MEET THE COMMISSIONERS NETWORKING LUNCH

Delegates can book meetings with commissioners from the key factual terrestrial, digital and international channels at lunchtime on each day of the festival. This is your chance to pitch your ideas and get invaluable feedback. Meetings are initially assigned, one per person per day and are allocated on a first come, first served basis. Please see below for details on how to book in your meeting. To avoid disappointment, we recommend booking as soon as you have bought your festival tickets

WEDNESDAY
LUNCHTIME
COMMISSIONERS

Diana Carter, Commissioning Editor and Head of Talent, A+E Networks UK

Diana Carter is commissioning editor and head of Talent across the A+E Networks UK portfolio, focusing on the local commissioning of content and strategy.

She was appointed to the role of commissioning editor in 2015, having joined the company the previous year as executive producer on a local version of Dance Mums with Jennifer Ellison, A+E Networks UK’s first localization of an A+E US franchise. The Head of Talent role was an expansion to the position in late 2015 after the vast majority of local content began to embrace the use of brand-relevant talent. Diana identified the opportunity to create a bespoke portfolio care and asset creation around talent, to maximise their association to the channels.

Over the next 3 years, Diana has ensured that talent representation of the portfolio has moved from a PR interview only level – to a full body of work and cross platform asset level, including iconic key art, terrestrial broadcast appearances, cross-portfolio trailers and affiliate events. Since taking up the role, she has consistently executive produced high rating local content for the portfolio. Most recently, Diana executive produced Murdertown, the highest rated local commission ever for Crime + Investigation in the UK.

 

Hilary Rosen, Deputy Director of Commissioning, UKTV

Hilary Rosen is deputy director of Commissioning at UKTV, commissioning and executive producing high profile and award-winning shows for the network, including Taskmaster, John Bishop: In Conversation With..., Unspun with Matt Forde, Monty Python Live and Crackanory.

Prior to joining UKTV Hilary was creative director at Silver River devising formats including The Town That Never Retired, BBC1 and overseeing Inside Gatwick, Sky 1.

Her career has also encompassed ten years as a senior executive producer at Lion Television where credits include The Real Cherie, BBC1, Bad Behaviour, Channel 4, Mum's on Strike, ITV1, Ann Robinson's Travels With an Unfit Mother, BBC 1 and Going Straight, Channel 4. Hilary began her career with a decade in BBC News and Current Affairs, including stints on Panorama and Newsnight. She's also acted as a consultant for BBC Academy, training factual development teams and helping to launch the broadcaster's idea portal, iCreate.

 

Victoria Noble, Senior Director and Executive Producer, Production & Development, Factual Discovery Networks International

Based in London, Noble commissions content for Quest and Discovery Channel UK, and develops and executive produces some of Discovery Networks International’s most successful factual and specialist factual programming for its male-skewing networks, including Discovery Channel – which reaches 445 million households in more than 220 countries and territories around the globe.

Noble’s recent credits include Idris Elba: Fighter, Salvage Hunters, Combat Dealers, Supertruckers, global hit returning series Wheeler Dealers and spin-off series Wheeler Dealers Trading Up.

 

Simon Raikes, Commissioning Executive Producer, National Geographic Channel

Simon joined National Geographic in May 2018 as Commissioning Executive Producer. He oversees and commissions a broad range of singles and series for the US and international channels including hit returners Drain the Oceans, Car SOS, and Nazi Megastructures.

Before joining Nat Geo, Simon was Creative Director, Factual at Tony Jordan’s Red Planet Pictures, where he developed and delivered the hit series Secrets of the SAS: In Their Own Words and Inside Windsor Castle; before that, he spent 3 years as a factual Commissioning Editor at Channel 5 where he commissioned some of the channel’s most defining shows, including Can’t Pay – We’ll Take it Away, The Yorkshire Vet, Gangland, Britain’s Bloodiest Dynasty, 10,000BC, Body Donors and the Inside….and Year in the Wild strands.

Before Channel 5, Simon was co-founder and Creative Director of Wildfire TV, where he developed and delivered more than 100 hours of factual programming for international and UK broadcasters. Credits include: The Big Royal Dig Live, Who Downed Douglas Bader, Digging the Great Escape, Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan, Combat Cars, and Walking Through History with Tony Robinson.

   Fozia Khan, Commissioning Editor, Documentaries, Channel 4

Fozia recently jointed Channel 4 form BBC Two where she was channel commissioner working with the channel controller across all genres. Prior to this Fozia was an executive producer at the Garden. Her production credits include My Week as a Muslim and Extreme British Muslims for Channel 4, Posh People: Inside Tatler, BBC 2 and the BAFTA nominated The Audience, Channel 4. Fozia also developed and produced the ground-breaking fixed-rig series The Family, Channel 4 at Dragonfly, which received a BAFTA nomination.

 
   Adrian Padmore, Commissioning Editor, Channel 5

Adrian joined Channel 5 as Commissioning Editor, Factual in May 2017.

At Channel 5 he is responsible for commissioning peak-time factual and factual entertainment programming across the channel with series including Chocolate Dreams: Inside Hotel Chocolat and The Bermuda Triangle.

Adrian has overseen such popular Channel 5 series as: Made in Yorkshire; Police Interceptors; Celebrity Big Brother; World’s Worst Flight; Concorde: Designing The Dream; QE2: The World’s Greatest Cruise Ship; The Flying Scotsman; World’s Greatest Bridges; World’s Wildest Flights; Building Britain’s Canals and Secrets of the Skyscrapers.

He joined Channel 5 from the BBC where he was Commissioning Editor of Daytime and Early Peak from 2015 to 2017 working across a combination of established brands and new series including: The Great British Menu; Escape to the Country; Springwatch Unsprung; Housing Enforcers; Secret Life of the Hospital Bed; Antiques Road Trip and A1: Britain’s Longest Road.

Becky Cadman, Commissioning Editor, Factual Entertainment, Channel 4 

Becky Cadman has extensive experience developing and producing across reality entertainment hits such as Got To Dance, I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, The Jump, Love Island and several others.

The Factual Entertainment team are on the lookout for noisy and fun primetime entertainment shows in the form of 8pm features like Travel Man and big broad 9pm ideas with the same appeal as Googlebox.

Outlandish and socially provocative ideas are key post watershed. An example of this would be My Week as a Muslim. Warm hearted content with a strong authenticity of subject matter is also desirable. Forthcoming Flirty Dancing, for example, brings a new take to finding love by matching people through a dance with a tone of a Hollywood musical.

New talent is very important, Channel 4 are actively seeking the next generation of surprising talent to build shows around. A prime example of this would be Elijah Quashie; the internet sensation behind The Chicken Connoisseur who fronts The Peng Life, a consumer series that asks whether it’s pennies or pounds that will get you the best things in life.

On Channel 4 and E4 late night it’s all about channeling youth-skewed territories and viewpoints as seen in forthcoming Sex Tape. Cadman said in a press release that Sex Tape “promises a unique fly on the wall look at relationships as they really happen including the good, the bad and the ugly”.

THURSDAY 
LUNCHTIME
COMMISSIONERS








Alisa Pomeroy, Commissioning Editor, Documentaries, Channel 4

Alisa Pomeroy joined the Factual commissioning team in 2015 and has commissioned a wide range of documentaries including The Secret Life of Prisons, The Gun Shop and upcoming new series Jade and The Drag Lab. She is also currently working on a number of soon-to-be-announced 9pm blue chip documentary access series. Prior to joining C4 she directed the first three series of the critically-acclaimed 24 Hours in Police Custody - for which she received a BAFTA nomination for Best Director of Factual.

 

 Clare Mottershead, Commissioning Editor, Popular Factual and Factual Entertainment, BBC

Clare Mottershead is a Commissioning Editor in the BBC Popular Factual and Factual Entertainment Department. Recent credits include Travels in Trumpland with Ed Balls for BBC 2 and Britain's Fat Fight with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall for BBC 1. Prior to joining the BBC, Clare was an Executive Producer at Dragonfly TV where she worked for 11 years across production and development on a wide range of projects including Born Too White, BBC Two, Kill it, Cook it, Eat it, BBC Three, Driving Wild, Discovery Networks International and The Human Power Station, BBC Two. Prior to Dragonfly, Clare was a freelance producer working for the BBC and various leading independent production companies including Tiger Aspect, DSP and Oxford Film and Television.

 

Charlotte Reid, Director, Factual Entertainment, Discovery Networks International

Charlotte Reid is director of Factual Entertainment at Discovery Networks International. In this role, she commissions content and executive produces some of the most successful factual entertainment and lifestyle programming for DNI’s female-skewing channels including TLC, ID and new free-to-air channel Quest Red. Charlotte’s credits include Say Yes to the Dress UK, Curvy Brides Boutique, Katie Price: My Crazy Life, Too Ugly for Love?, Faking It: Tears of a Crime and Katie Hopkins: My Fat Story.

Charlotte’s role at DNI has involved commissioning and production in various Discovery Networks International regions including Benelux, Poland and the Nordics, where titles she’s commissioned have given the local channels some of their highest rating shows to date. Charlotte also oversees the international rollout of TLC big brand Say Yes To The Dress.

Prior to Discovery, Charlotte was creative director Factual Entertainment at Chocolate Media (part of NBCU) where she was responsible for developing and exec-ing the Raymond Blanc fronted series The Very Hungry Frenchman and How to Cook Well for the BBC. Previously she was at Maverick Television, as executive producer oversees and developing titles such as How to Look Good Naked, C4, My Naked Secret, Discovery, Get the Look, Disney and Operation Ouch, CBBC. Other earlier TV credits include You are What You Eat, How Clean is Your House and Bridezillas.

 

Hannah Demidowicz, Commissioning Editor, TCB Media Rights

Hannah Demidowicz joined TCB Media Rights to become their first Commissioning Editor in May 2018. Reflecting the company’s status as a ‘mini commissioner’ she works with the production community to develop premium factual content and then oversees their production. She has commissioned titles such as World’s Most Extraordinary Families, Wild Tube and World’s Most Incredible Hotels. Prior to joining TCB Demidowicz worked at BBC Worldwide as a Commissioning Editor where she commissioned successful series such as Joel & Nish vs the World, Fishing Impossible and Stupid Man, Smart Phone. She has also held roles at National Geographic Channels where she created and commissioned long running series Car SOS.


 

Amanda Stavri, Commissioning Editor, Factual Entertainment, ITV

Amanda Stavri is Commissioning Editor, Factual Entertainment for ITV. She currently works across shows including Love Island, TOWIE, Real Housewives of Cheshire and You vs Chris & Kem on ITV’s digital channels; as well as This Time Next Year, Five Gold Rings and the Bear Grylls celebrity specials on ITV. Previously an Exec Producer, she worked in factual entertainment across shows such as Come Dine with Me, The Pride of Britain Awards and reality series, Temptation Island, Peter Andre: My Life and Jean Claude Van Damme: Behind Closed Doors.

 

 

 Emma Westcott, Commissioning editor, Factual, Channel 5

Emma has been Commissioning Editor, Factual at Channel 5 since February 2013.

She oversees a wide range of factual series in the channel’s peak-time schedule and also leads the channel’s push to double its amount of regional commissions.

At Channel 5 Emma has been responsible for successful series such as: GPs: Behind Closed Doors; Violent Child, Desperate Parents; The Murder Next Door; Alcohol and Me; Me & My Mental Illness; Tony Robinson: Coast to Coast; Bargain-Loving Brits In The Sun and Alex Polizzi’s Secret Spain.

 

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