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An interview series hosted by Head of Development, Helen O'Donnell and Development Producer, Bronagh Monahan. They speak to top digital creators about their careers and creative process.

TalentWorks is a content label within BBC Studios aimed at identifying digital talent with whom it can partner.

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An interview series hosted by Head of Development, Helen O'Donnell and Development Producer, Bronagh Monahan. They speak to top digital creators about their careers and creative process.

TalentWorks is a content label within BBC Studios aimed at identifying digital talent with whom it can partner.

    Episode 23: Nadir Nahdi

    Episode 23: Nadir Nahdi

    Nadir Nahdi is the founder and creator of BENI, an online project highlighting the stories of young people from diverse backgrounds with the aim of reclaiming the misrepresented narrative they face from mainstream media. He found online fame through his viral YouTube video "Happy British Muslims!" in 2014 and was swiftly chosen to be part of the YouTube Creators for Change fellowship program, as well as YouTube’s Internet Citizens program. He also founded the BENI run club a space for people from different cultures and religions to feel comfortable running, which recently received the global tick of approval, the much coveted Nike sponsorship. Here’s our interview with Nadir recorded in 2019 during our writers retreat in collaboration with the BBC Writers Room.


    This episode is dedicated to Nadir's father Fuad Nahdi who passed away on 21st March 2020 - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/01/fuad-nahdi-obituary


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    • 21 min
    Episode 22: Lotte Jeffs

    Episode 22: Lotte Jeffs

    Lotte Jeffs is a journalist, creative director and author. Her illustrious career includes being published in the Independent, the Guardian, the Sunday Times and the Evening Standard. She won Writer of The Year at the Press and Publishing Association Awards in 2016 and was shortlisted for Columnist of the Year in 2017 for her eponymous column Lotte’s Lexicon in Elle magazine. Lotte has always been on the pulse when it comes to seeking out the most creative talents of our generation and her eye for a story is second to none, it’s no wonder that after 15 years as a deputy editor and then Acting Editor in Chief of ELLE magazine that she was appointed Creative Director at global advertising agency Ogilvy to bring her storytelling expertise to the ad agency world. She has since published her first book 'How To Be a Gentlewoman', represented by digital first literary agency Gleam Titles and launched the LGBTQ+ parenting podcast 'Some Families'. We spoke to Lotte at our Writers Retreat in collaboration with the BBC Writers Room.

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    • 32 min
    Episode 21: Gina Martin

    Episode 21: Gina Martin

    Gina Martin is an activist, writer and law changer. After a horrific experience at a music festival where a man took photos up her skirt with his phone in broad daylight without legal consequence, instead of brushing it off, Gina made the decision to act. With the help and support of her lawyer Ryan Whelan, Gina campaigned tirelessly for 18 months to have the law passed to make up-skirting illegal. Gina doesn’t fit into the typical conservative expectations of a law maker. She hasn’t worked in politics or as a legal practitioner, but through education and steely perseverance she achieved what is made to seem impossible. Her first book - Be the Change: A Toolkit for the Activist in You - was published in June 2019, and she was recently announced as a UN campaign advocate and one of Time magazine’s most influential people.

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    • 28 min
    Episode 20: Becky James

    Episode 20: Becky James

    Becky James created the comedy YouTube channel Bambino Becky as a way for her to explore her passion for presenting. Having always been obsessed with the online world she knew that YouTube was the vehicle to strengthen her network and build a future for herself as an entertainer. Her rise in popularity on YouTube came from various credits, the most important being from internet superstar KSI, who simply tweeted that he thought she was funny, but included the all important tag. After the shoutout, Becky’s channel shot up from thirty thousand to one hundred thousand overnight. This new found recognition gave her the boost to be able to move to London, get signed by a talent management company and of course attend the TalentWorks retreat in collaboration with the BBC Writers Room where this interview was recorded, enjoy.

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    • 32 min
    Episode 19: Phil Lester

    Episode 19: Phil Lester

    Phil Lester started making videos in 2006 from his bedroom in Lancashire, and now he has over a billion views. The road to his incredible career has been built on a love for Phil's humour and quirky perspective on the world. Alongside his friend and long-time collaborator, Dan Howell, Phil has so many accolades under his belt.These include but are not limited to; presenting a show on BBC Radio 1, becoming a New York Times and Sunday Times best-selling author, creating a store topping app, devising a hit board game, performing in two global live tours and writing two books.

    TalentWorks have worked with Phil on the filming and distribution of his 2018 successful tour show ‘Interactive Introverts’ which included a Twitter-live streamed premiere from Brazil. In this interview we will talk about Phil's perspective on his incredible YouTube journey to date and also his thoughts on what creative endeavours his future holds.


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    • 35 min
    Episode 18: Kimmy Kimani

    Episode 18: Kimmy Kimani

    Kimmy Kimani is a content creator, actor and educator for equality and diversity in the workplace. Kimmy was born in Kenya and moved to England aged 8. She grew up with a passion for acting and dancing, but is currently best known as one half of the joyous YouTube channel James and Kimmy. We met Kimmy at one of our Commissioner Pitch Days in collaboration with YouTube, her personality and creative flair really stood out for us and so we were delighted to have her as part of our Unscripted Retreat in collaboration with the BBC Writers Room.

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    • 16 min

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