People

People

Christopher Hird l Joint MD & Exec Producer
After working in The City as a financial analyst and then in national newspapers, he went into television relatively late in his career. As a result, he has only ever worked in the independent sector. Since co-founding the company in 1986, he has been a reporter, producer and executive producer. For four years from 2000-2004 he was the chair of the Sheffield International Documentary Festival and is currently the chair of the British Documentary Film Foundation. He is also a director and trustee of the Writers and Scholars Educational Trust, the freedom of speech organisation, which publishes Index on Censorship.

Richard Belfield l Joint MD & Exec Producer dd
He began work in television with Granada Television local programmes before working for World In Action for five years. In the early 1980’s he worked as a Producer/Director for the BBC and Central/WGBH. Since co-founding the company in 1986, he has directed and produced many award-winning programmes. In 2004, he was the Executive Producer for Egypt Week Live! running a large multinational team opening ancient tombs live over a week from the western desert for Discovery and then Channel 5. He is also a Director and founder shareholder of Essential Works, a book packaging and publishing business as well as being a non executive Director of Bard Entertainments, a feature film company. In the 1990’s he was the Internet correspondent of the New Statesman. In 2005 he wrote Terminate With Extreme Prejudice, the definitive account of modern assassination. He has recently completed Can You Crack The Enigma Code? He is a member of the Royal Institute of International Affairs, the Royal United Services Institute and a member of the Crime Writers Association.

Tracey Gardiner l Head of Business Development & Exec Producer
She started out in the acquisitions department of a public company and then moved into the City working as a stockbroker at Robert Fleming. She has been with Fulcrum since 1991 and now develops and sells new ideas and formats, acts as executive producer on a broad range of series and puts together international co-production deals.

Paul Oremland l Director
Originally from New Zealand, Paul has been directing in the UK for over 15 years. He has an eclectic body of work which includes an early TV film, The Final Frame for Film on Four, more than 20 documentaries including the hard hitting Andy the Furniture Maker, award wining Safer Sex commercials, and mainstream entertainment programmes, The Rhythm Divine, the story of disco music, and Brave New Worlds, a history of sci-fi. Most recently Paul directed Fulcrum’s first low-budget feature film Like It Is which has been hugely successful with a well-received cinema release in the UK and the United States. Paul is currently developing his second feature film. dd +44 (0)20 7939 3169

Sandra Leeming l Production Manager & Office Manager
She started her production career working as a traffic and production manager at a Miami-based advertising agency. In 1990 she moved to the UK and continued working in advertising until 1993 when she joined FulcrumTV in order to pursue a career in television production. Sandra has worked on a broad range of programmes and series for FulcrumTV. Sandra also supervises the day to day management of Fulcrum to ensure it is a happy and productive home for all that work there.

Emily James l Director dd
Originally from USA, Emily studied history and philosophy of science at Cambridge . She then went to the National Film and Television School , where she completed the Documentary Direction Course. In her films, Emily combines her interests in history, politics and film language with a wry sense of humour and just a little more than a pinch of irony. A Brief History of Cuba, in D Minor was her graduation project. Her second year film, Wag the Dogma won a number of prizes and was broadcast on Channel 4 and Film Four. Emily’s first fully commissioned film, The Luckiest Nut in the World was produced for Channel 4’s Alt TV strand. This success was then followed with a series for Channel 4, Don’t Worry.

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