Jane Thorburn
Jane Thorburn

Jane Thorburn

Jane is Principal Lecturer  for BA Television Production and a member of the Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media (CREAM) at the University of Westminster.  She has been researching the Nigerian Film and Video industry for the last five years and has made six documentaries in Nigeria.

She co-founded the production company After Image in 1979, directing, editing and series editing the majority of the company’s productions. An early success was the Arts Magazine programme Alter Image which ran for three series on Channel 4. The programmes received a number of international awards as well as having seasons devoted to the company’s work at the Pompidou Centre in Paris. In 1989 The Greatest Show On Earth was the official entry of Channel 4 to the Montreux Television festival. The After Image production The Empress won the Royal Television Society best production design award and a special mention at the prestigious IMZ Opera Screen.

Other productions include The Score, a classical music magazine series for BBC2, Camera an opera written specially for television, 2 documentaries for the Discovery Channel, and several performance collaborations commissioned be the Arts Council, Channel 4 and BBC2.  Most recently she has directed and produced three documentaries made Nigeria, a drama and a short film ‘JOY, IT’S NINA’ currently showing in film festivals round the world.

Take a look at Jane’s website here and her film Joy It’s Nina’s website here.

Rob Benfield

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Rob is a Senior Lecturer and Course Leader For BA Television Production. Rob worked for 25 years in Broadcast Television, beginning and ending his career in Broadcast Children’s Television from Blue Peter in its golden era to Mad For It in the more complicated multi-Channel age in2001. Working in twice weekly programming with audiences that peaked at 10 million was a great career episode for a director and producer who regards the frequency and ‘throw away’ nature of the old broadcast model    as a great education.
Now nothing is thrown away.
From there was a period spent developing new media formats including an EC wide project that linked children from across Europe through the internet before Youtube existed; KidsNet, was the first foray into the potential of the new media that the internet offered. Another period took Rob across Europe working on the influence of mobile technology on industries in the expanding EC.  Yet another saw him working with countries creating new channels of communication post communism, funded by BBC World Service Trust in Turkmenistan and Georgia. A lot of that knowledge goes into his expertise working in WSMADs China Media Centre working with the world’s new ‘great’ media companies like Shanghai Media Group.
Rob worked in arts documentaries, current affairs, history and LE genres as well as children’s broadcasting. There were also “the business years’ where Rob worked in the commercial sector selling to broadcasters and the corporate world alike.
This has created an innate understanding of television and its changing shape. Now, we on BA Television Production know that all the content we create is for all platforms and that new platforms demand a new creativity; new business and new entrepreneurial attitudes. But the demand for great content is undiminished. The need to understand the theory and practice of television  as a context’ed discipline is also undiminished. Come and join us!

 

 

VISITING LECTURERS

 

 

Philip Gladwin

Philip Gladwin

“Most recently, Philip worked at Bentley Productions as Head of Development. Prior to this, he was series script editor on NEW TRICKS for Headstrong Pictures/BBC1 and previously held the same role on the BAFTA-nominated CBBC show, THE DUMPING GROUND. In 2012, Philip worked as script doctor on the five part IFTA nominated show AN BRONTANNAS, the movie version of which was Ireland’s entry to the Academy Awards in 2015.
Born in Grimsby and with a degree in English and a Masters in Artificial Intelligence, Philip started in TV as a script reader in BBC Single Drama in 1995. He worked as a script editor on CASUALTY, THE BILL, BERKELEY SQUARE and BUGS, before going into development at World Productions.
In 2000 he started writing full time, and was a staff writer on THE BILL, going on to write episodes of HOLBY, TRIAL AND RETRIBUTION, GRANGE HILL and THE SARAH JANE ADVENTURES, as well as single plays for Radio 4 and the stage.
Philip was nominated for the Dennis Potter award twice by World Productions, and his 2013 Radio 4 play MAD GIRL was nominated for a National Journalists’ award.
In 2007 he set up www.screenwritinggoldmine.com – a writing community website, which at its peak received a quarter of a million visitors a year. The Screenwriting Goldmine Awards are in now their fifth year and have received serious industry recognition, with a large judging panel drawn from senior figures in the British TV industry.

 

 

Siubhan (Shu) Richmond

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Shu is a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Westminster on the BA Television
Production Course and teaches the 2ndYear Live Multi Camera TV module.
A multi award-winning senior producer and executive, Shu has extensive experience of developing, producing and managing live and pre-recorded factual, cookery, daytime and lifestyle programmes.  As Editor of ITV’s flagship daytime programme, ‘This Morning’, Siubhan achieved a NTA and two TV Quick awards in successive years.
Specialising in the conception, development and production of new formats she launched a number of new shows, including the award-nominated ‘The Villa’ for Sky One; conceived the unique format of ‘Have I Been Here Before’, a regression series for ITV1 and set up ‘Angela & Friends’, a live daytime magazine show with Angela Griffin for Sky 1. Shu has also produced programmes for Channel 5 and British Forces Broadcasting.
As an Executive Producer for ITV Daytime and Lifestyle, Shu managed all aspects of television production, including compliance, commercial projects, PRTS and secondary rights development.
After leaving ITV Shu launched and ran the website, So You Want To Work in Television (www.wanttoworkintelevision.com).  She then went on to set up her own Media Consultancy, advising individuals, charities and businesses on how to create engaging content through words and videos, on all forms of media.

 

Bob Bentley

Bob Bentley
Bob is one of the UK’s visionary directors. A BAFTA award winner with Recluse his work has been described as exquisite, intriguing, and beautifully crafted. Bob is a visiting lecturer in the School of Media, Arts and Design. He mostly teaches Documentary Production for 2nd and 3rd year students, and on occasions Creative Video.

Bob has worked in the film and television for a number of years, mostly as a Producer/Director, making documentaries, dramas, and drama/docs. Subjects include aspects of the arts, history and science. During his career he has been a lecturer at a number of institutions – and has taught at Westminster University for about seven years.

Outside of Westminster Bob pursues his career as an independent producer/director.

Have a look at Bob’s website here.

 

Clive Gill

Clive is a Visiting LecPhotograph (13)turer at the University of Westminster on the BA Television Production Course and teaches the 1st Year TV Camerawork module and the TV Lighting module. He is also involved in the 1st Year Drama project and runs a number of specialist camerawork and lighting master classes for the 2nd and 3rd Year students.

Clive is also a freelance Director of Photography/Lighting Director. He works on a wide spectrum of Broadcast and Corporate Television Productions from TV Drama, including such popular series as Holby City, Casualty, Bad Girls and The Bill; Live Music OB’s filming artists and bands such as Coldplay, Queen, Dizze Rascal, Justin Bieber, Oasis, Katy Perry and Jessie J to name but a few;  Documentaries that have taken him from such extremes as several kilometres underground in a South African gold mine to 200m in the air above the Swiss Alps in a microlite aircraft, as well as Commercials and Corporate Training/Communication video’s for clients such as BT, Volvo, O2, PWC, Sony, BMW, McDonalds, VISA and many more.

In between this Clive enjoys windsurfing, hiking and is involved in woodland conservation.

 

 

TECHNICIANS

 

Sharon Mason

Sharon Mason

Sharon’s involves looking after the day-to-day running of the TV studio,  training students to use the studio kit, lighting studio exercises and shows, giving advice on programme production and set design, making sure health and safety guidelines are followed, and maintaining kit.

Sharon started out in the industry as a Runner at LWT,  became a Technical Operator for an MoD contractor, and worked in various technical and production roles, including: Camera Operator, Vision-Mixer, Floor manager, VT Editor, Production Co-ordinator, and Facilities Manager. Highlights have included a 2-week trip to Oman – vision-mixing at gunpoint for the Sultan,  and signing the ‘Official Secrets Act’ 3 times!

Sharon’s hobbies include: cooking, writing comedy, travelling, and spending time with my Yorkshire Terrier, Geordie.  I’m particularly interested in ancient civilsations, the paranormal and conspiracies.

Aaron Kay

Aaron Kay

Aaron is the post-production technician here at the University of Westminster. As a Video Technologies Specialist, it is Aaron’s role to provide.

Training and Support to courses in the School of Media, Arts & Design.  Aaron provides training in post-production and effects-related software, as well as advising on High Definition video workflows.  In 2007 he was awarded a Teaching & Learning Fellowship, for his work on integrating video technology training into course programs.

Aaron has specialist experience supporting animation and chroma-key studios and related post-production practices, and has worked previously in video editing, specialising in video compression.  He is also a practicing artist and produces work relating to the history of imaging technologies, retro video gaming, and inventing hybrid media and imaging devices.


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