Meet The Speakers: Derek McLean

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 McLean

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”.

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Meet The Speakers: Neil Crombie

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

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.

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Meet The Speakers: Graham Stuart

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.

Graham Stuart
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.

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Meet The Speakers: Lisa Clark

Meet The Speakers: Lisa Clark

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 Clark
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.

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Meet The Speakers: Simon Dickson, Label 1

Meet The Speakers: Simon Dickson, Label 1

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.

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.

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Jamie: From Screen To Stage

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.

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Meet The Speakers: Karl Warner, Jes Wilkins & Jamie Campbell

Meet The Speakers: Karl Warner, Jes Wilkins & Jamie Campbell

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.

Karl Warner
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.

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Meet The Speakers: Simon Heath

Meet The Speakers: Simon Heath

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.

Simon Heath
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.

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Meet The Speakers: Laura Greene & Matt Nida

Turn On, Tune In

We’ve got two more great speakers lined up for the latest in our Turn On, Tune In series of events at The Hospital Club on Thursday 9th February. Find out more about Laura Greene (Casting Producer, First Dates) and Matt Nida (Series Producer, Big Fat Quiz of the Year), who will take us behind the scenes of their hit shows, and reveal a few of the secrets of their success!

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Meet The Speakers: Ralf Little, Zoe Rocha, Nick Catliff & Stuart Elliott

Meet the Speakers: Ralf Little, Zoe Rocha, Nick Catliff & Stuart Elliott

We’ve got more top speakers lined up for the latest in our series of sold-out Turn On, Tune In events at The Hospital Club this Thursday! Find out more about LittleRock Pictures’ Ralf Little & Zoe Rocha and Lion Television’s Nick Catliff & Stuart Elliott. We’ll be taken behind the scenes of their ground-breaking shows, and find out a few of the secrets of their success!

Ralf Little & Zoe Rocha
LittleRock Pictures was launched in 2015 by actor Ralf Little and executive Zoe Rocha, in partnership with Sky Vision. Prior to launching LittleRock, Zoe was COO of Sprout Pictures, where she worked as comedy and drama executive producer on several projects, including Emmy award-winning Sky 1 comedy Moone Boy.

Ralf is a well-known actor and writer who was cast in acclaimed comedy The Royle Family at the age of 18 and has since taken on many acting roles, including long-running BBC Three sitcom, Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps and Factory Records biopic, 24 Hour Party People. He has also written and starred in series such as The Ralf Little Show, and Sky 1 comedy The Café, as well as penning a one-off episode for the Sky Arts Playhouse Presents strand.

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