Owen is a highly experienced executive producer with an exceptional track record in primetime popular factual formats and documentary television. He has successfully launched numerous series for a wide range of UK and international broadcasters including the BBC, Channel 4, Five, Discovery and NatGeo. He has worked in a wide range of genres including history, science and natural history documentary, obs doc, OB and events coverage and live magazines. He is used to running large production teams and managing complex budgets. Trained in journalism, Owen is editorially rigorous with excellent scriptwriting skills. He works closely with production teams to ensure visual flair and creativity, from shaping new formats through to the edit. He continues to direct.
Owen began his career at Channel Four News before moving to BBC News, working on Breakfast and Newsnight. In BBC Features he was showrunner on some of the UK’s most popular and enduring brands including Watchdog, Crimewatch, Holiday (BBC 1), Homefront (BBC 2) and many more. As executive producer, he was part of the team that brought RHS Chelsea Flower Show coverage back to the BBC. He created many BBC popular formats including Departure Lounge, The Flying Gardener, Holiday Hit Squad and Charlie’s Garden Army. His long-form documentary credits range from Cold Case (BBC 1) and Million Dollar Moon Rock Heist (NatGeo, RTS Best International Documentary) to Fame: Remember My Name? (BBC 1). As commissioning editor, he was instrumental in the launch of The ONE Show.
After leaving the BBC, Owen worked as head of popular factual for Icon Films where his credits include: Sleepover at the Zoo (BBC 4), Seven Days that Made the Fuhrer (Five), Secret Histories (Channel 4), Betty White Goes Wild (NatGeo Wild), Animal Airport (Animal Planet) and Secrets of Dead (WNET/PBS).