Our 2nd Live Careers forum attracted a whole range of queries. Thanks to everyone that joined in – here are the responses so far!
Paul is an experienced factual producer with 20 years’ work in TV. Executive Producer and Co-owner of Barge Pole Productions, Paul’s specialties are popular factual television, observational documentaries, formats, legals, scriptwriting, dramatic reconstruction, pitching and development.
Nicky is Talent Executive at NBCUniversal International Television Production, looking after companies as diverse as Carnival Films, Monkey Kingdom and Chocolate Media. Prior to that she managed talent for Optomen Television. She has been in the industry for nearly twenty years working her way up from her first TV role as an unpaid intern at MTV Networks.
Paul is an experienced Producer/Director with over 12 years specialising in observational documentaries and factual entertainment, including extensive self-shooting. Creative and highly motivated, he’s dedicated to making great television across all genres and passionate about storytelling.
Joe is Managing Director of ProductionBase. Prior to joining PB, Joe spent a number of years at BBC Worldwide as a senior commissioning editor, before moving on to Channel 4 to become their Head of Commercial Development.
Q: I’m a British P/D and planning on moving back to UK with my cameraman partner in December after what will have been almost 4 years away. During this time we’ve been working on international docs, mainly for National Geographic. I’m just wondering what advice you can give us in terms of finding work in the current climate back home? Have things changed significantly in the past four years? It’s also worth mentioning that most of our contacts were based up north before we moved away and we’re now considering a move to London.
PM: I think things have changed significantly over the last 4 years, with an expectation of PD’s being able to self-shoot, do sound and sometimes edit. Having to be a ‘jack of all trades’ probably means ultimately the quality of the final product is likely to suffer, whereas each specialist brings their own expertise to a production. As for working out of London, I don’t feel that matters too much as long as you are willing to travel and work away from home.
PC: If you’ve got that on your CV you shouldn’t find it too hard to get work. It will help to know where you are based and what channels and companies you worked for. Most of us find work from the contacts closest to us. Reputation is the biggest single factor in finding work in TV, in my experience.