ProfileDr Mark T S Benson is a lecturer in television production with an emphasis on the development and delivery of live and as-live, multi-camera programmes filmed in studio and on location. His production experience stems from nineteen years of programme making during which he gained a broad knowledge of the UK and Irish TV industries. The programmes he developed or produced have been broadcast by the BBC, ITV, C4, RTÉ, BBC Northern Ireland, TG4, UTV and Radio Ulster.
In addition to single-camera projects, Mark’s career has involved developing and producing multi-camera studio and location programmes. Genres included game shows, chat shows, quiz shows and comedy. Many of these programmes were recorded as-live in front of audiences numbering in their thousands. Mark has extensive experience of working in a gallery environment and on the studio floor and as a producer and director he worked with all departments and technical roles such as vision mixing, cameras, sound, LX, graphics, offline/online editing and post production audio.
In 2005 Mark formed his own company and produced multi-camera programmes for Red Bull, BBC entertainment and received sitcom script and script development commissions from BBC Comedy. While running Ulan Productions, Mark initiated an all-female sitcom script project which resulted in a script commission by the BBC. Moreover, he devised and produced a multi-camera comedy panel show for the BBC that ensured that 50% of the panelists, production team and writing staff were women.
After completion of his funded PhD, Dr Benson undertook an AHRC/Northern Bridge postdoctoral research fellowship with the dual purpose of creating a large oral history project and investigating the distribution of academic research through engagement with the creative economies. To date he has presented conference papers in the UK, Ireland and Canada and has been invited to speak to medical students and senior obstetricians and gynaecologists. Dr Benson is currently writing a book based on his PhD thesis for publication by Liverpool University Press - 'Northern Irish Abortions: A history, 1900 to 1968'.