Loughborough Alumni

Our alumni

Sam Lean

Production Co-ordinator: Thames

Sam graduated in 2013 with a BA in Drama. Since graduating, he has worked behind the scenes on a number of national TV programmes and enjoys the buzz of the fast-paced media world.

Why did you choose to study at Loughborough University?

I chose to study at Loughborough for the perfect location and the campus lifestyle. The facilities on offer in the drama department were second to none and the diversity of the course meant I couldn’t choose anywhere else!

How has Loughborough University inspired you and helped you to progress in your career?

The closeness of the Loughborough community was a huge inspiration to me, no matter what it was; your course, sports, extra-curricular activities or hall life - teamwork and spirit was and is a huge part of being at Loughborough. The university oozes inspiration and now working in an industry where team work is vital, my time at Loughborough has set me in good stead to be part of a team. 

Would there be one piece of advice that you would give to current or prospective students looking to study the same course that you did?

Enjoy it. Take every opportunity that is offered, make the most of the facilities and just enjoy every minute and make the most of it because it doesn’t last forever and I guarantee you’ll miss it!

How did your involvement in LSU Media impact upon your Loughborough experience, and how has it helped you since leaving University?

My involvement with LSU Media added that extra something special to my experience, something I never thought I’d gain whilst studying. It was a place to meet new friends, outside of your course, learn all aspects of the media world and you were given the opportunity to learn and utilize skills across all forms of media.

Without my exposure to LSU media, I would definitely not be as far in my career as I am today. 

Can you tell us about your career journey so far?

I earned my first work experience placement a month after graduating, working alongside the Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway team at ITV.

From there I worked at The London Studios working as a studio runner facilitating shows on a daily basis. Where else can you hand Zac Efron a Red Bull or escort Lady Gaga’s wig to the studio! From there, I worked my way up to Production Runner, Production Secretary and now Production Co-ordinator, organising logistics and budgets for some of the biggest entertainment shows on TV! 

Can you tell us more about working in the media industry?

Working in the media industry is unpredictable, exciting, frustrating and the bets industry in the world, although I may be biased! The ever-changing technology, show ideas and talent that comes through makes the industry a relevant and exciting place to be.

But, it can take up a lot of your life so if you want to go into it make sure you LOVE it!

What do you love the most about your job?

Nothing beats the excitement of a live studio, the buzz of the audience and the crew behind the scenes leading up to a live broadcast is a feeling like no other.

What does the future hold for you?

Future in TV and Media is unpredictable; however, I hope to continue working across the entertainment genre and working with teams to create people’s favourite TV shows.

What has been the proudest moment of your career so far?

I have two stand-out moments in my career so far. Firstly, working with Ant & Dec on Saturday Night Takeaway - and being the same height as Dec - I used to stand in for him and test the Ant Vs Dec Challenges. My second was this year, which saw me travel to the Cook Islands in the South Pacific to film the returning series of Shipwrecked for E4. Being given the opportunity to work on shows you used to watch as a kid is by far the best thing about my job!


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