In 2013 Paul Kerr was appointed Senior Lecturer in Television Production at Middlesex University. He is the author and editor of a number of books and articles on television and film. He started his career at the British Film Institute but for twenty years was an award-winning television producer, making dozens of programmes for the BBC and Channel Four as well as a number of international co-productions. He began his TV career by specialising in major series about the media first as researcher on Open The Box (C4 1986), then as producer on The Media Show (C4 1987-90), and subsequently as Series Editor of the award-winning cinema series, Moving Pictures (BBC2 1990-96) but developed into working on a range of documentaries about the arts and history including series about the Crimean War, black British history, British theatre and international design. A number of his documentaries have been screened at film and TV festivals around the world including New York, Turin, Dinard, Florida and Bologna. In 2007 he left television and took a full time position at London Metropolitan University where he received his PhD in 2013.. His research interests include documentary, drama documentary, 'quality' television, the independent production sector in film and television, Hollywood, and international art cinema. He was Co-Investigator on a two year AHRC research project on British television documentary television and independent production from 2010 to 2012.
Learning & Teaching Interests
Paul Kerr teaches a number of television production modules, specialising in both the theory and practice of documentary.
He will be programme leader in Television Production (BA Hons) from 2014.
Research Outputs & Interests
Paul Kerr's research interests include documentary, drama documentary, 'quality' television, independent production (in bth fim and television), film and television authorship, (auto)biographical filmmaking, Hollywood and world/international art cinema. He is particularly interested in both arts and history documentary-making. He is also interested in the relationship between generic and narrative forms and industrial modes of production in both film and television. Doctoral students are welcome in any of the above or connected areas.
Kerr, Paul (2016) The apprentice’s sorcerer: television in/and the academy. In: Industrial approaches to media: a methodological gateway to industry studies. Palgrave MacMillan. ISBN 9781137551757 (Accepted/In press)
Kerr, Paul (2015) Authorship, autobiography and the archive: Marilyn on Marilyn, television and documentary theory. VIEW: Journal of European Television History and Culture, 4 (8). pp. 67-79. ISSN 2213-0969
Kerr, Paul (2013) Making film programmes for the BBC and Channel 4: the shift from in-house producer unit to independent package-unit production. Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, 33 (3). pp. 434-453. ISSN 0143-9685
Dr James Bennett, Paul Kerr, Dr Niki Strange and dr Andrea Medrado
Arts and Humanties Research Council
October 2012-October 2012
This research project looked at the impact on British Public Service Broadcasting of two recent developments - the rise of independent production and the development of Multiplatform. Focusing on factual television we did extensive interviews with well over 100 independent television and digital producers and broadcast execxutives as well as ethnographic research inside four independent TV production and digital companies for several months at a time. You can read more about it here: www.cowboysorindies.co.uk/
Engagement & Impact
Paul Kerr was on the editorial board of Screen in the 1980s and was elected to the Executive Committee of MeCCSA in 2009 on which he served his two year tenure until 2011. he is is an editorial advisor to Audiovisual Thinking the world's first online academic video journal, based at the University of Copenhagen.