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Alex West

Series Producer/Edit Producer/Director/EP

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Melbourne, Australia

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I have extensive UK and international factual and specialist factual TV credits as a director, producer, SP, Edit Producer and Exec. My programmes include critically acclaimed and popular factual TV series for a wide variety of UK, and international terrestrial and subscription broadcasters.I am available for freelance roles ranging from EP, SP,... Read More

I have extensive UK and international factual and specialist factual TV credits as a director, producer, SP, Edit Producer and Exec. My programmes include critically acclaimed and popular factual TV series for a wide variety of UK, and international terrestrial and subscription broadcasters.

I am available for freelance roles ranging from EP, SP, and producing, as well as an edit producer. I can be add value in any of these roles.

I am skilled in a wide range of subject genres, from science to pop culture, from high end historical documentaries to true crime.
Within these, I also have experience in producing most contemporary factual TV forms such as obs docs, drama-docs, formatted factual and fixed rig shows.

I started my career in the US and am very familiar with US cable and subscription factual editorial forms and network expectations. I am the holder of a prestigious American Fulbright Scholarship, which adds gravitas, and academic integrity to my profile, and importantly is valued by US networks with a strong emphasis on fact checking and scientific rigour (Smithsonian/Nat Geo etc).

In my variety of production roles, I have helped create over 60 films and series. I also teach and mentor emerging talent, as well as engaging in international media conferences, screen business associations, and new media training labs.

Bottom line is a love making engaging TV that resonates with viewers. I am always up for a challenge and love working in teams to overcome these challenges to make great TV. Read Less

I first worked with Alex over twenty years ago when he was invited to join the pool of directors making the archaeology show Time Team. I was not only the presenter but also an associate Producer on the show so got to know his work well both behind and in front of camera.

Being a freshman in a confident, long running series is never an easy task, but from the first day Alex displayed a gentle authority, an ability to listen, a social ease, and most importantly a relaxed confidence with the historic and archaeological material he was working with. He also had a wicked sense of humour, which I found surprising given how straight-faced he often is! For instance he created a lovely little slapstick water fight between the archaeologist Phil Harding and I when we were arguing about how boats were caulked in the Tudor period. The comedy arose out of the scene in a perfectly natural way, and was often remarked on affectionately by viewers.

When Alex went to Australia I lost touch with him for a while until he invited me out to Victoria to front a programme he was producing on Ned Kelly’s last stand for ABC. This was a very fine piece of work, particularly with regard to the conclusions we were able to come to about the participants’ movements from the dispersal of the ordnance we excavated. It was a complete story which he told with commendable lucidity.

We’ve stayed in close touch ever since. I find him thoughtful, interesting, intelligent, and a hard worker. He has the ability to tell a difficult story well, and with flair and passion. Highly recommended!

Sir Tony Robinson

Alex is an extremely experienced and talented film maker. He's worked successfully as an Executive Producer, Series Producer and Director across a wide variety of factual television. He's very collaborative to work with and would be an asset to any production he works on. I'd work with him again any time.

Dan Gold

I have worked with Alex on a number of productions, predominately historical documentaries. I have always found Alex to be intellectually curious, historically rigorous and always willing to put in the hard work to pursue excellence.

Stuart Menzies

Alex has worked with CJZ on a number of major factual productions for Australian television, most recently Revolution School for ABC TV. He is a fine producer who can work at a very senior level. Alex manages teams effectively and has good oversight on budgets and schedules. Most importantly he has a strong editorial sense. I would be happy to discuss Alex's strengths in further detail.

Michael Cordell Creative Director CJZ michael@cjz.com.au

Michael Cordell

Vastly experienced, talented, committed, brave and funny with it. A pleasure to have him back here!

David Wilson

During my time as a commissioning editor in Australia I worked with Alex on three important and challenging projects. In every case he delivered fantastic results, added a huge amount of value and flair to the original idea and was a real pleasure to work with. One of the very best producers currently working in the UK and Australia.

Phil Craig

I have had the great pleasure of working with Alex over the last 6 months in his capacity as Series Producer of a 2 x 1 hour blue chip history series. Alex is organised, capable and committed, and a good leader of the team. His background interest and knowledge in history has been an asset to the production.

CeliaTait

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Other Details
  • Media I Work In:

    Broadcast Television

  • Locations I can work in:

    Work Anywhere

  • Language:

    French (Conversational)

  • Skills/Permits:

    Access Negotiation

    Archive Clearance

    Commentary Writing

    Driving Licence

    Heath And Safety Training

    Work Permit Australia

    Work Permit EU

    Casting

  • Technical Skills:

    Canon 5D

    GoPro

    Single Camera Directing

  • Awards:

    Australian Awards.<br /> INSIDE THE FIRESTORM, 2011 Triple AFI award winner, best direction, best editing, best sound, 2011 AFI nominee Best Feature length Doc. <br /> REVOLUTION SCHOOL. SPAA awards 2016 nomination Best Documentary Series <br /> DIRTY BUSINESS: HOW MINING MADE AUSTRALIA. Logie Nominated Outstanding Factual Series 2014. ATOM Awards nomination best factual series 2013.<br /> UTOPIA GIRLS. . 2013 AFI/AACTA AWARD nomination: best visual effects. 2013 NSW Premiers Award for History Nomination.<br /> IMMIGRATION NATION: THE SECRET HISTORY OF US. . 2012 AFI/AACTA nominated. Best Documentary Series. 2012 PM’s Prize for History nomination.<br /> LAST CHANCE SALOON. Logie Nominated best factual series 2010.

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