Confident in producing stunt & groundbreaking TV from high-octane Magic stunts such as Dynamo walking across the River Thames in London and Derren Brown firing a loaded gun at his head in Russian Roulette, to filming in extreme and challenging situations including the townships of South Africa, the slums of Mumbai, the jungles of East Africa, the ganglands of LA to shooting during the onslaught of Hurricane Sandy in New York – I love a filming challenge. I have extensive experience filming overseas and across the UK, and I’m used to dealing with members of the public and celebrities alike.
Other TV highlights include spending one month with Sex Pistol John Lydon in the oceans and jungles of Africa, conducting a séance on television, working undercover in the USA to expose mediums and psychics, aiding UN peacekeeper Colonel Bob Stewart on a programme about warring neighbours, travelling to Las Vegas to interview the world’s greatest magicians (and getting married on the shoot) and working on programmes as diverse as Eurotrash and International News Hour at CNN. I also secured funding for and produced a short film shot on 35mm called Medium Rare… www.mediumraretheshortfilm.com which received several awards on the worldwide short film festival circuit.
After two decades in the television industry, at many of the top independent TV production companies including Phil McIntyre Television, Gogglebox Entertainment, North One Television, Objective Productions, Hat Trick, Tiger Aspect, Wall to Wall, October Films, Rapido TV and Planet 24 – Red Queen Television is my own independent venture which will generate and develop original programme ideas.As a producer I am involved in all aspects of production from development to commission, pre-production through to post-production. Experienced in Single Camera Directing, Live television with OB’s. Competent in issues of Legal & Compliance, Celebrity Booking, Archive & Music Clearance, 3rd Party Rights & Releases through to final deliverables. I love working with talent, presenters & crew and create a family feeling across all my productions. Thriving on high pressure & challenges – when not working, or causing mischief I can be found searching for the world’s most beautiful shoes & frocks and have a big penchant for church statues & religious iconography.
If you want to scour the finer detail…here’s my CV…right here…
DYNAMO | MAGICIAN IMPOSSIBLE – SERIES 3 & 4 – EXECUTIVE & SERIES PRODUCER
Phil McIntyre Television / Inner Circle Films / Red Rocket Entertainment
(Contract: August 2012 ~ Sept 2014)
Series Producer and Co-Producer / Exec as Red Rocket on the last two series of the critically acclaimed Magic Entertainment TV series which has achieved record audience figures for Watch (UKTV) and has attained great international success, broadcast in 180 countries. Involved in liaising with the talent and management, liaising with Commissioning Editors, Compliance, Legal and Press. Filming abroad (including South Africa, India, USA, Europe), often in hostile conditions, dealing with the general public and celebrities plus organising high profile stunts. Dynamo Magician Impossible has been nominated for a BAFTA (2014), National TV Award and won a Broadcast Award (2013)
RED ROCKET ENTERTAINMENT – EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Produced a number of teasers showcasing new talent – Magical Bones in Sleight of Dance Part II, Marc Spelmann in The Paranormalist, Chicks ‘n’ Tricks and Body of Art. Developed various programme ideas, writing pitches and meeting commissioners.
DYNAMO | MAGICIAN IMPOSSIBLE – SERIES 1 – SERIES PRODUCER
Phil McIntyre Television / Inner Circle Films
(Contract: Jan 2011 ~ Sept 2011)
Employed to series produce this first time commission, which needed formatting & developing, and worked daily with the new talent. Now considered a groundbreaking series, which achieved record shattering, audience figures for Watch and launched a new talent globally after Dynamo’s Stunt Walking on the River Thames. Worked from development of ideas to fruition and oversaw whole edit process. Filmed overseas & involved in liaising with Commissioning Editors, Compliance, Legal and Press.
IMPOSSIBLE (SERIES 1) & IMPOSSIBLE CELEBRITY SPECIALS (SERIES 2) – SERIES PRODUCER
(Contracts: August 2010 ~ Nov 2010 & also Sept ~ Oct 2011)
An exciting brand-new six-part Magic and Mind Control Game Show, plus a celebrity mini series for Channel Five. Couples go head to head with the Illusionist & Mind Reader Phillip Escoffey for high stakes in a challenge led game-show format. All SP roles including ensuring good editorial content with my background in magic programming and working with talent and magic consultants, casting the participants, liaising with Five Commissioning Editors and Group M financiers.
DERREN BROWN ‘ENIGMA’ – C4 – SERIES PRODUCER
(Contract: March ~ July 2010) Following Derren Brown on tour and filming his stage show as live in London and through an OB truck and involved in all post-production.
DERREN BROWN PRESENTS THE 3D MAGIC SPECTACULAR – C4 – PRODUCER
Objective Productions (Contract: August ~ November 2009) 1hr magic special, which was part of C4’s 3D season in which they distributed 1 million 3D glasses through Sainsbury’s. Extensive 3-D filming experience. Working with live audience and magic performers in 3D conditions, plus 3D post-production experience.
TELEVISION DEVELOPMENT WORK – (Sept ~ Nov 2008) Researching and developing ideas & stories, writing TV pitches, liaising with TV Commissioning Editors and Production Execs.
DON’T MISS A TRICK – BBC ONE – PRODUCER
Objective Productions (Contract: June ~ August 2008) Prime time August Bank Holiday BBC family special hosted by Kate Thornton, featuring The Real Hustle team performing tricks for the public on location. Overseeing a large team, incl. all the talent, writing items, in the edit & liaising with BBC.
DERREN BROWN: AN EVENING OF WONDERS – C4 & DVD – PRODUCER
Objective Productions (Contract: May ~ June 2008) Recorded ‘as live’ at The Garrick Theatre in London at the end of Derren’s sold-out nationwide tour and West End run, the show involved audience participation, shocking stunts and mind games. Broadcast January 2009 Channel 4.
DERREN BROWN: TRICK OR TREAT – C4 – CONSULTANT PRODUCER
Objective Productions (Contract: Jan ~ Feb 2008) Employed to consult and troubleshoot this series – after being Derren Brown’s long-term television and specials Producer.
‘DEREK’ – DEREK JARMAN FILM – Worldwide Festivals Inc Premiere at Sundance Film Festival & Serpentine Gallery Exhibition
JN Films London (Contract: Nov 2007 ~ Jan 2008) Archive Consultant on this feature film, sourcing film footage, liaising with contributors, budgeting and worldwide clearances on material used.
THE REAL HUSTLE – XMAS & WINTER SPECIALS – BBC – SERIES PRODUCER
Objective Productions (Contract: Oct 2006 ~ Jan 2007) Producer on two 1x hr seasonal specials of this very popular BBC3 series highlighting scams & cons. Overseeing large team including talent, writing items, and sourcing locations, in edit, liaising with BBC Legal & Commissioners.
AT WAR WITH NEXT DOOR – FIVE – SERIES PRODUCER
Murfia Productions (Contract: May ~ August 2006) Managing production on four part series charting UN Peace Negotiator Colonel Bob Stewart resolving neighbourhood feuds across the UK. Working with producers, writing storylines and dealing with legal issues, edit & com eds.
DEVELOPMENT & WRITING TREATMENT – DEVELOPMENT PRODUCER
Square Donkey (Contract: April 2006) Brought in by Channel FIVE to develop, research and write programme ideas with this new independent company.
DERREN BROWN: TRICK OF THE MIND III – C4 – SERIES PRODUCER
Objective Productions (Contract: June 2005 ~ March 2006) Overseeing 6 episode series from pre- production to post. The series was shot entirely on location in the UK, Europe & USA and included participation from celebrity guests such as Robbie Williams, Matt Lucas & Stephen Merchant. Managed large production team, liaised with Derren to turn scripts into screen time & involved in scheduling, budgeting, clearances & compliance.
DERREN BROWN: THE GATHERING – C4 – PRODUCER
Objective Productions (Contract: February ~ May 2005) One hr special filmed ‘as live’ through an OB truck. Shot in an abandoned cinema in front of a large audience including many celebrity guests. Worked with ‘live’ crew & team, liaised with Health & Safety, Legal & C4 execs.
DERREN BROWN: MESSIAH – C4 – PRODUCER
Objective Productions (Contract: October 2004 ~January 2005) One hr Documentary special filmed entirely in USA. Derren Brown travels across USA meeting Psychics, Spiritualists, Christians and
UFO experts adopting different personae to challenge people’s belief systems. This was investigative work, which involved setting up a new production company & new identities for Derren. Liaised with C4 Com-Eds and UK & USA compliance lawyers. Travelled across USA motivating and managing crew & production team on a tough shoot.
JOHN LYDON’S SHARK ATTACK & JOHN LYDON GOES APE – FIVE -SERIES PRODUCER
Objective Productions (Contract: April 2004 ~ October 2004) Five approached me to produce these 2 x 1 hr Factual Entertainment documentaries, following Sex Pistol John Lydon fulfil his lifetime ambition – to get close up and personal with the Great White Shark. Reviewed as ‘what is certainly the most entertaining wildlife documentary ever shown’. The second film sees Lydon trek through the jungle to encounter rare Mountain Gorillas. I booked John Lydon, researched, developed and submitted proposals to Five, involved in budgeting, crewing, scheduling, month long shoot abroad in hostile conditions, editing and all editorial through to final post and delivery. Strong experience working with a challenging anarchic presenter in very challenging environments ~ underwater and in the jungle! We are still friends and hope to create more crazy TV together.
DERREN BROWN’S SÉANCE – C4 – PRODUCER
Objective Productions (Contract: February ~ April 2004) Controversial project that got much press attention and was one of the most complained about shows in British television history. ‘Séance’ was shot ‘as live’ and followed twelve students participate in a Séance in haunted disused location. Sourced location, cast the participants, involved in H&S and Compliance issues.
DERREN BROWN: TRICK OF THE MIND I – C4 – PRODUCER
Objective Productions (Contract: October 2003~Feb 2004) Overseeing 6 episode series from pre- production to post-prod. Derren Brown performs his unique brand of Psychological showmanship and magic in a wide variety of locations with people from all walks of life. Duties as Page 1
DERREN BROWN PLAYS RUSSIAN ROULETTE LIVE – C4 -PRODUCER
Objective Productions (Contract: August ~ October 2003) One-hour Live controversial special which attracted a plethora of complaints & publicity, in which Derren plays Russian Roulette with a loaded gun. The finale of this show was filmed in Jersey & broadcast live opening C4’s ‘Magic Month’. Involved in locations, all casting, compliance & health & safety.
THE GREATEST MAGIC TRICKS IN THE UNIVERSE…EVER – FIVE – SERIES PRODUCER
Objective Productions (Contract: March ~ August 2003) Producer across six x one-hour entertainment series celebrating magic, including large scale specially shot magic tricks, candid interviews & archive. Filmed in London, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles. Single-camera directed, edited six shows running three suites, specialised in archive & stills.
PSYCHIC SECRET REVEALED – FIVE – PRODUCER
Objective Productions (Contract: December 2002 ~March 2003) Six part series shot on location and studio in which our presenter replicates psychic phenomena using tricks and magic, debunking psychics and their practices. Worked with participants, locations, archive & presenter.
Other Associate Producer / Researcher Work:
October Films – MY STORY (MAE WEST, BILLIE HOLIDAY, BING CROSBY) – BBC (Sept ~Nov 2002) AP on 3 x 1hr autobiographical docs for BBC 2 arts – Billie Holiday, Mae West & Bing Crosby. Archive & Stills research, making deals UK & USA Studios. Wall to Wall – ‘I MET…’- Development Producer (Aug~Sept 2002) development on biography strand for Five, researching, booking and writing treatments.
Objective Productions – PEEP SHOW – C4 AP consulting on archive use in the first series of this innovative new comedy sitcom liaising with the writers during script writing – now on series 5! DERREN BROWN MIND CONTROL series – C4 6 x 30’ Finding locations & contributors, organising complex multi-camera shoots & DV filming. THE 50 GREATEST MAGIC TRICKS – C4 2hr special
presented by Adam & Joe. Booked all contributors and presenters, producing and directing shoots, interviewing, research, editorial and overseeing archive content. Chrysalis Television – THE TOP TENS –C4 (Aug 1999 ~ Sept 2001) Worked on many on the flagship C4 archive series that celebrated different genres of music, then TV genres. Booking celebrities & contributors, researching, producing & directing shoots, schedules, finding locations & filming abroad. Extensive Archive & Stills research.
Rapido Television – UNZIPPED – C4, Archive Producer on six x 60 min Graham Norton series. ROCK BABYLON – C4, AP Behind the scenes of the world of Rock music, pres. Graham Norton. SUSIE BRIGHT RENEGADE TV – C4 Researcher on prog celebrating the lesbian & feminist author Susie Bright. FORTEAN TV & FORTEAN UNCUT – C4 –Film Researcher- series examining paranormal, supernatural & bizarre. EUROTRASH – C4 – Film and Music Co-ordinator, responsible for clearances, archive & music, sourcing clips.
Hat Trick Productions – THE BEST SHOW IN THE WORLD … PROBABLY –BBC. Development on this Comedy / Quiz series focusing on the World of Advertising. WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? C4. Film Researcher on this classic comedy series. Tiger Aspect Productions – PAUL MERTON’S LIFE OF COMEDY – BBC ONE Researcher on six part series working alongside Producer & Paul Merton locating and clearing a variety of comedy clips from across the ages
Green Inc / Salt Island Productions – GAS – C4 Series presented by Lee Mack that showcased fresh and exciting new stand-up comics – including launching Peter Kay & The Mighty Boosh. Talent spotting, liaising with comics & agents, interviews, DV filming & studio assisting. LAST CHANCE LOTTERY- C4 Live series Researcher on this exciting Live Saturday Night series. Involved in all research – ideas, games, stories, punters & editing A&B Rolls. Excellent experience working on live show, in large team & against deadlines.
Planet 24 Television – Desire – Channel 4 Film Researcher on 5 x 30’ fashion & style series. Sourcing and clearing all archive. Hotel Babylon-ITV Film Researcher on 26 part Youth Music & Ent Series. Involved in studio recording, editing & research. Nothing But the Truth – C4 Pilot with Hat Trick. Hard hitting courtroom series tackling moral dilemmas.
The Clip Shop – Film researcher supplying clips, archive, stills for various programmes, pop promos, adverts, corporates. Involved in all Granada TV film research incl. This Morning. C.N.N. – Freelance Production Assistant on the worldwide International Hour Live News Show, operating auto-prompter & organising news scripts. Live Studio Daily 7.00 – 9.00pm.
BBC Radio Two – (Summer 1990) Production Assistant on The John Dunn Show, Celebrity Choice & Nightride – answering listeners letters, disc library, running. This followed 3 yrs on Uni Radio.