Published on 25 March 2024 in Career

Directing Live Entertainment: A Multi-Camera Masterclass with Nikki Parsons

If you’re curious about how your favourite Saturday night TV makes it to the small screen or how directors make audiences at home feel like they’re in the room during “must see” moments, join us for a multi-camera masterclass with director Nikki Parsons.  

We will take a deep dive into Nikki’s work on Strictly Come Dancing and Eurovision, exploring the full process from rehearsals to the live performance and dissecting clips from both shows. 

We will also discuss how multi-camera directors collaborate with crew and talent, creative leadership and the importance of the role of the Director, as well as working with new technologies such as CuePilot. 

Please note: due to unforeseen circumstances, this session will now be hosted by award-winning live entertainment and multi-camera director Tim van Someren.

If you would like to send us a question in advance for Nikki, please email them to [email protected] by Friday 12 April. 

When: Tuesday 16 April, 5 — 6.30pm 

Where: Online 



BSL interpretation and live captioning will be present for this session. If you have any questions or access requirements, please contact [email protected].

About Nikki Parsons

Nikki Parsons is a multi-camera director specialising in live TV and Events. Recent credits include the Eurovision Song Contest 2023, Britain’s Got Talent, So You Think You Can Dance for Fox in the US, Dance 100 for Netflix, The Hip Hop Nutcracker for Disney + and her 18th series of Strictly Come Dancing. She has won an RTS Award for her direction of Strictly and has recently won both an RTS Award and a BAFTA for her work on the State Funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. 

About Tim van Someren

Tim van Someren is one of the UK’s leading multi-camera directors, specialising in live music, theatre capture, special events, and TV entertainment formats. Tim has been directing live music performances for over twenty-five years, filming with major recording artists such as Drake, Paul McCartney, Alicia Keys, Elton John and many more.

He is also known for filming multi-camera drama productions, directing cinema broadcasts for The National Theatre, The Donmar Warehouse, the BBC and others such as Danny Boyle’s Frankenstein and four different productions of Macbeth starring Sir Kenneth Branagh, David Tennant, Rory Kinnear and Ralph Fiennes respectively.

Tim’s special events and award show credits include The 2022, ‘23 and forthcoming ‘24 Champions League Final Opening Ceremonies, The Mercury Music Prize, MTV Award Shows in Asia and Africa, Children in Need, the BBC Proms, the 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremonies, and more. Tim’s TV credits include Robot Wars, A League of Their Own, Top of the Pops, and Let’s Dance for Comic Relief.

Tim has won numerous awards including the Prix Italia, the Rose D’Or, a Grierson and an RTS Award, and he has been nominated for a BAFTA, a Broadcast Award, a D&AD and a Cannes Media Lion.

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