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Good News 4 – St Mary’s College, Blackburn

Today we continue ‘Good News’, our series of testimonials from former GCSE and A Level Media and Film studies students, telling us about some of the fantastic things they have achieved in the creative industries and beyond.

St Mary’s College in Blackburn has been running Media GCSE and A Level courses since 2001, and runs the Aspire2Be campaign, inspiring current students through showcasing the achievements of St Mary’s alumni across all subjects. Jenny McNulty, current head of Media Studies, tells us about the achievements of a selection of her former students, working across television and radio.

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Joe Huxley (above) is a Television Producer; He started out as an Edit Assistant at Endemol and is currently working for Plastic Pictures in London.

Phil Poole is the Programme Controller for BOX Television’s music channels, which include The Box, 4Music, Kerrang and Smash Hits, amongst others. His advertising clients have included KFC, Microsoft, Rimmel and Bacardi. He began his career as a Producer for Rock FM and Kiss FM before moving into music television.

Adam Catterall also worked at Rock FM, as their breakfast DJ for several years. He moved to BBC Radio 1 in 2011 and now works in promotions and voice overs, most notably for ITV2, ITV4, Jet2 aeroplanes and Foxy Bingo. Adam cut his teeth in radio by running St Mary’s in-house radio station alongside his A Level in Media Studies.

Greg Fee (below) now runs Drop in Digital – a visual effects and Post Production company in London, who’s clients include Lucozade, Jessie J and Biffy Clyro. Last year Greg worked as a visual effects editor on the Scarlett Johansson film Under the Skin.

Greg Fee

Sam Fenton runs Fentonography, a successful media production business focusing upon music videos and advertising. His clients include De’Nova and ETO Jeans.

Holly Laffy is working in Television Production for ITV at their studios in Manchester. Recently she was part of the production team for Ade in Britain.

Gemma Baron (below) is a radio presenter currently working for 2BR radio station in East Lancashire. She joined 2BR in 2007 and has worked her way up from a short weekend slot to being the programming controller for both 2BR and their sister station, 107 The Bee.

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