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 Nick Skinner

Nick Skinner

Teacher - TV Camera Operation

School of Journalism, Media and Culture

Overview

Nick Skinner is an award winning TV producer, director and journalist. He has worked as a series producer, and also as Innovation Lead at BBC Wales.

He has worked on programmes ranging from a Bafta Cymru-winning current affairs documentary, a history of the slave trade and popular factual shows like Antiques Roadshow and Crimewatch.

He is an expert self shooter on a range of cameras - shooting his first entire documentary in Ethiopia in 2008.

He now divides his time between teaching, working in TV and running his own production company.

At Cardiff University he specialises in teaching postgraduate students practical film-making skills and the use of TV cameras.

Biography

TV Production Credits include:

  • Antiques Roadshow: Producer/ Director 2019, 2020 and 2021 series. Directing segments for the show on location and self-shooting GVs. Scripting and directing Fiona Bruce inserts.
  • Morning Live: Producer Director. June 2021 Scripting, researching, and filming short VTs for popular BBC1 show.
  • Wales Live: Freelance camera crew: June 2021. Filming short films and inserts for live political show.
  • Covid Commemorative Event - Producer Director (Self shooting) (BBC Wales / Welsh Government / Orchard Media) March 2021 Directed and edit produced a moving film interviewing relatives of victims of the Covid19 pandemic. Also directed a musical tribute to victims of the pandemic by an NHS choir.
  • X-Ray: Series Producer & Producer Director (self-shooting) 2011-2020 (with breaks). Freelance PD May 2021. Investigative consumer show with complex legal and editorial issues, including secret filming and door-stepping. Led a team of 15 making creative, legally and editorially contentious films. Included edit producing shows. Achieved record viewing figures and ran successful social media campaigns. Self-shot numerous items - including live action, green screen and investigations. Supervised edits and recuts, including final compile.
  • Make Me A Dealer: Producer April – June 2019. An organisational role on this daytime antiques format. Led efforts to recruit contestants and improve diversity. Self-shooting auction sequences.
  • The One Show: Development Producer August 2018 – working up ideas for the BBC Studios pitch document for 2019. (Previously shooting director 2016)
  • Crimewatch: Director 2015. Directed and edit produced an ambitious dramatic reconstruction with a cast of 15 actors
  • Crimewatch Roadshow: Producer - three series 2013-15. Leading a team of directors and researchers making a week of daytime shows. Recutting and finalising VT segments in edit.
  • History programmes (Produced and directed) including:
    • Wales and Slavery, the Untold Story (2007), with Sean Fletcher (rebroadcast, October 2020);
    • Welsh Towns, Newport (2012), with Eddie Butler.
    • Wales And The History of the World (2010), with Eddie Butler.
  • Current Affairs including:
    • University Challenged (2010) Bafta Cymru winning investigation which led to the closure of most of the University of Wales.
    • Wales, Heroin and Me (2009), with Velvet Underground star John Cale.
    • The Only Gay in the Valley (2008) with Steps star Ian “H” Watkins.

Other roles:

Director and owner, Rough Cut Media Ltd, A video production start-up working across television, corporate video and training. The company has a fully CAA approved drone license. Clients include the disability charity Leonard Cheshire, the anti-smoking campaign group Ash, the National Eisteddfod, and BBC Studios.

Teaching

MA Digital Documentary

MA International Journalism