James Paul Smith

Digital Media Expert


2018 – Present


Web Builds – Westenhanger Castle, Screen South, Being Single, East Cliff Creatives

Video – HBO, Jaguar, LEGO, British Airways, Levis, Sky Atlantic, Moet

2017 - 2018

Shortlist Media - Head of Online Content

Lead a team of 16 videographers, producers, researchers and journalists

Produced and oversaw various projects ranging from celebrity, local news and interest videos

Produced video across the Shortlist and Stylist brands

2015 - 2017

Mail Online - Senior Editor

Worked in a fast-paced newsroom, reaching up to 2million video views a day

Managing a team of editors, researchers, and journalists

Communication: co-ordinating projects across departments and practicing legal processes daily

Strong client and internal negotiations required hour-on-hour

Robust knowledge of media, journalism law and the company’s technical equipment

In-depth knowledge and observation of analytics to maximise productivity and visibility

Lead video producer for original content for the MailOnline – most stories become the leading story on the site, engaging up to 200,000 views in the first hour

2013 - 2015

BANG Media International - Head Producer & Consultant

Building and managing several company news-based websites using WordPress. Supporting websites across a range of social media channels and ensuring maximum exposure and user interaction to boost views

Optimising sites with Google Analytics, Webmaster Tools, and SEO

Regularly training junior video editors and managing a small team

Tracking trending news stories for immediate transfer to video for the sites

Produce/ manage the production of video packages on a daily basis, providing bespoke exports to clients worldwide.

Liaise with national and international teams to ensure that content matches individual client specifications.

Attend press events, filming, interviewing and editing exclusive footage.



University of Central Lancashire

BHons 2:1 Audio Visual Media and Media Production


University of Central Lancashire

Foundation Degree Media Production


Premiere Pro CC 100%
WordPress 100%
Light Room CC 100%
Photoshop 90%
After Effects CC 70%
Final Cut X 60%
Html & CSS 60%
Illustrator CC 50%


Certificate of Achievement – Project Management

Diploma in Advanced Social Media Marketing

Diploma in Wedding Photography

Certificate of Achievement – Inclusive Leadership Training

Kent Wedding Awards Finalist 2019

Bridebook Wedding Awards Finalist 2017

LUX Life Kent Wedding Videographer Of The Year 2019


Copyright Law

Digital Copyright

Competition Law

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

The Bribery Act

UK Libel Law


Team management

Contract negotiation

Strong interpersonal links within the media industry

Graphic/website design

Experience working with a multi-national company