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Jonathan Phillips

Television Producer

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Work

Producer

Queens (2021-2022)
Nutopia

Drama Producer on Series 1 of this new premium docudrama franchise from Nutopia and Jada Pinkett Smith/Westbrook for Netflix US, shooting in spring 2022 on location in Morocco.

The Dumping Ground (2015-2021)
CBBC

Executive Producer on this award-winning children’s drama. Overseeing the 24 x 30 series. Shooting in studio and on location in Newcastle, along with an overseas shoot in Crete.

Led the team and devised editorial strategy for all aspects of the brand, across TV, iPlayer, website, social media, YouTube, animation, games, marketing and publicity for this award-winning comedy drama, delivering over 100 episodes of the show.

Main duties: overseeing prep and shoot for an hour-long special shot on location in Crete, working with local crew and fixers and some British crew; overseeing recruitment of HODs, directors, writers and cast; signing off on budget, schedule, risk assessment and all aspects of post-production.

WINNER: ‘Best Drama’, RTS North East Awards 2019
NOMINATED: ‘Best Drama’, Bafta Kids, 2019

Casualty (2014-2015)
BBC Wales

Producer on this long running medical drama. Oversaw prep and shoot for a special shot on location in Bucharest, working in collaboration with Romanian production partners, Media Pro, with a mixture of Romanian and British crew. Managed all aspects of production and post-production on over 25 episodes, overseeing scripts, budget, schedule, stunts, SFX, edit, dub, grade and risk assessment. Series Producer: Erika Hossington.

WINNER: ‘Best Continuing Drama’, RTS Awards 2015
WINNER: ‘Best Drama’, Inside Soap Award 2015
NOMINATED: ‘Best Continuing Drama’, Bafta Awards 2015

Father Brown (2012-2013)
BBC Drama

Produced series 2 of this 10 X 45’ period drama, based on the G.K.Chesterton stories, starring Mark Williams and shot on location in the Midlands. Directed promotional spots for BBC Worldwide to push pre-sales to US market.

Guest cast included: James Fleet, Tracy-Ann Oberman, Nick Moran, Sylvestra Le Touzel, David Calder, Tom Chambers

WINNER: ‘Best Drama’, RTS Midlands 2014
NOMINATED: ‘Best Drama’, NTA Awards 2014
NOMINATED: ‘Best Drama’, Broadcast Awards 2014

Doctors (2012)
BBC Drama

Producer on this 221 x 30 drama series for BBC1. Oversaw script development, prep, production and post-production on my episodes. Tutored on 2012 BBC Writer’s Academy, with John Yorke. Executive Producer: Will Trotter.

River City (2009-2010)
BBC Scotland

Produced multiple episodes on series 3 and 4 of this 52 X 60’ returning drama.

Half Moon Investigations (2008-2009)
CBBC

Developed and produced new 13 X 30’ comedy drama series for BBC Children’s, based on the best-selling novel by Eoin Colfer and shot on location in Glasgow. Appointed and managed writers, directors and HODs and signed off on scripts, budget, schedule and casting. Directed ‘Red Button’/interactive content.

Doctors (2005-2008)
BBC Drama

Produced multiple episodes. Tutored on 2006 Writer’s Academy and member of selection panel for BBC Drama Director’s Academy.

WINNER: ‘Best Single Episode’, British Soap Awards 2009 + 2007

EastEnders (2003-2004)
BBC Drama

Produced over 50 episodes of the show. Completed BBC’s Single Camera Drama Directing course.

Development

Development Producer (2010-2011)
Greenroom Entertainment

Set up and developed new slate of TV drama and comedy drama projects for Children’s. Commissioned writers included Joe Williams, Chris Wooding and Nick Malmholt.

Development Producer (2004-2005)
Worldwide Drama, Fremantle Media

Developed a version of German broadcaster RTL’s prison drama series, ‘Behind Bars’, for CBS. Wrote pitches and edited promos for key brands across Fremantle group. Worked with Fremantle’s partner companies within Latin America to identify and develop localisable versions of ‘telenovela’ brands for the European market. Compiled weekly reports on output of Fremantle’s daily serials across Europe.

Head of Development (2000-2003)
BBC Scotland Drama

Developed series (’55 Degrees North’, ‘2000 Acres of Sky’, ‘Tinsel Town’), serials (‘Real Men’) and singles for all BBC channels and for BBC Films. Commissioned writers included: Chris Lang, Tim Prager, Simon Donald, Ashley Pharoah, Niall Leonard, Gregory Burke, Lizzie Mickery, Stephen Greenhorn. Pitched projects to Drama Controller, negotiated development contracts, and managed script team. Co-devised ‘River City’, winning the bid to make it BBC Scotland’s regional soap. Helped run Migrations, a training scheme for BAME writers based in Scotland

Script Editor / Storyliner

Storyliner, 'Salutat Elamat' (1998-1999)
Fremantle Media

Developed and storylined a daily serial for MTV3 in Finland, working in conjunction with Finnish writers and producers.