Gareth’s career started at the BBC where he worked for nearly 10 years before going freelance, making shows for ITV, Channel 4 and the BBC. Gareth is the Founder and Co-Director of The Presenter Studio. The Presenter Studio is a talent development agency that trains, creates and breaks TV presenting talent. It offers a variety of professional presenter training giving exceptional training, insider knowledge and invaluable career advice you won’t find anywhere else.
"My first job in television was as a runner for a post production house in Soho. I did everything from making tea to emptying the bins. Then I applied for a job at the BBC as an Assistant Floor Manager and got it – I was quite unlike the other applicants as they had come directly from the theatre. It was my experience as a runner and my degree that got me the job. As an Assistant Floor Manager I looked after the artists on shows like Top of the Pops. I’d organise the presenters and artists on set and make sure they were where they needed to be. I was at the BBC for nine years and whilst there I worked on everything from Blue Peter to Eurovision and from the Royal Variety Show to Later with Jools Holland. Then I decided I wanted to use my creative side a bit more so I became a Researcher. As a Researcher on Liquid News (a daily, live, irreverent news show on BBC3) I began creating my own story and programme ideas.
"I worked my way up from Researcher to Producer in quite a short amount of time. As a Producer I came up with my own TV series called Liquid Profiles – a show that followed a celebrity for a day. Every person has a different story to tell and it was fascinating finding out who the real person was behind the glossy facade. It was a great show and we featured some brilliant celebrities from Kiefer Sutherland to Kylie Minogue. After Liquid News I worked as an Assistant Producer on Strictly Come Dancing. I cast the judges’ panel and also came up with the idea of putting the live band on – I thought it would be a great opportunity to have live music back on television.
"Music entertainment shows were the best ones to do. So You Think You Can Dance was a brilliant series to work on as there was music, dance and performance. I think it reflects best what I learnt at Royal Holloway – which was how to look at things creatively and put shows together. When it comes to big Saturday night programmes it’s about trying to visualise something that is very different to what everyone else is doing."