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Name: Ben Barrett
Job title: Senior Account Manager
What area of Sky do you work in? Sky Production Services (SPS)
What’s your career journey been like up until now? After finishing university in New Zealand I began my career as a Facilities Coordinator working in audio post production. I moved to London in 2005 where my first TV job was Dispatch Runner for a large post production facility in Soho. I then moved to the Cartoon Network as Bookings Coordinator for the EMEA Promo team. After one year there I secured a Production Coordinator role with ESPN Classic also working across content for the UK, Europe, Middle East & Africa. I was with ESPN for seven years during which time I was promoted to Production Manager and experienced the launch and operation of ESPN UK’s live channel. I joined the company in 2014 as an Account Manager and was promoted two years later to Senior Account Manager.
What does a typical day working here look like for you? This involves working across a variety of productions and projects. It will take me all over the campus here in Osterley and bring me into contact with various departments as well as many contacts from the wider TV. This usually involves meeting with our Content teams to look at their plans to help us with resource planning at SPS. I liaise with independent production companies about studio and post production requirements or workflow discussions for upcoming productions. I put together quotes and budgets for both internal and external clients.
If you’ve been here over one year, how have you made a difference in your role?
I feel I’ve made a big difference by bringing together colleagues from across the business to be part of production planning. It’s a big place and I think this engagement and open flow of communication between different areas really contributes to a better way of working. I’ve also been able to make a difference by establishing new processes and improving existing ones for how we work with both internal and external companies.
What’s been your proudest moment since working here? I think my proudest moment’s been helping to realise the creative vision behind the first series of Harry Hill’s Tea Time. Harry and his team had spent years working out of The London Studios and were initially sceptical about how everything would work here at Sky Studios. It was a complex and demanding production but ultimately a success thanks to the great team of people who helped to make Harry and his team feel so welcome during the two months they spent here in Osterley.
What’s the most enjoyable thing about your job? It’s a very dynamic and stimulating role which keeps things fresh and interesting.
Describe your work/life balance? There can be some long days from time to time in line with the needs of production and my responsibilities. I get support and flexibility i.e. getting that time back so it balances out.
What advice would you give to others trying to develop their career? Be yourself and always do the right thing.
An interesting fact/something no one else knows about you? I recorded and released two albums of folk pop in Finland during the mid-2000s.