By continuing to work regularly in the industry, our teaching team are extremely well placed to bring in top industry professionals for workshops, masterclasses and mentoring, as well as providing links and work opportunities with the UK’s top production companies. Also, over the years, our graduates have spread across the entire TV landscape. They keep in touch through our active alumni groups, regularly returning to inspire others and invite current students to work with them.
Alice Troughton is an internationally-acclaimed director working between the UK and the US. Having recently lead directed and executive produced Baghdad Central (2020) for Channel 4, she is also known for her work on the award-winning shows The Living and The Dead (BBC), Cucumber (Channel 4) and Dr Who (BBC). Her work in US includes NETFLIX series Lost in Space, and CW’s The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow. Last year she finished Tin Star Series 3 for Sky. She is currently working as lead director and executive producer on Sky Atlantic’s serial adaptation of the John Wyndham classic sci-fi novel The Midwich Cuckoos.
Award-Winning Executive Producer
Simon Kerfoot has worked on a variety of outputs including Channel 4’s The Hotel, the last three series of One Born Every Minute and the first series of Surgeons: At the Edge of Life for BBC Two. Simon has spent his career making both series and single documentaries for a variety of UK and International broadcasters ranging from David Walliams’ Big Swim, Hairy Bikers Mississippi Adventure, groundbreaking social experiments like Young Mum and Dad’s Mansion and quirky hits such as The Whale that Blew up in the Street.
Outside Broadcast Unit Manager, Timeline TV
James is an accomplished Outside Broadcast Unit Manager with over a decade of experience planning and managing the delivery of live and recorded productions. James has worked on live sport, the arts, political programmes and brand projects. He was the lead on site Engineering Manager for the BAFTA nominated BBC Sport coverage of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019. His role involves working with the production team, managing the technical broadcast planning, logistics and H&S, as well as bringing together and managing different contractors and suppliers, finding innovative, joined-up technical solutions to realise the production teams’ creative ambitions. James joined Timeline TV in 2019 at a key time in the company’s expansion. As well as being a market-leading provider of UHD HDR outside broadcasts facilities, Timeline is now also established as the go-to technical partner for remote production.
Executive and Series Producer
Jim Connolly is an award-winning creative, executive producer known for his cutting-edge entertainment shows. He has worked in TV for over 20 years initially on game and quiz show formats for terrestrial broadcasters including Deal or No Deal for Channel 4, Britain’s Brightest Family and Alphabetical for ITV. He Series Produced Rated Awards for Channel 4 in 2018 and his show Peng Life was nominated for Best Original Programme at the Broadcast Awards 2019. His most recent work has seen him move onto new platforms: The Cut for Red Bull Media (UK and US Series) screened on global multi-platform channel Red Bull TV – an original song writing series hosted in the UK by DJ Tiffany Calver and in the US by producer and DJ OG Parker. And Orbital for Otro a freestyle football travel series shot in London, Paris, Barcelona and Munich taking freestyle talent around Europe to meet and challenge top professional footballers including Louis Suarez and James Rodriguez. As Head of Content, he helped Renowned Films grow from a small indie production company to winning Independent Production Company of The Year at Edinburgh Television Festival. He has recently been making, via his own company bigbellytelly, an anarchic chat show Balley TV with the band IDLES, a gameshow pilot for Netflix at Talkback and continues to work as a Development Executive for Thames TV.
Award-Winning Series Producer
Karen began her career working in radio news and current affairs, and on consumer TV programmes, like Watchdog and Crimewatch (BBC1) before moving in to documentaries and mixed format factual entertainment across a multitude of genres – everything from natural history and crime through to lifestyle and children’s programming. Her specialism is Ob Docs with titles like the award-winning Living with the Wolfman (Channel 5 and Animal Planet) Nature’s Miracle Orphans (BBC1) and Naked and Marooned ( Discovery) to her name.