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Steve Smith

Series Director / Studio Director + Eco Consultant

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About Me

I’m a BAFTA award winning television director who has helped create some of the UK’s most popular TV shows. I’m one of the most experienced multi-camera entertainment directors in the UK, bringing over 30 years of valuable production experience in which I’ve also produced and executive produced shows. I’m also an Envir... Read More

I’m a BAFTA award winning television director who has helped create some of the UK’s most popular TV shows. I’m one of the most experienced multi-camera entertainment directors in the UK, bringing over 30 years of valuable production experience in which I’ve also produced and executive produced shows. I’m also an Environmental Production Consultant and I play a leading role on the board of Directors UK where I’m committed to promoting the work of all directors and passionate about helping train the next generation.

IN MY ROLE AS A FREELANCE TV DIRECTOR
I’m a highly skilled, single and multi-camera director specialising in comedy and entertainment programmes. I have considerable experience in helping create new shows, taking projects from the ideas stage through to pilot and onto successful, returning series. I specialise in directing large-scale multi-camera OB and studio based entertainment shows. I’ve also directed a wide range of programmes across a number of genres from factual, science and reality to game-shows and quizzes, both single and multi-camera. I’m particularly experienced at shooting live music - including performances from some of the biggest music stars in the world (U2, Lady GaGa, Coldplay, Bruno Mars, Girls Aloud, Kylie Minogue, Ke$ha, Robbie Williams, Usher, Ed Sheran, Rita Ora, Taylor Swift).
In addition to my directing skills, I have also produced and executive produced shows. I have considerable boardroom experience as a non-executive director of Directors UK. In 2010 I became a BAFTA Youth Mentor and I also work as a ambassador for the Public Service Broadcasting Trust advising on their ITV Fixers project.

Directing Skills
Multi-Camera Directineries Directotudio Directoingle Camera Directing
Scriptwriting, Scheduling, Budgeting, Edit Directing
Extensive live TV experience, working under pressure to tight deadlines.
Offering creative leadership to large teams
Directing members of the public, actors, comedians, journalists, musicians, dancers & children.
Supervising and taking the creative lead with design teams (set, graphics & costume).
Writing programme proposals & programme budgets
Setting up complex, big-budget major entertainment studio and ON based shows
Staff training and mentoring.

AS AN ENVIRONMENTAL PRODUCTION CONSULTANT:
I help make TV green, advising, guiding and encouraging sustainable activities in all aspects of programme-making. I can create an environmental management system for your company or production that will reduce your carbon footprint, saving money that can be spent on screen. I work closely with the BAFTA Albert Consortium as an albert ambassador, guiding productions through the albert+ environment management system that everyone working in the media is being encouraged to adopt. Read Less

Credits last updated / confirmed indexing on 1st May 2018

Credits

Job RoleProduction TitleChannelCompanyDateNetwork Executive
Series Director / DARA O BRIAIN'S GO 8 BIT / Dave / DLT Entertainmnet / Feb 2017 to May 2017 / Iain Coyle
Series DirectorDARA O BRIAIN'S GO 8 BITDaveDLT Entertainmnet Feb 17 - May 17Iain Coyle
Series Director / Dara O Briain's Go 8 Bit / Dave / DLT Entertainment / Jan 2017 to Feb 2017 / Iain Coyle
Series DirectorDara O Briain's Go 8 BitDaveDLT Entertainment Jan 17 - Feb 17Iain Coyle
Series Director / Dara O Briain's Go 8 Bit / Dave / DLT Entertainmnet / Apr 2016 to May 2016 / Iain Coyle - UKTV
Series DirectorDara O Briain's Go 8 BitDaveDLT Entertainmnet Apr 16 - May 16Iain Coyle - UKT...
Series Director / Dara O Briain's Go 8 Bit / Dave / DLT Entertainmnet / Apr 2016 to May 2016 / Iain Coyle - UKTV
Series DirectorDara O Briain's Go 8 BitDaveDLT Entertainmnet Apr 16 - May 16Iain Coyle - UKT...
Series Director / The Graham Norton Show / BBC 1 / So Television / Sep 2015 to present / Ruby Kuraishe
Series DirectorThe Graham Norton ShowBBC 1So Television Sep 15 - to presentRuby Kuraishe
Director / Sue Perkins' Big Night Out / BBC 2 / BBC Arts Scotland / Jul 2015 to Aug 2015 / BBC Arts
DirectorSue Perkins' Big Night OutBBC 2BBC Arts Scotland Jul 15 - Aug 15BBC Arts
Series Director / The Great British Bake Off - An Extra Slice / BBC 2 / Love Productions / Aug 2015 to Oct 2015 / Alan Tyler
Series DirectorThe Great British Bake Off - An Extra SliceBBC 2Love Productions Aug 15 - Oct 15Alan Tyler
Series Director / The John Bishop Show / BBC 1 / Lola Entertainment / Mar 2015 to May 2015 / Ed Sleeman
Series DirectorThe John Bishop ShowBBC 1Lola Entertainment Mar 15 - May 15Ed Sleeman
Series Director / Safe Word / ITV2 / STV PRODUCTIONS / Jul 2015 to Jul 2015 / Claire Zolkwer
Series DirectorSafe WordITV2STV PRODUCTIONS Jul 15 - Jul 15Claire Zolkwer
Series Director / The Graham Norton Show / BBC 1 / So Television / Mar 2015 to Jul 2015 / Carla-Maria Lawson
Series DirectorThe Graham Norton ShowBBC 1So Television Mar 15 - Jul 15Carla-Maria Laws...
Studio Director / Dara O'Briain's Science Club / BBC 2 / BBC / Nov 2012 to Dec 2012
Studio DirectorDara O'Briain's Science ClubBBC 2BBC Nov 12 - Dec 12
Director / National Lottery Win Your Wish List / BBC 1 / Victory Television / Oct 2014 to Nov 2014 / Alan Tyler
DirectorNational Lottery Win Your Wish ListBBC 1Victory Television Oct 14 - Nov 14Alan Tyler
Series Director / Food Glorious Food / ITV1 / Optomen / Jul 2012 to Feb 2013 / Elaine Bedell
Series DirectorFood Glorious FoodITV1Optomen Jul 12 - Feb 13Elaine Bedell
Series Director / The Graham Norton Show / BBC 1 / So Television / Oct 2009 to Mar 2012 / Ruby Kuraishe
Series DirectorThe Graham Norton ShowBBC 1So Television Oct 09 - Mar 12Ruby Kuraishe
Executive Producer / Lorraine's Last Minute Christmas / BBC 2 / Running Bare Pictures / Sep 2011 to Dec 2001 / Lisa Edwards
Executive ProducerLorraine's Last Minute ChristmasBBC 2Running Bare Pictures Sep 11 - Dec 01Lisa Edwards
Series Director / A League of Their Own / Sky1 / CPL Productions / Jun 2011 to Sep 2011 / Duncan Grey
Series DirectorA League of Their OwnSky1CPL Productions Jun 11 - Sep 11Duncan Grey
Series Director / Don't Stop Me Now / Sky1 / Magnum Media / Aug 2011 to Oct 2011 / Duncan Grey
Series DirectorDon't Stop Me NowSky1Magnum Media Aug 11 - Oct 11Duncan Grey
Series Director / Alan Carr Chatty Man / Channel 4 / Open Mike Productions / Jul 2009 to Sep 2011 / Syeda Irtizaali
Series DirectorAlan Carr Chatty ManChannel 4Open Mike Productions Jul 09 - Sep 11Syeda Irtizaali
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  • Media I Work In:

    Broadcast Television

  • Locations I can work in:

    Europe

    London

    North America

    South West

  • Language:

    English (Fluent)

  • Skills/Permits:

    Safeguarding Trust

    Script Writing

  • Technical Skills:

    Multicamera Directing

    Single Camera Directing

    Vision Mixing

  • Awards:

    4 BAFTA Awards, 3 Comedy Awards,

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