I am a BBC-trained Production Coordinator with over 10 years experience but left TV some 8 years ago. During this time, I became a mum and working for a blue chip company but my passion for TV never waned – I’m still an end credits junkie! writes Helen Landeau.
My experience is extensive from pre-production right to delivery primarily in factual, factual entertainment and Children’s but I do have experience in other genres. I’ve organised many shoots – sourcing and booking crews, extra kit, location permits, devising filming schedules and call sheets, booking contributors, liaising with talent agents, casting, organising complex travel, transport and accommodation, working with children (enhanced CRB certificate) managing the production office, budgets to ad-hoc research. I’m also quite expert in MS Office and experience of SAP.
My credits on programmes (if anyone remembers them) are ‘Tomorrow’s World’, ‘Home Front’, ‘The Clothes Show’, ‘A History of Britain’, ‘Chelsea Flower Show (Catalyst TV), ‘Eurovision – Behind the Scenes’ (Lion TV), CBeebies Presentation ending in CBBC Education as a Junior Production Manager just to name a few.
When I left, I thought this would be a good opportunity to try something different. I adored my job but there was great change happening on the horizon. My friends encouraged me to go freelance but I wanted a different aspect.
My old BBC boss and good friend, posted a Guardian article on Facebook about a Series Producer, out of the game for 10 years, is now back! I thought “How?” I’d written myself off after nearly 8 years out but that article just sparked what I needed to do. I had known for months that the corporate world just wasn’t for me. I couldn’t kid myself anymore – I had to return to the job that I loved. It was time to go ‘home’.
I’m happy to start again knowing that I’m coming back to a job that I love.