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.
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!
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.
We’ve got two more top speakers for our latest sold-out Turn On, Tune In event at The Hospital Club tomorrow night! Find out more about Tiger Aspect’s Head of Comedy Entertainment, Andy Brereton, and one of the UK’s most innovative producers, Gary Monaghan. We’ll be taken behind the scenes of their ground-breaking shows, and find out a few of the secrets of their success!
Want to know about the latest events in the industry, but want someone else to do the hard work? Well we’ve obliged, with the first in a regular series, looking ahead to a few great production events, big and small, coming up over the next few weeks.
Networking for Creative People
Taking place at the BFI’s Mediatheque on 24th April at 5pm.
An informal networking event offering a space for inspiration and networking for creative people. There is no admission fee for the Mediateque, but the networking event will charge a small fee of £1.
More info: http://bit.ly/1WdOxdJ