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 ticket.


 

TUESDAY LUNCHTIME COMMISSIONERS

Koulla Anastasi, Director of Programming, Lifetime and CI, A+E Networks UK

As a long-standing member of A+E Networks UK’s programming team, Anastasi has been integral to the expansion and growth of the portfolio. In her current role she is responsible for developing and driving the programming strategy for Lifetime and CI, across commissioning and acquisitions for the brands in the UK & Ireland, Benelux, Nordics, Central & Eastern Europe, South Africa and the Middle East.

Anastasi played a key role in the international rollout of Lifetime in the UK, SA and Poland in 2013 and 2014, extending her remit across scripted and unscripted programming, with key acquisitions including the premiere of hit US reality show, Real Housewives of New Jersey and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Reporting to Heather Jones, UK General Manager at A+E Networks UK, Anastasi has commissioned, developed and produced some of the biggest successes on Lifetime and CI including Lifetime’s most successful UK launch to date; Dance Mums with Jennifer Ellison and Four Weddings South Africa, Lifetime’s first local production of the ITV hit global format.

A+E Networks UK, a joint venture between A+E Networks and BSkyB, is a leading broadcaster representing a portfolio of high-quality, ground-breaking factual and entertainment channels including HISTORY, HISTORYHD, Lifetime, Lifetime HD, Crime & Investigation Network, Crime & Investigation Network HD and H2. A+E Networks UK launched in November 1995, and has channels available in 76 countries across the UK, Scandinavia, Benelux, Central & Eastern Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East, and is available in more than 85 million homes.

 

Dan Korn, VP of Programming, A+E Networks UK

Dan Korn joined A+E UK in November 2016, from STV Productions, where was Creative Director, overseeing projects ranging from BBC and Channel 4 documentaries, to the Channel 5 entertainment series, Tour de Celeb.

Prior to that, he spent 10 years as Senior Vice President and Head of Programming for Discovery Channel UK and EMEA, which he joined, in 2005, from leading independent production company, 3BM Television Ltd. At 3BM, Korn was Managing Director and Executive Producer, winning a BAFTA for the film, Nuremberg: Goering’s Last Stand for Channel 4, a Broadcast Award for the series Age of Terror for Discovery, as well as producing the Emmy Award-nominated Holocaust on Trial and RTS-nominated Boy With a Tumour for a Face.

 

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.

 

Carolyn Payne, Commissioning Editor, National Geographic Channel

Carolyn Payne is a Commissioning Editor at National Geographic. Commissions include the hit series Primal Survivor, Nazi Megastructures, Supercar Megabuild, Banged Up Abroad and Car SOS, and hit singles Drain the Sunken Pirate City, Drain the Oceans: WWII, Comet Catcher: The Rosetta Landing, Mission Pluto, Mission Saturn, Hubble @ 25, and Return from the Dead.

Before joining Nat Geo Carolyn was a freelance producer making award winning shows such as: Children's Bafta winner Operation Ouch, Broadcast Award winning Operation Ouch Goes Back in Time WW1, Children's Bafta winning Election and BBC's World's Strictest Parents, and Nat Geo's The Witch Doctor Will See You Now. 

   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.

 
WEDNESDAY LUNCHTIME COMMISSIONERS

Gilly Greenslade, Commissioning Editor, Factual Entertainment, Channel 4 

Gilly Greenslade is Commissioning Editor for Factual Entertainment. Greenslade is an experienced filmmaker whose roster of popular factual and factual entertainment programmes includes formats: The Job Interview, Child Genius, Wife Swap and Faking It for Channel 4; The Apprentice, BBC One, Mary Queen of Charity Shops, BBC Two and Ladette to Lady for ITV. Gilly joined Channel 4 from Simon Dickson and Lorraine Charker-Phillip's Label1 where she worked first as a Development Executive, before going on to series produce two series of BBC Two’s Hospital.

Michelle Chappell, Commissioning Editor, Documentaries, Channel 4

Michelle is responsible for commissioning series and singles for 8, 9 and 10pm and overseeing brands such as The Secret Life of The Zoo, The Supervet and 24 Hours in A & E. With over 20 years’ experience in broadcasting Michelle joined Channel 4 from Channel 5, where she was Commissioning Editor of Factual, News and Current Affairs, commissioning hundreds of hours including series such as Rich House Poor House, Botched Up Bodies and My Violent Child. Prior to Channel 5 she launched The One Show on BBC1, Crimewatch Roadshow, National Treasures and re-launched Watchdog. Before that she was an editor of daytime and current affairs programmes including The Wright Stuff, a producer at ITN and a journalist in print, radio and television.

 

Catherine Catton, Commissioning Editor, BBC

Catherine is responsible for peak time shows such as The Big Family Cooking Showdown, Shop Well For Less, Mind over Marathon and Nadiya’s Great British Food Adventure. Prior to this role, she was a senior commissioning editor at UKTV where she was responsible for a diverse slate of programming including David Attenborough’s Natural Curiosities, Hairy Bikers’ Mississippi and Storage Hunters UK.

 

Priya Singh, Commissioning Editor, Factual, ITV

As Commissioning Editor, Factual at ITV, Priya oversees a broad mix of programmes in peak from features and fact ent formats, consumer through to documentaries such as Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs, Gino's Italian Escapes, Love Your Garden and the Save Money consumer brand. Prior to joining the commissioning team, Priya’s previous roles have included controller of Scheduling ITV and head of Scheduling CBBC and CBeebies at the BBC.

 

Helen Nightingale, Commissioning Editor, UKTV

Helen is a BAFTA award winning programme-maker with a plethora of high-profile, primetime series under her belt. Since joining UKTV, Helen has exec produced on shows across the network including, Storage Hunters UK (including the celebrity specials), Deadliest Pests Down Under and live boxing for Dave, Get Me To The Church and Dynamo Live for W, and Most Haunted Live for Really. She also commissioned both Dr. Christian Will See You Now and Celebrity Haunted Hotel for W. Over time she's developed great relationships within the television industry and with talent both on and off-screen. She enjoys working up great, original ideas and has the knowledge and talent to execute them at the highest level. Her freelance producer credits include, I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!, Location, Location, Location, Extreme Fishing with Robson Green, Rory and Paddy's Great British Adventures, Get a New Life, Singing in the Rainforest, Young War Widows and The Singing Estate.


 

Adrian Padmore, Commissioning Editor, Channel 5

Adrian Padmore is a recently appointed commissioning editor of Factual at Channel 5, commissioning factual and factual entertainment programming across the channel. Prior to this he was Commissioning Editor of Daytime and Early Peak at the BBC.

At Channel 5 he commissions across a diverse slate of peak time factual programming, including Nightmare Neighbours, World’s Greatest Bridges, Cash Strapped Families, The Butcher Surgeon, Gadget Show and Nightmare New Builds.

He was commissioning editor at the BBC from 2015-2017 working across much loved 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.

His recent production credits from 2013 – 2014 were as a series producer on the ground-breaking first series of Channel 5's Can’t Pay We’ll Take and C5 authored documentary series At Christmas. Between 2007 – 2013 he worked as a series producer on a number of BBC and Channel 4 shows including Holiday Hit Squad, Home Away from Home, Chancers and Escape to the Country.

 

 

 

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