Wednesday, December 30, 2009

TV Insider

Find out who's joined the team of experts, which experts have caught the eye of the TV industry, how to increase your chances of getting on TV, etc by signing up to the findaTVexpert updates. Just add your email to box on the right.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Success stories: experts being seen, heard and read about!

TV&Media companies find experts for their shows and articles in lots of different ways: via google, University websites, TV agents, associations, word of mouth, contacts - and findaTVexpert of course! Here are some of the latest success stories.

Mike - Medical Historian, War Wounds & Trauma Surgeon: has just done some filming with Cloud One productions for a new BBC series called History of the World.
Deborah - Historian, Toys & Women Inventors: contacted by Lion TV re a new series and in discussions with enteraction TV re a history series.
Craig - Classical Historian: also in discussion with enteraction TV re a history series.
Hannah - Expat Money Expert: interviewed by BBC Radio Wales re the financial issues that have to be taken into account when retiring to the sunshine.
Jonathan - Freesourcing, How to start a business with no money: congratulations to Jonathan for making the final shortlist of a new BBC Business series. And commisserations for being pipped to the post.
Sue - Armchair to action, get out of your comfort zone: being featured in Essentials magazine in February.
Graham - Dog Trainer, the man who speaks dog: has been approached by TwoFour productions re a project and was on Talksport Radio.
Gina - private investigator: interviewed for TalkSport re private investigations in the workplace and in relationships.
David - vocal coach: has just done some filming for a new Biography Channel series which will TX in January. And still in discussions with Love Productions.
Bill - food critic, writer, broadcaster: contacted by Five News to be interviewed re making Christmas dinner on the cheap (but he was on holiday in the Philippines!)
Kirsty - consultant clinical and forensic psychologist: has been contacted by BBC1's The Big Questions team to discuss appearing on the show.
Dr Pete - scientist & author: interviewed for TalkSport re the vaccination programmme for Swine Flu.
Tara - Wine Expert: Tara wrote a treatment for a programme idea which I thought ticked the right boxes, so I discussed it in several of my meetings with TV companies and enteraction TV are interested in developing it further, which is great news. It's only the beginning of a long process (which is why patience is a virtue!) but it's a start.
Debi - Power of Positivity: interviewed on STV re how to manage your bank balance over the festive season. And has been booked back for the 4th january to do a session on unwanted christmas gifts, which is great news.
Keren - Relationship Expert & Midlife Muddles Guru: interviewed by Essential magazine for the March issue.
Jackie - Financial Lifecoach: interviewed by Top Sante magazine for a Career & Finance article.
Maggy - Priest, Prosperity is your birthright: interviewed by TalkSport Radio re forgiveness after the case of two bullies who drove Rosimeiri Boxall to kill herself.
Simon - Teacher, Youth & Familial Issues: interviewed by TalkSport re the link between divorced parents and poor adolescent behaviour.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Cash in on your career in the New Year!

Could you be the next Jamie Oliver, Jo Frost (SuperNanny) or Gok Wan (How to look good naked)? Are you working on any projects or research that might be of interest to the TV industry? Do you have the X-pert factor? If the answer’s yes, try and cash in on your career by promoting yourself to the TV industry in the New Year.

Factual entertainment and specialist factual programmes need experts. And broadcasters are keen to find them because they deliver passion, credibility and commitment. What’s more, if you combine the right expert with a great format, everyone’s a winner. Everyone cashes in.

Think of Dragon’s Den, Grand Designs, Strictly Come Dancing, Location, Location, Location, the Antiques Roadshow, Would Like to Meet, How Clean is Your House, You Are What You Eat, The Choir, Super Vets, Ladette to Lady, The Apprentice and the House of Tiny Tearaways. They all needed experts when they were devised – and so will many future shows.

Experts can be found in numerous ways: google searches, press coverage, word of mouth, connections, being heard on the radio and, if you’re lucky, being in the right place at the right time. Changing Room’s Handy Andy, for example, just happened to be doing some work for Linda Barker when the programme producers were looking for a cheeky chippy. And Jamie Oliver caught a producer’s eye when they were doing some filming at the River CafĂ©!

And, of course, they can also be found on, the business I set up to give experts with the X-pert factor the chance to promote themselves to the industry and try and cash in on their expertise & passion. And it’s working!

Classical Historian and Actor Craig Henderson was found on findaTVexpert and is now a regular presenter on BBC’s Inside Out. “I have found to be possibly the most effective website I've ever been on. I've been on the site for just over a year and have presented six features for BBC’s Inside Out. And I’m being paid to do what I love, which is fantastic.”

Doctor of Clinical Psychology Abigael San is also increasing her media profile and boosting her earnings as a result of being on findaTVexpert. “This site is a brilliant idea. I have contributed to several TV & Radio programmes since I registered and been interviewed for numerous press articles as a result of being found on findaTVexpert.”

Other experts who have recently been found on findaTVexpert and approached regarding interviews, screentests and other media opportunities include Stuarts, Marx & Witchcraft Historian John Callow (recently booked to do 8 days of filming for UK Living’s ‘Most Haunted Live’); Psychologist & Business Stress Expert Sue Firth; Expat Money Expert Hannah Beecham and Social Anthropologist & Flirtologist Jean Smith.

Everyone with the skills, training and qualification to prove they’re an expert in their field of business can register on From art therapists to zoologists and everyone in between - forensic scientists, vicars, bailiffs, embalmers, marine biologists, dentists, detectives, designers, personal finance advisors, architects, etc – because you never know what will catch a producer’s eye and ignite the creative process. There is a membership fee, but it could be your best investment yet!

So if you’ve got an expertise, try and cash in on it in the New Year. Let the TV industry know you exist - and if you're working on an exciting project or research that could make good TV, make sure you tell them about it. Joining findaTVexpert is obviously one way of doing this, but there are others. What's important is that you get on the TV industry's radar.

Other experts have done it, so why can't you?