Media Futures: DIVERSI-TV – behind the scenes on Chris Packham’s new series on autism

TV journalist Nick Ransom tells us about working on Chris Packham’s new series on autism.

Now in the world of journalism, he was an assistant producer on TV wildlife presenter and naturalist Chris Packham’s upcoming BBC series. He has worked for a range of areas in the BBC – Children in Need, Radio Manchester, A Question of Sport, BBC Bitesize. Nick, who is autistic, now campaigns for greater neurodiversity and inclusion in the media.
Chris Packham first talked about being diagnosed with Asperger’s in 2005 for a TV documentary in 2017. He says about the new series "some people say their autism is a ‘superpower’. I see it as a gift, but one which when you open it you don’t always get what you want. It will be interesting to see how others similar to me feel about their lives.”
Working with autistic people who are each at a key point in their lives, Chris takes a deep dive into their minds, immersing himself in their everyday experiences, observing and learning about the unique ways these individuals sense and interact with the world. Working with leading CGI, VFX and animation facilities, the programme uses their shared expertise to bring these personal interior worlds to life.
Nick Ransom runs The Neurodiverse Media Community, a Facebook group that aims to connect, engage and support those with neurological differences in the media industry. This includes those who are autistic, have ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia et cetera. 
Social media handles: @MrNickRansom
Hashtags: #neuromediacom #InsideOurAutisticMinds

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