EXECUTIVE PRODUCER ITN PRODUCTIONS
“JOSH DID A GREAT JOB AS A SHOOTING PRODUCER/DIRECTOR FOR ME ON A COMPLEX SERIES WHERE THE DEMANDS OF THE SHOOT MEANT HE HAD TO ACT QUICKLY ON HIS FEET DUE TO CHANGING CIRCUMSTANCES. HE DISCOVERED FASCINATING STORIES AND CAME AWAY WITH GREAT SHOTS AND INTERVIEWS. JOSH ALSO WORKS REALLY WELL WITH TALENT – GETTING THE BEST OUT OF UNTESTED PRESENTERS DESPITE ONLY HAVING A SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME TO BUILD RAPPORT.”
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER BBC
"WELCOME TO THE MOSQUE WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN THE EXCELLENT FILM IT WAS WITHOUT JOSHUA. HE WAS ABLE TO HELP NEGOTIATE ACCESS IN DIFFICULT SITUATIONS. I FOUND HIM TO BE A SAFE PAIR OF HANDS WHO I COULD TRUST. AFTER OUR EXPERIENCE ON THIS FILM I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO WORKING WITH HIM AGAIN IN THE FUTURE"
FOREIGN AFFAIRS CORRESPONDENT CHANNEL 4
"HE IS A JOURNALIST AND FILMMAKER WHO BRINGS FRESH EYES TO THIS CONFLICT, HE HAS NOT BEEN AFRAID TO WADE INTO SOMETHING SO INTRACTABLE AS THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT AND TO THAT I SALUTE JOSHUA."
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
"IT WAS A PRIVILEGE WORKING WITH JOSHUA RECENTLY OUT IN IRAQ. I FELT VERY FORTUNATE TO HAVE A COLLEAGUE WHO'S NOT ONLY SO SWITCHED ON, EXPERIENCED AND KNOWLEDGEABLE BUT ALSO INCREDIBLY SUPPORTIVE, A GREAT LISTENER YET FULL OF IDEAS. JOSH BRINGS THE BEST OUT IN PEOPLE. HIS CONCERN FOR THE WELLBEING AND SAFETY OF HIS COLLEAGUES IS VERY APPARENT. COMBINE THAT WITH HIS FIRST AID SKILLS AND WE WERE IN GOOD HANDS. I COULDN'T REALLY HAVE ASKED FOR A BETTER WORK/TRAVEL COMPANION"
DIRECTOR OF BRAND AND DEVELOPMENT PRODUCER
"JOSHUA’S PROPULSION TOWARDS ACTIVITY, HIS PASSION AND DEDICATION TO THE STORY ABOVE ANYTHING ELSE, AND HIS DESIRE TO LEARN, IS EVIDENT IN THE VAST BREADTH OF EXPERIENCE HE HAS ACCUMULATED IN A DISARMINGLY SHORT CAREER. FROM THE UNFORGIVING PRACTICALITY OF PRODUCTION, TO STRAIGHT-UP NEWS JOURNALISM. HE CREATES BEAUTIFUL AND INSIGHTFUL WORK.
Joshua is a documentary filmmaker and a journalist. He prides himself on creating compelling human stories that are combined with strong journalistic grounding. These films often involve specialist access. He recently won a One World Media award and has just recieved 2 Emmy nominations. Alongside this, his work has been listed for 3 Grierson awards, A One World Media Best Television Documentary, Best Feature Documentary, Refugee Reporting Award, Best New Voice and a Frontline Award.
He has a multi skill-set, being able to produce, direct and shoot - his filming has featured in British Cinematographer Magazine - and as a journalist, he has investigated stories that have featured on the covers of national newspapers. His work has aired with major broadcasters in the UK, US and globally. He has a proven track record of working with vulnerable contributors and protecting highly sensitive sources.
He is currently working on a 2 year long investigation for the BBC and Frontline PBS. A small segment can be seen here on PBS News Hour.
Before that he made Stacey Dooley, Face to Face with ISIS (CLICK) that was the highest rated documentary on BBC IPlayer when it was released and one of the most popular shows overall on the BBC online. Prior to that he made Africa's Billion Pound Migrant Trail (CLICK) with Ben Zand. Almost two million people watched on the first broadcast, it has since then been shown around the world. Early in 2017, he was an Investigative Producer on two fast turn-around films for BBC 1, following the terror attacks in Manchester and London. He was one of the first journalists to get intermit testimony from one of the friends of the Manchester bomber. He also completed a short film on life after ISIS in Mosul for the BBC and The Battle For Mosul (UK LINK) (US title, Battle for Iraq (LINK) for Frontline PBS and The Guardian. During filming Joshua narrowly survived an ISIS truck bomb (LINK).
He has guest lectured at Cambridge University on the future of ISIS and been a key contributor to a report on the impact of warfare on civilians for the The International Committee Of The Red Cross (LINK).
He has completed a series on refugees with ITN Productions for MSNNBC where he was the Shooting PD for 1x60 4x30 and 16x 3-5 min films. He was the Shooting PD on Lily Allan in the Calais jungle for the BBC, a film that generated substantial debate around child refugees. He broke the global story of the death of Kadiza Sultana, the girl from Bethnal Green who joined ISIS, and her families attempted rescue plan, having been the only filmmaker the family would trust to document the situation from the inside. ITV News put him forward for a Foreign Press Award. He has also worked with BBC News and with Catrin Nye for the Victoria Derbyshire program.
He made Welcome To The Mosque with Robb Leech that was nominated for an RTS.
His first film The Process, on the Middle East Peace Process, was nominated for The One World Media best Film.
He began in print, working for The Times and in less than 18 months went from being a desk researcher to Foreign News Night editor, being solely in charge of the foreign section second edition (the largest edition) of the paper. He also had two front page stories with the paper. This gave him a solid journalistic foundation. Some of his online work is here.
He has worked with many NGO's in Humanitarian Emergencies to gather stories or document testimonies in challenging circumstances. He has also shot or directed commercials.
Cameras & Editing
Joshua has an advanced understanding of many camera systems, most commonly shooting on the C300 M2 with Primes. He also edits.
Countries/Territories worked in
The UK, US, Iraq, Syria, Gaza, The West Bank, Israel, Lebanon, Libya, Turkey, Bosnia, The Ivory Coast, Tanzania, Uganda, Niger, Nigeria, Serbia, Macedonia, Greece, France, Guatemala.
He understands the difference between risk and recklessness and has established a track record of thorough security planning and gaining acceptance from relevant communities and contributors on the ground. He has worked in many high-risk areas including in frontline combat, requiring him to mitigate, plan and react to a variety of risks, such as kidnap, life-threatening injuries, unexploded ordinance and many others. Most importantly, he has experience of when things don't quite work out, and the situation dictates that you must adapt.
Hostile Environment/Security Training
- Hostile Environment - AKE - 5-day course
- Hostile Environment -1st Option - 3-day refresher
- OSCE Unexploded Ordinance Training
- Several first aid courses including first aid for hostile environments, with practical experience of administering first aid in life-threatening circumstances.
- Ethical Hacking
- He has also been a trainer on hostile environment courses, lecturing on surviving a terror attack and practical preparation for conflict as well as taking part in K and R training.
BBC JOURNALIST AND NEWS ANCHOR
"JOSHUA BAKER IS AN OUTSTANDING JOURNALIST AND FILMMAKER WHO THROUGH HIS FILMS AND WRITING IS HAVING AN IMPACT ACROSS A NUMBER OF AREAS RELATING TO GLOBAL ISSUES, THE DEVELOPING WORLD, AND CONFLICT REPORTING. HE IS ONE OF A NEW GENERATION OF JOURNALISTS WHO ARE USING MULTIPLE MEDIA TO TELL STORIES TO GREAT EFFECT AND REACH. HE IS CERTAINLY A NAME TO WATCH AND I CANNOT RECOMMEND HIM HIGHLY ENOUGH"