Tony Humphreys

MD of Talent Television


Tony Humphreys read Drama at the University of Exeter. After graduating in 1979 ran a touring theatre company, acting in, producing and directing a variety of theatre and theatre-in-education productions. In 1986, joined Hightimes Productions and Humphrey Barclay Productions and worked on the long running situation comedy series, ‘Me and My Girl’, ITV, ‘Desmond’s’, Channel Four and ‘ Surgical Spirit’ ITV. In 1997 he joined Talent Television, becoming its Managing Director in 1999 and overseeing all of the company’s innovative productions including ‘The Villa’, Sky One, ‘TV Scrabble’, Challenge? and reality kid’s format ‘Best of Friends’, BBC. He was also responsible for bringing inter-active, multi-platform format ‘Test the Nation’ to the BBC and TV Asahi, Japan, and Executive Produced My Phone Genie for ITV. Recently was a consultant producer for Hunan TV in China and consultant on a new series of ‘The Villa’ in Holland.
Tony is a member of the BAFTA, RTS, International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (i-Emmy) and the EMC (Entertainment Master Class) and is a speaker and judge at major TV Festivals, and university media courses.
In 2011 Tony produced his first feature film “Outside Bet” starring Bob Hoskins and Jenny Agutter (Universal Pictures UK in April 2012). This was followed by his second feature film Peterman starring Joe Cole, Alison Steadman and Phil Davis and Japanese feature film Suicide Love. He is currently working on a number of other feature film projects and developing a slate of new entertainment formats for television with international partners.
In addition to his activities at Talent, Tony is also a theatrical agent for composers and musical directors, Chief Executive of the UK based art charity The Discerning Eye (ING Discerning Eye Exhibition – annually at Mall Galleries), a Director of The People’s Book Prize and Screen Specialist for the Department of International Trade, helping to promote UK companies and UK creative content worldwide. Tony’s participation has been made possible through Speakers for Schools’ partnership with BAFTA.