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Alicky Sussman

Producer/Director Edit Producer

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I am a versatile and experienced producer / director and edit producer with 20 years in the industry. I have worked mostly in factual production making long-form science and history documentaries and have experience working for BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Discovery.

I am equally happy working on obs docs, structured narratives or mo... Read More

I am a versatile and experienced producer / director and edit producer with 20 years in the industry. I have worked mostly in factual production making long-form science and history documentaries and have experience working for BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Discovery.

I am equally happy working on obs docs, structured narratives or more formatted shows. I am used to handling big, complex subject matter as well as emotionally sensitive stories. I have made films both with presenters and without, and worked with a wide range of presenter experience - including brand new faces that required significant development and nurturing.

I have filmed on location all over the world (USA, Europe, Africa and Asia), worked with crews on both single and multi-camera shoots, and when required, also shoot my own material (C300).

I have experience commissioning graphics, both to explain complex ideas and also to create a strong visual style across the film.

I am highly organised and efficient with a strong track record of bringing films in on time and budget, and can be relied upon to deliver what the commissioner has asked for. As well as cutting my own rushes I have significant experience cutting material shot by other directors.

As well as TV production, I have developed and produced digital content, including writing and producing two successful interactive e-books for the BBC. Both books ranked in the top ten for downloads in the iTunes chart for interactive ebooks.

My strengths lie in scripting, crafting narratives and creating clear and engaging storylines. I enjoy bringing out the best in contributors - whether that's building relationships on location or making the most of material available in the edit. Read Less

Credits last updated / confirmed indexing on 13th May 2018

Credits

Job RoleProduction TitleChannelCompanyDateCommissioner
Edit Producer / The Wonderful World of Babies / BBC 2 / Voltage TV Productions / Apr 2018 to present / Craig Hunter
Edit ProducerThe Wonderful World of BabiesBBC 2Voltage TV Productions Apr 18 - to presentCraig Hunter
Producer/Director / Horizon / BBC 2 / BBC Studios / Feb 2018 to Apr 2018 / Craig Hunter
Producer/DirectorHorizonBBC 2BBC Studios Feb 18 - Apr 18Craig Hunter
Edit Producer / GPs - Behind Closed Doors / Channel 5 / Knickerbockerglory TV / Jan 2018 to Feb 2018 / Emma Westcott
Edit ProducerGPs - Behind Closed DoorsChannel 5Knickerbockerglory TV Jan 18 - Feb 18Emma Westcott
Edit Producer / What On Earth / Discovery / Wag TV / Sep 2017 to Dec 2017
Edit ProducerWhat On EarthDiscoveryWag TV Sep 17 - Dec 17
Edit Producer / GPs - Behind Closed Doors / Channel 5 / Knickerbockerglory TV / Jun 2017 to Jul 2017 / Emma Westcott
Edit ProducerGPs - Behind Closed DoorsChannel 5Knickerbockerglory TV Jun 17 - Jul 17Emma Westcott
Edit Producer / Eden / Channel 4 / Keo Films / Apr 2017 to Jun 2017 / Ian Dunkley
Edit ProducerEdenChannel 4Keo Films Apr 17 - Jun 17Ian Dunkley
Development Producer / New C4 Factual Entertainment Series / Channel 4 / Optomen Television / Mar 2017 to Mar 2017
Development ProducerNew C4 Factual Entertainment SeriesChannel 4Optomen Television Mar 17 - Mar 17
Edit Producer / Eden / Channel 4 / Keo Films / Nov 2016 to Feb 2017 / Liam Humphreys and Ian Dunkley
Edit ProducerEdenChannel 4Keo Films Nov 16 - Feb 17Liam Humphreys a...
Producer/Director / Horizon: Hair Care Secrets / BBC 2 / BBC Studios / Mar 2016 to Jul 2016 / Steve Crabtree
Producer/DirectorHorizon: Hair Care SecretsBBC 2BBC Studios Mar 16 - Jul 16Steve Crabtree
Producer/Director / Horizon: Why Are We Getting So Fat? / BBC 2 / BBC Factual Production / Oct 2015 to Jul 2016 / Steve Crabtree
Producer/DirectorHorizon: Why Are We Getting So Fat?BBC 2BBC Factual Production Oct 15 - Jul 16Steve Crabtree
Development Producer / The One Show / BBC 1 / BBC Factual Production / Sep 2015 to Sep 2015 / Michael Armit
Development ProducerThe One ShowBBC 1BBC Factual Production Sep 15 - Sep 15Michael Armit
Digital Producer / World War One at Home ebook / BBC / BBC Factual Production / Jan 2015 to Jun 2015 / Craig Henderson
Digital ProducerWorld War One at Home ebookBBCBBC Factual Production Jan 15 - Jun 15Craig Henderson
Digital Producer / 50 Years of Horizon - interactive ebook / BBC / BBC Factual Production / Oct 2013 to Feb 2014
Digital Producer50 Years of Horizon - interactive ebookBBCBBC Factual Production Oct 13 - Feb 14
Producer/Director / Guts: The Extraordinary World of the Human Stomach / BBC 4 / BBC Factual Production / Jan 2012 to May 2012 / Cassian Harrison
Producer/DirectorGuts: The Extraordinary World of the Human StomachBBC 4BBC Factual Production Jan 12 - May 12Cassian Harrison
Producer/Director / Faster Than the Speed of Light? / BBC 2 / BBC Factual Productions / Oct 2011 to Oct 2011 / Kim Shillinglaw
Producer/DirectorFaster Than the Speed of Light?BBC 2BBC Factual Productions Oct 11 - Oct 11Kim Shillinglaw
Head Of Development / Horizon / BBC Science / Apr 2011 to Dec 2011 / Aidan Laverty
Head Of DevelopmentHorizonBBC Science Apr 11 - Dec 11Aidan Laverty
Producer / Japanese Earthquake: A Horizon Special / BBC 2 / BBC Science / Mar 2011 to Mar 2011 / Kim Shillinglaw
ProducerJapanese Earthquake: A Horizon SpecialBBC 2BBC Science Mar 11 - Mar 11Kim Shillinglaw
Producer/Director / The Brain: A Secret History - Mind Control / BBC 4 / BBC Factual Productions / Apr 2010 to Oct 2010 / Cassian Harrison
Producer/DirectorThe Brain: A Secret History - Mind ControlBBC 4BBC Factual Productions Apr 10 - Oct 10Cassian Harrison
Producer/Director / Horizon: The Secret Life of Your Body Clock / BBC 2 / BBC Science / Jun 2008 to Dec 2008 / Andrew Cohen
Producer/DirectorHorizon: The Secret Life of Your Body ClockBBC 2BBC Science Jun 08 - Dec 08Andrew Cohen
Development Producer / BBC Specialist Features / Oct 2005 to Feb 2006
Development ProducerBBC Specialist Features Oct 05 - Feb 06
Producer/Director / Horizon: The 7/7 Bombers - A Psychological Investigation / BBC 2 / BBC Science / Jul 2005 to Sep 2005 / Andrew Cohen
Producer/DirectorHorizon: The 7/7 Bombers - A Psychological InvestigationBBC 2BBC Science Jul 05 - Sep 05Andrew Cohen
Producer/Director / Trauma Africa / BBC 1 / BBC Specialist Features / Jan 2005 to Jul 2005 / Emma Swain
Producer/DirectorTrauma AfricaBBC 1BBC Specialist Features Jan 05 - Jul 05Emma Swain
Producer/Director / Horizon: Living with ADHD / BBC 2 / BBC Science / Mar 2004 to Dec 2004 / Matthew Barrett
Producer/DirectorHorizon: Living with ADHDBBC 2BBC Science Mar 04 - Dec 04Matthew Barrett
Producer/Director / Trauma / BBC 1 / BBC Specialist Features / Mar 2003 to Jan 2004 / Emma Swain
Producer/DirectorTraumaBBC 1BBC Specialist Features Mar 03 - Jan 04Emma Swain
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Professional Training

Course / QualificationTraining Provider / InstitutionYear
FCP Edit Training / BBC Academy / 2015
FCP Edit TrainingBBC Academy2015
C300 Training / BBC Academy / 2015
C300 TrainingBBC Academy2015
DV Director & Camera / BBC / 2003
DV Director & CameraBBC2003
Robert McKee's Story Seminar. / Robert McKee / 2001
Robert McKee's Story Seminar.Robert McKee2001

Alicky always gets all the cut-aways I need to cover a sequence in an edit and clearly takes time to get them as each shot is always beautifully composed. She always asks contributors just the right questions to elicit the perfect answers we need from them. She's great at directing talent to maximise their potential. She is amazingly quick to write thoughtful, engaging and witty commentary. She's calm under pressure and above all, fun to be around in an edit suite.

Dominic Staveacre

Alicky has produced and directed two episodes of Horizon since I have been Editor. The first was about obesity and the second about the hair care industry. The first film was one of the strongest performing episodes of Horizon during the 2016 run (at the time of writing the second film hasn’t TX’d). Alicky is very strong journalistically – something that is at the core of every episode of Horizon, is great with contributors and particularly good with presenters – in fact both films (Obesity and Hair) had either very inexperienced presenters or presenters completely new to television. Alicky worked closely with the presenters – getting great performances and helping them grow as on screen talent. Alicky is a very strong director and can adapt her directing style to suit the subject of the film. The Obesity film was a presenter led ‘journey’ style whereas the hair film was more of a magazine format – I was equally thrilled with both and know she has made many other films across a wide variety of subjects with different styles. Alicky is very self motivated and can be completely relied upon to understand a brief and deliver to it – though with her own characteristic flair. She is a great team member and always full of creative ideas and solutions to problems.

Steve Crabtree

I have been lucky to work with Alicky on a couple of occasions; both times cutting prime-time hour-long television documentaries for the BBC.

She is a first-rate director/producer and this is for three categorical reasons.

Firstly, her sequences are well covered and thoughtfully planned for the edit. Her rushes are beautiful and have presented me with all of the options which I could need as an editor.

Secondly, she writes well and is readily capable of negotiating tricky subjects with a lightness of touch. What is more, she comfortably handles the several rounds of viewings and changes which these sorts of productions invariably require - guiding her films through final post with confidence and ease.

Thirdly and most crucially, Alicky is a fun and warm hearted presence in the edit suite. She is a pleasure to spend time with. Her intelligence and easy manner ensures that the environment in the cutting room remains positive and productive at all times.

I highly recommend Alicky and hope that an opportunity to cut together comes about again some time.

Sam Billinge

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Other Details
  • Media I Work In:

    Broadcast Television

    Online Content

  • Skills/Permits:

    Access Negotiation

    Casting

    Commentary Writing

  • Technical Skills:

    Final Cut Pro X

    Self Shooting

    Fixed Rig Experience

    Canon EOS C300

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