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:
Iain Tweedale – Head of Interactive & Learning
Catrin Whitmore – Head of Production Talent, Wales
Julie Scott – Head of Production, Drama
Erika Hossington – Series Producer Casualty (Wendy and Erica will work together as a pair on the night)
Wendy Wright – Line Producer Casualty
Tom Morrey – Drama Talent Manager
Zoe Rushton – Talent Manager Factual & Music
Val Turner – Production Exec Factual & Music
Jo Marks – Music Production Manager
Andrew Weeks – Managing Editor Sport
Catherine Morrissey – Talent Manager Sport and Interactive & Learning
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.
Attendees to be announced shortly
Attendees to be announced shortly
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.