The ‘Who is Wilson Worldwide?’ series is a way of letting you get to know exactly who we are, whether you are a follower of what we do, someone looking to get to know a bit more about the industry, or just someone who happened to stumble upon us. The company is small in number but has a huge passion for creating the best possible content for your TV, and over the next few weeks you will get to know the people behind the ideas, when we ask them a little bit about themselves.
This week we chat to our Assistant Producer, Holly Steadman. It’s probably quicker to list what Holly can’t do as this girl can do it all! She is quite simply a pro at her job, and is constantly helping develop ideas. We asked her to answer a few questions about herself, so we could get to know all about her and what she does at Wilson Worldwide.
What is your name?
What is your job title?
Development Assistant Producer
What is your job description/ what are your responsibilities?
My job is to come up with new and exciting ideas and deliver them to broadcasters to get them commissioned. We develop a wide range of genres from documentary to fiction so there are always cool projects we’re working on.
How long have you worked here?
I’ve worked here in development since January 2018, but I was a freelancer here for most of 2017 as well so feels like forever now! (in a good way haha)
What were you doing before you worked here?
I graduated from Sussex University in 2015, and after that I freelanced working for numerous different companies as an Assistant Producer before starting at WWP.
What is the best thing about your job?
Working with the great people that I do every day, it wouldn’t be the same without them! I also love telling stories that have an impact on people, whether it’s those telling the story or those watching. TV has the potential to really help change people’s lives and it’s incredible to work in an industry that has that power, and using it to raise awareness and make a difference in the world.
What is your favourite project that you have worked on?
Every project I’ve worked on here I’ve loved, which is mainly down to my amazing colleagues. It’s early days at the moment but the project I’m developing currently is really exciting, using our platform to raise awareness on a multitude of different issues, and it has the potential to enact real change. I love telling real stories so documentaries tend to be my favourite.
What made you want to work in TV production?
I can actually remember the moment. I was watching Planet Earth when the first season came out in 2006, so I was about 12. They have the “how it’s made” in the last segment of every episode, and it was then that I realised that people actually produced these documentaries and that I could be one of those people. Ever since I’ve wanted to tell stories that have an impact on people like Planet Earth did for me. I went to uni and studied video production and the rest is history!
For anyone wanting to work in TV production what advice would you give them?
As obvious as it sounds, watch as much TV as possible. It really helps you to understand the market and figure out which genre/style/narrative storytelling you like best, so it helps you develop your ideas better. I’d also say be ruthless in your job hunt. Don’t take a back seat, find the company you want to work for and send cold emails but make yourself stand out. It’s how I got my job here at Wilson!
Any hobbies outside of work?
My main hobby is watching TV and listening to music. Seeing live music is one of my favourite things to do, especially going to festivals. I love travelling as well and walking my dogs.
Favourite programme to watch that is on at the moment and why?
I really love Tales of Light on Netflix. Each episode features a new photographer who goes to extreme lengths to get a shot. It’s a beautifully shot series and a fascinating insight into people’s determination in their field and their love for photography.
I’ve also just started watching Sharp Objects on Sky so I’m going to have to add that in. Crime thriller starring Amy Adams, loving it so far!
Any secret talents/party tricks?
My party trick is probably just dancing like an absolute weirdo. It’s way more fun that way!
Anything else you want to add?
Cadbury’s chocolate is life.
What is your favourite quote or saying?
Always look for the silver lining