Nicola Black

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Nicola Black
Born Nicola Jane Black
Glasgow, Scotland
Occupation Producer / director
Years active 1990–present

Nicola Jane Black (born in Glasgow) is a Scottish film and television producer and director.[1] Her work includes documentaries Designer Vaginas, Bone Breakers, When Freddie Mercury Met Kenny Everett, Tribal Cop, White Jazz, Jenny Saville – Flesh & Blood and the series Mirrorball and Banned in the UK which featured in the Channel 4 Banned season.

Black is also the producer of Channel 4's Mesh animation scheme, producing digital animations including Covert, Daddy, Killing Time at Home and Watermelon Love.


Born in Glasgow, Black began her career as a trainee editor working on Derek Jarman's Caravaggio, before moving on to television with Halfway to Paradise.

Black set up her own production company, Blackwatch Media in 1995,[2][3] and her first production was the documentary on crime writer James Ellroy's search for his mother's murderer, White Jazz. From this, she went on to produce and direct the series Post Mortem, about genius and illness, examining the lives and works of Beethoven, Virginia Woolf, Nijinsky, Montgomery Clift and Francis Bacon.[4][5]

In the late 1990s, she produced and directed the pop-promo series Mirrorball, featuring profiles on Spike Jonze, Mike Mills, Roman Coppola, Michel Gondry and Dawn Shadforth.

Black then went on to direct and produce a series of documentaries for Channel 4, including Designer Vaginas (2002), Bone Breakers (2002), When Freddie Met Kenny (2002), Snorting Coke with the BBC[6] (2003), Banned in the UK and Banned Films, the latter presented by Tim Roth (2005), both were shown as part of the Channel 4 Banned season – which Black co-devised.[7]

Since 2001, Black ran and produced Channel 4's digital animation scheme Mesh, producing four digital animations a year.[8]

In 2007, Black produced Potapych: The Bear Who Loved Vodka, which won a BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Animated Film.[9][10]

In 2012, Black produced UNESCO award-winning photographer David Gillander's film The Neglected for Channel 4's series The Shooting Gallery.[11][12]


  1. ^ "The Torturous Path to Immortality", The Herald, 4 October 1997, retrieved 13 August 2011 
  2. ^ "Office opens US doors for television", The Scotsman, 21 February 2004, retrieved 20 February 2011 
  3. ^ "The Torturous Path to Immortality", The Herald, 4 October 1997, retrieved 13 August 2011 
  4. ^ "The Torturous Path to Immortality", The Herald, 4 October 1997, retrieved 13 August 2011 
  5. ^ "Independence Day", The Sunday Herald, 25 August 2002, retrieved 13 August 2011 
  6. ^ "BBC presenters' cocaine abuse scrutinised on Channel 4", The Scotsman, 23 July 2003, retrieved 20 February 2011 
  7. ^ "Scottish independent to produce TV special on official censorship", Sunday Herald, 23 January 2005, retrieved 20 February 2011 
  8. ^ "Digital film-makers hope for animated response", The Scotsman, 11 November 2001, retrieved 20 February 2011 
  9. ^ "The King of the Baftas", Evening Times, 19 November 2007, retrieved 3 February 2011 
  10. ^ "Last King of Scotland and Rebus shine at BAFTA Awards", Scottish Screen, 19 November 2007, retrieved 20 February 2011 
  11. ^ Channel 4 launches new hour-long shorts strand The Shooting Gallery, Channel 4, 7 March 2012, retrieved 27 May 2015 
  12. ^ "The Neglected: David Gillander's heartbreaking film on the street children of Ukraine", Dangerous Minds, 14 March 2012, retrieved 27 May 2015 

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