Gritty Talent


Who We Are

We are an ‘angel agency’ - the first of its kind. Gritty Talent is creating the superhighway for top talent to get connected into the TV, media and wider creative industry

Our Mission

Gritty Talent aims to bridge the gap that currently exists in the UK media industry between people from under-represented backgrounds with huge potential, and the decision makers responsible for commissioning and producing content that represents the whole of society.

Our Values

We are values driven. Inclusion, creativity, clear communication and integrity are at the heart of everything we do. Agents don’t always have a great reputation. We are changing the game - we want you to love working with us.


A fresh approach to discovering talent in the digital age.

The Story So Far

Gritty Talent draws on the experience of two dynamic ex-BBC production gurus who know how to spot rising stars, and have the contacts and knowledge to connect up the best new talent with decision makers in the creative ecosystem.

After decades working with presenters, contributors and commissioners in network TV and on online platforms, our founder Mel Rodrigues decided to combine her knowledge of the creative industries with her passion for nurturing new and less heard voices. The result is Gritty Talent – a fresh approach to connecting up the best emerging talent with opportunities across all media platforms. 

Head of Talent Clare Crossley is a powerhouse of the production world, having managed a huge range of television, live events and graphic design projects. Having worked on some of the BBC Natural History Unit’s best love nature films, as well as with some of the biggest names in the business, she’s Gritty Talent’s eyes and ears!

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Our Core Values


We make decisions with integrity and respect for the world around us and the people we work with.

Radically Inclusive

We want to create connections and opportunities for all types of people.

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Positively Disruptive

We are doing things differently and are committed to creating change for the better in the TV and wider creative ecology.


We love making connections and exploring new ideas. That’s why everyone gets a free one to one with our Creative Director before any paperwork is signed. Come and say hi!