Broadcast Hot Shots - August 2014

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Joining Twofour straight from university, he has helped to develop the likes of BBC1’s Holiday Hit Squad and BBC2’s The Story of Musicals. He cut his teeth as a P/D making My Kidney And Me, a First Cut doc for Channel 4, and on Sky Atlan­ tic’s British Cycling: Road To Glory. “Hamish is one of the brightest minds I’ve come across in telly,” says Twofour creative director Andrew Mackenzie. “He can turn his hand to anything from sensitive access to enter­ tainment formats. I’d wager he’ll be running the industry one day.” Chloe Seddon, 28 Producer, Outline Productions Chloe’s output to date strikes the ideal balance between depth, authority and entertainment, according to Outline Productions’ creative director Helen Veale. “Her instinctive ability to cut through complex specialist factual content and make it into more engaging and accessible TV is incred­ ibly rare, and she combines this with a brilliant sense of visual storytelling,” Veale says. As well as stints at Studio Lambert and Oxford Scientific Films, Chloe previously worked on BBC in-house specialist factual event Volcano Live and fact ent series Dara O Briain’s Science Club. At Outline, she has played a key role in deliv­ ering Channel 4 series Health Freaks and BBC1 pilot So You Think You Can Drive. Veale marvels at her drive to deliver memor­ able and stylish sequences, whether that’s per­ sonally designing and building props in the small hours for a road-safety stunt, or pain­ stakingly negotiating with experts to conduct clinical trials. “Chloe takes the definition of ‘can do’ to a whole new level,” she says.

feature in BBC3’s one-off doc Sam And Evan – From Girls To Men. From there, she secured one of the UK’s leading endocrinologists for Channel 5’s Extraordinary People film Shrinking My 17 Stone Legs, and found and cast the family for CBBC My Life doc One Way Ticket. Each was developed from her original idea and involved self-shooting, location access and contributor interviews. “Kayleigh comes up with more programme ideas than any of other member of the produc­ tion team,” remarks Nine Lives chief executive Cat Lewis. Sensitive human-interest stories have become her forte – she’s also worked on BBC3’s Small Teen Turns Eighteen and C5’s The Girl With 90% Burns. Meanwhile, she was assistant producer on BBC1’s Pound Shop Wars and The Trouble With Mobility Scooters.

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“Kayleigh is a true all-rounder,” says Nine Lives joint creative director Kerry Brierley. “She has a keen editorial eye, visual flair, amazing organisational skills and an inbuilt desire to be creatively innovative.” Hamish Fergusson, 28 Producer, Twofour Educating Essex, Educating Yorkshire and now Royal Marines Commando School are three enormously successful fixed-rig shows, and all bear Hamish’s imprint. He gained access to Passmores Academy for Twofour’s first Educating… series, on which he served as assistant producer, before working as one of two P/Ds on the Yorkshire series. But Commando School is his labour of love, having spent three months embedded at a Devon train­ ing centre getting to know the recruits.

Roopesh Parekh, 29 Freelance line producer/ co-producer/ production manager Red Dwarf, Inside No. 9 and Da Vinci’s Demons: not a bad trio of shows to have on your CV before you reach 30. Joining UKTV’s revival of the sci-fi sitcom as a marketing producer, Roopesh delivered a twohour behind-the-scenes doc and line produced all of its RTS Award-winning VFX. “He is a master politician,” says Red Dwarf writer/director Rob Grant. “He is both popular and tough at the right times, and he’s an utter delight to work with.” Roopesh recently co-produced Jon Ronson’s short film The Dog Thrower for Sky Arts. Describing him as “a bloody wonder”, producer Stevie Lee says: “I’ve never worked with anyone who better rolls with the punches or gives more to a production.” He recalls Roopesh trawling eBay for cheap props, wearing a bluescreen suit to get a shot right, and even gluing fur to a plastic glove to suggest a flying dog. Next up: Top Coppers, a Roughcut TV comedy for BBC3, and the second Hollow Crown for BBC2.

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