Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Media and Communication











Matt Arnold: Freelance Edit Producer and Producer/Director

After graduating from Leeds University in 2002, Matt joined the Granada Academy Training Scheme and worked for ITV’s This Morning. Matt’s credits as a freelance Director/Editor include ‘The Only Way is Essex’ for ITV2, ‘Got to Dance’ for SkyOne, ‘Celebrity Coach Trip’ for C4, ‘My Big Fat Gypsy Millions’ and ‘My Big Fat Gypsy Valentine’ for C4, BBC1‘s Watchdog, ‘Posh Pawn’ for C4, ‘Secrets of the Estate Agents’ (working title) for BBC2, ‘Un-Safe Sex in the City’ for BBC3, ‘The Baby Bomb’ for BBC3, ‘Eddie Stobart – Trucks and Trailers’ for C5, The Sport Relief Million Pound Bike Ride for BBC 1 and ‘Snow, Sex and Suspicious Parents’ for BBC3.

Edwin Rothwell: Researcher, The X Factor

Edwin’s interest in a media career was sparked by winning a competition to present his own MTV show in 2007. From there he chose the University of Leeds to study for a Broadcast Journalism degree at the School of Media and Communication. After working at BBC Look North in Leeds following his graduation, Edwin moved to entertainment television in 2010 and worked as a runner on Britain’s Got Talent, The X Factor, Britain and Ireland’s Next Top Model, Big Brother and The Sarah Millican Show. He is now Producer for The X Factor, where he’s looking for the next chart buster.

Matt Richards: Assistant Producer, BBC Helicopter Heroes

Matt has worked at the BBC for a decade. It all started with weekend work while he was a student, writing subtitles and scrolling the autocue for Look North, before he undertook a range of researching roles in the Newsroom. Matt then worked as a radio reporter for BBC Radio Leeds and returned to his home city to work at BBC Radio Sheffield. He then became one of the first of the BBC’s regional Video Journalists, working equally as a reporter, producer, cameraman and editor. For six years he worked as a lead VJ for the BBC Look North programme in East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire whilst also working on features for other BBC outlets which has included assignments to Sri Lanka, Cyprus and two weeks in the Sahara desert. Matt is currently working as a Camera Director and Assistant Producer for the BBC’s ‘Helicopter Heroes’ programme, an ongoing series following the work of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Alexander Gardiner: Creative Director of Factual North, ITV

Alexander Gardiner is Creative Director of Factual North and Specialist Factual, a department that incorporates the Leeds based Shiver, along with teams in Manchester and London working on current affairs, factual features and arts. The department’s range of projects in 2010 is immense, from ‘The First Leaders Debate’ in the election to popular daytime formats like ‘60 Minute Makeover’ and ‘May the Best House Win’. Alexander was Co-executive Producer of the first four series of ‘I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!’ He was also Executive Producer of shows such as ‘Ask the Prime Minister’, ‘David Starkey’s Monarchy’, Channel 4’s ‘Street Weapons Commission’, ‘Dispatches: Undercover Copper’ and Channel 4’s ‘On Trial’ series of one-offs.

Olivia Ford: Junior Researcher, Channel 5’s ‘The Wright Stuff’

Whilst studying at Leeds, Olivia started writing for local music websites and doing her own radio show on Leeds Student Radio, becoming Head Of Music at the station. She was offered a long-term internship with NME.com, travelling to London every Friday. After graduating, she joined Roundhouse Radio on a nine month paid traineeship, managing a station which prides itself on training a new generation of radio talent, all aged between 11-25. Within three months she became the Station Manager. She then joined Princess Productions as a Graduate Researcher. Olivia has worked as a Development Researcher (developing new TV formats and pitching them to channels) and as a Junior Researcher on Channel 5’s ‘The Wright Stuff’. She subsequently moved onto Sky 1’s ‘Got To Dance’ as a Researcher.

Holly Bryson: Researcher, ITV

Holly has been a Researcher for ITV for two and a half years. She began on a work experience placement a week after graduating and this led to a job as a runner. Three months later she was offered a 12 month traineeship as a junior researcher and was offered a job at the end of that contract. Her work has primarily been in the factual department, including the current affairs series ‘Tonight’. She has also worked in entertainment shows – a studio based quiz/panel show called ‘Show Me The Telly’ and a celebrity reality series called ‘Celebrity Super Spa’. Her favourite projects to date have been ‘Strictly Kosher’, a documentary about Manchester’s Jewish community, for which she travelled to Poland with a holocaust survivor and ‘A Parent’s Tale’ a documentary made with Soham schoolgirl Holly Wells’ parents to mark the tenth anniversary of her death. She has also worked on a programme which documented the move of Coronation Street from Granada Studios, over to the new site at MediaCity.

Rachel Mairs: ITN

Rachel has worked as a News Assistant/Floor Manager at ITN since Nov 2012, managing the studio floor team including camera operators and presenters, logging and researching music and clearing legals for ITV News, ITV London, Channel 4 News and Channel 5 News. She is also currently training as a producer for ITV London.

Mikaela Barwick: Picture Researcher, Sky News

After graduating from the Broadcast Journalism programme, Mikaela got her foot in the door at Sky News by working as what she describes as a “tape monkey”, in charge of ingesting archive footage tapes onto the server for producers and journalists, for their news packages. She was also freelancing as a weekend sports producer for Sky News Sport, writing scripts and editing pictures for the hourly rundowns. She was then promoted to a Sky News Picture Researcher and joined the Sky News Mentoring Scheme. Through the scheme, she had a one month secondment to Sky News Radio and started shadowing the Live@5 producing team in January.

Stephanie Carpanini: Freelance Runner/Researcher

Stephanie has worked in television since her graduation in 2010, mainly in entertainment and entertainment sub genres, as well as some observational documentary work. She has worked as a Day Runner on Britain’s Got Talent, Britain’s Next Top Model, Red or Black, Text Santa, Superstar, Jeremy Kyle, The X Factor, The Apprentice and The Voice. She was a Guest Production Runner on The Sarah Millican Television Programme, Junior Researcher on You’ve Been Framed and Logger on Jungle Gold for Discovery and Army Vets for ITV.

Katie Clarke: Freelance Researcher

During Katie’s second year work placement in her Broadcast Journalism degree, she managed to impress the local production company, True North, so much that they continued to hire her during her final year as a Broadcast Journalist. After graduating from Leeds, she did work experience at Shiver productions based at Granada Studios. She made the most of her time while she was at Granada, meeting the Head of Recruitment for ITV and asking her for tips on how to break into the industry. Katie spent a month or two after her time with Shiver applying for jobs, until a small indie production company in London offered her a two-month internship as a Development Researcher. She earned £200 a week and worked extremely hard; the investment was worth it when at the end of the internship, ITV (and Shiver) got back in touch and offered her 6 months as a Junior Researcher on ‘May The Best House Win’. From there Katie went on to work for 6 months on the Jeremy Kyle Show and was promoted to Senior Researcher after finding a story for the show which ended up being the top rated show of 2012. From there she went back to ‘May The Best House Win’ for a second time. A week before her contract was due to end, she got a call from the BBC who gave her a casting job on a new current affairs documentary series called ‘Its Your Move’.

Hannah Smith: BBC Post-production Assistant, working on shows such as Strictly Come Dancing

It took Hannah just two months to get a job in TV after graduating. She first landed a paid internship at MTV; six months and a bit of training later, she started freelancing as a Production Assistant and a Production Co-ordinator. Now her day job is working as an Assistant in Post Production at the BBC. Hannah has mostly been working on Strictly Come Dancing and its sister show It Takes Two. She has interviewed the celebs backstage, had her TV footage broadcast and been part of Children in Need.

Danni Mynar

After graduating from Leeds University in 2008, Danni was offered a Junior Researcher job with a small independent production company in London. From there she has gone on to work as an Assistant Producer on observational documentary series’ for Channel 4, BBC, ITV and Sky. Her credits include the Bafta winning series ‘One Born Every Minute’, ‘Secret Millionaire’ and ’24 hours in A&E’. Danni has recently returned from Bangkok where she has been investigating the Asian sex trade for a Sky Living series.

Darrell Brown: Freelance Producer/Director with True North

Darrell is freelancing as a Producer/Director and has specialised in crime documentary and current affairs for the past 2-3 years. He is currently with True North in Leeds, producing a six part series about some of Britain’s most dangerous prisoners. Since graduating in 2005 Darrell has worked up from a Junior Researcher through development roles, associate producing and edit producing positions on a variety of projects. Darrell’s previous work has included ‘Murder on the Social Network’, a film examining the link between modern communications and serious crime; ‘Jon Venables: What Went Wrong’, a BBC1 film exploring the life of one of Britain’s most notorious offenders; ‘Britain’s Underworld’, a series examining the fascinating world of organised crime in UK cities; ‘Shannon: The Mother of All Lies’, a BBC Panorama film on the disappearance of Shannon Matthews and the subsequent prosecution of her mother Karen and ‘Britain’s Toughest Cops’, a series following the work of specialist police units across the country.

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