Tom is an Emmy-winning television producer, writer and broadcast consultant.  He is currently (2018) Executive Producer of the hit primetime entertainment series BattleBots for the Discovery and Discovery Science networks in the United States.

He was born in London but spent his childhood in North East England.  He was educated at RGS Newcastle upon Tyne and at the University of York.

Tom currently lives in Southern California and splits his time between Los Angeles and the UK.

He has won many international awards, including an Emmy for his BBC movie The Bullion Boys, an Emmy nomination for his film on the animator Richard Williams, as well as many BAFTA nominations, the RTS Fellowship, and several international awards for his directing skills, including 2 Roses at Montreux (for ITV's Fire and Ice and the BBC's Challenge Anneka)He began his career as a BBC journalist, and later as Executive Producer, Music and Arts, where he directed and produced comedy, entertainment, dance, music and documentary programmes, including the award-winning dance series The Hot Shoe Show and the Russell Harty talk shows.

He founded Mentorn, which soon became the UK's largest independent production company with shows ranging from Question Time to the BAFTA-nominated Robot Wars (which Tom created and produced for the BBC) and later the US reality hit Paradise Hotel, which Tom produced for the Fox network.

In 2000 Tom sold Mentorn to The Television Corporation plc and he later became CEO of FremantleMedia North America Inc, the production company responsible for American Idol and The Price Is Right, based in Los Angeles.

Tom left FremantleMedia at the end of March 2005. After a year's sabbatical, during which he gave a number of keynote lectures around the world, he founded Standing Stone Productions, based in Newcastle.

In 2010 Tom was Creative Director and Broadcast Consultant of the winning Trinity Mirror bid for the English regional news pilot awarded by the DCMS.  In 2012 he was Executive Producer of Standing Stone's revolutionary online project for Channel 4's flagship investigative series "Dispatches".  His Dispatches 'second screen' app was nominated for Best Innovation in the 2012 British Journalism Awards.

He was appointed Visiting Professor at Teesside University in 2008, and since 2013 has been Chair of the creative agency Northern Film and Media. In 2015 he set up the NFM Academy, which trains people from the North East in the skills needed for prime time television drama.

He has written regular columns for the Newcastle Journal and Chronicle and Voice Of The North, and is also in demand as an after-dinner speaker.

He is married to Jo, and has 5 children ranging from 36 to 9 yrs old.

You can contact Tom at: 


tom@standingstone.tv
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