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Jesse Cleverly

Producer

Credits

CAREER
Company:
Wildseed Studios
Project details:
Creative Director
Company:
BBC Children’s
Project details:
Head of Co-Production and Acquisitions, Drama and Animation Department

Responsible for identifying possible international co-production and investment opportunities, as well as identifying and buying all CBBC’s acquired live action and animated content, responsible for a budget of £6million. Managing own development slate of live action properties for larger scale international co-production for the family audience
Company:
BBC Television
Project details:
Executive Producer, Children’s Drama

Overseeing both development and production
Company:
BBC Fictionlab
Project details:
Head of Drama Development

Brought in to help establish new department. Specific brief to develop groundbreaking drama using new formats, new technology, and new platforms. Produced 4 films by new writers as well as managing expansion of the department from 5 to 60 members of staff. A number of credits in development and production
Company:
BBC Films
Project details:
Script Editor

Trained and worked as a Script Editor. A number of feature film and television credits in development and production
Company:
Royal Court Theatre
Project details:
Marketing Manager

Brought in by Stephen Daldry to oversee the theatre’s re-branding and move to the West End
Company:
Royal Shakespeare Company, Barbican Centre, London
Project details:
Assistant Marketing Officer

In charge of promoting all new writing in The Pit Theatre and selected productions in the Barbican Theatre
Company:
Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich
Project details:
Marketing Assistant

Involved in launching of a studio theatre dedicated to producing new plays under the direction of Hettie Macdonald
SKILLS / QUALIFICATIONS
KEY EXPERIENCE:

• International markets and co-production
Has been working the international markets for the past eighteen months identifying co-production, investment and acquisition opportunities. Has identified and brokered a number of deals in the live action, animation and interactive space that are in the process of being finalized. One of these deals, when signed, will be the largest third party investment into BBC in the history of the corporation based on one of his own development projects. Has also purchased a number of properties from the market. As a result he has project development, production and international deal making and distribution experience. He has developed excellent contacts in the international broadcaster, distributor and production arena’s for both live action and animation. Jesse has practical experience of tailoring creative development to maximize investment potential, and a good understanding of how one then maximizes content value by accessing the full range of investment sources from distribution guarantees, to licence fees and tax incentives. He has done some research into the production services opportunities and India and China and would feel confident setting up deals with 3rd parties there

• Executive Producer
Productions include Kidnapped, a 3 x 50’ Sunday serial for BBC1 with Iain Glen, Paul McGann, Adrian Dunbar and Gregor Fisher (later picked up by WGBH Boston for Masterpiece Theatre, and the ABC in Australia for prime time Tx) ;Desperados, a 10 part comedy drama series about a wheelchair basketball team; Powers a 13 x 30’ children’s mystery series for CBBC1 which regularly attracted between 28%-30% of available audience and regularly appeared in the Top 10 Children’s Programes in Broadcast; three series of UGetMe, 100 x 8.5’, and 36 x 15’ cross platform interactive drama series. Other projects in various stages of development, including a new adaptation of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea for a Saturday night family drama series

• Animation Production
Has acted as the BBC’s Editorial Executive Producer on a number of projects in development and production using a range of techniques from flash to full 3d cgi. As a result Jesse has first hand experience of the animation financing, development and production process

• Drama Producer
Safe House, Jerusalem the Golden, 49 and Up for It, House Across the Street - four films by new writers for the launch season on BBC4. The Lives of Animals for a single television film adaptation of JM Coetzee’s for BBC4 (dir. Alex Holmes, featuring Eileen Atkins).

• Script Executive
In his role as Head of Drama Development for Fictionlab, developed The Scandalous Success of Salvador Dali, the launch film for BBC4 (BBC4/BBC2) a 60’ single film on the life of Salvador Dali. (BBC2 Summer 2001, Dir./Prod. Richard Curson Smith. Written by Matthew Broughton Featuring Ewen Bremner, Stephen Fry, Vic Reeves, Mark Gatiss and Ben Miller). Thunder Road - UK’s first broadband drama, also shown on BBC2, (Written by John Godber; dir. by John Godber and Nick Copus; prod Nick Copus and Richard Fell)

• Writing / adapting
Wrote an episode of Desperados (tx BBC1 2007), currently adapting The People’s Act of Love from the novel by James Meek into a feature film (with a writing partner) for Infinitum Nihil (Johnny Depp’s production company), adapted the Hamilton Vs Fayed trial under the title Justice in Wonderland into a 60’ single drama for BBC2, Tx Spring 2000. (Dir. Tim Leandro. Prod Richard Fell. Featuring Charles Dance, Kenneth Cranham and Belinda Lang). Also Wrote Boxed In, a short film funded by The Art Council, produced August 1997

• Script Editor
Production credits: Vacuuming Completely Nude in Paradise, 60’ single film, BBC2, Tx Autumn 2001. (Dir Danny Boyle. Exec Prod. Hilary Salmon. Writer Jim Cartwright. Featuring Timothy Spall). The Wyvern Mystery, 2 x 60’ gothic thriller for BBC1, Tx Spring 2000. (Dir Alex Pillai. Prod Ruth Baumgarten. Written by David Pirie. Featuring Naomi Watts, David Jacobi and Jack Davenport). Developed a range of as yet un-produced feature film projects, drama serials and drama series.

• New Media / Innovation
Developed and then executive produced three series of UGetMe, a cross platform drama series about a fictional group of teenagers running a real internet radio station. Developed and script Exec’d the UK’s first broadband interactive drama written by John Godber and broadcast as part of the BBC’s Project Hull and later shown on BBC2. Previously worked with leading writers including Jeanette Winterson and Jeff Noon developing innovation projects for a range of platforms including television, web and television, broadband, and games.

• Film Direction
Directed his own film Boxed In, funded by The Arts Council, Summer 1997

• Teaching
Led an intensive course in Interactive Narrative at MLE, MiT’s new European operation in Dublin; taught a 12 week screen-writing course to new young writers at The Royal Court Theatre over Autumn 2000; ran a course for professional writers in Interactive Narrative for the BBC

• Marketing
Enjoyed great success at the Royal Court where they presented over 60 new plays including work Mojo by Jez Butterworth, The Beauty Queen of Leenane by Martin McDonagh, The Weir by Conor McPherson, Shopping and Fucking by Mark Ravenhill, as well as work by Caryl Churchill and Harold Pinter. Was in charge of the re-branding of The Royal Court and the companies successful expansion and relocation to the West End

• Theatre Direction
Jesse has directed theatre productions including one at the Gate Theatre in Notting Hill, and a large scale production of Margaret Catchpole - a new musical play with Hettie Macdonald, a number of fringe productions, and large scale community Shakespeare productions

• Journalism
Wrote a number of articles for UK Wired Magazine on technology and culture, have written on interactive drama for Scritpwriter Magazine

Credits

  • Company
    Project details
  • Company: Wildseed Studios
    Project details: Creative Director
  • Company: BBC Children’s
    Project details: Head of Co-Production and Acquisitions, Drama and Animation Department

    Responsible for identifying possible international co-production and investment opportunities, as well as identifying and buying all CBBC’s acquired live action and animated content, responsible for a budget of £6million. Managing own development slate of live action properties for larger scale international co-production for the family audience
  • Company: BBC Television
    Project details: Executive Producer, Children’s Drama

    Overseeing both development and production
  • Company: BBC Fictionlab
    Project details: Head of Drama Development

    Brought in to help establish new department. Specific brief to develop groundbreaking drama using new formats, new technology, and new platforms. Produced 4 films by new writers as well as managing expansion of the department from 5 to 60 members of staff. A number of credits in development and production
  • Company: BBC Films
    Project details: Script Editor

    Trained and worked as a Script Editor. A number of feature film and television credits in development and production
  • Company: Royal Court Theatre
    Project details: Marketing Manager

    Brought in by Stephen Daldry to oversee the theatre’s re-branding and move to the West End
  • Company: Royal Shakespeare Company, Barbican Centre, London
    Project details: Assistant Marketing Officer

    In charge of promoting all new writing in The Pit Theatre and selected productions in the Barbican Theatre
  • Company: Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich
    Project details: Marketing Assistant

    Involved in launching of a studio theatre dedicated to producing new plays under the direction of Hettie Macdonald
  • KEY EXPERIENCE:

    • International markets and co-production
    Has been working the international markets for the past eighteen months identifying co-production, investment and acquisition opportunities. Has identified and brokered a number of deals in the live action, animation and interactive space that are in the process of being finalized. One of these deals, when signed, will be the largest third party investment into BBC in the history of the corporation based on one of his own development projects. Has also purchased a number of properties from the market. As a result he has project development, production and international deal making and distribution experience. He has developed excellent contacts in the international broadcaster, distributor and production arena’s for both live action and animation. Jesse has practical experience of tailoring creative development to maximize investment potential, and a good understanding of how one then maximizes content value by accessing the full range of investment sources from distribution guarantees, to licence fees and tax incentives. He has done some research into the production services opportunities and India and China and would feel confident setting up deals with 3rd parties there

    • Executive Producer
    Productions include Kidnapped, a 3 x 50’ Sunday serial for BBC1 with Iain Glen, Paul McGann, Adrian Dunbar and Gregor Fisher (later picked up by WGBH Boston for Masterpiece Theatre, and the ABC in Australia for prime time Tx) ;Desperados, a 10 part comedy drama series about a wheelchair basketball team; Powers a 13 x 30’ children’s mystery series for CBBC1 which regularly attracted between 28%-30% of available audience and regularly appeared in the Top 10 Children’s Programes in Broadcast; three series of UGetMe, 100 x 8.5’, and 36 x 15’ cross platform interactive drama series. Other projects in various stages of development, including a new adaptation of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea for a Saturday night family drama series

    • Animation Production
    Has acted as the BBC’s Editorial Executive Producer on a number of projects in development and production using a range of techniques from flash to full 3d cgi. As a result Jesse has first hand experience of the animation financing, development and production process

    • Drama Producer
    Safe House, Jerusalem the Golden, 49 and Up for It, House Across the Street - four films by new writers for the launch season on BBC4. The Lives of Animals for a single television film adaptation of JM Coetzee’s for BBC4 (dir. Alex Holmes, featuring Eileen Atkins).

    • Script Executive
    In his role as Head of Drama Development for Fictionlab, developed The Scandalous Success of Salvador Dali, the launch film for BBC4 (BBC4/BBC2) a 60’ single film on the life of Salvador Dali. (BBC2 Summer 2001, Dir./Prod. Richard Curson Smith. Written by Matthew Broughton Featuring Ewen Bremner, Stephen Fry, Vic Reeves, Mark Gatiss and Ben Miller). Thunder Road - UK’s first broadband drama, also shown on BBC2, (Written by John Godber; dir. by John Godber and Nick Copus; prod Nick Copus and Richard Fell)

    • Writing / adapting
    Wrote an episode of Desperados (tx BBC1 2007), currently adapting The People’s Act of Love from the novel by James Meek into a feature film (with a writing partner) for Infinitum Nihil (Johnny Depp’s production company), adapted the Hamilton Vs Fayed trial under the title Justice in Wonderland into a 60’ single drama for BBC2, Tx Spring 2000. (Dir. Tim Leandro. Prod Richard Fell. Featuring Charles Dance, Kenneth Cranham and Belinda Lang). Also Wrote Boxed In, a short film funded by The Art Council, produced August 1997

    • Script Editor
    Production credits: Vacuuming Completely Nude in Paradise, 60’ single film, BBC2, Tx Autumn 2001. (Dir Danny Boyle. Exec Prod. Hilary Salmon. Writer Jim Cartwright. Featuring Timothy Spall). The Wyvern Mystery, 2 x 60’ gothic thriller for BBC1, Tx Spring 2000. (Dir Alex Pillai. Prod Ruth Baumgarten. Written by David Pirie. Featuring Naomi Watts, David Jacobi and Jack Davenport). Developed a range of as yet un-produced feature film projects, drama serials and drama series.

    • New Media / Innovation
    Developed and then executive produced three series of UGetMe, a cross platform drama series about a fictional group of teenagers running a real internet radio station. Developed and script Exec’d the UK’s first broadband interactive drama written by John Godber and broadcast as part of the BBC’s Project Hull and later shown on BBC2. Previously worked with leading writers including Jeanette Winterson and Jeff Noon developing innovation projects for a range of platforms including television, web and television, broadband, and games.

    • Film Direction
    Directed his own film Boxed In, funded by The Arts Council, Summer 1997

    • Teaching
    Led an intensive course in Interactive Narrative at MLE, MiT’s new European operation in Dublin; taught a 12 week screen-writing course to new young writers at The Royal Court Theatre over Autumn 2000; ran a course for professional writers in Interactive Narrative for the BBC

    • Marketing
    Enjoyed great success at the Royal Court where they presented over 60 new plays including work Mojo by Jez Butterworth, The Beauty Queen of Leenane by Martin McDonagh, The Weir by Conor McPherson, Shopping and Fucking by Mark Ravenhill, as well as work by Caryl Churchill and Harold Pinter. Was in charge of the re-branding of The Royal Court and the companies successful expansion and relocation to the West End

    • Theatre Direction
    Jesse has directed theatre productions including one at the Gate Theatre in Notting Hill, and a large scale production of Margaret Catchpole - a new musical play with Hettie Macdonald, a number of fringe productions, and large scale community Shakespeare productions

    • Journalism
    Wrote a number of articles for UK Wired Magazine on technology and culture, have written on interactive drama for Scritpwriter Magazine

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