Jason Haigh-Ellery

Director

Jason is a Director of the company.

Jason has been involved with the entertainment industry since the age of 5 – when he tap danced on stage with Roy Castle.  By the time he’d reached his teens, he realized that performing was probably best left up to those with more talent and he began writing and directing, which led to him producing his first play at 19 years of age.

Jason has now produced 12 West End shows including, Footloose – the Musical, Never Forget, Yes Prime Minister, The Ladykillers and New Boy and Snoopy! with Stuart Piper, with whom he is also co-producer of The Whatsonstage Awards.  He has also been a producer on 21 touring shows, Executive Produced in South Africa and works with Lythgoe Family Productions in Los Angeles since 2010 bringing pantomime to America with such performers as Arianna Grande and Neil Patrick Harris.

Jason founded Big Finish Productions in 1998 and the company has grown to be the largest independent producer of Audio Drama in the world, working regularly with media corporations such as the BBC, MGM and ABC on Doctor Who, Torchwood, Stargate, Judge Dredd, and on original series such as Graceless and The Confessions of Dorian Gray.  In 2013, Big Finish won the BBC Audio Drama Award for Best Drama for Doctor Who.

In 2011, Jason also founded the animation house Planet 55 Studios in Sydney, Australia, working first with the BBC on two animated versions of Doctor Who and now producing the original 26 part drama Prisoner Zero for ABC

For television, Big Finish Entertainment has produced two reality shows – Nadia Goes to Hollywood and Nadia: Chasing the Dream for TV3 and been involved with reality shows Strictly Dance Fever (BBC) and Fame – the Musical (RTE).  Jason is presently developing a new teen television drama for an Australian broadcaster.