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

Miles Davis - King of Social Music, Miles Ahead, Using Social Platforms to Fund Biopic

(0) Comments | Posted 31 March 2016 | (17:34)

This week I was invited to an early, special-screening of the new Miles Davis biopic Miles Ahead, and came away feeling inspired by this film that focused not on his life, legacy or chronological narrative, but the story of just two crazy days in his life. It's everything we like...

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Sir Lenny Henry and Michaela Coel Win Big at Royal Television Society Awards 2016

(1) Comments | Posted 24 March 2016 | (14:56)

All Photos copyright- Paul Hampartsoumian / RTS.

The great and the good from this years British TV industry, were out in force this week to recognize great...

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Screen Nation Awards 2016 Keeps The 'D' In 'Drama' Diverse

(0) Comments | Posted 21 March 2016 | (19:07)

The 11th Screen Nation Film and Television Awards 2016 took place at the Hilton London Metropole hotel this week. The awards - popularly known as 'the Black Bafta's - was set up over a decade ago, to celebrate diversity and reward excellence, by a man named Charles Thompson MBE, who...

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#GirlsIRate Champion Girl-Power For Women In Creative Industries

(0) Comments | Posted 17 March 2016 | (09:35)

This month hasn't just been one day of International Women's Day activity; there have been events every single day. In the same way that October in the UK is Black History Month, (as if black history weren't a part of the wider UK and world history 24-7), we have to...

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WE Day UK - Stars Join Students To Make the World A Better Place.

(0) Comments | Posted 10 March 2016 | (15:41)

This week Rita Ora, Princess Beatrice, Clive Owen, Laura Whitmore, Labrinth, Professor Brian Cox, Holly Branson and many more led 12,000 British school children towards embracing and fighting for a brighter, fulfilling future at the annual WE Day UK event at Wembley Arena.

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Ten Reasons Muhammad Ali Puts Today's Boxers In The Shade.

(0) Comments | Posted 3 March 2016 | (16:29)

This week a new exhibition ''I AM THE GREATEST. MUHAMMAD ALI'', detailing the extraordinary life so far of the great man, opens at Brooklyn Bowl at London's O2, and it's a must see for both boxing fans and fans of greatness.

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On The Eve Of The Brits, Key Grime Music Names Speak

(0) Comments | Posted 22 February 2016 | (16:20)

Like numerous past years, this years Brits have come in for a bit of a backlash by musicians and music fans that aren't happy with the nominations.

Every year music stars like Noel Gallagher, Calvin Harris and their peers find a reason to slag the Brits off.

This year however,...

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All The World's A Stage But Theatre Mirrors Its Diversity Best

(0) Comments | Posted 10 February 2016 | (14:02)

Everywhere I turn there are headlines and social media viral videos about race. Seminars and panels about race. Outrage about race. Debate about race. Riots and protests about race.

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, onstage. Photo by Johan Persson courtesy of the National...

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#Sampled at Sadlers Wells. A Diverse Spectacle of the Dance World Buffet

(0) Comments | Posted 1 February 2016 | (14:22)

Like so many little girls I was sent to weekend and evening dance classes. Not cos my middle class parents thought it was the norm, but because as the 10-year-old latch-key, only-child of divorced parents, my mum needed to keep me occupied and out of trouble after school.

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Magician Dynamo's UK Marathon - Pulling Magic Into The Modern Mainstream.

(0) Comments | Posted 7 January 2016 | (15:22)

About a decade ago, as I was hop, step and leaping from one over-the-top hip-hop party to another, a young man popped up on the scene, backstage at rappers shows, at urban music parties and events all across London and further afield at the MTV Awards and more.


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Diverse,(BLACK!), Young TV Creatives Do Exist, We Just Have to Shine a Light on Them!

(0) Comments | Posted 9 December 2015 | (12:53)



There's always a lot of talk about the lack of diversity in UK media. In the two decades I've been in the industry, there are waves of rising voices annually that lament the make up...

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

(0) Comments | Posted 18 November 2015 | (12:43)

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 | (16:16)

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 | (13:37)

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 | (17:36)

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 | (17:45)

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 | (14:14)

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 | (17:04)

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 | (13:25)

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 | (16:32)

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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