Our Story

It all began over 20 years ago ...

when Shirley Royal began her career as a full-time video editor at Access Studios with John Queenan at the helm. During her time, she moved into Producing and Directing working on both Corporate and Broadcast productions.

After Access Studios moved their business to Canada, Shirley took the plunge and started Royal Works in the early 2000's, continuing producing and directing for clients such as Unilever, Illovo Sugar, Trellidor and more. In 2015, Shirley was approached to take on Project Managing a large television series, Snakes in the City, for National Geographic Wild with Earth Touch Productions. The 6-part Discovery Channel series was re-commissioned annually, and over the 7 years she was with Earth Touch, invaluable experience was gained in managing large teams and delivering many other wildlife episodes and their accompanying and complex deliverables to channels such as the Smithsonian Institute, National Geographic and more.

Since 2022, Shirley has focussed her attention back fully on Royal Works, and has become highly respected in the corporate and broadcast sectors as a detail-oriented, highly organised, creative team player and has had opportunities to take on roles of AD on set, Line Producing and project managing large scale projects with a particular bent to Post Production Delivery Excellence.


Meet Shirley

Shirley Royal is a veteran in the media industry, having in-depth and many years' hand-on experience in every facet of the industry.

This experience ensures that Shirley is able to manage complex and simple projects with ease. She understands the challenges that each team might encounter during any project - and with her tried and tested workflows and templates she focusses on bringing peace of mind to the crew and client simultaneously knowing that their project is in safe hands right up to final delivery.

Broadcast post-production

Much of Royal Works' focus in recent years has been in the broadcast arena, where Shirley's fine-tuned skills as a Project Manager has ensured service excellence and high quality Production Management and deliveries for international channels such as National Geographic, the Smithsonian TV channel, ORF and more.

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Shirley has had many years' experience on complex international television productions, involving organising large crew and cast - and ensuring all permits, travel arrangements, location scouting, gear checks, schedules and call sheets are completed timeously and seamlessly.

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Production Management

Shirley has been intrinsically involved in Broadcast Production Management since 2015. Her ability to operate as both Line Producer and PM whilst remaining calm with multiple production teams on tight deadlines has ensured that projects run within budget and deadlines every time.

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Post-Production Management

Delivering complex and multi-faceted projects to international TV channels is where Royal Works shines. From liaison with the channels, to detailed schedules, excellent team management skills (remotely or in office), budget adherence, detailed legal binders and top notch delivery of all assets - nothing is too much of a challenge or goes unchecked.

Commercial post-production

Corporate work is where Royal Works began, and still remains a cornerstone of the work produced. Either dealing directly with commercial clients, or through a production company or an advertising agency - professionalism, excellence and collaboration are key to ensuring the best results.

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Royal Works understands that the attention given to the Pre-Prod processes directly equates to the seamless operation of the rest of the project. Her experience in creating and adhering to complicated budgets, creating detailed schedules, location scouting, casting, call sheets, crew selection and understanding the brief form part of best practices.

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The filming process is where the magic happens, and Shirley has vast experience as both Director and AD on many commercial shoots. She understands how the process works, and can bring a team together to function as a unit under pressure. Adherence to storyboards, schedules and budget ensures the best footage is obtained on the day.

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Royal Works prides itself on delivery excellence, and Shirley's many years as an editor shows through in her in-depth understanding of the nuances of this vitally important aspect of the project. Overseeing editing, grading and audio final mixes within given time frames is what makes Royal Works stand out in the industry as a reliable service provider.