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Endemol meets Media Parents


I’m delighted to announce our next event –Endemol meets Media Parents.

Tim Hincks, Endemol's Chief Executive Officer will be at the Media Parents networking event on October 11th

This is an exclusive opportunity for Media Parents subscribers to meet Creative Heads, Executive Producers and Talent Managers from Endemol, Darlow Smithson, Initial, Remarkable, Tiger Aspect and Zeppotron  on Tuesday October 11th in West London.  If you work in Kids, Features and Factual Entertainment, Light Entertainment, Comedy, Drama, Reality or Specialist Factual then Endemol would like to meet you…


There are 50 places available for Media Parents talent to meet Endemol Execs both in an informal networking session and a timed appointment set-up on the evening which will run from 6pm to 8pm on October 11th.

What next?

If you would like to attend this event you’ll need to email your CV and covering letter for selection. Your email should be titled with your full name, job title and the genre you work in. Please send to the address on the Media Parents watercooler ASAP.

This event is for subscribers to and Endemol are kindly covering the cost of administration of this event. Endemol are inviting experienced talent from across the board to come and meet them – PMs, PDs,  directors, SPs, execs, production execs, EPs, APs, co-ordinators,  – so please do send a CV marked with your full name, job title and genre to take part in this great event.

Media Parents thanks Endemol for their support for this event – – yeah! for great networking, talent, jobs and information. to join us please go to

September 14, 2011 @ 2:34 pm Posted in Events, News Comments Off

5 minutes with… Tom Lown, Composer / DJ


Tom Lown is a Composer in the TALENT section of

Tom Lown is a composer, producer and Dad of Felix (2) and bump (due Nov) in the TALENT section of When his ‘composer’ hat is on he writes music for TV and commercials and when his ‘deep house producer’ hat is on he releases his tracks through labels such as Lost My Dog, Sudup Recordings, KAPA Music, Warmth and 3am Recordings.

This summer sees 3 different EP’s on 3 different labels all see the light of day as they’re released over a period of 3 months. Early August, his Cloud Surfer EP was released and featured 3 original tracks and included 2 remixes by New York producers Woo Hoo and Gaby Dershwin. Late August his track ‘The Short Straw’ will be included on a 5 track label compilation on Lost My Dog Records which has already been played on Ministry of Sound and Proton Radio. And in October, Tom will release his debut EP on 3am Recordings which will include remixes by Mark Jones and Jota Wagner. This has also already had some airplay on the House Sound of Hamburg Radio.

Tom Lown and Felix

Tom will be DJ’ing @ ‘UptownBoogieDown’ at Fluid (next door to Fabric) on September 30th.  If you’d like to get tickets for the reduced price of £6 please add yourself to the Media Parents guestlist on the watercooler at

All these releases mentioned can be previewed here:

Recent guest mix Tom recorded for the Lost My Dog Podcast:

Tom’s music for TV can be previewed here:” and Tom’s profile is at in the TALENT section.

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5 Minutes with… Gladys San Juan, Script Supervisor / Co-Producer


Gladys San Juan is in the TALENT section of  Here she writes about the making of her latest short film, and invites you to the screening on Sunday 18th September.

Swoosh screens on Sunday 18th September at Curzon Soho. For more information please contact Gladys San Juan through the TALENT section of

I do get apprehensive when making short films these days and  honestly, it’s about the immense work that goes into planning one – with what money? And, we may wonder, for what reason?  Well, short films are a great way to learn what goes into making movies. Call it a taster teaser if you like for the bigger ones. They still cost money and no one out there will give you the money so you got to put it out there yourself or find some good collaborators that will contribute. People will have to believe in your project.

The production work is equally as hard. I’ve worked on over a dozen short films and I have met a lot of nice people who cared enough to get their dreams made on their credit cards and then send it off to festivals hopeful of recognition.

One interesting short film which I had a lot of fun working on as a Co-Producer and Script Supervisor (two roles I’ll never do at the same time again) will be screened YAY! this Sunday the 18th at the Curzon in Soho from 11am to midday. The short film is called ‘SWOOSH!’ and it’s about  a group of nerdy bogus super heroes who are in a self help group trying to find their way.

The film was written and directed by Sabina Sattar an industry professional for over 15 years. The film was made on a good budget with a great team of collaborators. So, if you fancy coming out this Sunday into London consider yourself invited to this screening at the SOHO Curzon and lets have a chat afterwards about the making of a short film on a shoe string budget. Anyone can do it and it could be loads of fun!  Who knows you might hire us to make your next film? ; )

Gladys San Juan (left) with Sabina Sattar at the Media Parents summer barbecue. For more information about the screening of Swoosh please contact Gladys through the TALENT section of

Gladys’s career her own words:

My versatile career background ranges from Museum Studies, Social Research, Teaching to Office/Project Management to currently Film Production which I enjoy.

I am currently available to work as a freelance Script Supervisor and ideally I am looking to work with a production company in it’s development development. I’d like to know more about commission and sales.

I’m fluent in Italian and Spanish which can help when working on co – productions.

September 13, 2011 @ 11:39 am Posted in Events, News Leave a comment

Media Parents Networking… Bristol


Media Parents would like to thank Chris Hutchins and Helen Hagelthorn from BBC Bristol for both meeting talent and hosting this event, Kath Moore from Tigress, Mark Hill and Jane Lomas from RDF West, Julia Waring from RDF Television in London, Angela Oakhill, Steve Rankin and Lucy Carter from Diverse West, Harry Marshall from Icon Films, Ali Bradburn from Parthenon Entertainment, Bernard Walton from Aqua Vita Films, Richard Higgs from Big Squid, Kaia Rose from World of Arthur Cox, Maggie Walsh for hosting the event on behalf of Media Parents, and all of those Media Parents members who came along and made or remade connections – it was great to hear from RDF West that within days of the event they had taken on someone from Media Parents.  Please enjoy the photos below, and for more information on the companies involved see  Media Parents will soon be organising an event in London which gives Media Parents members the chance to meet companies under the Endemol umbrella.

a Media Parents freelancer meets the BBC's helen hagelthorn

When Harry met... Harry Marshall from Icon Films, Kath Moore from Tigress and Kaia Rose from Arthur Cox meet talent from in Bristol

TALENT from Media Parents at the Bristol networking event

Diverse West Exec Producer Steve Rankin

richard higgs from Big Squid and chris hutchins from BBC Bristol amongst Media Parents talent

Nick Shearman, Commissioning Executive from BBC Wales meets Media Parents talent.

chris hutchins, Head of Talent for the NHU and Factual at BBC Bristol (left) meets Media Parents talent

Media Parents networking in Bristol

Mark Hill, Head of RDF West meets Media Parents talent in Bristol

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Executive Producer kath moore from Tigress at Media Parents Bristol networking

RDF Television's Head of Talent Julia Waring talks to a Media Parent in Bristol

Media Parents networking in Bristol

Helen Hagelthorn from BBC Bristol kindly helped to organise this event at BBC Bristol

Media Parents Freelancer Sophie Elwin Harris

a big thank you to everyone who participated in this Media Parents event in Bristol for great networking, talent, jobs and information. to join us please go to

September 10, 2011 @ 2:24 pm Posted in Events, News Comments Off

5 Minutes With… Ade Rawcliffe, C4 Creative Diversity Manager


Here, Ade Rawcliffe, one of Channel 4′s Creative Diversity Managers writes about the progress of The Alpha Fund.

Ade Rawcliffe, C4 Creative Diversity Manager is in the NETWORK at

You may have seen the recent article on Channel 4’s Alpha Fund in Broadcast magazine, so I thought that now would be a good time to give you more information.

It’s now 6 months since David Abraham launched the Alpha Fund at the Nations and Regions conference in Salford, using his keynote speech to declare that Channel 4 must protect its identity and uniqueness. The fund is designed to support new creative talent with an expressed commitment to commission more companies from Britain’s black and ethnic communities.

Channel 4 is working with more BAME companies than ever before. This is remarkable and challenges many people’s predictions about what is a competitive and consolidating industry.

To give you some top line figures. To date, we have engaged with 320 companies and have put 54 projects into paid development, of which 22 have progressed to full commissions.

More details are attached in this PDF Alpha Fund Update – August 2011 for great networking, talent, jobs and information. to join us, or contact Ade Rawcliffe through the NETWORK, please go to

Ade Rawcliffe Ade’s role as Media Project Manger at Channel 4 is driving the commissioning of content from new, diverse, grassroots talent throughout the UK. Prior to joining Channel 4, she worked as a Producer across both the BBC and the independent sector with credits including Big Brother, Right to Reply, and The Big Breakfast. She is always looking for ways to develop diverse talent and plays a key part in Channel 4’s ongoing commitment to reflecting the diversity of contemporary Britain in all its variety. Ade is a Nigerian from Macclesfield and has worked in the North West of England, where she maintains close contacts.

September 7, 2011 @ 4:10 pm Posted in News Leave a comment

Media Parents 1st Birthday Party at ENVY


A big thank you to ENVY for hosting the Media Parents 1st Birthday Party in July, and for hosting many events over the course of our first year.  Thank you to everyone who has supported from the beginning, and helped us to put great people into great jobs.  I’ve met more brilliant people during the last year of involvement with Media Parents than I have during 14 years of working in TV, and I hope I continue to.  Here are some pics of our 1st birthday party, thanks to everyone who came along.

The lovely Dominic Briere-Edney from ENVY, with Media Parents Director, Amy Walker

So good i posted it twice! A big thank you to Terry Tyldesley (right) for making such a lovely speech on the day. for great networking, talent, jobs and information. to join us at an event please join us at

September 1, 2011 @ 1:37 pm Posted in News Comments Off

Media Parents Summer Barbecue at Evolutions


Jo Rowan and the team at Evolutions generously hosted the Media Parents Summer Barbecue in June, here are the photos… Thanks to everyone who braved the British summer to attend!

The lovely team at Evolutions : Darren Musgrove and Jo Rowan who can be found in the Media Parents NETWORK section

Media Parents Director, Amy Walker doing some extraordinary networking with Vera's Head of Production Rebecca Parkinson. Rebecca is in the NETWORK section of and Amy Walker is a Series Producer in the TALENT section of Media Parents

Media Parents Director Amy Walker with Maggie Walsh and Alex Evans, all of whom are in the TALENT section of Thanks to all who attended, more captions coming soon... for great networking, talent, jobs and information.

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Event : An Evening with Hayden Turner on Sept 7th


Presenter / Producer Hayden Turner is in the TALENT section of

Media Parents TALENT Hayden Turner, Presenter and Producer, invites Media Parents members and their families to hear about his latest Nat Geo series.

I would like to invite you to a talk that I am giving about the series, ‘Hunters of the Lost World’ that we have just had airing on the National Geographic Channel.

Come and join us for an evening of incredible, passionate, inspiring adventure stories from the field with me, Hayden Turner, wildlife specialist and ex-zookeeper.  I’d like to share my adventures and passion for passing on information to the next generation.

I will be sharing some stories about our adventures at
National Geographic Store   83-97, Regent Street, London, W1B 4EW.     RSVP : 4th September 2011  please use the email address on the Media Parents Watercooler
Time:         6.30 – 8pm

I would love to see you there, its open to all – Please feel free to bring any guests, family, kids and interested people.

Please meniton this invite to anyone you know that may be keen to come and RSVP through the Media Parents watercooler so we can cater for a glass of wine or two for everyone.

Really look forward to seeing you if you can make it.



TV Presenter – Producer – Private Safaris

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