Dean Whitbread

   Creative Director
 
  CR6 9NF
 
+44 7813 948780
   
dean@dfrw.co.uk

Skills

Ideas
Writing, Planning
Podcasts, Social Media
Campaign Management
Innovation

       

I work in media, the arts, and education, often  in these roles:

• Media producer - video, audio, interactive
• Podcast producer, programme director
• Writer - copy, commentary, fiction
• Events producer, campaigns, promotions
• University lecturer - media
• Language teacher, voice coach

Experience

 

 NB: this  CV is a  brief summary,  links and references on request.

Dean Whitbread Arts
Managing Director                        
Norway, Switzerland, France, Belgium, USA
September 2011 to September 2022

Based in Europe for 10 years, Dean Whitbread Arts, registered in Norway, conceived, produced and promoted international art events.

The digital art exhibition Prix Mobile lifted the newly popular mobile art form emerging from Instagram into the Fine Art world via the tech world. Launched in Paris at Le Web expo 2011, open to all and judged by an eminent  jury of artists, curators, photographers, videographers, entrepreneurs, academics, internet and media luminaries, winners were awarded cash prizes and finalists featured in a prestigious gallery exhibition.

The Norwegian
midwinter festival Frostfest, a  day and night sustained burst of alternative cultural energy proved to be  very popular in normally fallow midwinter,  incorporating 9 live acts over 12 hours.

In 2013 - 2014 I worked with creative companies in Basel, Switzerland, where I produced video and audio, designed  staging for live performances, and  coached  singers and actors.


Netmare Ltd
 / Small Pictures Ltd  
CEO / Managing Director
London, March 1995 to May 2011                                

Internet start-up Netmare co-produced BBC’s Radio 1nteract programme in 1995. This genuinely groundbreaking mixture of live radio alongside internet streaming with complex audience interaction was a first. Netmare was superceded by Small Pictures in 2002. Over the next decade I developed and produced online formats and 'simulcasts’, pioneering cross-media techniques, multi-platform streaming and dynamic, online live events, such as streaming the Notting Hill Carnival rap stage.

As the internet expanded, I worked on campaigns and infrastructure for international media corporations, UK and local government, advertising & PR agencies, NGOs, concerts, festivals, art exhibitions, competitions, health education, training, career advice, product promotions and charitable fundraisers.

2012 Communications 
Freelance Writer, Digital Media Producer
London, January 1998 to April 2011

Freelance writer, producer and media consultant for theatrical and musical artists, including comedian and writer John Cleese, for whom musician Ashley Slater and I wrote and recorded the 2006 world cup football song Don’t Mention the World Cup. In this period I remixed songs for  musicians such as Vince Clarke (Erasure, Yazoo, Depeche Mode) and soul singer Geno Washington.

In 2000, I co-produced 'Just Right', for Amnesty International UK, a CD Rom with extensive printed materials based on the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. This included documentary footage with first hand testimony from street children, child soldiers, child prisoners, and victims of war. The aim of this project was to teach secondary school children of age 11 - 16 years about human rights in an immersive way, developing interactive education methodologies from gaming which are now widespread. The work was well received and used in classrooms across the UK.

London School Of Communication, the London Business School, Middlesex University (Hornsey College of Art)
University Lecturer
London, October 2009 to April 2010
Lecturer BA, Post-Graduate MA and PhD students. Web, Interactive Media, Business, Art and Design, Concepts.

Millfield School, Whitgift School, various secondary schools
English, ESOL / EFL / EAL and other subjects
Somerset, London, June 2018 to August 2023

After a three year period 2015 - 2017 caring full time for my mother, I studied for a CertTESOL qualification to get back into work in the UK.

Education

Oxford International  College
CertTESOL

March - April 2018, Greenwich, London.

Hornsey College of Art (Middlesex University)
BA Honours, Fine Art, 1st Class

September 1981- June 1984,  Wood Green.

Croydon  College of Art
Foundation, Fine Art, Distinction

September 1980 - June 1981,  Croydon.

Awards

European Podcasting Award 2008 / 2009
New Contemporaries exhibition, ICA & South Bank, 1983 & 1984

Composed soundtracks for two short films by French film maker Hervé Bernard, winning Gold and Silver awards at the Deauville FilmFestival Green Awards, 2016

Publications

February 2007 - wrote  chapter on podcasting for Professor Vito Di Bari's book  Web 2.0

Paris (2013) - Published in WJ-Spots 2 – Artists Take Over The Network 


Clients
Artists
3rd Sector
Membership
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Dean F.R. Whitbread 2024

Clients include BBC Radio, Levi Strauss Europe, McLaren Formula 1, Tiger Aspect Television, MTV Europe, EMI Records, Sony Music UK, Polygram International, Time+Space, Forster, McCann Erickson, BBH, Amber Music, the Health Education Authority, PB Games, The Big Chill, PRS-MCPS, PPL, Channel 4, Amber Music.

Artists include John Cleese, Vince Clarke, Kraftwerk, Geno Washington, Supergrass, Orbital, Res Rocket Surfer, the world's first internet band, Momentary Fusion Aerial Theatre Company.

Third Sector organisations include Amnesty International, Greenpeace, Menschen für Menschen, NSPCC, the Open Rights Group, and South African township music charity Busk Aid.

Memberships UK Podcasters Association; ORG  Advisory Council