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Nick Watson

Producer / Development Producer


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Available end of August. Broadcast, branded, AFP experience. As a Producer I'm used to making big ideas happen with the minimum of drama, relishing jobs which are high risk, firsts or need complex logistics to succeed. Used to shaping multi-ep content across series. Specialist in 'build shows' or anything with a practical element, bu... Read More

Available end of August. Broadcast, branded, AFP experience. As a Producer I'm used to making big ideas happen with the minimum of drama, relishing jobs which are high risk, firsts or need complex logistics to succeed. Used to shaping multi-ep content across series. Specialist in 'build shows' or anything with a practical element, but keen to work across any factual or fact ent content.

Working as a Development Producer I'm used to generating ideas, gaining access, pitching, budgeting, hammering out format issues and producing sizzles - from one line thought to finished package. I've written for all sorts of broadcasters, across all sorts of genres, generating commissions and further development cash - from property features to epic Discovery specials.

Calm and decisive director on location, both single and multi-camera experience. I've led crews of up to 45 people. Scripting, self shooting and edit producing experience for C5, Discovery, BBC, C4, Nat Geo and others. Read Less

Credits last updated / confirmed indexing on 18th Jul 2018


Job RoleProduction TitleChannelCompanyDateNetwork Executive
Development Producer / Elephant House Studios / Jul 2018 to present
Development ProducerElephant House Studios Jul 18 - to present
Producer / 747: 50 years wt / Channel 5 / Elephant House / Apr 2018 to Jun 2018 / Guy Davies
Producer747: 50 years wtChannel 5Elephant House Apr 18 - Jun 18Guy Davies
Development Producer / Features, fact ent and specialist factual development / Elephant House Studios / Mar 2018 to Apr 2018
Development ProducerFeatures, fact ent and specialist factual developmentElephant House Studios Mar 18 - Apr 18
Development Producer / Specialist factual and factual entertainment ideas / ScreenStory / Jan 2018 to Feb 2018
Development ProducerSpecialist factual and factual entertainment ideasScreenStory Jan 18 - Feb 18
Development Producer / Development / Channel 5 / Elephant House / Dec 2017 to Dec 2017
Development ProducerDevelopmentChannel 5Elephant House Dec 17 - Dec 17
Creative (advertising) / Honda concepts / Little Dot Studios / Oct 2017 to Oct 2017
Creative (advertising)Honda conceptsLittle Dot Studios Oct 17 - Oct 17
Development Producer / Military history project working title / Confidential / Sep 2017 to Sep 2017
Development ProducerMilitary history project working titleConfidential Sep 17 - Sep 17
Series Producer / My Epic Room Makeover / All 4 / Little Dot Studios / Jun 2017 to Aug 2017 / Thom Gulseven
Series ProducerMy Epic Room MakeoverAll 4Little Dot Studios Jun 17 - Aug 17Thom Gulseven
Development Producer / Nat Geo travel / adventure series, secured futher development cash / Woodcut Media / Apr 2017 to Apr 2017
Development Producer Nat Geo travel / adventure series, secured futher development cashWoodcut Media Apr 17 - Apr 17
Development Producer / AFP project Discovery / Discovery / Hub / Apr 2017 to Apr 2017
Development ProducerAFP project DiscoveryDiscoveryHub Apr 17 - Apr 17
Development Producer / Various / Little Dot Studios / Nov 2016 to Mar 2017
Development ProducerVariousLittle Dot Studios Nov 16 - Mar 17
Development Producer / Barcroft Productions Ltd / Oct 2016 to Nov 2016
Development ProducerBarcroft Productions Ltd Oct 16 - Nov 16
Producer / Porsche branded content film / Little Dot Studios / Aug 2016 to Oct 2016
ProducerPorsche branded content filmLittle Dot Studios Aug 16 - Oct 16
Development Producer / Impact! Secured develop cash for epic science doc / event. / Smithsonian / Caravan / Jun 2016 to Aug 2016 / Ed Sayers
Development ProducerImpact! Secured develop cash for epic science doc / event.SmithsonianCaravan Jun 16 - Aug 16Ed Sayers
Development Producer / Development branded and broadcast / Barcroft Media / May 2016 to Jun 2016
Development ProducerDevelopment branded and broadcastBarcroft Media May 16 - Jun 16
Development Producer / Development / Dragonfly Film & Television Productions / Feb 2016 to May 2016
Development ProducerDevelopmentDragonfly Film & Television Productions Feb 16 - May 16
Senior Producer / Driving Wild / Discovery / Dragonfly Film & Television Productions / May 2015 to Dec 2015 / Liz Brach - Exec Producer
Senior ProducerDriving WildDiscoveryDragonfly Film & Television Productions May 15 - Dec 15Liz Brach - Exec...
PD (Self Shooting) / Idris Elba: No Limits / Discovery / Green Door Pictures / Shine North / Dec 2014 to May 2015
PD (Self Shooting)Idris Elba: No LimitsDiscoveryGreen Door Pictures / Shine North Dec 14 - May 15
Development Producer / BBC Brit / BBC / Aug 2014 to Dec 2014 / Julie Swanston
Development ProducerBBC BritBBC Aug 14 - Dec 14Julie Swanston
Development Producer / Bear Grylls Mission Survive / ITV / betty / Jun 2014 to Jun 2014
Development ProducerBear Grylls Mission SurviveITVbetty Jun 14 - Jun 14
Development Producer / Various development projects / Pulse Films / Apr 2014 to May 2014
Development ProducerVarious development projectsPulse Films Apr 14 - May 14
Development Producer / Discovery and Nat Geo push for MIP / 360 Production / Feb 2014 to Apr 2014
Development ProducerDiscovery and Nat Geo push for MIP360 Production Feb 14 - Apr 14
Director / How Do They Do That? / Discovery / WAG TV / Jan 2014 to Feb 2014
DirectorHow Do They Do That?DiscoveryWAG TV Jan 14 - Feb 14
Senior Producer / Breaking Magic 2 / Discovery / Objective Productions / Jun 2013 to Nov 2013 / Sarah Davies
Senior ProducerBreaking Magic 2DiscoveryObjective Productions Jun 13 - Nov 13Sarah Davies
PD (Self Shooting) / Top Five / Discovery / Blink Films UK / Apr 2013 to May 2013
PD (Self Shooting)Top FiveDiscoveryBlink Films UK Apr 13 - May 13
Development Producer / None Of The Above / National Geographic Channel / Renegade / Feb 2013 to Apr 2013 / Hannah Demidovwicz
Development ProducerNone Of The AboveNational Geographic ChannelRenegade Feb 13 - Apr 13Hannah Demidovwi...
Producer / Beat The Ancestors / Channel 5 / Dragonfly Film & Television Productions / Apr 2012 to Jul 2012 / Andrew O'Connell
ProducerBeat The AncestorsChannel 5Dragonfly Film & Television Productions Apr 12 - Jul 12Andrew O'Connell
Development Producer / Commissioned development / Renegade / Nov 2011 to Apr 2012 / Sarah Davies
Development ProducerCommissioned developmentRenegade Nov 11 - Apr 12Sarah Davies
Development Producer / Machine Autopsy / BBC 2 / Lion Television / Jul 2011 to Oct 2011
Development ProducerMachine AutopsyBBC 2Lion Television Jul 11 - Oct 11
Series Producer / Stephen Fry: Gadget Man / Channel 4 / North One Television / Jul 2012 to Nov 2012 / Tina Flintoff
Series ProducerStephen Fry: Gadget ManChannel 4North One Television Jul 12 - Nov 12Tina Flintoff
Producer/Director / Great British Weather / BBC 1 / Love Productions / May 2011 to Jun 2011
Producer/DirectorGreat British WeatherBBC 1Love Productions May 11 - Jun 11
Development Producer / Various development / Darlow Smithson / Jul 2011 to Jul 2011
Development ProducerVarious developmentDarlow Smithson Jul 11 - Jul 11
Producer/Director / Big, Bigger, Biggest / National Geographic Channel / Windfall Films / Jan 2011 to May 2011
Producer/DirectorBig, Bigger, BiggestNational Geographic ChannelWindfall Films Jan 11 - May 11
Development Producer / ITN Productions / ITN / Jun 2010 to Dec 2010
Development ProducerITN ProductionsITN Jun 10 - Dec 10
Producer / Inside Incredible Athletes / Channel 4 / Renegade / Apr 2010 to Jun 2010
ProducerInside Incredible AthletesChannel 4Renegade Apr 10 - Jun 10
Producer/Director / Bang Goes The Theory / BBC 1 / BBC science / Oct 2009 to Apr 2010
Producer/DirectorBang Goes The TheoryBBC 1BBC science Oct 09 - Apr 10
Development Producer / Various development projects / BBC / Sep 2009 to Oct 2009
Development ProducerVarious development projectsBBC Sep 09 - Oct 09
PD (Self Shooting) / Bang Goes the Theory - Series 1 / BBC / Feb 2009 to Aug 2009
PD (Self Shooting)Bang Goes the Theory - Series 1BBC Feb 09 - Aug 09
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Professional Training

Course / QualificationTraining Provider / InstitutionYear
First Option Safety Passport / First Option / 2015
First Option Safety PassportFirst Option2015

Nick has worked for me as a development producer over the years and has always proven an effective writer and idea generator, consistently offering up new ideas and leads. He's able to turn out good looking, glossy treatments across a range of genres, for all sorts of broadcasters and branded projects, often to very tight deadlines. He knows his area well - an excellent source of advice on male skewing content - especially for US broadcasters like Discovery and Nat Geo. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Nick for production or development roles.

Simon Howley - Kowalski

Nick has worked for me at Dragonfly both in the Development team and as a Senior Producer who helped develop and then deliver a brand new travel / build show format for Discovery International.

His ability to combine creative ambition with editorial nous and a pragmatic and highly organised approach to production has made him my ‘go to’ for any project with an engineering/scientific/experimental bent. He is clear communicator, straightforward to deal with and very reliable.

While working in Development, Nick consistently demonstrated a good journalistic nose for new ideas and the ability to approach subjects in an original and eye-catching way. He proved himself a talented and speedy writer. He has a very strong knowledge of specialist factual television, both in terms of established broadcasters and newer markets plus an excellent black book of contacts.

Clare Mottershead, Executive Producer, Dragonfly

Nick is exceptional. Whether the gig is weeks or days, he throws in his all. Strong at ideas creation, knowledgeable about channels' output and commissioners. Excellent pitching skills. Strong development and production skills. Calm, clear headed and logical under stress. The proof is in the pudding. Whilst working on my team, Nick's development work has led to development deals and commissions. Also great fun to work with and very supportive.

Katherine Parsons

I employed Nick Watson last year as a producer,on an ambitious stunt. I employed him because he was known for his ability to manage difficult practical production jobs which required multiple skills in difficult circumstances. However I found his skill set to be much more far reaching than I had anticipated. It was a job that required gaining the trust of hostile institutions and organisations, working out the practicalities and feasibility – financial, logistical and editorial - of an immensely complicated multifaceted endeavor, managing expectations and serving up unpalatable information to me, his employer, whilst pushing recalcitrant contributors to entertain undertaking tasks well outside their comfort zone - indeed well outside anything they would previously have thought of. The entire endeavor had to be presented in a stylish, immediately comprehensible way to the commissioner, conveying a sense of effortless compliance on the part of all those who had been tasked with taking part. I found Nick immensely impressive in carrying out every aspect of the job he was set. It was a huge and difficult mission, and he pulled it off where I think many others might not.

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  • Media I Work In:

    Broadcast Television

    Corporate Communications


  • Locations I can work in:


  • Skills/Permits:

    Driving Licence

    Heath And Safety Training

    I Visa USA

    Script Writing

    Sea Survival Training

  • Technical Skills:

    Canon 5D

    Sony HDX-900

    Phantom HD High Speed

    Self Shooting

    Single Camera Directing

    Sony HDW-790

    Sound Recording

    Sony PXW-FS7

    Canon EOS C300

    Adobe InDesign

  • Awards:

    Broadcast Awards Best Daytime Programme 2010 (2nd camera). Climbing Great Buildings.Dr Jonathan Foyle, architectural historian and novice climber, scales Britain's most iconic structures to reveal the buildings' secrets.

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