Debbie Manners, Consultant Ingenious Media

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.

Harriet Palmer