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STEVE SMITH

FREELANCE TELEVISION DIRECTOR

ABOUT ME

I'm a BAFTA award winning television director who has helped create some of the UK’s most popular TV shows. I have a passion for sustainability and the environment and live in rural Wiltshire within the Avebury World Heritage Site with my partner Robert, an artist and writer and our dog, Sky the Borzoi.

Award Winning Director

WHAT I DO

Directing is my passion - I’m one of the most experienced multi-camera entertainment directors in the UK. I bring over 30 years of valuable production experience in which I’ve also produced and executive produced shows. I am also an Environmental Production Consultant and I play a leading role on the board of Directors UK where I’m committed to promoting the work of all directors and passionate about helping train the next generation.

TV DIRECTOR

Specialising in directing multi-camera OB and studio based entertainment shows and events. I direct single and multi-camera programmes across a number of genres including, entertainment, factual, cookery, science, reality to game-shows and quizzes. I’m particularly experienced at shooting live music.

ECO CONSULTANT

I help make TV green, advising, guiding and encouraging sustainable activities in all aspects of programme-making. Creating an environmental management system for your company or production that will reduce your carbon footprint, saving money that can be spent on screen.

DIRECTORS UK

Directors UK was launched in June 2008 as the single voice of British film and television directors. It is now both a collecting society and campaigning body with over 6,000 members. I sit on the board as one of the Vice-Chairs and Chair the Multi-Camera & Entertainment Directors Committee.

Projects

Throughout my career I’ve worked on a wide range of programmes and recent projects include; The Graham Norton Show (So Television for BBC1), The Great British Bake Off - An Extra Slice (Love Productions for BBC2) , The John Bishop Show (Lola Television for BBC1), please check out some of my recent work below.

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TV Entertainment

Entertainment Showreel

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TV Factual

The F Word

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TV Music

Music

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TV Factual

The Science of Dr Who

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Go 8 Bit

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Directors UK

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Alan Carr Chatty Man

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The Ruth Jones Show

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Rob Brydon’s Guess List

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Safe Word

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Great British Bake Off – An Extra Slice

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MY SKILLS

I’m a highly skilled, single and multi-camera director specialising in comedy, entertainment and factual-entertainment programmes. I have considerable LIVE broadcast experience and specialise in helping create new shows, taking projects from the ideas stage through to pilot and onto successful, returning series.n
In addition to directing, I have also produced and executive produced shows.  I have considerable boardroom experience as a non-executive director of Directors UK.  In 2010 I became a BAFTA Youth Mentor and volunteer as a ambassador for the Public Service Broadcasting Trust advising on Fixers - a charity helping young people.  I also work closely with the BAFTA Albert Consortium, helping guide productions through the albert+ environment management system that everyone working in the media is being encouraged to adopt.
Series Director, Studio Director, Location Director, Edit Director
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Live tv experience + DIRECTOR TRAINING & MENTORING
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PROVIDING Creative LEADERSHIP + SUPERVISING SET & GRAPHIC DESIGN TEAMS
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COMPLEX SHOW MANAGEMENT - INCLUDING SCHEDULING & BUDGETING
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MY CLIENTS

MY SHORT STORY

Television has been a major part of my life since visiting the set of Dr Who as a child and watching John Pertwee battle giant spiders before regenerating into Tom Baker. From that moment I was hooked and knew I wanted to be a TV director.

My first BBC job was as a 16 year-old runner in film despatch during my school holidays. I spent my lunch hours and evenings touring the studios watching shows being made and learning as much as I could.

In my late teens, whilst training as an apprentice film editor at the National Coal Board Film Unit, I also formed a pressure group with two school friends, campaigning for more youth programmes on TV.

We made our first programme for the Something Else strand on BBC Two in 1981. This led to us being one of the youngest teams to be commissioned, aged 21, to produce Ear To The Ground - a youth series for the newly formed Channel 4.

In 1984 I moved to Manchester, working first for the BBC where I got an opportunity to become a studio director, cutting my teeth on live Saturday morning children’s programmes. I then worked as a director in the entertainment department at Granada TV.

I now work as a freelance director and I've directed programmes for all major British broadcasters and independent production companies as well as Comedy Central in the US.

get in touch

If you would like to download a PDF biography and recent credit list, please click on the link below - or to contact me via email mail@steve-smith.tv

Website by Dean Whitehouse.

Direction by Steve Smith © 2016.