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Jean-Claude Bragard

Series & Exec Producer

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I’m a versatile executive producer, series producer and producer/director of factual programmes. I’ve made shows for primetime BBC 1, BBC2, BBC 4, C4, ITV, Discovery, TLC, Travel Channel, Discovery Health, American Heroes Channel, ZDF, UKTV on crime, modern and ancient history, archaeology, documentary, factual drama, religion, arts, sc... Read More

I’m a versatile executive producer, series producer and producer/director of factual programmes. I’ve made shows for primetime BBC 1, BBC2, BBC 4, C4, ITV, Discovery, TLC, Travel Channel, Discovery Health, American Heroes Channel, ZDF, UKTV on crime, modern and ancient history, archaeology, documentary, factual drama, religion, arts, science, current affairs and travel.

I'm committed to making riveting stories on time and on budget. I’ve worked with high profile presenters, launched new talent, and managed both high end multimillion pound co-productions and low-cost high volume series. I’ve made tight schedules and budgets work, and brought the best out of large and mixed teams of P/Ds and APs. I've delivered shows that have rated highly and made a big impact on BBC1 (7.5m), BBC2 (2m), BBC4 (1m) and Discovery (14m). I’ve made more than 100 shows that have broken new ground, pioneered visual approaches and been acclaimed by critics and commissioners - eg ‘One of the best programmes of the year’ - Mark Bell, BBC Arts Commissioner. Read Less

Professional Training

Course / QualificationTraining Provider / InstitutionYear
Looking for Leaders in TV course / CC-TV Creative Skillset / 2013
Looking for Leaders in TV courseCC-TV Creative Skillset 2013
Robert McKee's Story Seminar / Robert McKee / 2002
Robert McKee's Story SeminarRobert McKee2002
BBC Documentary Script Writing / Frank Ash / 2002
BBC Documentary Script WritingFrank Ash2002

I have been an Executive Producer at Discovery Communications for more than 4 years. A great show runner, from my perspective, is someone who can listen well, understand the channel’s brand and vision and then execute a series that not only meets but exceeds that vision. Jean Claude Bragard has been the show runner on two of my series and both times he has proven himself to be one of the best in the business.

In 2015, Jean Claude was the show runner on a 10 x 60 min American Heroes Channel series called Manhunt about the world’s most infamous criminals. We had very little time and a very tight budget, yet he managed to craft a high-rating, dynamic series in a matter of weeks. He is a brilliant storyteller, full of enthusiasm and intelligence, able to work through and resolve narrative problems quickly and effectively. From finding and developing compelling stories to steering and inspiring his producer-directors as they brought those stories to the screen to thoroughly addressing my post production notes, Jean Claude was an indefatigable creative partner.

It was such a pleasure working with him on Manhunt that I requested him for my next AHC series produced this summer (2016): the ambitious second season of Ancient Assassins. With stories ranging from Ancient Greece to Viking Britain to Renaissance Italy, it required a true mastery of logistical planning and management as well as broad creative and intellectual vision. Jean Claude strongly delivered on both counts. I was extremely happy with the series (it airs in the US starting Oct 8) and certainly hope to work with him again on future Discovery network series.

Liz Massie

Jean-Claude is an absolutely top class executive producer/series producer. He is a tremendous team leader, he knows what a story is, what can go wrong in productions and how to put them right. He has mastered a wide range of subjects and genres, from highly constructed, dramatised films to observational, presenter-led and archive-based history shows. He has tackled subjects as varied as Colombian drug barons, World War 2, ancient civilisations and religion. JC is terrific at managing a budget, knowing how to make cuts to a proposed filming and post-production schedule when necessary while at the same time ensuring that the money goes to where it is most needed. He is calm under fire and can handle the most awkward channel executives and team members with tact and resilience. He is always open to suggestion but knows when to stand his ground and how to push back without causing offence. He has strong creative ideas to which teams invariably respond. Critically, when there is a major difficulty, he is very happy to roll up his sleeves and get stuck to sort it out. Finally, he is also a pleasure to work with, and a good and supportive colleague.

Matthew Barrett

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  • Media I Work In:

    Broadcast Television

    Corporate Communications

  • Locations I can work in:

    Africa

    Asia

    Australia

    Europe

    London

    North America

    South America

  • Language:

    English (Fluent)

    French (Fluent)

    Spanish (Fluent)

  • Skills/Permits:

    Access Negotiation

    Commentary Writing

    Safeguarding Trust

    Driving Licence

    Script Writing

    Storytelling

  • Technical Skills:

    Final Cut Pro X

    FORscene

    Single Camera Directing

  • Awards:

    The Kindertransport Story RTS NW Best Single Doc, A History of Christianity Sandford St Martin Religion Awards, Florence Nightingale Best Historical Short New York Festival, Around the World in 80 Faiths Radio Times Programme of the Year, Extreme Pilgrim

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