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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.

Producing second series of ITV1’s major primetime drama, LIAR, with Joanne Froggart and Ioan Gruffudd. Written by Jack & Harry Williams and directed by James Strong.

Producer of two series of LIVING THE DREAM, a Big Talk production for Sky One. Series 1, an £11m budget filmed in Savannah, Georgia, USA. Series 2, a £9m budget filmed in Souther Spain. With top line talent, Phil Glenister and Lesley Sharp.

Produced first full series of MARLEY GHOSTS by Daniel Peacock starring John Hannah and Sarah Alexander for Objective Fiction and UKTV, on time and on budget in and around London.

Producer of E4, 4 x 60minute comedy-drama, TRIPPED for Mammoth Screen and C4 drama, developing scripts with Jack & Harry Williams and putting together the production over multiple locations and with a large cast, including Blake Harrison, Georgina Campbell and newcomer George Webster.

Produced THE MIDNIGHT BEAST for 2nd Series for Warp/C4. On time and on budget, with successful TX in Jan-Feb 2014.

Produced micro-budget feature DISCOVERABLE, with budget raised from 2entertain and private investors. Selected for over 20 festivals and 10 awards, including Los Angeles Comedy Festival Best of Fest, Friars Club New York Audience Award, and Best International Film at Galway Fledh. International sales to Japan and via Moviehouse. Follow up film, SEND IN THE CLOWNS in development with Irish Film Board and Fastnet Features.

Freelance producer and director of Welded Tandem Picture Company (which produces This Is Jinsy) and Ashmore Films (which produced Discoverable) with Chris Carey.  Excellent 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):
LIAR Series 2 (Producer)
Company:
Two Brothers Pictures / ITV1
Project details:
6 x 60" Drama

Wrs. Jack and Harry Williams

Dir. James Strong
Production (role):
LIVING THE DREAM Series 2 (Producer)
Company:
Big Talk Productions / Sky1
Project details:
6 x 60" Comedy Drama filmed in Southern Spain.

Starring Phil Glenister and Lesley Sharp.

Dirs. Saul Metzstein and Philippa Langdale
Production (role):
LIVING THE DREAM (Producer)
Company:
Big Talk Productions / Sky1
Project details:
Series 1

6 x 60" Comedy- Drama

Starring Phil Glenister and Lesley Sharp

Wr. Mick Ford

Dirs. Saul Metzstein, Philippa Langdale
Production (role):
NOT THE DEVIL
Company:
Mini Productions / Six Missing Chairs
Project details:
SHORT

Wr. / Dir. Siobhan Schwartzberg
Production (role):
MARLEY’S GHOSTS (Producer)
Company:
Objective Fiction / Gold
Project details:
6 x 30" Comedy

Starring Sarah Alexander and John Hannah

Wr. Daniel Peacock

Dir. Jonathan Gershfield
Production (role):
TRIPPED (Producer)
Company:
Mammoth Screen / Channel 4 /E4
Project details:
4 x 60" Comedy Drama

Wrs. Harry & Jack Williams

Dir. Jamie Ston
Production (role):
LIVES OF THE INFAMOUS (Producer)
Company:
Big Talk / Channel 4
Project details:
2 x 6" Comedy Blaps
Production (role):
THE MIDNIGHT BEAST (Producer)
Company:
Warp Films / E4
Project details:
6 x 30" Comedy

Dir. Al Campbell

Production (role):
THIS IS JINSY (Producer)
Company:
Sky Atlantic (Series 2)
Project details:
Recommissioned comedy series

8 x 30"

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

Dir. George Kane

20 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):
SHIRLEY & SHIRLEY (Producer / Director)
Company:
BBC
Project details:
On-line content (5 x 3" sketches) and script development for female comedy duo
Production (role):
THIS IS JINSY (Producer)
Company:
Sky Atlantic
Project details:
8 x 30" Comedy series

Guest stars include David Tennant, Catherine Tate, Harry Hill

Nominated 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.’
Production (role):
SHRINK (Writer / Producer / Director)
Project details:
15" short 35mm comedy

Festivals: 21 in total, including BBC British Shorts, Palm Springs, Raindance, Britspotting (Berlin), LA Shorts, St. Petersburg.

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):
SPIRALLING (Writer / Director)
Project details:
20" short about HIV/AIDS

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

Awards: Premier Prix Etudiant, Festival de la Solidarite
FACTUAL TELEVISION
Production (role):
MAN IN BLACK (Producer)
Project details:
Feature length documentary about the remarkable life of Abraham Klein, the world's greatest referee. Trailer filmed and currently looking for finance.
Production (role):
ERIC CANTONA: LOOKING FOR MANCHESTER (Producer / Director)
Company:
ITV1 / Canal +
Project details:
1 x 60 minute

The iconic Frenchman explores the history of football in Manchester
Production (role):
TOTALLY BONKERS GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS (Producer / Director)
Company:
ITV2 / IMG
Project details:
12 x 30 minute

Popular clip show with Matt Edmondson narrating.
Production (role):
ALEXANDER ARMSTRONG’S BIG BRITISH SUMMER (Script Editor)
Company:
BBC 1 / Crackit Productions
Project details:
1 x 60 minute

Re-writer for the primetime BBC1 programme following the comic around Britain
Production (role):
CELEBRITY COME DINE WITH ME (Producer / Director)
Company:
ITV / Channel 4
Project details:
2 x 60 minute

Primetime version of popular dining show with Biggins, Peter Stringfellow et al.
Production (role):
COME DINE WITH ME
Company:
ITV / Channel 4
Project details:
2 x 60 minute

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

1st Series of long-running feature show with Dr. Christian Jessen
Production (role):
LADETTE TO LADY (Series Director)
Company:
RDF / ITV 1
Project details:
5 x 60 minute

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

Shooting Director on PD70

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

People’s Choice nominated reality show about Southwest Airlines
Production (role):
CELEBRITY FIT CLUB (Producer/ Director)
Company:
LWT
Project details:
10 x 30 minutes as shooting Director (PD150)

8 Celebrities, including Ann Widdecombe, try and shed a few pounds
Production (role):
TEMPTATION ISLAND (Producer/Director)
Company:
LWT / Sky1 / 20th Century Fox
Project details:
12 x 60 minutes
Production (role):
TOP TEN: GUITAR HEROES (Producer / Director)
Company:
Channel 4 / Chrysalis Television
Project details:
90-minute programme
Production (role):
THE OLYMPIC SERIES
Company:
TWI
Project details:
10 x 30 minutes series on the greatest moments of the Olympics
THEATRE
Production (role):
YOU ME BUM BUM TRAIN (Cast/ Crew)
Project details:
Cast member (Tibetan Monk, Pall Bearer) in production and participant in creation of sets.
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): LIAR Series 2 (Producer)
    Company: Two Brothers Pictures / ITV1
    Project details: 6 x 60" Drama

    Wrs. Jack and Harry Williams

    Dir. James Strong
  • Production (role): LIVING THE DREAM Series 2 (Producer)
    Company: Big Talk Productions / Sky1
    Project details: 6 x 60" Comedy Drama filmed in Southern Spain.

    Starring Phil Glenister and Lesley Sharp.

    Dirs. Saul Metzstein and Philippa Langdale
  • Production (role): LIVING THE DREAM (Producer)
    Company: Big Talk Productions / Sky1
    Project details: Series 1

    6 x 60" Comedy- Drama

    Starring Phil Glenister and Lesley Sharp

    Wr. Mick Ford

    Dirs. Saul Metzstein, Philippa Langdale
  • Production (role): NOT THE DEVIL
    Company: Mini Productions / Six Missing Chairs
    Project details: SHORT

    Wr. / Dir. Siobhan Schwartzberg
  • Production (role): MARLEY’S GHOSTS (Producer)
    Company: Objective Fiction / Gold
    Project details: 6 x 30" Comedy

    Starring Sarah Alexander and John Hannah

    Wr. Daniel Peacock

    Dir. Jonathan Gershfield
  • Production (role): TRIPPED (Producer)
    Company: Mammoth Screen / Channel 4 /E4
    Project details: 4 x 60" Comedy Drama

    Wrs. Harry & Jack Williams

    Dir. Jamie Ston
  • Production (role): LIVES OF THE INFAMOUS (Producer)
    Company: Big Talk / Channel 4
    Project details: 2 x 6" Comedy Blaps
  • Production (role): THE MIDNIGHT BEAST (Producer)
    Company: Warp Films / E4
    Project details: 6 x 30" Comedy

    Dir. Al Campbell

  • Production (role): THIS IS JINSY (Producer)
    Company: Sky Atlantic (Series 2)
    Project details: Recommissioned comedy series

    8 x 30"

    With Stephen Fry, Rob Brydon, Derek Jacobi and Olivia Colman
  • Production (role): DISCOVERDALE (Producer)
    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

    Dir. George Kane

    20 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): SHIRLEY & SHIRLEY (Producer / Director)
    Company: BBC
    Project details: On-line content (5 x 3" sketches) and script development for female comedy duo
  • Production (role): THIS IS JINSY (Producer)
    Company: Sky Atlantic
    Project details: 8 x 30" Comedy series

    Guest stars include David Tennant, Catherine Tate, Harry Hill

    Nominated 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.’
  • Production (role): SHRINK (Writer / Producer / Director)
    Company:
    Project details: 15" short 35mm comedy

    Festivals: 21 in total, including BBC British Shorts, Palm Springs, Raindance, Britspotting (Berlin), LA Shorts, St. Petersburg.

    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): SPIRALLING (Writer / Director)
    Company:
    Project details: 20" 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): MAN IN BLACK (Producer)
    Company:
    Project details: Feature length documentary about the remarkable life of Abraham Klein, the world's greatest referee. Trailer filmed and currently looking for finance.
  • Production (role): ERIC CANTONA: LOOKING FOR MANCHESTER (Producer / Director)
    Company: ITV1 / Canal +
    Project details: 1 x 60 minute

    The iconic Frenchman explores the history of football in Manchester
  • Production (role): TOTALLY BONKERS GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS (Producer / Director)
    Company: ITV2 / IMG
    Project details: 12 x 30 minute

    Popular clip show with Matt Edmondson narrating.
  • Production (role): ALEXANDER ARMSTRONG’S BIG BRITISH SUMMER (Script Editor)
    Company: BBC 1 / Crackit Productions
    Project details: 1 x 60 minute

    Re-writer for the primetime BBC1 programme following the comic around Britain
  • Production (role): CELEBRITY COME DINE WITH ME (Producer / Director)
    Company: ITV / Channel 4
    Project details: 2 x 60 minute

    Primetime version of popular dining show with Biggins, Peter Stringfellow et al.
  • Production (role): COME DINE WITH ME
    Company: ITV / Channel 4
    Project details: 2 x 60 minute

    Primetime version of popular C4 show in Luton and Aberdeen.
  • Production (role): SUPERSIZE VS SUPERSKINNY (Senior Producer / Director)
    Company: Endemol / Channel 4
    Project details: 8 x 60 minute

    1st Series of long-running feature show with Dr. Christian Jessen
  • Production (role): LADETTE TO LADY (Series Director)
    Company: RDF / ITV 1
    Project details: 5 x 60 minute

    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

    Shooting Director on PD70

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

    People’s Choice nominated reality show about Southwest Airlines
  • Production (role): CELEBRITY FIT CLUB (Producer/ Director)
    Company: LWT
    Project details: 10 x 30 minutes as shooting Director (PD150)

    8 Celebrities, including Ann Widdecombe, try and shed a few pounds
  • Production (role): TEMPTATION ISLAND (Producer/Director)
    Company: LWT / Sky1 / 20th Century Fox
    Project details: 12 x 60 minutes
  • Production (role): TOP TEN: GUITAR HEROES (Producer / Director)
    Company: Channel 4 / Chrysalis Television
    Project details: 90-minute programme
  • 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): YOU ME BUM BUM TRAIN (Cast/ Crew)
    Company:
    Project details: Cast member (Tibetan Monk, Pall Bearer) in production and participant in creation of sets.
  • Production (role): COMEDY REP (Writer / Director)
    Company: Soho Theatre, London
    Project details: Weekly comedy revue of new writing