I'm a confident, creative, experienced SP with 18+ years of prime time TV experience, 10+ as Series Producer both in commissioning and production. I have expertise in managing happy, productive teams and am used to delivering content with production values way above the budget. I have expertise in UK wildlife and extensive contacts to build te... Read More
I'm a confident, creative, experienced SP with 18+ years of prime time TV experience, 10+ as Series Producer both in commissioning and production.
I have expertise in managing happy, productive teams and am used to delivering content with production values way above the budget.
I have expertise in UK wildlife and extensive contacts to build teams and deliver engaging, surprising content. I'm an excellent script writer and highly experienced trouble shooter in the edit. Beyond scripting, I have contributed to BBC Wildlife Magazine and The Independent as a writer and photographer. I was part of the 2018 Wildscreen nomination jury for the Panda Awards.
As a member of The One Show's senior commissioning team I was instrumental in shaping the VTs across a huge range of genres including Natural History, History, Science, Arts, Formats and Factual Entertainment. I have strong editorial judgement and the ability to tell a story in a way that reaches the widest possible audience.
I have excellent team management skills having run both small and large teams in the UK and abroad.
I have worked with a wide range of high profile talent including Louis Theroux, Alan Titchmarsh, Dermot O'Leary, Miranda Krestovnikoff, Mike Dilger, George McGavin, Dan Snow, Anita Rani, Matt baker, Alex Jones, Ruth Goodman, Angellica Bell, Gyles Brandreth, Neil Oliver, Robert Winston, Charlie Dimmock, Christine Walkden, Diarmuid Gavin, Laurence Llewellyn Bowen, Carol Klein, Lorraine Kelly.
I also have considerable experience in tracking down and nurturing new talent - both on screen and behind the scenes. Read Less
Credits last updated / confirmed indexing on 30th May 2019
|Course / Qualification||Training Provider / Institution||Year|
|All mandatory BBC training / BBC / 2019|
|All mandatory BBC training||BBC||2019|
|BBC Safegaurding Trust / BBC / 2017|
|BBC Safegaurding Trust||BBC||2017|
|BBC Safe Management of Productions / BBC / 2017|
|BBC Safe Management of Productions||BBC||2017|
|BBC Data Protection / BBC / 2004|
|BBC Data Protection||BBC||2004|
|BBC Safegaurding Trust / BBC / 2001|
|BBC Safegaurding Trust||BBC||2001|
|BBC camera courses / BBC / 2001|
|BBC camera courses||BBC||2001|
|BBC off road driving / BBC / 2001|
|BBC off road driving||BBC||2001|
|BBC Safe Management of Productions (Pt1) / BBC / 2000|
|BBC Safe Management of Productions (Pt1)||BBC||2000|
|BBC Safe Management of Productions / BBC / 2000|
|BBC Safe Management of Productions||BBC||2000|
|BBC Health and safety training / BBC / 2000|
|BBC Health and safety training||BBC||2000|
"I've worked with Seb for the last 18 months. He is a calm and inspiring leader and the team all love working with him. He has grown a new generation of young talent behind the camera. He has the ability to work very closely and cooperatively with the Commissioners getting feedback that many SPs would kill for and making a smooth and productive relationship. He has a passion for British wildlife and a thorough knowledge of the organisations protecting them. It has been an absolute pleasure working with him. "
- Steve Greenwood - Executive Producer The One Show NHU Inserts
Seb has led The One Show team in the BBC Studios Natural History Unit for the past two years, leaving in March 2019. Seb has a real nose for quirky and new natural history stories, many of which made it onto The One Show. The arc from researching a grabby story to broadcast is Seb's forte. He can develop, sell and produce simultaneously. Seb is a great team leader and is skilled managing teams of mixed experience. Together with a great body of films, Seb's legacy is also about the development of new talent; he is a great coach and loves to see people get a break and benefit from a break
Seb is a hugely experienced factual programme maker and has the rare ability to get the very best out of teams whilst juggling limited budgets and tight deadlines to deliver films with high production and editorial values. He's a creative series producer who has a constant stream of ideas, sound editorial judgement, and is extremely well organised. A pleasure to work with, Seb was well respected by all the Indies and in-house BBC teams during his time on The One Show commissioning and overseeing hundreds of films a year. Plus, with an encyclopaedic knowledge of just about every subject under the sun, you'll never lose a pub quiz with Seb on your team!
Alex Loughran Executive Producer, The One Show; Editor, Crimewatch.
Seb has a sharp editorial brain and excellent scripting skills. He combines articulate and analytical thinking with a real sense of fun in his programme making. He has Series Produced many projects on which I was EP and in all instances he was both creative and thorough. He is a fair and charming team leader, highly regarded by those who work for him. When required, his directing skills are strong and he is excellent in the edit.
Seb Illis worked for me as a series commissioning producer for five years on The One Show. During this time he worked across a broad range of genres, from history to science, from Arts to Natural history. He is an accomplished programme maker with a keen eye for detail and has the ability to shape and construct compelling short-form films for a prime-time BBC One audience. Seb also brings extensive experience as a BBC director to his work as an SP and is extremely adept at spotting potential in a script. He is great at inspiring directors to produce visually rich films that push the boundaries. He is a great addition to any team and remains calm and focused under pressure. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him.
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