Joshua Wright

Mid-Weight Promo Producer - Comedy Central

What’s your background/how did you get your start in TV?

My childhood was spent making terrible zombie movies with my school friends in the summer holidays which I loved doing; even though they were truly awful. That’s what made me decide to study television production at Bournemouth. After graduating I was lucky enough to score the promo-creative internship at Disney Channel UK which threw me into the world of promo making. After my year internship was over I went for the mid-weight promo producer role at Comedy Central.

What’s the project of yours from the past year that you are most proud of?

I have now been at Comedy Central for a year, personally my experience of how young talent is treated has been primarily positive. I have been constantly pushed forward and offered new opportunity after new opportunity. For young talent starting in the industry you do experience a lot of dead-ends and doors being closed starting out, which can be very disheartening. Getting that first chance can be incredibly difficult and I believe is mostly down to luck and timing. Once you’ve got that foot in the door young talent from my experience is given the time and ability to develop and thrive which is incredible.

What’s the project of yours from the past year that you are most proud of?

The project I am most proud of is my general election promo

I kind of put all my eggs in one basket with the idea but I’m very proud of how it came out. I enjoyed each element of the production from writing the song, to drawing the characters, to filming them dance around on a cardboard stage. The project showed me how fun and silly my job can be, I was very chuffed with how it came out and was even prouder when it won gold this year at Promax.

Name a campaign you admire or wish you’d been involved in.

The campaign for Deadpool. It was brilliantly refreshing to see such a different spin on a genre which had become very formulaic. It felt like creative was given a huge amount of control and a lot of trust from higher-ups to allow them to push it into something clever and highly amusing.

Choose one: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat?

Google+ because everyone loves an underdog.

Name one figure from history who sum up your aesthetic? (interpret as you will)

Edward VI of England, because like me, he was lucky enough to be thrown into a great job early in his career and is wondering how long it will take before people realize he has no idea what’s going on.

In three words, what gives you creative inspiration?

Not quite sure how to answer this one, but in three words probably: boredom, fear and success.

Boredom: being bored is when I come up with my best ideas as I try to think of the most exciting thing possible.

Fear: if I don’t come up with creative ideas I wont make it as a creative producer and will have to get another job like an accountant or juggler, which is terrifying.

Success: watching the success and incredible work made by other people gives me inspiration to follow in their footsteps.