Michael Towner is the Senior Commissioning Editor for Independent productions at the BBC’s pre-school service CBeebies where, with his small team, he is responsible for bringing high quality, home-grown live action and mixed-media commissions to the channel.
He started his career at the BBC 1988, since which time he has worked in most areas of television output from Children’s through to Drama, Comedy and Factual. He was previously a producer and director within BBC Children’s and has performed every role in TV production from runner to Executive Producer. Prior to working in television, he spent some time as a Stage Manager and occasional actor in various theatres around the country, becoming a member of Equity, the actors’ union, in 1985.
Early on in his BBC career, he adapted three different children’s books for the ‘Jackanory’ story-telling series. He has been nominated three times at the Children’s BAFTAs for his directing work and was also a Royal Television Society Award winner in 2003 for his work on ‘Something Special’, a pioneering series utilising Makaton sign language for children with speech and language delay which is still being produced by the BBC today.
Recent productions for which he’s been responsible include the BAFTA-winning series ‘Topsy and Tim’ and ‘Our Family’, ‘Apple Tree House’, ‘Moon and Me’, ‘Katie Morag’ ‘Time For School’ ‘Andy’s Dinosaur Adventures’ and ‘Magic Hands’, amongst many others.
He is based in Cheshire and works in Media City in Salford.