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Alex Harknett

Producer / Archive Producer / VT Producer


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A very well organised, confident, self-motivated and meticulous Producer / Archive Producer / VT Producer with thirty years experience within the television and film industry. I have exceptional negotiating skills and am excellent at saving money and working within budget constraints. I’m particularly interested in working within the ent... Read More

Alex is an incredibly organised, thorough and efficient archive producer, and on the two projects where I've managed to work with him, he's found some real archive gems. Even while working part-time across several shows at different companies, he always got us what we needed when we needed it. He's very mindful of budget constraints, and set up an enviable system for logging clips and liaising with the post house for ingest and final post.

Kate Staples

Alex was organised, efficient and communicated well within the production team and external parties. His close eye on managing budget and post-production workflows was a key part of the production's success.

John Keyes

Alex did a fantastic job on a project where archive was essential. He's organised, knowledgeable and incredibly calm! He's a great addition to any production team.

Rich Makinson - Producer / Director

Alex has worked on The Jonathan Ross Show for many years now and we could not imagine doing the series without him. He is brilliantly organised, highly motivated, has loads of enthusiasm, an excellent team player, great at negotiating and always manages to track down some amazing footage to use on the show.

Peter Hackett, Head Of Production, Hotsauce TV

I have worked with Alex on several occasions on the 'When [TV] Goes Horribly Wrong' brand of archive programming for Channel 5. He is a highly seasoned Archive Producer, who is able to work quickly and methodically, often single-handedly taking ownership of footage and stills clearance. Like most productions, we were on a fast turnaround and Alex remained cool under pressure. He is budget-conscious, negotiating copyright within challenging parameters and has a contact book covering many libraries and broadcasters from all over the world. I would highly recommend Alex. He is a friendly team player with a solid work ethic. He would be a valuable asset to any production.

Simon Withington

Alex quite simply, has an encyclopedic knowledge of all things archive.
He single handily sourced archive across 5 hours of content for the Greatest toys series offering wonderful, inspired choices. Alex records every step of his process and brings organisation, calmness and crucially a creative editorial know-how. Archive can be such a complicated world but Alex cuts through all that and gets it ALL done with clarity and precision. From briefing, original sourcing, thorough costings - putting incredible deals in place - to onscreen credits and final paperwork. Alex is an Archive powerhouse.

Keith Cotton, Executive Producer - The Greatest Toys series, Ch5.

Keith Cotton

I really can't speak highly enough of Alex. Unflappable, dogged, creative, mixing a total understanding of the editorial with what needs to be done. Having worked with him on an ultra challenging production he would be my first name on the team sheet for all future productions.

Kevin Hylands

Alex was a fabulous personality to have in the office and his archive knowledge was second to none. The project he worked on required large amounts of footage from various sources, he dived into the task and doggedly completed the collation and paperwork bang on time. Top bloke, would be happy to bring him in on future projects.

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Shurwin Beckford

Alex did a great job on James Bond's Spectre with Jonathan Ross. He navigated the complex archive clearances and negotiations brilliantly and kept his cool in the face of a very tight deadline, limited budget and a lot of changing requirements.

Mary O'Kane, Production Manager

Alex worked as our Archive Producer on The Nightly Show. He did an incredible job under enormous pressure and with tight and ever-changing deadlines. He was inventive, resourceful and cheerful throughout the lengthy run of the show and I genuinely cannot recommend him highly enough.

Paul Sandler

Alex is a hard-working, well-informed and methodical Archive Producer who came up with the goods for me on a very fast turnaround for When Celebrity Goes Horribly Wrong (Crackit Productions / Ch5). I wouldn't hesitate in hiring him again.

SImon Withington

Alex is a visionary archive producer, mining extraordinarily brilliant stuff from the darkest depths of the past80 years. A real joy to work with this amazing bloke on Channel 4's My Worst Job. Recommend him highly.

Richard Nash

Alex is brilliant. The best at his job.

Lee Hupfield

Alex's work as Archive Producer on Very British Problems was invaluable and contributed to the success of the series. He sourced archive that added greatly to the show, all the time working quickly, efficiently and with good humour.

Jane Jenkins, Production Manager

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  • Media I Work In:

    Broadcast Television

    Feature Film

    Live Events


    Online Content

    Video on demand

  • Locations I can work in:

    Work Anywhere

  • Language:

    English (Fluent)

  • Skills/Permits:

    Archive Clearance

    Driving Licence

    Music Clearance

    Content Management Systems

    Edit Producing

  • Technical Skills:


    Avid Media Composer

    Data Wrangling

    Digitising Rushes

    Self Shooting

    Single Camera Directing

    Studio Experience

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