January 2011 to present
Award-winning multimedia producer/director, Paolo Black creates cinematic narratives that speak to the heart. His career spans the spectrum of newsroom & documentary environments, and includes wide international experience.
When the giant AstraZeneca Corporation decided to support adolescent health programs in challenged countries around the world, they asked UK-based producer/director Paolo Black to create the multimedia story-telling that would inform staff, NGO’s, and the media, about what they were doing and why.
It was a very important decision for AstraZeneca. Staff worldwide had voted to support this project, and so they wanted everyone to know where their heartfelt support was going and why.
Paolo traveled to remote regions of Eastern Zambia, favelas in Brazil, shanty towns in India, and drug-infested areas of West Baltimore, documenting the incredible daily challenges faced by so many of the world’s poorest peoples – no running water and poor sanitation, little education, and a life defined by poverty, especially for young girls, many of whom have their first baby in their early teens.
Paolo worked in Zambia and India with Plan International, a development organization operating in 50 countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas to promote and protect the rights of children, and in Baltimore and Rio, with John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
March 2007 – December 2010
Head of Visual Communications
Royal Dutch Shell
In 2007, when Shell was the world’s largest company by revenue, a global energy corporation with 102,000 employees and operations in more than 100 countries, Björn Edlund, the EVP of Communications brought Paolo in to examine the ways Shell used visual communications and how they might be improved. Paolo produced a study called ‘Strategic Future Uses of Visual Platforms’ which identified various pathways for the development of a Visual Communications strategy for Shell, especially as it related to multimedia applications. Paolo was then appointed Shell’s Head of Visual Communications, and led a team that pro-actively gathered & distributed multimedia coverage around the globe.
Royal Dutch Shell said: “……an unusually talented producer of visual media… … an inspiring colleague whose engaging style helps senior business people relax and tell their stories. Paolo’s editorial judgment and skilful use of modern media helped us tell our side of several contentious aspects of the Shell story… I highly recommend Paolo.” – Björn Edlund.
2006 – 2007
Award-winning Documentary Producer/Director
Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Producer/Director award-winning documentary A Winger and a Prayer, a powerful story about Australian Moslem Rugby hero Hazem El-Masri. who gave us unprecedented access to his private life. The program was hailed by The Daily Telegraph as “a unique insight into Moslem Australia 2007”. A Winger and a Prayer
2004 – 2006
Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Nominated Australia’s ‘Reporter of the Year.’
1991 – 2004
Executive Producer & Senior Producer/Director
British Broadcasting Corporation
Integral role in the start-up of BBC News24 and BBC World, the BBC’s International Channel. Creator and producer/director the ‘Visions’ project for BBC national and international millennium broadcast, showcasing 24 of the world’s greatest scientists – including Stephen Hawking – talking about the one thing they’d like to see invented or discovered in the new millennium and why.
Executive Producer of two of BBC World’s show-case strands, Global Report, and Science World. Exhibited an exceptional knowledge of television news and current affairs, and production techniques, including a capacity to lead a team of program makers in clear, innovative and compelling story-telling, together with the use of ‘live’ components, at base and in the field. Executive Produced and Directed ‘live’ coverage of the French presidential election from a Champs-Élysées roof-top. Produced powerful and analytical international television, managed program resources, communicated story angles quickly and accurately, and constantly analysed the focus and accuracy of on-going research, producing creative and innovative programs.
July 1993 – September 1996
Chairman, Shepherd’s Bush Housing Group
UK Social Housing
With Board of 20, managed group budget of £100-million, staff of 300, more than 3000 properties, and set up powerful communications links between tenants, staff and management.
London College of Communication
University of the Arts, London
Awarded M.A. Photojournalism and Documentary Photography
Final Project Mind The Gap
Stills, video, lighting, audio, graphics, interviews and production – Paolo Black.
‘Mind The Gap’ is a rail journey that is a metaphor for life’s journey, and the impact a death has on loved ones left behind. It examines the emotional, social, and spiritual aspects of what it’s like to say a final goodbye to a loved one
- “A wonderful, thoughtful and moving film.” – Professor Richard Sambrook, Director Centre for Journalism, Cardiff. Former Head of BBC News.
- “Moving and compelling.” – Dare Mason, VIP Lounge.
- “Very moving.” – Patric Juillet, Master Chef.
- “So powerful and yet gently felt.” – Juliette Bradley, Singer/Songwriter.
- “Profoundly moving and beautiful.” – Noushin Rahman-Blake, Parenting Consultant.
- “Absolutely loved it. Hugely moving.” – Steve Colville, President, International Association of Drilling Contractors.
- “A wonderful piece.” – Fiona Vitel, Clinical Hypnotherapist.
- “What a beautiful film. Very meaningful.” – Yvonne Harley, Head of Communications, Standards and Platforms. BP.
- “A wonderful, wonderful story.” – Jennifer Mitchell, CEO Wild Orange Publishing.
- “Really wonderful. Congrats!” – Bob Sacha, award-winning multimedia producer MediaStorm.
- “Sensational.” – Carol Royle, Actress.
- “Very sensitively done.” – Professor Andrew Rice, Imperial College.
- “Amazing.” – Dr Stephanie Sadler, Consultant Psychiatrist.
MediaStorm, New York
MediaStorm’s principal aim is to usher in the next generation of multimedia storytelling. In 2007, MediaStorm won an Emmy for Broadband Documentaries, took first place in both the Best of Photojournalism Contest and Pictures of the Year, and won the Webby Award for the Magazine category.
Activities: Worked seven days and nights under the guidance of Brian Storm and his team to produce a multimedia documentary The Art of Attraction And here’s Maisie Crow’s documentary Behind The Scenes at MediaStorm.
University of Sydney
The Australian National University
Journalism & The Law
Paolo is married to Turkish photographer Ömür Özkoyuncu Black, and they have three children – Cameron, 18, Erin, 10, and Joe, 7. He plays guitar, writes music, and enjoys walking and riding a bicycle, especially through The Netherlands when the tulips are in bloom.
Paolo Black M.A.