Adam Gill

  • Creative Industries Strategy Development Consultant
  • York, UK
  • Jan 24, 2019
Contractor Consultant

Personal Summary

I am a creative, proactive and resourceful Producer/Director with 25 years’ experience in international broadcast television production.  This includes creating TV content, launching and developing channels, directing live TV, managing budgets and mentoring talent. 
I have a passion for all media, the ability to implement ideas and an efficient, flexible approach to work.

After 20 years living abroad, I returned to the UK in 2016 and I am currently based in my home town of York, working under my company name of VIDAVEO (‘I See Life’), producing Creative, Educational and Corporate films.

With considerable experience in Live, Recorded, Studio and Location productions, I am familiar with a wide spectrum of video production and I am confident working with creative teams, marketing departments and clients.  I can take charge of any assignment, from taking a brief, developing an appropriate production process, right through to post-production and delivering the product in whatever format is required.

I have worked as Senior Producer for a wide range of companies, including Discovery Europe, Disney Italia and the BBC.  I also worked as a freelance Producer for Sky Italia during their launch period and have independently produced programmes for Sky Vivo, Discovery Italia and Paramount Comedy Italia.

As well as being very good at managing budgets, facilities & teams, I am a creative individual and always looking for a new challenge.

I have a good knowledge of the Creative Industries within York and have been closely following the development of the Creative Industries Strategy, attending meetings, offering advice and providing my services in support of the Visibility aspect of the proposal.

Work Experience

Creative Director
Apr 2016 - Jan 2019 VIDAVEO

Adam returned to the UK and established VIDAVEO, a video production company based in York.  Developing projects for Broadcast, Online, Corporate and Education.

 

Recent VIDAVEO productions include;

 

Filming/Editing TEDx York event

Merchant Adventurers York - Young Entrepreneurs documentary

National Trust series focussing on curious features of Treasurer’s House in York

Science City York - Developing and Producing content

York’s Fashion Week 2017 - Full coverage (with assistance from York StJohn students)

York Fashion Week Promo Campaign 2018

Soul Jam Music Event coverage

Stroud Resourcing – Graduate Recruitment Campaign

A series of online videos for ContactScotland, explaining and promoting the use of their new Sign Language Interpreter App. 

Destination Imagination – Filming and Producing a series of Promotional videos for this International STEAM project

 

Primarily these productions have been developed for Social Media and/or live streaming.

Senior Creative Producer
Jul 2007 - Jan 2016 Al Jazeera English Channel, Qatar

Al Jazeera English is one of the world’s most respected news and current affairs channels, Adam was brought on board in the channel’s post-launch period, a crucial point in it’s development, to help establish the channel’s ‘voice’ and on-air look.

 

The Aljazeera network's stated objective is "to give voice to untold stories, promote debate, and challenge established perceptions".  Through his creative video work and clear-cut script writing Adam successfully promoted and developed this viewpoint.

 

A good example of this is one of Adam’s early AJ projects. During his first vacation he set off to Malaysia, armed with his personal camera kit and a few contact names.  He returned with a pilot format which emphasised the human perspective and became the template for all of Aljazeera English’s future Correspondent and Presenter led promotions.

 

Adam was the Senior Creative Producer responsible for 2 US Election Campaign Coverage for Aljazeera (2008 and 2012).  This involved preparing diverse groups from the US electorate to meet together in informal discussions that covered the main issues in a lively, non-confrontational manner.  These were large scale and complex campaigns (covering many of the States in America as well as looking for alternative viewpoints from around the world) and required a high level of organization, managing film crews, schedules, budgets and working with the public. Once filmed, Adam shared and repurposed this content so that it could be used Online, as News Packages and as a Promotional Campaign.

 

Adam worked within the AJ Creative Production team, reporting to Head of Creative Production.  He collaborated with Marketing and Correspondent Teams across the globe to produce produce innovative and compelling content, providing a human perspective to the AJ brand and the stories that they cover.  His close collaboration with journalist teams through major on-going and unfolding stories such as the Arab Spring and the Global Economic Crisis meant that Adam had to quickly assimilate and translate complex issues from around the world.

Creative Director
Oct 2006 - Mar 2007 Al Jazeera Children's Channel, Qatar

Adam’s first venture into the Middle East.  Jazeera Children’s Channel wanted to extend their range of programmes to include the Arts.  With his background in Art and Children’s television Adam was able to develop a concept for a new series, ‘Sahat Al-Founoon’ (The Arts Plaza).

 

This required him generating and testing hundreds of original creative ideas (In music, drama, painting, sculpture and even cookery!). The logistics of ordering vast amounts of art materials in a difficult region, on a strict budget and to tight deadlines were immense.  But, with perseverance and some negotiation, Adam got the job done.

Freelance Producer/Director, Italy
Jan 2003 - Sep 2006 Sky, BBC, Discovery

In this busy period of freelancing in Italy Adam Gill was involved in a range of exciting projects.

 

Sky Italia were in the early stages of Pre-Launch and needed someone with a good knowledge of how the Italian TV industry worked.  Taken on as their Development Producer, Adam worked across a comprehensive range of genres to shape and develop guidelines to establish content quality, editorial and broadcast production standards.

 

Sky were starting this platform from scratch and so, in the early days, Adam was shuttling backwards and forwards between the Network’s headquarters in Milan and Rome, pitching original channel concepts to James Murdoch along with projections for Staffing, Budgets and Facilities.  This required working at speed and with accuracy to deliver original and relevant video content.  Once they had established the key channels, it was time to launch.  At this time Adam led the Promotions team, developing branding and working closely with Marketing and Scheduling to get the channel on-air.

 

Once the network was up and running, Adam’s focus shifted to the more specific tasks of Executive Producing programmes for the reality channel ‘Sky Vivo’ and the newly emerging Paramount Comedy Italia.  During this same period, Adam Gill was fortunate enough to work as Line Producer on projects such as the BBC’s Heston Blumenthal’s ‘Perfection’, Adam Hart Davis’ ‘What the Roman’s did for us’, Jetix’s launch of it’s new teen channel ‘GXT’ and for Discovery Italia he Independently Produced and Filmed a series of short documentaries on Italian Explorers, Scientists & Adventurers. 

Executive Producer
Jan 2002 - Jan 2003 Disney Italia

Disney Channel Italia needed to give a fresh look to their daily live show, so they brought Adam Gill over from the UK to work in their Milan based HQ. After arranging audience surveys and focus groups, Adam began the transformation with a series of simple but significant changes.  Disney didn’t want to throw out the old format entirely, it had a loyal following, but it had to be brought up to date.  By re-branding opening titles, introducing new presenters and making the programme more interactive, Adam was able to bring the programme into the 21stcentury.  These changes were popular and helped extend the brand.

Senior Producer
May 2001 - Dec 2001 Children's BBC, London

Managing a team of Directors, Researchers & PA’s. Adam Gill oversaw the daily live continuity for Children’s output on BBC1 & BBC2. As well as exercising editorial control and supervising staff, Adam implemented the new look for CBBC and CBeebies.

 

As Senior Producer for the BBC an important part of this role was to ensure quality of content, while maintaining editorial and technical production.

 

As well as requiring a strong ability to plan, this position required an ability to manage changing priorities with flexibility and calm (Adam was the Senior Producer On-Air for BBC1 on September 11th2001).

Senior Producer
Apr 1999 - Apr 2001 Discovery Channel Europe, London

In a bold departure from their usual promo-driven continuity, Discovery requested Adam Gill to develop a presenter-led format for their peak time viewing. This required his involvement at all levels including negotiating production and post production facilities, developing branding and hand-picking a team.

 

The ‘Power Zone’, as it became know, was a sophisticated combination of studio and location pieces that gave an added edge to the Discovery experience.  During this time Adam also Produced a range of Specials including ‘The Pulse’ A half hour pilot programme for the Discovery Health Channel, an episode Discovery Today shot on location at the Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and a Battle of Britain Special Feature.  Adam also Produced and Directed a series of hosted evenings with Discovery style personalities including such people as Stephen Hawking and Rannulph Fiennes.

Education

Post Graduate Diploma in Electronic Imaging
Sep 1989 - Jul 1990 Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee
BA Combined Arts (English, History & Politics)
Sep 1978 - Jul 1981 DeMontfort University, Leicester