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This week our personality of the week is a Presentation Scheduler within the Television industry. A Presentation Scheduler is responsible for organising everything that gets seen on screen by us, the audience. The role involves a high level of attention to detail and reactivity to changes that may appear in the schedule as well as responsibility for the ultimate appearance of the channel before it is transmitted.
Name : Jamie Watkins
Job title: Presentation Scheduler
Industry : Television
- Favourite animal: The Sloth
- Favourite book: The Shadow Of The Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
- Favourite film: The Goonies or Airplane
- Favourite food: Cauliflower cheese or Sausage and Mash
- Favourite accent: Kath and Kim style Australian
- Most memorable holiday: My Gap Year round the world trip – did the whole SE Asia thing – was amazing
- Favourite catchphrase: “Tom, you’re so deep in the closet you’re finding Christmas presents.” Or anything else Brian Griffin from Family Guy says.
- Items for room 101: Screaming children, mobile phone ring tones, rude commuters, toilet attendants, Frank Skinner (I could go on forever)
- What are the first three things you do in the morning: Snooze the alarm, snooze it again, then once more
- How did you get started in the industry? I began as a trainee television scheduler for a small broadcast company working on their music video channels
- What do you enjoy the most about your job? the responsibility that goes with it – as a Presentation Scheduler you’re the last point before the material goes to air – so it’s critical that everything is correct otherwise the channel’s on-air look can be compromised
- What three adjectives would other people use to describe you? Relaxed, understanding and outgoing
- What three adjectives describe the skills you need to do your job? Organization, time management and patience
- What is the most valuable thing you have learnt in your career? The way that large broadcasters work and the different career paths that Scheduling can take you
- What tips would you give to someone starting out in this industry? If you’re serious about a career in broadcasting then take every opportunity to get that foot in the door – be it work experience placements or unpaid contracts. If you have the motivation and ambition then you can quickly advance from that trainee level to something more rewarding
- What has been the best moment of your career to date? Being involved in the re-branding of a channel – having the chance to put forward my creative ideas and see them eventually put to air
- What do you hope to achieve on your career in the next decade? I would like to move into the programming side of broadcasting and become more involved in the Video-on-Demand services that are evolving
- When did you last go on holiday and where did you go? I went to Abu Dhabi in the UAE for Easter – less hectic than Dubai and still retains some of its cultural heritage
- What do you spend your money on? Apart from bills, most of my money probably goes on going out, but I do buy a lot of DVDs
- If I knew then what I know now I …I would never have watched Hostel 2!