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Roy Ackerman

Director of International Strategy, Zinc Media, MD, Films of Record

Roy Ackerman’s track record is in building high profile independent production companies. He recently rebooted the television division at Pulse Films with a slate of big commissions. Before that he transformed Jamie Oliver’s Fresh One Productions from a celebrity vehicle into a global multi-genre independent, creating award-winning content in commercials, digital video, drama, factual formats and documentaries with hits including Dream School and Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution. Before that he was Creative Director at Diverse Production where programmes like Man vs Wild and Operatunity and a raft of big documentaries helped the company grow until it was acquired by Zodiak.

Amongst his award-winning films and shows are – Operatunity, Musicality and Ballet Changed My Life; Dream School (US and USA); Shalom in the Home; The Men Who Made Us Fat/Thin/Spend (with Jacques Peretti); in Scripted Spies of Warsaw and Mrs Mandela; Feature documentaries Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic; The House I Live In & Why We Fight (with Eugene Jarecki), Gonzo & Trials of Henry Kissinger (with Alex Gibney), House of War, Tsunami: Seve Hours on Boxing Day and 100% White.

Speaking at: HOW TO GROW YOUR BUSINESS OVERSEAS: Show me the Money


Will Anderson

Creative Director, Keo Films

Will Anderson is the Creative Director at KEO films. He has worked on numerous campaigning TV series for the BBC and Channel 4, including Producing and Directing Hugh’s Fish Fight, which changed the laws controlling European fishing policy laws and Hugh’s War on Waste, which changed the way that supermarkets deal with their waste. He is currently Exec producing a 4 part series on Obesity for BBC1.

Speaking at: THE POWER OF FACTUAL: New Opportunities


John Battsek

Producer/MD Passion Pictures

John Battsek runs Passion Pictures, a double Academy Award winning (four times Academy Award nominated) independent production company and one of the most successful and prolific producers of feature documentary films in the international marketplace.

In 1999, Battsek conceived and produced Academy Award-winning One Day in September and he has since been responsible for over thirty high profile feature documentaries.

These include: Academy Award nominated Restrepo; Academy shortlisted The Tillman Story (Winner Best Historical Doc Emmy 2012); Prime Time Emmy winning Manhunt; BAFTA Outstanding Debut Winner The Imposter, and Academy Award and BAFTA winning Searching for Sugar Man.

In 2016 Battsek produced Peabody-winning and 2016 BAFTA nominated Listen to me Marlon (Shortlisted: Academy Award 2016, Winner: IDA Creative Recognition for Best Writing 2015, Nominated: Primetime Emmy, Exceptional Merit in nonfiction Filmmaking 2016), and the 2016 Academy Award Nominated Winter on Fire (Nominated: Primetime Emmy, Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking)

More recently, Battsek produced Netflix Original three-part docu-series titled Five Came Back, the story of five legendary Hollywood filmmakers who enlisted in the armed forces to document WWII and shows how Hollywood impacted the war, and vice versa - as told by five acclaimed contemporary directors: Steven Spielberg, Guillermo del Toro, Lawrence Kasdan, Francis Ford Coppola and Paul Greengrass. Also in 2017, Hillsborough – the definitive account of Britain’s worst sporting disaster - was awarded a BAFTA for Best single Documentary.

Battsek is currently in production on a wide a variety of feature documentaries, including films about Eric Clapton, John Belushi and Studio 54. He has been nominated three times for a PGA Award and was the recipient of 2013 prestigious Grierson Trustees Award for Outstanding Contribution to Documentary.

Speaking at: CREATING COMPELLING STORIES: New Opportunities


Julian Bellamy

Managing Director, ITV Studios

Julian Bellamy is managing director of ITV Studios, the number one commercial production company in the UK, the largest independent producer of non-scripted content in America and one of the leading independent producers in the world.

Julian’s team comprises more than 60 production labels around the world making almost 8,000 hours of original content every year. ITV Studios’ diverse slate of hit shows includes: I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here, The Voice, Love Island, Line of Duty, This Morning, Vera, Poldark, Little Boy Blue, Peston on Sunday, The Chase, Come Dine With Me, Somewhere Between, Hell’s Kitchen, Pawn Stars, The Graham Norton Show, 24 Hours in A&E, Cold Feet, Educating Yorkshire, Victoria, Eggheads, Thunderbirds Are Go and the world’s longest running soap opera Coronation Street.

Julian joined ITV from Discovery Networks International where, as creative director and head of commissioning, he ran production and development across 200 countries, with commissioning teams in five international bases.

He was previously head of Channel 4, managing over 2000 hours of original programming a year including Undercover Boss, One Born Every Minute and This is England.

Julian is also a former head of E4 and BBC3 channel controller, he began his career as a current affairs producer/director.

Chairing: THE BBC INTERVIEW: Alison Kirkham


Richard Bradley

Managing Director, Lion Television

Richard has overseen the creation and production of popular and ambitious television spanning documentary, history, science, scripted, comedy and children’s. He has helped devise shows such as the children’s classic Horrible Histories, CBBC, Victorian Farm, BBC Two, Days that Shook the World, BBC Two, Pompeii New Secrets Revealed with Mary Beard, BBC1, World of Weird, C4.

With many years expertise in high-end co-production with the world’s leading broadcasters, Richard has pioneered production relationships in Asia, particularly in China where Lion has built over a decade of award-winning success.

Richard continues to EP and enjoys working with key television talent such as Mary Beard, Monty Don, Raymond Blanc, and Kate Humble.

Richard’s work has won numerous UK and international awards from BAFTAs, British Comedy Awards to Emmy’s, the Prix Jeunesse and the Golden Rose.

Richard started his career as at Longman Publishing where he edited fiction and history before joining the BBC on its prestigious Production Trainee Scheme. At the BBC he twice won Emmy Awards’s for his work as a director and series producer on programmes including Timewatch, BBC Two and Forty Minutes, BBC Two, Children’s Hospital, BBC One and Defence of the Realm, BBC One.

Richard first worked as a teacher in the Western Highlands of Kenya, before attending Cambridge University where he won the Gladstone Prize for History. He’s the author of best-selling book Missionaries. He is a board member of the World Congress of Science and Factual Producers, a tutor on the Documentary Campus, and a Trustee of People and Planet.

Chairing: AS CLEAR AS DAY: Meet the Commissioners


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: FACT ENT - WHAT NEXT: Meet the Commissioners


Dorothy Byrne

Head of News and Current Affairs, Channel 4

Dorothy Byrne was appointed Head of News & Current Affairs at Channel 4 in September 2003, having previous edited Dispatches. During her tenure, the Channel¹s news and current affairs programmes have won numerous BAFTA, RTS, Emmy Awards and others. She was made a Fellow of The Royal Television Society for her outstanding contribution to television in 2009. Dorothy is also chair of the Ethical Journalism Network which supports the development of ethical codes in journalistic organisations and a visiting professor of Journalism at Lincoln University.

Speaking at: THE POWER OF FACTUAL: New Opportunities


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 - WHAT NEXT: Meet the Commissioners


Rob Coldstream

Acting Head of Specialist Factual, Channel 4

Rob Coldstream is acting Head of Specialist Factual at Channel 4. The department’s recent output includes Diana: In Her Own Words, Guy Martin’s Speed, Our Guy in China, The Secret Life of 4, 5 & 6 Year Olds; SAS: Who Dares Wins, and Grayson Perry: Divided Britain.

Since joining Channel Four in 2014 Rob has commissioned a wide range of programming including the award winning Interview with a Murderer and First Contact: Lost Tribe of the Amazon. Other recent highlights include Mutiny, Meet The Trumps: From Immigrant to President, The Royal House of Windsor, Catching the KGB Killers, Princess Diana’s ‘Wicked’ Stepmother and Public Enemies: Jay Z v Kanye. He is also responsible for the Secret History strand.

Rob was previously a series producer and director in the indie sector, making a diverse range of award winning factual programmes for Channel 4 and the BBC. His production credits include The Last Days of Anne Boleyn, The Queen's Mother in Law, Psychopath Night and The Rise and Fall of Tony Blair.

Speaking at: COMMISSIONING PANEL - SPECIALIST FACTUAL: Meet the Commissioners


Alex Connock


Alex Connock has worked in, started or grown indies including Planet 24, Ten Alps and Endemol Shine North - and across genres from factual via specialist factual to entertainment and digital. He is also an academic in digital media and is writing a book on social video. He is a trustee of UNICEF UK.

Chairing: DEVELOPMENT MASTERCLASS: Show me the Money


Kirsty Cunningham

Freelance Director

Kirsty Cunningham is a BAFTA nominated director with over twenty years of experience of securing and maintaining difficult and sensitive access, often with children and young people. Most recently she has worked with child bereavement charity Winston’s Wish on A Killing in My Family, Channel 4 which featured eight families who had been bereaved through murder or manslaughter. Prior to that Kirsty worked with Dorset Children’s Services and Cafcass on Protecting Our Foster Children, BBC2. Kirsty is currently working on the second series on Ambulance, BBC1 and a documentary about young people who have been sectioned BBC2.

Speaking at: DIRECTING FACTUAL: CONTRIBUTORS: Deliver the Content


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.

Future commissions include Michael Portillo’s Secret History Of Britain, Paddington Station, Inside the Sex Business and Yorkshire Housing (w/t) and the Channel’s Modern Britain documentary strand.

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. His production credits include executive producer on the first series of 999: What’s Your Emergency for Channel 4, The Tube for BBC Two, I Shouldn’t Be Alive (Discovery/Animal Planet), Ohio Slave Girls (I.D). From 1997-2007 he was producer/director, series producer and then executive producer at Hart Ryan Productions. After 10 successful years the company became part of Ten Alps in 2005.

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, Channel4), Broadcast and Indie Awards, and 3 Emmy nominations for the HBO/Channel 4 feature length documentary The Battle for Marjah (Wall to Wall, 2010).

Speaking at: DOCUMENTARY - WHAT NEXT: Meet the Commissioners


Grace Dent

Columnist, Author, Broadcaster

Grace Dent has two weekly columns in the Independent: an opinion-editorial column each Wednesday and Grace Dent on Television each Saturday. Grace’s restaurant column Grace & Flavour appears in the London Evening Standard every Friday.

Grace has fronted documentaries for Sky Atlantic, Channel 4 and W. Recently Grace presented ON Romance for W, interviewed Game of Thrones author George RR Martin for a one off special and was a presenter on Thronecast. Grace has fronted the Radio 4 documentaries Duration Duration Duration and a tribute to Nancy Mitford.

Grace is a regular show guest, having appeared twice on Have I Got News For You, The Now Show, BBC2's The Review Show, Film 2012, The Culture Show, Delete Delete Delete, Very British Problems, The Apprentice, Masterchef and Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe and recently contributed to Channel 4's The Great British Sex Survey. Grace regularly hosts events for BAFTA and Sky.

Her latest project sees Grace presenting The Untold on BBC Radio 4. These observational documentaries give a real insight into British lives where something is at stake. In addition, 2017 saw Grace become the Curator of London Food Month alongside Tom Parker Bowles.

Chairing: THE POWER OF FACTUAL: New Opportunities


Simon Dickson

Creative Director and Co-Founder, Label 1

Simon and partner Lorraine Charker-Phillips launched Label1 as a true indie in March 2017, having previously managed it within ITV Studios. As an executive producer, his credits include The Job Interview, The Plane Crash, First Dates, The Hotel, What Happens In Kavos, One Born Every Minute and the critically acclaimed Hospital. In his previous life as a Channel 4 executive he co-created and commissioned 24 Hours in A+E, Seven Days, Coppers, Meet The Natives, Amish: World's Squarest Teenagers and a bunch of other shows that tended to get widely watched and win awards and stuff.

Chairing: DOCUMENTARY - WHAT NEXT: Meet the Commissioners


David Flynn

Co-Founder, Youngest Media

David Flynn is a co-founder of Youngest Media, a global entertainment studio creating, producing and distributing formats across TV, digital video and apps and games. Launched in 2016, recent Youngest productions have included innovative dating reality series Game of Clones for E4, which has just been picked up as a series by NT1 in France, Worst Dates for BBC3 and a brand funded short-form series for AOL.

Prior to founding youngest David was Chief Creative Officer at Endemol Shine Group UK, where he oversaw creativity for the group and created and executive produced innovative global hit The Million Pound Drop, which travelled to 54 territories and won a Bafta for digital creativity, and co-created and executive produced BBC1 hit Pointless and interactive talent show The Singer Takes It All.

Speaking at: HOW TO GROW YOUR BUSINESS OVERSEAS: Show me the Money


Simon Ford

Freelance Executive Producer

Simon is currently working as a freelance executive producer on a variety of documentary projects. From 24 Hours in Police Custody for Channel 4 and Ambulance on BBC1 to the The Betrayed Girls, a 90-minute special for BBC1 about the Rochdale grooming scandal to Grayson Perry: All Man on C4. He sets out to find the compelling narrative at the centre of every story.

Over a 20-year career at the BBC, he won many awards, including BAFTAs for the Secret Policeman and The Tower: A Tale of Two Cities.

Other credits include The Boys Who Killed Stephen Lawrence, The Secret History of Our Streets, Coppers and 999: What's Your Emergency?

Speaking at: CREATING COMPELLING STORIES: New Opportunities


Alastair Fothergill

MD & Executive Producer, Silverback Films

Alastair Fothergill joined the BBC Natural History Unit in 1983. He has worked on a wide range of the department’s programmes, including the BAFTA award-winning The Really Wild Show, Wildlife on One, The Natural World and the innovative Reefwatch, where he was one of the team that developed the first live broadcasting from beneath the sea.

Alastair went on to work on the BBC1 series The Trials of Life with Sir David Attenborough.

In 1993 he produced Life in the Freezer, a six-part series for BBC1 celebrating the wildlife of the Antarctic, presented by Sir David Attenborough. While still working on this series, he was appointed head of the BBC Natural History Unit in November 1992, aged 32.

In June 1998 he stood down as head of the Unit to concentrate on his role as series producer of The Blue Planet, a landmark series on the natural history of the world’s oceans. In 2001 he become director of Development for the Natural History Unit.

In 2002 he co-presented Going Ape, a film that took Alastair to the Ivory Coast in Africa. He has produced Deep Blue, a cinematic movie of the world’s oceans and he was one of the presenters and executive producer of the innovative live broadcast Live from the Abyss.

He was series producer for the Natural History Unit’s landmark series, Planet Earth, the ultimate portrait of our planet. He subsequently co-directed the cinematic version Earth to great worldwide acclaim.

He was executive producer on the Unit’s major landmark series Frozen Planet, a natural history of the Polar Regions, which aired to record audiences and critical acclaim in autumn 2011.

In addition to his work with the BBC Natural History Unit, Fothergill  co-directed two cinematic movies for Disney as part of their Disney Nature label. One of these movies featured the big cats of East Africa and was released in the States in April 2011 and worldwide during 2012. The second movie features chimpanzee was released in the States in April 2012 worldwide in 2013.

In November 2012 Alastair left the BBC to set up his own production company Silverback Films. He is currently co-directing two further cinema films for Disney Nature. Silverbacks Films broadcast The Hunt a major landmark series for BBC 1, which looked at the relationships between predators and their prey. This series was broadcast in autumn 2015. The company has teamed with Netflix and WWF to create Our Planet, a landmark eight-part series combining the spectacular photography of Planet Earth with an unprecedented look at the Planet’s remaining wilderness areas and their animal Inhabitants to debut in 2019 

Alastair is fellow of the Royal Geographic Society who awarded him their gold medal in 2102. He has honorary doctorates from the Universities of Durham and Hull. He was educated at Harrow School and the Universities of St. Andrew’s and Durham. Alastair lives in Bristol with his wife Melinda and two teenage sons.

Speaking at: THE POWER OF FACTUAL: New Opportunities


Kat Hebden

Head of Digital, Fremantle Media UK

Kat Hebden currently heads up digital for Fremantle Media UK. In 2015 she founded Shotglass Media, FremantleMedia's digital original production label and launched The Football Republic, the fast growing digital entertainment brand and currently acts as CEO for Squawka a football data startup. Shotglass also creates original formats for other platforms and partners such as VICE Munchies, BBC3, Radio 1 and others.

Previously she headed up digital for all Fremantle's UK TV labels including Boundless, Thames, Talkback and Retort producing original IP and award winning interactive experiences across video, tech and social for its slate of shows including The X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent, The Apprentice, Celeb Juice and Take Me Out as well as delivering large scale commercial partnerships across these brands.

Speaking at: GEN X, Y and Z - How to make sure your shows get watched: New Opportunities


Jamie Isaacs

Chief Executive Officer, Avalon Factual

Jamie Isaacs, the creator of Sugar Free Farm, The Choir and World’s Strictest Parents, joined Avalon in 2012 as chief executive of Avalon’s factual arm. He oversees all output in the genre, including content from subsidiaries Liberty Bell Productions, Flame TV and Topical Television. This includes the hit ITV show Sugar Free Farm, Modern Life is Goodish with Dave Gorman, for UKTV and the BBC Two series, Scrappers winner of the RTS North award.

Prior to joining Avalon, Jamie created and executive produced numerous hit television franchises for all the major UK Broadcasters as well as internationally whilst Chief Creative Officer at Twenty Twenty Productions and Creative Director at Studio Lambert.

In his career to date he has won the coveted Television BAFTA award twice (The Choir, The Choir Boys Don’t Sing), his shows have won three International Emmys (Brat Camp, Gareth Goes to Glyndebourne and Worlds Strictest Parents), and two Royal Television Society Awards (Lads Army and Garrows Law) as well as numerous other industry accolades.

Speaking at: DEVELOPMENT MASTERCLASS: Show me the Money


Figs Jackman

Head of Development, Spring Films

Figs is Head of Global Development at Spring Films, the twice Oscar nominated, Emmy, BAFTA, Peabody, Grierson and RTS award winning production company.

Figs works across a broad range of factual and documentaries programming specializing in high-end feature documentaries and series for the UK, US and Worldwide platforms and broadcasters such as Netflix, HBO, BBC, C4 and others.

After spending much of 2015 in LA, he now divides his time between pitching to the UK channels and the rapidly evolving US market where he continues to nurture and build relationships with networks and nonlinear platforms aided by Spring Films’ agents ICM.

Recent projects include: the Emmy, RTS, and Peabody Winning Night Will Fall (C4/HBO), and the 2017 Emmy & Grierson nominated Into the Inferno Directed by Werner Herzog for Netflix.

He is also the Producer for Spring Films for City 40 which has just been nominated for an Emmy.

Speaking at: ANATOMY OF AN SVoD COMMISSION: New Opportunities


Angela Jain

Managing Director, ITV Studios Entertainment

Angela is managing director, ITV Studios Entertainment, producers of some of the biggest and most well known TV shows; from I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here to University Challenge to Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway. About 25 different titles and just under 1,000 hours of television a year.


Angela's career spans 15 years in commissioning, including channel controller of E4 where under her leadership the channel enjoyed a great run of both critical and ratings success. She commissioned The Inbetweeners and Misfits, acquired Big Bang Theory and Glee and the channel went on to win Broadcast Channel of the Year and MGEITF Channel of the Year. Prior to her current role Angela was in charge of the ITV Digital Channels where she commissioned award-winning shows like The Big Reunion, The Keith Lemon Sketch Show, Plebs and Love Island. ITV2 won Broadcast Digital Channel of the Year. Angela also acquired Family Guy for ITV2 beating off stiff competition. Before becoming a commissioner, Angela was an independent producer and director working across a number of genres. Angela currently sits on the board of Film London, London First and The Edinburgh TV Festival.

Speaking at: CREATING COMPELLING STORIES: New Opportunities


Eloise King

Digital Programming Executive, Vice UK

Eloise King is digital programming executive, Vice UK and global executive Producer, i-D. Across Vice's multi-award winning content business, King has been instrumental in the production and programming strategy of cross-platform documentaries and factual series, including vice.com feature length reports, Acid Attacks, Raised Without Gender and Targeted Individuals; i-D films Grace Neutral Beauty, Global Street Style Ukraine and JME x Jeremy Corbyn; and Viceland TV series Needles & Pins.

Throughout her career, King's work as both producer and director has a strong focus on telling powerful human-interest stories from the perspective of marginalised voices, most notably: Kids Behind Bars ITV / BBC3, The Divorce Clinic BBC2 and Gurls Talk i-D. As co-founder of Women on Docs, she also curates monthly screenings and panel events celebrating the contribution of women to documentary film.

Prior to Vice, King's documentary production credits have ranged across several International territories including MTV, Channel 4, E4, BBC, BBC New York, ITV, The Fine Living Channel US and Al Jazeera English. Eloise started her career with, Pulse Films, before working under the auspices of filmmaker, Paul Hamann.

Speaking at: GEN X, Y and Z - How to make sure your shows get watched: New Opportunities


Alison Kirkham

Controller, Factual Commissioning, BBC

Alison Kirkham was appointed Controller, BBC Factual Commissioning in September 2016. She had been acting in the role since May 2015 and before that she was Head of Commissioning Formats and Features for BBC One and BBC Two for five years. Alison’s commissions include the upcoming landmark film for BBC One, Diana, the acclaimed documentary, Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum and Dad as well as Back in Time for Dinner, Eat Well for Less, DIY SOS Veterans Special and Britain’s Spending Secrets with Anne Robinson.

She joined the BBC in 2005 as an executive producer of daytime programming and spent six months as acting Controller of BBC Daytime in 2006. Before 2005 Alison worked in ITV Current Affairs on Tonight With Trevor McDonald. While there she worked as a producer/director on ITV’s 9/11 and Iraq war coverage. As well as working in current affairs at ITV she worked as a producer on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here and This Morning. Her first job in broadcasting was on Radio 4’s Today.

Speaking at: THE BBC INTERVIEW: Alison Kirkham


Muki Kulhan

Independent Executive Digital Producer and Advisor on New Technology

Muki is an award-winning producer with over two decades creating interactive, groundbreaking content for music, entertainment and tech innovation. After 10 years growing MTV International's digital platforms in the 00s, she now runs her own digital production arm Muki-International, creating content for social, video, VR/MR, apps, web and biz-dev strategies for broadcasters, brands, A-List talent, record labels, agencies and R&D teams. As BBC's digital exec for The Voice UK for series 4 & 5, she produced the first-ever series of 360°VR experiences for a flagship show. Muki regularly chairs IBC panels and hosts/speaks at other media, TV, tech and VR conferences and regularly contributes to Ravensbourne University's mentoring sessions focusing on VR and digital media production.

Chairing: AR, VR, AI: Future Tech for Factual: New Opportunities


Stephen Lambert

CEO, Studio Lambert

Stephen Lambert is the founder and CEO of Studio Lambert, the production company he launched in 2008 with the support of All3Media.

He is one of the best-known creative television executives in Britain and America, responsible for global unscripted hits such as Gogglebox, Undercover Boss, Wife Swap, Four in a Bed, Secret Millionaire, Tattoo Fixers and Faking It.

His programmes have won many awards, including several Primetime Emmys and more than half a dozen BAFTA awards. In 2010, the Huffington Post selected Lambert as one of their Game Changers – ‘100 innovators, mavericks, visionaries, and leaders who are changing the way we look at the world and the way we live in it.’ In 2013, he received the C21/FRAPA Gold Medal at MIP in recognition of his outstanding achievement and contribution to the international formats business. In 2014, Lambert was inducted into Realscreen’s Hall of Fame and in 2016 he was awarded a fellowship of the Royal Television Society.

Lambert began his career at the BBC in 1983 where he worked for 15 years making documentary films and series all over the world as well as launching the acclaimed documentary strand of the 1990s, Modern Times. He joined RDF Media in 1998 as director of programmes, becoming the group’s chief creative officer after the company’s flotation on the AIM market and its acquisition of several other production companies.

Speaking at: THE SUPERPRODUCER: Deliver the Content


Derren Lawford

Creative director, Woodcut Media

London based Derren Lawford is creative director at Indie factual prodco Woodcut Media where he is responsible for development and strategy, securing commissions as well as co-production and programme finance opportunities for the company’s non-scripted and scripted slate. He also plays an integral part in the execution of production operations domestically and internationally.

In 2016, Woodcut Media was named as one of the fastest growing indies in the UK by Broadcast and Derren has played a pivotal role as Executive Producer working alongside film and TV talent such as Idris Elba on documentaries Cut From A Different Cloth and Mandela, My Dad and Me; Alfie Allen with Football: A Brief History by Alfie Allen, and Jo Frost (aka Supernanny) on Jo Frost on Britain’s Killer Kids.

Derren originally joined Woodcut Media from UK channel London Live where as a commissioner he acquired and created shows for Raw, an experimental multi-genre zone which gave TV debuts to a host of You Tube stars. He also commissioned a raft of documentaries for the channel’s Platform 8 strand.

During the course of his career, he has also been Head of Content for youth media agency Livity, and Editorial Advisor to multi-millionaire You Tuber Jamal Edwards, creator of SB.TV (youth skewed music online channel which is also credited for discovering Ed Sheeran).

Derren also had a long-standing career in various roles at the BBC. As Head of Programming and Scheduling, Global iPlayer for BBC Worldwide, he was responsible for the development and execution of the programming, scheduling and acquisitions strategy for the subscription on-demand service in 16 territories worldwide. He also held positions as Panorama’s Multiplatform Editor and was the Multiplatform Executive Producer for the award-winning Our War.

Speaking at: GEN X, Y and Z - How to make sure your shows get watched: New Opportunities


Rachel Lob-Levyt


Rachel Lob-levyt is a freelance documentary maker. She spent several years working as an Assistant Producer on Louis Theroux's films, co-directed Storyville's Oink: Man Loves Pig and this year, as part of the BBC's New Documentary Director Initiative, is Producing and Directing her first long form documentary for BBC One.

Speaking at: THE POWER OF FACTUAL: New Opportunities


Grant Mansfield

CEO and Founder, Plimsoll Productions

Plimsoll Productions creates and produces non-scripted shows for television and online from its offices in the UK and USA. The award winning creative team has produced some of the biggest factual hits of recent years, winning Emmy, BAFTA and RTS awards. The company is one of the fastest growing UK indies, producing factual entertainment, wildlife, specialist factual and live events. It recently won the British Chambers of Commerce National High Growth Business of the Year Award (2016) and has control of its own distribution, with a significant stake in Magnify Media. Plimsoll is listed as the 9th largest true indie in the UK, the largest outside London, and is one of 2017 Realscreen Global 100 list “showcasing innovation, business acumen and great content”.

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. At Plimsoll, Mansfield has created and executive produced many of the company's shows including the recent ITV prime time hit Life at the Extreme, with Davina McCall. His shows have won several BAFTA and RTS awards.

Speaking at: DEVELOPMENT MASTERCLASS: Show me the Money


Laura Marshall

Joint founder, Managing Director, Executive Producer, Icon Films

Best known internationally as the producers of River Monsters, Animal Planet’s highest rated show, Icon Films is one of the top independent production companies in the UK.

With a reputation for ratings, originality and excellence across the breadth of factual content including history, travel, science and wildlife, Icon Films has a track record of co-producing and collaborating with channels, content makers and distributors across the world.

As managing director, Laura is responsible for its strategic direction, personnel development, and drives marketing. Laura also executive produces much of Icon’s output including River Monsters. She is a prominent member of the Bristol production community, sits on PACT Council and is committed to identifying and developing emerging talent from all sectors of society. She is vocal in promoting Bristol as a centre of production innovation and excellence.



Tom McDonald

Head of Commissioning, Natural History and Specialist Factual, BBC

Recent commissioning highlights include the BAFTA nominated The Hunt, the BAFTA and RTS nominated Big Blue Live, Attenborough & the Giant Dinosaur for BBC ONE and Tribes, Predators & Me, Victorian Bakers, Choose The Right Puppy For You for BBC TWO, and the RTS winning Oak Tree for BBC FOUR.

He also oversees some of the BBC’s most successful specialist factual returning series including Springwatch, Trust Me, I’m A Doctor, An Hour To Save Your Life and Inside The Factory.

Speaking at: COMMISSIONING PANEL - SPECIALIST FACTUAL: Meet the Commissioners


Dan McGolpin

Controller, Daytime, BBC

Dan has been leading the BBC’s Daytime & Early-Peak commissioning team since June 2015. He is responsible for BBC1 output up to and including The One Show and on BBC2 up to 7pm. He has brought through a wide range of new series: documentaries including Matron, Medicine & Me; factual-entertainment like Money for Nothing and The Repair Shop; quiz shows such as Impossible and Richard Osman’s House of Games; and drama like the forthcoming Shakespeare & Hathaway Private Investigators. Since March 2017, he has also overseen BBC Content’s Programming teams with responsibility for iPlayer, Programme Acquisitions, Planning and Scheduling. He has been with the BBC since 1999, starting as an analyst in the corporate strategy department and then moving to work with the channel teams in 2001 as plan manager for BBC2. Since then he has performed a variety of roles across BBC1, 2 and 3 including head of scheduling 2010-2015. His scheduling successes include Call the Midwife, Mrs Brown’s Boys, Gavin & Stacey and Family Guy.

Speaking at: AS CLEAR AS DAY: Meet the Commissioners


Glenn Miller

Head of Entertainment Media Partnerships, EMEA, Facebook

Glenn Miller manages entertainment partnerships for Facebook across Europe, Middle East and Africa. In his role, Glenn works across the industry with talent and their management, film studios, record labels broadcasters and production companies. Prior to joining Facebook, Glenn worked at Creative Artists Agency where he lead their digital strategy, working with clients such as Katy Perry, One Direction, Nicki Minaj and many others.

Speaking at: GEN X, Y and Z - How to make sure your shows get watched: New Opportunities


Jane Millichip

Managing Director, Sky Vision

Jane Millichip is the Managing Director of Sky Vision, the production and international distribution arm of Sky. Since taking over at Sky Vision in 2013, Jane has steered the business to twelvefold growth; which has acquired stakes in eight production businesses in the UK and US, and has overseen the expansion of the distribution business into high-end drama and entertainment. Prior to Sky Vision Jane was Managing Director at Zodiak Rights and COO of RDF Rights, Senior Commissioning Editor at Living TV, and Managing Director of New Zealand's largest production business, South Pacific Pictures, where she also executive produced the entertainment and factual slate. Jane started her career as a print journalist, writing on such diverse subjects as business, cars and football. Jane is a 'fairly decent' excellent mixologist and a terrible surfer, but has unflinching passion for both.



Richard Mills

Technical Director, Sky VR Studios, Sky UK

Richard has 30 years' experience and a proven track record in creating high-end imaging solutions for the film and broadcast industries. He has held senior technical and management posts with companies such as Molinare, Visions and Onsight, and has award-winning experience of shoot, post and VFX supervision. At Sky UK, Richard has been responsible for setting technical standards, best practice and devising workflows for 360 and VR content. He has worked extensively to integrate virtual and immersive content within a broadcast framework. In addition to his technical work, Richard has provided shoot and post supervision on numerous VR projects. An early proponent of VR, Richard has undertaken productions across multiple genres from action to drama. Recent VR work includes Rebel Queen which debuted at the Venice Biennale. Awards include a Hollywood AIS Lumiere in 2015 for high-resolution VR camera design.

Speaking at: AR, VR, AI: Future Tech for Factual: New Opportunities


Nick Mirsky

Head of Documentaries, Channel 4

Nick joined Channel 4 in 2012 from the BBC as Deputy Head of Factual and in 2013 was promoted to Head of Documentaries; in addition to working across the whole documentary output with the team, he has commissioned new singles and series including First Dates, Educating Greater Manchester, Benefits Street, The Watchman and Hunted.

Nick spent the first part of his career at the BBC. As executive producer and producer, he was responsible for a wide range of productions including the BBC2 documentary strand Wonderland, the Louis Theroux programmes, The Armstrongs, When Michael Portillo became a Single Mum; the Emmy award-winning Maxwell and other factual dramas including Best: His Mother's Son, The Secretary who Stole Four Million, the BBC Three format The Week the Women Went and the BAFTA award-winning Blood on the Carpet.

Speaking at: DOCUMENTARY - WHAT NEXT: Meet the Commissioners


Agnieszka Moody

Director, Creative Europe Desk UK

Agnieszka Moody is the Director of Creative Europe Desk UK and is based at the British Film Institute in London. Previously the director of MEDIA Desk UK, Agnieszka has helped over 400 British companies to secure funding for their projects from the EU and also organised a range of industry events and conferences promoting international cooperation. A graduate of the Film Production Department of the renowned Polish National Film and Television School in Lodz, she has worked on several feature films including Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List.



Hamish Mykura

Executive Vice President, Programming & Development, NGGN

Hamish Mykura is executive vice-president of programming and development for National Geographic. He leads the London commissioning hub for the channels, focussed on premium series and events that will air globally on National Geographic. Recent series commissions have included Dian Fossey - Secrets in the Mist, The Oceans, and the Emmy-award nominated documentary Challenger Disaster - the Lost Tapes.

Speaking at: COMMISSIONING PANEL - SPECIALIST FACTUAL: Meet the Commissioners


Damon Pattison

Head of Development, BBC Studios

Damon Pattison re-joined the BBC in July 2016, after starting his career there in 1994, as Creative Director of Central Development and then became Head of Development across BBC Studios in February 2017. In the intervening years he has worked across the Independent sector for companies including Keo Films, Celador Productions and Hat Trick Productions. He also set up and ran his own company, Lucky Day Productions, for seven years as part of the Zodiak Media Group. During his career, Pattison has worked for all major broadcasters across a wide range of programmes and genres. He specialises in creating formatted series and has developed and executive produced shows including: You Are What You Eat, Turn Back Your Body Clock, No Waste Like Home, Show Me The Monet, Secret Location, School of Silence, Driving Academy, Word Play, Disaster Chefs, Food Chain, Love Shaft and The Boss.

Speaking at: DEVELOPMENT MASTERCLASS: Show me the Money


Ashok Prasad

Freelancer Producer/Director

Ashok Prasad is a documentary filmmaker who has made prime-time factual programmes for all the main UK channels including BBC, ITV, C4, and Sky as well as US Broadcasters. He started in TV as a BBC production trainee and has since directed films for strands such as C4’s Cutting Edge and Dispatches, BBC’s This World, Horizon and Everyman.

Recent documentaries include Frontline Doctors, BBC One about the humanitarian response to the refugee crisis, Has Political Correctness Gone Mad, Channel 4 fronted by Trevor Philips, The Nick a real-life Hill Street Blues, ITV and A Little Bit OCD fronted by Jon Richardson (C4). His work puts human stories at the heart of each film and spans observational documentaries, specialist factual and current affairs. At the start of his career, he worked on the Emmy award winning two-part historical documentary The Cuban Missile Crisis.

Speaking at: DIRECTING FACTUAL: CONTRIBUTORS: Deliver the Content


Anna Richardson

Producer, Presenter, Journalist

Anna started her TV life in the heyday of The Big Breakfast – Channel 4’s most successful breakfast show. She was soon spotted for her wit and frank down-to-earth style, and beat some of the best-known names in British TV to present the cult series Love Bites for ITV, a no-holds barred sex and relationships show for teens. The series was so successful it won awards in the UK and America, and Anna herself was nominated for an RTS award.

For the next six years she became a regular on our screens, hosting numerous series for the BBC and ITV, including Love Bites Back, Dream Ticket, Des Res, Maternity Hospital and ITV’s flagship film series Big Screen, where she met and interviewed some of the biggest names in Hollywood.

Not content with just appearing in front of camera, Anna soon turned her attention to TV production – developing, writing and producing successful television formats for the BBC, ITV and Channel 4, including No Waste Like Home; Turn Back Your Body Clock; Sally Morgan Star Psychic and Channel 4’s hit series You Are What You Eat with Dr.Gillian McKeith, which has subsequently been sold to over 40 countries.

Now a regular Channel 4 face, she is the presenter of award-winning series The Sex Education Show and supporting website Sexperience UK; has her own food and lifestyle series My Big Fat Diet Show; undercover hit surveillance series Secret Eaters; and her own beauty series How Not To Get Old; along with her most recent shows: Supershoppers and Naked Attraction.

Anna is also a qualified cognitive hypnotherapist and member of the National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH). She has recently launched Mindbox, the first self-funded online therapy service in the UK to offer immediate 24-hour access to therapists. She is the author of two bestselling diet books - Anna Richardson’s Body Blitz and Mind Over Fatter.

Chairing: THE SUPERPRODUCER: Deliver the Content


Sophie Robinson

Producer/ Director, Head of Documentary, Sunshine

Sophie is an award-winning documentary filmmaker. She has an exceptionally strong reputation for bringing her stories to life through powerful and emotive characters that are at the core of her films. Some of her most recognised films are for Horizon, the BBC’s flagship science series, as well as the highly acclaimed Nicola Roberts and The Truth about Tanning, Your Life In Their Hands, Edge of Life, What's Killing Our Bees and The Ultimate Climb. As well as making films for broadcasters and independently, she's worked with brands and establishments, making content for Skype, The V&A, L’Orèal, Baileys and Universal Music to name a few.

She now runs the film production division of Sunshine. Her feature documentary My Beautiful Broken Brain won awards at IDFA and the Ahvaz Film Festival, Iran and was launched on Netflix in March 2016. It was recently nominated for an EMMY.

Speaking at: DIRECTING FACTUAL: CONTRIBUTORS: Deliver the Content


Diederick Santer

Chief Executive Officer, Kudos

Diederick Santer became chief executive of Kudos in 2015, having previously formed Lovely Day Productions with Kudos in 2010. From 2006 Santer served as executive producer of EastEnders, creating numerous characters and stories, earning awards recognition and delivering the live 25th anniversary episode. 

Joining BBC Drama in 2000, Santer went on to develop and produce a variety of series including Cutting It and the Emmy-nominated Jane Eyre. Santer retains a hands-on production role at Kudos, which is responsible for award-winning dramas including Humans, The Tunnel and Broadchurch, and as well as heading up the indie, he has executive produced a number of series including Grantchester for ITV, Flowers for Channel 4, Man in an Orange Shirt for BBC Two, Tin Star for Sky Atlantic and The Boy with the Topknot for BBC.

Chairing: CREATING COMPELLING STORIES: New Opportunities


David Sayer

Head of Daytime, Channel 4

David Sayer has been Channel 4’s Head of daytime since 2014 after joining as commissioning and development editor in 2011. He is responsible for more than 750 hours of programming and has commissioned RTS/Broadcast award winning Couples Come Dine With Me, Find It Fix It Flog It, My Floating Home (for More4) and Grand Designs: House of the Year (for C4 peak) in that time. Prior to this David worked as an executive producer at ITV Studios on shows ranging from Britain’s Best Dish to Cops with Cameras and Dancing on Ice Defrosted.

Speaking at: AS CLEAR AS DAY: Meet the Commissioners


Ed Sayer

Head of Original Commissioning, Discovery Networks International

Ed Sayer is Head of Original Commissioning for Discovery Networks International, a division of Discovery Communications.

He joined the team in October 2015 and in his role, he oversees, commissions and creates content, including series and specials, across all genres for Discovery Networks International’s London production hub to be broadcast in more than 220 countries, including the UK.

Sayer is an experienced executive producer and international channel commissioner who has led numerous creative and ratings successes throughout his career and has been responsible for many hundreds of hours of content. Recent commissions include Idris Elba: Fighter, Artic Waters: The Last Harbour, Ed Stafford: Left For Dead and Body Bizarre.

Prior to joining Discovery, Sayer was VP of Commissioning for National Geographic and has executive produced many of their channel successes including: Science of Stupid; Ultimate Airport Dubai; Air Crash Investigation and T.rex Autopsy.

Speaking at: COMMISSIONING PANEL - SPECIALIST FACTUAL: Meet the Commissioners


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, Exodus: Our Journey to Europe and Hillsborough on BBC Two and The Real Marigold Hotel, Ambulance and Reported Missing on BBC One to the award-winning global documentary strand Storyville on BBC Four and BBC Three stand-out films Ours Drugs War and Murdered For Being Different.

Other highlights include Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum and Dad (BBC One), Notes on Blindness (BBC Four) Hillsborough (BBC Two), The Chillenden Murders (BBC Two), The Week the Landlords Moved In (BBC One), and Professor Green: Living in Poverty (BBC Three).

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 (BBC Three) to RTS winning The Secret Life of the National Grid on BBC Four.

Speaking at: DOCUMENTARY - WHAT NEXT: Meet the Commissioners


Sanjay Singhal

Chief Executive, Voltage TV

Sanjay is Chief Executive of new indie Voltage TV Productions which he co-founded in 2013. Since then he’s been commissioned to make more than 30 hours of peak time programmes including Inside the Factory, BBC Two, NHS: £2 Billion a Week and Counting, Channel 4 and X-Ray Mega Airport, Discovery International Networks.

Prior to launching Voltage he ran Dragonfly Film and TV where he exec produced BAFTA nominated The Plane Crash as well as overseeing some of the company's biggest series including One Born Every Minute, The Family, Kill It, Cook It, Eat It and The Hotel.

Sanjay spent most of his career at the BBC in News and Current Affairs, becoming a Senior Producer at Newsnight and then spending two years covering America as the BBC's Washington Producer. He was a Series and Executive Producer on a range of peak-time documentary and factual entertainment series for all the BBC channels including the RTS award-winning series two of The Apprentice.

Chairing: FACT ENT - WHAT NEXT: Meet the Commissioners


Bo Stehmeier

SVP, Global Sales, Red Arrow International

Bo is responsible for leading Red Arrow’s sales activities including international sales teams in London, Munich, the US and Hong Kong. Bo’s previous roles include director of Rights & Distribution at digital publisher Factory Media based in London; managing director of Distribution at factual entertainment producer Off the Fence; head of sales of Optomen International; and Head of Distribution at Bullseye TV.

Red Arrow International is a world-leading TV distributor of scripted, factual and formatted shows and is part of Red Arrow Entertainment Group, a ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE company.

Speaking at: HOW TO GROW YOUR BUSINESS OVERSEAS: Show me the Money


Alicky Sussman

Freelancer Producer/Director

Alicky Sussman is a freelance producer/director with 20 years experience in the industry. She has filmed all over the world and made a wide range of specialist factual and observational films, as well as produce interactive and digital content. Her work combines complex subject matter with emotionally sensitive stories. Recent documentaries include Why Are We Getting So Fat? and Hair Care Secrets for BBC2’s Horizon strand and Guts: The Mysterious World of the Human Stomach presented by Dr Michael Mosley (BBC4).


Chairing: DIRECTING FACTUAL: CONTRIBUTORS: Deliver the Content


Helena Tait

Chief Operating Officer, Nutopia

Helena is chief operating officer of Nutopia. She joined Nutopia in 2010, having previously held head of production and line producer positions in some of the UK's leading independent factual companies. She has overseen delivery of many hundreds of hours of programming and now works across company operational activities as well as partnerships, company strategy, staffing, communications, emerging technology and growth in ancillary areas. In recent years, she has focused on high-end, multi-episodic, international content, with particular focus on the changing US market and new client opportunities.

Speaking at: HOW TO GROW YOUR BUSINESS OVERSEAS: Show me the Money


Kate Teckman

Factual Entertainment Commissioning editor, ITV

Kate Teckman joined ITV from Channel 4, where as commissioning editor, Features her commissions included Realscreen winner and BAFTA-nominated George Clarke's Amazing Spaces, Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners, Three In A Bed and Four In A Bed, International Emmy-winning Embarrassing Bodies: Live From The Clinic, BAFTA-winning It Was Alright In The 70's, Shed Of The Year, For The Love of Cars, The Autistic Gardener and Ugly House To Lovely House.

During her seven years as a Channel 4 Commissioning Editor, she was responsible for shows including the BAFTA winning Grand Designs, two time BAFTA and Broadcast award-winning Embarrassing Bodies, Location, Location, Location, How Clean Is Your House, How To Look Good Naked and Restoration Man.

Since joining ITV Factual Entertainment Kate's commissioning credits include The Real Full Monty and Gone To Pot.

Kate began her career at GMTV, before going on to spend 16 years in the Independent production sector, in roles including series producer on Eurotrash, producer /director on popular documentaries such as Rod's Girls and Freddie's Loves, and series producer of Japanorama with Jonathan Ross.

Speaking at: FACT ENT - WHAT NEXT: Meet the Commissioners


Teresa Watkins

Freelance Executive Producer

Teresa is a senior creative with a track record for developing and exec-ing successful TV shows across all factual genres. She ran the development team at RDF that pioneered the constructed documentary and created some of the best-loved shows of the past two decades, from Wife Swap to Faking It to Secret Millionaire. From 2008, as creative director, Development, she saw shows like The Verdict, and Extraordinary Breastfeeding, from initial idea to delivery. Her executive producer credits include Michael Jackson's Face, and more recently, The World's Greatest Musical Prodigies, Terry Wogan's Ireland, The Greatest Shows on Earth with Daisy Donovan. Over the past 3 years she created and executive produced the multi-award-winning Channel 4 series The Secret Life of Four, Five and Six Year Olds and has recently completed an accompanying book with Professor Paul Howard Jones, due for publication in November 17. She is currently executive producing a series about craft and mindfulness for BBC Four called MAKE!

Speaking at: DEVELOPMENT MASTERCLASS: Show me the Money


Jon Watts

Co-founding Managing Partner, MTM London

Jon Watts is co-founder and managing partner at MTM, one of Europe's leading research and strategy consulting firms. MTM provides award-winning audience research and industry analysis, strategic advice and business development support for media companies and creative businesses. MTM works internationally, in all of the world's major media markets - recent clients include Disney, Discovery, Turner, the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Facebook, Google, FremantleMedia and many other creative companies. Jon has worked as a consultant for over 20 years.

Chairing: GEN X, Y and Z - How to make sure your shows get watched: New Opportunities


Kelly Webb-Lamb

Head of Factual Entertainment, Channel 4

Kelly is oversees some of the channel’s key brands including The Island, Naked Attraction and The Undateables. Her role involves new commissions, developing established brands and overseeing ambitious projects including The Great British Bake Off.

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 1¹s All Change at Longleat, Britain's Best Bakery, The Undriveables and Help! I'm Having Triplets for ITV and Sky 1¹s The Force: Manchester.

Prior to her time at Shine, Kelly was creative director of Factual Entertainment at Princess and previously series editor of The Apprentice, overseeing the move to BBC1 in Series 3.

Speaking at: FACT ENT - WHAT NEXT: Meet the Commissioners

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