Alex Kavallierou

Freelance Comedy Writer & Screenwriter

Location:Pasadena, California, United States
2 Skills
Creator/Writer, ‘Longtermers’, Glassbox Productions, UK
Freelance comedy project developing and writing an original idea by Bill Bailey for him to star. Complete full pitch package:
• Work closely with Bill Bailey
• Write Pilot Script.
• Develop Main characters and produce character breakdowns as part of project “Bible”. • Create a series outline of individual story-lines with overall series arc.
February 2011
?HEAD OF DEVELOPMENT, Arbie Productions (part of Fremantle Media), UK 2007-2010
• Commissions included: The Rob Brydon Show, Rob Brydon: live, Phil Nichol: Live, Freddi, Rob Brydon’s Identity
Crisis, Lifespam
• Managing a team of 4 reporting directly to Arbie’s CEO Miles Ross and Talkback Thames’ CEO Lorraine Heggasy.
• Brainstorming new ideas for programs and formats.
• Work closely with established talent: Rob Brydon, Bill Bailey, Tom Hardy, Alice Lowe, Lembit Opik, David Wal-
liams, Miranda Richardson
• Negotiating and maintaining relationships with the UK’s leading talent agents and managers: United Agents, PBJ,
Noel Gay
• Manage budgets and deadlines with Talkback’s Head of Production.
• Discover and develop new and up and coming comedy talent.
• Give notes on scripts, ideas and taster reels.
• Hire writers to develop specific projects.
• Writing and editing treatments.
• Pitch to broadcasters: BBC, Channel 4, ITV, Sky, Channel 5.
• Produce, write and direct taster reels.
Content Producer (Supervising Producer), ‘The Rob Brydon Show’ BBC2, UK
January 2010
• Developed the format of the show as head of development with Rob Brydon and CEO Miles Ross.
• Hiring Writers (and negotiating with their agents).
• Heading writing sessions.
• Designing the tone of the show with Rob Brydon, Miles Ross and Series Producer Dave Morley: including set de-
• Overseeing booking of guests.
• Brief the talent on the day: Rob Brydon, Jamie Callum, Miranda Richardson, warm up artist
• Script edit: sketches, stand up and interview questions.
The show was commissioned for a 7 part series and in 2011 it was nominated for a BAFTA (UK TV’s highest accolade). A second series has been commissioned and broadcast.
?Director and Producer (‘Showrunner’), ‘Freddi’ BBC4, UK January 2009 Sitcom about a Russian Oligarch living in London. As the producer (showrunner) I was responsible for the day to day running of the program across all departments.
• Directed and produced the pilot with a <$300,000 budget.
• Developed, produced and directed the original taster tape $800 budget.
• Script edited.
• Cast the main parts.
• Worked closely with the line producer keeping under budget.
• Liaising with the BBC’s executive producer: Janice Hadlow
Reference: Miles Ross Executive Producer, please call for his contact details.
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Producer, ‘Identity Crisis’ BBC4, UK January 2008 Documentary in which comedian Rob Brydon searches for his inner identity and tie with his homeland, Wales. He builds stand-up material in various gigs heading towards a final, hour long one man show. I was responsible for the day to day running of the documentary, across all departments. Including:
• Provide notes on Rob Brydon’s Stand up
• Develop the overall story of the show with Rob Brydon and director: Andrew Gillman
• Oversee the interview bookings: including: Chris Corcoran, Manic Street Preachers, Ruth Jones, Rhys Ifans, Griff
Rhys Jones
• Hire and liaise with camera and sound crew.
• Write interview questions and interview some of the contributors on camera.
• Oversee the organisation of the show with the production manager including: budget, insurance.
• Design the narrative in the edit
• Provide extensive notes on rough cuts and manage the overall post production process.
?DEVELOPMENT PRODUCER, Jones the Film, UK 2003-2007 After 4 years With a promising slate and successful output, Jones the Film was purchased by Fremantle Media to form Arbie Productions.
• Brainstorming new ideas for formats and programs
• Directing taster reels and in house pilots
• Editing taster reels and in house pilots on Final Cut Pro and rendering them on DVD Studio pro or exporting to the
web with best practice video codecs.
• Producing taster reels.
• Writing and formatting Treatments and pitch documents.
• Discovering new and up and coming talent.
• Edit showreels for clients of sister Talent management company.
Producer, ‘Rob Brydon’s Annually Retentive’ Series 1 and 2 BBC3/BBC2, UK December 2006
A sitcom, both scripted and improvised, this show is about the making of a panel show fronted by host Rob Brydon. I produced a real studio panel show and made shooting scripted scenes to play off it. I was the story editor for both series. Featuring: Elton John, Russell Brand, Jonathan Ross, David Walliams.
• Produce real Studio Panel Show
• Brief actors and contributors
• Story editor
• Provide Extensive notes on rough cuts and manage post production process
• Manage talent on set - including: Russell Brand, Rob Brydon, Griff Rhys Jones, James Corden, Dave Gorman, Ruth
• Hire and manage technical crew
• Hire and brief all departments, including: Make up, Costume, Technical crew, Art director.
• Oversee the organisation of the show with the production manager including: budget, insurance.
Other shows as Associate Producer:
Annually Retentive series 1 BBC2 - included music clearance, Directors Commentary ITV1 2004 (Sitcom - story edi- tor) included extensive archive footage research and clearance, The Happy Couple, BBC1 Pilot January 2006. Keith Barret Live in Cardiff July 2005. The Keith Barret show for BBC2 2004.
•Final Cut Pro •Photoshop
•Full US work authorization
•Camera Operation •DVD Studio Pro •Filemaker Pro •Microsoft Word and Excel
•Clean Drivers license
Broadcast Magazine (UK’s leading Broadcast Industry Weekly) ‘Hot Shot‘ EDUCATION
B.A. Film and Broadcast Production London Guildhall University A-Levels: Computer Science, Mathematics, Politics (A/S), Theatre Studies
2003 2000
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Skills (2) Rating
Comedy Writing