Barry RyanMD/Creative Director | Free@Last TV
Alongside our flagship drama, Agatha Raisin, Free@Last TV has a broad range of dramas on our slate including, biopics, prequels and original content, alongside our collection of intellectual properties such as Daphne du Maurier’s The Flight of the Falcon, Perlman – based on the Glasgow novels by Campbell Armstrong and the Classic Crime Club book series published by HarperCollins.
Barry has over 25 years experience as a content creator, journalist, broadcast journalist and TV producer and director. He was a BBC Trainee and worked across a variety of genres including Factual, Factual Entertainment, Children’s, Documentaries, History, Science, Features, Music, Entertainment and Arts. He has worked for the BBC, ITV and Channel 4. He was Head of Programmes at Propeller TV – a bi-national and bi-lingual TV channel for the international Chinese that broadcasts on Sky, Freeview and online in Europe and in China. He worked as a consultant for Shalit Global, Sony Music, the MOBO Organisation and Sainsburys. He has produced prime time programming for ITV, BBC, Channel 4, Five and a range of digital channels including A&E, Discovery, UKTV channels, MTV, VH1, ITV 2, 3 & 4 and many others.
At Free@Last TV, we know what we’re looking for so we want to be surprised by what we don’t know we need.
Q: What piece of advice can you give writers who are pitching to you or trying to break into the industry?
A: Know the market for your idea. Be able to pitch it simply and in 100 words. Understand how the business works and that someone has to fund your ideas for them to happen – be prepared for the pitch.