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Roy Ackerman

Roy Ackerman, Director of iIternational 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


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


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


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


John Hay

Head of Specialist Factual, Channel 4

John took over as the channel’s Head of Specialist Factual in July 2016 after nearly four years in the department. He now heads a team whose output includes Gogglebox, Guy Martin’s Speed, The Secret Life of 4, 5 and 6 Year Olds; SAS: Who Dares Wins, Walking the Himalayas, Drugs Live, Live from Space, Things We Won’t Say About Race that are True, The Stranger on the Bridge, First Contact: Lost Tribe of the Amazon and Interview with a Murderer and - with C4's drama department - We're Going on a Bear Hunt.

In his previous role as commissioning editor for Arts, John oversaw Grayson Perry: Who Are You? and Grayson Perry’s Dream House and commissioned Grayson Perry: All Man, as well as the unique live theatrical event The Vote, the Grierson, Prix Italia and Rose d’Or-winning Our Gay Wedding: The Musical and the recently expanded Random Acts shorts strand. Before that, he looked after the channel’s coverage of the discovery and reburial of Richard III, commissioned the multi-award-winning 24-hour real-time multiplatform event D-Day: As It Happens, two series of Flying to the Ends of the Earth with Arthur Williams and the world record-breaking attempt Walking the Nile, and revived the Secret History strand.

Prior to his arrival at Channel 4 in August 2012, John was commissioning editor for Factual at Channel 5 (where commissions included Nazi Titanic, Brain Hospital, North Pole Ice Airport and The Woman Who Lost Her Face) and spent 13 years in production and development at the BBC.

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


Jamie Isaacs

Chief Executive Officer, Avalon Entertainment

Speaking at: DEVELOPMENT MASTERCLASS: Show me the Money


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


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


Jane Millichip

Managing Director, Sky Vision

Jane Millichip is managing director at Sky Vision - the international distribution arm of BSkyB. Prior to Sky Vision, Jane was managing director of Zodiak Rights in London between 2007-2012. In 2005 Jane moved to New Zealand where she was Managing Director of the country's largest production company, South Pacific Pictures. At South Pacific Jane also executive produced the factual and entertainment slate, including New Zealand Idol.

Prior to New Zealand, Jane was the senior commissioning editor for Living TV in the UK. Jane started her career as a journalist, and over eight years wrote about such diverse subjects as cars, scuba diving, football, and media. She was also editor of Broadcast's sister title TV World for four years.



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 Yorkshire, Benefits Street, The Tribe, The Watchman and Cyberbully.

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


Hamish Mykura

Executive vice president, Programming & Development, NGGN

As Executive Vice President of Programming and Development for National Geographic Channel (NGC), Mykura leads content development and production for the Channels outside the US, and also commissions series and events that will air in the US and globally, in conjunction with the National Geographic commissioning team in Washington, D.C. He is responsible for developing and supplying new programming for the core National Geographic Channel as well as for Nat Geo Wild and Nat Geo People. He leads a commissioning team based in London.

Mykura has more than 20 years of experience in the television industry. Prior to joining NGC, Mykura was most recently Head of Documentaries at Channel 4, and Head of the digital channel More4. His expertise guided More4 up five spots in the UK digital channel rankings, propelling the channel solidly into the top 10. Under his leadership, the Documentaries department at Channel 4 created and launched some of the channels’ most durable and successful formats, including One Born Every Minute, 24 Hours in A+E and Educating Essex. During his time at Channel 4, he also commissioned award-winning drama documentary singles and series, including Trafalgar Battle Surgeon, Nuremberg: Goering’s Last Stand, 9/11 The Falling Man and Diana – The Witnesses in the Tunnel.

Previous to Channel 4, Mykura was the Executive Producer at Blakeway Productions and spent ten years at the BBC as producer and director of factual programmes. He has a degree in geography and a PhD in environmental science.

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


Ed Sayer

Vice President, Commissioning, Discovery

As vp Commissioning, NGCI, Ed Sayer develops, commissions and executive produces series and specials for National Geographic Channels International. He has overseen a variety of top rating series and specials including Science of Stupid and Ultimate Airport Dubai as well as co-productions and special events such as Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey and Live From Space.

With NGCI’s global content hub based in London, Sayer is cultivating strong relationships with UK production houses, and commissioning to a great degree from the extensive factual production sector in the UK. He also works closely with production companies from across the globe to commission series and specials. Sayer collaborates with production companies at the earliest stages of development to help them create bespoke and highly original programming for the network.

Previously, Sayer served as executive producer for ITV Studio’s Factual department, overseeing a large swathe of output from right across the factual spectrum. Whilst there he not only produced, but also had considerable successes developing formats. With 17 years of experience in the television industry, Sayer has also worked for BBC Scotland and BBC Factual Entertainment as Head of Entertainment Development and development executive, respectively.

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


Clare Sillery

Acting Head of Documentary Commissioning, BBC

Clare Sillery is the acting head of documentary commissioning at the BBC. As a commissioning editor she recently looked after series and singles across BBC One and Two, including Conviction; Murder at the Station, The Real Marigold Hotel, The Detectives , How to Die; Simon’s Choice, Handmade for BBC Four and American High School for BBC Three . As an executive producer she helped deliver a diverse range of projects from the BAFTA and RTS winning Life and Deathrow to Secret Life of the National Grid for BBC Four.

Speaking at: DOCUMENTARY - WHAT NEXT: Meet the Commissioners


Kate Teckman

Factual Entertainment Commissioning editor, ITV

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


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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