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CV

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SERIES PRODUCER, PRODUCER-DIRECTOR & WRITER

2017 - 2019 - ANIMAL BABIES - FIRST YEAR ON EARTH- BBC Natural History Unit, PBS & BBC Worldwide
Series Producer of 3x 1-hour wildlife documentary series on the first and most hazardous year in the lives of six baby animals - Mountain Gorilla, Savanna Elephant, Spotted Hyena, Southern Sea Otter, Toque Macaque and Arctic Fox, filming in Uganda, Kenya, USA, Sri Lanka and Iceland.
Executive Producer: Jo Shinner.

2016-17 - EXPEDITION MUNGO - Blast! Films for Animal Planet.
Producer/Director of the first 2 episodes (shot in Peru and Argentina), of a new 6x 1-hour adventure series fronted by action cameraman Paul "Mungo" Mungeam, trying to uncover the real culprits behind unexplained attacks in remote and challenging locations.
Edit Producer of the last episode shot in Namibia.

2015-16 SAVAGE KINGDOM - Icon Films and NHFU Botswana for National Geographic Wild.
- BEST SERIES FINALIST - JACKSON HOLE WILDLIFE FILM FESTIVAL 2017 -
Series Producer of 6x 1-hour on a ground-breaking new wildlife series focussing on rival predator clans in northern Botswana - two lion prides, leopard, hyena and wild dogs. Shot on Red multi-caners.
Worked closely with Hans Zimmer's/Extreme Music's 'Bleeding Fingers Music Shop' to score the entire series.

2011-15 RIVER MONSTERS – Seasons 4, 5, 6 & 7, Icon Films for Animal Planet & ITV Global.
Writer and Director of 6 episodes (including 3 feature-length) of the hit television series with Jeremy Wade. Filmed on location in Australia, Africa, North America, South America and Europe.  Additional dramatic reconstructions shot in the UK, including an underwater dive shoot featuring a sunken Amazon riverboat escape. 

  • The 2-hour special 'Prehistoric Terror', a co-production with Discovery Canada, used 3D CGI created by Digital Dimension in Montréal, to recreate extinct prehistoric river monsters.

  • The 2-hour special 'Amazon Apocalypse' achieved the highest season open figures for any series ever.

  • The 2-hour special ‘Legend of Loch Ness’ achieved the highest viewing figures for all RM series to date.

Executive Producer on  "Invisible Killers" Special, directed by Vicky Hinners.

2013 WHITLEY AWARDS FOR NATURE – Writer and Director of 20th anniversary film, presented by Sir David Attenborough and featuring an interview with the charity’s Patron, HRH the Princess Royal.  
Winners' Profile films narrated by Hugh Bonneville.

THE ONE SHOW – Season 5, Icon Films for the BBC. 
Series Producer heading up a team of Directors producing 68 VT inserts for the BBC 1 primetime series; genres included British social history & archaeology, science & technology and natural history.

2010-11 DESERT SEAS/SEAS OF CHANGE, Icon Films for National Geographic & Saudi Aramco. 
One of a team of Directors working on an unprecedented 1-hour underwater documentary filmed in the Red Sea and Arabian Gulf waters of Saudi Arabia. 

2007-9 THE ONE SHOW – Seasons 1-3, Icon Films for the BBC.
Director and Series Producer of more than 50 VT inserts for the BBC 1 primetime show.

2008 ARKive, Director and Producer of ARKive’s new promo introduced by Sir David Attenborough,
www.ARKive.org

2007 STREET MONKEYS, Icon Films for National Geographic. 
Edit Producer for 2x 1 hours on troops of Vervet Monkeys living in the midst of an exclusive housing estate in South Africa.

SKY MONSTERS, Icon Films for Five. 
Reversioning Producer for 1x 90 minute National Geographic Pterosaur special.

HELMUT KOHL - GERMAN GIANT, Parthenon Entertainment.
Reversioning Producer for 1x 1 hour on Germany’s controversial Chancellor.

EVEREST - BEYOND THE LIMIT - 12 SHORTS, Tigress Productions for Discovery Europe.
Edit Producer of 12 short films on the 2006 Everest expedition,

2006-7 PLANET WILD, Parthenon Entertainment for Animal Planet. 
          Script Editor and Reversioning Producer for 7x 30 minute wildlife series.

2006 HITLER’S LOST SOLDIER, Parthenon Entertainment.  
         Reversioning Producer for 1x 1 hour on German POW on the run in the USA for 40 years,
         LIVING EDENS, Parthenon Entertainment for National Geographic. 
         Reversioning Producer for 13x 1 hour blue chip specials.
         NODDY, Chorion plc. Voice Director for console & CD-ROM games for VTech, Mindscape & Leapfrog

2005 FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY, Granada Bristol for ITV.  Producer of title sequence.
         NODDY, Chorion plc.  Voice Director for DVD & CD-ROM games, Mindscape & Lexibook
         A.T.O.M., Jetix Europe Ltd.  Director for 3 minute promo for new children’s animated series.

2004  NODDY, Voice Director for console & CD-ROM games, Bright Things & Mindscape

2003 THIS MODEL LIFE, Granada Factual North for Channel Four. Title sequence Producer.
         TIME WAITS FOR NO ONE, Flip Flop Films for Channel 4.
         Co-Producer/Director for 4x 3 minute films on ageing performers. Finalist at Brief Encounters 2004
         NODDY, Chorion plc. Casting Director to find new voice talent for the role of Noddy.
         CAMERA CRACK-UPS, Flip Flop Films for Fox Kids.  Director of 100x 2 minute animations.

2002   TEREZIN - The Town Hitler Gave to the Jews, Flip Flop Films for Granada.  
            Producer and Writer for 14 minute taster.

2001 ABDI'S STORY, Peartree Films.   Producer and Writer for 1x 1 hour. Finalist at Missoula 2002
         WATERS OF LIFE, Partridge Films for ITEL. Edit Producer and Writer. 3x 1 hours on marine wildlife.

FESTIVALS

2009-12 SHEPTON MALLET DIGITAL ARTS FESTIVAL – Festival joint programmer, panel chair and judge.

2008/10 WILDSCREEN INDIA, 2008 & 2010   Presenting television storytelling workshops in Indian and Sri Lankan cities in an outreach project of the Wildscreen Festival; produced in conjunction with the British Council. 

2002-8 WILDSCREEN, International Wildlife Film Festival staged biennially in Bristol. Worked as a key member of Core Content Team and was responsible for technical and presentational aspects of the Festival including writing and producing the live Awards Ceremony in 2004, 2006 & 2008, presented in front of 650 guests,  and creating dramatic audio-visual opening and closing sequences.

SCRIPT WRITER/EDITOR

2006 UNTAMED EUROPE, Script Editor for 3 of 4x 1 hour on European wildlife, Parthenon Entertainment.
          THE LOST GODS, Script Editor for 1x 90 minutes on ancient civilizations, Parthenon Entertainment.

2003 THE BIG SWELL, Script Editor for 1x 1 hour, Swell Pictures for Tapestry International

2001 JULES' MOST DANGEROUS, Writer for 2x 1 hour, Partridge Films for Discovery

2000 BOTSWANA'S WILD KINGDOMS, Writer for 3x 1 hour, Partridge Films for ITEL
          BARRACUDA!, Script Editor for 1x 1 hour, Partridge Films for Discovery
1999  RIVER WOLVESTHE GIANT OTTERS OF PERU, Writer for1x 1 hour, Partridge for Channel 4
          A TIGER'S TALE, Script Editor for 1x 1 hour, Partridge for BBC NHU/WNET Nature

1998  THE OTTERS OF YELLOWSTONE, Script Editor for 1x 1 hour, Partridge for BBC NHU/WNET

 

EDUCATION & TRAINING

2016   Remote Trauma Refresher Course, Remote Trauma, London

2015  Jump Right In, creative writing course on overlap between fiction, non-fiction & poetry, Arvon

2014   Remote Trauma Course, 1st Option, Bristol

2011   Safe Management of Productions, 1st Option, Bristol

2010   Cross-Platform Storytelling, Indie Training Fund, London

2004   Workstation Assessment & Manual Handling - Granada Health & Safety, Bristol

2003   Determining Competence – HS10, Granada Health & Safety, London

2001   Producer’s Foundation, BBC Training and Development, London

2000   NVQ Unit X3, Health and Safety – Assessing and Managing Risks, BBC

1998   Writing Commentary, NSCTP, Beaconsfield

1997   Internet as a research tool, UWE, Bristol

1996   Production Managers’ Course, NSCTP, Beaconsfield

1998 – 2001 Bristol School of Shiatsu
Diploma in Shiatsu

1985 - 1988 University of Exeter
BA (Hons) Drama in the School of English: 2:1

1983 - 1985 Reading Grammar School, Reading, Berkshire
GCE 'A' levels: Art, Biology, Chemistry, Maths  
GCE 'O' level: Art

1978 - 1983 Hampton School, Hampton, Middlesex
GCE A/O level: Maths
Ten GCE 'O' levels (including Maths & English)
 

PERSONAL INFORMATION

Full Name:  Dominic William James Weston

Date of Birth:  5 June 1967 (49)

Nationality:  British

Marital Status:  Civil Partnership

Driver:   Full, clean driving licence

Interests: Writing, Running, Cooking

 

REFEREES

Jane Treays & Harry Marshall