Aneekha Mahal

Holly Allen


What’s your role at MultiStory?

I’m a Production Coordinator.


What made you want to get into TV and how did you make that a reality?  

I have always been a fan of TV since I was young, so I have always wanted to work in the industry. I took Media Studies at school and then studied Media and Communications at University. I was lucky to get onto a work experience scheme with ITV and learnt about all the different departments in Television. I carried on applying for placements at places such as Sky News and local production companies throughout school and university. Creative Access is an amazing organisation that always advertises opportunities in creative industries, it was through themselves that got me my first TV Credit as a Production Secretary on ‘Peston’ with MultiStory.


What’s the biggest hurdle you’ve had to overcome to get to where you are?  

I think getting my first opportunity in TV was the first big hurdle I’ve had to overcome. I learnt from the beginning that it was very important to try to gain as much experience in the industry as possible. I know this can be very hard, especially when you don’t know anyone in the industry but I kept a lookout for any opportunities and sent hundreds of applications. I’ve also learnt people love talking about what they do and it never hurts to contact people who are in roles that you’re interested in for advice.


What has been the highlight of your career so far?  

There have been so many highlights of my career so far that it’s hard to choose one! Last year working on the ‘Pride of Britain Awards’ was definitely high up on my list. To work on a show that celebrates the achievements of remarkable people was an amazing experience to be a part of. Also, dancing in the background on Live TV with the crew to Big Zuu rapping in the kitchen on ‘The Big Breakfast’ is something I won’t forget.


What was your biggest “pinch me’ moment?  

I have had so many “pinch me” moments whilst working in TV. Filming with David Beckham in a Pie and Mash restaurant and getting a photo with Anthony Joshua have to be on the list!

Also getting my first ever TV credit was a huge “pinch me” moment because I have always wanted to work in TV/Film and would read the credits at the end to see all the different roles.


Are there any big learning curves or disaster moments you can look back and laugh about now? 

I’ve learnt it’s very important to stay calm and flexible in all situations, even though it sometimes can be difficult to! TV is unpredictable and you have to be ready for anything that could be thrown at you. There have been moments where you think the worst thing that could ever happen, happens but then a day later you’re laughing at the situation.


What are your favourite TV shows?  

I’m a TV addict so this is a hard question for me to answer! Succession, The Last of Us and Euphoria have definitely been some of my favourites in the last few years but I always go back to ‘feel goods’ like Gilmore Girls and Friends.

Also of course, Come Dine With Me and Peston!