Ross Aitken Production Manager
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Ross Aitken
Mobile telephone: 07786571730

About me: I’m a versatile and diligent Production Manager specialising in fast-turnaround productions.
I’ve worked on large-scale international productions, intimate self-shot obs docs and everything in between, with budgets ranging from pennies to millions.
I love working on the first series of something – collaborating with the editorial teams to figure out how to make that weird thing happen, a skillset I bring from the world of digital. I’ve also produced my own content under Ikonic Films, including an indie feature film.
I’ve delivered shows for BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5, UKTV, Discovery, Nat Geo, Sky & MTV, and worked with brands such as Coca-Cola, Asics, Lexus, PlayStation, Skype, and Camelot.

9 years experience.

Genre: Comedy, Commercials, Corporate, Current Affairs, Drama Documentary, Dramality, Factual Entertainment, Light Entertainment, Magazine Programmes, Observational Documentary, Online Content, Reality

Additional skills: File Based Formats, Underwater Filming

Other skills: Managing Covid-19 Risks on Productions – 1st Option Safety
Coronavirus Basic Awareness on Productions – Screenskills
Safe Management of Productions – 1st Option Safety (last refresher 19)
Conflict Management & Resolution – Remote Trauma
Hostile Environments training – 1st Option Safety
Experience with: - Hostile Filming Protocols
- Secret Filming Applications
- Complex compliance procedures
- PMI
- Visas
- Carnets
- Fixers
- Budgeting
- Cost Reports
Post-Production & Delivery: - Soundmouse
- Discovery Portal
- US/Canada deliveries

Overseas experience in: Australia, France, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Spain, United Arab Emirates, United States of America.

Willing to be based in: Brighton / South, London / South East

Languages: English

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Credits

Trauma Code Red (wt)

Production company: Curve Media; On-screen credit: Production Manager; Programme type: Documentary, Observational Documentary; Broadcaster: Channel 5.

Obs Doc following the elite trauma paramedic units of the West Midlands Ambulance Service and Air Ambulance Charity.


Richard Hammond's BIG

Production company: Chimp Productions; On-screen credit: Production Manager; Programme type: Documentary, Factual Entertainment; Broadcaster: Discovery.

Richard Hammond investigates and gets interactive with massive engineering projects around the world. Shot in US, UAE, Germany, Austria and UK.


Smuggled

Production company: Screendog; On-screen credit: Production Manager; Programme type: Current Affairs, Factual Entertainment; Broadcaster: Channel 4.

2 x 60 fact-ent/current affairs hybrid exploring the state of Britain’s Borders.


How to leave an Abusive Partner Safely

Production company: Knickerbockerglory; On-screen credit: Production Manager; Programme type: Current Affairs, Documentary; Broadcaster: Channel 5.

Incredibly fast-turnaround (5wks from inception to delivery) 30m doc interviewing experts on how to navigate an abusive relationship


Gypsies Next Door (w/t)

Production company: Knickerbockerglory; On-screen credit: Production Manager; Programme type: Documentary, Observational Documentary; Broadcaster: Channel 5.

4 x 1hr sensitive-access obs doc looking at the relationship between the Travelling community and their settled neighbours


The Tube

Production company: Blast! Films; On-screen credit: Production Manager; Programme type: Documentary, Observational Documentary; Broadcaster: BBC2.

6 x 60’ Access-led self-shot observational documentary series about the London Underground


Panorama - Britain's Secret Health Tourists

Production company: Blast! Films; On-screen credit: Production Manager; Programme type: Current Affairs; Broadcaster: BBC1.

1 x 60’ investigation into the NHS utilising many undercover operatives.


Various - online

Production company: Rockabox; On-screen credit: Production Manager; Programme type: Commercials, Corporate; Broadcaster: Online.

PM of various branded content campaigns including government initiative Digital Catapult, Monsoon’s AW14 & SS15 campaigns and online videos for House of Fraser, Accessorize & Max Factor.


Various - in-house

Production company: Gunpowder & Sky; On-screen credit: Production Manager; Programme type: Animation, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Factual Entertainment, Feature Films, Outside Broadcasts, Reality; Broadcaster: Various.

Development manager for a variety of projects to pitch to broadcasters and streaming services. Format/platform agnostic - anything from an anarchic animated sketch show to feature films to constructed reality.


Lexus Lc500 Launch

Production company: Atomized Studios; On-screen credit: Senior Production Manager; Programme type: Commercials, Multi Media Productions; Broadcaster: Online.

Major digital campaign to launch the LC500, combining a high-end production value commercial and a live experience event on location in Ibiza, delivering over 80 films across 3 days.


Coke Tv

Production company: Endemol Shine Beyond; On-screen credit: Production Manager; Programme type: Commercials, Corporate, Factual Entertainment, Multi Media Productions; Broadcaster: Online.

Online weekly series featuring YouTubers set various challenges including wingwalking, zipline, drone racing, stunt performing etc.


Climaxed

Production company: Endemol Shine Beyond; On-screen credit: Production Manager; Programme type: Comedy, Drama; Broadcaster: BBC Three.

5 x 4min scripted comedy series for BBC Three about the awkward aftermath of sex.


Police Interceptors

Production company: Raw Cut TV; On-screen credit: Production Manager; Programme type: Documentary, Observational Documentary; Broadcaster: Channel 5.

Observational Documentary series following the police forces of Country Durham and Cheshire.


Various - In-house

Production company: Shotglass Media; On-screen credit: Production Manager; Programme type: Comedy, Commercials, Corporate, Factual Entertainment, Light Entertainment, Magazine Programmes, Multi Media Productions, News, Sport; Broadcaster: Online/BBC Three/BBC iPlayer.

Shotglass is responsible for the digital video & social content of Fremantle’s flagship shows such as the X Factor, The Apprentice & Britain’s Got Talent, as well as original content such as the MCN of seven cross- platform football fan channels The Football Republic. I was the PM/HoP of the department – managing the pipeline and day-to-day with 2-3 coordinators, wrangling over £3m of cost managers and developing budgets and schedules for upcoming projects and pitches.


Supersize My Job

Production company: Bedlam Ltd; On-screen credit: Production Manager; Programme type: Factual Entertainment, Reality; Broadcaster: Watch.

Pilot taking young people on an adventure to experience a new career - a Yorkshire pub barman becomes a London cocktail mixologist, and a Woolwich pool lifeguard trains to be a beach lifeguard in Cornwall.


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