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Minna Sedmakov

Producer/Director, Edit Producer & Producer


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• 14 years experience in documentary filmmaking/factual programming incl. fast turnaround & rigs. • BBC2, BBC3, ITV, C4, FIVE, DISCOVERY, DISCOVERY ID, NAT GEO, PBS, SKY1 & NETFLIX. • Specialist knowledge: Spanish & Latin American cultures/crime. • Extensive overseas location experience (Central/South America, Afri... Read More

• 14 years experience in documentary filmmaking/factual programming incl. fast turnaround & rigs.
• Specialist knowledge: Spanish & Latin American cultures/crime.
• Extensive overseas location experience (Central/South America, Africa, USA & Russia).
• Proven track record of securing unprecedented access to hard-to-get/sensitive stories & institutions worldwide incl. prisons, law enforcement agencies & tribal cultures.
• Strong treatment & script writing/programme structuring & interviewing skills.
• Talent: Reggie Yates, Stacey Dooley, Ross Kemp, B Traits, Vinnie Jones, Donal MacIntyre, Danny Dyer, Prof. Gates, Gavin Stamp, Dara O Briain, Ed Byrne, Monica Galetti, Giles Coren & Raphael Rowe.
• Fluent in Spanish, French, Swedish, Serbian & Croatian.
• Hostile Environment Trained (refresher 2018)
• Valid I-Visa until 2023
• BAFTA ‘Dispatches: Battle for Haiti’ (2011), Broadcast Award: Reggie Yates’ Extreme Russia (2016) & Edinburgh TV Festival Award: Reggie Yates’ Extreme Russia (2016) BAFTA nominated: ’24 Hours in Police Custody’ (2017) Read Less

Credits last updated / confirmed indexing on 18th Jul 2019


Job RoleProduction TitleChannelCompanyDateNetwork Executive
Producer/Director / Inside The World's Toughest Prisons / Netflix / Emporium Productions / May 2019 to Jul 2019
Producer/DirectorInside The World's Toughest PrisonsNetflixEmporium Productions May 19 - Jul 19
Shooting Producer / Jungle house (WT) / Channel 4 / Voltage TV Productions / Oct 2018 to Nov 2018 / Alf Lawrie
Shooting ProducerJungle house (WT)Channel 4Voltage TV Productions Oct 18 - Nov 18Alf Lawrie
Producer/Director / DOPE / Netflix / Wall to Wall / May 2018 to Aug 2018 / Nathaniel Grouille
Producer/DirectorDOPENetflixWall to Wall May 18 - Aug 18Nathaniel Grouil...
Edit Producer / The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann / Netflix / Pulse Films / Dec 2017 to Feb 2018
Edit ProducerThe Disappearance of Madeleine McCannNetflixPulse Films Dec 17 - Feb 18
Producer / Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond The Lobby / BBC 2 / BBC Studios/Auntie Productions / Aug 2017 to Dec 2017 / Abigail Priddle
ProducerAmazing Hotels: Life Beyond The LobbyBBC 2BBC Studios/Auntie Productions Aug 17 - Dec 17Abigail Priddle
Development Producer / BBC3 / BBC 3 / BBC 3 / Jul 2017 to Aug 2017 / Damian Kavanagh
Development ProducerBBC3BBC 3BBC 3 Jul 17 - Aug 17Damian Kavanagh
Story Producer / Locked Up Abroad / National Geographic Channel / Raw TV / Jun 2017 to Jun 2017 / Carolyn Payne
Story ProducerLocked Up AbroadNational Geographic ChannelRaw TV Jun 17 - Jun 17Carolyn Payne
Edit Producer / American Monster / Discovery ID / Arrow Media / Feb 2017 to Apr 2017 / Tim Baney
Edit ProducerAmerican MonsterDiscovery IDArrow Media Feb 17 - Apr 17Tim Baney
Producer / Captive / Netflix / Lightbox / Jan 2016 to Jun 2016 / Jason Spingarn-Koff
ProducerCaptiveNetflixLightbox Jan 16 - Jun 16Jason Spingarn-K...
Producer / Extreme Word / Sky1 / Freshwater Films / Oct 2015 to Dec 2015 / Siobhan Mulholland
ProducerExtreme WordSky1Freshwater Films Oct 15 - Dec 15Siobhan Mulholla...
Producer / 24hrs in Police Custody / Channel 4 / The Garden Productions Ltd / Jun 2015 to Sep 2015 / Amy Flanagan
Producer24hrs in Police CustodyChannel 4The Garden Productions Ltd Jun 15 - Sep 15Amy Flanagan
Edit Producer / Croplife: Honduras / The Moment (formerly known as ONE TWO FOUR) / Jun 2015 to Jun 2015 / CropLife
Edit ProducerCroplife: HondurasThe Moment (formerly known as ONE TWO FOUR) Jun 15 - Jun 15CropLife
Development Producer / Raised Wild: Feral Children / Dragonfly Film & Television Productions / Mar 2015 to Apr 2015
Development ProducerRaised Wild: Feral ChildrenDragonfly Film & Television Productions Mar 15 - Apr 15
Producer / C4 Development on sub-cultures worldwide / Channel 4 / Firecracker Films / Jan 2015 to Feb 2015 / Rich Evans
ProducerC4 Development on sub-cultures worldwideChannel 4Firecracker Films Jan 15 - Feb 15Rich Evans
Producer / Reggie Yates' Extreme Russia: Teen Model Factory / BBC 3 / Sundog Pictures / Sep 2014 to Dec 2014 / Sam Bickley
ProducerReggie Yates' Extreme Russia: Teen Model FactoryBBC 3Sundog Pictures Sep 14 - Dec 14Sam Bickley
Producer / How Safe Are My Drugs / BBC 3 / BBC / Aug 2014 to Sep 2014 / Clive Edwards
ProducerHow Safe Are My DrugsBBC 3BBC Aug 14 - Sep 14Clive Edwards
Producer / Meet the Penguins / ITV1 / Wild Pictures / Jun 2014 to Jun 2014 / Katie Thorogood
ProducerMeet the PenguinsITV1Wild Pictures Jun 14 - Jun 14Katie Thorogood
Producer / Stacey Dooley Investigates: Meth and Madness in Mexico / BBC 3 / Watershed / Feb 2014 to May 2015 / Fiona Campbell/Darren Kemp
ProducerStacey Dooley Investigates: Meth and Madness in MexicoBBC 3Watershed Feb 14 - May 15Fiona Campbell/D...
Producer / Dara and Ed's Great Big Adventure / BBC 2 / FremantleMedia UK / Jan 2014 to Feb 2014 / Samantha Anstiss
ProducerDara and Ed's Great Big AdventureBBC 2FremantleMedia UK Jan 14 - Feb 14Samantha Anstiss
Producer / Drugs Inc / National Geographic Channel / Wall to Wall / Nov 2013 to Dec 2013 / Madeleine Carter
ProducerDrugs IncNational Geographic ChannelWall to Wall Nov 13 - Dec 13Madeleine Carter
Producer / Bear Grylls: Escape from Hell season 2 / Discovery / Betty / Oct 2013 to Oct 2013
ProducerBear Grylls: Escape from Hell season 2DiscoveryBetty Oct 13 - Oct 13
Producer / Planet XXL / National Geographic Channel / Dragonfly Film & Television Productions / Jul 2013 to Sep 2013 / Hannah Demidowicz
ProducerPlanet XXLNational Geographic ChannelDragonfly Film & Television Productions Jul 13 - Sep 13Hannah Demidowic...
Producer / DRUGS INC: Cartel City Arizona / National Geographic Channel / Wall to Wall / Jun 2013 to Jul 2013 / Madeleine Carter
ProducerDRUGS INC: Cartel City ArizonaNational Geographic ChannelWall to Wall Jun 13 - Jul 13Madeleine Carter
Producer / Sandy: An Anatormy of a Superstorm / BBC 2 / Dragonfly Film & Television Productions / Nov 2012 to Nov 2012 / Tom Mcdonald
ProducerSandy: An Anatormy of a SuperstormBBC 2Dragonfly Film & Television Productions Nov 12 - Nov 12Tom Mcdonald
Producer / Vinnie Jones: Russia's Toughest / National Geographic Channel / Tern / Sep 2012 to Nov 2012 / Hamish Mykura
ProducerVinnie Jones: Russia's ToughestNational Geographic ChannelTern Sep 12 - Nov 12Hamish Mykura
Edit Producer / How We Invented the World (Discovery) / Discovery / Discovery Channel - in house role / Jun 2012 to Aug 2012 / Sarah Davies
Edit ProducerHow We Invented the World (Discovery)DiscoveryDiscovery Channel - in house role Jun 12 - Aug 12Sarah Davies
Producer / How We Invented the World (Discovery) / Discovery / Discovery Communications Europe Ltd / Feb 2012 to Jun 2012 / Sarah Davies
ProducerHow We Invented the World (Discovery)DiscoveryDiscovery Communications Europe Ltd Feb 12 - Jun 12Sarah Davies
Producer / Drugs Inc. Series 3 / National Geographic Channel / Wall to Wall / Jan 2011 to Apr 2011 / Madeleine Carter
ProducerDrugs Inc. Series 3National Geographic ChannelWall to Wall Jan 11 - Apr 11Madeleine Carter
Assistant Producer / Dispatches: Battle for Haiti / Channel 4 / Quicksilver Media / Jun 2010 to Sep 2010 / Kevin Sutcliffe
Assistant ProducerDispatches: Battle for HaitiChannel 4Quicksilver Media Jun 10 - Sep 10Kevin Sutcliffe
Assistant Producer / Me, Myself & HIV / MTV / Firecracker Films / Mar 2010 to Jun 2010 / David Booth
Assistant ProducerMe, Myself & HIVMTVFirecracker Films Mar 10 - Jun 10David Booth
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Minna is a very dedicated and experienced producer. She is really committed to her projects and seems to possess the superpower of being indefatigable! Minna loves being on location, deals exceptionally well with unexpected challenges (or emergencies), is incredibly resourceful and knows when to refer up. Overall she is utterly tenacious, conscientious and meticulous in her pursuit of story or access; oversight of editorial, prep, logistics and crew; and management of everything from consent paperwork to on-screen talent.

Rebecca Templar, Series Producer

Minna really makes things happen. She puts her heart into the job and elevates the experience of the shoot by being there 150%. Her intelligence, professionalism and cool is exactly what we all need on our cinematic adventures.


Minna produced two films out of a series of eight for Netflix each featuring one of the most dramatic hostage crises from recent times. She did a truly outstanding job. The films required extraordinarily difficult, complex and sensitive access to multiple contributors and story telling. Minna managed all of this with consummate skill. Our shoots were equally challenging, and she also took these in her stride. I cannot recommend Minna highly enough.

Alexander Marengo

Minna has an indefatigable spirit and work ethic. She researches with depth and understanding of the narrative and the needs of the director, she is good at getting clear information from contributors and preparing them for filming. Minna is one of the most supportive Producers I have had the pleasure to work with on location, she has an attention to detail and leaves no stone unturned for the smooth running of a tight scheduled foreign shoot. She is good at managing budgets, the crew and local staff, her own time and anything else that is required of her on the ground. I would highly recommend her.

Ruhi Hamid, Director

Minna is incredibly diligent, thoughtful and dedicated... an absolute pleasure to work with! In her role as Producer she has covered all aspects needed (from securing difficult access to managing float) with aplomb. I would happily work with her again and intend to do so...

Natalie Hill - Executive Producer

Minna is great - a real trooper. never happier than when she's up to her neck in muck and bullets. She's been to some pretty rough and ready places and managed to persaude all kinds of unsavory characters to appear on camera. She's worked with major presenting talent. She's got an incredible contact list built up over years in the field. She's a skilled multi-linguist.

I could go on.

Bottom line: Minna is a tremendous asset to any production. Highly recommended.

Chris Lent, Series Editor, Crime

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  • Locations I can work in:



    North America



    South America

  • Language:

    Croatian (Fluent)

    English (Fluent)

    French (Fluent)

    Serbian (Fluent)

    Spanish (Fluent)

    Swedish (Fluent)

  • Skills/Permits:

    Access Negotiation

    Driving Licence


    Commentary Writing

    CRB Check

    First Aid

    Heath And Safety Training

    Hostile Environment

    I Visa USA

    Safeguarding Trust

    Work Permit EU


    Edit Producing

    Script Writing

  • Technical Skills:



    Sony DSR-PD150

    Sony PMW-200

    Sony HVR-Z1

    Canon EOS C300

    Canon 5D

    Canon 7D


  • Awards:

    BAFTA (2011)

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