Wednesday, May 2, 2012

findaTVexpert: TV IndustryTestimonials

I think provides a fantastic service - but I set it up so I'm slightly biased. So as findaTVexpert has just celebrated it's fourth business birthday, I asked some TV people what they thought. Here's what they said ...

Jacqueline Hewer - Head of Daytime, Leopard Films
"Happy 4th Birthday!  It's a well-deserved celebration. The genius of this website is that everyone on it wants to be on the telly, so as a programme-maker, I can by-pass all those long, pointless conversations trying to persuade someone to appear on camera. The showreels mean I can see whether someone has what it takes before you even make contact. And thanks to Claire's brilliant service and genuine TV experience, all the experts know what being on TV entails, they know what will be expected of them, and they want to do a good job. Congratulations on a successful first 4 years."

Barbara Altounyan - Director of Programmes,
  "Whenever we hatch a new format we don't celebrate as you'd expect. We groan loudly .... who could possibly present this show and anyway where are our charismatic experts to underpin our impossibly ambitious premise? Since Claire started her fantastic website we heave a sigh of relief, there's surely someone on her list who fits our brief! Of course there is. Where would be without Claire Richmond?"

Katie Boyd - Features Commissioner,
Channel 4

"Claire has self-started a fantastic online resource. In the ever flourishing world of factual television there's always a need for new experts. And with great enterprising spirit, Claire saw this need and created a platform which easily unites TV producers w/ potential experts at the click of a button. Congratulations Claire on such great initiative. Congratulations findaTVexpert on 4 successful years.
May there be many more!"

Nicola Ibison -
Head of Factual, James Grant Management
"Happy birthday findaTVexpert. You're a treasure trove for any TV company seeking the next big factual name."

Damon Pattison - MD,
Lucky Day Productions

"Happy Birthday! I can't believe you're only 4 - you look a lot older. All the time and worry that you have saved me finding experts has added years to my life!"

Helen Dower - TV Exec,

"Happy 4th birthday findatvexpert. Four years of promoting some of the best new talent around. Here's to many more years of providing expertise in the industry and continued success for one of the top media tools in the business."

Hugo Ward
Head of Current Affairs, Raw Cut

"Happy Birthday findaTVexpert. 4 years eh... what did we do before you were around? It has been a revelation working with Claire and her wonderful clients; a revelation that has made my job so much easier. FindaTVexpert is a reliable hub where you can always find quality contributors. Many happy returns - I look forward to working closely with you in years to come."

ark Murphy - MD, etv
"If the internet made every researchers job much easier, Find a TV Expert made it much better, providing a much needed quality filter. For etv it's now an invaluable time and money saving tool. So, Happy 4th Birthday to all the team, and may there be many more."

Reem Nouss
- Reem Nouss Media
Happy Birthday to Claire and! You've been a pioneer in this area - well done on another successful year!"

June Ford Crush - TV Agent"Congratulations Claire on your 4th birthday. You are a now a permanent fixture in the industry and your success is well deserved.  Agents can't take on experts all the time and you provide a very valuable service to both new and established talent."

Paul Woof
- Head of Development, Maverick

"FindaTVexpert is a terrific service and each bulletin is full of interesting people. I look forward to it going from strength to strength!"

findaTVexpert: Success Stories

I set up four years ago to help bridge the gap between the professionals and the programme makers. And it's working. Here are the names of some of the experts who've been found on findaTVexpert  and signed up for different TV opportunities.

Roy B, Art & Architecture: signed up as one of the expert judges on Lucky Day Productions' Show me the Monet series for BBC2. Filming for the second series has finished and will TX in the summer.

Dr Anita S, GP w/specialist interest in Dermatology: signed up as the Doctor Presenter on Series 2 of betty's The Joy of Teen Sex for Channel 4.

Rob B, Engineering, Adventure & Extreme Sport: currently filming a new engineering series for BBC2, due to TX in the Autumn.

Sian A, Lady Builder, Interior Design, Landlord, Property: currently filming a new propery/DIY show for Channel 5 for TX in the summer.

Ben H, Award Winning TV Designer & Renovation Expert: signed up as one of the designers on RDF's Renovation Game for Channel 4.

 Mike E, Medical Historian, War Wounds & Trauma Surgeon: booked as an expert contributor for Channel 4's Crusaders: Back from the Dead, BBC2's E Numbers: an Edible Adventure and BBC South's The History of the World: Alfred the Great.

 Janet T, Tapping for Weight Loss, Anxiety & Depression: went head to head with another expert in Channel 4's Who Knows Best: Fighting the Fat.

 Roger S, Residential & Commercial Property Expert: has been an expert contributor on This Morning, BBC News and the BBC's Don't Get Done Get Dom.

Dr Abigael S, Doctor of Clinical Psychology: was an expert contributor on Sky Real Lives' War on Fat and has worked behind the scenes accessing contributors for Endemol's Supersize vs Superskinny and new Secret Eaters series for Channel 4.

Phill W, Hands on Restoration & Sustainable Building Expert: signed up as a judge on BBC3's new 'Young Carpenter of the Year' series which TX'd earlier this year.

Lady Lesley C, Aristocratic Tamer: Horses, Cattle & Kids: booked as an expert contributor for Endemol's Superscrimpers: Waste Not Want Not series for Channel 4.

Sean B, Confidence & Communication Expert: booked as an expert contributor on Channel 5's The Vanessa Show.

Sarah M, Molecular Scientist: the human body: booked as an expert contributor on Plum TV's E Numbers: an Edible Adventure for the BBC.

Craig H, Classical Historian: presented several features for BBCs Inside Out.

Victoria G, Dr. of Counselling Psychology & Coach: booked as an expert contributor on Sky Living's ChickFix, Channel 5's Live with Gabby and Channel 5's Extraordinary People.

If you're an expert - and if you want to increase your chances of being found by the TV industry - do what these experts have done and click here to register on

And if you want to find out how the TV programme making process works, how to shine on TV and how to catch the eye of a TV producer, come along to one of my free, online, lunchtime seminars. Click here for dates, details and to reserve your place.