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 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
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).
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, 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
“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, Boom Pictures Cymru
Joanna Adams, HR Manager, Boom Pictures
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.
Iain Tweedale, Head of Interactive & Learning, BBC Wales
Iain leads the BBC Online team in Wales with responsibility for the Wales edition of bbc.co.uk, along with interactive productions for network dramas and factual output. As head of BBC Learning in Wales, his team also produces websites such as Bitesize and works on developing learning content from programmes broadcast on BBC One and BBC Two.
Catrin Whitmore, Head of Production Talent, BBC Wales
Julie Scott, Head of Production, BBC Wales 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 joined BBC Wales Drama when the cybermen invaded Cardiff ( Series 2 of Doctor Who) and we have recently finished shooting the 50th Anniversary special of Doctor Who in 3D. 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. Production Executive on the formative series of Sherlock, Being Human, Merlin, Spooks & New Tricks. My last major series as an Associate Producer was on Pride & Prejudice 18 years ago when Colin Firth as Mr Darcy swam in the lake en route to Pemberley.
Erika Hossington, Series Producer, Casualty
Erika graduated from Cardiff University with a degree in Music, and after working in music and PR for a number of years, returned to study a postgraduate diploma in Broadcast Journalism. This launched her television career, initially in music and arts documentary making, and she graduated into television drama a few years later at ITV in Wales. Erika has been a freelance producer for ten years, producing short films initially, and then making her break into network drama in 2006 when she became a producer on the highly successful BBC Daytime drama, Doctors.
Over the last 5 years, she has developed and produced two new and successful returning drama series, whilst creating a reputation for herself as a producer who makes high quality content on a very challenging budget. Her work has been watched by record breaking audiences and won numerous awards, with Land Girls lauded for “taking daytime television to a whole new level” (Broadcast Awards Panel 2009).
Erika is now Series Producer on CASUALTY for the BBC.
Wendy Wright, Line Producer, Casualty
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
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.
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 & Music
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.
Andrew Weeks, Managing Editor, BBC Wales Sport
Andrew oversees the sports output for BBC Wales; home of Scrum V, Y Clwb Rygbi, Sport Wales, Radio Wales Sport, Camp Lawn as well as daily sports news output. Andrew coordinated the 2012 London Olympics on behalf on BBC Wales, and has managed coverage around the 2009 Ashes test in Cardiff; 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor, and the 2011 Rugby World Cup. @andrewjweeks
Catherine Morrissey, Talent Manager Sport and Interactive & Learning
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.
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.
To meet any of the people listed here at our next event in Cardiff on April 29th, please email your CV with your name, job title and genre in the title bar to firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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 email@example.com – and please tell your friends to do the same.