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The Speaker list for this year's festival is now 100% confirmed. We have had one change with the BBC's David Brindley moving to Twofour as Chief Creative Officer.  Catherine Catton, Commissioning Editor, Popular Factual and Factual Entertainment, BBC joins in his place for the Factual Entertainment commissioning panel that kicks off the festival with some energy on Day One.


Harriet Armston-Clarke

Director, TVF International

Harriet Armston-Clarke is Director of TVF International, the world's leading fully independent distributor of documentary and factual content.

TVF International’s catalogue encompasses everything from factual entertainment and lifestyle series to exceptional award-winning documentaries, representing some of the most innovative and creative content makers from across the globe.

The TVF International team, which is energetic and vibrant, with over fifteen languages spoken across Sales and Acquisitions. Both divisions work with their own specific territories to maintain a highly specialised knowledge of the global content market. Alongside the distribution of completed programming, TVF International operates extensively with financing, pre-sales and co-productions.



Greg Barnett

Commissioning Editor, Factual Entertainment, Channel 5

Greg has been Channel 5's Commissioning Editor, Factual Entertainment since February 2010 and is responsible for peak-time factual entertainment programming.

At Channel 5 he has been behind such channel highlights as: the BAFTA Award-winning Cruising with Jane McDonald; Celebrity 5 Go Barging; Jane McDonald & Friends; The Story Of ... franchise; Morecambe and Wise: In Their Own Words; The Dog Rescuers with Alan Davies; Ben Fogle: New Lives In The Wild; The Yorkshire Vet, Great British Gardens as well as the critically acclaimed crime drama Suspects.

Greg joined Channel 5's Factual Entertainment department in 2010 from TwoFour, becoming the channel's Commissioning Editor for Entertainment, Soaps and Daytime responsible for shows such as: Neighbours and The Bachelor.



Tom Brisley

Creative Director, Arrow Media

Tom Brisley is co-founder of Arrow, one of the UK’s fastest-growing independent production companies. A BAFTA and RTS award-winning producer, his creative vision and leadership have played an integral role in establishing Arrow as one of the most admired factual producers in the UK. Arrow has created and produced hundreds of hours of documentary, crime, history, science, nature and adventure programming for the UK, US and international markets. Arrow’s clients include Channel 4, BBC, Channel Five, Netflix, Investigation Discovery, Smithsonian, PBS, Discovery, History US, National Geographic Channel, National Geographic Wild, CuriosityStream, Science Channel, CNN, Travel Channel, Animal Planet and A&E. In November 2018, the company created two creative labels to help fuel the company’s creative growth - Arrow Media and Arrow Pictures.



Richard Broughton

Research Director, Ampere Analysis

Richard has over a decade of experience in analysing the television, film and communications industries, and has worked with and advised a huge range of the top international media, sports, telecoms and technology companies. He has a background in financial modelling, quant research and strategy. Richard has led custom consulting projects for senior stakeholders in a wide selection of blue chip organisations, including major studios and producers, channel groups, tech vendors and pay TV & telecommunications groups – as well as regulatory and governmental bodies. Richard is a regular speaker and moderator at high-profile industry events and conferences, and is frequently quoted in consumer and industry press. Richard holds a first class degree in Natural Sciences from Cambridge.




Emma Bullimore

Entertainment Journalist

Entertainment journalist Emma Bullimore writes for publications including TV Times, The Independent, New Statesman and Stylist. She frequently appears on radio and television, including BBC Breakfast, BBC 5Live and Radio 4's Front Row, as well as being the resident TV critic on both Jo Whiley's Radio 2 show and The Sara Cox Show on ITV. She chairs live events for the likes of BAFTA, the BFI and the BBC.



Dorothy Byrne

Head of News & Current Affairs, Channel Four

Dorothy Byrne is Head of News & Current Affairs at Channel Four Television.

During her tenure, the Channel’s news and current affairs programmes have won numerous BAFTA, RTS, Emmy Awards and others.

Dorothy was made a Fellow of The Royal Television Society for her “outstanding contribution to television” and received the Outstanding Contribution Award at the RTS Journalism Awards in 2018. She has received a BAFTA Scotland award for her services to television and has also won the Factual Award given by Women in Film and Television. She is a trustee of the Ethical Journalism Network which supports the development of ethical codes in journalistic organisations across the globe.

She is a former World In Action producer and editor of ITV's The Big Story. Before joining Channel 4 she also produced arts programmes and executive produced history series for the channel.


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Rob Carey

CEO, Curve Media

Rob Carey is joint CEO of Curve Media, an unscripted production company based in London, Cardiff and Dublin. Curve specialise in high quality long-running factual and entertainment shows for the world’s biggest networks including BBC, Discovery Networks, Netflix, ITV, Channel 4, Viacom, AETN, NGCI and Sky.

Since launching in 2014, Curve Media has grown to become a top ten UK unscripted indie. The slate includes the following high-profile returnable shows; Vicky McClure: My Dementia Choir, Claimed and Shamed and Secret Singers for BBC One; Call The Cleaners, ITV1; Save My Child and Paradise Hunters for Channel 4; Trauma Doctors, Channel 5, Salvage Hunters, Quest/Discovery Networks and My Extraordinary Pregnancy, TLC.

Rob was EVP and Global Creative Director of Cineflix Productions from 2008 to 2014. During his time at Cineflix he grew the company slate to over 1000 hours of television, co-creating and Executive Producing a wide range of shows including American Pickers, History US, Air Crash Investigation, NatGeo, Property Brothers, HGTV, Surviving Evil, ID, World’s Greenest Homes Discovery, Dinner Party Wars, Food Network and Animals At Work, BBC.

Previously, Rob was Head of Factual Entertainment for At It Productions, and Creative Director, Factual Entertainment and Features for Mentorn Media.



Steve Carson

Head of Multiplatform Commissioning, BBC Scotland

Steve began his career with the BBC’s Youth and Entertainment Features department and went on to become a producer/director on Current Affairs programmes including Newsnight and Panorama.

In 1997 he returned to Ireland and went on to set up independent production company Mint Productions. Mint became one of Ireland’s most high profile indies, with offices in Dublin and Belfast.

As a programme-maker, his awards include those from the Royal Television Society and the Irish Film and Television Academy.

In 2009, Steve was appointed Director of Programmes for RTÉ Television, with responsibility for in house and indie-produced programming across RTÉ ONE and TWO. He also took on additional responsibility for Current Affairs during 2012.

Steve returned to the BBC at the end of 2013 as Head of BBC Northern Ireland Productions, covering local and network in-house production and the development of the wider creative economy in Northern Ireland. During his time in Belfast, the BBC negotiated two successful partnerships with Northern Ireland Screen.



Catherine Catton

Commissioning Editor, Popular Factual and Factual Entertainment, BBC

Catherine is a Commissioning Editor for Popular Factual and Factual Entertainment at the BBC. Recent commissions include The Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan, Remarkable Places to Eat and The Big Hospital Experiment for BBC TWO and You are What you Wear for BBC One. She also oversees a range of returning series including The Great British Sewing Bee, Gardeners’ World, Best Home Cook and the RHS Flower Shows.

Before joining the BBC, Catherine was a Senior Commissioning Editor at UKTV where she commissioned across all genres. Prior to moving into commissioning she was Channel Head of UKTV Style.



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.



Lucy Curtis

Series Producer, Race Across the World

Lucy is a newly appointed series producer specialising in popular factual and factual entertainment programmes. She was a key figure in the development of Channel 4’s Hunted, spending four months honing the idea in funded development before securing the commission, and since then has worked on formats such as BBC2’s Race Across The World and Sky One’s The Heist. She’s currently at Studio Lambert series producing the second series of Race Across The World.



Nick Curwin

Chairman, Matisse Media

With a background in print journalism, Nick began his TV career at LWT and then Mentorn, where he ran its Folio division. He launched indie Firefly, now Dragonfly, with Magnus Temple in 2004. There he pioneered so-called “factual theatre” with programmes such as the award-winning Anatomy For Beginners, Channel 4, as well as the “rig show”, with the BAFTA-nominated The Family, Channel 4 and BAFTA-winning One Born Every Minute, Channel 4. He sold Firefly to Shine in 2007 and left with Temple three years later to launch a second indie, The Garden, producers of The Audience, 24 Hours in A&E and 24 Hours in Police Custody, Channel 4;  Keeping Britain Alive, BBC2  – all BAFTA-nominated – as well as the BAFTA-winning Bedlam, Channel 4. The Garden was twice voted the best indie in the country by its peers. Four years after ITV Studios acquired The Garden, he stood down as CEO and joined the Board of C4’s Indie Growth Fund. After a year as Creative Mentor to investee companies and advising the channel on new investments, he left to launch Matisse.



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).



Simon Downing

SVP Channel Head Factual and Sport at Discovery UK & Ireland

Simon Downing is SVP, Head of Factual & Sport, Discovery UK & Ireland, overseeing strategy for Discovery’s 11 factual and sports channels including Discovery Channel, Eurosport, Quest and DMAX, which combined reach over 19 million people every month.

He has led Discovery’s factual and sport portfolio to record growth, recently achieving its best ever quarter for male share. He was instrumental in the launch of Quest in 2009 and has led it to record successive growth to become the fastest growing major channel for the men in the UK last year.

In 2019, he successfully led the transition of DMAX as a free-to-air brand, strengthening Discovery’s factual and entertainment offering. In 2016, he took over leadership of Eurosport UK which has been supercharged under the ownership of Discovery, signing landmark deals including the Pay-TV rights for the Olympic games till 2024.

Simon joined Discovery in 2008 as the Vice President of Marketing where he was responsible for the UK consumer marketing strategy and brand development across Benelux, Germany, the Nordics and Southern Europe.

Before joining Discovery, he was Head of Marketing and Digital at Channel Five, and Head of Marketing and Communications at MTV Networks UK.



Liesel Evans

Creative Director of UK Factual, Raw TV

Liesel Evans joined Raw in July 2017 as Creative Director of UK Factual; overseeing the development and production of series and singles for all the major UK broadcasters and SVODs. Recent credits for BBC include critically acclaimed Chris Packham: Asperger’s and Me, Drowning in Plastic, Mad Cow Disease: The Great British Beef Scandal, 2-part series Inside the Bank of England,  Conviction: Murder in Suburbia, 3-part series Flatpack Empire and Series 4 of Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest Airport for ITV.

Prior to joining Raw, Liesel executive produced the BAFTA nominated Channel 4 series Kids on the Edge and the RTS and Grierson nominated The Life and Loss of Karen Woo as Director of Programmes at Century Films.



Caroline Frost

Media Journalist and Broadcaster

Caroline Frost is a broadcaster and journalist of 20 years standing, with wide-ranging experience of the public and commercial sectors, and print and digital media. A specialist in the field of entertainment, she also regularly writes and speaks about the media, politics and wider social issues.

She is the TV Chair of the Broadcasting Press Guild and a frequent commentator on TV and radio news, as well as documentaries. She is in demand as public speaker, both in the UK and abroad, often on the challenges for journalism and the entertainment industry posed by the evolution of digital platforms and social media.

Previously, Caroline trained as a producer with BBC News in London, before being head-hunted to help launch the digital arm of News Limited in Australia.



Adam Gee

Commissioning Editor, Red Bull Media House, London

Adam is a Commissioning Editor at Red Bull Media House, focusing on fresh talent. Previously he was the first Commissioning Editor of original programming at Little Dot Studios/‘Real Stories’ documentary channel, and a long-time Commissioning Editor at Channel 4. He specialises in short form/online video, multiplatform TV and digital interactivity.

He has won over 90 international awards for his productions, including five BAFTAs, an Emmy and the Grand Award at the New York International Film & Television Festival. Missed Call won the 2019 TV BAFTA for Best Short Form Programme. Adam has served on BAFTA’s Television and Interactive Entertainment committees, and is a voting member of the European Film Academy. He has taught at the Royal College of Art, the National Film & Television School and NYU.



Tim Harcourt

Creative Director, Studio Lambert

Tim oversees unscripted development, selling to UK broadcasters, as well as several productions for Studio Lambert in the UK.

Since joining the company in 2012 he has devised many of Studio Lambert's formats including the award-winning Gogglebox, The Circle, Naked Attraction and Race Across the World.



Patrick Holland

Channel Controller, BBC Two

Patrick became Channel Controller of BBC Two in March 2017, following his earlier appointment as Channel Editor in July 2016.

As Controller he’s overseen the launch of a raft of new titles including Hospital, Motherland, The Mighty Redcar, Collateral, MotherFatherSon, Surgeons - At the Edge of Life, A House Through Time, King Charles III, House of Assad: A Dangerous Dynasty, Boy with the Topknot and Blitz: The Bombs that Changed Britain.

His goal is to continue the revitalisation of BBC Two as a vital cultural force, filled with provocative points of view, where creatives can take their biggest risks and where the audience comes to be stimulated, challenged and entertained.

Patrick also line manages Cassian Harrison, the channel Editor of BBC Four.

Prior to joining BBC Two, Patrick was Head of Commissioning, Documentaries, leading one of the biggest commissioning teams at the BBC, responsible for a huge range of output across all channels. From The Real Marigold Hotel and Simon's Choice, How to Die, BBC Two to Abused: The Untold Story, BBC One, the award-winning global documentary strand Storyville, BBC Four, through to BBC Three stand-out films Chasing Dad and Murdered By My Father.

Before the BBC, Patrick was the managing director of one of the UK’s biggest factual independent production companies, Boundless (part of Fremantle Media UK).



Danny Horan

Head of Factual, Channel 4

As Head of Factual, Danny oversees Documentaries and with newly appointed Head of Specialist, Fatima Salaria, is responsible for History, Science, Natural History, Arts and Adventure. The department produces everything from 24 Hours in Police Custody, Prison, SAS, the upcoming Criminal Justice to Grayson Perry, Guy Martin and First Dates. Prior to joining Channel 4, 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.



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.



Michael Jochnowitz

Commissioning Editor, Popular Factual and Factual Entertainment, BBC

Michael Jochnowitz joined the BBC’s Popular Factual and Factual Entertainment commissioning team two and a half years ago and has grown a slate of programmes which include: Race Across the World, Your Home Made Perfect, Million Pound Menu, A Royal Team Talk, Kilimanjaro: The Bigger Red Nose Climb.

Prior to the BBC, Michael was Head of TV, UK for Simon Cowell's Syco Entertainment for over 5 years, where he developed and executive produced all their new commissions, including Keep it in the Family, Beat the Brain, Food, Glorious Food, Oscar Pistorius: The Interview, The Investigator: A British Crime Story. He also oversaw brand refreshment and format renewal for The X Factor and Got Talent - both the UK versions and its numerous global adaptations.

Before Syco, Jochnowitz worked on a range of high-profile shows including The Apprentice, Mary, Queen of Shops and the BAFTA nominated The Young Ones.



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.

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Seetha Kumar

CEO, ScreenSkills

Seetha is responsible for the strategic direction and overall leadership of ScreenSkills' work. Her priority is to expand ScreenSkills' engagement with industry, broaden its revenue streams and help future-proof screen sectors in a fast-changing and globally competitive skills market. Alongside her role as ScreenSkills' CEO, Seetha is a member of the Creative Diversity Network board and the Royal Television Society Education Committee and was formerly on the Mayor of London's Skills for Londoners Taskforce.

Before becoming ScreenSkills CEO in 2015 she was vice president of Pearson Qualifications International, following leadership roles across Pearson’s vocational and higher education teams. Seetha’s media sector leadership roles include BBC Online controller, launching BBC HD (the UK's first free-to-air public service HD channel) and creative director, documentaries and executive producer, and features. The award-winning 2005 Africa Lives season was the BBC’s largest cross-media season and involved partnerships with over fifty UK organisations including the British Museum. Seetha led the seminal domestic violence season Hitting Home, which resulted in a Parliamentary Early Day Motion.

Seetha started her career as the first woman reporter at the Financial Express in New Delhi, India, before working for independent production companies making programmes for Channel 4.



Clare Laycock

SVP, Head of Lifestyle & Entertainment Brands, Discovery UK & Ireland

Clare Laycock is SVP, Head of Lifestyle and Entertainment Brands, overseeing content, communications and digital strategy for Discovery’s lifestyle and entertainment portfolio in the UK. Following the completion of deals with UKTV and Scripps Networks, her portfolio has expanded to now include 7 channel brands: Quest Red, TLC, Really, Food Network, Home, ID and Home & Health.

Clare has led Discovery’s lifestyle and entertainment channels to record growth, with the portfolio now reaching over 23 million people every month. In 2017 she launched Quest Red, which was the fastest growing free-to-air channel for women last year, and commissioned Katie Price: My Crazy Life, which has become the channel’s biggest franchise.

Under her leadership, TLC has grown to become a top 10 pay entertainment channel for women, with its spin-off YouTube channel surpassing 3 million subscribers this year. Her top-performing local commissions for the channel include Say Yes To The Dress UK, Curvy Brides Boutique, Say Yes To The Dress Lancashire and Vicky Pattison: The Break Up.

Clare joined Discovery in 2014 from UKTV where she was General Manager and Channel Head of Really, Home and Good Food. Prior to this, she was Head of Campaigns for BBC Learning and held various roles at Discovery including VP & Channel Director, Discovery Home & Health and Discovery Kids.



Sarah Lazenby

Head of Features and Formats, Channel 4

Sarah currently heads up the Features & Formats department at Channel 4 responsible for a diverse range of non-scripted programmes particularly focusing on returnable lifestyle series, youth-skewing formats and broad talent-led shows. The department commissions the entire Bake Off franchise, iconic features shows like Amazing Spaces and Escape To The Chateau, innovative formats like Flirty Dancing and Joe Lycett’s Got Your Back, noisy documentary series like Mums Make Porn, social experiments like The Restaurant That Makes Mistakes and E4 reality series like Made In Chelsea and Celebs Go Dating.

Prior to that Sarah worked as a Commissioning Editor for 3 years across a variety of Factual Entertainment and Entertainment programmes including Naked Attraction, Derren Brown, Chatty Man and Cats Does Countdown. Most notably she won a Broadcast award for the live Paralympic entertainment show The Last Leg: Live In Rio and was responsible for securing the new line-up of hosts for The Great British Bake Off which redefined the show as a Channel 4 proposition, winning critical acclaim and a BAFTA nomination.

Prior to working as a Commissioning Editor Sarah spent 18 years working in TV production & development.



Melanie Leach

Joint CEO, South Shore

Melanie is the Joint ceo of South Shore, a new production company co-founded with Andrew Mackenzie and launched in November 2019 with backing from ITV Studios.

Prior to launching South Shore Melanie was the chief executive of the Twofour Group and oversaw a number of labels producing some of the worlds most popular scripted and unscripted television. Under her leadership, Twofour was twice named Broadcast’s Indie of the Year with hits that included Educating Yorkshire, The Jump, Splash!, The Real Marigold Hotel, This Time Next Year and What Would Your Kid Do?

Melanie has served as the advisory chair for the Guardian Edinburgh International Festival and has been awarded the First Woman of Media by the Lloyds Bank Business Awards, celebrating female role models whose achievements are inspiring future generations.



Camilla Lewis

Joint CEO, Curve Media

Camilla Lewis is joint CEO of Curve Media, an unscripted production company with production bases in London, Cardiff and Dublin. Curve specialise in high quality long-running factual and entertainment shows for the world’s biggest networks including BBC, Discovery Networks, ITV, Channel 4, Viacom, AETN, NGCI and Sky.

Since launching in 2014, Curve Media has grown to become a top ten UK unscripted indie. The slate includes the following high-profile returnable shows; Vicky McClure: My Dementia Choir, BBC One, Call The Cleaners, ITV1, Paradise Hunters, Channel 4, Busted In Bangkok, Channel 5 and 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.

Camilla Lewis joined Cineflix at the end of 2011 with the task of growing UK Production. Previous to Cineflix, Camilla was the Head of Factual Features at talkbackTHAMES.

Camilla began her career producing factual and current affairs strands including Watchdog. In 2001, Camilla became Deputy Editor of Tomorrow’s World before being appointed Head of Factual at CBBC the following year, where she commissioned and executive produced all factual programming, including RTS and BAFTA winners.



Richard Life

Head of Acquisitions, Cineflix Rights

For over twenty years, Richard Life has worked in the international television production, finance and distribution business with some of the leading creators of scripted and non-scripted content in the UK, North America, and many other countries.

Having joined Cineflix Rights as VP, Acquisitions in 2018, he was appointed Head of Acquisitions in January 2019, managing the distribution company’s overall acquisition process of third-party content from producers around the world. Previously, he was running his own successful consultancy Universal Corner, supporting independent producers and broadcasters to help develop, finance, distribute, and produce a range of series and specials. This included overseeing the development and financing of a highly successful slate of shows for Cream Productions in Toronto that included Fear They Neighbor for ID, and Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan for Rogers/Travel Channel.

Prior to that, Richard was Head of Acquisitions & Co-productions at ITV Studios Global Entertainment, the worldwide content exploitation business of UK broadcaster and global studio ITV. There, he managed ITVSGE’s development and co-financing investments for a wide range of content from UK, US, and international independent producers, including hit factual series River Monsters and I Shouldn’t Be Alive, dramas including Titanic, Murdoch Mysteries and Australia’s most successful returning drama The Dr Blake Mysteries.



Dinah Lord

Co-founder/ Managing Director, Caravan

Dinah Lord is founder and CEO of Caravan, a London-based independent production company focused on creating critically acclaimed, internationally successful content ranging from science stunts to landmark history, arts and science documentaries, investigations, crime and current affairs, factual entertainment and formats for broadcasters and platforms worldwide.

Recent shows include the seven-part true crime series Killer Ratings, Netflix, Buried Secrets of the Bible, National Geographic, New Order: Decades, Sky and Showtime, James Bulger: The New Revelations, Channel 5, Avalanche: Making a Deadly Snowstorm, BBC, Holocaust: The Revenge Plot, Channel 4, nominated for a Royal Television Society History Award, Passions: William Blake by Alison Lapper, Sky, Britain’s Mental Health Crisis, BBC, winner of the Television Programme of the Year, British Health Journalism Awards, The Penis Extension Clinic, BBC 3, and Direct Talk, NHK.

Dinah’s most recent awards include the 2015 BAFTA for Best Factual Series, the 2015 Royal Television Society Award for Best Arts Series, the 2014 BAFTA for Best Factual Series, and 2 Grierson awards. Among her other awards are a Wincott Business award, a Digital Emmy and Cable Ace award nominations. Before setting up Caravan, Dinah spent 27 years at the BBC latterly as Creative Executive Producer overseeing content creation and delivery for the BBC’s London Factual department.



Sarah Macdonald

Founder Director, MAKE Waves Media

In 2012, Sarah partnered with former Newsnight Editor and BBC World News CEO, Sian Kevill, to form MAKE Waves, a company that is unashamedly focused on both Asia and Europe - one of very few truly ‘East Meets West’ indies with a firm foot in both regions.

Since then, the company has gone on to work with major broadcasters such as Channel 4, Channel 5, Deutsche Welle, Al Jazeera, Bloomberg, BBC World News, HBO Asia, CNA, Star India and A + E Networks. The company won both the Asian Academy Award and China Academy Award for ‘Best Documentary Series’ for its most recent 4-part series for HBO Asia: The Talwars - Behind Closed Doors, building on the success of winning several New York TV Awards and Asian TV awards for the company’s investigative documentaries.

In addition, MAKE Waves has developed an award-winning track record in creating feature documentary films for socially-engaged bodies such as the United Nations and Save The Children. The film This is Exile was a sensitive portrait of life in exile from Syria as seen through the eyes of Syrian child-refugees living in Lebanon. The film was officially selected for IDFA, (International Documentary Film Festival) as well as providing material for a widespread social outreach campaign.

Prior to this, Sarah spent some time as part of the team at Channel 4 Dispatches and made four compelling documentaries, going undercover inside Burma, a ground-breaking investigation into the CIA and Extraordinary Rendition, and the acclaimed Life Inside the Secret State for CNN/Channel 4 about North Korean dissidents fleeing the regime. Sarah secured footage from within North Korea showing executions of people caught having communicated with the outside world. Kim Il Sung, Supreme Leader of North Korea at the time, called her an “imperialist bitch’.

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Eamonn Matthews

Managing Director/ CEO, Quicksilver Media

Eamonn Matthews is CEO of leading UK independent television producer Quicksilver, and executive produces much of the company’s output. Recent international projects include, in collaboration with Caravan, the Netflix 7x60’ series Killer Ratings (Bandidos na TV), which he executive produced with Dinah Lord.

Thanks to the brilliant people he’s had the good luck to work with, awards as an executive producer include a Robert F Kennedy Journalism Award for Iraq Uncovered, PBS/Frontline/C4, a 2016 BAFTA and Emmy for Outbreak: The Truth about Ebola, PBS/Frontline/BBC, and a 2016 DuPont award for coverage of the Ebola outbreak. Other awards include a 2015 Emmy for The Battle For Ukraine, PBS/Frontline, 2014 Emmy, BAFTA, RTS, Grierson and Broadcast awards for Syria: Across the Lines, C4/PBS/Frontline, a 2013 Emmy and RTS award for Inside Japan's Nuclear Meltdown, PBS/Frontline/BBC, an Emmy in 2012 for Undercover Syria, PBS/Frontline/C4, another 2012 Emmy for The Battle for Syria, PBS/Frontline, and a Grierson award in 2011 for Secret Iraq, BBC. In 2010 he won a BAFTA as Executive Producer for Terror in Mumbai, C4/HBO. As Executive Producer of The Death Squads, C4/CNN International, he won the 2007 RTS International Current Affairs Award. In 2006 he won a BAFTA as Executive Producer of Beslan, C4/WNET/NHK. As Series Producer, and then as Executive Producer, he has helped grow the Channel 4 foreign affairs series Unreported World into one of UK broadcasting’s most acclaimed strands.



Alex Morris

Chief Creative Officer, Barcroft Studios

Chief Creative Officer Alex Morris joined Barcroft Studios as Editor in 2008 and has helped shape the company’s transition into one of the industry’s leading digital producer/distributors, forging relationships with major digital platforms and driving creative output.

He began his career in news and print media, with roles at several national newspapers before moving into magazines as Picture Editor and Photo Director, driving visual output for Maxim, FHM, OK! and Closer for over a decade.

Having developed a keen editorial sense, working in breaking news and high-end photography for some of the world’s biggest lifestyle media brands, Alex joined Barcroft Studios to diversify editorial output with a particular focus on multi-media storytelling and digital partnerships.

Alex has since helped develop the company’s video output across multiple global platforms, building huge new audiences and transforming revenue streams on digital and linear channels. He is now one of the UK’s leading digital executives and regularly speaks on the subject at international industry conferences.



Victoria Noble

VP, Head of Original Content, Factual, Discovery UK & Ireland

Victoria Noble joined Discovery 13 years ago and was recently promoted from her role as Senior Director, Production & Development to Vice President, Original Content, Factual for Discovery.

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

Victoria has been instrumental in broadening the reach of Discovery’s brands with the introduction of female faces in traditionally male environments in shows like Goblin Works Garage, a show that goes beyond a focus on cars. She’s also been influential in building a number of successful long-running returning series including Wheeler Dealers, Aussie Gold Hunters, and Salvage Hunters which is currently in its 13th series.

Noble’s recent credits include Ed Stafford: Man Woman Child Wild, Richard Hammond’s BIG, Idris Elba: Fighter and Ed Stafford: First Man Out.



Cecilie Olsen

SVP Global Content, Non-Scripted, ITV Studios Global Entertainment

As SVP of Global Content, Non-Scripted at ITV Studios Global Entertainment, Cecilie Olsen heads up the non-scripted acquisitions team. Olsen also actively seeks out new third party co-production partners, as well as oversees the internal labels' non-scripted programming output for international distribution.

Olsen is looking for shows that are bold, brave, noisy returnable franchises and highly commercial. Successes include 24 Hours in Police Custody, River Monsters, The Magical Land Of Oz and Hells Kitchen.

With more than 19 years experience, Olsen previously held roles at Argonon International, where she was the SVP Sales & Acquisitions leading the international sales and acquisitions division, prior to this she was Director of Formats and Production at NBCUniversal International Studios - securing international format commissions for brands such as Queer Eye, Top Chef, Hollywood Game Night and Real Housewives. Olsen also had stints at TwoFour helping to set up their distribution division TwoFour Rights, Target Entertainment and Fox Sports International.



Carolyn Payne

Commissioning Editor, National Geographic

Carolyn Payne is a Commissioning Editor for National Geographic working across both development and production.

Since the launch of Nat Geo’s 2.0 “fewer, bigger, better” commissioning strategy, Carolyn has developed, commissioned, and executive produced major premium factual series, most notably the Emmy winning Inside North Korea’s Dynasty; and Dian Fossey: Secrets in the Mist.

Carolyn scaled up the Drain the Oceans franchise, transforming it from a series of successful singles to a ten part returning series that continues to rate highly around the world. Other global hit shows Carolyn has developed and produced include Ultimate Survival WWII, Primal Survivor, Lost Treasures of the Maya Snake Kings, Viking Warrior Women and Fiennes Return to the Nile.

Carolyn has commissioned a number of timely space singles such as Rookie Moonshot, Comet Catcher: The Rosetta Landing, Mission to the Sun, and Mission Pluto.

Prior to working for Nat Geo, Carolyn was a freelance producer, making award winning shows such as the Children’s Bafta winning Operation Ouch and Election, BBC’s World’s Strictest Parents, and Nat Geo’s The Witch Doctor Will See You Now.



Tris Payne

Head of Nations and Regions, Pact

Pact’s Head of Nations and Regions, Tris Payne, is an experienced Executive Producer who has developed and won several network commissions, including a new series travelling across the USA with Paul Hollywood and a peak-time show for ITV1 with Sir Trevor McDonald looking at Britain’s national treasures.

Tris is based in Pact’s new Leeds office at the Round Foundry Media Centre, but spends his time travelling around the UK helping independent TV and film companies across the Nations and Regions. Specifically, he will be working with commissioners to bring them to the Nations and Regions as well as helping Pact members with business development and access to support and investment.



Abigail Priddle

Commissioning Editor, Specialist Factual, BBC

Abigail Priddle is BBC commissioning editor for Specialist Factual. Her department commissions for BBC One, Two, Three and Four and oversees around 300 hours of content every year. Working across the genre, her recent credits include science commissions Chris Packham: Asperger’s & Me, Landfill: A Rubbish History, history series The Yorkshire Ripper Files: A Very British Crime Story and Princess Margaret: The Rebel Royal. Earth’s Greatest Rivers in Natural History and A Cut too Far?: Male Circumcision for Religion & Ethics.

Before joining the BBC in 2017, Abigail was a Director and Series Producer working for all the main UK broadcast channels making a wide range of factual programming from documentary singles and series such as The Met: Policing London and 24 Hours in A&E, to returning formats such as Back in Time and Hunted.



Hilary Rosen

Head of Factual & Factual Entertainment, UKTV

Hilary Rosen is Head of Factual and Factual Entertainment at UKTV, commissioning and executive producing high profile and award-winning shows for the network, including Taskmaster, Inside The Ambulance, The Davina Hour, Border Force: America’s Gatekeepers and Yianni: Supercar Customiser.

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

Her career has also encompassed ten years as a senior executive producer at Lion Television overseeing a raft of popular factual shows and documentaries, and a decade in BBC News and Current Affairs. Hilary has also acted as a consultant for BBC Academy, training the factual development teams.



Fatima Salaria

Head of Specialist Factual, Channel 4

As Head of Specialist Factual, Fatima is responsible for History, Science, Natural History, Arts and Adventure. The department produces everything from SAS, Grayson Perry, Guy Martin and critically acclaimed single films like 100 Vaginas and 3 Identical Strangers. Prior to joining Channel 4, Fatima was Commissioning Editor for Religion at the BBC. She commissioned award-winning Muslims like Us, Abortion on Trial, We are British Jews, The Pilgrimage and curated the Black and British and the Partition seasons for BBC2 amongst many other series and single films across BBC One, Two and Four.



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.



Sanjay Singhal

Chief Executive, Voltage TV

Sanjay is an award-winning executive producer with more than 20 years' experience of programme-making.

He spent nearly 15 years at the BBC, and was MD of leading factual indie, Dragonfly Film and TV. At Voltage he has overseen a wide-ranging slate of ideas and productions including the BAFTA nominated One Deadly Weekend in America, BBC Three, Life Inside Jail, ITV, Inside the Factory, BBC Two.



James Stafford

CEO, Studio71 UK

James Stafford is the CEO of Studio71 UK, a global media company with expertise in working with digital talent.

Having established the UK arm of the Red Arrow Studios-owned business Studio71 in 2017, he went on to launch its digital indie production and podcast studio in 2018, and most recently its talent management agency, Moxie, in early 2019.Studio71 produces diverse, must-see, and far-reaching video aimed to capture the imaginations of people who don't usually watch TV. It has a varied catalogue of entertainment and factual programmes made for BBC, HISTORY, TLC, YouTube, Snapchat, Facebook Watch and Viacom.

James has developed and scaled new business models for premium digital and linear content which is funded in non-traditional ways. The UK development slate benefits from in-house talent management, branded content, media sales, O&O publishing, social distribution and e-commerce departments which help it punch above its relative size when finding new ways of discovering stories, funding shows and serving diverse audiences.

His diligence to diversity and fairer representation is demonstrated in the variety of programming produced by Studio71, informed by the way in which it discovers, strengthens and supports the talent it works with from social media influencers to comedians, writers and creatives. In this way, it has been able to tap into underserved audiences across multiple platforms.

Before his work at Studio71 UK, James helped establish the influencer agency and publisher, StyleHaul while serving as SVP EMEA before its acquisition by RTL and launched the branded content business for YouTube in EMEA.



Jo Street

Head of Daytime, Head of Glasgow Hub, Channel 4

She is responsible for the brand new daily live Steph Show which starts in Leeds in 2020 and amongst other things: Escape to the Chateau: DIY, Come Dine with Me, Four in a Bed & Countdown.

Before joining C4 she spent 25 years at the BBC where she started as a PA in radio at Pebble Mill in Birmingham and ended up as Commissioning Editor for Entertainment & Daytime based in Glasgow.

Street has worked all over the UK in various production and commissioning roles. Shows she’s worked on include: Countryfile, Weakest Link, Homes under the Hamer, Money for Nothing, Eggheads, The Hit List, I’ll Get This, Antiques Road Trip, Getting Hitched Asian Style, Rogue to Wrestler and Test Drive.



Ulla Streib

Director of Operations, Tin Roof

Ulla Streib is Director of Operations at Tin Roof Media, the group which owns leading UK factual producers Blink Films and Outline Productions. Working alongside the co-Founders of Blink Films and Outline Productions, Ulla is responsible for sustaining and building on both indies’ current growth. This includes developing commissions from new platforms and broadcasters, increasing international co-productions and distribution activity for both formats and finished programming, and exploiting the synergies provided through the two companies being co-sited.

Before joining Tin Roof Media in May 2019, Ulla held a number of business-transformational roles at leading UK indies producing critically acclaimed, high profile content for broadcasters and SVOD platforms in the UK and internationally. She was most recently at Talesmith, the blue-chip natural history producer responsible for BBC 2’s The Real T.rex with Chris Packham. She has also recently worked as Supervising Producer on Caravan and Quicksilver Media’s first Netflix Original series, Killer Ratings.

As Director of Operations at Lightbox, Ulla oversaw the company’s first Netflix Original Series Captive, as well as other Netflix series and feature documentaries for major US and UK broadcasters. Prior to joining Lightbox, she was a key member of Darlow Smithson Production’s Senior Management team, responsible for, among other blockbuster projects, the BAFTA winning Touching the Void.



Howard Swartz

SVP/ President of Production and Development, Documentaries and Specials, Discovery Channel

Howard Swartz is Senior Vice President of Production and Development, Documentaries and Specials for Discovery Channel. In his current role, Swartz is responsible for developing and executing production strategies for documentaries, specials and event programming, such as Shark Week, Egypt Live, and the recently premiered Serengeti, which debuted to record-ratings as the highest rated nature documentary in six years. Most recently, Swartz was Arrow Media’s Executive Vice President of Development and Production, based out of their London office, where he helped to expand the company’s robust U.S. slate. His projects spanned several networks, including Science Channel, Animal Planet and Discovery Channel.

Prior to joining Arrow, Swartz served as Vice President, Documentaries and Specials for Discovery Channel where he oversaw high-profile global specials, including audience favorite Shark Week, as well as Skywire Live With Nik Wallenda.

Before joining Discovery in 2011, Swartz was Executive Producer at PBS’ acclaimed science series NOVA where he received the prestigious Alfred I. DuPont Award as well as an AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award.



Kate Townsend

Director, Original Documentary, Netflix

Kate Townsend commissions original documentaries out of the UK for the global streaming platform Netflix, which has over 150 million members. In the last two years Kate has worked across titles such as the Emmy nominated Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened, newly released The Great Hack and sports psychology series Losers. Prior to Netflix, Kate was Commissioning Editor of the BBC's Storyville, where her credits include A Syrian Love Story, Pussy Riot, Notes on Blindness and India’s Daughter. She's twice been nominated for a News & Documentary Emmy, and won the RTS award for Best Current Affairs Documentary for BBC Two’s Power To The People.



Helen Veale

Co-founder, Creative Director, Outline Productions




Kelly Webb-Lamb

Deputy Director of Programmes, Channel 4

Kelly is deputy director of programmes at Channel 4 and Head of Popular Factual. 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.



Benji Wilson

Journalist, TV Critic

Benji Wilson is a journalist and critic specialising in television and the media. In the UK he writes for the Sunday Times, the Telegraph, Broadcast and Radio Times. In the US he is a correspondent for USA Today and a feature writer for Emmy magazine.



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.


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