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David Abraham

CEO, Wonderhood Studios

David launched Wonderhood Studios in 2018 – a next generation creative company that combines programme making with creative agency skills.

He led Channel 4 as Chief Executive between 2010 and 2017. During that period the network underwent a major creative overhaul, grew annual revenues to c£1bn and pioneered a data strategy which attracted over 15m registered users. A focus on Channel 4’s unique remit was also accompanied by a record number of major industry awards. In 2014 David gave the prestigious MacTaggart Lecture at the Edinburgh TV Festival on the importance of Public Service Broadcasting to British creativity. Previously, David was CEO at UKTV between 2007-2010 where he masterminded the launch of Dave; at Discovery Networks USA between 2005-2007 he led the revival of cable channel TLC as its President and GM; and before heading to the US, David led Discovery Networks UK as General Manager during a four-year period of rapid growth from 2001. In 1995, David was a founding partner of the influential independent advertising agency St Luke’s. He is also a Patron of the Royal Television Society and a BAFTA member.



Speaking at: THE BIG DEBATE: WHERE WILL THE MONEY COME FROM?

 

Nick Andrews

Head of Commissioning, BBC Cymru Wales

Nick leads BBC Wales commissioning across television, iPlayer and interactive platforms. He is part of the Commissioning Group which brings radio, television and online together for the first time to share cross-platform ideas and seek out bigger, bolder content.

Head of Development at BBC Wales from 2015-2016, he previously had a wide- ranging career. His impressive track record of winning network commissions includes The First World War From Above and Scott’s Hut for BBC One, BBC Two’s Operation Crossbow and he contributed to the development of BBC Three’s The Call Centre. Nick also led planning for BBC Wales’ season of programming to mark the Dylan Thomas centenary.

He is also an award-winning producer and director. His documentary Roger: Genocide Baby won him the BAFTA Cymru Breakthrough award and it was followed by another BBC Three film, I Woke Up Gay. He has also worked for Radio 1, BBC Radio Wales and as a director on The One Show.



Speaking at: THE GRIERSON SESSION: THE PROMISE OF THE NATIONS & REGIONS

 

Sam Barcroft

CEO, Barcroft Media

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 sixty staff globally.

Barcroft Media - an established editorial content agency that specialises in content creation and distribution. The company licenses and distributes text, photography, TV documentaries and short form video clips to producers, publishers, broadcasters and digital platforms in over 50 countries.

Barcroft Productions creates original linear and digital TV programming for brands and a broad range of UK and international networks including Body Bizarre for TLC, Amazing Interiors for Netflix and The Customiser is Always Right for UKTV.

Barcroft TV - one of YouTube's most watched factual channel brands with over 5 million subscribers, 4 billion views to date. Barcroft TV is a key component of the group's multi-platform channel offering, serving as an incubation channel for Barcroft Productions.



Speaking at: THE BIG DEBATE: WHERE WILL THE MONEY COME FROM?

 

David Brindley

Head of Popular Factual and Factual Entertainment Commissioning, BBC

David joined the BBC as Head of Popular Factual and Factual Entertainment in January 2017. His team works across BBC One and Two - titles within the department range from Countryfile, Watchdog Live and Antiques Roadshow to DIY SOS, Back In Time For Dinner and Mind Over Marathon. It also houses a huge amount of talent including Mary Berry, Nigella Lawson, Monty Don, Nadiya Hussein, The Hairy Bikers, Rick Stein and Tom Kerridge. The department is currently developing a push in to Fact Ent for both channels. Prior to joining the BBC, David was a documentaries commissioner at C4 working across The Trial: A Murder In The Family, The Tribe, The Jihadis Next Door and The Vote. In production, he was co-series director on the Emmy award-winning Educating Yorkshire, other directing credits include One Born Every Minute and The Kid's Speech as well as producing on Cage Fighting Women,The Fallen and Beautiful Young Minds.



Speaking at: FACTUAL ENTERTAINMENT: THE COMMISSIONER'S WORD

 

Lisa Campbell

Festival Director, Edinburgh Television Festival

Lisa Campbell began her career in journalism working on media titles spanning PR, music, marketing and advertising before becoming editor of Broadcast magazine, a post she held for 7 years. Lisa is now in her 5th year as Edinburgh Television Festival's Director where she has boosted the Festival's global profile and relevance and introduced year-round talks on topics ranging from bullying and harassment to social inclusion. Lisa has also expanded the work and outreach activity of the Festival's charitable arm, The Talent Schemes, Ones to Watch and The Network, and introduced new talent awards, The Debbies. Lisa also continues to contribute to a range of media titles including Media Guardian and RTS' Television magazine.



Chairing: HEAD TO HEAD: HEATHER JONES

 

Jo Clinton-Davis

Controller, Factual, ITV

Jo Clinton-Davis is controller of Factual at ITV. Her commissions include Long Lost Family, Our Queen at 90, Paul O’Grady for the Love of Dogs, The Mafia with Trevor McDonald, HMP Aylesbury, Billy Connolly's Route 66, Joanna Lumley's Japan, Killer Women with Piers Morgan.

Previously Jo was head of Commissioning for UKTV's ten channels having been head of Independent Commissioning at the BBC where she commissioned Masterchef, Grumpy old Men and the Hairy Bikers. She directed and series produced Making Babies with Robert Winston and The Store about Selfridges for BBC One as well as directing many single films for the award-winning strands 40 Minutes and Inside Story.



Speaking at: DOCUMENTARY: THE COMMISSIONER'S WORD

 

Paul Corney

SVP, Global Digital and Co-Productions, All3Media International

Paul Corney has held the position of SVP Global Digital and Co-Productions at ALL3MEDIA International for the past year with responsibility for finished programme sales and Co-productions to digital media platforms globally. Paul joined ALL3MEDIA International from university 11 years ago.

Paul started his career as sales co-ordinator at ALL3MEDIA International before progressing to Sales Executive for finished program sales to Benelux, South East Asia, Africa, Middle East and Inflight. Having a passion for digital media and using his existing knowledge Paul progressed into this field 7 years ago and has been specialising in it ever since. Paul came to All3Media International having achieved a degree in Cultural History and Philosophy from Brighton University.



Speaking at: THE SVOD LANDSCAPE

 

Guy Davies

Commissioning Editor, Factual, Channel 5

Guy Davies is commissioning editor, Factual at Channel 5, commissioning factual programming across the channel. Prior to this he was head of Documentaries at ITN Productions.

At Channel 5 he has commissioned a diverse slate of peak time factual programming, including Rich House Poor House, Slum Britain: 50 Years On, The National Trust, The Great British Benefits Handout, Squaddies at 16 Raw Recruits, The Freddie Mercury Story, Going Underground: The Tube, Gangland, and Sarah Payne: A Mother’s Story.

He was senior executive producer at Wall to Wall from 2007-2009 and was a freelance executive producer for three years working for a range of companies including Blast! Films, Darlow Smithson, Firecracker and Wall to Wall, working for BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Discovery.

Among awards he has received have been the BAFTA for Best Factual Series and The Grierson Award, for The Trust (Channel 4, 2003), Hart Ryan Productions for the Michael Powell Award for Best British Film (Gas Attack, Channel 4).



Speaking at: DOCUMENTARY: THE COMMISSIONER'S WORD

 

Simon Dickson

Creative Director & Co-Founder, Label 1




Chairing: THE CHANNEL 4 INTERVIEW

 

Dimitri Doganis

Founder, Raw TV

Raw’s founder Dimitri Doganis started his career as a news producer and cameraman working in 24-hour cable news. He went on to direct multi-award-winning documentaries, often in some of world’s toughest places such as the West Bank during the Intifada and Iraq during the second Gulf war.

As head of Raw, which he founded in 2001, he has been involved in the development and production of much of the London-based company’s output, both in the UK and the US. Dimitri continues to oversee the company’s creative strategy as well as being closely involved with many of the projects as Executive Producer on series such as Gold Rush, Discovery’s top rating series, and the drama miniseries Harley & The Davidsons, along with a host of others.

He also produced Raw’s first feature film, The Imposter. The film debuted to significant critical acclaim at Sundance in January 2012 and following theatrical release in the US, UK and Europe, has won multiple awards including a BAFTA for outstanding debut. Their second film, American Animals, premiered at Sundance film festival 2018, alongside the feature documentary Three Identical Strangers, winner of the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Storytelling, which Dimitri also Executive Produced.



Speaking at: PITCHING YOUR SHOW US STYLE

 

Stacey Dooley

Presenter

Stacey Dooley is one of Britain's most loved documentary presenters. Fashion conscious Stacey's life took an unexpected turn when she travelled to India in 2007 for the BBC3 series Blood, Sweat and T-Shirts to live and work alongside the people in the Indian fashion industry making clothes for the UK High Street. Since then, she has embarked on a series of investigations to become one of BBC3's most celebrated presenters.

Stacey Dooley Investigates has seen Stacey look at a variety of topics from sex trafficking and underage sex slavery in Cambodia and the dark side of tourism in Thailand and Kenya, to rave reviews.

She released her debut book On the Front Line with the Women Who Fight Back, which was named on The Sunday Times Bestsellers List, this year and has a book tour planned for later this year.

Her impressive work in bringing a voice and platform to many has earned her an MBE for her services to broadcasting.



Speaking at: THE INTERVIEW: STACEY DOOLEY

 

Mark Eaves

Founding Partner, Gravity Road

Mark Eaves co-founded Gravity Road, a creative company sitting at the intersection of advertising, entertainment and technology. Gravity Road has been awarded numerous creative accolades in its young life, including a Film BAFTA, Cannes Lions, and D&AD Pencil to name but a few. In 2018 Gravity Road joined pioneering BrandTech group You&Mr Jones and opened offices in New York as it scales globally.

Prior to founding his own company, Mark led Drum, Omnicom Media Group's content business. He is an Executive Committee member of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences and judge for the Duke of York's tech entrepreneur programme, Pitch@Palace. He regularly speaks on conference platforms about the changing world of content creation and distribution.



Speaking at: BRANDED CONTENT MASTERCLASS

 

Danny Fenton

Chief Executive Officer, Zig Zag Productions

Danny Fenton founded Zig Zag in 1999 and has established the company as an innovative transatlantic television production company, respected for its eclectic approach to nearly 700 hours of programme making. The company is one of the largest remaining truly independent UK production companies.

Prior to Zig Zag Danny began his career at the BBC and spent a brief time working with a number of UK production companies.

Danny is executive producer on all Zig Zag productions. Recent shows he has created include I Wanna Marry Harry for Fox, Troy for Channel 4 and Xtreme Endurance: Race to the Pole for Channel 5. Other recent hit productions include Body Bizarre for Discovery, Ultimate Brain for CBBC and Blink for Channel 4.



Speaking at: PITCHING YOUR SHOW US STYLE

 

Colleen Flynn

Co-founder, Flicker


 

Sara Geater

COO, All3Media & Chair, Pact Council

Sara Geater was appointed Chief Operating Officer of All3Media in 2015, joining the senior executive team created after the acquisition of the business by Discovery and Liberty Global. Sara works closely with the businesses in the Group to drive growth, both organically and through acquisition. She brings her expertise as an industry leader in television production, talent management, rights and deal-making to support and build the growth of the business in the UK and overseas.

Sara’s career to date has spanned TV, film and digital, in both business and creative roles and covers all genres. As CEO of Fremantle Media UK, she led a major restructure of the company, devising and implementing its “label” strategy. Prior to this, Sara held the post of Head of Commercial Affairs at Channel 4 and Director of Rights & Business Affairs at the BBC. Sara has also held roles including Head of Film & TV at Avalon, Head of Production at Miramax Films and Channel 4 Drama’s Co-Production Executive; her television career began at LWT as a production accountant.

Sara is Chair of the Producers Alliance for Cinema and Television (PACT). She is a barrister and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.



Chairing: THE BIG DEBATE: WHERE WILL THE MONEY COME FROM?

 

James Hayr

Head of Global Sales, Endemol Shine Group

James Hayr joined Endemol Shine Group in 2017 as Head of Global Sales for the Group’s Commercial Partnerships team. Hayr oversees the brand relations responsibilities within Commercial Partnerships working closely with complementary divisions and specialisms both globally and within territories. His remit includes identifying and linking global commercial brand partners and opportunities, growing the Group’s overall branded content and content marketing business and boosting monetisation opportunities across the Group’s non-linear content.

A multi-award-winning Content Strategist, Hayr joined Endemol Shine Group from AOL, where as Head of Branded Content, he was instrumental in driving forward their brand integration across several owned platforms including The Huffington Post and AOL’s Originals video business. He has previously worked for companies such as EMAP (Bauer), Conde Nast and Microsoft MSA.



Speaking at: BRANDED CONTENT MASTERCLASS

 

Paul Heaney

CEO, TCB Media Rights

TCB Media Rights launched in October 2012, Heaney and his 15-strong team now work with some of the most highly regarded production companies in the business and leverage their network of co-production, broadcaster and pre-sales relationships in the US/Canada, the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Australia/New Zealand, Asia and the Nordics to help them realise their programme-making ambitions. The company was acquired by the Kew Media Group in October 2017 significantly increasing Kew’s ability to broaden its distribution activity in the non-scripted arena.

With more than 150 titles in its rapidly expanding portfolio, TCB Media Rights’ has more than 75 producer-partners from around the world, including CJZ, Motion Content Group, Icon Films, Like A Shot Entertainment, Woodcut Media and ITN Productions. Its broadcaster clients span all the major factual broadcasters and platforms, including RMC, Decouverte, SBS Australia, Canal Plus, Discovery Networks, Nat Geo, Channel 9 Australia, Viasat, ProSieben, Welt24, N-TV, UKTV, Channel 5, Mediaset, AMC/CBS, TV2 Denmark, SBS Netherlands.

Prior to launching TCB as a one-man operation, Heaney served as President and Managing Director of Cineflix Rights, which he started in 2002.



Speaking at: WHERE'S HOT AND WHERE'S NOT

 

Danny Horan

Head of Factual, Channel 4

Before joining Channel 4 as Head of Factual, Danny was Commissioning Editor for Documentaries at the BBC He has commissioned award-winning Hospital, Louis Theroux’s Dark States, Ambulance, Generation Gifted and Murdered For Being Different, amongst many other series and single films across BBC one, TWO and three. Prior to joining the BBC Horan was an executive producer at Voltage TV and The Garden. His documentary credits include; The Audience, Louis Theroux: America’s Medicated Kids, Inside Tatler, The Tube and Benefit Busters.



Speaking at: THE CHANNEL 4 INTERVIEW

 

Maartje Horchner

EVP Content, All3Media International

Maartje leads the international assessment of the Drama, Factual, Factual Entertainment, Format and Comedy genres. She has excellent producer relationships with a wide range of independent and all3media group producers across all genres and around the world. She has over 15 years of experience in the TV industry. Her background is in entertainment and factual production as she started her career at leading Dutch Producer IDTV. She moved to the UK in 2001 where she continued her career by working in acquisitions for independent distributor Chrysalis Distribution and now heads up the Acquisitions department at all3media International where she is EVP Content.



Chairing: WHERE'S HOT AND WHERE'S NOT

 

Lilla Hurst

Joint Managing Director, Drive

Lilla launched Drive, the specialist pre-sales and co-production agency in partnership with Ben Barrett in 2013. They then went on to launch the distribution arm of the company in 2016. With unparalleled expertise in raising production finance from international channels, the company has gone on to achieve great results in its first couple of years of distribution.

Hurst and the team work with some of the best production companies in the business, including Lightbox, October Films, Oxford Films, Yap Films and Blink Film & TV.

Prior to setting up DRIVE, Lilla founded Lillavision in 2008, working with indies to secure co production and deficit finance. She was previously Head of Co-production at Channel 5 and Head of Acquisitions and Co-productions at RDF International, now Zodiak.



Speaking at: WHERE'S HOT AND WHERE'S NOT

 

Luke Hyams

Head of Originals EMEA, YouTube

Luke Hyams is the Head of Originals for YouTube in EMEA. His last position was at The Walt Disney Company where Luke oversaw development of original digital franchises for the Disney Digital Network, working alongside the worlds best digital creators, writers and producers. Previously, Luke served as the Head of content for Disney / Pewdiepie JV Revelmode and also as the Chief content officer for Disney’s Maker Studios International. Luke has also spent time in Asia partnering with brands to produce web-series and micro-movies as head of creative for Beijing based agency / production company hybrid PAE. As a writer and director Luke created the award-winning interactive series "Dubplate Drama," and pioneering web drama Katemodern, for which he earned the Broadcast Press Guild award for innovation. Luke is a graduate of London based youth training organization YCTV.



Speaking at: IN CONVERSATION WITH YOUTUBE

 

Andrew Jackson

President, International Production, Plimsoll Productions




Chairing: COMMISSIONING PANEL: SPECIALIST FACTUAL
INTERNATIONAL FACTUAL

 

Heather Jones

General Manager, UK & SVP Content and Creative EMEA, A+E Networks

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

Heather manages all creative units of A+E Networks UK, including programming, Marketing and Communications, Creative and Digital and continues to serve as General Manager, UK, with responsibility for all aspects of the business across the company’s UK operation and portfolio of channels.

Previously, Heather was a consultant to a number of British and International broadcasters including RTE, MTV and UKTV. She was also part of the team that put together the London8 bid for the London local TV franchise.

Previous positions include Managing Director of North One Television, Director of television at Viacom in the UK and Managing Director at Paramount Comedy, Channel Editor of Trouble and before Flextech, she worked at Buena Vista Television, starting as a researcher before moving on to work as a producer/director. She began her career at Euro Disney in 1992 where, as its brand ambassador, she represented the company around the world.



Speaking at: HEAD TO HEAD: HEATHER JONES

 

Justine Kershaw

Co-founder and Creative Director, Blink

Justine is a BAFTA award winning producer with over 20 years of experience in television. Justine started her career in television news, moving in 1992 to Bristol to make programmes for the BBC Natural History Unit. Between 1995 and 2002 Justine directed and produced on the celebrity wildlife series ‘In the Wild’ for Tigress Productions, working with John Cleese, Ewan McGregor, Holly Hunter, Whoopi Goldberg and Richard Dreyfus. She also devised, directed and series produced Monkey Business for Tigress Productions ITV’s Granada and Executive Produced programmes for Channel 4, Natgeo, Discovery and PBS including Journey of Man and Secrets of The Dead: Riddle of the Plague Survivors.

In 2002 Justine moved to Channel 5 to become a commissioning editor and, as Channel 5’s Controller of Science, she commissioned over 80 hours of programming a year including Extraordinary People, The Gadget Show and The Big Question. In 2006 she was made Controller of Factual, covering the channel’s science, history and arts output.

Since starting Blink with Dan, Justine has overseen several series and specials including The Great Sperm Race, Mummifying Alan, The Brain with David Eagleman and Ape Man.Her work has won several awards including 2 EMMYs, a Peabody an RTS and a BAFTA.



Speaking at: PITCHING YOUR SHOW US STYLE

 

Alison Kirkham

Controller, Factual Commissioning, BBC

Alison Kirkham became Controller of Factual Commissioning in 2015. Since then, the Factual department has garnered immense critical acclaim and many awards, including BAFTAs for Blue Planet II, Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum and Dad and Murdered for Being Different; RTS Programme Awards for Hospital; Exodus, Elizabeth I's Secret Agents and World War One Remembered: Passchendale - For the Fallen; and Grierson Awards for Muslims Like Us and Forces of Nature with Brian Cox.

Alison’s commissions include the the BAFTA award winning documentary, Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum and Dad, and she was the Commissioning Executive Producer on the BBC's coverage of the recent Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and secured their exclusive engagement interview.

Prior to her current role, Alison was Head of Commissioning, Formats and Features for BBC One and BBC Two for five years.

Alison joined the BBC in 2005 as an executive producer of daytime programming and spent six months as acting Controller of BBC Daytime in 2006 and before 2005 Alison worked in ITV Current Affairs on Tonight With Trevor McDonald.



Speaking at: THE BIG DEBATE: WHERE WILL THE MONEY COME FROM?

 

Dan Korn

VP Programming, A+E Networks

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.

As Vice President, Programming, and Head of History and Crime+Investigation, he heads up a team responsible for all the Pay TV brands for the A+E UKJV, sourcing, acquiring and commissioning over 3000 hours of content a year. Recent commissions include James Nesbitt: Disasters That Changed Britain, World War 2 Treasure Hunters, and Murdertown with Katherine Kelly.



Chairing: PITCHING YOUR SHOW US STYLE

 

Alf Lawrie

Head of Factual Entertainment, Channel 4

Alf’s wealth of experience spans a broad range of popular factual programming having previously helped launch new formats including The Apprentice, Hunted and The Face. Prior to joining Channel 4 in 2017, Alf served as Executive Producer on The Island. At Channel 4 he has been responsible for SAS: Who Dares Wins; Levison Woods’ travelogue, From Russia To Iran: Crossing the Wild Frontier; and The Secret Life Of 5 Year Olds: Suffrage Special; as well as the forthcoming series about South American cartels, Inside The Narcos.



Speaking at: FACTUAL ENTERTAINMENT: THE COMMISSIONER'S WORD

 

Clare Laycock

Head of Brands, Discovery UK

Clare is responsible for the strategic direction and performance of Discovery UK’s female-skewing channels: Quest Red, Discovery’s newest free-to-air real life entertainment channel; TLC, a top five entertainment channel amongst pay TV women; free-to-air foodie channel Food Network; Investigation Discovery, the UK’s number one real crime channel; and Amazon Prime channel Discovery Kids. In the role she oversees programme commissioning and acquisition, scheduling and marketing & communications.

Clare has been a major driving force in expanding Discovery UK’s reach, giving the channels some of their highest ratings shows to date. Since joining Discovery, Clare has built out global franchises, commissioning Say Yes to The Dress UK, now in its 4th series, and developed local hits including Katie Price: My Crazy Life, Curvy Brides Boutique, Harry & Meghan Said Yes, If Katie Hopkins Ruled the World, Britain’s Deadliest Lovers and Faking It: Tears of a Crime.

Clare joined Discovery in September 2014 from UKTV where she was General Manager and Channel Head of Really, Home and Good Food. During her tenure at UKTV, Clare launched brand new channels Home and Really and subsequently led the re-launch of Really, transforming it from a pay TV lifestyle channel to a free-to-air entertainment brand. She was at UKTV for six years.

Prior to UKTV, Clare was Head of Campaigns for BBC Learning from 2006 to 2008 and before this she held various roles at Discovery for 14 years from 1992 to 2006, including VP & Channel Director, Discovery Home & Health and Discovery Kids.



Speaking at: INTERNATIONAL FACTUAL

 

Debbie Manners

Consultant, The Ingenious Group

 

Chairing: BRANDED CONTENT MASTERCLASS

 

Grant Mansfield

CEO and Founder, Plimsoll Productions

Grant Mansfield is the Chief Executive and Founder of Plimsoll Productions. Before launching the company in September 2013 he spent 3 years in LA and CEO of Zodiak USA where his credits include Secret Millionaire, Celebrity Wife Swap, Hard Core Pawn, Lizard Lick Towing and Killer Karaoke. Previously, as Managing Director of RDF, based in London, credits included Ladette to Lady, Holiday Showdown, Oz and James Big Wine Adventure, Gene Simmons Rock School and Dickinson’s Real Deal. Before that, as Head of Programmes at Granada TV, Mansfield was responsible for the launch of I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here.

He began his TV career at the BBC, first as a TV news reporter and latterly as the creator and producer of some of the Corporation’s most popular documentary series, including Driving School and long-running Vets in Practice.

 

Laura Mansfield

Managing Director, Outline Productions

Laura co-founded Outline Productions with business partner Helen Veale in 1999. She has developed and executive produced a broad range of successful and award-winning programmes at Outline, which have not only achieved success in the UK, but broadcast to multiple international territories including Born On The Same Day, Posh Neighbours at War  both for Channel 4, Show Me Your Garden, Sky1, Million Dollar Intern, BBC Worldwide, Emergency with Angela Griffin, Sky1, Go Greek for a Week, Channel 4, Fat Families for Sky 1, House of Tiny Tearaways, 4 series for BBC 3, House of Tiny Terrors, TLC and Guinness World Records Smashed for Sky1.

Laura served as Chair of Pact Council in 2015 and 2016. She regularly acts as mentor to others in the industry and regularly contributes to panels in the UK and abroad.



Chairing: DIRECTOR OF COMMISSIONING: UKTV

 

Tom McDonald

Head of Commissioning, Natural History & Specialist Factual, BBC

Tom McDonald is the head of commissioning for Natural History & Specialist Factual at the BBC. Recent commissions include the BAFTA and Emmy winning Planet Earth II, BAFTA winner Muslims Like Us, BAFTA & Grierson nominees The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs and Life That Glows; and recent ratings successes Surgeons: At The Edge Of Life and A House Through Time. He also oversees some of the BBC’s most successful returning series including The Watches, Trust Me, I’m A Doctor, Inside The Factory, Amazing Hotels & The Truth About.... strand



Speaking at: COMMISSIONING PANEL: SPECIALIST FACTUAL

 

Richard Melman

Managing Director, Spring Films

A former Cameraman, and now Emmy award winning Producer, Richard has produced, directed or commissioned hundreds of hours of programmes for British and International broadcasters.

His work has ranged from Music Videos to Commercials and Documentaries; including five series of the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures for BBC2 and Cold War, the 24-part, BAFTA nominated, Peabody award-winning history series commissioned by Ted Turner for CNN and the BBC. More recently he was the Executive Producer on Night Will Fall – a feature length documentary for the BFI, HBO and Channel 4, which has been awarded the Emmy for Outstanding Historical Documentary, The Royal Television Society Award and the Peabody Medal in the USA. He was nominated for another Emmy in 2017 for Into the Inferno the story of volcanoes and mankind directed by Werner Herzog for Netflix.

Richard spent a year in America launching the first Discovery/BBC joint venture channels, returning to the UK to run Jeremy Isaacs Productions.

He is now the Executive Producer and Managing Director for Spring Films and has recently completed Prison a 3-part series for C4 and a feature doc Meeting Gorbachev directed by Werner Herzog and André Singer for History US.



Speaking at: THE SVOD LANDSCAPE

 

Shaminder Nahal

Commissioning Editor Arts, Topical and History, Channel 4

Shaminder joined the Specialist Factual team in 2017. She has overseen the critically-acclaimed series Grayson Perry: Rites of Passage as well as the Artists in Residence strand, Random Acts and Grierson-nominated Angry, White & American with Gary Younge. She co-commissioned award-winning The Big Narstie Show, and commissioned Britain’s Most Historic Towns, Genderquake: The Debate and What Makes a Woman with Munroe Bergdorf.

Shaminder has a wealth of experience in heavyweight journalism. She was Deputy Editor of Channel 4 News from 2012, and prior to that, was Deputy Editor of Newsnight. As Deputy Editor of Channel 4 News 2012, she was involved in overseeing TV and digital coverage for the multi-award-winning prime-time daily news programme. She oversaw planning and coverage of the Scottish Referendum, General Elections and the EU referendum and its aftermath. During her time at Channel 4 News, the show won the Royal Television Society award for News Programme of the Year three times and in 2016 won a BAFTA for its coverage of the Paris terror attacks.



Speaking at: COMMISSIONING PANEL: SPECIALIST FACTUAL

 

Jules Oldroyd

Jules Oldroyd, SVP Global Programming & Acquisitions, National Geographic Partners

Jules moved to Washington DC in March 2016 as Senior Vice President for Global Programming & Acquisitions. She is responsible for overseeing the programming strategy for National Geographic channels outside of the US. In addition, she also manages international commissioning & acquisitions for Nat Geo Wild HD & Nat Geo People.

Before her move to Washington she worked in London with Hamish Mykura for 3 years on development strategy for National Geographic outside of the US.

Prior to joining National Geographic she worked at Channel 4 in the UK where she was Head of Scheduling for 13 years & in addition also commissioned Youth & Music programming as Head of T4 & 4Music for 5 years.



Speaking at: INTERNATIONAL FACTUAL

 

Lisa Opie

Director of Factual, BBC Studios

Lisa Opie is the Director of Factual for BBC Studios, leading BBC Studios' factual teams, working with the creative leads, production management and business teams to enable BBC Studios to deliver and grow its world-class content, across Natural History, Science, History, Arts, Documentaries, Features and Daytime. Its factual programmes, such as Springwatch, Horizon, Child of Our Time, Stargazing Live, Imagine, Jane Austen: Behind Closed Doors, Life and Death Row, Louis Theroux, The Met and Murdered for Being Different are renowned for their quality and loved by audiences in the UK and around the globe.

Lisa was previously Controller of Business for Factual & Daytime, and before joining the BBC in 2013, Lisa was Managing Director of Two Four Digital.Previously she was Managing Director of Content at Channel Five and Managing Director of Flextech Television, a former partner with the BBC in UKTV.



Speaking at: INTERNATIONAL FACTUAL

 

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.



Speaking at: FACTUAL ENTERTAINMENT: THE COMMISSIONER'S WORD

 

Ruth Pitt

Director, Creative Cities Convention

Ruth Pitt is director of the Creative Cities Convention and MD of Under The Moon, a company she set up to nurture talent in the creative industries across the UK. She is currently running the Commissioning Mentor Network for Channel 4 and is a former creative director of documentaries at BBC Religion and Ethics, head of documentaries at Granada Television, MD of Real Life Productions and head of factual at Tiger Aspect Productions.

Ruth trained as a journalist and reporter with IPC Magazines, in radio and at Yorkshire Television. She is a regular session chair at festivals and events and was advisory chair of the Edinburgh TV festival as well as the Nations and Regions Media Conference.

She lives in Yorkshire but also has a base in London and has worked on a wide range of projects aimed at growing production outside the M25.



Chairing: THE GRIERSON SESSION: THE PROMISE OF THE NATIONS & REGIONS

 

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.



Speaking at: DOCUMENTARY: THE COMMISSIONER'S WORD

 

Holly Pye

Commercial Director, Objective Media Group

Holly Pye joined Objective Media Group in July 2018, as the company's first commercial director. Prior to joining OMG, Holly spent seven years at London talent agency James Grant Media, where she was Entertainment Board Director working across the strategy and management of a wide variety of high-profile clients. Previously, Holly worked as the company's Head of Television. Holly's CV also boasts William Morris (WMA) and William Morris Endeavor (WME) where she ran the TV department in the UK representing UK and US production companies and talent.



Chairing: THE SVOD LANDSCAPE

 

Mark Reynolds

Unscripted Portfolio Director, BBC Studios

Mark Reynolds is the Unscripted Portfolio Director within the Content Partnerships division of BBC Studios, overseeing the complete range of unscripted content that includes Blue Planet II, Top Gear, Diana: 7 Days, Civilisations, Horizon, Dancing with the Stars, Louis Theroux and The Great Bake Off.

Mark leads the team responsible for all unscripted content development, co-production and financing strategies, acquisitions and talent and production partnership deals. The team look after the following genres: Natural History, Entertainment Formats, Science, Factual Entertainment, Documentaries, History, Music, and Current Affairs.

Previous roles at the company include the Genre Director and Commercial Director for Factual and Director of Factual for the Indie Unit. Mark was also Head of Factual, Acquisitions and Co-productions for Granada International. Mark joined Granada following a previous spell at BBC Worldwide where he was based in New York as Vice President, Factual Co-productions and Sales.



Speaking at: WHERE'S HOT AND WHERE'S NOT

 

Hilary Rosen

Head of Factual & Factual Entertainment, 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.



Speaking at: FACTUAL ENTERTAINMENT: THE COMMISSIONER'S WORD

 

Andrew Sheldon

Creative Director and Founder, True North

Andrew is an award-winning journalist and film maker who works in Features, Documentaries and Current Affairs at True North. Having started his career in newspapers, he’s been telling stories that matter ever since.

Andrew is constantly breaking new ground, often in the world of the police and crime. His genre-bending Big Sting brand took the best of Candid Camera and Crimewatch, working with police forces to catch up with criminals on the run.

His eye for a story often takes him inside the stories that everyone is talking about – like The Mystery of The Man On The Moor for Channel 4 and the story of the UK’s first ever hand transplant in My New Hand for BBC One.

His current slate at True North includes The 80’s Pop Map of Britain and Ireland for BBC Four and the The Yorkshire Dales and The Lakes for More4.



Speaking at: THE GRIERSON SESSION: THE PROMISE OF THE NATIONS & REGIONS

 

Kim Shillinglaw

Director of Factual Programming, Endemol Shine

Kim Shillinglaw became Director of Factual at Endemol Shine UK in September 2016, one of the UK’s biggest production groups, currently making shows for all the major U.K. broadcasters as well as Netflix, Amazon, Nat Geo, A&E and Discovery.

Prior to joining Endemol Shine UK, Kim was Controller of BBC Two and BBC Four from March 2014. Some of the hundreds of hours she commissioned during that time included the Real Marigold Hotel, Exodus, Muslims Like Us, Hospital, The Super Rich Season, Chinese School, Employable Me, and American Crime Story: OJ Simpson.

Kim joined the BBC in 2006 as an executive producer for BBC Factual, becoming Commissioning Editor for Science and Natural History in 2009. She commissioned multiple returners such as Stargazing Live, Trust Me I’m A Doctor, An Hour to Save Your Life, and Bear Family and Me, factual dramas such as the RTS-winning Challenger, Castles in the Sky and Gamechanger, popular ratings winners such as What's The Right Diet For You, The Young Ones, Britain’s Favourite Supermarket Secrets, and Animals in Love, and the highly memorable run of smash hit landmarks Frozen Planet, The Hunt, Planet Earth II, and Blue Planet II.

Kim also worked at CBBC as Commissioner for Indies, developing and commissioning the first series of Horrible Histories, and in documentaries and current affairs both inside the BBC and in the independent sector.



Speaking at: THE SVOD LANDSCAPE

 

Clare Sillery

Head of Commissioning, Documentaries, BBC

Clare Sillery was appointed Head of Commissioning, Documentaries in December 2016, leading one of the biggest commissioning teams at the BBC. She is responsible for a huge range of output across all channels from Hospital, The Mighty Redcar, IKEA and Hillsborough on BBC Two and Stephen: Murder That Changed A Nation, Ambulance and Reported Missing on BBC One to the award-winning global documentary strand Storyville on BBC Four and BBC Three stand-out film Murdered For Being Different.

Clare was previously a commissioning editor in documentaries responsible for a raft of returning documentary series from The Detectives to Real Marigold Hotel and Real Marigold on Tour and award winning single films like Simon’s Choice; How to Die on BBC Two as well as Bafta winning factual drama Damilola, our Loved Boy for BBC One.

As an executive producer at the BBC Clare was responsible for a really diverse range of programmes across all the channels from multi award winning series Life and Death Row for BBC Three to RTS winning The Secret Life of the National Grid on BBC Four.



Speaking at: DOCUMENTARY: THE COMMISSIONER'S WORD

 

Sanjay Singhal

Chief Executive, Voltage TV

Sanjay is founder of factual indie, Voltage TV and is in production on major series for the BBC, ITV, C4 and C5 including Inside the Factory for BBC two. Before that he ran Dragonfly for three years, where he oversaw a broad factual slate ranging from The Hotel to The Plane Crash. He started life as a trainee at the BBC where he spent 15 years, mostly in news and current affairs.

 

Celia Taylor

Managing Director, Mentorn Media

Celia Taylor is Managing Director of Mentorn Media and responsible for driving and expanding the producer's diverse programme and development slate, with a focus on factual, factual entertainment and entertainment content for both the UK and the international market.

Prior to joining Mentorn, Celia was Head of Non-Scripted Commissioning at Sky, where she ordered shows including League of Their Own, Wild Things, Ross Kemp's Extreme World, Mentorn's An Idiot Abroad, as well as BAFTA winning Flying Monsters 3D with Sir David Attenborough.

She was also Director of Programmes at Virgin Media, responsible for four of their digital channels. And as a commissioning editor for factual at the BBC she worked across BBC One, Two and Three on wide-ranging and BAFTA-winning output. Before moving into commissioning, Celia worked as a freelance producer for many independent production companies and broadcasters.



Chairing: FACTUAL ENTERTAINMENT: THE COMMISSIONER'S WORD

 

Emma Wakefield

Managing Director, Lambent Productions

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

Credits include Kids Behind Bars for BBC3, out of jail and On The Streets for BBC1, and The Special Needs Hotel for Channel 5.

Recent documentaries include Last Whites of the East End for BBC1, Addicted Parents: Last Chance to Keep my Children for BBC2 and BAFTA and Grierson award-nominated Raped: My Story for Channel 5.

 



Chairing: DOCUMENTARY: THE COMMISSIONER'S WORD

 

Richard Watsham

Director of Commissioning, UKTV

As Director of Commissioning, Richard Watsham oversees the editorial, production and commercial partnerships elements of all UKTV originations. He and his team of experienced programme-makers-turned-commissioners produce bold, brand-defining programmes across a wide variety of genres from factual through entertainment and from documentary to scripted comedy.

Richard and his team commissioned BAFTA-nominated Taskmaster, International Emmy-winning Hoff the Record, and multi-award winning Dynamo: Magician Impossible, as well as successful comedy entertainment shows for Dave, Dave Gorman Modern Life is Goodish and Dara O Briain’s Go 8 Bit. He also brought top talent to W with John Bishop: In Conversation With… and Dr Christian Will See You Now

Richard has increased the network’s push into live broadcasts by ordering coverage of David Haye’s comeback fight against Australian Mark de Mori. The show delivered UKTV’s highest ever peak rating, with 3.2 million people tuning in.

Before joining UKTV, Richard spent more than ten years as a director and series producer, moving into broadcasting in January 2010 as Commissioning Editor of Virgin channel, Bravo.



Speaking at: DIRECTOR OF COMMISSIONING: UKTV

 

Johnny Webb

CEO, Sundog Pictures

Johnny Webb is Co-Founder and CEO of Sundog Pictures. He left broadcast in 2012 to create a contemporary production company looking to work with new platforms, explore different funding models and create a diverse roster of commissioners and clients. Since Sundog launched, Johnny has overseen over 50 hours of premium documentary for the BBC, C4 and C5 with extraordinary talent like Brian Cox, Morgan Freeman and Priyanka Chopra.

Johnny’s vision for high end ‘box set’ factual series and his passion for new kinds of storytelling has led to a push into the US with the recently announced global series for YouTube called If I Could Tell You Just One Thing. He also leads Sundog’s campaign work with the charity sector – including a series of YouTube shorts with award winning directors to abolish the death penalty in the US. A Lethal Injection, directed by Bruce Goodison has garnered over 16 million views since it launched. The latest campaign breaks this Autumn, online, to reimagine global education.

In addition to TV, Johnny has produced two feature documentaries, the last one, Don’t Look Down, directed by Dan Gordon, premiered at Tribeca and was acquired by Netflix.

Sundog also works with brands to find new ways to tell documentary style stories. Recent work includes a fully funded long form film for Jaguar Land Rover called Range Rover Velar: The Making of an Icon which will be broadcast on TV around the world.



Speaking at: IN CONVERSATION WITH YOUTUBE

 

Kelly Webb-Lamb

Deputy Director of Programmes, Channel 4

Kelly is deputy director of programmes at Channel 4 and Head of Popular Factual, a role she took up in February this year. Kelly oversees the Factual Entertainment, Features and Daytime commissioning teams as well as the Creative Diversity team and the Nations & Regions team. She is responsible for leading Channel 4’s on-screen diversity and inclusion strategy.

Since joining Channel 4 as head of factual entertainment in September 2016 Kelly has been responsible for successfully landing Channel 4's The Great British Bake Off and The Great Celebrity Bake Off for Stand Up To Cancer. She has also developed and commissioning shows such as the award-winning Old People’s Home for Four Year Olds, the forthcoming Alone at Home and The Peng Life as well as caretaking established brands including Gogglebox.

Previous to C4, Kelly was Managing Director at Shine TV for four years. During this time she redefined the company as a leading producer of popular factual with hits including the BAFTA and RTS award winner The Island with Bear Grylls and Hunted for Channel 4 as well as hits for other channels including BBC 1’s All Change at Longleat, Britain's Best Bakery, The Undriveables and Help! I'm Having Triplets for ITV and Sky 1¹s The Force: Manchester.



Speaking at: THE GRIERSON SESSION: THE PROMISE OF THE NATIONS & REGIONS

 

John Willis

Creative Director, Tinopolis Group

John Willis joined Tinopolis in 2006 as CEO of Mentorn Media and Creative Director for the Tinopolis Group. He became Chairman of Mentorn in 2015 and during his time with the company, he has overseen shows including An Idiot Abroad, The Fried Chicken Shop, For Neda and The Jihadis Next Door.

John began his career at Yorkshire Television where he won a string of awards for his hard-hitting documentary programmes including Johnny Go Home. In 1988, he joined Channel 4 as Controller of Factual Programmes, introducing new documentary stands like Cutting Edge, True Stories and Secret History. As Channel 4’s Director of Programmes, he oversaw a number of successful programmes and films across several genres, including Trainspotting, Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush, and Father Ted.

John served as the Chairman of BAFTA from 2012 until 2014. Other high profile roles include Managing Director of LWT and United Productions, Vice President of National Programmes at WGBH and Director of Factual and Learning at the BBC.



Speaking at: THE GRIERSON SESSION: THE PROMISE OF THE NATIONS & REGIONS

 

Lucy Willis

Commissioning Editor, Factual, Channel 5

Lucy joined Channel 5 as Commissioning Editor, Factual in February 2015.

She is responsible for peak-time factual programming. Her recent shows have included: Elizabeth: Our Queen, The Secret Life of Owls and Nocturnal Britain, a three-part stripped wildlife event, with new series Warship: Life at Sea and Inside the Tower of London slated for the autumn.

At Channel 5, Lucy has been behind programming such as: Diana: Seven Days That Shook The World; Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It Away!; Eight Days That Made Rome; Why Do Women Earn More Than Men? and the three-part stripped history event, The Great Fire.

She has also commissioned the channel’s popular historical drama documentaries: Wallis: The Queen That Never Was and Elizabeth I, starring Lily Cole as the monarch.

Before moving to Channel 5 as Commissioning Editor, Factual Lucy was Head of UK Factual and an Executive Producer at Raw Television, having joined the company in 2005.



Speaking at: COMMISSIONING PANEL: SPECIALIST FACTUAL

 

Brian Woods

Filmmaker and co-founder, True Vision

Brian has been described by The Guardian as “the country’s best, most committed documentary-maker.” He is Deputy Chair of Sheffield Documentary Festival.

Winner of 7 BAFTAs and numerous international awards, Brian started his company, True Vision with his late wife in 1995 with the internationally acclaimed film, The Dying Rooms.

Since then Brian, has made numerous international and domestic films through True Vision for the BBC, Channel Four, ITV, HBO, PBS and Discovery. He passionately believes that television CAN make a difference, and True Vision’s films have demonstrated this repeatedly.



Chairing: THE INTERVIEW: STACEY DOOLEY

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