a little bit about me
Martin Riley is a multi-RTS award-winning and BAFTA nominated, experienced producer, director & editor. He led a talented production and post production team at Lion Eyes Television, The Den Post Production and the Kit Hire Company for over 15 years working on such productions as One Born Every Minute, BBC’s Horizon, Top Gear and The Secret Life of the Hospital Bed and created the bespoke camera rig for Peter Kay’s Car Share. Martin has always worked towards growing individuals and teams locally with global ambitions and benchmarks.
Martin ensures the most appropriate and authentic use of film, often with new technologies, to best capture the visual storytelling and heart of performances, be they live or pre-recorded.
After meeting and working with Caroline on the pioneering stage to screen production of King Lear at the Royal Exchange in Manchester, Martin then collaborated with her on the O2 award-winning Emmeline Pankhurst: The Making of a Militant and the RTS nominated Invented in the Northwest.
Martin has two RTS awards and one Bafta nomination for his television work. As well as his directing roles Martin has been instrumental in designing & building unique camera rigs, production and post production pipelines for many popular TV shows including the BAFTA Award Winning Peter Kay’s Car Share for Goodnight Vienna and BBC1 and most recently ensuring a Covid-safe working remote filming solution for Saffron Cherry and Grandpa Productions for The World According to Grandpa.
Martin is no stranger to working with high profile on screen talent, having produced and directed on broadcast projects for Peter Kay, Ben Elton and Paddy McGuinness amongst many others. Martin is considered a ‘safe pair of hands’ when it comes to turning scripts into content, his vast technical knowledge, experience with on screen talent and skills that span from traditional broadcast to TV commercials and experimental online content, ensures that every programme is not only a visual feast, but genuinely engaging for the intended audience.
Martin has produced and directed digital content and stage to screen productions for Matthew Bourne, Peter Kay, Bridget Caldwell and provided technical consultation to production teams for the BBC, Manchester International Festival, Channel 4, Channel 5, Universal, The Welsh National Opera & English National Ballet.
Always keeping an ear to the ground for breakthrough technologies Martin is currently setting up the first independent virtual production stage in Manchester using Unreal Engine software to allow UK production companies to film their content using the same technology as was used on Disney’s The Mandalorian.