A proud, Manchester based, INDEPENDENT television production company – We are TITLE ROLE PRODUCTIONS, uk

Title Role Productions have been producing compelling, world renowned television since 2005. We pride ourselves on great stories, told with journalistic integrity and visual flair.

Just as importantly, we care about the people, places and organisations that we work with. Our productions are often delivered on a big scale, but sometimes it’s the smallest details which prove to be the most telling.

Hundreds of hours of broadcast television and counting, we’ve broadcast into 200+ territories right around the world!

It’s not just what we create, it’s how we create it!

The vital ingredient is the people Title Role involves in creating its programmes & the stories those people tell. Our teams live & breathe this ethos & get the best possible films on screen as a result. Title Role has a long history of creating ground-breaking, thought-provoking films & has been recognised by industry nominations and academy & RTS awards.

Meet the Team

Helen Tonge

Managing Director & Executive Producer
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Helen set up Title Role Productions alongside Ian in 2005. Over the years Title Role has established a strong reputation for high quality and thought provoking content, several of the company’s long running series have received Royal Television Society and Australian Academy Awards. Helen executive produced a wide range of series and one-off documentaries at Title Role, which have been successful both in the UK and around the world, with the ‘Crimes That Shook’ brand transmitting into over 200 territories. Some of Helen’s shows include Casualty at Christmas’ an upcoming Christmas Fixed Rig special and a two-part series: ‘British Airways: 100 years in the sky’ for Channel 5, BBC3’s ‘Paedophile Hunters: The rise of the Vigilantes’ and a new international series on ‘The World’s Most Extreme Families’ alongside our international crime format: ‘Crimes That Shook Australia’ (Foxtel).

Ian Bradshaw

Technical Director
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RTS award winner, Co-founder and Technical Director of Title Role Ian Bradshaw has had a distinguished career in television production spanning over twenty years. Ian as part of his career has filmed everything from Documentaries, Sport and News and before setting up Title Role had various camera roles at ITV over a 10-year period. Ian has worked with people with the highest of profiles including HRH Prince Charles, Theresa May and Tony Blair. Ian now as Technical Director oversees all parts of the company’s technical needs from camera to programme delivery.

David Pesellin Kavanagh

Head of Development
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David has been with Title Role since 2014 and oversees the development team. With extensive experience within the production sector, he has been instrumental in bringing Title Role into new and exciting genres and is responsible for winning a range of high profile commissions including 'The Cruise' a twenty part series on Branson's new cruise line, Virgin Voyages,  ‘Casualty at Christmas’ a fixed rig special, a two-part series: ‘British Airways: 100 years in the sky’ for Channel 5, and two seasons of 'British Airways 24/7 Access All Areas, BBC3’s ‘Paedophile Hunters: The rise of the Vigilantes’ ITV's Les Dawson: The Lost Tapes and many others. We have a raft of exciting shows currently in production, ranging from crime abroad, consumer, science formatted shows and more access docs within national institutions.

Andrew O'Donnell (Odi)

Technical Supervisor
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Before joining Title Role Odi worked at the BBC on various Current Affairs programmes including Rip Off Britain where he had a range or roles from technical through to production. Odi is Ian's right hand man here at Title Role and is responsible for a wide range of technical jobs from shooting to editing, graphics to all aspect of Post Production. Odi is also secretly afraid of birds... apparently!

Anthony McNally

Producer
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Anthony joined the Title Role development team in October 2019. He started his career at the BBC working in production on various programmes including; The Weakest Link, Mastermind, Rip Off Britain and Right on the Money. He has spent the past 5 years working for several independent production companies in the nations and regions, picking up credits on ITV’s flagship current affairs show Tonight and BBC One’s Bafta award winning series Ambulance along the way.

Carrie Miller

Senior Production Coordinator
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My name is Carrie and I'm a Senior Production Coordinator at Title Role. I've worked within Production Management for many years in different roles and also have a passion for writing, development, and casting. I've worked on several award-winning docs, and award-winning, live, daytime TV! I've had the privilege of working alongside many talented people in the industry who've taught me a lot. I am, amongst other things; a parent to two amazing boys, part-time artist, total foodie, former runner, and I am totally obsessed with plants!

Oscar Austin

Multilingual Junior Researcher
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Oscar joined Title Role in 2022 as a multilingual junior researcher, after a background in law. Oscar has recently started to pursue a career in TV, and has achieved credits in respect of projects for UK broadcasters and an international streamer, to include factual entertainment and observational documentary shows.

Chloe Fletcher

Production Secretary
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Chloe joined Title Role in March 2022 as a Production Secretary. Chloe is relatively new to the industry, graduating last year and has worked for a variety of production companies as a runner. Now she is kickstarting her career in Production Management with Title Role and has been involved in a few of their commissions this year, recently working on pre-production and location for ‘The Cruise’ on Channel 5

Rebecca Murden

Producer
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Rebecca is BJTC qualified, all-round producer with credits across a range of formats on all the major channels, including; For Love or Money (BBC1), Horizon (BBC2), The Election Debate (ITV), Naked Attraction (Ch4), Million Pound Motorhome (Ch5), Stacey Dooley Sleeps Over (Ch W).

 

Most recently, she has been part of the core team story producing for our Ch5 series, 'The Cruise', working on locations in the Bahamas and in the Mediterranean. 

 

Teddy, Rebecca's miniature poodle, enjoys coming with her into the office for extra fuss and attention... which he gets plenty of because everyone adores him! 

 

Hollie Igoe

Producer
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Hollie joined Title Role team in July 2022 as a Producer. She has worked at the likes of the BBC, ITV as well as a variety of Manchester’s independent production companies for the past 5 years. She has worked on a mixture of shows, from The Winter Olympics to The Real Housewives of Cheshire. Hollie loves to cast, forward plan, story produce and shoot – she likes to mix it up! Her not-so-secret quirk is her daily hiccups, which have been going strong for 10 years!

Mike Swindels

Exec Producer
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Over 25 years, Mike has forged a successful career as a documentary maker, music video director and reality TV executive.

Initially specialising in observational documentaries - filming everyone from the National Front in Leeds to Lulu in Kosovo - Mike moved to long-form films with BBC Three’s phone hacking & super injunctions documentary ‘Sex, Lies & Gagging Orders’, MTV’s extreme weight loss expose ‘Get Thin Or Die Tryin’’ and true crime films ‘Nightmare In Suburbia’ & ‘DNA Detectives’.

An accidental foray in to Reality TV saw him become an original producer on MTV hits ‘Geordie Shore’ & ‘The Valleys’ before launching the award-winning, long running international franchise ‘The Real Housewives of Cheshire’ and spin off series ‘The Real Housewives of Jersey’(ITVBe).

Ilona Burton

Casting Producer
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Ilona joined Title Role as a Casting and Story Producer in July 2022. With a background in journalism, she started her broadcast career at the BBC working on Rip Off Britain before going on to work for several independent production companies across the country. She has casting credits on Channel 4’s BAFTA award winning ‘One Born Every Minute’, TLC’s ‘Say Yes to the Dress’ and most recently cast and story produced a property renovation series for Discovery. She also loves Scrabble, unless she loses.

Rebecca Collins

Assistant Producer
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Rebecca joined Title Role in 2022. An NCTJ-qualified journalist and creative Assistant Producer, she has a strong background in story development across indies and the BBC. Rebecca has extensive experience in pitching and producing stories for various productions, including the BBC’s Panorama, The One Show, Watchdog, and Channel 4’s Steph’s Packed Lunch.

Sophie Jones

Edit Assistant
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I did my degree in TV Production at Wrexham Glyndwr University, then a Masters in Film at Liverpool John Moores.  This is my first job as an Edit Assistant and I’m loving working at Title Role.  I have worked as a Runner on The Paul O' Grady Show and Britain's Got Talent. I've also worked as a Logger on Eating with my Ex and Four in a Bed.  In my spare time I have two dogs, Frankie and Buster and a horse, Phoebe who keep me busy.  I also enjoy going to the Theatre and watching live shows.

David Barker

Post Production Assistant
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David joined Title Role as a Post Production Assistant in June 2022, ingesting and sorting all our rushes and creating promotional material for The Cruise. David has a strong technical background working as a Data Wrangler for BBC1’s Ambulance, a Technical Operator for BBC Northern Ireland, and shooting 2nd camera for various BBC Studios programmes including The One Show and Sunday Morning Live. David can usually be found in our Edit suites sporting one of his many novelty ties. 

Ben Smith

runner
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Graduating with a degree in Graphic Arts & Design I have since utilised my knowledge of design and print working in the print industry. 

With a keen interest in media (in particular factual programming) and experience in production processes, I am excited to be joining Title Role as a Runner - offering a hand wherever needed.

When I’m not working - I enjoy hiking, cycling, working out and exploring. I have a long list of walks around the Peak District! “