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Indielab is brought together by a team of industry leaders and advisers from across the TV and media sector.

50+ industry leading speakers from indies, broadcasters, platforms, financiers, and the most successful business leaders and advisers in the industry come together to deliver high-level masterclasses and training in the critical areas you need to fast track your business.

Some of our speakers from across our programmes include:

Our Team, Advisors, and Speakers from across our programmes
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Victoria Powell

Founder Indielab

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Indielab’s founder Victoria Powell leads the organisation.  She founded Indielab Accelerator in 2015 to boost growth for TV indies and open up new routes to investment.

Victoria also leads Indielab Consultancy, a business she has founded with Jonathon Kemp, previous CFO at Shed Media.  The consultancy works directly with indies to help them enable growth in their businesses and access investment.

Previously Victoria co-founded and grew her own successful television production company V Good, producing programmes from Channel 4, BBC, Sky, ITV and Five before selling the business. Her experience of growing and selling a TV production company gives her a clear understanding of the creative process, commercial needs and the key success factors for indies.

Victoria has also served as a strategic adviser to the Shadow Minister for Media and Communications, working on the response to the Leveson Inquiry and the Communications White Paper.

She has recently been a member of the Creative Industries Council ‘Access to Finance’ committee, a joint group set up between the DCMS and the Creative Industries.

Morgan Holt

Indielab Trainer

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Morgan Holt is business and leadership coach at, helping leaders clarify their style to build an effective business and culture. He is also global principal and head of the culture practice at Wolff Olins, the brand agency behind some of the world’s most ambitious brands, and a non-executive director of CN Media Group.

Previously, Morgan was strategy director at Engine, the largest independent

communications group in the UK where he was responsible for growth in the media sector. Prior to that he was Director of Media Innovation at the mobile phone company 3, and Head of Broadcast Digital at Endemol where he oversaw all Endemol’s interactive editorial since the UK’s first Big Brother.

Morgan has worked as a producer, editor, and journalist for everyone from the Daily Mail to the BBC, from Crisis to Cambridge University.

Matthew Poxon

Indielab Event Coordinator

Dave Harries

Indielab Consultant

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Dave has a financial background, but has combined the finance role with other senior functional roles, including operations, HR and risk.  More recently, as a business advisor, he has supported various small indies to raise start-up/expansion capital or achieve sale.  He continues to work as a partner to most of those businesses, alongside working with several non-media organisations.

Dave came into the media sector having spent 19 years in the Lloyd’s insurance market with Amlin PLC, having been on the whole journey from management buyout to listed company via Bermuda, finishing up as Director of Risk on the main board.

His media sector experience began when he joined Tiger Aspect, a leading multi-genre indie, to look after finance and operations with the purpose of making it attractive for sale for the then current owner/managers. Six years later with turnover up 250% (£75m) and even greater growth in profits, that goal was achieved.

He is an experienced non-exec and trustee, having held roles in various sectors including IT solutions, family trusts, pension funds, charities and schools.

Stephane Oury

Indielab Adviser

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Stephen is an experienced investments professional focused on technology & media, with experience of over 80 deals representing $190bn+, experience managing top decile performing PE/VC investment funds, international experience spanning Europe, USA & Asia, and Ivy League / Grandes Ecoles education. 

His focus is on investments origination and execution, operational and financial management as well as business & corporate development.

Stephen’s experience also includes serving as board director and senior advisor for various technology and media companies and funds.

Kenton Allen

CEO, Big Talk Productions

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Kenton Allen is the CEO of Big Talk Productions, one of the UK’s leading film and television production companies and winner of Best Independent Production Company at the 2017 Broadcast Awards. Kenton is a multi-award winning producer who holds the record for most individual awards for Situation Comedy in the history of BAFTA, with BAFTAs for Rev., The Royle Family and Him & Her.

Kenton’s other notable credits include Martin McDonagh’s Oscar-winning film Six Shooter, as well as a host of critically-acclaimed television series in both the comedy and drama genres. Comedy successes include Ambassadors, Brotherhood, Back, Chickens, Crashing, Cockroaches, Free Agents, Mum, Mr. Sloane, The Job Lot, Threesome, alongside drama series The Town for ITV, BBC One’s Our Zoo and Sky’s dark comedy drama A Young Doctor’s Notebook, starring Daniel Radcliffe and Jon Hamm.

Kenton has led the dynamic growth of Big Talk Productions over the past nine years, including BBCW’s investment in Big Talk in 2008, which culminated in the sale of the company to ITV Studios in 2013. He has continued to lead Big Talk’s strategic growth in North America via changed format, international co-production and US originals. With numerous comedy and drama projects in active development at SVOD, premium cable and broadcast networks, Kenton, supported by an exceptional team, oversees an increasingly dynamic international portfolio.

Lindsay Bradbury

Commissioning Editor, Daytime and Early Peak, BBC

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Lindsay has launched a number of much loved BBC brands ranging from Eat Well for Less and Great British Menu to the Chelsea Flower Show. She has an extensive background in formats, having worked across the Watchdog and Holiday brands, and has commissioned a broad slate of programmes working with a variety of presenters and experts.

Rob Carey

Joint CEO, Curve Media

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Rob Carey is joint CEO of Curve Media, an unscripted production company with permanent production bases in London and Cardiff, and production capability globally. Curve specialises in high quality long-running factual and entertainment shows for the world’s biggest networks including BBC, Discovery Networks, ITV, Channel 4, Viacom and Sky.

In the past four years Curve has grown its slate to include the following high-profile returnable shows: Vicky McClure: My Dementia Choir (BBC One), Claimed and Shamed (BBC One), A Matter of Life and Debt (BBC One), Call The Cleaners (ITV1), Testing Britain’s Drivers (ITV1), How to Make Your Marriage Work (Channel 4), Paradise Hunters (Channel 4), 999: On The Front Line (Channel 4), Trauma Doctors (Channel 5), Undercover: Nailing The Fraudsters (Channel 5), Salvage Hunters (Discovery Networks), Classic Cars (Discovery Networks), The Restorers (Discovery Networks), My Extraordinary Pregnancy (TLC).

Curve Media was formed in 2014 by key creatives Rob Carey and Camilla Lewis, following a management buyout of Cineflix Productions.

Rob was International Creative Director for Cineflix from 2008 to 2014. During his time at Cineflix he grew the company slate to over 1000 hours of television, co-creating a variety of shows including Family Food Fight (Five), Campus PD (G4), Weird or What? (Discovery US), Nazi Hunters (History), Human Prey (Animal Planet), World’s Greenest Homes (Planet Green), Dinner Party Wars (Food Network) The Unsellables (BBC), Animals At Work (BBC), Robostar (CBBC).

Before joining Cineflix in 2007, Rob was Head of Factual Entertainment for At It Productions and Creative Director, Factual Entertainment and Features for Mentorn Productions.

At Mentorn, Rob co-created and executive produced Britain’s Worst Driver which grew into the highly successful ‘Worst’ franchise – producing ten series over four years and in the top 50 best-selling television formats of all time. In 2008 he won the Rose D’Or in Montreaux for another entertainment format he created for the BBC – Hider In The House, which has also sold extensively worldwide.

Rob has produced and directed many factual entertainment shows including The Real Holiday Show, Moving People (Channel 4), Take My Mother-In-Law (ITV1) and Work Out (Bravo US) in addition to factual projects including Osama Bin Laden – The World’s Most Wanted Man (Five), Most Evil Men In History (Five) and Disaster Masters (BBC One).

Nick Emmerson


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I got the creative bug as a teenager when I produced my own fanzine that I sold at punk gigs. Ten years later, I realised my future lay in TV. I got a job producing a weekly football-based series in Spanish for a Latin American production company, before a stint at LWT working on the launch programme for ITV2. By the turn of the new millennium I was show running series at Princess Productions, including Bedrock, Good Evening Rockall and Jailbreak.

After shaking on a deal in a greasy spoon at Hove Station I joined Nick Powell’s Ricochet and began a hugely enjoyable run as executive producer of multiple series such as Selling Houses, Chaos at the Castle and House Trapped in the Sun, as well as the odd documentary. In 2003 I came up with the idea for Supernanny which we developed and sold to Danny Cohen at Channel 4. A couple of years after its UK launch I travelled to LA with my family and ran Ricochet’s American operation whilst executive producing Supernanny for ABC.

During my seven years in California we rebranded the company as Shed Media US, which I ran as President. I executive produced series for many networks including CBS, NBC, ABC, Bravo, USA Network, VH1, OWN, Animal Planet and TLC. I also created or co-created multiple shows such as Real Housewives of New York City, Basketball Wives, Fat March and Styled to Rock. In 2012 I came back to Europe to become CEO of Ricochet before spending two and half years as MD of Warner Bros TV Production UK. Now it’s time for KOSKA.

Ben Gale

Managing Director, Little Gem

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Ben’s past roles include BBC Commissioning Editor for Features, Director of Programmes at Channel 5, and senior positions at Maverick, Wall-to-Wall and Lion TV. He was the Series Editor of the first series of Who Do You Think You Are? and the BBC’s Executive Producer of the first BAFTA Award-winning series of The Choir. He commissioned hits including Don’t Tell the Bride, The Real Hustle and Nigella Express.

While running BBC Bristol Factual he oversaw the creation of DIY SOS: The Big Build, the launch of Nigel Slater on BBC One and the multi-award winning Protecting Our Children on BBC Two. While Director of Programmes at Maverick, Ben Executive Produced BBC Three’s Growing Up Down’s which won the Groundbreaking Programme Award at the CDN Awards and was nominated for an International Emmy.

Ben set up Little Gem with Natasha Bondy. It is a genuinely independent production company making high-quality factual television.  Little Gem’s focus is creating innovative and entertaining programmes for all major broadcasters. In their first three years, they’ve had 21 hours commissioned by C4, six hours by Sky and two hours by the BBC. They have worked with the best on-screen and off-screen talent and will continue to do so, producing programmes with outstanding editorial and production values. Little Gem’s shows aim to leave the audience feeling brighter and wiser about the world we live in.

Matt Garside

Director of Independent Production, BBC Worldwide

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Matt Garside became BBC Worldwide’s Director of Independent Production in 2017, having previously been their Head of Strategy and Business Development. He works across strategy, performance and future investment opportunities for the portfolio.

Heather Jones

GM UK and Senior VP, Content and Creative, A+E Networks UK

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Heather was promoted to her current position in August 2015, after joining the business as VP Programming in July 2013 and assuming the position of General Manager UK in February 2015.

In her expanded role as Senior Vice President, Jones manages all creative units of A+E Networks UK, including programming, marketing and communications, creative and digital. As General Manager, UK, she has responsibility for all aspects of the business across the company’s UK operation and portfolio.

Heather joined A+E Networks UK from North One Television (part of the All3Media group) where she was Managing Director. Previous roles include Director of Television at Viacom in the UK and Managing Director at Paramount Comedy.

Jonathon Kemp

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Jonathon has over twenty-five years of media experience in both the UK and the US, working in Broadcasting, Film, and Independent TV production.

He has recently co-founded Indielab Consultancy with Victoria Powell (founder of Indielab) and is also a non-executive director of Summer Films.

Over the last four years he raised $8m to set up a film and UK TV production company. In the first two years of the fund closing, Locomotive produced two films Maggie’s Plan and Look Away and set up Locomotive TV (now Summer Films). During this period, he also consulted for production company Lucky 8.

Previously Jonathon was the CFO for Shed Media, where he helped grow the company from a scripted production company with a £15m turnover into a multinational super indie with a turnover of over £100m. This was achieved by floating the company on the London Stock Exchange (AIM), which enabled an acquisition strategy.

During the time on the Stock Market he led the process of buying three production companies and a distribution business. For this he won Deal of the Year (2006 Quoted Companies Awards) and was shortlisted for both Float of the Year (2006 Quoted Companies Awards) and Young Finance Director of the Year (2005 FD Excellence Awards). In 2010 Jonathon with the CEO de-listed Shed Media through a purchase by Warner Brothers in a deal worth over $200m.

Jonathon started his media career training as an accountant at Nickelodeon, moving to Fox Kids before becoming the Finance Director of Capital Films, a film finance and distribution company. In addition to running the finance department and completing finance for several films, he also reviewed a few options to sell the company.

Debbie Manners

Consultant, Ingenious Media

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Debbie is currently representing and advising Ingenious Media Ltd on investment opportunities into the Independent Television Production sector in the UK, which makes use of her long experience in the industry and her knowledge of the key players.

Over the previous six years, Debbie was the CEO of Keo Films, a multi-award winning factual TV production company, and CEO of Field Day Productions which is a new TV company she incubated within Keo. During her time at Field Day she was also the Executive Producer of the feature documentary Nothing like a Dame, in which Dames Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Joan Plowright and Eileen Atkins spend time together at Joan’s house talking about their careers, how they met, getting old, their husbands and the many people they have worked with over the 60+ years they have been actresses, intercut with their personal as well as famous film and TV archive. Nothing like a Dame will be released in UK cinemas in April 2018 and then aired on the BBC, followed by a global film and TV launch.

From 2010-2015 Debbie was the Chair of PACT, the trade body for independent film and TV producers in the UK, which has been highly successful at achieving significant regulatory changes in the UK which have enabled them to benefit from the creation of their own IP and develop successful global businesses.

Before joining Keo Films, Debbie held the roles of Chief Operating Officer, BBC Studios, COO of Hat Trick Productions, Commercial Director of RDF Media and Director of Rights, Flextech TV. Debbie started her career at the BBC and spent 17 years working there in a number of commercial and business roles, and latterly held the position of Director of Rights and Business Affairs, responsible for all the BBC’s external business relationships including independent commissioning, on screen talent, archive, and commercial exploitation across TV, radio, digital and film.

Debbie is also the joint founder director of a new restaurant group, HERE Café Ltd, and the Chair of a charity, Safe Hands for Mothers.

Ian Moffitt

Senior Agent, ICM Partners

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Ian is a senior agent at ICM Partners, working in the international scripted and unscripted television businesses.

Prior to joining ICM, Ian was most recently the Head of Original Programming for Yahoo. He previously ran the digital studio at Berman/Braun and also served as Head of Development at Machinima. He also worked at BBC Worldwide Productions, where he was responsible for the development of UK scripted formats in the US market.

Jeff Norton

Founder, Awesome Media Entertainment

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Jeff Norton is an author, writer-producer, and founder of Awesome, a creative incubator.

He is the author of the award-winning MetaWars (Hachette) and the upcoming thriller Keeping The Beat (KCP Loft).

Jeff was Executive Producer on two seasons of Trucktown, based on the best-selling books. Previously, he worked at Chorion Ltd where he acquired and developed new IP and ran the Enid Blyton literary estate. Jeff also produced the award-winning Choose Your Own Adventure interactive movie featuring William H. Macy & Frankie Muniz. Jeff studied Film at Queen’s University in Canada and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Iain Pelling

Managing Director, Arrow Media

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Iain Pelling is Managing Director and co-founder of Arrow Media. Since 2011 he has built the company’s ability to deliver a portfolio of more than 100 hours of content across live, scripted, factual and factual entertainment programming. He is a chartered accountant, and has worked in TV and film since joining the BBC in 1994. Prior to co-founding Arrow, Iain was Managing Director of Darlow Smithson Productions (DSP) which he joined in 2004.

Anthony Pins

Senior Partner, Nyman Libson Paul

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Anthony is a chartered accountant and a Senior Partner at Nyman Libson Paul, one of London’s leading medium-sized firms specialising in Entertainment & Media, where he has spent his entire professional career, joining in 1983 and becoming a partner in 1994.

He advises a large number of clients in the television, film and theatre industries, and has lectured widely on the sector. He has acted (and continues to act) for several indies, from cradle to investment to exit.

A former board member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants’ Entertainment & Media Special Interest Group, his other non-executive appointments include being the Chairman of MGCfutures, an educational charity for young people interested in theatre, and he recently stepped down after serving ten years on the board of Medical Aid Films, a charity producing instructional films for medical practitioners in the Third World.

Paul Sandler

COO, Cat’s On The Roof Media

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Paul runs the Cat’s on the Roof Media group of companies. Backed by ITV, it was set up with Andrew O’Connor in early 2015 and comprises Crook Productions, Gameface and Second Act Productions.

Paul also works with Vaudeville Productions, Derren Brown’s TV & stage show production company.

Between 2005 and 2015 Paul was Managing Director of Objective Productions. Having made The Sunday Times Fast Track List for 2006, the company was sold to All3 Media the following year and grew to be one of the UK’s largest entertainment production companies.

In 2014 Paul also joined drama and factual indie Eleven Film as their Executive Chairman in order to facilitate investment from the Channel 4 Growth Fund. Paul left the company in late 2016.

From 2001 to 2005 Paul worked as an independent consultant concentrating on production and business growth.

For the ten years before that he was at Planet 24, joining the board as Production Director in 1994. He was a core member of the small team behind the origination of The Big Breakfast and which also created and developed the Survivor format, first aired on CBS in the US and for which he later became the International Format Consultant. Paul also ran Planet 24 Radio and Planet’s animation arm, Impossible Television. Planet was sold to Carlton Television in 1999.

Previously Paul was with Picture Music International, the video arm of EMI Records and before all that he just watched an awful lot of television.

Chris Stewart

VP of Sales Acquisitions, Banijay Rights

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Chris oversees scripted acquisitions and manages the sales team across the UK & Germany. Formerly Head of In-House Drama at BBC Worldwide, managing brands such as Doctor Who, Luther and The Musketeers, Chris joined Banijay in December 2014 and has over ten years experience in international distribution. Chris has been instrumental in developing Banijay’s scripted strategy and growth plans, spearheaded by the success of international drama series including Versailles, Public Enemy and Occupied.

Magnus Temple

Chief Executive, The Garden Productions

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Magnus was a documentary director and series producer before founding Firefly, later re-named Dragonfly, with Nick Curwin in 2004.

The company became known for its distinctive factual programming, and in particular the fixed-rig genre, pioneered with the BAFTA-nominated The Family and the BAFTA-winning One Born Every Minute (C4). Firefly was sold to Shine in 2007 and Magnus and Nick left in 2010.

Since setting up The Garden, Magnus’ Executive Producer credits have included Perfume (BBC4), 24 Hours in A&E (C4) which won the RTS Award for Best Documentary Series, Seven Dwarves (C4), Inside Claridge’s (BBC2) and BAFTA-nominated Keeping Britain Alive: One Day in the NHS (BBC2). Since April 2013, The Garden has been owned by ITV Studios.

Norma Wisnevitz

Senior Portfolio Manager, Growth Fund, Channel 4

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Norma has been at Channel 4’s Indie Growth Fund for three years, working across their investment portfolio. The Growth Fund was launched in 2014 to provide capital for start-ups and medium-sized independent TV production companies, to help them grow and develop their business. To date Channel 4 has made thirteen investments across factual, drama, comedy and digital (including VR) businesses and had three successful exits.

Prior to joining Channel Four, Norma was Finance Director at UK and US television production company Optomen Television, where she helped grow the business and sell it to All3Media in 2010. She started her career in the UK, working in finance at Talkback Productions (now Fremantlemedia). Her experience in strategy, operations and finance for the creative and broadcasting industries has been gained over the last 18 years.

She is originally from South Africa and holds a bachelor of commerce degree from the University of Cape Town.

Patrick Younge

MD, Sugar Films

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Pat Younge is the MD of Sugar Films, a two year-old BAME-led production company creating scripted, non-scripted and digital content. Sugar’s commissions to date include Gary Younge’s Angry, White and American for C4, Bill Cosby: Downfall of An American Icon for BBC2 and Should I Marry My Cousin? for BBC3, as well as paid scripted development work for a range of UK and overseas networks.

In his 25 year career spanning news, sport, commissioning and production across ITV, BBC and C4 and abroad, Younge is the former Head of BBC Production (now BBC Studios) leading over 3000 employees delivering shows including Top Gear, Strictly Come Dancing, Dr Who, Frozen Planet, Luther and The Wrong Mans. Prior to that he ran the American cable network Travel Channel Media, where he introduced award-winning and globally popular brands including Man v Food and Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.

John McVay

CEO Pact

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John McVay is the Chief Executive of Pact.  He has been involved in programme making as a producer, consultant and trainer since 1986.  Prior to his appointment at Pact, John held positions as the founding Director of the Research Centre for Television and Interactivity in Glasgow, Director of Training and Education at Scottish Screen, Chief Executive of Scottish Broadcast and Film Training and as a Director of Independent Film and Television production companies.

 John has been active on many industry bodies and organisations and has served as a board member of Skillset, Chairman of the Skillset TV Investment Committee, a Governor of the NFTS,  and President of CEPI, the pan‑European TV producers’ association.

John is currently Chairman of the Creative Diversity Network, a member of the Creative Industries Council (CIC), chaired the CIC’s Diversity working group for the 2016 Strategy and has also been appointed Chairman for the CIC committee on the EU.  John is the Chairman of the UK’s digital single market campaign and is the UK rights spokesperson for the Creative Coalition Campaign.  John attends and contributes to many UK government and international policy fora on the creative industries, broadcasting, trade and investment.

At Pact, John led the successful campaign that resulted in changes to the 2003 Communications Act which resulted in the UK having the world’s most creative and commercially successful independent production sector.  This achievement was followed by negotiating and overseeing the successful introduction of increased competition for BBC commissions (The WOCC) in the BBC charter from 2007-17 and the further agreement with the BBC that all programming will be contestable by the end of the BBC Charter 2017-28.  He recently led the successful campaign to ensure UK independent producers retained the regulations that guaranteed their ownership of intellectual property rights.

John is also involved in all of the negotiations with UK PSB’s for the commercial contracts that govern their commissioning of independent producers.  As part of his duties at Pact he is often involved in editorial or commercial issues between suppliers and commissioners and works to find a resolution that can work for all parties concerned.

John has extensive experience of policy development across all aspects of broadcasting and television production and leads on all Pact policies in the UK and Europe.  He also maintains excellent relationships with all of the UK’s major political parties and the devolved assemblies and parliaments.

David Jenkinson

Editor-in-chief & MD C21Media

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David Jenkinson is an award-winning journalist, content technologist and multiplatform publisher.

Having held senior editorial positions at Haymarket, International Thomson, EMAP and Cahners’ Moving Pictures International, he created and co-founded C21Media in 1997, one of the world’s first internet publishing businesses. now attracts more than 150,000 unique visitors each month and has consolidated a position as Home to The International Entertainment Community.

C21Media owns a variety of pubishing and event brands including, FutureMedia C21Kids, The International Format Awards, The International Drama Summit, and Content London.

Prior to launching C21Media Jenkinson was editor-in-chief of Moving Pictures International, running daily, weekly and monthly publications within the film business.

He led EMAP’s TV World to win the prestigious PPA International Business Magazine of the Year award in 1993, and worked as part of the senior editorial management team at International Thomson.

In 1997, alongside C21Media, he co-founded creative agency Dri Riser, developing brand strategy for a variety of media and entertainment clients.

Jess Fowle

True North

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In a twenty year career in factual television – Jess has made everything from immersive one-off docs to long running, multi-episode features series.


Prior to founding True North, Jess started her TV career at TV-am before moving to ITV Yorkshire’s factual programmes department where a career highlight was delivering some of ITV’s highest ever factual ratings with Nannies from Hell.


At True North, Jess has overall responsibility for the new business pipeline – setting development strategy, working with the other business winners to maximize return on all our development efforts and heading up the development team.


During her time at True North, Jess has created a number of returning series and spearheaded True North’s drive into some of the company’s most successful genre specialisms – including high volume and returnable children’s content and property programming.  


She currently Exec Produces Building the Dream, A New Life in the Sun and the Junior Vets brand.  Alongside these highly profitable staples, Jess has also created some of True North’s most talked about tabloid titles like My Fake Baby, The Twins Who Share a Body, My Mums Used to Be Men and Addicted To Surrogacy.


Working collaboratively with contributors, Jess has been at the forefront of forging True North’s reputation for telling sensitive stories with integrity and humanity.


Jess has a particular interest in spotting and developing new production talent and loves working closely with new film-makers to help them make the programmes they are passionate about.


Jess is passionate about business improvement – and is constantly finding ways to do things better at True North!

Tom Edwards

Commissioning Editor BBC

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Commissioning Editor, BBC1&2 Popular Factual and Fact Ent. Responsible for primetime shows such as Hugh’s War on Waste and formats like Eat Well for Less and The House That 100K Built. As a programme-maker he made series ranging from Mary Queen of Shops thru The Baby Borrowers to The Undercover Princes.

Sanjay Singhal

Chief Executive Voltage TV Productions

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Sanjay is Chief Executive of Voltage TV Productions which he founded in 2013. He’s an award-winning producer with more than 20 years experience of film-making.

He started his career as a trainee at the BBC where he worked his way as a producer through several flagship news and current programmes, including  Newsnight. He moved to the US as the BBC News Washington Producer – culminating in his coverage of the 9/11 attacks. He returned to London to work on a number of documentary and factual entertainment shows, as Series Producer and Exec, including The Apprentice. 

He joined leading factual indie, Dragonfly, as Creative Director before being promoted to MD. During his five years there, Sanjay won successive BAFTA nominations for fixed-rig series, The Family and One Born Every Minute, as well as the one-off international special “The Plane Crash”. He also  oversaw several major  series and  including The Hotel,  Bear Grylls’ Wild Weekends and Kill It, Cook It, Eat It. 

At Voltage, he’s launched more than 20 new shows – including the  ratings hit Inside the Factory, Life Inside Jail and the upcoming landmark BBC competitive cooking format, The Big Family Cooking Challenge. 

Katie Kelly

Lead Media Banker Barclays

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Katie holds a degree in German from Leeds University and joined Barclays Corporate Graduate Scheme. She worked in a variety of Corporate and Business banking roles over 4 years, focusing on Technology and Media for the past 2 years, with a specialism in TV Production Finance.

Satmohan Panesar

Commissioner ITV

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Satmohan Panesar got his first opportunity in television with a stint of work experience at Princess Productions, where over a period two years he was fortunate enough to work on some of their biggest shows as a researcher, including the first three series of The Friday Night Project. Continuing to  ocus on entertainment, Satmohan went on to AP on shows such as Big Brother’s Little Brother and My Super Sweet.

In 2011, he moved from production to factual development  and was a development producer for companies including: Silver River, Betty, Watershed and most recently Boomerang. While at Silver River, Satmohan was part of the team responsible for developing the first of Nick and Margaret’s BBC documentary series, The Town That Didn’t Retire, he later produced on Nick and Margaret: We Pay Your Benefits. At Betty, he helped develop the second Baker Brother’s series and Discovery’s Sex Hospital and at Boomerang had the documentary Million Pound Movers commissioned.

Joining ITV factual as a Commissioner in summer 2015, Satmohan oversees a diverse slate of programming for both the main and digital channels; including Sugar Free Farm, Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest Airport and Celebrity Home Secrets for ITV1 and Ibiza Weekender (ITV2), Dating In The Dark (ITV2) and The Big Fish Off (ITV4) for the digital channels.


Liz Warner

Founder Betty

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Warner founded prod co Betty on a bedrock of contemporary documentaries and grew its into one of Televisual’s Top 30 indies.  She is an RTS, BAFTA and Emmy winner.

CEO of 18m turnover company, she managed year on year organic growth for ten years before selling Betty to Discovery networks – the first purchase of a content company for the global network. She managed integration and continued growth and left the indie last year with its fullest order book of series ranging from Bear Grylls’ Mission Survive and Heston to George Clarkes’s Ugly House and the award winning Undateables.

Previously Channel 4 commissioning editor responsible for BAFTA winner Grand Designs, River Cottage, Nigella, Location Location Location  a raft of features series -one off documentaries and the original Big Brother.

Warner believes in creative leadership, having a strong company ethos and in the slow dollar not the quick buck.  She is passionate about social mobility and social enterprise and believes tv can be a force for good.

Diversity champion 2015

Since leaving on a non compete, warner has been mentoring BAME talent, advising stylist magazine on digital strategy, working as a start up board advisor, and doing an Business course on digital content production.

Alex Graham

CEO Two Cities Television Ltd

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Alex Graham is joint CEO of Two Cities Television Ltd.  He is chair of the Scott Trust and chair of Sheffield International Documentary Festival.  He is a visiting professor of television at the University of Lincoln Media School and a winner of the Royal Television Society’s prestigious gold medal.  He is also a board member of Hampstead Theatre.


Alex has been a leading figure in British television for more than 30 years.  Wall to Wall – the company he founded – created an unrivalled slate of critically acclaimed and popular programming including New Tricks, Long Lost Family, A Rather English Marriage, The 1900 House, Who Do You Think You Are? and the Oscar‑winning Man on Wire.

Colin Howes

Partner Harbottle and Lewis

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Colin Howes provides specialist corporate and strategic advice on buying and selling businesses, investments in businesses, joint ventures and commercial agreements. Many of his clients are investors in or founders of independent TV production companies or distributors.

He advises a broad range of clients in the media, technology, aviation and leisure industries.

Colin is a member of BAFTA, the European Air Law Association and the Charity Law Association. He is a trustee of Comic Relief and Dash Arts and a board adviser to Virgin Unite. He is also a non-executive director of theatre producer Pola Jones.

Simon Vyvyan

CEO- The Television Affairs Consultancy

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Simon has specialised exclusively in the television sector since 1993 and his expertise covers all programming genres and all aspects of development, financing, production and distribution. 

A graduate of Trinity College, Cambridge, Simon trained and qualified as a lawyer with Reed Smith LLP (1989-1993) after which he joined Granada Television Productions (1993-2000). He completed an MBA in 2001 and soon after he was invited to join the Shine launch team.

After a three-year involvement at Shine, Simon left in 2004 to establish Industry Media, a successful business affairs consultancy which was subsequently acquired by the James Grant Group (2012).

The Television Affairs Consultancy (“TVA” for short) is Simon’s third successive start-up 

since 2001 and it is designed as a bespoke service to the UK independent television production sector offering Business Affairs / Commercial Affairs advice and support. 

TVA is structured as a joint venture with an established media & entertainment law firm (Harbottle & Lewis) who can also offer indies Corporate Affairs / Legal Affairs services. This new combination allows a business affairs consultancy and a law firm to work together to deliver a unique service which, until now, has not been available to television producers and content creators. This joint venture has been created in response to the continued consolidation of the television production sector and the gathering pace of convergence within the creative industries. We are describing ourselves as a ‘Television Affairs’ consultancy – a new phrase for a new service in a new phase of convergence and consolidation. In a practical sense, this means that, on a first look deal, TVA can give specialist advice on the distribution agreement and Harbottle & Lewis can give specialist advice on the investment and corporate documentation that is often part and parcel of the transaction.

Over the last 10 years, Simon has negotiated first look distribution agreements with all of the major UK distributors including BBC Worldwide, FremantleMedia International and ITV Studios Global Entertainment as well as other players such as Content Media and Red Arrow. His first look producer clients have included Baby Cow, Big Talk, Clerkenwell, Cliffhanger, Cosmopolitan, CPL, Left Bank, Lookout Point, Mammoth Screen, Noho, Outline, Plain Vanilla, Red Planet, Ruby, Sally Head, Shine and Tidy and he is currently working on first look agreements for two new clients.

He is delighted to be able to bring his experience and enthusiasm to the Indielab.

Polly Leys

Founder Hillbilly Television

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Hillbilly was set up and is run by BAFTA Award-winning producers Kate Norrish and Polly Leys. The company is known for producing high-end multi-award winning TV drama and comedy as well as feature films.

As well as running the company, Polly and Kate have Executive Produced Loaded (8×45’) a comedy drama written by Jon Brown for Channel 4 and AMC and The Level (6×60’) a crime series for ITV written by Gaby Chiappe and Alex Perrin. A US remake of The Level is now in development with NBC.

Hillbilly’s other credits (all overseen by Kate and Polly) include Random for Channel 4 which won the BAFTA for Best Single Drama and Holy Flying Circus for BBC4 which won a Broadcast Award and was BAFTA nominated. On the feature side, they have made Second Coming starring Idris Elba for Film4 and the BFI which premiered at TIFF and went on to win the Big Screen Award at the Rotterdam International Film Festival.

Prior to setting up Hillbilly, Polly worked with film producer Uberto Pasolini with whom she co-produced The Full Monty, one of the most profitable films of all time. In addition to its commercial success the film was nominated for four Academy Awards (including Best Picture) and won the Audience Award and Best Film at the BAFTAs. Polly’s other film credits include The Crying Game, Palookaville, The Closer You Get and The Emperor’s New Clothes.

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Sarah Lazarides

Partner Harbottle and Lewis

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Sarah Lazarides advises clients on a broad range of commercial issues in the media and entertainment sector, primarily surrounding the development, production, distribution and exploitation of rights in the film, television and theatre industries.

She acts for a wide range of clients including film and television producers, major US studios, writers, directors and artists.

Sarah has provided industry-specific advice on a number of corporate deals involving independent production companies, acting for clients from across the market, from established Emmy award winning producers to newly established companies receiving their first investment. In 2016 this included investments from, amongst others, BBC Worldwide, Fremantle, All3Media and LionsGate.

Emily Elisha

Head of Factual, Banijay Rights

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Emily Elisha, Head of Factual, Banijay Rights, oversees factual acquisitions for the TV rights catalogue. Emily has 17 years’ experience in the international distribution sector originally working as Head of Sales for an independent distribution company before joining the now Banijay Rights as its Head of Acquisitions in 2003 (then RDF Rights) looking after long running hit series such as Bizarre ER, Rude Tube and 999: What’s Your Emergency?

Banijay Rights represents over 100 factual independent producers and networks from across the globe and manages the international roll out of successful franchises including The Secret Life of 4 Year Olds, Location, Location, Location, The Supervet, Temptation Island and Wife Swap. Around 50% of the catalogue is third party programming. The factual team offers help deficit-funding programmes via co-productions, pre-sales and sales advances and also manages the company’s first look and development deals forged with a number of third party production companies including 2B Media, ZKK and Minnow Films.

Sam Barcroft

Founder Barcroft Media

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Sam Barcroft formed Barcroft Media in 2003 to provide editorial content to the international print media. Over the past decade the business has operated at the leading edge of the transition from analogue to digital media, now employing over fifty staff in bureaux in London, New York and New Delhi.

The business aims to become the leading global provider of factual content by creating, licensing, distributing and publishing news depicting ‘the amazing side of life’ across its constituent core businesses, one of which is Barcroft Productions. Barcroft  Productions creates original linear and digital TV programming for brands and a broad range of UK and international networks including ‘The Other America’ (MTV), ‘Body Bizarre’ (TLC), ‘Inside The KKK’ (Channel 4) and ‘Bear Grylls: Man vs. Everest’ (Discovery).

Lee Mason

Executive Channel 4

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Lee Mason is a Drama Commissioning Executive at Channel 4, overseeing new drama series including Crazyhead, The ABC and Loaded. Previously he was Commissioning Editor of Hollyoaks. Before Channel 4, Lee worked with a number of production companies and broadcasters including Tiger Aspect, BBC, MTV, Endemol, Shed Media and Keshet International.

Lucy Willis

Commissioning Editor Factual at Channel 5

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Lucy Willis is currently Commissioning Editor: Factual at Channel 5. She commissions factual programming across the Channel including history and specialist factual. Prior to this she was Head of UK Factual and Multiplatform at Raw Television for eight years where she Executive Produced a range of programmes for the BBC, Channel 5 and Channel 4.   She has also worked at Channel 4 as Acting Commissioning Editor, Education

Gary Reich

Brown Eyed Boy Founder

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After graduating with an MA in the early 90s Gary worked for various independent production companies and broadcasters, doing the first television shows of Sasha Baron Cohen, Noel Fielding, Dom Joly and Catherine Tate. In 2002 he started his own production company, Brown Eyed Boy, whose credits include the hit BBC3 hidden camera show “3 Non Blondes”; BBC2 sketch show “Little Moss Jocelyn”; three series of the sitcom “How Not To Live Your Life”, and two series and a finale of the studio sitcom “Vicious” for ITV and PBS, starring Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi. Their next show is a sitcom series for Channel 4 written by and starring Nick Mohammed and Julia Davis.

Rory Wheeler

Managing Director Popkorn TV

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Rory is an award-winning documentary film maker with over 20 years’ experience making programmes for all of the major UK broadcasters. He set up Popkorn Television in 2009 with its first 6 x 60 minute commission for Sky One.  After 4 years, and having gone from strength to strength, Popkorn became the first TV production company ever to secure investment from Channel 4 when they purchased a minority stake in the company as the inaugural Growth Fund investment.

Rory has Exec Produced some of Popkorn’s most thought-provoking films like Channel 4’s – “Living With My Stalker”, “Ria: Diary of a Teenage Transsexual” and the hugely popular “Rich Kids of Instagram”.

Tanja Meier-Sieden

Head of Corporate and Portfolio Strategy

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After graduating with a degree in business administration from the Goethe University Frankfurt and the Ecole Supérieure des Affaires Université Paris XII, Tanja Meier-Sieden first worked as a Financial Services Consultant before joining ZDF Enterprises in 2007 as Personal Assistant and Consultant for the Executive Management. From 2009 onwards, she was Project Manager of the staff unit Business Development and Affiliates. In 2013/14, she also acted as Co-Managing Director of DVD publisher Studio Hamburg Enterprises. Tanja is heading the Corporate and Portfolio Strategy division of ZDF Enterprises since July 2016, taking care of the strategic development of the portfolio and its alignment to ZDF Enterprises’ vision.


Steve November

Creative Director of UK Television, Lionsgate

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Reflecting a growth initiative for the Lionsgate UK television business, leading ITV executive Steve November has been hired as Creative Director of UK Television, it was announced today by Zygi Kamasa, CEO for Lionsgate UK & Europe, and Lionsgate Television Group Chairman Kevin Beggs.  Based in Lionsgate UK’s London office, November will spearhead the growth of the Company’s slate of original programming and manage its constellation of relationships with production partners in the UK.  He will report to Beggs and Kamasa.

The hire marks the latest step in the continued expansion of Lionsgate’s television business. The Company is a leading supplier of premium series to cable, broadcast and digital platforms with a slate of nearly 80 television series on 40 different networks in the US.  In the UK, the Company has recently invested in production companies Primal Media and Kindle Entertainment as well as co-financing the hit Channel 4 comedy Damned.

“Steve is a visionary and experienced executive with great talent relationships and a terrific roster of ground-breaking television series to his credit,” said Kamasa.  “He is the perfect choice to oversee the continued build of our UK television business and to collaborate with Kevin, me and the rest of our teams in identifying exciting new creative and strategic opportunities.

“Zygi and his team have built a premier film brand in the UK, and Steve November has the skills and vision to extend that leadership into television,” said Beggs.  “We look forward to working closely with our UK colleagues in creating and delivering the kind of noisy, quality programming that is a Lionsgate signature to buyers in the UK, the US and around the world.”

Steve November added “I am delighted to be joining Lionsgate, a company with the scale, ambition and experience to capitalise on the strength and breadth of creativity in the UK and to lead the way in high end television production. It is a very exciting prospect and I am very much looking forward to the new challenge.”

November most recently served as Director of Drama, ITV Channels and for the past three years was responsible for the ITV drama slate including Downton Abbey, Broadchurch, Doc Martin and Scott & Bailey as well as new commissions including Marcella, The Durrells, Victoria, Maigret, Unforgotten, The Lost Honour of Christopher Jeffries, The Frankenstein Chronicles and the return of Cold Feet.

 Serving as Head of Drama across the ITV network for five  years prior he oversaw the development of peak time dramas including Law & Order:UK, Foyle’s War, Poirot, Marple, Wild at Heart, Whitechapel, Midsomer Murders, Mr Selfridge, Above Suspicion and DCI Banks. November also spent seven years at the channel producing flagship shows Emmerdale & Coronation Street. 

Lionsgate’s roster of nearly 80 television series on 40 U.S. networks includes the ground-breaking Orange is the New Black on Netflix, fan favorite Nashville on CMT/Hulu, the Golden Globe-nominated Casual on Hulu, the acclaimed drama The Royals on E!, the breakout series Greenleaf on OWN and the eagerly-anticipated network reality series Candy Crush coming to CBS and Kicking & Screaming on Fox.

Wayne Garvie

Chief Creative Officer, Sony Pictures

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Wayne Garvie is chief creative officer for International Production at Sony Pictures Television (SPT) and is responsible for driving creative development across SPT’s global network of production companies outside the US. This involves steering the business to develop locally created properties into global formats and fostering co-developments across the group.

SPT’s International Production arm spans the globe, covering Europe, Asia, Latin America and Australia. Production companies within the business deliver both original and formatted content for local broadcasters in their markets.

Garvie joined SPT in June 2012 and reports to Andrea Wong, president for International Production at SPT. He joined SPT from All3MEDIA, where he was managing director, International Production with special responsibility for the company’s growth in the US. Previously, Garvie was managing director for Content & Production at BBC Worldwide, responsible for establishing the corporation’s global network of production companies and overseeing its international formats business. Garvie also held senior positions in UK broadcasting, including head of entertainment for the BBC and director of broadcasting for Granada.

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Laura Franses

Head of Growth Fund, Channel 4

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Laura Franses holds the position Head of Growth Fund at Channel 4. In that role she manages the team overseeing the £20m fund dedicated to investing in the UK independent production sector, promoting growth in the industry. Since 2014 the fund has invested in 13 companies (Arrow Media, Barcroft Media, Eleven Films, Firecrest Films, Lightbox Entertainment, Parable Ventures, Popkorn Media, Renowned Films, Spelthorne Community Television, TRX, True North, Voltage Films and Whisper Films) and has achieved an exit on 1 (True North). The Growth Fund is actively looking for more companies to join the group of investees.

Laura has extensive experience in strategy, operations and finance for the creative and broadcasting industries. Laura co-founded the Emmy-winning TV production company Nutopia Ltd with Jane Root, which she ran as Managing Director for four years. Prior to that she worked at Zodiak (RDF) identifying and buying TV companies for the AIM-listed super indie, and started out in the UK as a production finance executive at Film4, part of Channel 4. She holds a first class honours degree from Cambridge University and is a graduate of Harvard Business School.

Jonathan Norman

Partner, Stella EOC

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Jonathan Norman has 20 years of investment banking experience, focusing throughout on the media, internet and related-tech sectors.

He started his career at JP Morgan in 1994 in the US (New York and Los Angeles), returning to the UK in 2000 as a founding member of LongAcre Partners which grew to become a leading European Media/Digital Media Corporate Finance, Advisory boutique. It was approached by and sold to Jefferies in 2007. At Jefferies, Jonathan was a MD in the Global Media and Internet Group and left in 2011 to establish NewShore Partners which merged with Stella in early 2013.

Jonathan has advised a variety of public and private companies, financial institutions and family offices on a range of transactions in the US, Europe and Asia including, inter alia, Sony, Time Warner, all3media, RDF Media, ProSiebenSat.1, Shine, Celador, Schibsted, the Mill, Double Negative, Hit Entertainment (Apax), Chorion, zefa visual media, BBC, ITV (Granada), HBO CE (Sony, Disney, Warner), PokerStrategy, Product Madness, Modern Times Group (MTG), Antenna, MGM, Demand Media and dunnhumby.

Jonathan holds a BA (magna cum laude) in Political Science from Princeton University.

Richard Parsons

SVP of Corporate and Business Affairs and Operations, Sony Pictures Television

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Richard is SVP of Corporate Business Affairs and Operations at Sony Pictures Television’s International Production division. As well as managing the portfolio of 18 production companies across 12 territories, he is responsible for assessing new deals including acquisitions, investments and first-look deals.

In the UK, SPT’s scripted portfolio includes Left Bank Pictures, producer of the Golden Globe-winning Netflix original The Crown, Blueprint TV and Fable Pictures. On the non-scripted side, it includes Electric Ray, producer of Class of ‘92 and Belfast-based Stellify Media, responsible for C5’s reboot of Blind Date.  SPT’s format portfolio includes Who Wants to be a Millionaire, Wheel of Fortune and Dragons’ Den.

Richard spent 10 years at BBC Worldwide as Director of Corporate Finance and Legal, working across all of their business lines, including the launch of its Content and Production Division.  He was also part of the team who set up Greenbird Media in 2012.

Kate Barekati

Partner, Ecovis Wingrave Yeats

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Kate leads the Media team at Ecovis Wingrave Yeats as an Audit and Advisory Partner.  Kate is particularly passionate about supporting independent television production companies through high-growth periods, but her experience spans across the sector to include film, PR, digital agencies and from independent to large and more complex groups.  When not in and around her office in Soho, she enjoys renovating her home and travelling the world.

Michael Haig

Senior Tax Manager, Ecovis Wingrave Yeats

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Michael joined Ecovis from a top twenty accounting firm, having previously worked at KPMG and Grant Thornton where he qualified as a Chartered Tax Adviser.

In over twenty years in practice, Michael has developed a wide experience of tax issues including tax planning for large groups and transactions, employee incentives and profit extraction.

Michael looks at tax issues from different points of view in order to deliver creative solutions which meet the needs of all stakeholders, while respecting clients’ appetite for risk.

Dimitri Doganis

Founder, Raw

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Dimitri set up Raw in 2001 with a small development deal from Channel 4, with the ethos to produce the best stories in the most visually striking and innovative way. Dimitri concentrates on his role as company principal, and as Executive Producer of much of Raw’s output. As such, he has been responsible for many of the company’s award-winning films and series.

Clare Thompson

Non-exec Director, K7 Media

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Clare is Non-Exec Director of the UK’s leading TV consultancy K7 Media, regularly writing and presenting on global content trends for clients ranging from Fox, Sony and Warner Brothers, to SVT (Sweden) and NRK (Norway), and at TV Festivals from Copenhagen to Tel Aviv.

Alongside this she runs development workshops, training sessions and channel/ commissioning strategy projects for clients including the BBC, Channel 4, ITV Studios (UK & US), EndemolShine, All3Media, MTV, RTL/ UFA (Germany), Lagadere Sports and several Chinese broadcasters including CCTV and Shanghai Media Group.  She also consults on the development slates of several smaller indies in France, Ireland and the UK, and is now starting to carry out bespoke 360 feedback reports for Indielab production companies interested to better understand how they are perceived by commissioners.

Clare’s background is in entertainment and factual entertainment development: in-house at ITV from 2000 – 2008, she headed up their Entertainment Development team, steering work on international formats including Saturday Night Takeaway, Gameshow Marathon and Celebrities Under Pressure for ITV, Brainiac for Sky and American Princess for NBC in the US.

In the last couple of years she has also worked for US company Core Media on their company acquisitions strategy, and Exec Produced ITV access documentary, Girls With Autism.





Ulla Streib

Production Consultant

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Production Consultant Ulla Streib has managed some of the most successful creative teams in the television industry over the last 25 years. She was an integral part of the Senior Management Team at Darlow Smithson, growing it into one of the most successful international Documentary Production Companies and whose credits include the series ‘Seconds from Disaster’, the EMMY-nominated series ‘Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking’ and the BAFTA winning feature ‘Touching the Void’ and ‘The King in the Car Park’. Since leaving Darlow Smithson Productions 3 years ago,  Ulla has worked with start-ups, setting up infrastructures and company systems, recruiting and managing production teams, and advising on business affairs, coproduction opportunities and investment strategies.

Simon Chinn


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Simon Chinn is a double Academy Award winning producer who is responsible for some of the most successful feature documentaries of recent years, known for their high production values, powerful narratives and innovative blending of documentary and fiction techniques.

He conceived and produced MAN ON WIRE which won numerous international awards including the Sundance Grand Jury Prize, the Producers Guild of America (PGA) Award, the BAFTA for Outstanding British Film and the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

His follow-up film, PROJECT NIM, opened the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and was released theatrically around the world to great acclaim, won the DGA Award, was nominated for a BAFTA and shortlisted for an Academy Award.

SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN opened the Sundance Film Festival in 2012 and went on to gross over $10 million at the international box office, making it one of the most commercially successful documentaries of recent years.  Among more than 30 international awards, it won the PGA, DGA and WGA awards, the BAFTA and the Academy Award for Best Documentary.

THE IMPOSTER, which Simon executive produced, also launched at Sundance in 2012. It became the eighth highest grossing (non-concert) documentary of all time in the UK and went on win the BAFTA for best debut for its director Bart Layton.

Simon launched Lightbox in 2014 in partnership with his cousin, Emmy-winning producer Jonathan Chinn. With offices in London and LA, the company is focused on producing high-end non-fiction content across multiple platforms.

Simon has executive produced Lightbox shows broadcast over the past 12 months including ABSOLUTELY FASHION: INSIDE BRITISH VOGUE, an observational documentary mini-series for BBC2 and Netflix US; CAPTIVE: a major eight-part documentary series telling the stories of some of the most high stakes hostage negotiations from around the world for Netflix; THE TRAFFICKERS, an eight-hour investigative series for US network FUSION, MY SCIENTOLOGY MOVIE, fronted by Louis Theroux, which was the highest grossing British theatrical documentary of 2016; the critically acclaimed War Child for Channel 4, following the journey of three refugee children across Europe; and FANTASTIC LIES, which was one of ESPN’s most successful 30 for 30s of the past year.

Lightbox is currently in production with LA92 (w/t), a feature documentary for National Geographic to mark the 25th anniversary of the LA riots directed by Academy Award winners Dan Lindsay and TJ Martin; the only authorized documentary about Whitney Houston, directed by Academy Award winner Kevin Macdonald, which has been acquired globally for theatrical distribution; and BARE KNUCKLE FIGHT CLUB, a documentary series for Channel 4 and FX Studios.

The company is also expanding into drama with a small slate of scripted projects based on or inspired by factual material to which it has unique access, including a series set in the world of British organized crime and another exploring the realm of online relationships.


Shane Murphy

Managing Director, Acorn Media Enterprises

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Shane Murphy is Managing Director at Acorn Media Enterprises, where he develops and sources high quality content to distribute through RLJ distribution channels including TV, DVD, Digital Platforms and Acorn TV. He manages acquisition and Co-financing activities, staff and relationships with 3rd party Content Producers, Providers & Broadcasters.

Shane is also on the board of directors at Agatha Christie Limited, Sly Fox Productions Ltd and Non-Executive director at Deadpan Pictures.

Jane Featherstone

Sister Pictures

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Jane Featherstone is the Chief Executive of Sister Pictures, the new independent scripted company she founded in January 2016. Prior to that Jane was the Chief Executive of Kudos and Co-Chairman of Shine UK. Whilst at Kudos Jane developed and executive produced some of the most innovative and ground-breaking dramas in the UK, including the multi award-winning BBC1 hit Spooks; era-defining Emmy-winning Life on Mars, and its sequel Ashes to Ashes (BBC1), Dennis Kelly’s critically acclaimed and Emmy-winning Utopia (C4), The Tunnel (Sky Atlantic/Canal Plus) and The Smoke (Sky 1). Most recently she has executive produced River by Abi Morgan for BBC1/Netflix, Humans for C4/AMC by Sam Vincent and Jon Brackley and Flowers by Will Sharpe for C4/ Seeso as well as the Spooks movie, The Greater Good.

Jane also executive produced the highly successful and multi BAFTA and RTS winning Broadchurch, written and created by Chris Chibnall and she will continue this role on the third and final series which will be co-produced with Sister Pictures.

 Other credits include an impressive range of shows – Mayday (BBC1) and series 1 and 2 of the Golden Globe-nominated and Emmy-winning The Hour (BBC2), Hustle (BBC1), The Fixer (ITV1) and Tsunami: the Aftermath for HBO and BBC2.

Prior to joining Kudos, Jane produced the first two series of Paul Abbot’s award-winning ITV thriller Touching Evil, followed by BAFTA-nominated BBC2 film Sex ‘n’ Death and she also served at Hat Trick Productions where she worked on landmark comedy shows such as Whose Line Is It Anyway? Have I Got News For You and Drop The Dead Donkey.

She was made a Fellow of the RTS in 2011 and in 2007 received the Best Contribution to the Medium Award at the Women in Film and TV awards.


Diederick Santer

CEO Kudos

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Diederick graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in Psychology and the History of Philosophy of Science.

His TV career began with freelance script reading, and developed into script editing on ITV dramas Where The Heart Is, A&E and The Last Train.

He joined BBC Drama in 2000, where he developed and produced the first three series of Cutting It, Debbie Horsfield’s hit hairdressing drama. Diederick produced a number of other dramas for BBC including a 2006 production of Jane Eyre which was a huge audience and critical hit, gaining nine Emmy nominations.

From 2006 to 2010 he was executive producer, EastEnders, creating numerous characters and stories, overseeing hundreds of episodes, devising the ground-breaking online spinoff E20, delivering the live 25th anniversary episode, and winning numerous awards including a BAFTA.

In 2010 he left BBC and set up Lovely Day, a drama label within Kudos.  In 2014 Lovely Day launched Grantchester on ITV.

In 2015 he become Joint CEO of Kudos, taking an overview of all the developments and productions across the company.

David Flynn

Founder Youngest Media

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Prior to co-founding youngest, David Flynn was Chief Creative Officer of Endemol Shine UK, responsible for overseeing creativity across the group. He created and executive produced innovative global hit The Million Pound Drop, which travelled to 54 territories and won a BAFTA for digital creativity, and co-created and executive produced BBC1 hit Pointless, interactive talent show The Singer Takes It All and factual entertainment event Seven Days on the Breadline amongst other titles.

Hilary Strong

CEO Agatha Christie Productions Ltd

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Hilary Strong is the CEO of Agatha Christie Limited, the company that owns, controls and manages the works of Agatha Christie. She is responsible for the exploitation of all of Agatha Christie’s 80+ books and short stories and 19 plays around the world.

Working with the biggest names in film, television, publishing, stage and now digital, ACL ensures that Christie’s work continues to reach new audiences in innovative ways and to the highest standard. Most recent projects include; a new feature film adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express, the global publication of the new Poirot novel The Monogram Murders by best-selling crime writer Sophie Hannah, and BBC One adaptations of Partners in Crime and And Then There Were None, both co-produced by Agatha Christie Productions.

Strong has most recently brokered a deal with 20th Century Fox for five-time Academy Award nominee Kenneth Branagh to direct a new feature film adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express. Strong will act as Executive Producer alongside James Prichard for Agatha Christie Ltd.

And Then There Were None, the best selling crime novel of all time, was adapted for the first time into a major television series for the BBC Christmas 2015. With an illustrious cast, Mammoth Screen and Agatha Christie Productions produced a three-part adaptation of the author’s masterwork, by Sarah Phelps (The Casual Vacancy, Great Expectations) pulling in over 8 million viewers per episode. The show will be broadcast in the US by Lifetime on the 12 and 13th March. Hilary holds an Executive Producer credit.

Partners in Crime starring David Walliams and Jessica Raine, launched this year on BBC One. The six-part drama drew an audience of over 5 million viewers and confidently doubled the channel’s slot average. Hilary holds an Executive Producer credit.

Hilary has successfully brokered numerous deals on other titles, which will be announced later this year.

Agatha Christie’s Poirot: Curtain, Poirot’s Last Case was nominated for an EMMY in OUTSTANDING TELEVISION MOVIE category.

Prior to her appointment as CEO of Agatha Christie Limited, Hilary was Managing Director of Acorn Productions, the UK production and rights management arm of RLJ Entertainment, with responsibility for growing a drama development slate around both the works of Agatha Christie and those of Greenlit, principally Foyle’s War.

Previously to these roles, Hilary was General Counsel and Group Commercial Director at Chorion with responsibility for heading up commercial and business affairs for the private equity-backed rights holding business (including Beatrix Potter, Enid Blyton, Mr Men and Paddington Bear), and was a Board director for Agatha Christie Ltd, at that time a majority Chorion owned company. Sitting on the main Board of Chorion, her remit was to manage the transactions for potential acquisitions and consolidation plans. She was subsequently responsible for overseeing the division and sale of all parts of the Group, in a manner designed to maximise returns to creditors.

Hilary was formerly Group Business Director at Hat Trick Productions, where she initially worked as Head of Legal and Business Affairs, setting up the department where she was responsible for broadcaster negotiations; talent deals; international sales deals and international format licence deals; rights exploitation negotiations and corporate affairs. Hilary was the Executive Production Advisor on Have I Got News For You, a show that is now in its 27th year.

In 1996 she joined the board at Hat Trick, initially as Commercial Director with an expanded brief to manage the growing commercial exploitation business in the Company. She set up and ran the international programme sales company, Hat Trick International Ltd, and divisions responsible for exploitation of format rights, video/DVD home entertainment rights, publishing rights and merchandising rights. She also oversaw the in-house production of made-for-DVD material and books, working closely with external distribution companies.

During her time at Hat Trick, Hilary sat on several committees for PACT, including the Terms of Trade advisory committee, working closely with the BBC and Channel 4 in relation to revised Terms of Trade for the independent production sector.

After graduating in law from Cambridge University, Hilary joined the intellectual property and media team at Macfarlanes Solicitors, at first working primarily with advertising clients before moving to television at a time when the independent production sector was emerging. She represented 24 Hour Productions on the early series of cult youth programme The Word, then led the structuring of the joint venture between 24 Hour Productions and Bob Geldof’s company Planet Communications to create Planet 24. She worked closely with the joint venture to successfully win the Channel 4 breakfast slot pitch with The Big Breakfast, and worked with the management team in setting up of Ginger Productions, a joint venture between Planet 24 and Chris Evans.

Stuart Mullin

MD Greenbird Media

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Stuart is the joint MD of Greenbird Media, and incubator and accelerator for TV production companies that he set up with Jamie Munro in 2012.  Greenbird is invested in and supporting 10 independent production companies. Prior to Greenbird Stuart worked in operational, finance, production and strategy roles at the BBC, Wall to Wall, Argonon, Channel 5 and Simon & Schuster.

Karen Smith

MD Tuesday's Child

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Karen’s network television career started at Granada TV’s “This Morning” as a Day Producer before becoming Deputy Editor and then Editor. From there she spent time as a series producer at Endemol launching “Comic Relief Does Fame Academy” (BBC1) and “The Games” (C4) and in October 2004 she joined BBC Entertainment where she was the co-devisor and launch Executive Producer of the multi-award winning Strictly Come Dancing. She led the first five series in the UK and ultimately became Creative Director of BBC Entertainment overseeing all format and factual entertainment shows. In January 2009 Karen joined Shine TV, initially as Director of Programmes and shortly afterwards was made Joint Managing Director. Under her creative leadership Shine TV grew to be one of the UK’s largest indies with shows such as Masterchef; Got To Dance; Gladiators; The Biggest Loser and The Magicians. Karen launched her indie Tuesday’s Child Television in September 2012 and over the last three years they’ve made entertainment and factual entertainment series for BBC1, BBC2, ITV, C4, Fox in the US, Discovery, Travel Channel and Food Network. Karen exec’s all the entertainment shows.

Simon Huntley

Chief Operating Officer KEO

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Simon is currently the Chief Operating Officer at KEO Films. He has been with KEO for over 7 years and previously held the title of Finance Director.

Simon began his career at publishers Dorling Kindersley plc in 1995 and with them trained and qualified as an accountant, holding various finance roles during his 5 and half years there.

Simon then moved to Pearson TV (now FremantleMedia) for 2 years as Senior Management Accountant and Analyst. After a career break spent travelling he then held roles as FD of Penguin TV – a TV division within Penguin publishers, FD and Founder of Gong Anime, a new media TV channel for Japanese animation, FD of Amaze TV, and finally landing at KEO in January 2009.

Simon experience spans large multi-nationals to “off-the paper” start-ups and most things in between. Simon specialisms are managing business through high growth periods and identifying and implementing effective structures and processes to handle this. He also has worked on a number of merger and acquisition deals ranging from small “umbrella” type deals to $100+m approaches in a plc environment.

Simon is Chartered Management Accountant (UK) and a Chartered Global Management Accountant.

Jeremy Mills

Chairman Woodcut Media

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Jeremy Mills co-founded factual indie Lion Television after a career in news, current affairs and factual programming at the BBC. In 2015 he became Chairman of fledgling company Woodcut Media, which specialises in the production of documentaries – specialist factual, factual entertainment and lifestyle programming.

Grace Wilson

Financial Director Leftbank Pictures

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Grace is the Finance Director for Left Bank Pictures. Left Bank Pictures produces a wide range of drama and comedy productions for all the major domestic and international broadcasters, including NETFLIX, HBO, BBC, ITV1, Channel 4, E4 and Sky. Left Bank Pictures has produced three feature films and has with many more television programmes and films in development.

Grace qualified as an accountant in 2000 and has worked in a variety of areas including public sector, retail and legal practice before joining Tiger Aspect in 2004. When Tiger Aspect was acquired by IMG in June 2006, the due diligence process and the need to prepare the accounts under US GAAP proved an invaluable experience.  Grace joined Left Bank in its infancy and has been instrumental in guiding the company through a period of rapid growth, culminating in the sale of the company to Sony in 2012. Grace was integral in overseeing the due diligence process and has since integrated Left Bank’s operations into the wider Sony Group.

Ben Barrett


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Ben started his TV career at sports and adventure distributor Extreme International, where he became
Managing Director in 2000, and a co-founder of the Extreme Sports Channel. Upon sale of the business he joined Zig Zag Productions as Head of Distribution and Commercial Ventures, and became Commercial Director in 2008. Prior to setting up Drive he set up commercial consultancy Ben Barrett
Consulting, focusing on co-funding, rights exploitation and commercial affairs for a range of
UK and international producers. As Co-Managing Director of Drive Ben is responsible for the day to day running of the company alongside his business
partner Lilla Hurst.
Drive works with producers, broadcasters and distributors to ease the production funding process by sourcing finance for TV projects, as well as providing a range of commercial and
Executive Producer services.
We engage with projects at development stage, working with producers to identify opportunities, using our market knowledge and contacts to ensure that each project has the best chance of securing finance. Our goal is to help our clients finance their programmes in the most commercially efficient way possible.

We take a very flexible approach to the way we work with our partners, depending entirely on their needs. We understand that all our clients have different strengths and relationships, and like to manage projects differently. We make life easier for our clients, by helping steer them through areas of their business in which they need support.

Paul Cohen

Group Commercial Director-Hat Trick

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Paul oversees the Group‘s commercial activities including business and legal affairs, rights exploitation, production finance issues and business development. Paul has also been a member of the PACT Council since 2011.

Paul joined Hat Trick in the Autumn of 2000 as Legal and Business Affairs Manager and was made head of department in 2004. Prior to joining he worked as in-house counsel for SBS in Australia and also in London and Sydney for an international law firm.

Malcolm Gardner

Brayford Media Limited

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Malcolm has over 20 years experience of working with growing companies in the television and media sectors. A qualified accountant, he began his career with KPMG before leaving to work both in both full time and advisory roles.  His experience is broad, having acted as CFO for listed companies such as Television Corporation plc and 2waytraffic NV, through to start-ups and other early stage companies. He advises on finance and strategic issues, his experience encompassing acquisitions, disposals and restructuring, alongside the efficient running of the finance function.

Through his company, Brayford Media Ltd, he and a small team work with a portfolio of indies to help them realise their ambitions.

Marc Lorber

International Content Production Lionsgate

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Marc is one of the most experienced international content production, formats and programming executives, and an award-winning producer, skilled in conception, acquisition, development, strategic partnerships, and physical production of scripted and unscripted formats and originals, in the U.S., the U.K., Canada, and Australia; as well as Russia, Eastern Europe, Egypt, the UAE and Africa, encompassing the CIS, CEE and MENA regions, amongst the 17 non-English speaking countries Marc has lived and/or worked in.

Rosemary Klein

Director - The Television Affairs Consultancy

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Rosemary is a specialist in the factual, entertainment and children’s genres and has worked in Business & Commercial Affairs roles since 1990 advising on production, distribution, exploitation and protection issues. 

 Her in-house experience includes Head of Production Contracting at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Legal Adviser on digital content for Bell Canada’s Sympatico, Head of Business Affairs at Nickelodeon UK and Senior Legal Adviser on carriage agreements at NBCU. Her consultancy experience includes Head of Factual & Kids roles at both Rights TV and Industry Media. Although a true all-rounder, she has developed a significant 

specialty in structuring and advising in relation to international treaty co-productions, co-developments and joint ventures.  She is a regular speaker at industry conferences including the Children’s Media Conference, the Animation Exchange and the Westminster Forum on the protection, exploitation and financing of children’s content.

 Rosemary qualified as a barrister & solicitor in Canada in 1992 and as a solicitor in England in 2002. She has a BA (History) from the University of Toronto, an LLB from the University of Windsor, Ontario and a post graduate diploma in business administration. Prior to achieving her professional qualifications, she was a stage manager and company manager at the Stratford Festival in Ontario and at various regional theatre companies in Canada. 

David Swetman

Acquisitions Executive

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David graduated from Exeter University in 2010 with a MA in Middle East Politics. After interning for the think-tank Chatham House he worked as a runner at North One Television.
David joined All3Media International in 2011 as a Materials Coordinator. He quickly moved into the Acquisitions department and was promoted to Acquisitions Executive in 2013. Since then he has had responsibility for handling acquisitions from within the all3media group and from independent producers on behalf of the leading UK based distributor.

Elise Woolfe

Sales Manager

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STUDIOCANAL is Europe’s leader in production, co-production, rights acquisitions, distribution and international sales of feature films and TV series. STUDIOCANAL is actively developing and distributing high-end TV series through its network of acclaimed, award-winning production companies: RED Production Company (Happy Valley, Last Tango in Halifax) in the UK, TANDEM Productions (Crossing Lines, Spotless) in Germany and SAM Productions in Denmark.

 STUDIOCANAL’s third party distribution titles represent an international mix of production companies, noted and highly respected for their work. The Last Panthers (Haut et Court TV and Warp Films), Midnight Sun (Atlantique Productions and Nice Drama), and Section Zero (EuropaCorp), the new series from Olivier Marchal (Braquo), are among their new premium content series.

 STUDIOCANAL’s parent company, CANAL+ Group, is fully-owned by VIVENDI, a global media and content production and distribution group. STUDIOCANAL is the only studio operating simultaneously in three main territories across Europe: France, the United Kingdom and Germany. The company distributes a total of more than 50 films a year throughout Europe. Additionally, STUDIOCANAL owns one of the most important libraries in the world, with more than 5,000 international titles.

Beatriz Campos

VP Sales

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STUDIOCANAL is Europe’s leader in production, co-production, rights acquisitions, distribution and international sales of feature films and TV series. STUDIOCANAL is actively developing and distributing high-end TV series through its network of acclaimed, award-winning production companies: RED Production Company (Happy Valley, Last Tango in Halifax) in the UK, TANDEM Productions (Crossing Lines, Spotless) in Germany and SAM Productions in Denmark.

 STUDIOCANAL’s third party distribution titles represent an international mix of production companies, noted and highly respected for their work. The Last Panthers (Haut et Court TV and Warp Films), Midnight Sun (Atlantique Productions and Nice Drama), and Section Zero (EuropaCorp), the new series from Olivier Marchal (Braquo), are among their new premium content series.

 STUDIOCANAL’s parent company, CANAL+ Group, is fully-owned by VIVENDI, a global media and content production and distribution group. STUDIOCANAL is the only studio operating simultaneously in three main territories across Europe: France, the United Kingdom and Germany. The company distributes a total of more than 50 films a year throughout Europe. Additionally, STUDIOCANAL owns one of the most important libraries in the world, with more than 5,000 international titles.

Katy Cundall

VP Factual Acquisitions

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DRG is one of the leading independent distributors of content in the world. DRG delivers the advantage of representation by a large distributor yet provide the specialist service that fits the unique requirements of an individual programme. DRG recognises and embraces the challenges and opportunities created by the digital revolution. DRG adopts a 360° approach to rights exploitation and are constantly seeking innovative ways to maximise the value of client’s content.

DRG’s commitment is simple: to be passionate about the programmes it offers; to be innovative in its marketing approach; to sell hard; to be clearly accountable.

Graham Smith

Finance Advisor - Ingenious Corporate Finance

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Graham is a corporate finance advisor at Ingenious Corporate Finance, a leading specialist in Media and Technology transactions. He has advised on the structuring
and negotiation of over £1 billion of mid-market transactions across fundraising, mergers, acquisitions and disposals. Graham’s specialises in complex and landmark transactions in the Consumer Media, Marketing Services, Entertainment and Gaming sectors. Recently completed transactions include advising Johnston Press plc on the acquisition of the i newspaper, Plumbee games on its investment from Endemol and Random42 scientific animation on its
investment from Vespa Capital.

Michael Brader

Partner - Wiggin LLP

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Michael is a partner and co-head of the corporate group at media law specialists, Wiggin LLP.  His principal area of expertise is in independent television production investment and M&A.

 In recent years, he has advised the sellers of indies such as Love Productions, Neal Street Productions, Mammoth Screen, Raw TV, The Garden Productions, Left Bank Pictures, Big Talk Productions, Two Four, Pulse Films, Blast! Films, Windfall Films, Firecracker Films, Betty TV and Optomen Television. He has also advised US and Australian sellers of television production businesses into the UK, as well as a number of buyers in the indie market, including Endemol (Tiger AspectTigressDarlow Smithson and Artists’ Studio) and Shine (Kudos Film & Television).

 In the last couple of years, Michael has been particularly active in advising executives on the establishment of new indies and on the funding of both new and established TV companies by a wide range of investors, with examples being Sugar Films (Sky), Fable Pictures (Sony), Full Fat TV (Fremantle), Naked Entertainment (Fremantle), Lightbox (C4 Fund), Whisper Films (C4 Fund), Monumental TV (ITV) and Possessed TV (ITV).  He has also advised investors, such as Endemol on its recent investment in Sir Lenny Henry’s Douglas Road.

Hasham Khan

Associate Director - ACF

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Hasham has over 10 years of financial advisory experience including audit, due diligence and mergers and acquisitions.

Hasham brings a wealth of international media experience, having advised on deals in TV and Film Production and Distribution, Digital Media and Children’s IP – including the sale of the intellectual property rights to the iconic global property Paddington Bear to Studiocanal.

Previously, Hasham worked at BDO where he advised on a variety of deals including both buy-side and sell-side, debt and equity raise, accelerated sale processes and management buy-outs, including the £950m sale of CPA Global to leading European Private Equity firm Cinven Partners. His clients spanned from owner-managed entrepreneurial businesses to large listed companies.

Hasham is a keen footballer, although by his own admission has spent more time nursing injuries than playing in the last few years.

Hasham is an ICAEW Chartered Accountant and holds a B.Sc. degree for Applied Business Management from the Imperial College in London.

Rod Beer

Strategic Relations Director - UK Business Angels Association

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Roderick was recently appointed as the Strategic Relations Director for the UK Business Angel Association. The Association’s focus is on growing and supporting the early stage investment ecosystem
through a nationwide programme of education and collaboration. It does this through its 213 syndicate, and crowd funding members and an 18,000 strong investor reach.
Before that, Roderick’s career started running the operations for Beer & Partners, whilst it grew to be the largest, regulated private investment network in the UK, securing over £80m for more than 500 businesses. After setting up an entrepreneurial division within a crowdfunding network he then we
nt on to join the team at Ruffena Capital as their COO at the very beginning of 2014.

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Jane Kelly

Co-Founder and Creative Director, Big Mountain Productions

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At Big Mountain Jane has created, developed and Executive Produced groundbreaking formats including Extreme Makeovers: On Fleek, Ireland with Ardal O’Hanlon and Addict’s Symphony for Channel 4, Genealogy Roadshow for PBS, Wild Ireland for ITV1 winning 19m viewers as well as sales abroad.

The company is currently in production with five series for four broadcasters in two territories including a 15 x 60 series for Channel 4 Daytime.

Jane specialises in creating audience-winning new hybrids for TV, bringing new and exciting talent to screen and building top teams to develop and deliver to broadcasters.

Philip McGovern

Co-Founder and Managing Director, Big Mountain Productions

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At Big Mountain, Philip has utilised his extensive and award-winning current affairs, factual and entertainment programme-making experience to create and oversee exciting hybrid brands for the company. He has an established track record in developing and collaborating with top talent in Ireland and the UK including Ardal O’Hanlon, Christine Lampard and Daniel O’Donnell.

He co-created and launched Genealogy Roadshow in Ireland and the USA, where it ran successfully coast to coast on PBS for four seasons, as well as originating and executive producing a host of Big Mountain titles from internationally selling police obs doc Traffic Blues to music mentoring format Jam, which won six recommissions in three years.

Philip began his career with Janet Street-Porter’s BBC Two DEF II slot. He Executive Produced BBC One shows Bruce Goes Dancing with Bruce Forsythe and What If with David Dickinson, as well as BBC Two shows Turf Wars and Like a Hurricane: The Alex Higgins Story.

With RTE he produced and directed the seminal stripped comedy sketch series Nighthawks, devised and produced game shows, magazine shows and hard-hitting popular factual series such as The Secret Baby Trail – the first TV exposé of the scandal of illegitimate Irish babies dispatched to the USA.

Miles Chapman

Creative Director, Bingo Productions

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Miles Chapman is a writer, performer and producer. Miles started writing in 2010 along with Mark O’Sullivan. They developed BLAPS with Channel 4, and Miles also produced Lee and Dean for Bingo. Miles is currently writing a new series for Channel 4, as well as exploring new ideas in factual entertainment.

Martyn Jolly

Chief Operating Officer and Head of Production, Bingo Productions

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Martyn Jolly is the line producer for Bingo’s first commissioned series Lee and Dean, and was subsequently invited to become a partner in the business. Martyn now manages Bingo’s new work slate and oversees financial and legal matters for the company. Previous to working in this industry, he spent 20 years in senior procurement and project management roles.

Mark O’Sullivan

Creative Director, Bingo Productions

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Mark O’Sullivan is a performer/writer/director, and Co-Founder of Bingo Productions. He has performed in and written comedy and drama for Channel 4, the BBC and ITV, including Bingo’s first series commission, Lee and Dean. Mark is currently developing Bingo’s exciting new slate of comedy and drama projects – a mixture of in-house creations and projects with other writing/performing talent.

Sam Underwood

Executive Producer, Bingo Productions

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Sam Underwood is a writer, performer and film-maker. After helping to start up Bingo Productions, Sam has written, produced and performed in Lee and Dean, Bingo’s first commission for Channel 4. Sam is now working on Bingo’s exciting slate of projects that looks to develop original ideas in-house and co-productions with other indies.

Nicki Gottlieb

Co-Founder and Managing Director, Brown Bob Productions

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Nicki is responsible for all accounts, budgets, contracts, deals – we could go through the whole alphabet, but you get the drift. She’s always doing 25 things at once, and takes efficiency to a whole new level. She has extensive experience across a range of prime time award-winning series, volume formats, and high-end arts programming.

Jacqueline Hewer

Co-Founder and Creative Director, Brown Bob Productions

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Jacqueline is responsible for developing, pitching and executive producing across Brown Bob’s varied output. She has excellent contacts across the industry and is a demon in the edit.

She previously worked at the BBC in News & Current Affairs, before becoming a BBC Commissioner for Factual and Factual Entertainment. She was also Head of Daytime at Leopard Films.

Foz Allan

Creative Director, Bryncoed Productions

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Executive Producer Foz Allan leads the company. He is an experienced drama producer with particular experience in creating and running return series. He has a thorough understanding of the UK drama production and commissioning process, together with strong editorial skills and talent relationships.

He has significant experience in overseas and post-production. Recently he has delivered Sky Atlantic’s hit show Riviera as series producer and led the production process for Jekyll and Hyde, ITV’s sumptuous and monstrous adaptation by Charlie Higson set in the 1930s.

For the BBC he co-created Robin Hood with Dominic Minghella for BBC One, which became one of BBC Worldwide’s bestselling dramas. Also for the BBC in Wales he created Belonging, which ran for 10 series. It was nominated for, and won, many BAFTA Cymru Awards, including Best Drama for series one.

He has extensive experience in children’s drama, being the originating producer for Wolfblood (CBBC/ZDF), The Dumping Ground, Hetty Feather and Harriet’s Army, all of which have generated BAFTA Nominations and Awards.

Emma Yap

Development Producer, Bryncoed Productions

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Emma graduated from the University of Cambridge in Economics, before working in investment banking and biotechnology. She joined the media industry in 2013 after being accepted as a writer on the Royal Court Theatre’s Unheard Voices scheme.

She has worked in International Sales at Bankside Films and Global Acquisitions at NBC Universal, as well as producing award-winning feature film Making It, which premiered at the East End International Film Festival.

She is Co-Founder of Female Film Leaders, an organisation dedicated to inspiring the next generation of female executives in Film and TV.

Ben Murray

Creative Director, Bullion Productions

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Ben Murray specialises in writing and directing comedy, commercial content and music videos. Since graduating with a degree in Psychology from UEA, he has worked as both a director’s assistant and director at Partizan Films. Since forming Bullion, Ben has been nominated for various UKMVA Awards for his music videos for the likes of Disclosure, Slaves and Ed Sheeran. It was here he started to develop the BAFTA-winning comedy series People Just Do Nothing with Steve Stamp and began working closely with brands such as Nike, Boiler Room and YouTube. Ben has since developed a new comedy series called Wannabe for the BBC and has another, Peacock, in the development stages with the BBC.

At Bullion, Ben is Head of New Talent and Business, developing and maintaining relationships with the company’s clients. Ben’s role also crosses over with James’ and they worked closely on developing Bullion’s voice and identity as a company.

Jack Newman

Managing Director, Bullion Productions

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Jack has been working in the film industry since the age of 16. Since graduating from the University of the Arts London in 2009, where he studied Film and Video, he’s worked as a producer and director at Partizan Films and Vice. Since co-founding Bullion he’s produced and directed award-winning works such as Meet the Devotees for BBC Three, which won best online documentary film at the UK Media Awards in 2016, and Viceland’s TV series States of Undress. He has also worked on TVCs and content for brands such as Ford, Toyota and Adidas. Jack was included in the BBC’s ‘one to watch’ list for 2017.

Jack is Acting MD of Bullion as well as EP on all Bullion projects. Jack has been the main flag-bearer for Bullion’s TV department developing the company’s slate, and Executive Produced its first TV series Wannabe.

James Willis

Creative Director, Bullion Productions

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James started his film career at Partizan Films as a director’s assistant and researcher. It was here he met Jack Newman and Ben Murray. At Partizan he was signed as a music and content director before starting Bullion in 2010, working with brands such as Ray Ban, Adidas, Budweiser and Pokerstars.

As a Director at Bullion he specialises in branded sports content for youth audiences. He works closely with brands such as Adidas, Budweiser and platforms such as Copa 90 in developing concepts and content which connect with the ever-evolving commercial sector.

James is the Creative Director at Bullion and is responsible for the creative output of the company. He works closely with Bullion’s directing talent in helping projects come to fruition and making sure they’re delivered to the highest of standards, as well as managing the visibility and appearance of the Bullion brand.

Val Croft

Production Executive, Folk Films

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Val Croft has been with Folk Films from its very beginning. She previously worked at Indus Films overseeing their output, including a number of Channel 4 series plus BBC’s Kolkata with Sue Perkins and Nomads with Kate Humble as well as series for BBC Wales.

Prior to that Val was Head of Production for Channel 4’s Time Team. With more than 20 years production managing experience, Val has worked on a very wide range of television genres from arts, history and factual to natural history, delivering to all the UK broadcasters. Val looks after all Folk Films’ productions.

Steve Robinson

MD / Executive Producer, Folk Films

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Steve Robinson is a multi-award winning documentary film-maker and executive producer with over 25 years experience in factual television. Credits include series producing and directing the BAFTA Award-winning Amazon with Bruce Parry (BBC Two), Tribe (BBC Two), Mekong with Sue Perkins (BBC Two) and Eiger: Wall of Death (BBC Four).

He started his career as a newspaper reporter in West Wales, before joining BBC Wales to make adventure documentaries as Series Producer of Extreme Lives (BBC One), profiling some of the world’s greatest outdoor athletes. The Man Who Jumped to Earth followed 64-year-old Eric Jones as he BASE jumped Angel Falls, and won the RTS Award for Best Sports Documentary. Ellen MacArthur: Sailing Through Heaven and Hell was nominated for a BAFTA. Steve went on to create and produce three series of Tribe with Bruce Parry (twice BAFTA-nominated).

He left the BBC in 2005 to set up production company Indus Films, making series such as Everest ER (BBC One), Expedition Alaska (Discovery Channel), Arctic with Bruce Parry and Inside London’s Markets (BBC Two). His most recent projects at Indus were Hunters of the South Seas with Will Millard (BBC Two), exploring the lives of people in the Coral Triangle and Kolkata with Sue Perkins (BBC One).

He left Indus in 2015 following its acquisition, and created new indie Folk Films in 2016.

Ross McCarthy

CEO, Gobstopper Television

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Ross initially focussed on Entertainment Format development, before being drawn into production as an Executive Producer on reality and entertainment formats. He has worked as a creative at some of the UK’s leading production companies, including BBC Entertainment, ITV Studios, Wall to Wall and Twenty Twenty.

Ross is the lead Executive Producer across all of Gobstopper’s output, including Just Tattoo Of Us series one to four and Just Tattoo Of Us USA, as well as recent social media driven reality series Single AF, all for MTV.

Amanda Jenks

Co-Founder and Director, Greenacre Films

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In 2014, Amanda was the Executive Producer on a three-part drama for ITV, The Widower, written by Jeff Pope, starring Reece Sheersmith and Sheridan Smith and directed by Paul Whittington. In 2012 she produced The Girl for HBO/BBC written by Gwyneth Hughes, directed by Julian Jarrold and starring Toby Jones, Sienna Miller and Imelda Staunton. It was nominated for three Golden Globes, nine BAFTAs and six Primetime Emmys.

She also produced Mysterious Creatures starring Brenda Blethyn and Timothy Spall, written by Gwyneth Hughes, winner of the Mental Health Media Award 2008; and The Grey Man, an adaptation of a short story by Andy McNab starring Daniel Ryan and Olivia Colman for BBC1.

Amanda’s previous film An Englishman in New York directed by Richard Laxton, starring John Hurt and Cynthia Nixon, won a Teddy Award for Best Actor at the Berlin Film Festival 2009, and Best Film at Hamburg. It was also nominated for three BAFTAs and was shortlisted for a Rose D’Or 2010 for Best Single Film.

Nadine Marsh-Edwards

Co-Founder and Director, Greenacre Films

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Nadine has extensive drama experience in both film and television. In 2017 she produced Joe All Alone, a four-part series for CBBC. She was the Development Executive on An Englishman in New York and the Executive Producer of The Grey Man.

Prior to this she was an Executive Producer at BBC Drama Scotland for several years. Her credits there include series Two Thousand Acres Of Sky, Tinsel Town and the BAFTA-winning Sea of Souls.

Nadine’s numerous feature film credits as a producer include Bhaji on the Beach written by Meera Syal and directed by Gurinder Chadha, nominated for Best British Film at BAFTA and winner of Best Film at Locarno Film Festival; Looking for Langston written and directed by Isaac Julien and winner of the Berlin Teddy Award for Best Film; Young Soul Rebels written by Paul Hallam and Isaac Julien and directed by Isaac Julien, winner of the Cannes Film Festival Critics Prize.

Victoria Ashbourne

CEO, Hello Dolly

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Victoria co-founded Hello Dolly in October 2017 as a wholly independent production company to create and produce global entertainment format hits.

Prior to Hello Dolly, Victoria was founder and Managing Director of Victory Television (a joint venture with Sony Pictures Television), which she built to a $16m turnover in just three years. Victory TV production credits include Win Your Wish List (BBC One), Five Minutes to a Fortune (Channel 4) and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? (ITV), including achieving a global first by launching both ITV’s and the WWTBAM format’s first ever playalong app. Victory also achieved the accolade of being voted in the top three pitching companies by 45 UK commissioners.

Stuart Shawcross

CCO, Hello Dolly

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Stuart co-founded Hello Dolly in October 2017 as a wholly independent production company to create and produce global entertainment format hits. He is one of the UK’s leading gameshow creators and developers. His creations include: Hardball (BBC One), The National Lottery: Win Your Wish List (BBC One), Benchmark (Channel 4), Five Minutes to a Fortune (Channel 4) and Number 1 Soap Fan (ITV1). Prior to launching Hello Dolly, he was Director of Entertainment at Youngest Media, and Creative Director at Victory Television.

Andrew Eastel

Creative Director, Middlechild Productions

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In 2011, having worked as a producer/director of factual content for a number of years, Eastel invested money made from the international distribution of a feature documentary he directed into setting up his own production company. After a couple of years experiencing the highs and lows of running an indie, Eastel met David Sumnall in 2014. Realising they shared a similar vision, both creatively and in business, Eastel joined Middlechild to help produce new content and lead development. He now holds the position of Creative Director and oversees all the company’s output.

David Sumnall

Managing Director, Middlechild Productions

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After years of making documentaries, series and winning commissions for other indies, David decided to set up Middlechild Productions. After 18 months of no income and incredible patience from his wife, David got lucky when Ben Frow took over at Channel 5 and brought with him a passion for our four legged furry friends. Soon after, The Dog Rescuers series with Alan Davies was born and nearly 70 hours later, and with a whole host of other productions under his belt, David is still riding his luck! Although nowadays, that’s mixed with a large dose of hard work and a lot of creativity.

Dominic Minns

Co-Founder and Creative Director, Plug-in Media

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Dominic is the Creative Director and Co-Founder of Plug-in Media, a digital production company based in the UK. Be it creating digital strategies and interactive experiences for third party brands or originating and developing Plug-in’s original IP, Dominic has been responsible for Plug-in’s creative output since the company began. Over the 17 years he has been creating content for children, Dom has conceived of and directed games, digital toys, 2D and 3D linear animation, interactive stories, creativity tools, educational tools, playable narrative, VR experiences, adult comedy, websites, transmedia brands, music albums and explorative environments, working with broadcasters and production companies across the world. Plug-in Media’s projects have won many awards, including four BAFTAs. Dom is also the creator of Tee and Mo, the first brand ever to be commissioned by the BBC following an interactive debut, now in full series production.

Juliet Tzabar

CEO, Plug-in Media

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Juliet has been working in media production since 1995, moving from TV dramas to produce interactive content in 2000. Joining Plug-in Media as a partner at the start of 2007, Juliet has established the company as one of the UK’s leading digital agencies. More recently she has been overseeing its move into original IP development, capitalising on experience within the kids’ content sector to originate, produce and publish original IP across multiple platforms.

Juliet serves on the advisory committee for the Children’s Media Conference and is on the board of Wired Sussex. In 2011 she was a finalist in the Women in Technology Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Millie Law

Producer, Silverfish Films

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Millie Law is an experienced production manager and producer who has worked on over 50 films for Silverfish. Millie’s experience of organising shoots at short notice and often with complex logistics is unrivalled and led her to a leading role in the company. She is calm, efficient and passionate about what she does.

Mark Lucas

Founder and Executive Producer, Silverfish Films

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Mark is currently executive producing for the BBC Horizon Strand, has won a pitch for the European Broadcasting Union and leads Silverfish.

Mark is the driving creative force behind Silverfish Films. Whether it’s creating a new video campaign or discussing our next documentary idea, Mark will be at the head of the conversation and always ahead of the next trend.

Mark’s past experience includes producing successful Channel 4 and BBC shows and working with Oscar-winning director Anthony Minghella. Mark also produced all of Tony Blair’s election-winning TV ads and has worked with Kofi Annan, Nelson Mandela, Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. He has won Gold at the New York Film Awards and lectured at the LSE.

Lucy Hillman

Creative Director, Summer Films

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Lucy is a multi-award winning Executive Producer who began her career at Newsnight and Panorama, before moving to the BBC’s documentary department. She then moved on to Twenty Twenty Television as Head of Documentaries.

The last series Lucy exec’d before starting Summer Films was the BAFTA-nominated BBC Two series Great Ormond Street. Before that, she’d run the BAFTA-nominated The Choir – Military Wives and the International Emmy Award-winning Gareth Goes to Glyndebourne. She’s also a Broadcast and TRIC Award winner. Her previous work includes the four-part Channel 4 series The Sound of Musicals and popular BBC factual hit Iceland: Life inside the Freezer Cabinet.

Sam Whittaker

Managing Director, Summer Films

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Sam is a two-time winner of International Emmys in Non-Scripted Entertainment, a Broadcast and Real Screen Award-winner, as well as a BAFTA and Royal Television Society finalist.

Sam has particular experience in delivering UK shows and developing the formats to become international bestsellers. He developed, produced and directed the first series of the Channel 4 hit Brat Camp, and his shows have since been distributed to 140 countries and formatted around the globe. Previous work includes World’s Strictest Parents (35×60 for BBC Three), My Transsexual Summer (4×60 for Channel 4), It takes a Choir (8×60 for USA Network), First Dates (Series One, 6×60 for Channel 4) and Lifesavers (3×60 for BBC One).

Neil Crombie

Co-Founder and Creative Director, Swan Films

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Neil is a double BAFTA-winning Director and Executive Producer. His recent credits include Executive Producer of American High School and Working Class White Men with Professor Green, and Series Director of BAFTA-nominated and double RTS-winning Grayson Perry: All Man. It was his third series with the artist, following the BAFTA, RTS and Grierson-winning Grayson Perry: Who Are You?, and the BAFTA and Grierson-winning All in the Best Possible Taste. In 2015 Neil was also nominated for Best Factual Director at the BAFTA Craft Awards. As a director, Neil has worked across documentary, specialist factual and drama-documentary.

Joe Evans

Co-Founder and Managing Director, Swan Films

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Joe is a double BAFTA-winning Producer who executive produces all content across Swan’s output, as well as overseeing all of the company’s operations. Recent credits include BAFTA-nominated and double RTS-winning Grayson Perry: All Man, American High School, Working Class White Men with Professor Green, and BAFTA, RTS and Grierson-winning Grayson Perry: Who Are You? Before establishing Swan, Joe was the Managing Director of Seneca Productions, where he produced a wide range of programming. As a former Head of Development at the BBC and various leading indies he created hit programming for UK, US and Australian broadcasters.

Adrian Burns

Director, Synchronicity Films

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Adrian Burns is a Director of Synchronicity Films and is responsible for the operational aspects of the organisation as well as providing general backup to Claire. Originally based in management consulting, Adrian left the sector to explore more creative opportunities and has since worked on a number of independent feature films and TV dramas in production.

Claire Mundell

Founder and Creative Director, Synchronicity Films

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Claire Mundell is an award-winning producer and executive producer. She founded Synchronicity in 2006 after leaving the BBC where she was Head of Children’s BBC Scotland for 10 years. She is also a former BBC in-house Drama Exec and has extensive experience of originating, producing and exec producing across a range of genres, specialising in drama.

Rukhsana Mosam

Founder and Creative Director, Ten66 Television

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Rukhsana has been working in TV for 25 years, mainly as a freelancer. Her early career as a producer/director encompassed working on classic family viewing primetime hits like Children’s Hospital for BBC One and How Do They Do That? for ITV, as well as directing character-led single docs like Girl on a Motorbike for Channel 4. She went on to Executive Produce shows like Wife Swap for Channel 4 and How to be Become a Property Developer for Channel 5 at RDF Television, and helped Two Four move their slate from Daytime into Peak as their first Head of Factual. A Londoner by birth, Rukhsana set up Ten66 Television when she moved to Hastings a few years ago. Her first big format idea for Ten66 was turned into a 4×1 hour peak format for BBC Two last year, a co-production with Wall to Wall Television, called Me and My Dog and presented by Chris Packham.

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Ed Stobart

Managing Director, Alleycats

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Ed Stobart is Managing Director of the multi-award-winning Alleycats, based in Derry, Northern Ireland. He produced documentary feature How To Defuse A Bomb: The Project Children Story that played in festivals across North America in Spring 2017. He Executive Produced the documentary feature Pink Saris, which won the Prix Europa and Sheffield Documentary Festival, and was BAFTA and Grierson-nominated.

He also has a strong track record in popular factual television, having exec produced BBC1/ RTE Keeping ‘er Country, ITV1/ ITV2 Jack Osbourne Adrenaline Junkie, which sold to 146 territories worldwide, and series produced Channel 4’s Grand Designs.

Jeff Norton

Founder, Awesome

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Jeff Norton is an author, writer-producer, and founder of Awesome, a creative incubator. He is the author of the award-winning MetaWars (Hachette) and the upcoming thriller Keeping The Beat. (KCP Loft).

Jeff was Executive Producer on two seasons of Trucktown, based on the best-selling books. Previously, he worked at Chorion Ltd where he acquired and developed new IP and ran the Enid Blyton literary estate. Jeff also produced the award-winning Choose Your Own Adventure interactive movie featuring William H. Macy & Frankie Muniz. Jeff studied Film at Queen’s University in Canada and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

David Notman-Watt

Founder, back2back

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David Notman-Watt founded back2back in 2003 as a shooting PD, finally putting down his camera in 2009 when the back2back story started properly.  As MD, David’s ambition has long been to create and establish returning TV brands.

Through hard graft and perseverance the company has grown to where it is today, with a huge and varied back catalogue and repeat commissions for series including Mega Shippers, Cars that Rock and The World’s Deadliest…. Along with back2back’s loyal and long-serving core team, David’s aim in 2017 is to carry the company forward to the next phase in its growth.

Thomas Stogdon

Creative Director and Co-Founder, Big Deal Films

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Thomas is Big Deal Films’ Creative Director and Co-Founder, overseeing all new developments and additions to the BDF slate. He has generated ideas for current Big Deal Films commissions across BBC1, BBC3, Radio 1 and CBBC, and hopes to expand the company’s presence with a raft of new single and multi-part propositions. With a particular passion for factual content, he has recently written and created a new scripted comedy series for BBC3 and conceptualized an innovative live action series for CBBC.

Dhanny Joshi

Managing Director, Big Deal Films

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Dhanny found early success with Big Deal having been the strategic brains behind the public voting campaign for then client Adam Deacon’s victorious bid to win the BAFTA Rising Star Award ahead of Hollywood competition such as Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddlestone.

As well as managing the daily demands of Big Deal Films, Dhanny also manages comedy sensation Humza Arshad, star of popular YouTube series Diary of a Badman, having overseen the massive growth of his channel, making Humza the most viewed British comedian with over 77 million views and 335,000 subscribers.

Martha O'Kane

Head of Production, Erica Starling Productions

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Martha has many years experience as a production manager across a wide range of network factual and current affairs projects. She joined Erica Starling Productions as Head of Production in August 2011. Prior to this she was at Zoogon Productions and before then in-house at the BBC where she was Head of Production at BBCNI across Factual, Entertainment and Radio Ulster. She also production managed at the BBC in London for over 10 years, working across various strands (including Panorama), documentaries and drama documentaries including The Diamond Heist.

Rachel Hooper

Head of Development, Erica Starling Productions

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Rachel Hooper is an award-winning producer with 20 years experience across radio, TV and film. She started as a journalist for the BBC in Belfast, covering the end of the conflict and the Good Friday Agreement. She then ran the BBC network radio documentary department and during that time won a number of awards including the UN Correspondent award for a documentary about blood diamonds in Sierra Leone. She left the BBC in 2010 to work as a freelance producer for a number of indies, before joining Erica Starling as a producer and Head of Development. She has recently finished a feature arts doc,  Leonora Carrington: The Lost Surrealist for BBC4,  and is about to start work on another feature doc, Out in the Cold, for BBC3. In 2016 she won an RTS award for Find Me A Family, a series about children in care.

Amanda Murray

Company Director, Fearless Television

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Amanda is an award-winning producer with over twenty years experience of making popular factual television.

Cutting her teeth on BBC stalwarts Tomorrow’s World, QED and Animal Hospital, she then moved on to produce series including The Farmer Wants A Wife (ITV1) which became an international hit, The Restaurant (BBC2), and Gordon’s Great Escape (C4).

As an Executive Producer she has worked with a number of indies developing several ideas through to commission.  Credits include The Baby Race (C4), Surviving The Wave (BBC3), Things I Hate About You (Bravo/NBC in the US) and most recently the BAFTA-winning This Farming Life (BBC2).

Ed Wardle

Creative Director, Fearless Television

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An award-winning producer, Ed has carved a significant name for himself in specialist factual television, both in front of and behind the camera.

He has a reputation for delivering ground-breaking series, often self-shot from the most extreme places on earth for both the UK and US broadcasters.  His credits include the highly acclaimed ‘Alone In The Wild’ for Channel 4 and National Geographic, which defined a new genre of survival programmes.

One of the foremost experts in filming in extreme environments, Ed has produced four series on Everest including three seasons of Everest Beyond The Limit’for Discovery US.

Mario Stylianides

Founder and Managing Director, Golden Path Productions Ltd

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Mario is a BAFTA Award-winning producer who spent seven enormously successful years as Head of Comedy at Hat Trick. During his time there he developed, sold and executive produced the BAFTA Award-winning Fonejacker, Facejacker, The Armstrong and Miller Show, BAFTA nominated The Worst Week of My Life, British Comedy Award-winning Drop Dead Gorgeous and Golden Rose-winning sitcom Spy.

He was then headhunted by Hollywood studio NBC Universal and founded comedy label Lucky Giant. While there he developed and Executive Produced Christopher Guest’s first foray into TV – Family Tree – for HBO and developed ground-breaking comedy-drama Quacks for BBC2.

Emma Wakefield

Founder and Managing Director, Lambent Productions

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Emma is the founder and joint MD of Lambent Productions, where she has created a wide range of acclaimed documentaries, factual series and educational programming.

Credits include Kids Behind Bars for BBC3, Out of Jail and on the Streets for BBC1, and The Wrestlers: Fighting With my Family for Channel 4, all RTS award-winners. She produced formatted teen series Gay-Z, Lifeproof, and Welcome to My World for Channel 4, and BAFTA-nominated drama-documentaries Love Hurts and True Stories for BBC2/Learning. Recent hits include Last Whites of the East End for BBC1 and The Special Needs Hotel on Channel 5.

Audrey English

Head of Production, Lambent Productions

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Audrey joined Lambent in 2004 from the BBC, and has overseen many landmark projects, from over 150 hours of online content for global education publishers Sage, to archive-based specialist factual series The Secret Life of Rubbish for BBC4, and science series Secrets of the Brain for Ultra HD channel Insight.

She became Head of Production in 2014, working with the MDs to develop and grow the company, alongside overseeing Lambent’s productions.

Ben Gale

Managing Director, Little Gem

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Ben’s past roles include BBC Commissioning Editor for Features, Director of Programmes at Channel 5, and senior positions at Maverick, Wall-to-Wall and Lion TV. He was the series editor of the first series of Who Do You Think You Are? and the BBC’s Executive Producer of the first BAFTA Award-winning series of The Choir. He commissioned hits including Don’t Tell the Bride, The Real Hustle and Nigella Express. While running BBC Bristol Factual he oversaw the creation of DIY SOS: The Big Build, the launch of Nigel Slater on BBC One and the multi-award winning Protecting Our Children on BBC Two. While Director of Programmes at Maverick, Ben Executive Produced BBC Three’s Growing Up Down’s which won the Groundbreaking Programme Award at the CDN Awards and was nominated for an International Emmy.

Natasha Bondy

Creative Director, Little Gem

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Natasha’s first job in television was a documentary about dolphins with Robin Williams at Tigress. After working at a handful of indies she spent eight years in the BBC’s Science and Business Units, cutting her directorial teeth on the BAFTA Award-winning series of Back to the Floor. She went on to spend four years as Head of Development at talkbackTHAMES (now Boundless) where her team won over 20 series commissions including Michael Portillo’s Railway Journeys. She then joined Princess as Head of Factual, where her series commissions included Sky1’s Ashley Banjo’s Secret Street Crew and Channel 4’s Jewish Mum of the Year.

Jacqui Hayden

Development Director, Matchlight

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In her previous role as Head of Development for IWC Media (part of the Zodiak group), Jacqui developed an incredibly diverse range of series including Mountain, Lost Kingdoms of Africa, Britain’s Last Wilderness, Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive and Robbie Coltrane’s B-Road Britain for ITV.  Series achievements for Channel 4 include Richard Dawkins: The Genius of Darwin and Stephen Hawking: Master of the Universe. Jacqui developed Extreme Fishing with Robson Green for Channel 5 and Detonators for Discovery. Single films include Beauty Queens and Bloodshed, Mississippi Burning, Key Witness: Joanne Lees and A Mother’s Journey.

David Smith

Managing Director, Matchlight

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Matchlight’s Managing Director, David Smith was formerly Head of Business Affairs for Wark Clements & Co. where he helped steer that company’s merger with Ideal World to form IWC Media, Scotland’s largest independent television production company. David then advised the IWC board during that company’s acquisition by RDF Media plc and remained with IWC as Head of Legal & Commercial Affairs. He left IWC Media to found Matchlight.

Ross Wilson

Creative Director, Matchlight

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Matchlight’s Creative Director, Ross Wilson, is an exceptionally experienced, award-winning film maker and executive producer. Known for presenter-led pieces, access-based observational documentaries and investigative journalism, his films are intelligent, thought-provoking and often explore challenging worlds and subject matters.

His 2006 series Stephen Fry: Secret Life of the Manic Depressive was nominated for every major award available including BAFTA and RTS and won several including an International Emmy for Best Documentary and a Broadcast Award in the same category.   His follow-up BBC series Stephen Fry: HIV & Me was similarly well-received by critics and the audiences alike, picking up several awards and nominations including RTS and BAFTA for Best Documentary.

In 1999 Ross received British Television’s most prestigious award – the UK BAFTA for Best Documentary – for his film for ITV, After Lockerbie. The year before, he had been nominated for a UK BAFTA, for a series of two documentaries that saw him film exclusively behind the scenes with Gordon Brown in the lead-up to the 1997 election and through his first six months in the Treasury.

The achievement however for which Ross is most proud came after the showing of one of his films on Channel 4 – the documentary Crimes of War, an investigation into war criminals living in Britain – which led to intense political debate and ultimately a change in British law.

Soleta Rogan

Managing Director, Rogan Productions

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With a background focus in brand development and management, sales and operations, Soleta set up Rogan Productions with her husband James in 2013, with a vision of delivering high-end films for broadcast and not-for-broadcast. In addition to her operational responsibilities, Soleta has been Executive Producer on the online series The Craftsmen’s Dinner with Michel Roux Jr for The Balvenie, and Production Executive on the feature documentaries The Confession: Living the War on Terror for BBC Storyville/BFI and Waiting For Invasion for Al Jazeera.

James Rogan

Creative Director, Rogan Productions

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James is one of the UK’s leading documentary makers.  Through his independent production company, Rogan Productions, he has produced The Gun Shop, chronicling the everyday life of an American firearms store for Channel 4, The Confession, a theatrical documentary about a former Guantanamo inmate, Waiting for Invasion for Al Jazeera, observing Lithuanian conscripts training to defend their country from Russian attack, Refugee Diaries for BBC3 following the experiences of young refugees after they enter the UK, and he produced and directed One Night in 2012, a feature documentary about Danny Boyle’s Opening ceremony for the London Olympics.

Caroline Roberts-Cherry

Founder, Saffron Cherry TV

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Saffron Cherry TV founder, Caroline Roberts-Cherry is an experienced entertainment and factual producer. A former BBC executive, she is currently working for ITV on quiz series Cash Trapped. She was the BBC’s Independents and Diversity Executive and a BBC Learning Commissioner but has largely specialised in working in production.

Former Chair of Greater Manchester Employer Coalition and the Cultural Diversity Network North, she sits on the Advisory Panel for England for OfCom and the board of Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester. She is WFTV events Co-ordinator North and last year won RTS North and BAFTA Kids for Ten Pieces ii Film.  

Larry Bass

CEO, ShinAwiL Productions Ltd.

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In 1999 Larry Bass established ShinAwiL Productions Ltd.

Larry has Executive Produced the Irish versions of the multi-award winning series The Apprentice which won two Irish Film and Television Awards, Dragons’ DenMasterChef Ireland and most recently the hugely successful The Voice of Ireland. Other recent productions include Home of the Year, What Are You Eating?, Meet the McDonaghs and Tested on Humans.

The ShinAwiL development team is currently in development on original series for the Irish, UK and USA markets, both scripted and non-scripted.

Previous credits include Popstars, You’re A Star, Charity You’re A Star, Test The Teachers, Charity Lords of the Ring, Fame The Musical and The Obesity Clinic.

In 2000, Larry was elected to the national Executive of Screen Producers Ireland (SPI), serving as deputy chairman from January 2003 to February 2004, and as Chairman from February 2004 to February 2005. He was reelected to the board in 2015. He also was the Irish member of CEPI from 2003 to 2006.

Larry is an advisory board member of FÁS Screen Training Ireland and Entertainment Masterclass. He has also sat on a jury for the International Emmys, Rose d’Or, BANFF and Real Screen Television Awards.

Larry has guest lectured at DIT Dublin, IADT Dublin, MipTV and MIPCOM, SPAA Australia and Entertainment Masterclass.

Larry served on the Board of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland from 2010 to 2015.

Alan Gillespie

Head of Development, ShinAwiL

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Alan Gillespie joined ShinAwiL in 2010 as Head of Development. Alan holds a BA Hons. Degree in Media Production with Journalism and oversees the development of content in the Dublin and Belfast offices across all genres.

During his tenure, Alan has increased ShinAwiL’s output in Entertainment programming and expanded the brand of ShinAwiL into other genres. Notable commissions include Dancing with the Stars (Ireland), The Voice of Ireland, MasterChef Ireland, The Obesity Clinic, Undercover NI, Get the Numbers, Write, Bressies’ Teenage Kicks, Along Home Shores, Peak Performance, Tested on Humans, Home of the Year, What Are You Eating?, Gift from Death and Meet the McDonaghs.

Ian Bradshaw

Co-Founder and Technical Director, Title Role Productions Ltd.

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Ian Bradshaw is Co-founder and Technical Director of Title Role Productions, responsible for the day-to-day business affairs of the company and overseeing its technical requirements and programming.

Ian has been Director of Photography and Camera Operator for Title Role Productions for the past twelve years and was previously Camera Operator at ITV Granada / ITN covering news and regional documentaries.

Ian has worked all over the world for ITV / Channel 4 / Channel 5 / Sky / MTV / Crime & Investigation UK / History Channel & Foxtel Networks Australia. Ian has also won two Royal Television Awards, an International MPA Award and contributed to the company winning an Australian Academy Award, he is also an appointed Royal Television Society Award judge.

Helen Tonge

Co-founder and Managing Director, Title Role Productions Ltd.

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Helen Tonge is Managing Director and Co-founder of indie Title Role Productions, which was set up in 2005 and specialises in factual and factual entertainment content.

Having established a strong reputation for high-quality and thought-provoking content, several of the company’s long-running series have received Royal Television Society and Australian Academy Awards.

Helen has developed and executive produced a wide range of series and one-off documentaries at Title Role, which have been successful both in the UK and around the world, with the Crimes That Shook series transmitting in over 150 countries. Some of the shows include Betrayed and He’s Going to Pay (Channel 5), Britain’s Worst Crimes (Channel 5), The Trial of Alan Morris (ITV News), Crimes That Shook Britain (A+E Networks) and Crimes That Shook Australia (Foxtel Networks).

Helen is also an appointed council member on the board of PACT and on the committee of the Royal Television Society North West.

Fraser Ayres

Director, TriForce Productions

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Fraser Ayres is a multi-award-winning actor / writer / director and CEO, and Co-founder of The TriForce Creative Network, an organisation set up to promote equal opportunities in the entertainment industry.

Ayres’ acting career highlights include The Guardian’s “Top Performers of 2013”, Time Out Best Performer, several The Stage Best Actor nominations and appearances in The Smoking Room, Midsomer Murders and NBC’s international miniseries, AD.

Alongside his creative pursuits, Ayres has turned his talents to producing and managing events and projects on a variety of scales through The TCN. Fraser is also an ongoing drama writer for the BBC and Executive Producer for TriForce Productions.

Minnie Ayres

Director, TriForce Productions

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Minnie Ayres is an actor, producer and COO of talent development organisation TriForce Creative Network, an organisation set up to promote equal opportunities in the entertainment industry.

Minnie joined the TCN in 2009, working on initiatives such as MonologueSlam UK, WriterSlam, the TCN Writers Incubator and Get A Grip for entry-level and high-end TV crew.

Minnie and Fraser set up TriForce Productions in 2015, exec producing their first commission in November 2016, Sorry, I Didn’t Know, an inclusive comedy panel show about black history, for ITV2’s Fresh season.

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Leila Monks

Co-Founder, Antidote Productions

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Leila Monks is an industry expert in international factual television, with a proven track record in raising financing for production through commissions, co-productions, presales and sales. Leila has strong relationships with all the major factual commissioning editors and buyers in the UK, US, Canada, Australia and Europe.

Laura Jones

Co-Founder, Antidote Productions

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Laura Jones is a BAFTA and RTS award-winning filmmaker with a track record producing shows for the UK, US and international markets, including Channel 4, BBC, Discovery, Nat Geo, PBS, Smithsonian, A & E, Shaw Media, Channel Five and other international broadcasters.

Antidote Productions is a TV production company with an ethos for smart, populist and distinctive programming.

We specialise in talent-based and access-driven programmes working with established names, new up and coming faces and major corporations and institutions.

International series and factual formats are a core focus, leveraging our knowledge of what sells alongside our experience to co-produce for the major UK broadcasters and internationally with the USA, Canada, Australia and Pan Asia.

Faraz Osman

Managing Director

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Lemonade Money originates, produces and delivers video focused on music and youth culture, for TV, online and to order.

Our clients include Channel 4, BBC, Apple, vevo, Red Bull and Nike as well as major record labels, emerging online channels and supporting new talent directly.

Our work is critically acclaimed, with industry influence and creative kudos. Using the best UK directors and cutting edge equipment, LEMONADE MONEY has build a reputation for beautiful, compelling, exciting and distinctive content that truly represents a new generation of video consumers.

Lemonade Money continues to seek new opportunities, partners and platforms to commission our unique formats and style, whilst building original content brands online that attract their own audiences to seek direct revenue.

James Payne

Founding Manager Director

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Lemonade Money originates, produces and delivers video focused on music and youth culture, for TV, online and to order.

Our clients include Channel 4, BBC, Apple, vevo, Red Bull and Nike as well as major record labels, emerging online channels and supporting new talent directly.

Our work is critically acclaimed, with industry influence and creative kudos. Using the best UK directors and cutting edge equipment, LEMONADE MONEY has build a reputation for beautiful, compelling, exciting and distinctive content that truly represents a new generation of video consumers.

Lemonade Money continues to seek new opportunities, partners and platforms to commission our unique formats and style, whilst building original content brands online that attract their own audiences to seek direct revenue.

Andrew Shaw

Managing Director

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Andrew is the managing director of Attaboy TV, an independent TV production company. He has been running Attaboy TV for 8 years and has been working in the industry for nearly 25 years. He started as a runner on sports programming for the BBC, then worked as a cameraman and freelance editor. He has a good technical knowledge and loves working with new technology and implementing complex workflows.

Andrew developed his production skills as part of a small indie and grew expertise in the business and management side of running a company. He joined Attaboy TV in 2008 and had led the company to achieve many successful series and broaden its focus.

Andrew is responsible for the day to day running of the company and oversees production on all of the company’s shows which includes Wheeler Dealers for Discovery, currently on series 12, and Strippers Cars for Cash for Nat Geo. More recently he was executive producer on a primetime ob doc for ITV, Deals, Wheels & Steals. He has worked for a wide range of broadcasters including the BBC, ITV, Discovery and Nat Geo. Andrew is the driving force for the development team and is seeking to expand into the US market.

Attaboy Television has been producing successful high quality and ground-breaking TV programming across a broad range of genres for over 15 years. We work with broadcasters around the world and have a strong track record producing factual and entertaining series for international and domestic audiences.

We put strong casting, research, shooting and journalism into every project and a vast majority of our productions have been repeat business. Clients include Discovery, Nat Geo ITV, C4, Five & UKTV. We have a strong reputation for producing returning series that build audiences year after year. Whatever the genre, we pride ourselves on outstanding casting, bold & fresh ideas, and delivering outstanding quality.

Our productions include the global hit format Wheeler Dealers for Discovery, Strippers: Cars for Cash for Nat Geo and a primetime show on ITV – Deals, Wheels & Steals with average audiences of 2.2 million. We are currently producing two new fact ent series in Ultra HD.

Hugh Whitworth

CEO & Creative Director

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Hugh Whitworth has produced over fifty hours of popular television since creating Whitworth Media in 2004. Television is an opportunity to explore inaccessible worlds and bring them to a worldwide audience.

Hugh started his career with the BBC Science department, trained for a year at NYU Film School and cut his teeth as a freelance director with Uden Associates. After fourteen years as a director and series producer he founded The Gamma Project with a mission to explore worlds and stories that he felt passionate about. Since then he’s almost stayed awake through the 24 Hours of Le Mans, taken crews into the inner sanctums of top level motorsport, gained access to amazing construction sites, secret factories and embedded a crew inside a nuclear submarine for a month at sea… as well as producing several popular history series focusing on the history of engineering, technology and the industrial revolution. Currently he’s sending Chris Tarrant around the world on the most extreme railways he can find.

Credits include: Tomorrow’s World, Antenna, Horizon, The Works, The Pulse, John Hurt’s Universe, Extreme Machines, Gameheadz, Massive Machines, Road to Le Mans, Engineering the World Rally, Kings of Nitro, Britain’s Greatest Machines, Megafactories, Megastructures, How to Command a Nuclear Submarine and Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railways.

This is a high reputation British independent television production company with a string of successful shows that has huge potential for growth. We have a twelve year track record of producing high quality factual television for UK terrestrials and International broadcasters. We are now seeking investment to develop and sell new projects to expand our television business to North America and Worldwide and into the online marketplace.

Based in London the company is best known for our top rating male-skew factual entertainment – entertaining story and information-lead television for men “to watch with their women”. Once we start working with a new broadcaster, we always get repeat business. That’s thanks to our great storytelling, high production values, pace, humour and finding the right balance between information and entertainment. With all three of our main clients to date, Discovery, National Geographic and Channel 5 we have been entrusted with making brand-defining flagship series. It’s now time to take our product to a wider market.

Bill Dye

Executive Chairman

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Bill Dye is a businessman in the media industry and Chairman of Racine Media and Filmeeze. He was recently named in the top 65 most influential people in the UK media.

Racine Media is a TV/film production company based in Soho, London with a focus on developing and producing media content with international scale.

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Kate has recently produced Randall Wright’s documentary Hockney, which premiered at the London Film Festival and was released in the UK in 2014. Previously Kate produced Pia Borg and Edward Lawrenson’s Abandoned Goods with Lisa Marie Russo, which won the Golden Leopard for Best International Short at Locarno, Ken Loach’s documentary The Spirit of 45’ with Lisa Marie Russo and Rebecca O’Brien of Sixteen Films and Terence Davies’ adaptation of The Deep Blue Sea, by Terence Rattigan, with Sean O’Connor of Camberwell Films. The film stars Rachel Weisz, Simon Russell Beale and Tom Hiddleston. Kate was also an executive producer on Self Made and Swandown.

Prior to setting up Fly, Kate was Head of Television at Revolution Films. She co-produced Tony Grisoni’s adaptation of David Peace’s crime novels, The Red Riding Trilogy, and Samantha Morton’s directorial debut, The Unloved, which won a Bafta for Best Single Drama in 2010.

Kate’s other producer and executive producer credits include the multi award winning Under the Skin, This is England, Bronson, A Cock and Bull Story, Brothers of the Head, This is Not A Love Song and One for the Road. Kate was the executive producer for the Cinema Extreme short film scheme for the UK Film Council and Film4 and ran the BFI’s New Director’s short film scheme, executive producing over 60 short films.

Kate has worked with a range of UK financiers, broadcasters, sales agents and distributors including BFI, Film4, Channel 4, BBC Arts, Arts Council of England, Curzon Artificial Eye, Dogwoof, Cornerhouse, Picturehouse, Protagonist and Hanway Select.

Lisa Marie Russo


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Lisa Marie recently produced Pia Borg and Edward Lawrenson’s Abandoned Goods with Kate Ogborn, which won the Golden Leopard for Best International Short at Locarno. Previously Lisa Marie produced Ken Loach’s documentary The Spirit of ’45 with Kate Ogborn and Rebecca O’Brien of Sixteen Films, and Swandown, a feature documentary by artist Andrew Kotting and writer Iain Sinclair. She also produced Turner Prize Winner Gillian Wearing’s feature debut, Self Made and was an executive producer on The Deep Blue Sea and Hockney.

Prior to creating Fly Film, she executive produced Terence Davies’ documentary Of Time and the City as well as the films Salvage and Kicks as part of Digital Departures, a scheme to celebrate the Capital of Culture in Liverpool ’08. Of Time and the City was critically acclaimed at the Cannes Film Festival in 2008, and was nominated for a Bafta, Bifa and Grierson Award. The film was on Time Magazine’s list of Top Ten Movies for 2009, and was the winner of the New York Film Critics Circle for Best Documentary, 2009. Lisa Marie produced the BBC2 film Shiny Shiny Bright New Hole in My Heart, directed by Marc Munden and staring Sally Hawkins. She co-produced the feature film Brothers of the Head, starring Luke and Harry Treadaway and winner of the Michael Powell Award for Best British Film at the Edinburgh Film Festival. Prior to moving to the UK, she directed documentaries for PSB in Philadelphia, and won an Emmy for Peace about the Gulf War.

Lisa Marie has worked with a range of UK financiers, broadcasters, sales agents and distributors including BFI, Film4, Channel 4, BBC Arts, Arts Council of England, Curzon Artificial Eye, Dogwoof, Cornerhouse, Picturehouse, Protagonist and Hanway Select.

Fly Film is an independent UK-based film and television production company formed in 2009 by Bafta and Emmy award winning producers Kate Ogborn and Lisa Marie Russo. Fly produces talent-driven, inventive work that appeals to both UK and international audiences. We are passionate about imaginative projects with a distinct vision and have a wide-ranging slate including narrative films, television drama series and authored documentary.

Jason Mitchell

Creative Director

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Jason Mitchell, is a television executive with more than a decade’s experience developing and producing longform and shortform TV programmes and web content for broadcasters including the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Five, Sky1, SkyLiving, MTV, UKTV and YouTube. Before The Connected Set, Jason worked for TV production companies including ITN, Maverick Television (All3Media), Princess Productions (Shine), RDF Media (Zodiak), Monkey (NBC Universal). 

Jake Cassels

Managing Director

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Cassels is Managing Director at The Connected Set responsible for operations and delivering against strategy. With a background in audience development and customer engagement, Jake has launched and developed products across a variety of media including TV, web, mobile and magazines for organisations including BBC, Canal +, Channel 4, DRG, Fairfax, MTG, NBC, Spotify, Tate, Time Inc, Virgin and YouTube . 

The Connected Set is a 100% independent, next generation production company making great TV shows, shorts & interactive projects for clients including BBC, Channel 4, TV2 (Norway), E! Networks and RTE across TV, VOD, Snapchat and YouTube.

Gillane Seaborne

Chief Executive and Creative Director

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With 25 years television experience working for all the major networks in the UK and US, Gillane established Midnight Oil Productions in April 2012 and has already won commissions from the BBC, WGBH, PBS, BBC America, BBC Worldwide, Pop Girl and the Starz Network.     

Over the years Gillane has worked on some of TV’s biggest brands and with both actors and presenters to create both stand alone shows and companion series. Gillane’s background is in factual entertainment, factual and lifestyle shows and she has run TV teams both in the UK and abroad having filmed as far a far afield as Lapland, Sri Lanka, and Nicaragua, and has overseen complex projects and multipart returning series.

Before establishing Midnight Oil, Gillane set up and ran the BBC’s Additional Programming Unit, creating companion shows for the BBC’s biggest dramas.  Shows included the award winning series Doctor Who Confidential and Merlin Secrets and Magic for BBC3 and, 2 series of Torchwood Declassified for BBC2, along with feature shows on Upstairs Downstairs and Sherlock and a landmark Shakespeare series for BBC2 in co-production with the RSC.

Prior to this, Gillane produced shows in the UK for the BBC and some of the UK’s leading indies, including Lion TV, Talkback Thames, Endemol, Catalyst TV, Ragdoll, GMTV and Grundy Television and in the US for PBS Network, ABC, and WNET.

Vijay Mavjee

Senior Development Executive

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Vijay Mavjee has worked in factual television for over 20 years. Working with former BBC commissioner André Singer at Café Productions, he developed and produced multipart science series for Discovery Channel and National Geographic. He continued his collaboration with André Singer at West Park Pictures, well known for the various BBC Stephen Fry series. As Head of Development at West Park Pictures, he oversaw a broad slate of programming, from travel to arts, history and science. He represented the company at all the major TV markets around the world and is well-known in the international TV circuit. He has been involved in many co-productions and in bringing together complex co-production financing. Earlier, he worked for several London indies, including KEO Films on BBC films, Transatlantic Films, RDF and Darlow Smithson Productions where he developed and produced National Geographic shows (Seconds from Disaster) and brought the 13-part series Situation Critical to commission for National Geographic. Vijay also has a doctorate in sleep science and has published articles in scientific journals on sleep.

Midnight Oil Productions was established in in 2013 when BBC America having commissioned two one-hour films then commissioned a 13-part series, The Doctors Revisited with UKTV Watch. When it aired on UKTV, The Radio Times nominated each episode as “Pick of the Day”.

In 2014 one of our significant commissions for PBS was a one off documentary Unlocking Sherlock which looked back at the history of the great detective and included interviews with Steven Moffatt and Mark Gatiss co-writers of the current TV series.  WGBH also commissioned three behind-the-scenes shows to accompany Sherlock.  We also produced a 12-part makeover series for the Pop Girl channel.

By close of 2015 we were commissioned by PBS for two documentaries, The Missing Sherlock Film on the restoration of the long lost William Gillette film and Poldark Uncovered.  We also added corporate clients, including British Airways, The Isle of Wight and Cambridge University and continued to work for BBC Worldwide filming on dramas such as on Luther, Mapp and Lucia and Undercover

In 2016 we are starting the year with a BBC1 commission to produce a one-hour ‘special’ on “The Real: Call the Midwives” authored by Steve McGann and Heidi Thomas which the real story of the developments in medicine and the growth of the NHS in Britain in the postwar years.

Our key objective for 2016 is to build on the interests we’ve had in our series and standalone programmes and to broaden our slate.

Bill Rudgard

Company Director

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Bill’s career began in feature films as an assistant to the Producers on Chariots of Fire, Flash Gordon, and the first Superman. He then moved into producing music videos for The Clash, Sex Pistols and 10CC before moving into corporate videos and television commercials. He then created the number one video sell through Police Stop! which sparked off the original police video genre in the UK. Bill also helped bring Robot Wars to British screens from America and created Sky One’s Xtreme As It Gets. As well as starting the World’s biggest crime archive Bill has been instrumental in developing Raw Cut’s corporate slate; a venture that has led to collaborations with Born Free Foundation, Lunar Mission One and Quercus Publishing. 

Steve Warr

Company Director

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Steve was the first producer to mix police video with documentary with the hugely popular BBC docusoap X-Cars. He produced the hard-hitting current affairs series The Cook Report for four years, followed by two further massively popular television shows Crime Beat and Police, Camera, Action. Steve trained as a journalist and worked for five years as a news reporter on several Fleet Street papers before moving into television. Responsible for developing and producing the first HD observational documentary for TV he is used by Sony to teach others how to use their cutting edge products and technologies.

Victor Adebodun

Executive Producer

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Victor Adebodun is a film director/producer and managing director of production company, PurpleGeko Production. The company was commissioned by Sky Living to produce a ten-part series “Venus vs Mars”, which was directed and exec-produced by Victor and transmitted in April 2015.

After completing a degree in IT, Victor worked within the technology department of leading VFX company MPC; working on films such as Harry Potter and the James Bond franchise. Seeing how these films were completed in post-production inspired Victor to create his own content and thus his company PurpleGeko was created. Victor has also produced two short films for Channel 4.

He has recently executive produced two short films “Red Room” and “Night to the Road” and feature film “The Intent”. The latter is due for cinema release in the summer.  

Femi Oyeniran

Creative Director

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Femi Oyeniran is a London-based actor/filmmaker who has starred in hit films including “Kidulthood”, “Adulthood” and “Anuvahood”. Having starred in “Demons Never Die”, Femi embarked on writing his first feature film – “It’s A Lot”, which he co-wrote, co-directed and co-produced. It was released theatrically in 2013 and is now available on Netflix. In February 2016, “Taking Stock” which sees Femi co-starring alongside Kelly Brook, Scot Williams and Georgia Groome was released theatrically. Oyeniran also plays a supporting role in “The Intent” and the lead in Film London funded short “City Lights” both slated for 2016 releases.

On completing his law degree at the London School of Economics (LSE) in 2008, Femi decided to focus on acting and filmmaking. His directorial debut was a semi-autobiographical short film called “Fresh off the Boat”. He also produces an online chat show and podcast called Cut the Chat. He has also shot a feature length documentary about fatherhood, which features Trevor McDonald, David Lammy and Spike Lee. In 2014, he produced a 10 x 30 minute series for Sky Living called “Venus vs Mars”, which was transmitted in April 2015. He recently directed “Red Room” and co-directed feature film “The Intent”. The former is currently doing the rounds at film festivals; the latter, is slated for a summer release.

As a producer he co-runs an independent production company called PurpleGeko, which focuses on scripted content. At the present time, PurpleGeko are at the financing stage of Penny Woolcock’s next feature film The Day the Dog Died, comedy series Lodgers and Sonny & Me and a feel-good feature film Guerilla Poets. The company also has several projects in development for TV and film including a comedy scribed with BAFTA award-winner Adam Deacon.

Femi also has a keen interest in politics. He has previously appeared on The Daily Politics, The Today Programme, BBC Breakfast, Sky News and BBC News 24 to discuss youth culture in London. He was also a commissioner on the Speaker of the House of Common’s Digital Democracy commission; making recommendations on how parliamentary democracy in the United Kingdom can embrace the opportunities afforded by the digital world. He recently delivered a TEDxHouseofParliament talk about youth offenders he worked with to create films called “Prison Democracy”. He also appears regularly as a newspaper reviewer on Sunrise on Sky news.

The quality of his work has been recognised by the Edinburgh International TV Festival, as he was one of 2015’s “Ones To Watch” delegates. In addition, Broadcast Magazine selected him as a “Broadcast Hot Shot”.

PurpleGeko is an award-winning independent London based production company delivering a broad range of TV, online and film content. Founded in 2012 by Victor Adebodun, our focus is on working with fresh and exciting talent to produce top-quality content. The company is now co-ran by actor/producer Femi Oyeniran, who was recently recognised as a “Broadcast Hotshot” and a “Ones to Watch”.

We pride ourselves on being one of the most diverse production houses in the UK, working to create a platform for much-maligned content creators and audiences. At the heart of our work is the desire to unearth great stories for every medium.

Our marquee show Venus v Mars started life as an online TV series generating over a million view, before finding a home on Sky Living. We are building on this success in television, through the development of comedy series “Sonny and Me” and “Lodgers”.

Our first feature film, comedy-drama, “It’s A Lot” was theatrically released in 2013. It is to be followed by the release of action thriller “The Intent” in the summer of 2016.

We are currently developing a series of drama shorts for Sky, a documentary for Channel 4 and a drama series in conjunction with Duchess Street Production by Penny Woolcock and Jake Davis about cyber hacking. Additionally, we recently received funding from Creative Skillset to develop a drama series “Curfew” with the writer of Venus vs. Mars, Baby Isako.

We envisage several areas of growth for the company.

Martin Williams

Creative Director

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Across two decades making films, Martin, Director, Writer, Producer & Founder of Talesmith, has built a reputation for films with impact visuals and powerful narratives at their core. He has won critical acclaim and numerous industry awards in the process and has always been at the cutting edge of innovation and new technologies, having directed one of the UK’s first documentaries in HD Great American Motorcycle (Discovery HD Theatre; 2003) and having been the creative driving force behind David Attenborough’s recent forays into 3D.

Martin’s credits include the RTS winning Galapagos 3D (Sky One, Sky 3D & IMAX 2013), the BAFTA nominated series David Attenborough’s Kingdom of Plants 3D (Sky One & Sky 3D, 2012), the triple Emmy winning and twice BAFTA nominated David Attenborough’s First Life (BBC2, 2010), Attenborough’s Journey (BBC2, 2010), the Emmy nominated Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking (Discovery, Channel 4; 2010), Inside Planet Earth (Discovery; 2009), Growing Babies (BBC4, 2008), Inside the Living Body (National Geographic, Channel 4; 2007) which won an Emmy award for VFX, Red Arrows (BBC1, 2006) and the Emmy and Grierson nominated Wave that Shook the World (PBS, Channel 4; 2005), a quick turnaround film on the Boxing Day tsunami that aired just a month after it struck, for which he was awarded an AAAS science journalism award.

More recently Martin has been building full scale filming burrows for rabbits, badgers and water voles in the Panda and Grierson nominated The Burrower’s: Animals Underground (BBC2; 2013); he has been hanging out with Her Majesty in The Queen’s Garden (ITV1; 2014) and charting the rise of cats in Sky’s new 4K extravaganza Big Cats: An Amazing Animal Family. This year Martin took his first foray into drama with the innovative virtual reality hybrid Flyspy (2016).

With glossy natural history, specialist factual and compelling documentary close to our heart, Talesmith are focused on the broadcast-feature hinterland, producing high-end content for television, museums and cinema. Our team has a long track record in producing award-winning content fronted by some of the biggest names in television and was founded by BAFTA & 4 time EMMY award winning film-maker Martin Williams whose credits include Big Cats: An Amazing Animal Family, Galapagos 3D with David Attenborough, Kingdom of Plants 3D with David Attenborough, The Burrowers: Animals Underground, The Queens Garden, Stephen Hawking’s Universe, and David Attenborough’s First Life. Our aim is to deliver the highest quality films and series for UK, US and international broadcasters and for theatrical release.

Talesmith was established in 2005 as a tax vehicle for freelance director Martin Williams, The status quo remained until June 2015 when Martin made the decision to turn the business into a fully-fledged production company. He had just completed a year running Offspring Films, having won his first commission from Sky to make Big Cats: An Amazing Animal Family. After that he made the call to go it alone with Talesmith using the revenue from Offspring to start up. Talesmith currently has 4 members of staff and is run from an office in Soho with a fantastic view of the Crossrail building site.

Ulla Streib


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Ulla was Director of Operations at Darlow Smithson Productions for over 10 years and was responsible for devising and executing business plans during the period when the company turnover grew from 3 million to 20 million. DSP was sold twice during this time and Ulla was part of the team negotiating the sales and managing the integration of the company to new owners. Since leaving DSP, Ulla joined EOS Films, a company that specialises in making international documentaries with and for Chinese broadcasters and has worked on feature docs and consulted for start ups, such as Lightbox Media. She is now delighted to be embarking on a new adventure with Talesmith.

Laurence Koe


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Laurence has been in the TV industry for over 15 years as Director, Producer, executive producer and head of production. He completed a Masters Degree in TV and video production at Bournemouth University before starting his broadcast career at MTV in the 90s with a specific focus on the Dance music scene.

After leaving MTV, he went on to produce the Cream series for Sky in 2002 and worked on a variety of shows like PassengersBlind Date as well as continuing to make content for MTV. As MTV evolved and a specific dance music channel was created that required a combination of production skills with management and leadership, it was the perfect opportunity for him to return to MTV, which he did to take up the position of channel manager. During his time there, he oversaw all pre-production, production, post production, channel finances, marketing initiatives and scheduling. Shoots took place in UK and Europe and in particular, on the dance party island of Ibiza where alongside the production skills, this was a chance for him to also put his language skills to use.

Shurwin Beckford


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Shurwin is an extremely experienced series producer. He began his career at the high point of MTV UK’s erratic but at times brilliant late 90s output. He started out as a researcher but left as MTV Base’s Channel manager, in between he produced, directed or helped shape the broadcaster’s most eye catching shows from FANaticMaking Of The VideoDiary OfHip Hop Candy, the Dancefloor Chart, the inaugural MTV Africa Awards and his most famous creation – the rnb groundbreaking behemoth that was The Lick with Trevor Nelson, which still has a cult following.

Most recently he has produced all of Hey Buddy Films’ shortform work for the likes of Sony Bravia, Unilever, Adidas, Elite Modeling Agency and Ford. Whilst developing, producing or exec producing the company’s terrestrial documentary slate with shows like Don’t Blame Facebook, Diverse Nation, Nelson Mandela Superstar, and Beckii: Schoolgirl Superstar at 14. Shurwin has also amazingly found time to event produce at the London 2012 Olympics and re-invented the BBC’s latest broadcasts of the annual MOBO awards to critical and industry acclaim. When not making telly he still finds time to kick a football around on a Sunday morning – fool!

Tony Pastor

TV Sports Producer

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Tony has worked in television sports production for more than twenty years. He trained at the BBC before moving to ITV, becoming Controller of Sport for the free to air commercial station. Tony has worked on two Olympic Games, five football World Cups, five European Championships, four Rugby World Cups, plus thirteen seasons of the UEFA Champions League. He left ITV to set up Goalhanger Films in late 2013.

Gaby Saper


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Gaby Saper has been Assistant Producer at Goalhanger Films for two years. During her time, she has worked across all productions, including Rooney: The Man Behind The Goals, Behind The Badge: Crystal Palace, Gary Lineker On The Road To FA Cup Glory and Being Kevin Pietersen. 

Goalhanger Films is an independent film, television and digital production company specialising in sport.

The company is jointly owned by former England striker and Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker, with former ITV Controller of Sport, Tony Pastor.

In the past two years Goalhanger Films has produced 15 documentaries for five major broadcasters in both the UK and US.

These include Rooney: The Man Behind the Goals;

Sam Anthony

Creative Director

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Sam Anthony is an executive producer with almost 25 years of experience. From his first job making tea as an intern on Good Morning America to his present role as Creative Director of Sundog Pictures, his career has taken him all over the world, including two years in Los Angeles, and he has produced documentary, factual entertainment, and features programmes, as well as feature length documentaries and a host of branded content. He was a director of RDF Media for four years, Controller of factual programmes for ITV Yorkshire, and Creative Director, Factual at Shine Productions, as well as working as an executive producer at both Renegade Pictures, where he created the first series of international hit Don’t Tell The Bride, and Nutopia Productions, working with Jane Root to establish the company in their first year. For 3 years he was part of the BBC factual commissioning team, with special responsibility for enabling and expanding the independent sector in Scotland, and working as executive producer on a huge range of programming across all four BBC Channels, including multi-award nominees and winners like Welcome To Lagos, Poor Kids, and Terry Pratchett: Choosing To Die. In 2012 Sam left the BBC to join start-up Sundog Pictures, as Creative Director, a new kind of content production company, incorporating television, feature documentary and branded content under one roof.

Johnny Webb

Co-Founder CEO

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 Johnny is CEO and Co-Founder of Sundog Pictures, which he set up with Sam Branson in 2012.

He is responsible for strategy, commercials and culture as well acting as creative lead on digital shorts and executive producing Sundog’s Feature Docs, alongside Creative Director Sam Anthony.

Before Sundog, Johnny was MD of Virgin Media TV running a suite of successful digital channels including LivingTV. During his tenure LivingTV moved in to original programmes and its first returning drama. He also oversaw the launch of Virgin’s first branded entertainment channel called Virgin 1 on Freeview and led the sale of the business to Sky in 2010.

Johnny lives in Brighton with his wife, two children and his anti social dog. In his spare time he runs his local community group, puts on a free festival in Brighton every June and is a prolific producer of home grown veg.

Sundog Pictures was founded in 2012 by Sam Branson and Johnny Webb to tell stories that matter and bring new audiences to important subjects via the power of television, film and digital. Because the digital world is such a great way for storytellers to disrupt the way people think, act, share and engage, we wanted to create a different kind of production company; one based on ‘social production’, where engagement and ‘share-ability’ were hardwired into the way we tell our stories.

Sam Anthony arrived as Creative Director in 2012, later followed by Iris Maor, Director of Operations/H.o.P and most recently Claudia Lewis, Head of Factual. Sam has been responsible for crafting the award winning Reggie Yates Extreme series. Claudia’s mission is to take Sundog in to features and formats with integrity and purpose.

We recently received a Broadcast award for best Multi-channel programme for Reggie Yates: Extreme Russia and have been nominated for two RTS Awards for the same series. (results to be announced in March 2016).

We are delighted to be premiering our next feature documentary ‘Don’t Look Down’ at Tribeca film festival, New York, this Spring and we are also in production with a short series of films that are aimed to abolish the death penalty in the US and tackle the subject of the death penalty in the USA. This is in conjunction with high profile anti-death penalty activists from around the world.

Jay Taylor

Managing Director

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Jay, Creative Director, has over 15 years in the industry.  Starting out in radio he moved into documentaries at BBC Wales, before moving to London to work

at both the BBC and Channel 4 in Factual and Features outputs.  He has been nominated for and won numerous BAFTA, RTS and Emmy awards, before starting Thoroughly Modern Media.  

The company is founded on his passion for making creative and entertaining TV and he is loving the challenge of making a mark in this most competitive of worlds.  

Vicky Ranson

Production Executive

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Thoroughly Modern Media was created to do things differently.  To question the TV norms and find ways to improve and reinvent, all in the service of creating great TV shows and strong bonds with clients and staff.

Our core value is ‘Engineered Imagination’. This means that we look to capture genuinely new, exciting and inspiring ideas, and then use our experience within the TV world, to engineer them into engaging and popular TV.

Our shows are distinctive, with a factual core and a joyous tone. We have created SBS Australia’s Landmark series of 2016 ‘Inside Heston’s World’, C4 broadcast pilot ‘The Ride Along Grannies’, brand funded food show ‘The Gourmet Escape’ and 90 minute C4 special ‘Heston’s Space Food’.

Alongside our broadcast credits we have established a strong online catalogue of films, working closely with both the UK Space Agency and the Science Museum. Our approach to working with commissioners so far has born strong and very satisfied relationships from all.

Jeremy Salsby


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7 time BAFTA nominated producer and writer Jeremy Salsby set up Saltbeef TV in 2009 as a boutique indie specializing in comedy, entertainment and cross-platform content. Current shows include the BAFTA winning hit music entertainment series Friday Download (over 100 episodes so far) brand new quiz for BBC 4, Hive Minds, as well as co-producing King Of with Claudia Winkleman for C4 and Show Me The Funny for ITV. He also wrote and co-produced Saltbeef’s first feature Up All Night in 2015.

Jeremy was also responsible for creating 4 times BAFTA nominated hit sketch series Sorry, Iʼve Got No Head, BAFTA-nominated, BIMA-winning cross-platform series Year Dot for Channel 4. Other credits include co-devisor of the BBC One comedy entertainment format School’s Out, series editor of Big Breakfast and co-creator and writer of Sony award-winning comedy series Giles Wembley Hogg Goes Off and WGGB Award winning The Brig Society for BBC Radio 4.