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It’s a wrap for budding TV production students

Wrap party

Tue 15th May, 2012

University of Bedfordshire Media Arts and Production students mingled with top TV production staff at their very own ‘wrap party’ to showcase University TV production talent recently.

The Television Production Wrap Party attracted more than 100 Bedfordshire students, alumni, University staff, prospective student applicants and TV industry figures, to the fashionable Graphic Bar in Soho, London.

The event showcased TV production talent at the University, enabling students past, present and future to meet with University staff and personalities from the world of TV.

Kathryn Wolfe, Course Leader in Television Production at the University said, “It was a fabulous evening, great atmosphere, and wonderful to see so many of our students and alumni mingling with illustrious figures from the TV industry. Potential employment and collaborations in the TV industry are so often gained by networking and our alumni are some of the key employers of the future.”

Science Broadcaster Matthew Tosh (Teachers TV) said, “Lovely networking opportunity and great to meet such enthusiastic students from the University.”

Phillip Hagar from leading broadcast and webcast facilities provider Bow Tie Television said: “It was great to meet such enthusiastic students.”

Successful Bedfordshire Television Production alumni at the party included:

  • Mario Louis (graduated 2007) who was formerly Researcher on Channel 5’s Gadget Show and is now a Researcher on Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies series.
  • David Wiseman (graduated 2007) is part of the team producing Channel 4’s Come Dine with Me for international markets
  • Allar Kaasik (graduated 2008) is commercials editor at Realise,
  • Claire Stubbs (graduated 2009) is production secretary for BBC Three’s Britain Unzipped
  • Colin Finnerty (graduated 2009) is currently a freelance Editor
  • Ben Blakey (graduated 2009) is now Junior Researcher at Renegade Productions.
  • Jodie Lockwood (graduated 2011) is production secretary for Channel 5’s Big Brother

Darsh Gajjar, an Employability Advisor at the University said, “Networking and influencing skills are crucial to a successful career within the creative industries. Events such as these not only provide real opportunities for our students to network with potential employers but also to hone these skills in a fun environment.”

Anthony Greenbank, a Lecturer in Television Production at Bedfordshire said: “It was fantastic to catch up with our former students who are now doing great things in the world of television. It was also great to see so many of our current students chatting with members of the industry and collecting those all important business cards!”

Professor James Crabbe, Dean of Faculty of Creative Arts, Technologies and Science added “It was a wonderful event speaking with former students and for our current students to meet potential future employers close to their working environment”.

Programme makers attending included Jackie Andrews (Homes Under the Hammer, BBC), Simon Cruse from Platform Post Production (Horrible Histories, BBC), Jo Bucci (Production Manager of Big Brother for Channel 5), Sharon Miller (screenwriter of five Thomas the Tank Engine films), Sandra Greenbank (Production Accountant for The Jonathan Ross Show, ITV), Neil Koenig (Producer of The Bottom Line, BBC Radio 4), Graham Reed, lighting cameraman, Justine Collins, (Head of Production at ETV), Jake Procter (Editor of Masterchef , BBC), Dominic Bolton (Production co-ordinator at BBC TV), Amy Mathieson (Managing Director of Jet Set Films, and, Radio Presenter and comic Danny Steele.

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