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James Shelton



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Multi-skilled self-shooting Factual Producer, Director and Development Executive.

With over ten years of experience I've directed major talent, worked extensively with CGI, and have successfully completed multiple international shoots in remote locations with difficult access.

I love coming up with ambitious visual n... Read More

Multi-skilled self-shooting Factual Producer, Director and Development Executive.

With over ten years of experience I've directed major talent, worked extensively with CGI, and have successfully completed multiple international shoots in remote locations with difficult access.

I love coming up with ambitious visual narratives to bring factual content alive for high quality programmes be it through storyboarding, scripting, shooting, VFX producing, edit producing or just good old brainstorming. The result has been multiple blue chip commissions and award-winning films. I'm a confident self-shooter, can edit, have a valid iVISA and enjoy the creative challenges that come with working in the edit, on location or in a brainstorm.

I'm looking for Edit Producing, Producing or Directing opportunities on ambitious factual projects that reward hard work, creativity and attention to detail. Read Less

Credits last updated / confirmed indexing on 7th Feb 2019


Job RoleProduction TitleChannelCompanyDateNetwork Executive
Producer / Pulse of the Planet (wt) / BBC Worldwide / Lion Television / Dec 2018 to Dec 2018 / Mary Wilkinson
ProducerPulse of the Planet (wt)BBC WorldwideLion Television Dec 18 - Dec 18Mary Wilkinson
Edit Producer / The Next Pompeii / PBS / Lion Television / Oct 2018 to Dec 2018 / Helene Ganichaud / Chris Schmidt
Edit ProducerThe Next PompeiiPBSLion Television Oct 18 - Dec 18Helene Ganichaud...
Head Of Development / Lion TV - Specialist Factual / Lion Television / Apr 2017 to Oct 2018
Head Of DevelopmentLion TV - Specialist FactualLion Television Apr 17 - Oct 18
Producer/Director / Escape the Dark Castle - Kick Starter Advert / Themeborne / May 2017 to May 2017
Producer/DirectorEscape the Dark Castle - Kick Starter AdvertThemeborne May 17 - May 17
Story Producer / One Strange Rock / National Geographic Channel / Nutopia / Feb 2016 to Apr 2017 / Matt Renner
Story ProducerOne Strange RockNational Geographic ChannelNutopia Feb 16 - Apr 17Matt Renner
Producer/Director / Food Detectives / BBC 2 / BBC / Sep 2015 to Dec 2015 / Asif Hasan
Producer/DirectorFood DetectivesBBC 2BBC Sep 15 - Dec 15Asif Hasan
Producer/Director / Food Unwrapped Series 5 / Channel 4 / Ricochet Television / Jul 2015 to Sep 2015 / Jill Fullerton-Smith
Producer/DirectorFood Unwrapped Series 5Channel 4Ricochet Television Jul 15 - Sep 15Jill Fullerton-S...
Development Producer / The Cold War / AMC / Nutopia / Mar 2015 to Jun 2015
Development ProducerThe Cold WarAMCNutopia Mar 15 - Jun 15
Producer/Director / Lost Lands / BBC 2 / Screen Glue Limited / Jan 2015 to Mar 2015 / Helen Foulkes
Producer/DirectorLost LandsBBC 2Screen Glue Limited Jan 15 - Mar 15Helen Foulkes
Development Producer / BBC History and Business / BBC / BBC / Sep 2014 to Dec 2014
Development ProducerBBC History and BusinessBBCBBC Sep 14 - Dec 14
Story Producer / David Attenborough's Great Barrier Reef / BBC 1 / Atlantic Productions Limited / Oct 2013 to Jun 2014 / Charlotte Moore, Kim Shillinglaw
Story ProducerDavid Attenborough's Great Barrier ReefBBC 1Atlantic Productions Limited Oct 13 - Jun 14Charlotte Moore,...
Development Producer / Specialist Factual Projects / Arrow Media / Feb 2013 to Aug 2013
Development ProducerSpecialist Factual ProjectsArrow Media Feb 13 - Aug 13
Story Producer / Aliens: The Definitive Guide / Discovery / Arrow Media / Sep 2012 to Feb 2013 / Bruce Glawson
Story ProducerAliens: The Definitive GuideDiscoveryArrow Media Sep 12 - Feb 13Bruce Glawson
Edit Producer / The World's Largest Snake / Channel 4 / Wide Eyed Enertainment / May 2012 to May 2012 / Jill Fullerton-Smith
Edit ProducerThe World's Largest SnakeChannel 4Wide Eyed Enertainment May 12 - May 12Jill Fullerton-S...
Story Producer / Secret Universe: Journey Inside the Cell / BBC 2 / Wide-Eyed Entertainment / Oct 2011 to Jul 2012 / Cassian Harrison
Story ProducerSecret Universe: Journey Inside the CellBBC 2Wide-Eyed Entertainment Oct 11 - Jul 12Cassian Harrison
Edit Director / The Great American Manhunt / National Geographic Channel / Wide Eyed Entertainment / Aug 2011 to Oct 2011
Edit DirectorThe Great American ManhuntNational Geographic ChannelWide Eyed Entertainment Aug 11 - Oct 11
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Professional Training

Course / QualificationTraining Provider / InstitutionYear
Shoot & Direct: Canon C300 / The Kit Room / 2017
Shoot & Direct: Canon C300The Kit Room2017

Been lucky to work with James on several occasions and highly recommend him. Intelligent, fantastic with Contributors, great sense of Story and understanding what will make a Show truly interesting. James is quick witted, talented and versatile - all wrapped up in a great sense of humour. Capable of steering a show from development to finishing post and final delivery - James not only grasps but excels at the creative and all technical aspects of programme making.

Laura Burrows , Producer & Line Producer

I had the pleasure of working with James on a number of projects.

His ability to remain calm under pressure, even when travelling to the largest coal mine in Colombia to hunt for pre-historic snake fossils, is a testament to his mature and intelligent approach to his work.

His diligent research of story, and his ability to communicate with talent and crew means that working with James is a true joy. He understands the need for a schedule and is sensitive to the constraints of the budget, always discussing his requests before actioning them, and always willing to listen to other solutions offered before making his final decision.

He is a true gentleman and scholar.

Victoria Horton-Whelan, Production Manager

James worked with me or a few months in the BBC TV History and Business department developing projects which would attract coproduction partners. He is very bright, adaptable and visually talented - as well as being hard working, reliable and generally a delightful person to have on a team. I would highly recommend James.

Alexander Marengo, International Development Lead, BBC TV History and Business

Although I sometimes took issue with James's taste in jumpers he's so good at his job that I was always happy to overlook the woolly excesses in favour of his razor sharp mind, huge talent for story structure and ability to generate great ideas. Oh and he's an incredibly nice bloke. Sickening really.

Jasper James, executive producer

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  • Media I Work In:

    Broadcast Television

    Short Film

    Online Content

  • Locations I can work in:

    Work Anywhere

  • Skills/Permits:

    I Visa USA

  • Technical Skills:

    Canon 5D

    Canon 5D MKII

    Adobe Premiere


    Sony DSR-PD150

    Self Shooting

    Sony HVR-Z1

    Canon EOS C300

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