This page lists freelance producers, reporters, composers and others who have been recommended by RIG members or have approached us to offer their services to indies.
RIG does not take any responsibility for the quality of their work -- that is for the contracting indie or other client to determine!
The UK Freelance Network is a separate listing of specialist radio freelance reporters, presenters, producers and studio managers, set up and coordinated by Mike Hally since the late 1990s.
See also our Executive Producers page
In addition, The following are individuals who have sent RIG their details and are actively interested in working with indies:
18 years in BBC Radio Entertainment/Comedy with 9 years as producer, 3 years as an executive producer and some months as acting head. Programmes include: Ed Reardon’s Week (2010 winner of Best Radio at the Broadcasting Press Guild awards); Safety Catch; Miranda Hart’s Joke Shop (Radio 2); Rigor Mortis; Absolute Power; A Certain Age; The Shuttleworths; The Rapid Eye Movement; The Lawrence Sweeney Mix; High Table Lower Orders; The Write Stuff; Brian Appleton’s History Of Rock & Roll; Full Circle; Tales From The Tower; I Think I’ve Got A Problem; All The Way From Memphis; A Whole ‘Nother Story; Time For Mrs Milliner; The Party Line; Missing Reel. As an executive producer Dawn complied much of the in-house output including the topicals. Also on RIG's Exec Producers list.
Fiona has produced and directed radio drama for the past fourteen years, with her own company, Allegra Productions, and previously with Pacificus Productions. She started directing afternoon plays in 2001 : Love and Friendship, A Quick Change, The Last Days of Gordon Springer, The Smallest Man in Christendom, A Warning to the Furious, Left at Marrakech, I Love Stephen Fry, Taken (as Exec. Producer), and last year, the Classic Serial A Larkin Double , Jill and A Girl in Winter. She has worked with top theatre and television actors including David Tenant and Stephen Fry. In addition to drama, she has also produced short stories for R4 Extra and audio tours at the British Museum. Recently she worked as Associate Producer for B7 Productions’ The Martian Chronicles (transmitted June 2014) and has just finished directing a Saturday drama, The Boy from Aleppo who Painted the War to be broadcast this autumn on R4.
As a film producer, Fiona produced five short films for UK Film council’s digital short scheme in 2003. Billy’s Day Out and won best British Short Film at the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2004 and has gone on to be one of the most shown short films in the short film circuit, another film, Other won best short film for the RIMA awards 2005.
Fiona’s speciality is casting and also working with children and young people. She has produced many musicals and plays with children in theatre productions, for the past twenty-five years. She is also on RIG's Exec Producers list.
George McDonagh is a multi-award winning freelancer producer and sound engineer currently working for Monocle24 and The Jockey Club. He is vastly experienced in researching, creating and driving a project to completion. Recently, he has completed a three part documentary series for The Jockey Club, responsible for pitching, recording, producing, and editing the whole project. He has previously been involved in setting up Soho Radio and was Station Manager at Student Radio Station Smoke Radio, winning Best Station in the country at the 2015 Student Radio Awards. He has also picked up an international radio drama award for a radio drama he directed. Helped to create and now produces a weekly podcast for The Jockey Club.
Experienced with Zoom, Tascam, Marantz recording equipment, edits using Adobe Audition, trained in SADiE. Trained with playout systems P-Squared Myriad and Zetta. Available to work on a daily or ad hoc basis. Also available to work on programmes or podcasts.
Gus Beattie is a freelance radio comedy producer with 13 years experience and 14 award nominations to date. He worked for top Scottish independent production company The Comedy Unit for over a decade creating, writing and producing sitcoms and sketch shows for BBC Radio 4, BBC 5 Live and BBC Radio Scotland as well as working across TV development and production. (The Comedy Unit is the 6th biggest supplier of comedy content in the UK.)
Radio 4 network comedy credits include the award winning 'Fags, Mags & Bags', 'The Absolutely Radio Show', and 'Sketchorama'.
He has worked with a diverse range of comedy talent including Kayvan Novak, Greg Hemphill, Sanjeev Kohli, Morwenna Banks, Greg McHugh, Alistair McGowan, Gordon Kennedy, Donny Mcleary, Ford Kiernan, Karen Dunbar Susan Calman, Kevin Bridges, Frankie Boyle, Gavin Mitchell, Jonathan Watson, Jack Docherty, Moray Hunter, Miles Jupp, and AL Kennedy.
In 2014 he picked up a BBC Audio Drama Award for best live audience scripted comedy for his Radio 4 show 'Sketchorama: Absolutely Special'. In 2011, 2013, 2014 & again in 2015 he was nominated in the Comedy Producer of the Year category at the Radio Academy Production Awards. Other awards include a Writers' Guild Award in 2008 for 'Fags, Mags & Bags' for BBC Radio 4 (nominated 2011 & 2013) and a Sony nomination in '08 for the same show. He is also on RIG's Exec Producers list.
John Taylor - Creative Director: Fiction Factory
I have trained as a freelance Broadcast Assistant/Production Co-Ordinator for radio drama and readings through Sweet Talk Productions, who I continue to work with on a regular basis. My portfolio includes Drama (Death Of A Soldier directed by Karen Rose; Iris Murdoch: Dream Girl directed by Fiona McAlpine & Remorse directed by Jeremy Mortimer), Book Of The Week (Last Days Of The Bus Club, Last Man Off, Boundless, All Day Long, Living On Paper, Young Orson & The Other Paris), Book at Bedtime (The Restoration Of Otto Laird, In Love And War, The Leipzig Affair, Saint Mazie, Tightrope, The Truth Is A Cave In The Black Mountains, The Automobile Club Of Egypt & We Have Always Lived In The Castle ) and Short Readings (The Listener, England And Other Stories & The Visitor’s Book). At Sweet Talk I have been heavily involved in the development of their website and the organisation of their office systems on dropbox. I am confident in setting up studio bookings and I am trained in the new BBC proteus paperwork delivery system. (Recommended by Karen Rose of Sweet Talk Productions and Fiona McAlpine of Allegra Productions.)
Studio Managers /Engineers / Sound designers
Freelance Sound Engineer who has worked in Radio since 1989. After almost 25 years, I left the BBC in early 2013, having finished my career there as a Senior Audio Supervisor in Birmingham, and I'm now looking to offer my skills to a wider range of clients. I have considerable experience of most aspects of the Radio Sound Engineer (Studio Manager) job, including: Mixing complex live programmes, feature and documentary editing, location sound recording, Outside Broadcasts, music recording, and Radio Drama.
In the past few years, I have made a particular specialism of Radio Drama (recording and post-producing over 1200 episodes of the Asian Network's award-winning daily soap "Silver Street" as well as many editions of The Archers and single plays for Radio 4, 4 Extra and Asian Network), but have continued to work across other programme genres as well including Factual Programming, Documentaries and Features, Specialist Music strands and Outside Broadcasts.
I am equipped with top quality location recording kit, and a fully capable SADiE 6 editing system (transportable if necessary) and other software. I would be delighted to hear from you if you think I may be able to offer you my services for any of your productions. To read more about my career, skills and experience, and for my contact details, please visit my website at www.swiftproaudio.co.uk
I am a fully BBC trained Sound Engineer who has worked in the BBC for 25 years. I left the BBC based in Media City UK in May 2013 to continue as a Freelance Sound Technician. I began as a Production Assistant/researcher and progressed to Studio Manager. I come from a world of quarter inch tape editing when destructive record was possible. I’ve experienced the gut wrenching fear of searching for a vital piece of tape dropped onto the floor and lived through a time when it wasn’t possible to drag lost audio from the Trash Can. To date I have worked extensively across all BBC Radio networks on a wide variety of live and pre-recorded productions. I have been responsible for mixing and editing complex programmes, location sound recording and Outside Broadcasts. Programmes include Woman’s Hour, You & Yours, the Sunday Programme, R3 Breakfast Show, File on 4; Any Questions, Radio 1 Big Sunday and Aldebergh Music Festival I specialize as a Radio Drama Foley Artist, providing on the spot Sound FX for live and pre-recorded Drama. I have worked extensively with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra; responsible for rigging the stage for a full Orchestral Performance and complex stage moves during live and pre-recorded concerts. I have a wide knowledge of Microphone use and placement. I am also a fully BBC trained TV Sound Floor Assistant. Past TV shows including Mrs. Merton, A Question of Sport, The National Lottery and This is Your Life. I am currently continuing my work in that capacity on shows including the Jeremy Kyle Show and Countdown. Over the years I have contributed to many award winning programmes, the most recent being my recording of Black Roses: The Killing of Sophie Lancaster, originally broadcast on R4 and culminating in a theatre production at The Royal Exchange in Manchester. Full member of Institute of Professional Sound. Fully trained Protools/Dira Startrack editor. Set up from home. Available for digital editing. TV and Radio Sound Assistant. Studio & OB’s. Location Recording. Boom operator. School/University sound lectures.
Television & radio studio installation and maintenance engineer. 12 years in BBC network and local radio & TV. Remaining time in commercial radio and TV and independent production. Consultancy work for Star Radio Group, India.
* Skilled in quarter inch tape machine maintenance (most Studer models). Studio & OB rigging and operational experience. BBC operational trainer. Studio support, project builds, OB planning for BBC Radio 1 to 5L. Proms rigging, 9 Lessons & Carols, Election Counts, The Bottom Line (radio version), Football commentary for 5L. Training instructor for BBC NCA Journalist Training dept (now BBC College of Journalism).
* Designed & built many TV and radio stations/studios – notably Arsenal TV at the Emirates Stadium. Project Manager for studio systems integration company on the BBC NBH project. KISS 100 and Magic 105.5 London for Bauer Media. Installed both main audio routers for BBC World Service at Bush House. Support for: British Library Sound Archive (reproducer equipment – open reel, wire, cylinder players); the Royal College of Music studios. Built radio and TV stations in Norway, Spain & Lebanon.
"I am a sound engineer, composer and sound designer in London currently looking to expand my client base. Have been working professionally in the city for 6 years and can offer spoken word recording and editing, music composition, bespoke sound design. Thorough knowledge of multiple DAWs including Pro Tools HD, Sadie 5, Logic Pro, Ableton Live, Adobe Audition. Worked in various studios including Motivation Sound, The Audio Workshop, Wise Buddah and Heavy Entertainment. Production of literally hundreds of hours of audio content including audiobook recording and editing for publishers such as Penguin, BBC and Naxos; radio doc recording, editing and mixing for production houses such as Just Radio, Falling Tree and Above The Title; etc. Also written and produced 2 radio series for the BBC called “A Brief History of Infinity” (World Service) and “Ravi” (R2)". And much more, so click here for full CV, or here for website
see also Adam McEvoy [audio editor] below
Kirsty is a tenacious researcher, a reliable, responsible assistant and aspiring producer, with experience in documentary and current affairs broadcasting. Most recently she worked as a researcher on Radio 4's 'Any Questions?', having sounded out callers and sifted through social media for the 'Any Answers?' phone-in.
During her year at Wise Buddah, she produced the 60 minute 'social action' documentary 'Let Me Into the Music' for Radio 1 Stories and three episodes of 'James Whale's Manifesto,' a current affairs debate podcast. Kirsty was also AP on a 5 Live OB on Christmas Day 2011, the Radio 1 doc 'Making It On the Big Screen' and a further four episodes of 'James Whale's Manifesto'. During her time at Buddah she also contributed to weekly development sessions and both wrote and edited numerous pitch documents.
As a researcher, Kirsty has fact-checked and guest-got for several Radio 4 documentaries, including: 'Out of the Ordinary: Digital Legacy' (BBC Bristol), 'Tom Ravenscroft's One Man Band' (Sparklab), 'Smiley's People,' (Wise Buddah) and 'Paddling with Peter Duck,' (Whistledown). She has also been dispatched to Chester, Whitehall and Wivenhoe for various recording and simul-rec duties.
Young, creative and eager broadcast journalist. Enthusiastic about undertaking new and unfamiliar projects. Lots of varied experience including independent recording, editing, OB and research.
Network Radio experience: researcher for BBC Radio 4's 'Something Understood' with Loftus Audio; Production secretary during Cambridge Folk Fesitval 2012 with Smooth Operations; Broadcast Assistant on the George Lamb Show for TalkSport; Junior Broadcast Assistant on the Judge Jules Show for BBC Radio 1; Production Assistant on International Radio 1: Warsaw, own commission; Internships at Somethin' Else, Wise Buddah, UBC & Whistledown
Network TV experience:specialist researcher for social-anthropology documentary series for Channel 4 with Seneca Productions; Researcher for ITVs Mud Men; Researcher and Assistant for TV and Radio projects with historian Bettany Hughes
Other Media: researcher for feature-length film 'We Are Many' with Iranian filmmaker Amir Amirani; Researcher and translator for Ridley Scott's feature film 'Life In A Day'; Contributor to Vice Magazine
"I'm a soundtrack composer and producer who has previously created the original score to Sparklab Productions' radio drama On the Edge for BBC Radio 4. My other works include feature documentaries, online content and short films. My scores have been heard on HBO, SXSW, Sheffield Doc/Fest, BAFTA Theatre, and many film festivals. Don't hesitate to contact me to discuss the different options regarding your project's soundtrack, whether you desire bespoke or licensed music."
You will find examples of my work and compositions on my website: http://www.EmilieLF.com
"I am a bespoke music composer for professional media. I have composed music for a number of productions for BBC Radio 4 including all four of the ‘Inspector Steine’ series of comedies written by Lynne Truss, the Saturday afternoon play ‘Bora Bora’ starring Derek Jacobi and the Book of the Week ‘Ken Campbell: The Great Caper’. I have also written the music for a number of short independent films, library production companies and the stage play ‘Hell’s Bells’ for the 2012 Edinburgh Festival. I work closely with clients to create bespoke music that is individual, unique and tailored to suit the needs of their media production. Please visit my website to listen to my music showreel and read my full portfolio." www.anthonymay.co.uk<
(Recommended by Karen Rose of Sweet Talk Productions)
Adam McEvoy of Makin' Trax Production Music
Production Music matched to briefs, or use the intuitive online search system with shareable Project Folders. 1000 of the highest quality songs and instrumentals available. Bespoke works written quickly, in any style and for any budget. Clients include Bauer, BBC, Heart, Real, Smooth, Viacom and more. For examples, or access to the online catalogue, just email me. Thanks, Adam.
"I absolutely love radio drama! I'm a composer and sound designer with a substantial track record of working in radio (Radio 3, Radio 4, Radio 4Extra, SparkLab, Ladbroke Radio, Corporation For Independent Media), theatre (National Theatre, West End and leading regional theatre companies), and TV (BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Sky1).
You can find a very brief selection of extracts from some of my recent radio projects on my website" www.jonnicholls.com
'There is so much I could write to recommend Jon and his work, but I'll keep it short and sweet. If you need bespoke music composed and delivered at a great price, fast and that always fits the bill, then Jon is the composer for you. I have used his work in several BBC radio dramas and productions, as well as in commercial audiobook productions. Each and every time I have not just received incredibly vibrant and majestic music that fit perfectly with the project, but a personable, professional and flexible approach from Jon himself. Nothing is too much to ask, no timeline is impossible, and there is simply no style or form of music he can't deliver. His work is a real treat for the ears, and his approach to working with us and our production teams is as a partner and friend. I cannot recommend Jon highly enough. Use him once, and you'll be using him forever!” (Neil Gardner, Director, Ladbroke Radio & former chair, RIG)
Many thanks for reading!
Programme / Production Co-ordinators
See Tim Garratt, above
See also Fiona McAlpine, above, and Holly Slater, above