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James Dean

Producer

James originated and launched ‘This is Jinsy’, from pilot stage at BBC to two 8-part series for Sky Comedy, with major talent involved, including: Stephen Fry, David Tennant, Catherine Tate, Derek Jacobi, Rob Brydon and Olivia Colman.

 

Took over producing of ‘The Midnight Beast’ for 2nd Series for Warp / Channel 4 (E4). On time and on budget, with January 2014 TX.

 

Produced micro-budget feature ‘Discoverdale’, with budget raised from 2entertain and private investors. Selected for over 20 festivals and 10 awards so far. Follow-up feature, ‘Clowns’, in development.

 

Company Director of small indies, Welded Tandem Picture Company (which produces ‘This Is Jinsy’) and Ashmore Films (which produced ‘Discoverdale’). Extensive knowledge of the business of comedy beyond producing.

 

10+ years of producing and directing some of the biggest factual / reality programmes in the UK and the US (Celebrity Fit Club, Airline USA, Ladette to Lady, Supersize vs Superskinny, Eric Cantona: Looking For Manchester, and Come Dine With Me).

 

Elected Member of BAFTA TV Committee.

Credits

COMEDY & DRAMA
Production (role):
MARLEY’S GHOSTS
Company:
Objective / Sky Living
Project details:
3 x 30 mins

Starring Sarah Alexander and John Hannah
Production (role):
ALT
Company:
E4
Project details:
4 x 45 min comedy drama

Wr. Harry and Jack Williams

Starring Blake Harrison
Production (role):
THE MIDNIGHT BEAST
Company:
E4 (Series 2)
Project details:
6 x 30 min comedy featuring comedy boyband The Midnight Beast
Production (role):
THIS IS JINSY
Company:
Sky Atlantic (Series 2)
Project details:
8 x 30 min

With Stephen Fry, Rob Brydon, Derek Jacobi and Olivia Colman
Production (role):
DISCOVERDALE
Project details:
Feature-length Mockumentary about comedy rock band, Dead Cat Bounce, and their quest to meet their rock idol, David Coverdale of Whitesnake

23 Festivals, Winner of 10 Awards, including:
Best International Film, Galway Fleadh
Best of the Fest, LA Comedy Festival
Audience Award, Friars Club Festival, New York
Production (role):
THIS IS JINSY
Company:
Sky Atlantic
Project details:
8 x 30min commission

Comedy series

Best Sketch Show, British Comedy Awards

Rose D’Or Nominated (Pilot)
Production (role):
DEAD CAT BOUNCE (Producer / Director)
Company:
BBC
Project details:
On-line content and script development for Irish Comedy Rock Band

Directed Music promo, ‘Every Time You Shave, A Moustache Dies.’ (115,000 views on YouTube)
Production (role):
SHIRLEY & SHIRLEY (Producer / Director)
Company:
BBC
Project details:
On-line content (5 x 3 minute sketches) and script development for female comedy duo
Production (role):
THE MAX FACTOR (Writer)
Project details:
Full-length feature film screenplay in development

Selected by the First Film Foundation (sponsored by UK Film Council)
Production (role):
SHRINK (Writer / Producer / Director)
Project details:
15 minute short 35mm comedy

21 Festivals, Winner of 3 Awards:
Best Comedy and The Audience Award, Filmstock (2002)
Silver Comedy Award, Crested Butte Reel Fest (2001)
‘Highly Commended’ Turner Classic Shorts (TCM), BAFTA Shortlisted
Production (role):
THE DENTIST WHO WANTED TO TALK DIRTY IN ITALIAN (Writer)
Project details:
Full-length feature film screenplay

Optioned by Leopard Films
Production (role):
SPIRALLING (Writer / Director)
Project details:
20-minute short about HIV/AIDS

Festivals: Festival de la Solidarite, Dunkerque; Singapore, London, Turin

Awards: Premier Prix Etudiant, Festival de la Solidarite
FACTUAL & REALITY
Production (role):
TOTALLY BONKERS GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS (Producer / Director)
Company:
ITV 2 / IMG
Project details:
2 series, 8 x 30 min each

Popular clipshow featuring Guinness World Records, narrated by Matt Edmondson
Production (role):
ERIC CANTONA: LOOKING FOR MANCHESTER (Producer / Director)
Company:
ITV 1 / Canal +
Project details:
1 x 60 minute programmes

The iconic Frenchman explores the history of football in Manchester
Production (role):
ALEXANDER ARMSTRONG’S BIG BRITISH SUMMER (Script Editor)
Company:
BBC 1 / Crackit Productions
Project details:
1 x 60 minute programmes

Re-writer for the primetime BBC 1 prog. following the comic around Britain
Production (role):
CELEBRITY COME DINE WITH ME (Producer / Director)
Company:
ITV / Channel 4
Project details:
2 x 60 minute programmes

Primetime version of popular dining show with Biggins, Peter Stringfellow et al.
Production (role):
I’M A CELEBRITY, GET ME OUT OF HERE (Director)
Company:
ITV Digital Productions
Project details:
Digital Content

On-line / red button strand

With comedian Rob Deering
Production (role):
COME DINE WITH ME (Producer / Director)
Company:
ITV / Channel 4
Project details:
2 x 60 minute programmes

Primetime version of popular C4 show in Luton and Aberdeen
Production (role):
SUPERSIZE VS SUPERSKINNY (Senior Producer / Director)
Company:
Endemol / Channel 4
Project details:
3 x 60 minute programmes

Directed first episode of 1st series of C4 features staple
Production (role):
LADETTE TO LADY (Series Director)
Company:
RDF / ITV 1
Project details:
5 x 60 minute programmes

3rd series of ITV’s hit show about eight Eliza Doolittles
Production (role):
FOUND (Series Producer / Director)
Company:
Leopard Films / BBC 1
Project details:
5 x 45 minute programmes

Kate Adie follows the stories of 10 Foundlings in the UK
Production (role):
AIRLINE USA (Series Producer / Director)
Company:
Granada / A&E
Project details:
70 x 30 minute programmes and Thanksgiving Special

People’s Choice nominated reality show about Southwest Airlines
Production (role):
TOP TEN: GUITAR HEROES (Producer / Director)
Company:
Channel 4 / Chrysalis Television
Project details:
90-minute programme
Production (role):
PSYCHO ANALYSIS / THE ORIGINAL SCREAM (Writer / Director)
Company:
Universal TV Network
Project details:
2 x programmes to celebrate the centenary of Alfred Hitchcock
Production (role):
THE DEATH AND LIFE OF JAMES DEAN (Producer / Director)
Company:
Namesake Films
Project details:
45-minute DV documentary on the late, great star

Festivals: Tokyo, Singapore
Production (role):
THE OLYMPIC SERIES
Company:
TWI
Project details:
10 x 30 minutes series on the greatest moments of the Olympics
THEATRE
Production (role):
COMEDY REP (Writer / Director)
Company:
Soho Theatre, London
Project details:
Weekly comedy revue of new writing

Credits

  • Production (role)
    Company
    Project details
  • Production (role): MARLEY’S GHOSTS
    Company: Objective / Sky Living
    Project details: 3 x 30 mins

    Starring Sarah Alexander and John Hannah
  • Production (role): ALT
    Company: E4
    Project details: 4 x 45 min comedy drama

    Wr. Harry and Jack Williams

    Starring Blake Harrison
  • Production (role): THE MIDNIGHT BEAST
    Company: E4 (Series 2)
    Project details: 6 x 30 min comedy featuring comedy boyband The Midnight Beast
  • Production (role): THIS IS JINSY
    Company: Sky Atlantic (Series 2)
    Project details: 8 x 30 min

    With Stephen Fry, Rob Brydon, Derek Jacobi and Olivia Colman
  • Production (role): DISCOVERDALE
    Company:
    Project details: Feature-length Mockumentary about comedy rock band, Dead Cat Bounce, and their quest to meet their rock idol, David Coverdale of Whitesnake

    23 Festivals, Winner of 10 Awards, including:
    Best International Film, Galway Fleadh
    Best of the Fest, LA Comedy Festival
    Audience Award, Friars Club Festival, New York
  • Production (role): THIS IS JINSY
    Company: Sky Atlantic
    Project details: 8 x 30min commission

    Comedy series

    Best Sketch Show, British Comedy Awards

    Rose D’Or Nominated (Pilot)
  • Production (role): DEAD CAT BOUNCE (Producer / Director)
    Company: BBC
    Project details: On-line content and script development for Irish Comedy Rock Band

    Directed Music promo, ‘Every Time You Shave, A Moustache Dies.’ (115,000 views on YouTube)
  • Production (role): SHIRLEY & SHIRLEY (Producer / Director)
    Company: BBC
    Project details: On-line content (5 x 3 minute sketches) and script development for female comedy duo
  • Production (role): THE MAX FACTOR (Writer)
    Company:
    Project details: Full-length feature film screenplay in development

    Selected by the First Film Foundation (sponsored by UK Film Council)
  • Production (role): SHRINK (Writer / Producer / Director)
    Company:
    Project details: 15 minute short 35mm comedy

    21 Festivals, Winner of 3 Awards:
    Best Comedy and The Audience Award, Filmstock (2002)
    Silver Comedy Award, Crested Butte Reel Fest (2001)
    ‘Highly Commended’ Turner Classic Shorts (TCM), BAFTA Shortlisted
  • Production (role): THE DENTIST WHO WANTED TO TALK DIRTY IN ITALIAN (Writer)
    Company:
    Project details: Full-length feature film screenplay

    Optioned by Leopard Films
  • Production (role): SPIRALLING (Writer / Director)
    Company:
    Project details: 20-minute short about HIV/AIDS

    Festivals: Festival de la Solidarite, Dunkerque; Singapore, London, Turin

    Awards: Premier Prix Etudiant, Festival de la Solidarite
  • Production (role)
    Company
    Project details
  • Production (role): TOTALLY BONKERS GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS (Producer / Director)
    Company: ITV 2 / IMG
    Project details: 2 series, 8 x 30 min each

    Popular clipshow featuring Guinness World Records, narrated by Matt Edmondson
  • Production (role): ERIC CANTONA: LOOKING FOR MANCHESTER (Producer / Director)
    Company: ITV 1 / Canal +
    Project details: 1 x 60 minute programmes

    The iconic Frenchman explores the history of football in Manchester
  • Production (role): ALEXANDER ARMSTRONG’S BIG BRITISH SUMMER (Script Editor)
    Company: BBC 1 / Crackit Productions
    Project details: 1 x 60 minute programmes

    Re-writer for the primetime BBC 1 prog. following the comic around Britain
  • Production (role): CELEBRITY COME DINE WITH ME (Producer / Director)
    Company: ITV / Channel 4
    Project details: 2 x 60 minute programmes

    Primetime version of popular dining show with Biggins, Peter Stringfellow et al.
  • Production (role): I’M A CELEBRITY, GET ME OUT OF HERE (Director)
    Company: ITV Digital Productions
    Project details: Digital Content

    On-line / red button strand

    With comedian Rob Deering
  • Production (role): COME DINE WITH ME (Producer / Director)
    Company: ITV / Channel 4
    Project details: 2 x 60 minute programmes

    Primetime version of popular C4 show in Luton and Aberdeen
  • Production (role): SUPERSIZE VS SUPERSKINNY (Senior Producer / Director)
    Company: Endemol / Channel 4
    Project details: 3 x 60 minute programmes

    Directed first episode of 1st series of C4 features staple
  • Production (role): LADETTE TO LADY (Series Director)
    Company: RDF / ITV 1
    Project details: 5 x 60 minute programmes

    3rd series of ITV’s hit show about eight Eliza Doolittles
  • Production (role): FOUND (Series Producer / Director)
    Company: Leopard Films / BBC 1
    Project details: 5 x 45 minute programmes

    Kate Adie follows the stories of 10 Foundlings in the UK
  • Production (role): AIRLINE USA (Series Producer / Director)
    Company: Granada / A&E
    Project details: 70 x 30 minute programmes and Thanksgiving Special

    People’s Choice nominated reality show about Southwest Airlines
  • Production (role): TOP TEN: GUITAR HEROES (Producer / Director)
    Company: Channel 4 / Chrysalis Television
    Project details: 90-minute programme
  • Production (role): PSYCHO ANALYSIS / THE ORIGINAL SCREAM (Writer / Director)
    Company: Universal TV Network
    Project details: 2 x programmes to celebrate the centenary of Alfred Hitchcock
  • Production (role): THE DEATH AND LIFE OF JAMES DEAN (Producer / Director)
    Company: Namesake Films
    Project details: 45-minute DV documentary on the late, great star

    Festivals: Tokyo, Singapore
  • Production (role): THE OLYMPIC SERIES
    Company: TWI
    Project details: 10 x 30 minutes series on the greatest moments of the Olympics
  • Production (role)
    Company
    Project details
  • Production (role): COMEDY REP (Writer / Director)
    Company: Soho Theatre, London
    Project details: Weekly comedy revue of new writing

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Producers Department

Independent Talent Group Ltd
40 Whitfield Street,
London, W1T 2RH

Telephone:

+44 (0)20 7636 6565

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