Paul Crompton biog...
I am a Director and Executive Producer across factual television and cinema release feature docs and I have also been a Commissioning Editor.
I worked in commissioning at Sky1, Channel 5 and ITV. At ITV I was responsible for peak-time single docs such as: 'Raining In My Heart' and 'Secret Life of Twins', and pre-watershed peak time series like 'Gino’s Italian Adventure’ and 'Love Your Garden'.
I produced and directed the award winning hit series 'Escape to the Chateau' and devised and produced the spin off daytime series. I have teamed up to form BEEZR Studios which now has a hit documentary 'Jamie Genevieve Unfiltered' and a raft of commissions for release in 2019/20.
I have had 3 documentaries pick up film festival awards: 'The Limbless Mountaineer', 'The Aviatrix' and 'Iron Men', which has 6 awards. I Exec Produced and Directed BBC Four’s hit series, 'Timothy Spall: Somewhere at Sea' which was nominated for a BAFTA and short-listed for a Grierson Award. I commissioned and Exec'd 'Steven Gerrard - A Year in My Life' which picked up an RTS Award. 'Escape to the Chateau DIY' was nominated for Best Daytime in the Broadcast 2019 TV awards and 'Escape to the Chateau' won Best Lifestyle programme at the Real Screen Awards in New Orleans.
I have been involved in numerous TV start-ups, including the formation of Granada TV's digital channels and the launch of BBC Arena. I was part of the team that formed Channel 5's in-house production arm, now known as Elephant House. I gave Love Productions their first commission, and as a producer I was part of Gecko Productions with Viv McGrath, Barge Pole Productions was an indie I shared with Timothy Spall, I am involved with the 'Chateau' producer Spark Media and I am currently the Creative Director of BEEZR Studios.
I have developed solid working relationships with commissioning editors and channel controllers as well as working closely with on-screen talent. I am experienced in negotiating access to institutions from Government organisations and the emergency services, to actors, families and community groups. I like to set the style for filming and editing; and in the throes of production I write scripts; structure stories; establish and finesse formats and run big teams. With new talent and ideas I produce taster tapes/sizzle reels for pitching to networks.
After leaving school I spent 6 years in nuclear engineering, during the day, but at nights and weekends I worked in music (I was in a band in the Madchester period) and dabbled with scripted comedy. I was offered a job by Granada TV to manage bands in the studios for various music shows. Soon after I was asked to present a TV report - Granada was seeking out new on screen talent. I was offered a job as a director for a series on local politics and I haven't looked back. It was a polite way of telling me I wasn't good enough for the other side of the camera!
I also spent quite a few years with an absurdly creative video arts crew called Basement Video who specialised in public performance art pieces, contemporary dance and recording live gigs. Good times!