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Darius Bazargan

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About Me

I am a professional and committed Producer/Filmmaker with top quality journalistic, organisational, camera & editing skills. I have over 15 years of innovative foreign/UK & investigative filmmaking and field-production experience at the BBC, Nat-Geo and other mainstream broadcasters, including Al Jazeera English and Channel 4.

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I am a professional and committed Producer/Filmmaker with top quality journalistic, organisational, camera & editing skills. I have over 15 years of innovative foreign/UK & investigative filmmaking and field-production experience at the BBC, Nat-Geo and other mainstream broadcasters, including Al Jazeera English and Channel 4.

I am demonstrably able to manage and deliver bold and complex projects from challenging environments, and will work happily either alone or as part of a broader production team. As a team leader, I approach my work with energy and enthusiasm - and a sense of humour - and I try to lead with firm encouragement and by example.

I believe filmmaking is one of the most interesting and satisfying careers there is - and that to take the role of an informed witness is an enormous privilege. But it comes with serious responsibilities and risks. I am therefore a resilient individual, respectful of contributors & local cultures, well used to operating in hostile environments and in editorially complex situations.

My personal Youtube Channel - composed solely of films I have made - has over 5 million views. Read Less

Credits last updated / confirmed indexing on 25th Sep 2018

Credits

Job RoleProduction TitleChannelCompanyDateNetwork Executive
Senior PD / Channel 4 News / Channel 4 / ITN / Jun 2018 to present / Nevine Mabro
Senior PDChannel 4 NewsChannel 4ITN Jun 18 - to presentNevine Mabro
Producer / "On Assignment With Richard Engel" / NBC / MSNBC / May 2018 to Jun 2018
Producer"On Assignment With Richard Engel"NBCMSNBC May 18 - Jun 18
Senior PD / The Great Game; Iran vs USA / BBC / BBC / Redline Films / Aug 2017 to Jan 2018
Senior PDThe Great Game; Iran vs USABBCBBC / Redline Films Aug 17 - Jan 18
Senior PD / Africa Eye: Malawi's Human Harvest / BBC / BBC Africa Eye / Sep 2017 to Apr 2018
Senior PDAfrica Eye: Malawi's Human HarvestBBCBBC Africa Eye Sep 17 - Apr 18
Producer / Our World: Yemen: Conflict and Cholera / BBC / BBC Arabic / Aug 2017 to Sep 2017 / Paul Eedle
ProducerOur World: Yemen: Conflict and CholeraBBCBBC Arabic Aug 17 - Sep 17Paul Eedle
Producer/Director / Newsnight / BBC 2 / BBC / Jan 2017 to Mar 2017 / Ian Katz
Producer/DirectorNewsnightBBC 2BBC Jan 17 - Mar 17Ian Katz
Producer/Director / Channel 4 News / Channel 4 / ITN / Mar 2017 to present
Producer/DirectorChannel 4 NewsChannel 4ITN Mar 17 - to present
Producer/Director / Lawless Oceans, National Geographic Channel / National Geographic Channel / Wall to Wall / Jun 2016 to Oct 2016 / Chris Lent
Producer/DirectorLawless Oceans, National Geographic ChannelNational Geographic ChannelWall to Wall Jun 16 - Oct 16Chris Lent
PD (Self Shooting) / Terror at the TV Station / BBC / BBC / Mar 2016 to Apr 2016 / Mary Wilkinson
PD (Self Shooting)Terror at the TV StationBBCBBC Mar 16 - Apr 16Mary Wilkinson
PD (Self Shooting) / Fighting for Assad / BBC / BBC / Dec 2015 to Mar 2016 / Jane Taylor
PD (Self Shooting)Fighting for AssadBBCBBC Dec 15 - Mar 16Jane Taylor
PD (Self Shooting) / Panorama: Paris Terror Attacks / BBC 1 / BBC / Nov 2015 to Nov 2015 / Ceri Thomas
PD (Self Shooting)Panorama: Paris Terror AttacksBBC 1BBC Nov 15 - Nov 15Ceri Thomas
Edit Producer / ISIS and the Taliban / Al Jazeera English / Clover Films / Sep 2015 to Nov 2015 / Farid Barsoum
Edit ProducerISIS and the TalibanAl Jazeera EnglishClover Films Sep 15 - Nov 15Farid Barsoum
Senior Producer / People and Power: Syria's Electronic Armies / Al Jazeera English / Al Jazeera English / Mar 2015 to Jun 2015 / Diarmuid Jeffreys
Senior ProducerPeople and Power: Syria's Electronic ArmiesAl Jazeera EnglishAl Jazeera English Mar 15 - Jun 15Diarmuid Jeffrey...
Senior Producer / Our World: Calais - The Final Frontier / BBC News / BBC / Nov 2014 to Feb 2015 / Mary Wilkinson
Senior ProducerOur World: Calais - The Final FrontierBBC NewsBBC Nov 14 - Feb 15Mary Wilkinson
Producer/Director / Panorama: Ukraine - Putin's Gamble / BBC 1 / BBC / Jun 2014 to Jul 2014 / Ceri Thomas
Producer/DirectorPanorama: Ukraine - Putin's GambleBBC 1BBC Jun 14 - Jul 14Ceri Thomas
Producer / Calais Migrants / Aftonbladet (Sweden) / Aug 2015 to Aug 2015
ProducerCalais MigrantsAftonbladet (Sweden) Aug 15 - Aug 15
Edit Producer / Our World: Rojava - Syria's Secret Revolution / BBC News / Bozorgnia Films (DE) / Oct 2014 to Nov 2014 / Diana Martin
Edit ProducerOur World: Rojava - Syria's Secret RevolutionBBC NewsBozorgnia Films (DE) Oct 14 - Nov 14Diana Martin
Producer/Director / Our World: Nigeria Undercover / BBC News / BBC / Apr 2015 to Jun 2014 / Diana Martin
Producer/DirectorOur World: Nigeria UndercoverBBC NewsBBC Apr 15 - Jun 14Diana Martin
PD (Self Shooting) / Blood, Smack and Tears: Afghanistan's Heroin Hell / BBC 3 / BBC / Feb 2014 to Mar 2014 / Carol Sennet
PD (Self Shooting)Blood, Smack and Tears: Afghanistan's Heroin HellBBC 3BBC Feb 14 - Mar 14Carol Sennet
Producer/Director / Our World / Newsnight: Inside Bagram Prison / BBC News / BBC / Jan 2014 to Feb 2014 / Diana Martin
Producer/DirectorOur World / Newsnight: Inside Bagram PrisonBBC NewsBBC Jan 14 - Feb 14Diana Martin
Edit Producer / Our World /. Newsnight: China's Love Hunters / BBC 2 / BBC / Sep 2013 to Sep 2013 / Diana Martin
Edit ProducerOur World /. Newsnight: China's Love HuntersBBC 2BBC Sep 13 - Sep 13Diana Martin
Senior Producer / Our World / Newsnight: Iran's Secret Army / BBC 2 / BBC / Oct 2014 to Nov 2013 / Mary Wilkinson
Senior ProducerOur World / Newsnight: Iran's Secret ArmyBBC 2BBC Oct 14 - Nov 13Mary Wilkinson
PD (Self Shooting) / Our World: Romario Tackles Brazil / BBC / BBC / Mar 2013 to May 2013 / Mary Wilkinson
PD (Self Shooting)Our World: Romario Tackles BrazilBBCBBC Mar 13 - May 13Mary Wilkinson
PD (Self Shooting) / Our World: Lebanon on the Brink / BBC News / BBC Arabic / Jun 2013 to Aug 2013 / Marc Perkins
PD (Self Shooting)Our World: Lebanon on the BrinkBBC NewsBBC Arabic Jun 13 - Aug 13Marc Perkins
PD (Self Shooting) / Addiction: Afghanistan's Secret Shame / BBC News / BBC / Nov 2012 to Mar 2013 / Mary Wilkinson
PD (Self Shooting)Addiction: Afghanistan's Secret ShameBBC NewsBBC Nov 12 - Mar 13Mary Wilkinson
PD (Self Shooting) / My Neighbour, My Enemy / BBC Arabic / BBC Arabic / Sep 2012 to Nov 2011 / Sam Farah
PD (Self Shooting)My Neighbour, My EnemyBBC ArabicBBC Arabic Sep 12 - Nov 11Sam Farah
Director / The Riots in Their Own Words - The Police / BBC 1 / BBC / May 2012 to Aug 2012 / Clive Edwards
DirectorThe Riots in Their Own Words - The PoliceBBC 1BBC May 12 - Aug 12Clive Edwards
Producer / Panorama: Homs - Journey into Hell / BBC 1 / BBC / Feb 2012 to Apr 2012 / Tom Giles
ProducerPanorama: Homs - Journey into HellBBC 1BBC Feb 12 - Apr 12Tom Giles
PD (Self Shooting) / Riots and Revolutions: My Arab Journey / BBC 3 / BBC / Nov 2011 to Feb 2012 / Clive Edwards
PD (Self Shooting)Riots and Revolutions: My Arab JourneyBBC 3BBC Nov 11 - Feb 12Clive Edwards
Producer / Panorama: The August Riots / BBC 1 / BBC / Aug 2011 to Aug 2011 / Daniel Pearl
ProducerPanorama: The August RiotsBBC 1BBC Aug 11 - Aug 11Daniel Pearl
Producer/Director / The City: Money and Power / BBC Worldwide / BBC Worldwide / Nov 2010 to Jan 2011 / Mary Wilkinson
Producer/DirectorThe City: Money and PowerBBC WorldwideBBC Worldwide Nov 10 - Jan 11Mary Wilkinson
Producer/Director / American Muslim: Freedom, Faith & Fear / BBC News / BBC Worldwide / Mar 2011 to Jul 2011 / Mary Wilkinson
Producer/DirectorAmerican Muslim: Freedom, Faith & FearBBC NewsBBC Worldwide Mar 11 - Jul 11Mary Wilkinson
Senior Producer / Dubai: Sanctions Season / BBC Arabic / BBC / Aug 2010 to Aug 2010 / Behrouz Afagh
Senior ProducerDubai: Sanctions SeasonBBC ArabicBBC Aug 10 - Aug 10Behrouz Afagh
Senior Producer / UK Elections Roadtrip / BBC News / BBC News / Apr 2010 to May 2010 / Various
Senior ProducerUK Elections RoadtripBBC NewsBBC News Apr 10 - May 10Various
Senior Producer / South Africa, World Cup: Features Team / BBC / BBC / Jun 2010 to Jul 2010 / Various
Senior ProducerSouth Africa, World Cup: Features TeamBBCBBC Jun 10 - Jul 10Various
Producer/Director / Superpower Season: The Internet - Afghanistan Online / BBC / BBC Persian / BBC World / Sep 2009 to Mar 2010 / Jane Taylor
Producer/DirectorSuperpower Season: The Internet - Afghanistan OnlineBBCBBC Persian / BBC World Sep 09 - Mar 10Jane Taylor
Producer/Director / Working Lives: Dubai / BBC News / BBC News / Aug 2009 to Sep 2009 / Paul Gibbs
Producer/DirectorWorking Lives: DubaiBBC NewsBBC News Aug 09 - Sep 09Paul Gibbs
Senior Producer / BBC Persian: Beirut Bureau Producer / BBC News / BBC WS News / Jan 2009 to Jul 2009 / Behrouz Afagh
Senior ProducerBBC Persian: Beirut Bureau ProducerBBC NewsBBC WS News Jan 09 - Jul 09Behrouz Afagh
PD (Self Shooting) / Newsnight: Knife Crime / BBC 2 / BBC / Aug 2008 to Sep 2008 / Peter Rippon
PD (Self Shooting)Newsnight: Knife CrimeBBC 2BBC Aug 08 - Sep 08Peter Rippon
Producer/Director / Panorama: Young Gunmen / BBC 1 / BBC / Feb 2008 to Jun 2008 / Sandy Smith
Producer/DirectorPanorama: Young GunmenBBC 1BBC Feb 08 - Jun 08Sandy Smith
PD (Self Shooting) / This World: Girl Racer (Iran) / BBC 2 / BBC / Sep 2007 to Jan 2008 / Karen O'Connor
PD (Self Shooting)This World: Girl Racer (Iran)BBC 2BBC Sep 07 - Jan 08Karen O'Connor
PD (Self Shooting) / This World: Hunting for Hezbollah / BBC 2 / BBC / Jan 2007 to May 2007 / Karen O'Connor
PD (Self Shooting)This World: Hunting for HezbollahBBC 2BBC Jan 07 - May 07Karen O'Connor
Producer/Director / Shopping the Supermarkets: Shop Smart / BBC 1 / BBC / Aug 2007 to Oct 2007 / Jay Hunt
Producer/DirectorShopping the Supermarkets: Shop SmartBBC 1BBC Aug 07 - Oct 07Jay Hunt
Producer/Director / This World: Bollywood - The Casting Couch / BBC 2 / BBC / Feb 2006 / Karen O'Connor
Producer/DirectorThis World: Bollywood - The Casting CouchBBC 2BBC Feb 06 - Jan 70Karen O'Connor
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I have worked with Darius a lot over the past two years, in BBC Current Affairs. He filmed, produced and directed at least six films for me for the weekly half hour series Our World. He's a tenacious and ambitious journalist and has a lot of experience in filming all over the world. He has particular expertise in the Middle East, especially Lebanon and Afghanistan. He operates well and sensibly in hostile environments. He is a good filmmaker who can deliver films with a range of tones. He works well with reporters and camera crews but equally can operate well on his own and is very multi-skilled - shoots and edits well and has good grasp of the power of social media.

Diana Martin, Executive Producer, BBC Current Affairs

Darius is an experienced and very competent shooting P/D. He has a sharp intellect and a superior understanding of current affairs - particularly in the Middle East. He seeks to bring stories to life through characters that take the audience to the heart of the issue. He is a self-starter - very motivated and happy to work without too much supervision. But at the same time he takes feedback and listens to criticism. He will own a project entirely - from doing research, finding contributors, sorting logistics, though to structuring, writing and running the edit. He shoots well and we have made use of this in hostile areas where a small mobile team is preferable. He’s also a good director and has produced people with very little TV experience to achieve excellent results.

Jane Taylor, Editor Programmes, BBC Persian TV

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  • Media I Work In:

    Broadcast Television

    Corporate Communications

    Online Content

    Radio

    Short Film

  • Locations I can work in:

    Africa

    Asia

    Australia

    East Anglia

    Eire

    Europe

    London

    Midlands

    North America

    North East

    North West

    Northern Ireland

    Scotland

    South America

    South East

    South West

    Wales

  • Skills/Permits:

    Access Negotiation

    Driving Licence

    Commentary Writing

    First Aid

    Heath And Safety Training

    Hostile Environment

    I Visa USA

    Motorcycle

    Safeguarding Trust

    Secret Filming

    Script Writing

    Storytelling

  • Technical Skills:

    Canon XF105

    Canon XF305

    Final Cut

    Final Cut Pro 7

    Final Cut Pro X

    Lighting

    Nanoflash

    Self Shooting

    Single Camera Directing

    Sony a7S

    Sony PXW-FS7

    DJI Osmo

    Phantom HD High Speed

    Canon EOS C300

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