Lucy Smith – Development Researcher

Mobile: (+44) 07736 449491

Location: London/Yorkshire
Twitter: @hattersleysmith

Personal Statement
Self-shooting development researcher with experience writing treatments, developing and producing TV pilots, in addition to shooting and editing sizzle tapes. I also have production experience both on location and in the studio. I am constantly coming up with ideas drawn from the people I meet, the books I read and the content I watch, and I hope to use my constant curiosity and practical skill set to help create the popular factual formats of the future.

Key Skills

  • Self-shooting on Panasonic DVX200s, FS7s and Canon C300s
  • Editing on Avid, Adobe Premiere and Pinnacle
  • Treatment writing, pitch documents and presentations
  • Directing multi-camera and single camera
  • Creating visuals and scripts with Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Story
  • Clean driving licence

Professional Credits

Development Co-ordinator, betty (January 2017-present)
Coordinating betty’s development team, liaising with commissioner PAs, managing budgets and coordinating shoots for paid development projects, in addition to researching new ideas, writing treatments, and pitching direct to commissioners.
Line manager – Damian Pitman, Head of Development

Development Researcher, BBC Creative Label (May 2016)
Developed and wrote original format treatments and contributed to brief-driven brainstorms. Also worked on two new factual formats researching locations and casting.
Line manager – Charlie Nicholson, Head of Development.

Talent Runner, Strictly Come Dancing: Series 13, BBC (Sept – Dec 2015)
Looked after celebrity talent, managed rehearsal, make-up and TX schedules and liaised closely with floor managers in live multi-camera studio environment.

Junior Development Researcher, Zig Zag Productions (July 2015)
Developed format ideas and wrote treatments and pitch documents for fact ent shows.
Line manager – Katie Cox, Head of Development

Runner and Logger, The Office Xmas Party, Chalkboard TV (Oct – Nov 2014)
Logged footage on T-Coder, managed contributors, data wrangled and handled camera kit.

BBC Production Talent Pool (Sept 2014 – Oct 2016)
Selected from over 4,000 applicants for the London talent pool.

Junior Researcher, Hare Meets Tortoise (Sept – Oct 2014)
Researched new business leads, launched company blog and directed promotional film.

Runner and Casting Researcher, The Gate Films (Mar – Apr 2012)
Ran on location, sourced locations, managed casting sessions and manned office phone.

Student Credits

Producer, Against All Odds, NFTS (Jan – Dec 2016) – currently optioned by betty
Developed original game show format, undertook all pre-production inc. casting, negotiating access, sourcing experts, compiling risk assessments, briefing cast and crew. Also managed crew of 16 on location in the Lake District with ambitious sequences inc. abseil down waterfall and mountain trek up Helvellyn. Produced the offline and online edits.

Multi-Camera Director, Outside the Box, NFTS (Sept – Nov 2015)
Directed live 45-minute magazine show from gallery inc. busked music and interview sequences, created multi-camera script with camera plans and led TPM. Also shot and edited VTs.

Assistant Producer, Family Feast Fight, NFTS (Oct 2015)
Helped producer in gallery, managing continuity and script revisions.

Assistant Producer, The Great British Butler, NFTS (Sept 2015)
Managed contestants, directed judges’ commentary and interviewed contestants.

Producer, Toast, NFTS (April – June 2015)
Developed and produced half-hour studio breakfast show, wrote presenter script on Adobe Story, cast contributors, managed schedules and budget, ensured all risk assessments and documentation was in place and managed crew of 20 in a multi-camera studio.

Director, Uptown Junk, NFTS (Mar 2015)
Developed, produced, directed and edited 4-minute pitch reel for original ‘upcycling’ format.

Producer, NADSAT Productions (Sept 2010 – July 2013)
Produced shows in Durham and at Edinburgh Festival, inc. sell-out shows Hamlet and Salome.

Filmmaker, ThwackMedia (June 2009 – December 2014)
Made commissioned commercial films for Swag Bag, the Harrogate Flower Show, Tough Guy, my school and university.

Head of Features, Palatinate TV (Sept 2010 – July 2012)
Founding member of the university TV station. I shot and presented feature documentaries on subjects such as Klute, the Harry Potter module, Facebook and the student protests.

Press & Sponsorship Secretary, Durham Student Theatre (2012-2013)
Securing sponsorship and audiences through innovative campaigns for over 60 student productions

St. Marys Drama President & Arts Manager (2011-2012)
Rebranded SMC Arts Society as ‘SMaCk AsS’ with Livelounge music platform, tripling membership

Additional Employment

Freelance PR & Social Media Consultant (September 2014 – present)
I work with SMEs and production companies to develop and implement effective communications strategies to generate noise in off- and online press and across social media.

Diffusion PR, Campaign Exec. (July – Sept 2014), Associate Exec. (Sept 2013 – July 2014)
Managed media and client relationships, wrote press releases and feature articles to secure national, lifestyle and broadcast coverage for my clients – won ‘agency hit of the year’ for widespread coverage of Secret Escapes’ ‘Downton-esque’ deals.

National Film & Television School (2015-2017) – Producing & Directing Television Entertainment MA
Durham University (2010-2013) – English Literature BA Dunelm (1st) + VC Arts Scholarship
Harrogate College (2001-2009) – A-Levels: English Lit A, Hist. A, Geog. A, Drama A; AEAs: English (Distinction), History (Distinction); GCSEs:10 A*s (inc. Maths and Spanish) and 2 As

References available on request.