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Journalist, producer and media consultant based in Spain working for UK press. My focus here is safe travel and the tourism industry. I also cover current affairs, business, architecture and rural regeneration, and work / have worked for The Guardian, BBC, FT, The Times, Conde Nast Traveller, Business Life, Reader's Digest, Evening Standard.

Film

I’m a journalist and documentary producer working in mainstream media, but involved also in looking at different ways of funding, sharing and using film across multiple platforms. I wish digital publishers were better at integrating video content.

I started as fixer and location scout for various Discovery, HTV and BBC productions in Central America (Jungle Book, BBC’s Ray Mears’ Extreme Survival), and later went to work in development at AGB Films (Hyena Men, Wild Places of Essex with Robert Macfarlane). As head of specialist factual at Icon, I was pitching series ideas to UK and US channels, but missed the making side of things. I wrote and produced Panda Makers (AGB Films for BBC Natural World, narrated by David Attenborough) which, with pandas and a talented team including Nigel Buck, Robin Cox, Andrew Graham-Brown, Steven Cassidy, Mihali Moore, picked up multiple international awards (including Best Narration, Best Script, Best Conservation & Environmental Issue and the Special Jury Award at the International Wildlife Film Festival, Missoula, and, fittingly a Golden Panda at the Pan-Asian Golden Panda Awards). This was broadcast as Pandamania in the US.

I’ve produced client-funded short videos for wildlife reserves, and was a founding partner at Marketplace Films, a UK-based company working with top crews and editors to prove the fact that promotional films can be – and should be – high-quality and creative too. I provide location, translation and production services for crews shooting in Spain (Lonely Planet, Tin Can, Talpa). And I’ve filmed and edited short films to accompany commissioned features, including a series on the tiny house movement, filmed across the US.

For more work experience details look me up on LinkedIn.

 

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