Derek is a 29 year old TV Presenter, Actor and Composer. Originally born in Scotland, he has lived in London for 11 years, gaining both Honours and Masters degrees in music. As a presenter, Derek has worked in the industry since 2003 and could almost be described as a daily fixture on national television, with well over 15,000 hours live television presentation experience to his name.
From appearing as weatherman 'Joe Randall' in the BBC 2 comedy series Broken News, to working as a quiz and gameshow host on terrestrial channels FIVE and STV (ITV 1 Scotland) for Supercasino, Quizcall, The Great Big Quiz and STV Casino Derek has had a wide range of experience, and even has an encyclopedic knowledge of jewellery, which he puts to use presenting on Freeview channel Five USA, CNN and Fiver's The Jewellery Channel.
Having worked alongside Gloria Hunniford, Anthony Worrall Thompson and Linda Barker and appeared in the publications OK! Magazine, Daily Express and Daily Star as an anchor presenter for Richard Desmond's Daily Express TV venture, Derek also fronted the International Emmy Award winning internet project We-Dig.TV; a revolutionary site which gives players at home the chance to participate and interact in Deal or No Deal, Who Wants to be a Millionaire, Blockbuster and other top game-shows, interacting with footage of the original hosts!
Live presentation is another string to his bow, fronting the original 2010 Miss Great Britain London heat at West End nightclub “MAYA”.
It isn't just presenting and acting that are Derek's love however, he is also an accomplished composer having written music for many UK and international television projects. Derek's company, Derek Gibbons New Media, has composed music for programming on Five, Five USA, Fiver, CNN, Zee V India, UTV Ireland and more. As an accomplished pianist and producer from his own studio, Derek has written across a vast range of genres and also works as a professional audiovisual editor from his well equipped studio.
“Derek’s music combines originality with consistently high quality. He is fast, has a great understanding of the project and is extremely user friendly!”
Michael Leggo, Director of Television for Net Play TV and Former Head of BBC Television Light Entertainment
“Derek consistently provides music that is on the money! His understanding of a client’s needs, fast turnaround and innovative diverse style of producing never misses the mark. He has an intuitive way of knowing what you want before you do; as soon as you hear his tracks you know THAT’s what you were after.”
Rebecca Hughes, Development Producer Five, Five Life, Five US (UK terrestrial and digital TV channels)
“We, The Jewellery Channel, have been impressed with the level of service and the results of The Jewellery Channel’s international music. Derek has completely helped to create our on-air feel, adding both pace and drama to our exciting channels.
We would definitely recommend Derek and look forward to working with him on any future global projects as we found him to be friendly, fast and efficient”
Pardip Ram, Head of International Broadcasting - The Jewellery Channel (U.K., U.S. and German Shopping Channel Network)
"Derek's relationship with Ostrich Media goes back years, and he has worked with us on terrestrial TV projects in the UK and internationally. Derek is talented, innovative and is always amenable to his client's requests. Without exception his music fits the brief, and is delivered promptly.
I would have no hesitation in recommending him to any company."
John Furlong, Head of Programming, Ostrich Media Ltd.
"WOW.... just received some of the DVD's and they look fantastic.... love the layout and function.
Beautiful presentation of artwork and love the way there is a little 'movement' in the stills of the slideshow when the DVD first opens.
:-) Thanks again -
Thank you, Thank you...... "
Britta Pollard, Southern Palms Holiday Resorts (DVD Video and DVD-Rom kiosk presentation designed by Derek Gibbons for Southern Palms and Exposure4)
In my spare time I like to play football, tennis, and go to the cinema with my girl friend and friends. I love travelling and spending time cooking for my girlfriend!
As a car enthusiast, with a full clean driving licence, I spend a great deal of my free time keeping up to date with the latest vehicles from F1 to hot-hatch and, before moving to London, caught some of the TOCA touring car races which were held near my hometown of Dunfermline at Knockhill racing circuit.
In particular. I enjoy writing music and experimenting with sound in my home studio, audio post-production (ADR, music and effects) for film and newmedia, practising and performing on the violin and piano, mixing and producing a student rock band, watching operas at the Coliseum and Royal Opera House and listening to / performing live music from romantic classical to metal. I have performed with the Kingston University chamber choir and chorus and have written and performed music for University Drama Productions from 1999 to the present. I was part of the audio engineering team which set up a pilot radio station at Kingston University in 1999,