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Tom Watson

Executive Producer, Series Producer

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About Me

Highly experienced producer and series producer with fifteen years of foreign filming experience across a range of genres and in a number of roles, with a particular emphasis on current affairs and factual entertainment.I have originated, developed, produced and overseen dozens of films, the vast majority of them overseas, and have established ... Read More

Highly experienced producer and series producer with fifteen years of foreign filming experience across a range of genres and in a number of roles, with a particular emphasis on current affairs and factual entertainment.

I have originated, developed, produced and overseen dozens of films, the vast majority of them overseas, and have established a strong track record for gaining often unique access to notoriously secretive groups, including gangs, drug dealers, jihadi terror groups, white supremacists, sex traffickers, pirates, militias, football hooligans, mafia dons, religious cults, contract killers and suicide bombers, plus a whole host of normal, inspiring characters that bring light to otherwise dark corners!

I’ve also produced a range of mainstream factual entertainment programming, particularly extreme travel/adventure shows, and have enjoyed working with a broad range of talent, from footballers and comedians to news readers, soap stars and special forces soldiers, and have enjoyed harmonious, productive relationships with all of them.

I very much enjoy working as part of a team, and take pride that every production I’ve been involved in has passed off safely and successfully, despite often considerable obstacles. Read Less

Professional Training

Course / QualificationTraining Provider / InstitutionYear
MA International Journalism / City University, London / 2002
MA International Journalism City University, London2002
BA Hons Vietnamese (Language) and South East Asian Studies / SOAS, London / 2001
BA Hons Vietnamese (Language) and South East Asian Studies SOAS, London2001

Tom is a first class producer in every respect. A creative iron man who goes the extra mile again and again. He understands implicitly what a director needs for story - in terms of character, visuals, actuality. His logistical tenacity and ability to make the budget work in the hardest of terrains is outstanding - PM's love him! He is everyone's friend immediately managing to establish that 'special relationship' with the talent, foreign fixers and production. He manages to flit seamlessly between red tape officialdom and blue collar tough guys. Calm. Clever. Relentlessly positive. Tenacious. Fun.

I employed him to set up three shoots across Russia from -25 Arctic tundra conditions to pioneering construction work in vast cities to gun toting gangs. Places and people who have never been on camera and on the whole didn't want to be. He delivered time and time again. He set up and followed through on everything and in Russia that means continually standing up entire alternative shoots at the 11th hour. He thinks on his feet. He talks the talk - a lot! - but he's one of the few people I've met who doesn't bullshit because underneath Tommy's cheeky chappy persona is a professional top brass producer.

I will employ him time and time again - if I can I get him.

Harry Bell, Creative Director, Tern TV

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  • Media I Work In:

    Broadcast Television

    Radio

  • Locations I can work in:

    Africa

    Asia

    Australia

    Europe

    North America

    South America

  • Awards:

    RTS Best International Current Affairs Documentary, CINE Golden Eagle Award, Amnesty International Media Award, Foreign Press Association Award, Peabody Award

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