MARTYN COATES

 

Freelance Director & Vision Mixer, specialising in live Television:

 

Earlier Career:

  • Director - Sky News 1993-1997

I was based at both Osterley & Millbank, where I became a senior director for ‘Sunrise’ & ‘Live at Five’ as well directing 4 Budget days, elements of the ’97 General Election and an OB for the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales. Plus The Book Show, Tonight & Sunday with Adam Boulton, Target, Business Sunday, Richard Littlejohn & “A Royal Debate”.

  • Training

I have organised & run several Vision Mixer training courses for BSkyB & BBC when they looked to fill job vacancies.

  • Freelance Vision Mixer - Additional Work

Whilst I was a Vision Mixer (1985-1992) at Thames Television I was frequently asked  to work on independent productions including, ‘Whose Line is it Anyway?’ ‘Chelmsford 123’ & ‘Clive Anderson Talks Back’ for Hat Trick Productions, and ‘The Match’ & Athletics for ITV & Channel 4 Sport.

  • Thames Television 1974-1992

My work as a Director has benefited from a varied background, At Thames Television I worked as a runner in the Graphics department before being trained up as an Aston operator and then becoming a Vision Mixer in 1985.

I initially qualified as a chef and worked in the kitchens at Thames (1974-1979), developing invaluable planning & organisational skills and the ability to work calmly under stress in a focused team.