Cat - Media and Cultural Studies
Studied: BA(Hons) Media and Cultural Studies
A great experience
Cat studied BA(Hons) Media and Cultural Studies, which she completed with First Class Honours.
“I had such a great experience with brilliant, diverse lecturers and the chance to choose really interesting modules across a whole range of media – from photography to film, cultural studies and practical sessions.”
In her final year, she completed an ‘Intensive Production’ module, which allowed her to travel to Kenya, produce her first short film and write a dissertation on a subject that appealed to her.
“UWE Bristol were incredibly supportive of my choices and were always there to guide me through my interests and talents.”
From strength to strength
Cat’s first foray into television was working as a Runner at Big Bang Post Production in Bristol, working with the likes of David Attenborough on BBC Natural History Unit programmes.
She then moved straight into drama as an Assistant Director, working for award-winning comedy producer Ash Atala on Sky One’s ‘Trollied’ as well as a feature length drama for the BBC called ‘Inside Men’.
With two years in drama under her belt, she moved into editorial as a Casting Researcher at Channel 4’s ‘Deal or No Deal’, before relocating to London to work across an array of Endemol shows as Head of Talent and Casting.
More recently, Cat worked as a Casting Producer and Director on ITV2’s ‘Almost Impossible Gameshow', before taking up a Senior Casting Producer role on reality juggernaut ‘Big Brother’ in 2015.
One to watch
Cat currently manages a team of 25 people across casting, welfare and production and was at the helm during the most watched series of Big Brother in years.
She was listed on The Guardian’s ‘Ones to Watch’ in 2014 and gave speeches at the BAFTA Headquarters as a BAFTA Guru. She’s also a Diversity Advocate for the BBC and on the Talent Committee for Edinburgh TV Festival.
Cat credits the quality of teaching at UWE Bristol with her strong start.
“Getting both theoretical and practical knowledge of this craft hugely helped with choosing and getting into my television career. I felt confident and inspired to move forward, particularly within camera work and creative ideas.”