Paul Elston - TV Factual Chair

Paul Elston is an award winning film maker who returned to directing in 2007 after designing some of the successful factual formats in modern television including That’ll Teach ‘Em! (Broadcast Award) Lads Army (RTS Award) and Bad Lads Army. He originated the Emmy and BAFTA winning ratings smash Brat Camp! series for Channel 4 which achieved huge success on both sides of the Atlantic.

In 2008 he founded his own company Brave New Media, which specializes in high end, high audience quality documentaries. After launching the company with his BBC1 hit docudrama Cleopatra: Portrait of A Killer, he directed, wrote and produced Pompeii: Life and Death In A Roman Town which was nominated for both the BAFTA and Grierson Awards, and achieved the highest audience of any factual programme on BBC2 in the last 12 months. With 4 million viewers it outrated ITV in the 9 O’Clock slot and won him the headline ‘ BBC2 Pompeii Defrosts ITV’ in Broadcast. The film also achieved the highest AI of any BBC documentary during the same period.

Having straddled both populist and high end television, Paul is now keen to use his first hand experience of both worlds to win back ground for directors lost to execs in the emerging world of formats.