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As an award-winning media professional, Torfinnur Jákupsson has refined his skills in a variety of industry roles over the past few years. With a solid background in writing, film, television and music production, and in creating as well as managing engaging content for a wide range of sectors and clients across a variety of networks and platforms, Torfinnur has a natural knack for all things creative and thinking outside the box. In recent years, as a sole trader, Torfinnur has specialized in video and digital strategy for the online environment.
2011 MA (Hons) (1st with Distinction) : Audio Production
Received The John Leckie Award for Innovation
University of Westminster
2010 BFA (Hons) (1st) : Media Production
Dual British and American Degree
American InterContinental University – London
London South Bank University
Recent employment and work experience
2012-present Owner and managing director of JÁKUPSSON, currently in development of a new TV series as well as launching a new online music video channel and a new website for eclectic Faroese record label TUTL Records. Over the past few years, JÁKUPSSON has produced a variety of written features, teasers, interviews, adverts, music videos, documentaries and short films. JÁKUPSSON offers cost-effective top-quality production and consulting services with work featured on major television networks in the US and Canada - amongst others NBC, ABC, TNT, AMC, CNN, MSNBC, Discovery, Food Network, Lifetime, HGTV and WE - across all the major online networks, as well as on MTV, VH1, Fuse, Palladia and other European music channels.
2012-2014 Head of Video at IBTIMES. Successful in implementing a more efficient, flexible and effective workflow across the network (whose UK site alone draws in over 7 million visitors a month), increasing the editorial output, strengthening the social and brand identity and improving upon the quality of productions (counting around 75 a week) whilst reducing costs. In charge of a talented team of full-time staff and freelancers,
delivering new programming and outlining new content and digital strategies for further business development. Received Commendation at the Online Media Awards 2013 for Best Video Journalism as runner-up to the BBC.
2010-2012 Audio-visual freelancer for Island Records, Global and 24-7 Productions, working as consultant, editor, grader and sound designer on a variety of projects, sold to major media outlets.
2008 Organizer at the TransAtlantic Climate Conference, in charge of speaker presentations, official website, editing and uploading of video clips for online broadcasting of the event. Keynote speaker was former American Vice-President, Mr. Al Gore.
2006-2008 Freelance investigative correspondent. Researched and wrote special reports for various national newspaper and business titles in addition to reviews and general news.
2010-2011 Course representative at University of Westminster, helping to enforce change through feedback from postgraduate students to committee meetings with heads of school, course leaders and lecturers.
2002-present Musician and manager of own work, whilst collaborating with a number of awardwinning international artists.
1998-2007 Volunteer for Tónleikasamtakið Grót and the G! Festival, helping organize, perform and promote countless concerts and other music-related events, which have played a valuable part in forming the modern Faroese music scene. The G! Festival has regularly featured in international outlets, such as The Guardian and BBC, hailed as one of the go-to festivals in Europe.
Awards and achievements
- Commendation for Best Video Journalism, 2013 | The Online Media Awards
- The John Leckie Award for Innovation, 2011 | University of Westminster
Media production skills
Highly experienced in the audio-visual field in a broad range of industry roles, including:
- Writer, producer, director, editor, grader, sound designer, composer, consultant, supervisor Associations
- BECTU, the UK’s media and entertainment trade union
Highly IT-literate in both Windows and MAC systems.
- Text-based programs: MS Office, iWork and countless more.
- Audio, video and graphic design programs: Adobe Creative Suite (Premiere Pro etc.), Final Cut Studio, Pro Tools, Logic Studio, Nuendo and many others.
Fluent in Faroese (native tongue), Danish (second language) and English (have lived in London for ten years).
Good understanding of Norwegian, Swedish and Icelandic (aka Nordic) and basic understanding of German.
All things creative – music, films, television, photography, literature and writing, science, philosophy, history,
the culinary arts and foreign culture, sports, comedy and plenty more.
References are available upon request.