FREELANCE TELEVISION DIRECTOR
I'm a BAFTA award winning television director who has helped create some of the UK’s most popular TV shows. I have a passion for sustainability and the environment and live in rural Wiltshire within the Avebury World Heritage Site with my partner Robert, an artist and writer and our dog, Sky the Borzoi.
Award Winning Director
WHAT I DO
Directing is my passion - I’m one of the most experienced multi-camera entertainment directors in the UK. I bring over 30 years of valuable production experience in which I’ve also produced and executive produced shows. I am also an Environmental Production Consultant and I play a leading role on the board of Directors UK where I’m committed to promoting the work of all directors and passionate about helping train the next generation.
Throughout my career I’ve worked on a wide range of programmes and recent projects include; The Graham Norton Show (So Television for BBC1), The Great British Bake Off - An Extra Slice (Love Productions for BBC2) , The John Bishop Show (Lola Television for BBC1), please check out some of my recent work below.
Series Director, Studio Director, Location Director, Edit Director
Live tv experience + DIRECTOR TRAINING & MENTORING
PROVIDING Creative LEADERSHIP + SUPERVISING SET & GRAPHIC DESIGN TEAMS
COMPLEX SHOW MANAGEMENT - INCLUDING SCHEDULING & BUDGETING
MY SHORT STORY
Television has been a major part of my life since visiting the set of Dr Who as a child and watching John Pertwee battle giant spiders before regenerating into Tom Baker. From that moment I was hooked and knew I wanted to be a TV director.
My first BBC job was as a 16 year-old runner in film despatch during my school holidays. I spent my lunch hours and evenings touring the studios watching shows being made and learning as much as I could.
In my late teens, whilst training as an apprentice film editor at the National Coal Board Film Unit, I also formed a pressure group with two school friends, campaigning for more youth programmes on TV.
We made our first programme for the Something Else strand on BBC Two in 1981. This led to us being one of the youngest teams to be commissioned, aged 21, to produce Ear To The Ground - a youth series for the newly formed Channel 4.
In 1984 I moved to Manchester, working first for the BBC where I got an opportunity to become a studio director, cutting my teeth on live Saturday morning children’s programmes. I then worked as a director in the entertainment department at Granada TV.
I now work as a freelance director and I've directed programmes for all major British broadcasters and independent production companies as well as Comedy Central in the US.
Direction by Steve Smith © 2016.