Jay joined True North in 2013 as a Production Co-ordinator. Having worked in TV production for 10 years now, she has covered daytime, consumer, factual entertainment and blue light programmes.
Which productions have you most enjoyed being part of?
I’d have to say either A1: Britain’s Longest Road, for being such a successful first series that it led to a recommission of 4 series in total and was hitting over a million viewers every day.
Or Darcey Bussell’s Wild Coasts for being made during the pandemic and winning an RTS award in the features category 2021!
Anything that stands out about your career?
I met (i.e. stood in front of) the Queen in the first year of my TV career. We were following a contributor who was a super-fan and he spoke to her outside Manchester Town Hall when she visited in 2012. Since then I’ve met everyone from Ken Dodd to McFly to Ellie Goulding.
If you could work on any show what would it be and why?
I love real life crime/murder documentaries – The Ripper, Making A Murderer, Inside Death Row with Trevor McDonald and 24 Hours in Police Custody. I am fascinated by the minds of the people who carry out these awful things. But I also love Reality TV like Love Island, KUWTK, The Valleys/Geordie Shore and Made in Chelsea. Just easy to watch, no brains required ha!
Are there any changes you’d like to see in the industry?
You tend to hear that it’s not what you know it’s who you know for breaking into the industry and I don’t necessarily think that’s always true. If you work hard and persevere, it pays off in the end.