Jasmine Dotiwala
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Jasmine Dotiwala is a Produce/director/broadcaster/ columnist with acclaim in the media for breaking new, young ,British talent and making fresh, ground breaking edgy TV programming with A List showbiz celebrities.

A professional, multi faceted TV producer, director, broadcaster and columnist who has delivered solid results, and innovative diverse TV & media that is strategically devised to entertain, promote and grow brand integrity. A highly experienced, driven, dynamic leader, with the ability to lead a highly effective team and create internationally top rating TV content to tight deadlines and within strict budgets. Outstanding industry contacts and access to acts, media platforms and PR. Excellent presentation & communicationskills.

Jasmine started at Channel 4 as a floor assistant on THE BIG BREAKFAST, then as a presenter on nineties youth cult show THE WORD, before becoming an MTV NEWSpresenter for MTV EUROPE. Jasmine continued to be the woman in front of thecamera as well as behind, and became Senior Producer-Director for many of MTV International’s flagship TV shows from MAKING THE VIDEO, MTV CRIBS & DIARY OF ‘’ and MTV NEWS SPECIALS. In 2000 jasmine became the Senior Series Producer/ Director of MTV NEWS & SPECIALS where she hosted, produced and directed MTV’s flagship shows MTV NEWS (Madonna/ Spice Girls/ Radiohead, U2 etc), MTV CRIBS (Dolce & Gabanna / Richard Branson/ Craig David) , DIARY OF.....(Jay Z, Mariah, Eminem, 50 Cent), & MAKING THE VIDEO (Usher, Busta Rhymes, Sean Paul, P Diddy, Estelle). In 2006 as MTV’s urban music specialist and HEAD OF MTV BASE, Jasmine concentrated on giving everyone from Destiny’s Child, Jay Z, 50 Cent and Eminem the Jasmine treatment for her interview features and when she is not sharing Mariah Carey’s jet for one of her video diaries she busies herself producing more specialized shows on artists. Her ‘’Essential Mariah Carey’’ and ‘’Essential Eminem ’’ shows rated number one all over Europe and her ‘’Essential Dr Dre’’ premiered at number one on MTV’s hip hop channel -MTV Base.!.

More recently Jasmines ‘, A Night with Justin Timberlake Live’’, Jay Z Tour Diary and Shady Family Invade Europe and Ushers Making of the Video ‘’Yeah’’ provided MTV UK with their highest ratings in 4 years! Whilst her ’ Making the Video; Mariah Carey (October 2005), was the highest rating making of the video on any MTV channels worldwide in 2005! More recently Jasmines ‘’Diary of Jay Z-The Global Express Tour’’ aired on 40 MTV channels worldwide.

After 10 years at MTV INTERNATIONAL Jasmine was asked to head up MTV BASE production where she brought in new presenters, new urban comedy programming, specialist music slots as well as an aggressive, positive energy championing young, UKurban musicians. As HEAD OF MTV BASE production over seeing the UK’s biggest urban music TV channel and developing new shows, faces and concepts for thebiggest music brand in the world, Jasmine was known for bringing in ground breaking changes.

Under her leadership MTV BASE brought in new, fresh presenters to the channel, developed 6 new programming strands in the first year, developed strong media partnerships within the UK and raised ratings, respect and awareness of MTVBASE within the public sector. In 2009 Jasmine left MTV NETWORKS INTERNATIONAL after 13 years to return to Channel 4 Music Specials where her first project was the T4-A MARIAH SPECIAL and other similar music, youth, entertainment TV projects for Channel 4 including THE WORD 20 Year Anniversary Special.

In 2010 Jasmine was asked by ITV to produce and direct their new music strand ONE NIGHT STAND which included Ne Yo, Scissor Sisters and Pixie Lott. In 2011 Jasmine moved across to the BBC where she started at the BBC Children’s Development team and then with the BBC MUSIC department working on new youth music content.

Currently Jasmine is HEAD NEWS EDITOR of the new LONDON 360 NEWS TV MAGAZINE SHOW at the Media Trust. (Corporate partners BBC, ITV, C4, C5, SKY, MTV). The first TV show of its kind that regularly, unashamedly champions the stories big and small, focusing of celebs and real people, unearthing and informing on hidden and secret London in the UK’s capital city.

Jasmine has also been a print columnist for many years writing for a variety of publications including THE VOICE, Vibe magazine, Touch magazine, the Daily Mail and Caribbean fashion glossy OCEAN STYLE. Jasmine wrote a long standing ‘’Girl Talk’’ column for urban music magazines ‘Touch’ and ‘Tense’ which received phenomenal public focus, as well as one off columns in international urban magazine Vibe. Jasmine was also a regular contributor to another ethnic women’s page for ‘’Eastern Eye ‘’ newspaper as well as hosting a drive time radio slot aptly titled ‘ Jasmines Juice’ once a week on urban music station ‘Choice FM-96.9FM’.

She is also an active member of the IVY CLUB, MOBO INDUSTRY PANEL, THE CULTURAL TV DIVERSITY NETWORK, MTV Europe Diversity Council and is involved in a number of charities including the African Caribbean Leukemia Trust. Read Jasmines weekly column in THE VOICE Newspaper and hear her regularly on the radio where she contributes and banters about life, media, music and youth issues. (BBC RADIO1Xtra/ BBC Radio London/ CHOICEFM).

Entries by Jasmine Dotiwala

Grime Music's Time For International Takeover - All Hail Top Boy Skepta!

(0) Comments | Posted 18 November 2015 | (13:43)

Grime act Skepta onstage on his American tour. PHOTO COURTESY- NOISEY.

The UK genre of Grime music has quietly been doing its own thing, minding its own business, not killing itself to make nice and play ball with the usual music gate-keepers,...

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Craig David - The Comback King With Quotables, Control, Context and Clout.

(0) Comments | Posted 13 November 2015 | (17:16)

In 2000 I heard about a young Southampton lad called Craig David as he had contributed to a song for my then boyfriends group - Damage. Craig had won a competition to record the B Side (remember those kids?), to their single - the Eric Clapton hit cover ''wonderful tonight''....

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7 Reasons Why Star Trek With London Philharmonic Orchestra at Royal Albert Hall Was Out of This World!

(0) Comments | Posted 5 November 2015 | (14:37)

In the late seventies, as a kid, I recall my mother and aunts excitedly gathered around the television. As I pushed my way through the spirited bodies towards the bulky boxed TV, I was confused as I noted the show playing was Star Trek, and my mum wasn't exactly what...

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All About The Bants: Part of a New Raft of Edgy, Young, British, Comedy Talent

(0) Comments | Posted 2 November 2015 | (18:36)

ITV2 is airing a raft of comedy shows this month, featuring new talent on and off screen. BAME workers in the TV industry in the UK all know, how difficult its been over the past couple of decades, to get any diverse programming content supported by British mainstream TV...

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Is Hip Hop And Its Fashion Dangerous? Influenced The World? 'Fresh Dressed' Reveals All!

(0) Comments | Posted 20 October 2015 | (18:45)

Fresh Dressed is the fascinating movie chronicle of hip-hop, urban fashion, and the hustle that brought oversized pants and graffiti-drenched jackets from the New York discount markets to high fashion's catwalks and shopping malls all around the world. Its out in UK cinemas from October 30th 2015.

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Whitebait - The Underrated Star of the RNLI Fish Supper.

(0) Comments | Posted 15 October 2015 | (15:14)

I love discovering London's hidden history and traditions, and so was delighted this fortnight, to be invited to an evening that celebrated this.

Mark Hix delivers a whitebait supper for the Tower RNLI on the Thames.
(All photos courtesy RNLI)

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Sound for Sight Leaves Music Fans in the Dark

(0) Comments | Posted 9 October 2015 | (18:04)

I've never been one of those kinky girls that likes to be blind folded for fun, but last night I popped on an eye mask in public for a very important cause.

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MOBO Season To Highlight Black People Are More Than Just Music!

(0) Comments | Posted 2 October 2015 | (14:25)

It's been a strange week for stories in the press dominated by race issues.

Firstly the debate about whether Jamaicans are owed both an apology and reparations for slavery by the UK, then the protest about allegedly racist nightclub DSTRKT, in London's west end, where four black women weren't let...

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How One TV Drama Series Is Fighting the HIV Aids Taboo

(1) Comments | Posted 22 September 2015 | (17:32)

MTV Shuga is a sizzling sex and relationships drama and multimedia campaign for young audiences, which aims to raise awareness of HIV and Aids globally, and this fortnight I attended the premiere of season 4 of this ground breaking TV brand.

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BBC Newsnight on NWA's 'Straight Outta Compton'

(2) Comments | Posted 19 August 2015 | (17:24)

Last Friday at 5pm, I got a call from a producer at Newsnight, who wanted to know if I'd be interested in coming on that same night to talk about the legacy of NWA, as their biopic Straight Outta Compton is released here this coming week.

He seemed like...

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A Grime Symphony at Royal Albert Hall- Great Grime Goes Global!

(0) Comments | Posted 13 August 2015 | (23:03)

How grime affected the planet. #GrimeSymphony #APersonalMemory

Much has been made about the idea that this really looks to be the year remembered for grime music going global.

My first recollections of the grime scene are around 18 years ago, in 1997, when acts like Wiley used to jump...

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Bend It Like Beckham Musical Star Preeya Kalidas Talks Culture, Community and Career

(0) Comments | Posted 31 July 2015 | (13:12)

So Bend it like Beckham is the feel-good new modern British musical which has been doing really well in London's West end this past few weeks, with its now familiar story of a two sisters (Jess and Pinky), living in a family in Southall Broadway, the buzzing hubbub of Asian...

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Drum 'n' Bass Legend Goldie Speaks After 'Timeless' Gig

(0) Comments | Posted 28 July 2015 | (15:38)

I've known Clifford Joseph Price, aka Goldie, since the eighties, when one of my best friends used to date him. It was around the time that he was selling gold teeth in the UK and USA, and generally hustling hard.


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The Return Of Jill Scott - Empowered, Enlightened Woman!

(0) Comments | Posted 20 July 2015 | (19:10)

JILL SCOTT ''Woman'' album review.

Jill Scott's 5th studio album is an empowering ode to women titled WOMAN.
Artwork, courtesy Atlantic Records.

This week see's the release of Grammy award-winner Jill Scott's 5th studio album Woman, and luckily,...

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Legendary Comedian Dave Chappelle's Juke Joint Hits London!

(0) Comments | Posted 14 July 2015 | (13:29)

Legendary American comedian Dave Chappelle's had a rollercoaster of an infamous career journey thus far, and continues to push boundaries.

AFTER THE SHOW IT'S THE AFTERPARTY - Dave Chappelle, De La Soul,musician Fred Yonnet and the crowd at...

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VOILA! - 10 Things You Need To Know About Cannes

(0) Comments | Posted 3 July 2015 | (18:58)

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I needed a short trip away, with lots of hot sunshine, sea, sand, and fabulosity. Searching the usual travel sites I finally settled on Cannes. I've only ever frequently Cannes for MTV Movie work so usually fly in,...

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Are You Taking Your Fun, Safety and Security For Granted?

(1) Comments | Posted 26 June 2015 | (13:33)

You were once a child and may have children now. We all had a childhood. Usually filled with learning, playing, making friends and having fun.


Not everyone is as fortunate. Do you know that thousands of mothers and...

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Polo, Is It for Everyone? Apparently So.

(0) Comments | Posted 25 June 2015 | (14:59)

So, we're slap bang in the middle of music festival and summer sports season, where the place where your bank balance sits financially, and where you are on the social class system, may dictate where you end up.


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For Style, Classic One-Liners and Sheer Legend, 'Breakfast At Tiffany's' Wears the Crown

(0) Comments | Posted 19 June 2015 | (10:31)

Whole industries and commercial ventures have been based on the 1961 romantic comedy Breakfast at Tiffany's. From posters, to copycat film promos, to T shirt slogans and even a hit music record, (The lines of dialog "How do I look?" "Very good. I must say, I'm amazed" and "I am...

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Tobago; A Tranquil, Idyllic Utopia

(0) Comments | Posted 5 June 2015 | (18:24)

My work in the music and media industry often takes me to far-flung places and amongst those locations the Caribbean has seen me visit many of its islands; including Jamaica, Trinidad, Barbados, the BVI Islands and more.

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