Dr Annabelle Waller
Dr Annabelle Waller is the Director of Broadcast Media at Salford’s state of the art digital media campus at MediaCityUK. Here she leads a team of 20 academics delivering UG and PG programmes in media to over 700 students. Programmes in her Directorate include the flagship BA Television and Radio – one of the largest programmes in the University – and the popular cross disciplinary suite of programmes in MA Media Production.
Annabelle is a former Programme Leader of the BA Television and Radio and a former Associate Director International. In her international role she helped set up a number of productive business and partnerships in SE Asia and Malaysia in particular.
Before joining Salford University Annabelle spent 18 years in the creative industries making television and radio programmes for the BBC, ITV and the Discovery Channel. She trained and worked as a journalist before becoming a TV Director and Producer making award-winning documentaries, live studio shows and factual entertainment formats. At the BBC Annabelle ran the Development Unit, generating new programme ideas, and produced and directed a wide range of films for prime time television. She remains passionate about storytelling in all its new digital media forms and the opportunities this provides for the next generation of creatives.
Annabelle continues to supervise Post Graduate and Under Graduate students on their final projects and dissertations.
She has taught and led a wide range of modules in practical aspects of media production including Video Production; TV Documentary; Multi Platform Content Creation; TV Studio ; Collaborative Projects and Advanced Production Practices
Annabelle has also devised and delivered a number of intensive short courses in media for professional CPD clients and international summer schools.
The future of television; the evolution of radio; the creation and proliferation of on-line narrative content; immersive media.
Qualifications and Memberships
- Doctorate in Philosophy, PhD thesis by Published Works, University of Salford
- Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, University of Salford
- Postgraduate Diploma in Broadcast Journalism, City University, London
- Joint Honours (BA) English and American Literature, University of Manchester
- Member of the Royal Television Society Northwest
- Member of the Digital Production Partnership
- Member of the Higher Education Academy
Waller, A. (Producer). 2007 Junior Dragons’ Den for Children in Need. [Television Broadcast]. BBC1. London
Produced a multi-camera insert at Pinewood Studios for Children in Need based on the Dragons’ Den business programme format. Top rating with 10 million viewers
Waller, A. (Producer). 2006 Dragons’ Den : Where are They Now ? [Television Broadcast].BBC 2. London
Devised and directed the format for a Dragons’ Den follow up film that was voted “Pick of the Day” in four national newspapers.
Waller, A. (Producer and Director). 2005 Honey We’re Killing the Kids: Revisited , Episode 2 [Television Broadcast] BBC 3. London
Created a new format for an observational documentary series that followed up on participants in a ground breaking parenting factual entertainment series
Waller, A. (Producer and Director). 2004 Spooks: Access All Areas [Television Broadcast] BBC 3. London
Filmed with former spies, security advisors, actors and scriptwriters for a behind the scenes film about the high profile spy drama Spooks.
Waller, A.(Producer and Director) 2002 -2003 Heart of the Matter [Television Broadcast] BBC 2 London
Produced high profile ethical debate programmes presented by Joan Bakewell. Produced Soul of Britain studio debate programme presented by Michael Burke
Waller, A. (Producer and Director). 2001 Inside Disneyland Paris Discovery Travel Channel
Gained exclusive access, in a world first, to film behind the scenes at the European Disney resort for a documentary in a US/UK travel series co-production
Waller, A. (Producer and Director) 2000 Obituary for His Holiness Pope John Paul II [Television Broadcast]BBC 2. London.
Produced documentary celebrating the life of the populist Polish Pope just after his death receiving high viewing figures and positive newspaper reviews
Waller, A. (Producer and Director). 1997 Prostitute Episode 1 and 3 [Television Broadcast] BBC1.
Told personal and revealing stories of upmarket prostitutes in a high profile controversial documentary series
Waller, A. (Producer and Directior). 1996 Close Up North :“Bloody Students” BBC 2. London
Winner of the Royal Television Society Northwest award for Best Regional Documentary. 30 minute investigative documentary
Waller, A. (Producer and Director). 1997 Close Up North :“Boxing Babes” BBC 2. London
Film exploring the rise in popularity of professional women boxers claim for “equal right to brain damage” was nominated for two Royal Television Society awards
Waller, A. (Producer and Director). 1999 Close Up North :“Return of the Saints” BBC 2. LondonWinner of the Sandford St Martin Merit Award for Religious Broadcasting this investigative documentary revealed historical roots of modern day Mormons