amy Walker

Siân Gale, Project Manager CULT Cymru

Siân, like many people in the industry, has a portfolio career.  She currently juggles managing *CULT Cymru, with working as a tutor and consultant specialising in equality, diversity and business skills.  She is a member of the Wales Committee of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

As a lone parent of two young dependent adults (18 and 20) she is aware of the barriers faced by parents in the industry and is a strong advocate of equality and diversity in the media. *CULT Cymru (Creative Unions Learning Together) is a BECTU led project funded by the Welsh Government.

Amy Walker, Media Parents

Amy Walker, Director, Media Parents

Media Parents Director Amy Walker continues to work as a freelance Series Producer. Currently making a series with Kirstie Allsopp for Channel 4, her previous series is now airing on Discovery UK, fronted by Bear Grylls. Amy has worked for all the major broadcasters, in the UK and across five continents for many years. Read more here: http://www.theguardian.com/women-in-leadership/2013/aug/01/parents-working-in-tv

David Postlethwaite, Media Parents

David Postlethwaite, Media Parents

David Postlethwaite comes from a background in production. He was a production executive at the BBC, working across a wide range of programming,  before becoming Head of Production at a number of independents. He has worked with Amy and Media Parents since its inception and realises the importance of flexible working in the modern world.

how to join us in Cardiff on April 29th

Please email your CV, with your name, job title and genre in the title bar, to events@mediaparents.co.uk – and please tell your friends to do the same.

For networking, jobs and great events please join www.mediaparents.co.uk. Our next event is in Cardiff on April 29th, please email your CV with your name, job title and genre in the title bar to events@mediaparents.co.uk

April 18, 2014 @ 4:32 pm Posted in News Comments Off

media parents networking… new event on april 29th

by Amy Walker

Some of the 80-strong crowd at the Media Parents networking event in Bristol in 2013. To join us at our Cardiff Event on April 29th please send a CV marked with your name, job title and genre to events@mediaparents.co.uk NOW

Media Parents’ latest networking event is on Tuesday 29th April in Cardiff, kindly sponsored by Boom Pictures and Dragonfly Film & TV. If you are an experienced freelancer working in factual or drama we’d love you to join us. We introduce freelancers to employers in a relaxed environment, without the pressure of an interview. Our networking events combine timed “speed networking” sessions, and informal networking. You don’t have to be a parent, you just need to be experienced, as our events are open to people with three or more years’ TV experience. The jobs we advertise are sometimes flexible, sometimes standard TV mayhem. To join us in Cardiff you must be on the guestlist so please email your CV, with your name, job title and genre in the title bar, to the email address below. Meanwhile enjoy some photos of last year’s networking event in Bristol which was attended by more than 80 freelancers and employers. A good time was had by all.

Thanks to Chris Hutchins and his team at the BBC for hosting and sponsoring the event.

Huge thanks to RDF West who also sponsored the event and employed through it soon afterwards.

Producer Harriet Talley came along to the event, after a break from the industry. She has since been sponsored and mentored through the Media Parents Back to Work Scheme by the BBC.

Indus' Jamie Balment meets a freelancer. We're delighted to say that Boom Pictures, which includes Indus Films, will be sponsoring the Cardiff event.

These events are a lot of work to organise, but a lot of fun when you get to meet people. Media Parents Director Amy Walker, pictured right of frame.

Helen Hagelthorn works part time at the BBC, and worked very hard with us to make the event happen. Thank you!

A big thank you to Dick Colthurst from Tigress Productions for attending.

Icon's Laura Marshall was determined to join us come hell or high water - and she made it.

Thank you to the BBC's Gaynor Scattergood for joining us.

Everyone "Love"d meeting Richard Bowron.

To join us at our next event, see below. Hopefully Steve Wynne will be there too.

To join us at our Cardiff Event on April 29th please send a CV marked with your name, job title and genre to events@mediaparents.co.uk NOW

For networking, jobs and great events please join www.mediaparents.co.uk. Our next event is in Cardiff on April 29th, please email your CV with your name, job title and genre in the title bar to events@mediaparents.co.uk

April 8, 2014 @ 11:36 pm Posted in News Comments Off

5 minutes with Bear Grylls… father and wild man of TV

by Amy Walker

Bear Grylls’ latest series premiered on Discovery UK last night, bursting with life-or-death footage and takeout. He counts summiting Everest and the odd world record amongst his achievements, and his favourite TV show? Duck Dynasty. So how does Bear Grylls balance his family life and demanding TV job? writes Amy Walker.

Extreme scripting.

Being on screen, Bear obviously has a lot of leverage in setting his terms, so I ask him what tips he has for the rest of us on negotiating work and family.  “Guard your family life hard – and when you are working then give it your all. It is possible to do both but requires a little self-discipline and good communication with your loved ones. Although sometimes the wheels do fall off a little – but that is all part of the adventure! I just make sure I prioritise family first and try not to walk too close to the line. It means I tend to film then get home, and say no to a lot of the fluffy celeby stuff that it can be easy for people to get swept along with. (Although I’m lucky in that the sense I am not great with the fluffy celeby stuff anyway!) The other key is learning to say no…”

Bear Grylls is choosy about his projects, but he’s chosen well recently, with Bear Grylls’ Wild Weekends earning him and Stephen Fry a Christmas Day slot on Channel 4. Slighter than he looks on TV, his wiry frame reflects his seemingly constant energy, not a man to sit still, his enthusiasm for this year’s series is palpable: “2014 definitely has our most exciting and diverse programming we have ever done, and the truth is that I have never felt so excited for TV before like this.” A canny entrepreneur, Bear is ever-mindful of the Bear Grylls brand, and, despite working in TV for less than ten years, he has defined and profited from his unique position in the market, setting up his own production company.

Bear Grylls' new series is now showing on Discovery UK http://press.discovery.com/uk/dsc/programs/bear-grylls-extreme-survival-caught-camera/

“We now produce the shows we love and believe in, with the partners we like and trust to deliver, and on networks that support our brand most effectively around the world. For that opportunity I am so grateful and in return I hope we encourage viewers to get out there and live and follow their own adventures. That really is at the heart of the mission for me, and it never fails to make me proud when I see people respond and go for it in their lives. TV is simply a window for people to discover some of that spirit for themselves.”

“I am maybe a little less patient with over-directing nowadays – that is why we tend to co-produce all our shows nowadays so we can pick the right team who I know will get it right first time when it matters. Having ownership in the productions also means I don’t feel so bad cutting down my time away from home or changing dates to make sure I am there for our three boys at key times at school etc. Little things like that matter. It’s no good playing the hero on screen and then not being a hero to the people who really matter.”

Team Grylls.

He’ll never stop adventuring, but is there anything Bear Grylls won’t do now he is a family man? “It is a hard one always this – managing risk along with having a young family – but I have developed a good instinct of what is smart to do and what is not, and I try and listen to that voice. I also know that the wild rewards commitment and that once you commit to something then the best way to tackle it is head on and without doubts. The key is knowing that there is always another option and not being afraid to use that. Ego kills and I always say that if there is any doubt then there is no doubt- we’ll stop, reassess and come up with a smarter plan. I like that dynamic and it has always been at the heart of how we work.”

“We” refers to his team at Bear Grylls Ventures, and in particular his safety producer and stunt co-ordinator Dave Pearce, media parents article here, whom he credits for his hand in the brand’s success “I try and take all the recognition side of [TV] with a bucket of salt, and I never take the success of the shows for granted – I have been very lucky and I so value it as a team effort. My attitude I suppose to TV has changed in the sense that I am now aware how few shows get the chance to keep rolling on and on, and how fortunate I have been. In the early days I just took it for granted that the show would always be recommissioned season after season. (In fact if anything I used to get a bit annoyed because I wanted a break from it but couldn’t seem to take one!) Now I realise how competitive it is and how blessed I have been with good timing and a few key breaks.”

...Dave Pearce is never far away (see above).

He seems to be on good terms with Discovery again after his key break with them at least.  So where does he think TV is going, and how is he responding to that? “People watch TV more to be entertained rather than to learn – the key is helping people learn cool stuff whilst entertaining them. That is always our goal. Great TV takes people on a journey and empowers people to go for it in their life, and if you can make people smile along the way then great!”

So did his parents’ own choices affect his career, and how would he feel about his children following in his footsteps? “My late dad had been a commando and a climber and his skills definitely inspired me to want to learn that stuff as a kid. He always used to say you have got to follow your dreams and look after your friends along the way. I want to pass that on to our three boys. I am not sure any of them would want to do TV as they are all quite spirited and tend to take the mick out of my shows mercilessly! I also suspect they’ll all want to forge their own path. I mean currently Jesse wants to be a bush pilot, marmaduke a farmer and Huckleberry a lifeboat man, so lets see!”

Bear Grylls’ Website
Bear Grylls’ Discovery Series

April 7, 2014 @ 9:31 pm Posted in News Leave a comment

5 minutes with… offline editor & fundraiser Alison Hunt

by Amy Walker

I’m a media mum with 2 gorgeous children Oliver aged 8 & Ashleigh 7, writes Media Parents offline editor Alison Hunt.

Offline editor Alison Hunt with her two children. Alison is currently raising money for BAFTA's Children's Hospices Screenings by running the London Marathon. To sponsor her please see below.

Despite working as an editor for some of the biggest indies for nearly 20 years, I’ve set myself the biggest challenge of my life this year – I am running the London Marathon. I wish I had tried this lifelong goal earlier in my life… but I’ve finally managed to get a place now I’m 45!  So the challenge is even greater.

I’m am running for BAFTA, which, as part of the Duke’s Charities Forum and HRH The Duke of Cambridge’s patronage of BAFTA, is raising funds to support a series of special Children’s Hospice screenings for children with life-limited conditions and their families throughout the UK.

To support BAFTA screenings, please sponsor Alison now. (Photo: Huw John).

It’s a great charity.  As mother of 2 happy healthy children I can’t imagine the difficulties these families go through.  BAFTA hopes the screenings can give these children a very special experience and treasured memory that they otherwise would find extremely difficult to access.

After having children and turning 40 I gave up my dream of ever running a Marathon as I thought I was too old, and my joints couldn’t take it.  But last year I started running 3 times a week, and after doing a 15k in October I decided I would give it a go. Training has been tough as it has been all through the winter.  Working full-time and long hours, the only time I could fit it in was before the kids got up.  So I have been running 3 times a week at 6.30 in the morning in the cold and dark, and doing my long run at the weekends whilst the kids were in activities.

Alison has been editing full time and traing before work at 6:30 three times a week. Alison's donation page: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/AlisonHunt28

Lighter mornings in February made it a little easier, but then in March the training really kicked in as the weekly mileage went up, and up and up. In March alone I clocked up 133 miles (214km).  Luckily for me I had a gap in my schedule around the most intense time training-wise, which allowed me to do my longest runs on consecutive Mondays – 20 miles (3 hrs 25 mins) & 22 miles (3hrs 40 mins).

BAFTA Glasgow Screening.

There are now just 10 days to go now until the event on Sunday April 13th.  I am on target to run it in about 4hrs 15 mins.  Now I have to look after myself, eat well and do a few more short runs so I am totally prepared for the big day.

Also I am now focussed on raising as much money as I can for the Childrens Hospices. Every pound that is raised will spur me on to the finish line to not only achieve a lifetime goal, but also raise money for a very worthy charity.  So please visit my Virgin Money Giving page, there are various links on there with more information.

My page: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/AlisonHunt28

https://www.bafta.org/about/giving/sponsor-a-bafta-marathon-runner,4152,BA.html

http://www.bafta.org/about/giving/bafta-christmas-hospice-screenings-2012,3627,BA.html

http://www.mediaparents.co.uk/freelancers/8591/alison-hunt

Alison Hunt has been working full time as an editor for nearly 20 years working on Documentaries, Reality Programmes and Factual Entertainment shows for BBC, C4, C5, Discovery, Nat Geo and Sky.

She has worked for most of the big production companies including RDF, Renegade, Boundless Productions, Mentorn, Twenty Twenty, Betty, Silver River and Wall to Wall.

For networking, jobs and great events please join www.mediaparents.co.uk. Our next event is in Cardiff on April 29th, please see our site for details.

April 3, 2014 @ 12:35 am Posted in News 2 Comments