About Will

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    • Passionate about finding and developing great stories and concepts
    • Love writing treatments and pitch documents
    • Skilled at finding expressive and charismatic presenters
    • Work fantastically with both directors and as part of a production team
    • Experienced with the responsibilities of supervising and leading a research team
    • Hold current US I-Visa
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    Credits

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    Brave New World with Stephen Hawking - IWC Media , Unspecified
    2013 - Assistant Producer
    • Continuing on from initial development, I negotiated access to 21 cutting edge experiments and technologies for this blue chip series
    • Negotiating internationally with leading scientists, big corporations and colleges such as Microsoft, Lockheed and MIT to gain access to cutting edge experiments and materials
    • Casting presenters and contributors as per Discovery and editorial requirements


    Gold Rush - Raw Television , United Kingdom
    2012 - Assistant Producer
    • Responsible for researching the equipment mining and geological processes within the mines and providing detailed factual information back to directors and series producers
    • Additional story research
    • Ensuring continuity across suites

    Dragons - Impossible Pictures , United Kingdom
    2012 - Assistant Producer
    • Responsible for negotiating access to artifacts and locations for our dramatic reconstructions and factual interviews
    • Organising logistics and shoot dates with location contacts and co-ordinating logistics and shooting restrictions with crew

    Infested 3 - Darlow Smithson , United Kingdom
    2012 - Researcher
    • Responsible for casting contributors and developing stories
    • Negotiating access
    • Writing treatments

    How Sex Works - Pioneer Productions , United Kingdom
    2011 - Researcher
    • Researcher on location for all filmed practical science experiments and expert interviews on a 3 week US shoot for 3 episodes
    • Lead Science Researcher responsible for contributor and expert Finding for this 3x60 Series
    • Interviewing potential contributors and developing treatments
    • Negotiating access and interview/experiment shoot dates
    • Setting up shoot logistics

    Locked-Up Abroad 6 - Raw Television , United Kingdom
    2011 - Development Researcher
    • Story and contributor finding for the series
    • Found and developed 2 stories that became filmed episodes
    • Contributor finding for our tie-in book deal for Random House entitled "Banged-Up Abroad: Hellhole"
    • Interviewing potential contributors and developing treatments
    • Negotiating access, compensation and interview shoot dates
    • Script research and annotation

    The Imposter - Raw & Protagonist Pictures , United Kingdom
    2011 - Researcher
    • Called in late in production to assist directors and producers in digging up additional case information
    • Interviewing city officials & law enforcement experts to confirm facts and story details

    The Liquid Bomb Plot - Raw Television , United Kingdom
    2010 - Researcher
    • In-depth case research to assist producers and directors
    • Interviewing law enforcement and intelligence experts and contributors for contextual case information
    • Script research to provide and confirm factual details for drama

    Get Out Alive - Raw Television , United Kingdom
    2010 - Assistant Producer
    • Story and contributor finding (Responsible for developing the high-octane "Somalia" episode)
    • Interviewing potential contributors and developing treatments from interviews
    • Negotiating access, compensation and interview shoot dates
    • For work on opening three eps - credit was raised to Assistant Producer

    Fugitive Chronicles - Raw Television , United Kingdom
    2010 - Researcher
    • Called in for additional research work to obtain additional contextual and factual information
    • Interviewing law enforcement experts to confirm facts and story details
    • Script research and annotation

    Breakout - Raw Television , United Kingdom
    2009 - Researcher
    • On call to series producer and directors for background research
    • Interviewing state and federal officials and law enforcement experts to confirm facts and story details
    • Script research and annotation

    Locked-Up Abroad 4 - Raw Television , United Kingdom
    2009 - Junior Researcher
    • On call to series producer and directors for background research
    • Interviewing experts on international law and foreign prisons as well as contributors to confirm facts and story details
    • Script research and annotation

    Locked-Up Abroad 3 - Raw Television , United Kingdom
    2009 - Junior Researcher
    • On call to series producer and directors for background research
    • Interviewing experts on international law and foreign prisons as well as contributors to confirm facts and story details
    • Script research and annotation

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    Employment History

    Jan - Feb'13: Development AP, Brave New World (IWC Media for Discovery x 6 eps - 45 mins)
    Continuing on from initial development, I am currently researching and developing stories for this blue chip series
    Negotiating with leading scientists and big corporations such as IBM, Microsoft and Harvard University, to gain access to cutting edge experiments, materials and technologies

    August- September'12: Development Assistant Producer (IWC Media)

    • Worked directly with Exec. Producer to develop the format and wrote a 40 page treatment for the 2nd series of "Brave New World with Stephen Hawking" commissioned for Discovery
    • Negotiating with leading scientists and big corporations such as IBM, Microsoft and Harvard University, to gain access to cutting edge experiments, materials and technologies
    • Casting presenters as per Discovery requirements
    • Developing ideas for new projects

    April'12 - August'12: Development Assistant Producer (Impossible Pictures)
    • Concept and format development for future commissions under head of factual
    • Writing treatments and proposals
    • Assessing contributors for interview
    • Negotiating access, compensation and interview shoot dates

    Jan '12 - April'12: Assistant Producer, Dragons (Impossible Pictures for Nat Geo x 1 ep 60 mins)
    • Responsible for negotiating access to artifacts and locations for our dramatic reconstructions and factual interviews
    • Organising logistics and shoot dates with location contacts and co-ordinating logistics and shooting restrictions with crew

    Feb '12 - April '12: Story Researcher, Infested 3 (Darlow Smithson for Disc. Animal Planet x 9 ep 45 mins)
    • Story and contributor finding
    • Interviewing potential contributors and developing treatments from interviews
    • Negotiating access, compensation and interview shoot dates

    Aug'11 - Jan '12: Researcher, How Sex Works - Pioneer Productions
    • Researcher on location for all filmed practical science experiments and expert interviews on a 3 week US shoot where I was responsible for cash flow and on-set logistics.
    • Lead science researcher on this 3 episode series on love, sex and relationships
    • Negotiating access and setting up interviews and experiments for shoots
    • Interviewing and assessing potential contributors

    Jan - 09 - July 2011: Casting AP/Researcher, Raw Television
    • Finding and assessing contributors for shows such as "Locked-Up Abroad" and "Get Out Alive" (Found and developed stories for 3 filmed episodes across 2 series)
    • Tracking down hard to find contributors for interview and other potential media productions
    • Interviewing and assessing interviewees for broadcast potential
    • Pitching ideas and writing treatments
    • Negotiating interview dates and compensation
    • Interviewing experts
    • Fact checking
    • Script annotation
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    Education

    2009-2010: National Film & Television School
    • Script Development (PG Diploma)

    2008-2009: Met Film School
    • 1 Year Practical Filmmaking (PG Diploma)

    2004-2005: Harlow Journalism College,
    • PPA Magazine Journalism (PG Diploma)

    2001-2004: University of Central Lancashire,
    • BA Screenwriting (2:2)

    1999-2001: Hemel Hempstead School 6th Form -
    • A-Levels (English: B History: B Theatre Studies: B)

    1994-2001: Hemel Hempstead School
    • GCSES (11 GCSES: B-C including maths and english)
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    Industry Qualifications

    NCTJ Journalism Law - Harlow Journalism College
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    Referees

    Available on request.
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    Skills

    Full and clean driving license
    Final Cut Pro editing
    Adobe Photoshop Skills

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    Additional Information

    Industries

    • TV

    Programme Types

    • Arts, 
    • Current Affairs, 
    • Development, 
    • Documentary, 
    • Drama Reconstruction, 
    • Dramatised Documentary, 
    • Historical Documentary, 
    • Investigative, 
    • Science

    Specialisms

    • Current Affairs, 
    • Drama, 
    • Final Cut Pro, 
    • History, 
    • International Affairs, 
    • Journalism, 
    • Literature, 
    • News & Current Affairs

    Languages

    • English

    Licenses

    • Basic Driving (PLG)
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