TALENT MANAGERS


PRODUCTION / INDEPENDENT

IAN CRITCHLEY
Independent Talent Consultant

Originally from St. Helens, Merseyside Ian has spent over twentyfive years in the TV industry across ITV and the BBC where he established the BBC’s Production Talent Network. He has been responsible for the management of creative and editorial talent across all genres in production and commissioning on a pan UK basis.

With a particular focus on developing new talent and headhunting at the executive level for a range of award winning shows, from Strictly Come Dancing to Top Gear, Little Britain to Dr. Who, Ian is now an independent talent consultant with a range of clients including Sony Television, Nutopia, Hindsight and Sugar Films. On a voluntary basis he is media advisor to On The Road action group and President of the Stellar Foundation supporting the Institute of Dramatic Arts in Barcelona (IAB). Ian is also a qualified mediator.


MELISSA CLAY-PETERS
Director of Creative Resources – Princess Productions

Princess Productions creates award winning content for all UK broadcasters, digital platforms and major brands as well as working with the best traditional and digital talent.

Entertainment and collaboration are at the heart of Princess and we pride ourselves on delivering exceptional talent both on screen and off, innovation and interactivity.

Princess Productions was founded in 1996 and is part of the Endemol Shine Group

 Melissa is looking to meet:

  • People who are passionate about TV & digital, have an interest in Entertainment and Factual entertainment and are interested in online branded content.
  • She would also like to meet people who work or would like to work in development and have strong writing skills.
  • Please bring your CV and a positive attitude.

TOP PROGRAMMES

  • Sunday Brunch
  • The Island
  • SAS Are you Tough Enough

SALLIE LEAK
Talent Executive – True North

True North is the biggest factual indie in the North of England and home to some of the most creative and dedicated talent in television.In the past twelve months, we’ve made and transmitted more than 100 hours of content, across BBC One, Channel 4, Channel 5 and MTV as well as other UK and international channels.

Working across genres including factual, factual-entertainment, features, children’s, reality, we are proud to have our roots in the North of England, with our Head Office in Leeds and a base in Media City in Salford.

Sallie is looking to meet:

  • Anyone based or interested in relocating to the North of England and able to work out of Leeds or Manchester
  • People based in Newcastle and Scotland – especially self shooters
  • Shooting PDs and APs with reality and obs doc experience (can be based anywhere)
  • Edit Producers able to work out of Leeds and Manchester
  • Series Producers (across genres) who can be based in Leeds or Manchester
  • Development people – from researchers to PDs who can be based in Leeds

TOP PROGRAMMES

  • 24 Hours in A&E
  • Have I Got News For You
  • Broadchurch

SIAN WHOMES
Talent Manager – Sony Pictures Television

Sian is currently heading up talent for Sony Pictures Television recruiting for Sony partners Electric Ray and Stellify Media. Electric Ray produces shows for the UK and international market that fuse genres together with intelligence and humour. Productions include: Bromans (ITV2), The Makeover Show (BBC1), Prized Apart (BBC1), Parenting for Idiots (C4) and Class of ’92: Out of their league (BBC1).

Stellify Media based in Belfast specialises in Entertainment production. Shows include: Blind Date (C5), Can’t touch this (BBC1), Beauty Queen and Single (BBC1NI) Blind Date Ireland (TV3) In Solitary (CH5) and Don’t Say it Bring It (DAVE)

Sian has worked in Talent for Broadcasters and indies across genres and runs her own freelance talent business Book’em Talent.

Sian is looking to meet: 

  • Entertainment, Factual and Comedy Executive Producers and Series Producers.
  • Those experienced/interested in working in Development.
  • Production Managers and Production Coordinators.
  • Talent based in the nations and regions
  • Please Bring your CV

TOP PROGRAMMES

  • Rupaul’s Drag Race
  • QI
  • 50 ways to kill your mammy

SIMON WRIGHT
Talent Manager – Elephant House Studios(In-house Production Channel 5)

Simon is Talent Manager for in house production at Channel 5 and has over 15 years experience of working in Television. Simon has run the BBC’s Production Trainee scheme and apprenticeship schemes as well as working at Raw and UKTV. Simon is passionate about diversity in television and won a CDN award for Best Diversity Initiative. Simon regularly blogs about how to get into TV on www.youdbetterwork.com

Simon is looking to meet:

  • People with a range of experience, but any reality TV, production management, or casting experience would be great.
  • Please bring your CV.

BBC & ITV


ADAM BARBER
Talent Manager – BBC Studios (Factual)

Adam is Talent Manager for BBC Studios’ Factual TV production in Salford, covering the Religion & Ethics and Topical & Live teams. BBC Studios hire editorial and production management staff and freelancers for a wide range of programming – from documentaries to current affairs and consumer output. Titles include ‘The One Show’, ‘Rip Off Britain’, ‘Watchdog’, and ‘Sunday Morning Live’ for BBC One, to ‘Sex, Drugs & Murder: Life in the Red Light Zone’ for BBC Three.

Adam has previously worked in staffing and production roles for BBC Sport, BBC Learning, BBC News, Ericsson, and Johnston Press.

Adam is looking to meet:

  • Series Producers, Shooting PDs, Producers, Edit Producers, DV Directors, Shooting APs & Researchers – both shooting and non-shooting.
  • For all roles we’re ideally looking for a journalism, current affairs and/or consumer background in both formatted and/or documentary programming.  Specialist factual, live studio and magazine format experience is also of interest for some productions.
  • Crucially we need people who are able to be based in sunny Salford.
  • Please bring your CV.

TOP PROGRAMMES

  • House of Cards
  • Hospital
  • Sopranos (still not finished it!)

ANGELA MACKINNON
Talent Manager – BBC Scotland

Angela is a talent manager in BBC Scotland, sourcing production staff, carrying out recruitment campaigns and negotiating rates and salaries for staff. She works with four teams: Gaelic News & Current Affairs, Gaelic Production (TV, radio and online), Entertainment and Events as well as Online, Knowledge & Learning. She also oversees the work experience programme for BBC Scotland. Angela has been a talent manager for over three years now after 14 years spent in various online production areas including Bitesize, sport and Gaelic.

Shows I crew for: TRNSMT, World Pipe Bands Championship, BBC The Social, Gaelic News

Angela is looking to meet: Anyone with an interest or background in Online, Social Media, Gaelic language production, entertainment and events and work experience.


ANITA WALSH 
Head of Resourcing and Talent – BBC Sport 

My current role involves responsibility for a talent and scheduling team who recruit, develop, schedule and succession plan staff across BBC Sport. Our team consists of talent managers, talent coordinators, team assistants and schedulers. We crew up programmes such as Match of the Day, Wimbledon, 6 Nations, FA Cup, Olympics and the football European Championships. If you have an interest in working for BBC Sport and would like more information about our programmes do come and have a chat.

Shows I crew for: Wimbledon, Match of the Day, Olympics, Football World Cup, Sports Personality of the Year

Anita is looking to meet: Anyone with an interest or background in Sport programmes/Sport documentaries.


BIANCA JOSEPH
Production Talent Executive – ITV Studios Entertainment

During her 15 years in television production, Bianca helped to shape flagship shows such as The Weakest Link, First Dates, The Cube, Total Wipeout, This Morning, Gareth Malone’s: Britain’s Best Choir and Surprise Surprise. Bianca was hired into ITV Entertainment as a Talent Executive in May 2016 and she is responsible for engaging editorial talent in the industry and encouraging existing talent within the ITV brand. Her background in production gives her a solid understanding of what it takes to work the roles she is tasked to fill and she will always champion the value of developing a varied skillset in this fast paced industry.

Shows I crew for: I’m a Celebrity, The Voice, Saturday Night Takeaway, Love Island, Who’s Doing the Dishes?

Bianca is looking to meet: 

  • Executive Producers and Series Producers with Entertainment or Fact-Ent experience
  • Self-shooting PDs with high volume-fast turn around formatted entertainment and/or reality experience
  • Edit Producers with high volume entertainment and/or reality experience
  • Editorial talent based outside M25

TOP PROGRAMMES

  • Love Island
  • Lethal Weapon
  • The Life Swap Adventure

CAROLINE CARTER 
Talent Manager – BBC Studios (Factual)

BBC London Factual makes output for Science, History, Business, Arts, Ob Docs, Consumer, Features and The One Show. I have staffed up productions in all these areas in the past, but currently I’m Talent Manager for Arts, History, Business, Documentaries, and Digital storytelling.
I’m interested in meeting anyone from runner to executive producer with a passion for our output.

Shows I crew for: Artsnight, The Big Painting Challenge, Andrew Graham Dixon’s Art of…, One Show (history & business inserts), The Met, Louis Theroux

Caroline is looking to meet: Anyone with an interest or background in arts, history, business, digital and docs.


DANIELL MORRISEY
Head of Talent – BBC Studios (Entertainment)

Daniell Morrisey is the Head of Resourcing Talent for BBC Entertainment, Music & Events where he works with the execs of shows from Strictly Come Dancing to Dragon’s Den, Top Gear, Children in Need, the Proms and ceremonial events.

He was previously Head of Talent for BBC Comedy where he was responsible for recognising and recruiting Directors, Producers and Executives to develop, produce, and deliver award-winning comedy content for television, radio, and online. Prior to that, he was Talent Executive with BBC Children’s, primarily crewing CBeebies shows. Other roles included Business Manager with BBC Vision, the in-house production arm of the BBC comprising Factual, Entertainment, Comedy, Drama, Children’s and Multiplatform programming, HR Business Partner to BBC’s Entertainment, Comedy and Drama departments, and as head of recruitment for BBC NEWS.

Daniell is on the Edinburgh TV Festival Talent Schemes Committee, is an experienced career coach and, having started his career as a journalist and magazine editor, still writes about career matters.

Danny is looking to meet: 

  • Executive producers in entertainment (from Saturday shiny-floor, to daytime/quiz, and factual ents), music (shows, concerts, pop to classical), events (big ceremonial type events, live).
  • Anyone else interested in working in entertainment formats / development.
  • Also people interested in Comedy, Children’s or journalism, although I’d prefer to focus on senior entertainment staff.

TOP PROGRAMMES

  • Strictly Come Dancing
  • Inside No 9
  • Dragon’s Den

D-I BROWN
Group Head of Talent BBC

D-I is the Group Head of Talent for all content areas in the BBC. He, alongside a team of Heads of Talent ensure that all recruitment and talent needs are delivered across all areas of content production – in all BBC centres across the UK and Internationally. The BBC aims to be the most creative organisation and in-so-doing, aims to attract the most creative people to come and work for the BBC, to deliver their best work and, if the opportunities arise, to stay and work for the BBC. D-I works with colleagues across the organisation to ensure that diversity, training and development are.

Shows I crew for: All content across radio, TV & online, including news


FIONA LAWRIE
Talent Manager – BBC Scotland

Having previously worked as a Production Manager I am aware how important getting the right staff in roles is.  I crew up for PM roles across Studios and Public Service Broadcasting at the BBC.  For Childrens I recruit for CBBC show like, Raven, Taking the Next Step, All Over the Place and CBeebies such as Down on the Farm and Vet Tales.


JANE McLAUGHLIN
Talent Manager –  BBC Studios (Pacific Quay Productions)

Jane is a Talent Manager for Specialist Factual (Science and Documentaries) as well as Entertainment and Events at BBC Scotland. She looks after all editorial staffing in these areas including scheduling, training and development as well as connecting and recruiting key freelance talent and negotiating their contracts. I’m keen to connect with individuals with a science background and also those who have a passion for documentaries or live events.

Shows I crew for: Horizon, Trust Me I’m a Doctor, Earth’s Natural Wonders, The One Show, This Farming Life, T in the Park, Children In Need

Jane is looking to meet: Anyone with an interest or background in specialist factual (including science and docs, daytime, obs and history), entertainment, events.


JP CARDEW
Head of Resourcing & Talent – BBC Studios

JP is Head of Resourcing and Talent for BBC Studios across, Factual, Scripted, Entertainment, Events and Music, managing teams in London, Bristol, Cardiff, Salford and Glasgow. BBC Studios is the main TV production arm of the BBC, we lead the way in creative storytelling, and we’re known and celebrated around the world for the quality of our programmes.

JP has been with BBC Studios team for around 4 months having previously been at Discovery Networks International where he was Senior Director of Talent Management for 5 years. JP has held similar Talent Resourcing and Management roles at Sky and at the BBC where he started his career in Talent Acquisition 12 years ago.

Roles I crew for: Genre Directors, Senior Creatives, Heads of Development and Exec Producers across Drama, Factual & Entertainment

JP is looking to meet: Experienced Format Developers, Senior Creatives, Producers & Exec Producers with a passion for the BBCs output across Drama, Factual (Natural History, Specialist Factual & History) & Entertainment (Fact Ents, Music & Comedy)

Those based or open to relocating to the North of England, Wales or Glasgow would be of particular interest.


MATTHEW BAXTER
Talent Manager – BBC Sport

As the talent manager for BBC Sport I am responsible for the recruitment, scheduling, training and development of editorial and production management staff across BBC Sport Television. I also oversee the various schemes and initiatives ran in BBC Sport.

Show’s I crew for: Match of the Day, Wimbledon, Olympics, The Six Nations

Matt is looking to meet: Anyone with an interest or background in sports and children’s’ programming.


MELISSA MITCHELL
Talent Manager – BBC Children’s

CBBC and CBeebies is dedicated to delighting and surprising its young audience across the UK and is a market leader for world class live action, drama, comedy, news and factual across the 0-6  and 6-12 age groups. It is dedicated to delivering high quality, diverse content for children across all platforms.

The CBBC and CBeebies website, YouTube channels and apps are also hugely popular with our young audience and their parents. On average around 2 million unique browsers visit our websites and apps each week. Our content seeks to entertain, inform and empower children, adding real value to their lives.

CBeebies is responsible for producing InHouse shows like Tree Fu Tom and Justin’s House, and working with indies to produce shows like Topsy and Tim, Teletubbies and Tee and Mo, and bringing to life the CBeebies online service.

CBBC is responsible for producing InHouse shows such as Danger Mouse, The Dumping Ground, The Next Step and Newsround, and working with indies to deliver digital experiences such as Dixi, The Secret Life of Boys and Operation Ouch.

I crew for: CBeebies TV & Radio as all of the digital teams who work on BBC Children’s Interactive (CBeebies + CBBC) output across our websites, apps, YouTube channels and social media platforms.

Melissa is looking to meet: Anyone with a knowledge and understanding of the children’s audience and how children consume content on the variety of platforms. Digital production and publishing skills a bonus.


VICTORIA GOODWIN
Head of Resourcing & Talent – BBC Radio & Education 

Victoria is Head of Production Talent for BBC Learning and the Religion & Ethics departments. She’s always on the look-out for digital content makers, especially with great story telling skills and wants to talk to documentary film makers and anyone who’s interested in working in production management. Victoria has over 20 years in broadcasting, both in production and talent management in the BBC and independent sector, in children’s, sport, news and current affairs.

Shows I crew for: Songs of Praise, factual documentaries, iWonder, Bitesize, events

Vic is looking to meet: Anyone with an interest in learning programming, religion & ethics, children’s, production management, sport, news and current affairs


VICTORIA ROYE
Talent Manager – BBC Studios (Entertainment)

Victoria made the move from producing shows to talent management several years ago. During her time at the BBC she has secured and nurtured talent for Current Affairs, News and Entertainment.  Her latest role is that of Talent Manager for BBC Studios, Entertainment, Music & Events in London and Salford.

Shows I Crew Up: Strictly Come Dancing, It Takes Two, Invictus Games, Dragons’ Den, A Question Of Sport, Children in Need, Comic Relief, Sport Relief, Mastermind,

Victoria is looking to meet: Anyone with an interest in Entertainment, shiny floor, quizzes &  Development


ZOE RUSHTON
Talent Manager – BBC Studios (Wales)

Zoë is a Talent Manager for Unscripted Productions (Factual TV) in Cardiff.  In her previous life she spent 12 years in production and worked her way up from a work experience placement to Senior Producer.  She’s worked in many different genres including Children’s, Factual Ents and Education.  Zoë has spent the last 4 years working as a Talent Manager and looks after daytime, features and docs in Wales.

Shows I crew up for: Crimewatch, The One Show, Bargain Hunt, X-Ray

Zoe is looking to meet: People who want to know more about working in Wales!