Next month we will be returning to The Hospital Club, for the latest in our long-running series of TV Networking events. On Thursday 11th October we will be joined by Derek McLean, Managing Director of Bandicoot TV, who will be discussing his career to date.
Derek’s first job after graduating from university was working as a lawyer in America on the infamous Death Row, a job he believes gave him a “grounding for a career in television”.
Next month we will be returning to The Hospital Club, for the latest in our long-running series of TV Networking events. On Thursday 11th October we will be joined by Neil Crombie, who will be discussing the series of documentaries he has worked on with artist Grayson Perry.
Neil Crombie is both the Co-Founder and Creative Director of Swan Films, where he works across all of the company’s productions. He has extensive credits as a Director, Producer and Executive Producer, and is a double BAFTA-winner. Aside from his work with Perry, Neil’s credits include Executive Producer on the landmark six-part series American High School. In 2015 Neil was nominated for Best Factual Director at the BAFTA Craft Awards.
Next week we will be returning to The Hospital Club, for the latest in our long-running series of TV Networking events. On Thursday 6th September we will be joined by Clare Pizey and Alex Renton, the executive producer and series producer from the nation’s favourite motoring TV series, Top Gear, who will discuss rebooting one the BBC’s biggest global brands. We’ll also be joined on the night by legendary producer Graham Stuart, discussing his work on one of the UK’s best loved prime-time chat shows, The Graham Norton Show.
Pizey joined Top Gear as the head of editorial content in 2016, heading up the reboot after the departure of the long running presenting trio of Hammond, Clarkson and May. At the time, she had been with the BBC for seven years working as the Head of Factual Entertainment. Her credits include Children in Need and Sport Relief.
Alex Renton is best known for his work on Top Gear, Clarkson: Thriller and Clarkson: Duel. Renton has worked on the Top Gear brand for over a decade, joining on series 5, and filling various roles across the production.
The original Top Gear launched in 1977 and was only available on BBC1 Midlands. The 30 minute programme discussed common motoring issues such as holiday touring, insurance and fuel economy. The original Top Gear ran for 24 years, before being relaunched in 2002 with a new format featuring races, celebrities and the studio setting that we have come to know and love.
After the well publicised departure of the show’s presenters, the format was again relaunched in 2016, with a new group of presenters, and host of new segments and features. Although the reboot boasted original and exciting changes, as Renton stated in a 2017 BBC interview, the car is still the foundation. “The programme starts from the car – always, always. We build from that. We combine all the different ingredients and we have got great ambitions.”
And, of course in a trailer that can only be described as quintessentially British, one of those key ingredients is milk.
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So, what does it take to pull off a successful reboot of a globally recognised brand? For a chance to find out first-hand how the duo put the show firmly back into top gear join us on the 6th September at The Hospital Club. For more information and to book your free place, click here.
Next week we will be returning to The Hospital Club for another of our TV Networking events. On Thursday 6th September we will be joined by legendary producer, Graham Stuart, discussing his work on one of the UK’s best loved prime-time chat shows, The Graham Norton Show. We will also be joined by Clare Pizey and Alex Renton, the executive and series producer from the nation’s favourite motoring TV series, Top Gear.
Stuart is the co-founder of production company So Television. Established in 2000, the company was founded with the goal of making high quality entertainment television. It was later sold in 2012 to ITV, in a deal that was thought to be worth £17 million.
We return to The Hospital Club later this week for the latest in our long-running series of TV Networking events, featuring top programme-makers from across the industry. Along with Label 1’s Simon Dickson, we’ll be joined this time around by legendary comedy producer, Lisa Clark, who along with Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer, co-founded award-winning company Pett Productions.
Lisa has been producing entertainment and comedy shows for over 25 years – from the iconic The Big Breakfast in 1992 and the multi-award-winning live Saturday night show Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush, to the ground-breaking panel show Shooting Stars in the early 00s and, most recently the critically acclaimed sitcom Vic & Bob’s House Of Fools.
We are fast approaching our next TV Networking event, taking place on Thursday 8th February at Covent Garden’s Hospital Club. For the February Edition we’re delighted to be hosting Label 1 Co-Founder and Creative Director, Simon Dickson.
Widely regarded as one of the industry’s most prominent and captivating creative thinkers, Dickinson has a reputation for approaching mainstream factual subjects from a unique perspective.
BAFTA-nominated for Discovery/Channel 4’s The Plane Crash, his credits include titles such as Bear Grylls’ Wild Weekends, along with multi-camera ‘rig’ shows One Born Every Minute and The Hotel, both of which he commissioned when he was head documentaries at Channel 4.
We had another packed house at The Hospital Club last night for our latest ProductionBase TV Networking evening – a huge thank you to everyone that joined us on the night, as well as our great guest speakers.
We were joined on stage by Jamie Campbell, the inspiration for the West End’s newest hit musical, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, which opened at The Apollo Theatre earlier this month to rave reviews. The show is based on Jamie’s story, as a 16-year-old boy from a council estate in the North-East who wants to wear a dress to his end-of-year school prom, and the BBC Three documentary that followed his progress.
With just over a week to go until our latest TV Networking event at The Hospital Club, we profile our latest group of top industry speakers, who’ll take us behind the scenes of their hit shows.
Our first speaker for the November edition, taking place on Tuesday 14th, is Electric Ray Founder, Karl Warner, revealing the secrets behind this autumn’s latest high-concept reality show, Bromans.
Karl is now running Electric Ray, his own production company and home to E4’s Carjackers and BBC’s Prized Apart. Before launching the company he was a Commissioning Editor at the BBC, where he was involved in the development of hit shows including Strictly Come Dancing.
He also held senior roles at Endemol, where his credits included Big Brother and Soccer Aid, as well as a number of other independent production companies.
Karl is credited on a range of other shows, such as Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Russell Howard’s Good News, Junior Doctors, Back Chat with Jack Whitehall, Live at the Apollo and The Undercover Princes, winning him numerous awards and breaking ratings records in a variety of genres along the way.
The next event in our run of sold-out TV Networking events at The Hospital Club takes place on Thursday 12th October. Our second speaker on the night will be World Productions’ award-winning Creative Director, Simon Heath, who will discuss his work on hit BBC Two crime series, Line of Duty.
Starting off his career in 1993 as a script editor and writer for Byker Grove and Ant & Dec, Simon Heath joined World Productions 20 years ago, as a script editor on Channel 4’s Ultraviolet, before working his way up to Producer (Attachments for BBC Two, Men Only for Channel 4), and then becoming Head of Drama.
Heath’s credits as Executive Producer in the following years include BAFTA-nominated dramas such as Outlaws and Hancock & Joan, and RTS-nominated films Ahead of the Class and United.
In 2011, now as Creative Director of World Productions, Heath executive produced the five-part police corruption thriller, Line of Duty, which at the time was BBC Two’s highest-rating drama for more than 10 years. The following year his show The Fear won two BAFTAs and a RTS Award.
Our next TV Networking event is fast approaching, and for the October edition, taking place on the 12th at The Hospital Club, we’re delighted to be hosting two top speakers from ITV Studios, who were behind one of this year’s most successful reality series: ITV2’s smash-hit summer sensation, Love Island.
Richard Cowles and Tom Gould
ITV Creative Director Richard Cowles started his career in documentaries, before becoming a Producer/Director and then Series Producer on a range of award-winning factual entertainment series, including Ibiza Uncovered and Airline.
In 2002 he co-created and produced the global hit format, I’m a Celebrity… Get me out of here!. The survival reality show has topped more than 10 million viewers in most of the 16 series aired to date. The final episodes of the 2nd and 3rd series were viewed by more than half the total TV audience at the time.