I am a producer and writer working in factual TV development, animation and video production. Experienced journalist. Key industry skills:
Ideas – generating and developing ideas for factual TV including specialist factual, formats and documentary.
Writing – top lines, treatments, proposals and scripts.
Research – including fact checking, casting and securing access. Journalistic attention to detail.
Design – designing professional PDFs and slide decks for pitches using PowerPoint, Keynote and Canva.
Sizzles – editing in Premiere Pro, Final Cut and Avid with found and self-shot footage.
As a Development AP, I have researched, written and designed pitches for Channel 4, the BBC and Sky.
I am also a filmmaker for new talent platform BBC The Social and have produced more than 100 films for UK film and events company Speakeasy. I've worked on productions ranging in size from one self-shooter to 20 crew and cast.
In broadcast news, I was reporter, producer and editor for a UK cable TV channel in London, Newcastle and Edinburgh.
Former business editor of The Sunday Times and freelancer for the BBC and Daily Mail. Writer for the World Economic Forum. Previously on staff at The Herald, The Scotsman, Business a.m., Scotland on Sunday and others.
EDUCATION & TRAINING
Graduate with distinction from the industry-led MSc in Factual Television at the University of Stirling. This is a year-long postgrad programme focused on development and programme-making for factual TV. Our training included researching commissioners and their needs, developing and pitching ideas, designing proposals, editing tasters, filming with Sony FS5 cameras and Avid editing.
I have completed a number of National Film and Television School courses, including self-shooting with the Canon C300 camera; top tips for TV researchers and archive research.
I also have an MA (Honours) degree in English Literature from The University of Edinburgh.