NATALIE BROOK-REYNOLDS -VIRTUAL PRODUCTION MANAGER
I came into production management via a very different route to most people.
I trained as a stage manager in theatre and was a fairly successful Company Stage Manager for 12 years, my last show being Shadowlands in the West End. More about that later – my career has evolved into PMing for TV and I’ve even set up a virtual PM business where I work from home for smaller companies that need ad hoc PM support. Back to how it all began…
I was asked by Maverick TV to Production Coordinate a series of short dramas they were co-producing - they needed someone that was used to dealing with props and actors but could organise and do logistics too.
I found that my stage management skills were very transferable and was asked back again a year later. I was still working as a freelancer stage managing as well.
At first, I worked for various production companies as a PC and then moving onto PM, because of my quick problem solving skill I seem to appeal to short form TV companies that did branded content, facebook live projects and TVC's, although I have done long form, live studio and BBC current affairs.
In 2016 I agreed to take a rolling freelancer PM role with Global Media and Entertainment in the VideoLab team which produced branded content and of course all the video content from their yearly OB events- Summer Time and Jingle Bell Ball I ended up staying nearly 2 years as Senior Production Manager with lots of my additional duties encompassing what can be described a hybrid of HOP/Production Accountant strands to my role. I would often be looking after 20 plus cost managers of video projects that were going on, managing up to 6 producers reporting into me, freelance editors and the permanent editor.
Within my time there I also put systems in place including a new cost manager and a 37-page financial management report which allowed business decisions to be made for the department. By the time I decided to move on I was extremely proud of what I had done and the difference I had made to the video teams .
I returned to freelancing, but also decided to set up Virtual PM which allows me to PM virtually anywhere and can offer clients ad hoc days, covering holiday and I can work either via my home office or in their office.
If I can bring my skills to your company please get in touch