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Claire O'Connor



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I'm a Producer with a clean driving licence, my own transport and a permanent base in the North (but with flexibility to travel). My experience is mainly factual, fact-ent, and documentaries - but again I'm flexible to explore different genres.

BACKGROUND - Prior to working in TV, I worked for Victim Supp... Read More


I'm a Producer with a clean driving licence, my own transport and a permanent base in the North (but with flexibility to travel). My experience is mainly factual, fact-ent, and documentaries - but again I'm flexible to explore different genres.

BACKGROUND - Prior to working in TV, I worked for Victim Support assisting victims of domestic violence and sexual assaults with emergency safety planning. This followed working in PR for six years. People sometimes tell me my pre-TV experience 'isn't relevant'. I (respectfully) disagree. The nature of my work in both the private and charitable sector means first and foremost I'm good at communicating with a diverse range of people and have a wide (and unusual) skill set to drawn on - of which I'm really proud of and worked hard for. I'm originally from Bradford and - as is often the case with Yorkshire folk - will chat to anyone (whether they like it or not!).

I'm confident in a studio and/or gallery although location is probably where I shine brightest - as I like to be out and about, and I'm not shy when it comes to getting out on the road and love to explore the UK (and further afield). I've learned that cramped production offices and shared crew houses (or worse, both!) are not environments I thrive in, so where possible they are scenarios I tend to avoid if I can.

Where DEVELOPMENT (my natural habitat) is concerned, I currently work at Producer level in a small team (mainly fact-ent but again always keen to mix it up) and at the end of 2018 pitched and won funding for two taster tapes (one Fact Ent obs-doc, one daytime obs-doc), one of which I'll be directing on location in early 2019. Gaining access is a particular strength - spotting good characters, building trust and managing expectations, and is something I've found to be naturally comfortable with and had successes with to date. I have previous experience of working in the in-house development teams at Channel 5 Productions (creating new Fact-Ent concepts including "Never Teach Your Wife To Drive", TX 25.10.14) and BBC Entertainment before then - having completed BBC Worldwide's Future Formats, a contract developing new ideas in a team of people new to the industry, ultimately pitching them to commissioners from BBC Worldwide in 2012 and enjoying several contract extensions thereafter with the Entertainment Projects team. I'm really proud that I entered such a competitive industry through the conventional and old-school means of application and interview - completely avoiding nepotism (the thing I find most disappointing - and frustrating - about working in TV).

I'm capable in CASTING a range of contributors and experts... from personal injury solicitors... learner drivers... tattoo artists (and people who have dodgy tattoos they regret)... 'revenge porn' victims (and perpetrators). I'm not scared to pick the phone up (a lost art!) and really enjoy getting out from behind my desk meet interesting people face-to-face and helping them share their stories.

I also have EDIT PRODUCING experience (TX - 'My Big Family Fall Out', Crackit Productions for Channel 5) and several non-TX taster and casting tapes for commissioners at BBC and Channel 4 while in the development team as AP at True North (2015-17). This is an area I'm keen to get more experience in.

I most enjoy projects where I get to meet and work with passionate people and share incredible stories. I find I work best in environments that are fun, fair and forward-thinking. Read Less

Credits last updated / confirmed indexing on 12th Oct 2018


Job RoleProduction TitleChannelCompanyDateNetwork Executive
Development Producer / Daisybeck Studios / Aug 2018 to present
Development ProducerDaisybeck Studios Aug 18 - to present
Producer / Big Week at the Zoo / Channel 5 / Daisybeck Studios / Jun 2018 to Aug 2018 / Seb Cardwell
ProducerBig Week at the ZooChannel 5Daisybeck Studios Jun 18 - Aug 18Seb Cardwell
Assistant Producer / A&E Live / ITV1 / Optomen / Apr 2018 to May 2018 / Sue Murphy
Assistant ProducerA&E LiveITV1Optomen Apr 18 - May 18Sue Murphy
Producer / The Supervet / Channel 4 / Blast! Films / Aug 2017 to Feb 2018
ProducerThe SupervetChannel 4Blast! Films Aug 17 - Feb 18
Producer / Inside the Ambulance / UKTV / Brown Bob Productions / May 2017 to Aug 2017 / Hilary Rosen
ProducerInside the AmbulanceUKTVBrown Bob Productions May 17 - Aug 17Hilary Rosen
Assistant Producer / Development / True North Productions / Nov 2015 to May 2017
Assistant ProducerDevelopmentTrue North Productions Nov 15 - May 17
Gallery PA / Breaking The Silence: LIVE / Channel 4 / True North / Nov 2016 to Nov 2016 / Jay Hunt
Gallery PABreaking The Silence: LIVEChannel 4True North Nov 16 - Nov 16Jay Hunt
Assistant Producer / Development / Outline Productions Ltd / Sep 2015 to Nov 2015
Assistant ProducerDevelopmentOutline Productions Ltd Sep 15 - Nov 15
Assistant Producer / Jodie Marsh On... Series / TLC / October Films / Jun 2015 to Sep 2015 / Sarah Thornton
Assistant ProducerJodie Marsh On... SeriesTLCOctober Films Jun 15 - Sep 15Sarah Thornton
Assistant Producer / Tattoo Disasters UK / Channel 5 / Channel 5 Broadcasting Limited / Feb 2015 to Jun 2015
Assistant ProducerTattoo Disasters UKChannel 5Channel 5 Broadcasting Limited Feb 15 - Jun 15
Assistant Producer / Family Secrets & Lies - My Big Family Fallout / Channel 5 / Crackit Productions / Jan 2015 to Feb 2015
Assistant ProducerFamily Secrets & Lies - My Big Family FalloutChannel 5Crackit Productions Jan 15 - Feb 15
Assistant Producer / Judge Rinder / ITV1 / ITV Studios / Nov 2014 to Jan 2015
Assistant ProducerJudge RinderITV1ITV Studios Nov 14 - Jan 15
Assistant Producer / The Jeremy Kyle Show [ITV Studios for ITV1] / ITV1 / ITV Studios / Sep 2014 to Nov 2015
Assistant ProducerThe Jeremy Kyle Show [ITV Studios for ITV1]ITV1ITV Studios Sep 14 - Nov 15
Casting Researcher / Three In A Bed / Channel 4 / Studio Lambert / Sep 2014 to Sep 2014
Casting ResearcherThree In A BedChannel 4Studio Lambert Sep 14 - Sep 14
Casting Researcher / Fact-Ent Development Taster Tape - RE Restaurants / Channel 5 / 5 Productions / Oct 2015 to Sep 2014
Casting ResearcherFact-Ent Development Taster Tape - RE RestaurantsChannel 55 Productions Oct 15 - Sep 14
Casting Researcher / Never Teach Your Wife To Drive / Channel 5 / Channel 5 Broadcasting Limited / Jun 2014 to Aug 2014 / Ben Frow
Casting ResearcherNever Teach Your Wife To DriveChannel 5Channel 5 Broadcasting Limited Jun 14 - Aug 14Ben Frow
Researcher / (Non TX) Fact-Ent Pilot - In House Channel 5 Development / Channel 5 / Channel 5 Broadcasting Limited / May 2014 to Jun 2014
Researcher(Non TX) Fact-Ent Pilot - In House Channel 5 DevelopmentChannel 5Channel 5 Broadcasting Limited May 14 - Jun 14
Development Researcher / Channel 5 - In House Development / Channel 5 / Channel 5 Broadcasting Limited / Dec 2013 to May 2014
Development ResearcherChannel 5 - In House DevelopmentChannel 5Channel 5 Broadcasting Limited Dec 13 - May 14
Researcher / The One Show / BBC 1 / BBC / Nov 2013 to Nov 2013
ResearcherThe One ShowBBC 1BBC Nov 13 - Nov 13
Contestant Researcher / Non-TX Pilot, BBC4 Quiz Show / BBC 4 / BBC / Oct 2013 to Nov 2013
Contestant ResearcherNon-TX Pilot, BBC4 Quiz ShowBBC 4BBC Oct 13 - Nov 13
Edit Producer / Talent Showreel / BBC 3 / BBC / Oct 2013 to Oct 2013
Edit ProducerTalent ShowreelBBC 3BBC Oct 13 - Oct 13
Development Researcher / BBC Entertainment Projects / BBC / Mar 2013 to Jul 2013
Development ResearcherBBC Entertainment ProjectsBBC Mar 13 - Jul 13
Shooting Researcher / I Remember Rationing (Non TX taster) / BBC 4 / BBC / Aug 2013 to Aug 2013
Shooting ResearcherI Remember Rationing (Non TX taster)BBC 4BBC Aug 13 - Aug 13
Development Researcher / BBC Entertainment Projects / BBC / BBC / Mar 2013 to Aug 2013
Development ResearcherBBC Entertainment ProjectsBBCBBC Mar 13 - Aug 13
Runner / Comic Relief 2013 / BBC 1 / BBC / Mar 2013 to Mar 2013
RunnerComic Relief 2013BBC 1BBC Mar 13 - Mar 13
Researcher / Goodbye Television Centre / BBC 4 / BBC / Mar 2013 to Mar 2013
ResearcherGoodbye Television CentreBBC 4BBC Mar 13 - Mar 13
Development Researcher / Game Show In My Head (Non TX Pilot) / BBC Worldwide / Jan 2013 to Mar 2013
Development ResearcherGame Show In My Head (Non TX Pilot)BBC Worldwide Jan 13 - Mar 13
Edit Producer / Get To The Point / BBC 3 / BBC Worldwide / Jan 2013 to Mar 2013
Edit ProducerGet To The PointBBC 3BBC Worldwide Jan 13 - Mar 13
Casting Researcher / I've Got Something To Tell You (Non TX taster) / BBC 3 / BBC Worldwide / Feb 2013 to Feb 2013
Casting ResearcherI've Got Something To Tell You (Non TX taster)BBC 3BBC Worldwide Feb 13 - Feb 13
Contestant Researcher / Things They Should Have Known (Non TX Pilot) / BBC 1 / BBC Worldwide / Feb 2013 to Feb 2013
Contestant ResearcherThings They Should Have Known (Non TX Pilot)BBC 1BBC Worldwide Feb 13 - Feb 13
Development Researcher / Future Formats / BBC / BBC Worldwide / Sep 2012 to Mar 2013
Development ResearcherFuture FormatsBBCBBC Worldwide Sep 12 - Mar 13
Runner / Children In Need 2012 / BBC 1 / BBC Events / Nov 2012 to Nov 2012
RunnerChildren In Need 2012BBC 1BBC Events Nov 12 - Nov 12
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Claire has a fantastic sense of what makes a great story - she is an accomplished and creative writer, she has is a joy to have on a team and is always bursting with enthusiasm.

Ruth Binsley - Series Producer True North

Claire is a resourceful, make-it-happen AP with a great attitude and a natural ability to charm and push in equal measure to deliver the best TV. She's a good eye for a story and is a confident and experienced caster. She's a great team player too.

Stephanie Harvie Campbell, Series Producer

Claire is highly organised, creative and fantastic with contributors. An excellent team player, she brings an irrepressibly positive attitude to any task or situation. Her work is thorough, timely and she understands how to report up.

Beren Money, Head of Development

Claire has been a great help and support for the In house development team. she has actively involved in casting for one of our shows, seen through the process of creation of a studio based pilot and has often gone above and beyond to get involved in every aspect of production. She is an asset to any team.

Stephanie Wrate Head of Production at 5Production

I had the pleasure of working with Claire for a few months in 2014 when she helped me devise a new format for Channel 5. She was a great asset to the team and was incredibly dedicated to the project. She was confident in presenting new ideas to the format as well as having great people skills with the ability to multi task under pressurised time constraints. I would happily work with her again.

Rebecca Bayatti. Executive Producer

Claire came on board to work with the casting team and from day one was an important member of the production. Highly personable and willing to do whatever it takes to find great contributors, she quickly understood what was required of the role; proved able to adapt to changing situations, was organised and good fun to have around. I would happily have her on my team again.

Richard Cooke, Executive Producer

Claire has been a great researcher within the Entertainment department at the BBC. Over the last year she has developed projects from the germ of an idea through to commission. Her own ideas are passionate and well thought out - ranging from energetic BBC3 ideas to more considered BBC4 propositions. During pilots/run-thrus, she demonstrated good production skills and a flair for people management. Great fun to have around - will be much missed.

Ben Devlin, Producer, Entertainment, BBC

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    North East

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    Canon XF305

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