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Simon Andreae

Founder and ceo, Naked Entertainment

Simon is the founder and ceo of Naked Entertainment. He has worked in non-fiction television for more than twenty years, holding senior posts at Optomen Television, Channel Four, Discovery Channel and most recently Fox Broadcasting in Los Angeles where, as executive vice president of Alternative Entertainment, he was in charge of all non-fiction programming.

He has been responsible for numerous shows right across the non-fiction spectrum. These include Hell’s Kitchen, MasterChef, So You Think You Can Dance, and Pitbull’s New Year’s Revolution, which he supervised for Fox; Naked and Afraid, Fast N Loud, Plane Crash, and Curiosity (with hosts including Stephen Hawking, Robin Williams and Samuel L Jackson), which he oversaw at Discovery; Extreme Wife, In the Womb, 99 Most Bizarre, and Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman, which he produced through his LA company The Incubator; The Autopsy, Anatomy for Beginners, Jump and BodyShock, which he commissioned at Channel Four; and Anatomy of Desire, Geisha, Tomb of Christ and Gore Vidal’s American Presidency, which he produced at Optomen.



Speaking at: KILLER FORMATS: New Opportunities

 

Heenan Bhatti

Filmmaker

Heenan Bhatti is a multi award-winning film-maker. His first major documentary film, The Lost Frescoes, followed emergency restoration work on the world-renowned frescoes at the Basilica of St Francis in Assisi, Italy, following an earthquake. Other films include: Mission Impossible, which documented attempts by a team of forensic scientists to unearth a mass grave during the Balkans conflict; The Real Gary Glitter, a study of the dark side of celebrity; and God's Waiting Room, a film observing the work of a Muslim undertakers.

He has directed episodes of Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares, Secret Millionaire and How The Other Half Live.

Series include Paul Merton in India, Derren Brown Investigates and Make Bradford British.

He has won a number of awards, including a BAFTA, Prix Europa, a Rose D'Or, Royal Television Society, and a Broadcast Award.



Speaking at: DIRECTORS UK SESSION: Deliver the Content

 

Tim Carter

CEO, Twenty Twenty

A hands-on programme maker, Tim Carter became CEO in 2009, having been director of Programmes since 2008. He began his career at Twenty Twenty in the mid-nineties developing and making history series including Ian Hislop's landmark history series, Canterbury Tales and School Rules for Channel 4. After a brief break at the BBC running a new digital production unit for BBC Arts, he returned to Twenty Twenty in 2001 to develop, produce and direct ITV's prime-time factual hit, the BAFTA nominated Lads Army and Bad Lads Army, and The Guantanamo Guidebook, a globally controversial experiment in torture. 

Over the past decade, Tim has produced a raft of BAFTA, RTS and Emmy winning shows for the BBC, ITV and Channel 4. Today, he oversees much of Twenty Twenty's output including Channel 4's First Dates, and is executive producer of all Gareth Malone series, including The Choir.

 


Speaking at: MAKING FACTUAL IN THE USA: New Opportunities

 

Simon Chinn

Co-founder Lightbox

Simon Chinn is a double Academy Award winning producer who is responsible for some of the most successful feature documentaries of recent years, known for their high production values, powerful narratives and innovative blending of documentary and fiction techniques.

He conceived and produced Man on Wire which was released around the world in 2008. His follow-up film, Project Nim, opened the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and was released theatrically around the world to great acclaim.

Searching for Sugar Man opened the Sundance Film Festival in 2012 and went on to gross over $10 million at the international box office, making it one of the most commercially successful documentaries of recent years. Among more than thirty international awards, it won the PGA, DGA and WGA awards, the BAFTA and the Academy Award for Best Documentary.

The Imposter, which Simon executive produced, also launched at Sundance in 2012. It became the eighth highest grossing (non-concert) documentary of all time in the UK and went on win the BAFTA for best debut for its director Bart Layton.

Other recent films include The Green Prince (winner Sundance Audience Award), Drug Lord: The Legend of Shorty, Garnet’s Gold, Bolshoi Babylon, Louis Theroux’s first feature documentary My Scientology Movie and an upcoming theatrical release documentary on Whitney Houston.

Simon launched Lightbox in 2014 in partnership with his cousin, Emmy-winning producer Jonathan Chinn. With offices in London and LA, the company is focused on producing high-end non-fiction content across multiple platforms. It has already produced premium documentary series for Xbox Studios and Esquire and is currently in production on projects for Netflix, National Geographic Channel, Channel 4, BBC2, Fusion and and ESPN.



Speaking at: WHAT THE NEW DIGITAL BROADCASTERS WANT: New Opportunities

 

Donna Clark

Acting head of Formats and Features, BBC1 & BBC2

Donna has been acting head of Formats and Features, BBC1 and BBC2 for a year. She looks after the Back In Time returning format as well as Employable Me, Simply Nigella, Sewing Bee and oversees hundreds of hours of shows including Gardeners World, Countryfile and Antiques Roadshow. Recent commissions include Back In Time for Brixton, Full Steam Ahead, Chinese New Year and The World¹s Biggest Flower Market.

Donna started her career on The Word and The Big Breakfast and went on to direct documentaries for Channel 4 including the Dispatches film Can You Live Without Your Car?, Getting Away With Murder, The Channel 4 Commission on Drugs, We Recruit and Perverted Justice.

Donna then worked as series producer on Bravo¹s extremely successful Sin Cities and Travel Sick which was transferred to Comedy Central and nominated for the Golden Rose of Montreux. After this she series produced Secret Admirer, Channel 4; Bricking It, Channel 4 and the science series ExposedŠ, BBC3.

Her executive producer credits include the BBC3 series Fat Men Can¹t Hunt and My Childhood (winner of the Scottish Bafta for Best Factual Series) as well as Cherry Healey¹s first film Drinking with the Girls, BBC3; Night Cops, Sky One, The WI Ladies Guide to Brothels, Channel 4 and Don¹t Tell The Bride, BBC3.

In her time as director of Factual at Lion her executive producer credits include 15 Kids and Counting, Channel 4, Young Soldiers, BBC3, Transplant, BBC1 and Kew on a Plate, BBC2.



Speaking at: WHAT NEXT FOR POPULAR FACTUAL: 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: WHAT NEXT FOR DOCUMENTARY: Meet the Commissioners

 

Alex Connock

Managing director, Shine North

Alex Connock is Managing Director of Shine North, producing broadcast shows for BBC, Discovery, National Geographic and many international branded and viral projects. He is also head of video partnerships at The LAD Bible, which is one of the most viewed video sites in the world, with some 3.6 billion monthly views. He is visiting professor at Salford, Sunderland and MMU universities, and entrepreneur in residence at INSEAD. And his Chairman of the Royal Television Society North West.



Chairing: IN CONVERSATION WITH DAMIAN KAVANAGH: Meet the Commissioners

 

Barnaby Coughlin

Producer/director

For the last 17 years Barnaby Coughlin has been directing and producing television at a high level both here and for major networks in the US. Starting out in the newsroom at GMTV, working on a daily live television show to spending a year on a documentary series about the workings of the high society magazine, Posh People: Inside Tatler for BBC2 to most recently series editing on the BAFTA award winning Channel 4 First Dates - there isn’t a facet of factual TV he hasn’t been a part of.

Barnaby started out as a director at the beginnings of reality TV, working on the now infamous Big Brother with Jade Goody and Popstars, before moving onto more formatted factual series, in their infancy, such as Wife Swap, Perfect Match and Undercover Boss which he worked on both here in and the US.

In the last five years Barnaby has moved into more purist documentary making working for all the main broadcaster and has always sought out new and exciting ways to make television. He constantly delves into new televisual landscapes relishing the challenge of the untrodden path and working on ‘big idea’ projects such as Channel 4’s specialist factual commission The Audience, a conceit where 50 people walking into your life to help solve a dilemma which was also BAFTA nominated.



Speaking at: DIRECTORS UK SESSION: Deliver the Content

 

Wendy Darke

Founder, ceo, True to Nature

Over a 25 year BBC, Natural History Unit career, Wendy has been responsible for around 1,000 programmes spanning both specialist factual and children’s genres. During her recent four year tenure as head of the BBC NHU until June 2016, she was responsible for editorial governance for all output and the delivery of around 600 hours of ground-breaking natural history content, including some of the world’s most watched and awarded series. During this period, programme highlights included a number of BBC One landmarks, RTS award for Africa (2013), Life Story (2014), BAFTA Award winning global live event Big Blue Live (2016), BBC Two Natural History Trilogies Wild Japan (2015) and Attenborough's Giant Dinosaurs (2016) which achieved a consolidated audience in its first week of 12.8 million.

She was credited with broadening the range and diversity of NHU output, including the launch of the Earth online website both in the UK and Worldwide in 2014, which went on to win an International Webby Award. Prior to her departure from the BBC she secured a strong pipeline of future commissions for the NHU including four new landmark series - Planet Earth II, which broadcasts in Autumn 2016, Oceans, Dynasty and Seven Worlds.

Wendy gained a joint honours degree in Geology and Zoology from the University of Bristol in 1986, a PhD in Marine Sciences at the James Cooke University of North Queensland, Australia in 1991 and was awarded the honorary degrees of Doctor of Science from the University of Bristol and Doctor of Arts from the University of the West of England, Bristol, both in July 2015. Wendy was awarded the Royal Geographic Society, Cherry Kearton Medal and Award for Cinematography of the Natural World in June 2016.



Chairing: SPECIALIST FACTUAL COMMISSIONING PANEL: Meet the Commissioners

 

Guy Davies

Commissioning editor, Factual, Channel 5

Guy commissions factual programming across Channel 5. Before this he was head of Documentaries at ITN. 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.

Some of his most recent production credits as executive producer include the first series of 999: What’s Your Emergency for Channel 4, and I Shouldn’t Be Alive (Discovery/Animal Planet). From 1997-2007 he was producer/director, series producer then executive producer at Hart Ryan Productions. After 10 successful years the company became part of Ten Alps Plc in 2005.

Among awards he has received have been the BAFTA for Best Factual Series and The Grierson Award for The Trust, Channel 4, Broadcast and Indie Awards, and three Emmy nominations for the HBO/Channel 4 feature length documentary The Battle for Marjah, Wall to Wall 2010.

At Channel 5 he has commissioned a wide range of factual programming including in the last year : Autopsy; The Tube: Going Underground; Eamonn and Ruth – How The Other Half Lives; The Great British Benefits Handout, Jaywick Benefits By The Sea, Freddie Mercury, The Great Pretender Unmasked, Secrets of the SAS-In Their Own Words, Gangland and Rich House Poor House .

Speaking at: WHAT NEXT FOR DOCUMENTARY: Meet the Commissioners

 

John Farrar

Creative director, and co-founder, Nerd TV

John Farrar is the Creative Director and co-founder of Nerd TV. Recent successes include: My Selfie Life, Fusion; Find My First Love, MTV; The 12 Year Old Lifer, Channel 4 and the Grierson nominated Inside The Gangsters' Code, Discovery. Prior to Nerd, John was an accomplished director and development head at the creative heart of many leading indies including Talkback Thames, Tiger Aspect and Raw Television, where he developed the multi-award winning feature doc, The Imposter.



Speaking at: MAKING FACTUAL IN THE USA: New Opportunities

 

Joely Fether

Chief executive, Raw TV

Joely has had extensive experience in the independent television sector, most recently as CEO of Zodiak UK, Belgium and Netherlands which comprised of 16 production companies including RDF Television, IWC and Touchpaper producing over 700 hours of content in 2012. Joely was also responsible in 2011 for the acquisition of Bwark the comedy producers behind hit movie ‘The Inbetweeners’.

Previously she spent 7 years as COO and Holding Board director of RDF Media Group, with responsibility across the Legal, Commercial, Finance, Production management, IT, HR, Music, Digital, Distribution, Sales, Press, Production and Talent departments of the group in the US and UK. Across this period Joely supported a raft of creative executives and the production of a huge catalogue of programmes across all genres including: Wife Swap, Shipwrecked, Scrapheap, Being Human, Location Location Location, Extreme Fishing with Robson Green, Faking It.

Joely joined RAW in July 2013 to work alongside the existing team and bring increased strategic and operational expertise to the business after a period rapid of growth and exciting output.



Chairing: MAKING FACTUAL IN THE USA: New Opportunities

 

Anthony Geffen

CEO and filmmaker, Atlantic Productions

Anthony Geffen is one of the world’s leading documentary filmmakers and a pioneer in virtual reality (VR). Leading the Atlantic Productions’ creative team, Anthony has won several international awards including multiple BAFTA and Emmy awards, and numerous awards at the Wildscreen and Jackson Hole Festivals.

Anthony’s diverse range of work includes 11 productions with David Attenborough, most recently the acclaimed BBC’s Great Barrier Reef series. Other series include the BBC’s Inside the Commons and the Secrets of Egypt series. Theatrical films include the Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest, and IMAX films include Flying Monsters 3D. Recent VR projects include museum experiences in London, Sydney and Canada for First Life and Great Barrier Reef Dive VR. Other VR projects include Inside the Human Body and Egypt VR.

Anthony has recently contributed to forums such as Google Zeitgeist, TedX and the Cannes Film Festival.

He is a fellow of St Cross College at Oxford University.



Speaking at: THE CHANGING FACTUAL LANDSCAPE: Show me the Money

 

Tony Gregory

Director/consultant

Tony is one of Europe’s leading entertainment, event and music content-capture directors.

Credits include major shows and events for BBC, ITV, C4, PBS, MTV, SKY, RTE, Red Bull TV and numerous award shows in the UK and USA. He has been called upon to realise unusual and complex live TV stunts and events.

Tony trains and coaches multi-cam directors in the UK and abroad, and consults around the world on strategic production topics such as creativity, formats, production technology and workflow.

Tony has been involved with content creation and TV integration for mobile, online and radio.



Speaking at: WHAT THE NEW DIGITAL BROADCASTERS WANT: New Opportunities

 

Nic Guttridge

Factual chair, Directors UK

Nic Guttridge knew he wanted to be a television director from the age of 14. Right from the start it was factual programmes that fired him up. Fast forward 20 years and he is making the programmes he always wanted to make as an executive producer; Rich Kids of Instagram, series producer; BAFTA short-listed Through a Child’s Eyes, director; The People’s Medal, Michael Winner’s Dining Stars, camera operator; Teen Commandments, edit producer and writer across the full range of factual programming, handling difficult subjects on single docs and bringing primetime formats to life.

Nick sits on the board of Directors UK and is the chair of the Factual Committee.



Chairing: DIRECTORS UK SESSION: Deliver the Content

 

Anna Hall

Filmmaker, True Vision Aire

Anna Hall is a multi-award winning documentary filmmaker based in Leeds. She specialises in bringing a humane light on challenging and difficult to access subjects. her first film was Dunblane: Remembering our children. Where she won the confidence of bereaved families and shaped a film about grief rather than guns. Since then, she has directed films about teen pregnancy, brain injury, Muslim women in Northern England, morbid obesity, the last all-women's college at Oxford University, children in detention, and in three films for Channel 4, British school girls suffering rape and trafficking.

Her most recent film Behind Closed Doors, showed the reality of domestic abuse in the UK today. Working with three women who waived their right to anonymity to work with Anna's team, the unfolding narratives were jaw-dropping as each woman showed how difficult and traumatic it was to remove themselves from their violent relationship. The film has been shortlisted for a 2016 Grierson for Best Dingle Documentary.

Anna is a member of BAFTA and has won the RTS journalism Award for Current Affairs; The AIB for Best Investigative Journalism she has been nominated for a BAFTA and Greierson in Current Affairs and won the prestigious Women in Film and Television BBC News & Factual Award.



Speaking at: LANDING THE PITCH: Show me the Money

 

Tim Harcourt

Creative director, Studio Lambert

Tim oversees unscripted development, selling to UK broadcasters, as well as executive producing 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, Tattoo Fixers, Naked Attraction, Gogglesprogs, Great Interior Design Challenge and BBC2's anticipated The Big Life Fix. Prior to joining Studio Lambert, he worked in development and production for BBC Production, Granada Television, Fever Media and Hat Trick Productions on shows like Dragons' Den, Remembrance Week and Saturday Night Take Away.



Speaking at: LANDING THE PITCH: Show me the Money

 

Cassian Harrison

Channel editor, BBC Four

Cassian Harrison was appointed as Channel editor, BBC Four in October 2013. As Channel editor, Cassian is responsible for the day to day running of BBC Four. Under his tenure, the channel has a built an unrivalled reputation as the home of television of intelligence, wit and verve. From Len Goodman and Lucy Worsley’s intoxicating history of dance and hard-hitting documentaries such as Storvyille’s India’s Daughter to Saga’s Nordic angst in The Bridge, BBC Four offers a cocktail of programming unlike any other in British broadcasting.

The channel works closely with BBC Two during special moments such as the recent India season and BBC Young Dancer 2015 as well as showing surprising, distinctive content of its own from BBC Four goes Slow to BBC Four goes Pop.

BBC Four has a particular focus on arts and culture and offers innovative and stimulating new content from the recent Nuclear season to the year of Song and Dance and remains the home of music on BBC television with its highly celebrated Friday music nights.

Prior to joining BBC Four, Cassian was a commissioning editor in Factual Commissioning looking after History and Science & Natural History across BBC One, BBC Two and BBC Four. His credits range from Turn Back Time: The High Street and Penguins, Spy In The Huddle on BBC One, to Mary Beard’s Rome, The Burrowers, Operation Iceberg and the factual drama The Challenger on BBC Two, to Lucy Worsley's If Walls Could Talk, The Joy Of Stats, The Story Of England and Everything And Nothing on BBC Four.

Before joining the BBC, Cassian had an extensive record as an innovative and award-winning producer and executive producer, responsible for major BBC series such as Britain From Above and hard-hitting current affairs films such as Beneath The Veil for Channel 4. Cassian also has a strong background in new media production and development, setting up one of the UK's first cross-platform production units at Lion Television.



Speaking at: SPECIALIST FACTUAL COMMISSIONING PANEL: 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.

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: SPECIALIST FACTUAL COMMISSIONING PANEL: Meet the Commissioners

 

Paul Heaney

CEO, TCB Media Rights

Paul Heaney launched TCB Media Rights in September 2012 to distribute and co-create factual, factual entertainment and formats with strong-pre-sales and revenue potential. Today, Heaney and his 15-strong team work with some of the most highly regarded production companies in the business, including Arrow Media, Icon Films, WAG tv, CJZ, Woodcut Media, Like A Shot Entertainment and Britespark.

TCB leverages its network of co-production, broadcaster and pre-sales relationships in the US, the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Australia to help its growing stable of producers to realise their programme-making ambitions. In-depth market intelligence and insider knowledge of what the global content industry wants, and where and how it wants it, have proved to be valuable qualities in terms of both content creation and TCB’s own development. In just four years, the distributor has built up a catalogue of over 1100 hours of premium international content and seen its turnover surge from £1.7m in its first year of business to £10.6m in its fourth year.

Prior to launching TCB as a one-man operation, Heaney served as president and managing director of Cineflix Rights, which he started in 2002. Over the next decade, he built up the business from a boutique operator into a major distributor, posting double- or treble-digit growth year-on-year.



Speaking at: THE CHANGING FACTUAL LANDSCAPE: Show me the Money

 

Bill Hobbins

Commissioning editor, non-scripted, Sky Entertainment

Bill Hobbins joined Sky in 2015 from Lion Television where he was entertainment executive, co-executive producing Sexy Beasts for BBC3 and the new series of Horrible Histories specials for CBBC. As creative director at CBBC, he ran the in-house development team, creating the BAFTA award-winning Absolute Genius with Dick and Dom. Hobbins also held roles at Mentorn, producing Robot Wars for BBC2, and at RDF where he looked after several series of Scrapheap Challenge for Channel 4. At Sky, Hobbins oversees Wild Things for Sky 1 and Landscape Artist of the Year for Sky Arts.



Speaking at: WHAT NEXT FOR POPULAR FACTUAL: Meet the Commissioners

 

Patrick Holland

Channel editor, BBC Two

Patrick Holland was appointed channel editor, BBC Two in July 2016. Prior to that, Patrick was head of Commissioning, Documentaries, leading one of the biggest commissioning teams at the BBC, overseeing a huge range of output across all channels. From the forthcoming Exodus: Our Journey To Europe, BBC Two and Abused: The Untold Story, BBC One, to the award-winning global documentary strand Storyville (BBC Four), through to BBC Three stand-out films Chasing Dad and Murdered By My Father.

Other recent highlights include: The Real Marigold Hotel, BBC Two, Camila's Kids' Company: The Inside Story, BBC One, Syrian Love Story, BBC Four, The Not So Secret Life Of The Manic Depressive, BBC One, The Great Pottery Throwdown, BBC Two, Behind Closed Doors, BBC One, and Professor Green's Suicide And Me film, BBC Three.

Before joining the BBC in September 2015, Patrick was the managing director of one of the UK's biggest factual independent production companies, Boundless (part of Fremantle Media UK). Whilst there he created a raft of new documentary series including An Hour To Save Your Life, BBC Two, World's Toughest Jobs, BBC Three, Britain At The Bookies, BBC One and Dara And Ed's Great Big Adventure, BBC Two.

Patrick also oversaw the revitalisation of The Apprentice and Grand Designs (both BAFTA-nominated in 2015) and executive produced the feature documentary The Class Of '92, Universal. Before joining Boundless Patrick was the Director of Factual at Ricochet, where he ran Born To Be Different, Channel 4, executive produced Space Shuttle: The Final Mission, BBC Two, Daisy Asquith's My New Home, and established the new talent documentary strand My Crazy Life, both Channel 4.



Speaking at: THE PATRICK HOLLAND INTERVIEW: Meet the Commissioners

 

Heather Jones

General manager UK and SVP content and creative, A+E Networks UK

Heather Jones is senior vice president, Content and Creative and general manager at A+E Networks UK: a joint venture between global media content company A+E Networks and Sky.  

She was promoted to this position in August 2015, after joining the business as vp Programming in July 2013 and assuming the position of general manager UK since February 2015.

In her expanded role, Jones manages all creative units of A+E Networks UK, including programming, Marketing and Communications, Creative and Digital. Jones continues to serve as general manager, UK, with responsibility for all aspects of the business across the company’s UK operation and portfolio of channels. She also retains a pan territory oversight of commissions, acquisitions, scheduling, re-versioning and compliance for all of the A+E Networks UK portfolio of channel brands: History, Crime + Investigation , H2, Lifetime and new free-to-air brand Blaze.

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

In 2011, Heather took the reigns as managing director of North One Television – part of the All3Media group.  Reporting to CEO Neil Duncanson, she was responsible for overseeing the strategic direction of North One’s portfolio and its expansion into new genres and territories.  

Prior to her role within All3Media, Heather was director of television at Viacom in the UK, where she held overall responsibility for content and creative across the music and comedy channel portfolio at MTV Networks UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. Heather oversaw and managed all areas of business, from strategy through to production.

Before joining MTV, Heather was managing director at Paramount Comedy, having joined as director of Programming in 2002.  She was responsible for re-branding and re-positioning the channel as a younger and more aspirational pay-TV brand.  She commissioned hundreds of hours of stand-up and co-commissioned three series of scripted comedy alongside Channel 5.  In June 2006 the channel won Best General Entertainment Channel and Best Channel Marketing at the Broadcast Digital Channel Awards. 

Heather joined Paramount Comedy in 2002 from Flextech where she was channel editor of Trouble. Before that, she worked at Buena Vista Television, starting as a researcher before moving on to work as a producer/director. 

She began her career at Euro Disney in 1992 where, as its brand ambassador, she represented the company around the world.

 

 



Speaking at: SPECIALIST FACTUAL COMMISSIONING PANEL: Meet the Commissioners

 

Marjorie Kaplan

President Content, DNI

Based in London beginning in October 2015, Kaplan is the international content leader responsible for strategy, coordination and execution of the division’s content and brand strategies across the entire portfolio, and on all platforms worldwide. Discovery’s international footprint includes channels in more than 220 countries and territories, with its global flagship channels like Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, ID: Investigation Discovery, Science and Turbo.

Kaplan oversees global brands and formats, female lifestyle, male factual, scripted, and kids – for all platforms, including linear, OTT and Free-to-Air. She also leads the international Production & Development team, working with Discovery’s regional managing directors and heads of content. Kaplan also works closely with Discovery’s production companies betty, RAW, and All3Media as well as the entire production community.  

Kaplan is a near 20-year creative leader and programming veteran of Discovery Communications, where she was most recently, she was Group President for TLC, Animal Planet & Velocity.  In 2014, she led TLC to achieve its highest ratings in primetime for more than a decade and made the brand more important than ever, strengthening existing series and introducing bold new ones, including My Big Fat Fabulous Life and I Am Jazz.  In addition, Kaplan launched a new tagline and brand campaign, “Everyone needs a little TLC,” that embraces the well-known colloquial phrase while owning the inclusive, non-judgmental perspective on fascinatingly unfamiliar lives. The new tagline and branding helped TLC finish 2014 as a top 10-primetime cable network with all key women demos.

Kaplan took over leadership of Animal Planet in February 2007 and transformed and revolutionized the Animal Planet business by repositioning the network as a more adult-focused, competitive entertainment brand. Kaplan re-launched Animal Planet with a new logo, new brand campaign and tagline, “Surprisingly Human,” and a new programming vision that delivered on the expansive and unexpected range of visceral experiences within the animal kingdom, creating a bold entertainment destination. She led a creative surge and team effort in partnership to give the brand more teeth and relevancy with hits such as Whale Ward, River Monsters, Puppy Bowl and Treehouse Masters. Additionally, in 2013, Kaplan oversaw the launch of Animal Planet L!VE, the network’s digital video destination. In November 2012, Kaplan was named president of Velocity. After assuming this role, she revved up the network, leading the continued growth and rollout of motor content around the world.

Kaplan joined Discovery Communications Inc. in 1997 as senior vice president for Children’s Programming and Products, and oversaw the launch of Discovery Kids Channel that same year. 

In recognition of Kaplan’s role as a top-performing executive in cable, she has been honoured as a Wonder Woman by Multichannel News, a Woman to Watch by Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT), and inducted into the CableFax Hall of Fame.

Kaplan also served as director of advertising for Kraft General Foods where she was responsible for brand strategy, positioning and advertising.

Kaplan is an alumna of Brown University where she majored in Semiotics. She is married and has two sons.

 



Speaking at: IN CONVERSATION WITH MARJORIE KAPLAN: Meet the Commissioners

 

Damian Kavanagh

Controller, BBC3

Damian is responsible for all TV and online commissioning for BBC Three. 

Damian first joined the BBC in 1994 holding various roles in BBC Daytime, BBC One, acting controller of BBC Three and controller of CBBC - where he was responsible for all TV and online commissioning. This period saw record ratings and awards including the BAFTA for Channel of the Year in 2012. Damian then joined Channel 4 as head of Features and Factual Formats before returning to the BBC as controller of Daytime and Early Peak including looking after The One Show. 

In December 2014 Damian was appointed controller of BBC Three and tasked with reinventing the BBC’s offer for young people and launching the first channel in the world to switch online.

 



Speaking at: IN CONVERSATION WITH DAMIAN KAVANAGH: Meet the Commissioners

 

Ross Kemp

Documentary maker, Freshwater Films

Ross Kemp is one of Britain’s leading producers of factual television. He is best known for his time spent with British troops in Afghanistan, making 3 series about the human story of the war against the Taliban. The first series was nominated for a BAFTA and won a Broadcast Award.

Before his Afghanistan trilogy Ross fronted four series about gangs around the world. The series broke boundaries and was critically acclaimed, winning him and the production team a BAFTA.

Since then Ross has produced a two-part documentary series on the ecological issues faced in the Amazon basin, a three-part series on modern piracy in our seas today, and several one off films including a BAFTA nominated account of Kenya’s elections and a film about PTSD.

More recently Ross has executive produced and presented five series of Extreme World, comprising thirty films bringing global issues to a wider television audience as well as Ross Kemp’s Britain, a three-part series documenting issues at home and ‘The fight against ISIS’ a highly-acclaimed account of the Kurds of Syria and Iraq struggling to combat ISIS and establish a homeland of their own.



Speaking at: ROSS KEMP ON DOCS: New Opportunities

 

Leanne Klein

Chief executive officer, Wall To Wall

Leanne was appointed chief executive of Wall to Wall in January 2014 after three years as the company’s creative director.  She is responsible for overseeing the company's increasingly diverse output across a broad range of genres including drama, factual and entertainment. Her executive producer credits include dramas like multi Golden Globe and BAFTA-nominated HBO/BBC Hitchcock biopic, The Girl, starring Sienna Miller and Toby Jones; BBC Two’s Filth: The Mary Whitehouse Story starring Julie Walters;  and 2015's highest rated single film on BBC Two, The Scandalous Lady W starring Natalie Dormer.  

She is also behind hit returning factual formats like BAFTA winning Long Lost Family for ITV, 2015's BAFTA nominated Back In Time For...for BBC Two, and long-running competition-doc hybrid Child Genius for Channel 4. Other notable executive producer credits include innovative event drama-doc hybrid The Day Britain Stopped, BAFTA nominated BBC One science/entertainment hybrid The Young Ones and the multi-award winning The 1900 House for Channel 4, which spawned a whole new genre of ‘living history’ television and has resulted in upwards of 25 different series for multiple broadcasters produced by Wall to Wall over the past fifteen years. Recent examples include the hit Victorian Bakers for BBC Two, the hugely popular Turn Back Time for BBC One, Bring Back Borstal for ITV, Electric Dreams for BBC Four and upcoming The Slum for BBC Two/PBS.

In 2012 Leanne oversaw delivery of the company’s first ever primetime Saturday night talent show, The Voice UK, which became the BBC’s biggest new entertainment show for over a decade and has run for five series on BBC One.  The company's move into entertainment has continued with Time Crashers for C4 and forthcoming 500 Questions and global smash-hit Little Big Shots for ITV.

In her early career Leanne directed both drama and factual programmes, in 1995 winning an Emmy as Best Director for Baby It’s You.



Chairing: THE PATRICK HOLLAND INTERVIEW: Meet the Commissioners

 

Dan Korn

VP, Programming, A+E Networks UK

Dan is responsible for sourcing and scheduling all content for A+E UK’s portfolio of pay TV channels which includes HISTORY, Lifetime, Crime + Investigation and the recently launched free-to-air channel, BLAZE.  A BAFTA-award-winning producer, he joined A+E Networks UK from STV Productions, where he held the position of creative director. Prior to that, he spent ten years as svp of Programming at Discovery Networks UK & Europe, overseeing programming and production across 24 channel brands in 30 countries. He reports to Heather Jones, UK GM and svp of Content and Creative.



Chairing: LANDING THE PITCH: Show me the Money

 

Cat Lewis

CEO & Executive Producer, Nine Lives Media

Cat Lewis is an executive producer who runs her own Manchester based independent production company called Nine Lives Media. The company makes documentaries, fact-ent formats, drama documentaries, children’s programmes and current affairs for all the major UK broadcasters and for American channels. Cat has won two BAFTAs, two national Royal Television Society awards and an International Emmy. Nine Lives is the largest factual producer in the North West and is one of just three companies with an output deal for Channel 4’s flagship current affairs strand, Dispatches.

Cat is chair of the Northern TV Skills Panel; former vice chair of Pact (the Producers Alliance for Cinema & TV) and is chair of Pact’s Nations & Regions Committee. She is a BAFTA judge; a partner member of the Creative Industries Foundation; the founder and chair of the North’s Indie Club; sits on the RTS Committee in the North West and is on the panel for Women in Film & TV in the North.



Chairing: THE CHANGING FACTUAL LANDSCAPE: Show me the Money

 

Andrew Mackenzie

Chief Creative Officer, Twofour Group

As Chief Creative Officer of The Twofour Group, Andrew runs both development and production arms of the company. He is responsible for a diverse range of award-winning content in the UK and US - from the BBC series, The Real Marigold Hotel, to the BAFTA and Emmy award-winning Educating Yorkshire, and controversial entertainment format The Jump.

Prior to being appointed as Chief Creative Officer, Andrew was Creative Director of Twofour. Doubling the company’s size in four years, Twofour was named Indie of the Year at the 2014 Broadcast Awards.

He joined Twofour from Channel 4, where he was Head of Factual Entertainment and responsible for commissions including My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, Boys and Girls Alone, the award-winning feature documentary Thriller in Manila.

Prior to that he was an award-winning producer and director for the BBC and Channel 4.



Chairing: WHAT NEXT FOR POPULAR FACTUAL: Meet the Commissioners

 

Debbie Manners

Ceo, Keo Films

Keo films, established in 1996 and celebrating its 20th anniversary, is a multi award-winning integrated broadcast, commercial and digital production company, regularly voted into the top few places in peer polls for TV Indies.  Keo develops and produces content that has something to say, and has a reason to exist beyond achieving ratings.  

Keo’s strong ethical brand reputation and innovative approach have resulted in its programming becoming ratings powerhouses and award winners.   A fact well illustrated by Eden for C4, Exodus for BBC Two, Hugh’s War on Waste for BBC One, The Romanians Are Coming for Channel 4 and the hugely successful River Cottage brand.  

She is co-founder and director of HERE Café   - a café bar and website with community at it’s heart.  A local business established in Debbie’s hometown that is designed to serve and celebrate everything local, offering seasonal food from producers we trust, employing people fairly and honestly and doing all that can be done to protect the environment.

Debbie is also chair of SafeHands For Mothers (www.safehands.org)  - an international charity founded in 2003 dedicated to reducing maternal and infant mortality.  The organisation’s focus is on producing high quality films and visual materials to support government and non-governmental training and advocacy programmes in developing countries. 

Previously (2008-10) Debbie was chief operating officer at Hat Trick Productions, group commercial director (2006-08) for RDF Media Group (now Zodiak), and director of Rights (2005-6) for Flextech (later Virgin Media and Sky).  For five years from January 2015, Debbie was chair of Pact, the trade association representing the commercial interests of UK independent television, film, digital, children’s and animation media companies.  Joining the BBC in 1988, Debbie held various business and commercial roles and latterly held the post of director of Rights and Business Affairs.

 

 



Chairing: WHAT THE NEW DIGITAL BROADCASTERS WANT: New Opportunities

 

Stephen McQuillan

Executive producer & head of development, Icon Films

Stephen McQuillan is director of Development and executive producer with Bristol based indie Icon Films. He has a track record of winning new factual commissions and delivering award-winning content and currently runs a large development team alongside his EP role on multiple projects.

He has worked for major Independent companies and across several departments in the BBC including a stint producing Panorama. Having been based in London with the BBC until 2005, Stephen then worked outside the UK for broadcasters in New Zealand, the UK and Ireland before moving to Bristol in 2010.

In 2015 Stephen won commissions with the BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5 and Executive Produced Million Pound Megayachts film for Channel 4. Other EP credits include two forthcoming high profile single films for BBC Two and Channel 5 and the second series of Icon’s returning 6 part series for National Geographic Channel, Primal Survivor which will air in 2017.



Speaking at: LANDING THE PITCH: Show me the Money

 

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: WHAT NEXT FOR DOCUMENTARY: Meet the Commissioners

 

Sue Murphy

Head of Factual Entertainment, ITV

Sue Murphy recently joined ITV as head of Factual Entertainment from Optomen TV where she was joint managing director and before that creative director. Her TV credits included Bafta-nominated Kevin McCloud’s Escape To The Wild, Employable Me for BBC2, The Miracle for ITV, Gordon Behind Bars, Ramsay’s Costa Del Nightmares, Undercover Doctor and Mary Portas Secret Shopper for Channel 4.

Prior to joining Optomen in 2012, Sue Murphy was Channel 4’s head of Factual Entertainment and Features for 10 years and played a key role in commissioning and establishing important Channel 4 on-screen talent (including lots of new faces ) and many of C4’s longest running, iconic and award-winning programme brands including Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares and Gordon Ramsay’s F Word, Embarrassing Bodies, Heston’s Feasts, How to Look Good Naked, The Sex Education Show and Supersize vs Superskinny. Her department was also responsible for My Big Fat Gypsy Weddings series, Undercover Boss, and the influential Food Fight Seasons including individual programmes Hugh‘s Chicken Run, Ramsay’s Shark Bait, Cook-a-long Live and Hugh’s Fish Fight.

Sue originally joined C4 in 1998 as editor, Entertainment before being promoted to commissioning editor Factual Entertainment and from 2002 Sue was controller of Factual Entertainment at Channel 5 where she commissioned 5's highest rating original programme Michael Jackson's Face and many other popular documentaries.

Sue started her career at ITV/Granada as a researcher working across news and This Morning, before going on to series produce and exec various C4 youth ent shows including the notorious Girlie Show, Badass TV and Passengers.



Speaking at: THE SUE MURPHY INTERVIEW: 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: SPECIALIST FACTUAL COMMISSIONING PANEL: Meet the Commissioners

 

John Nolan

Managing director, Apollo20

John ‘launched’ Apollo20 with All3Media in 2014. He is charged with finding innovation in production funding and distribution.  He works with brands and agencies to create content and to help distribute it globally.

A producer with 20 years of experience, John has now crossed the Rubicon into the world of finding money to make content, a world where viewers are rapidly embracing new platforms and looking to avoid commercial messages.

Over the last ten years, he has produced over 200 hours of branded content, throughout Europe and the US, and launched digital distribution channels across an increasing variety of platforms.  John has launched TV Channels and YouTube Channels for brands and, out of necessity,has become an expert on the regulations regarding commercial funding of content.  



Speaking at: THE CHANGING FACTUAL LANDSCAPE: Show me the Money

 

Andrew O'Connell

Vice President of development and production, Discovery

Veteran TV executive Andrew O’Connell was announced by Discovery Channel US as vice president of Development and Production of Discovery in July 2016. Based in the United Kingdom, O’Connell reports directly to Denise Contis, executive vice president of Production and Development for Discovery. O’Connell works closely with the UK production community and is tasked with generating the next factual format hits for the US network. He also partners with Discovery Network International's Development and Production team.

O’Connell joined Discovery from ITV where he was responsible for a wide range of factual programming since June 2014 including Heathrow: Britain's Busiest Airport, Sugar Free Farm, Rookies, Britain's Favourite Dogs and Life At The Extreme. Prior to ITV, he spent four years at Channel 5 as Head of News, Current Affairs and Factual and commissioned series including Chris Tarrant's Extreme Railways, Trauma Doctors, World's Biggest Pets and Royal Navy: Caribbean Patrol. During his tenure at Sky 1 from 2005- 2009, he was responsible for the multi award-winning Ross Kemp on Gangs and Ross Kemp in Afghanistan series.



Speaking at: MAKING FACTUAL IN THE USA: New Opportunities

 

Nav Raman

Factual creative director, Sugar Films

Nav is a creative leader with a wealth of experience across a wide range of genres. She has undertaken many senior roles in both broadcasters and the indie sector.

As commissioning editor of peak time entertainment and factual entertainment at Channel 4 she commissioned a slate which included Child Genius, award winning Brat Camp, critically acclaimed Bollywood Star and The Unteachables as well as Super-nanny and the 100 Greatest series.

As director of Development at Nutopia she was responsible for devising business strategy, being across co-production deals, developing relationships with broadcasters in the US & UK and running a large department charged with delivering commissions in the UK and the US. The slate included series and formats including She’s Having a Baby for Sky Living and drama documentary Siege in the Sahara for C4/ PBS.

Nav has executive produced a wide range of programmes from The Gene Code for BBC4 to Jo Malone’s High Street Dreams for BBC1 and overseen entertainment formats, in independent commissioning CBBC.



Speaking at: THE CHANGING FACTUAL LANDSCAPE: Show me the Money

 

Matt Robins

Creative director, October Films

Matt leads October's creative strategy across its UK and US offices, overseeing relationships with broadcasters, producers, partners and talent. Since joining in 2004 Matt has expanded October’s slate from a blue-chip documentary base to the full spectrum of factual content, creating and executive producing across diverse genres. Since his appointment as creative director the company has experienced significant growth in the US, quadrupling its turnover, setting up a flourishing operation in New York and significantly increasing its client base.

Recent October Films commissions include innovative adventure-survival format Mygrations for National Geographic Channel (US and international); drama-doc series Barbarians Rising for History (US and global); Channel 4’s breakout hits Walking The Nile and Walking The Himalayas; UGC motoring format Motorheads for BBC Brit; factual entertainment formats 3 Bad Dates, 1 Soulmate and The Room, both for TLC US; and the touching documentary First Heartbeat for TLC UK.

Matt was also responsible for developing and overseeing the popular true crime series Obsession and Suspicion (both Investigation Discovery) and the theatrically released and award-winning Serial Thriller trilogy. He conceived and Executive Produced the Emmy winning World War Two From Space (History), and the memorable documentary special, Kris: Dying to Live for the BBC.



Speaking at: MAKING FACTUAL IN THE USA: New Opportunities

 

Chris Shaw

Editorial director, ITN Productions

Chris Shaw has been editorial director of ITN Productions, the programme making arm of ITN, since January 2011. ITN Productions makes around 170 hours of topical factual programmes for British and International broadcasters every year. These include Dispatches, Channel 4, The Agenda, ITV, and observational series like Harrow School, Sky 1 and Young Vets, BBC 2 and features such as The Wonder of Bees, BBC 4. It also specialises in fast turnaround reactive documentaries for British and International customers - notably Discovery.

Shaw’s background is in news and current affairs production and broadcast commissioning. He has had three decades experience in the TV industry an in that time has held senior editorial roles on ITV News, Five News, Sky News, and Channel 4 News and commissioned more than a thousand hours of documentary, current affairs and other factual programming as senior programme controller at Channel 5.

He has a strong track record in creative innovation, which includes launching the mould-breaking Five News in 1997. He also devised and started Big Breakfast News for Channel 4 in 1992 and was senior news producer for the launch of Sky News in 1989. In 2011 he set up The Wright Stuff for Channel 5 and The Agenda talk show with Tom Bradby for ITV which has just had is 7th and 8th series commissioned.

He is currently The Chair of The Edinburgh TV Festival and was made a Fellow of The Royal Television Society in 2008. He has also written extensively about the TV news industry in The Guardian and as a columnist for the UK Press Gazette.



Chairing: WHAT NEXT FOR DOCUMENTARY: Meet the Commissioners

 

Andrew Sheldon

Creative director, True North

Andrew is an award winning journalist and film maker who leads the Documentaries and Current Affairs departments at True North. He's worked with Discovery both in the US and the UK.

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

His eye for a story often takes him inside the stories that everyone is talking about – like One Man and His Canoe for ITV, which told the story of fraudster John Darwin as the police investigation unfolded.

With a reputation for negotiating exclusive access and years of investigative experience, Andrew’s executive producer credits include the inside story of the disappearance of schoolgirl Shannon Matthews in Panorama: The Mother of All Lies, the UK’s first ever hand transplant in My New Hand and the exposé of the UK’s biggest funeral company in Dispatches: Undercover Undertaker.



Chairing: IN CONVERSATION WITH MARJORIE KAPLAN: Meet the Commissioners

 

Clare Sillery

Acting head of commissioning, Documentaries, 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: WHAT NEXT FOR DOCUMENTARY: Meet the Commissioners

 

Neil Smith

Joint managing director, betty

Neil is the joint managing director at betty, where he oversees production and development. betty makes high quality, primetime programmes across all popular factual genres, including The Undateables, Everest Rescue (w/t), Bear Grylls: Mission Survive, Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners, Ugly House to Lovely House with George Clarke, Adam Pearson: Freak Show and The Avant Gardener.

Neil has worked at the company for seven years and executive produced series including Country House Rescue, The Food Hospital, The Fabulous Baker Brothers, Bear's Wild Weekend with Stephen Fry and Bear Grylls: Escape from Hell.

Prior to that, Neil worked on a wide range of series from Channel 4's Big Art and Shipwrecked to BBC Two's Get a New Life.



Chairing: THE SUE MURPHY INTERVIEW: Meet the Commissioners

 

Howard Swartz

EVP production & development, Arrow Media

Howard Swartz most recently served as vice president, Documentaries and Specials at Discovery Channel. He joined Arrow after four years at Discovery Channel, where he oversaw some of the network’s most ambitious programmes including Skywire Live with Nik Wallenda, the channel’s most watched live event ever and most recently, Shark Week 2015 – the highest-rated in its 28 year history.

Prior to joining Discovery, Swartz was executive producer on PBS’ acclaimed science series NOVA at WGBH Boston, where he oversaw numerous award-winning documentaries including one of NOVA’s highest rated programmes, Japan’s Killer Quake. Prior to that, Swartz was with National Geographic Channel where he was executive producer of signature series Explorer and was responsible for more than 100 programmes, including Emmy award winners Five Years on Mars and Inside the Human Body, in addition to the pivotal Inside Hubble's Final Mission and On Board Air Force One, which is the channel’s highest-rated one-hour premiere in history.



Speaking at: WHAT THE NEW DIGITAL BROADCASTERS WANT: New Opportunities

 

Celia Taylor

Head of non-scripted commissioning, entertainment, Sky

Since joining in 2009 Celia Taylor has commissioned League of Their Own, Wild Things, Ross Kemp’s Extreme World, won a BAFTA for Flying Monsters 3D with Sir David Attenborough and delivered Sky’s highest ever rating non-scripted series An Idiot Abroad and many more highly successful factual and entertainment series. She also commissions the award-winning theatrical release documentary strand on Sky Atlantic. Prior to this she was pirector of Programmes at Virgin Media responsible for four of their five digital channels. As a commissioning editor for Factual at the BBC she worked across BBC1, 2 and 3 on a wide ranging and BAFTA-winning output and created the new director strand Fresh. Before moving into commissioning she worked as a freelance producer for many independent production companies and broadcasters.



Chairing: ROSS KEMP ON DOCS: New Opportunities

 

Kelly Webb-Lamb

Head of Factual Entertainment, Channel 4

Kelly joined Channel 4 earlier this year in the new role of Head of Factual Entertainment as part of the wider popular factual team. Her role involves developing established brands and overseeing ambitious upcoming projects.

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 1’s 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: WHAT NEXT FOR POPULAR FACTUAL: Meet the Commissioners

 

Jamie Welham

Producer, Freshwater Films

Jamie Welham is a self-shooting producer and former national newspaper journalist who has been working with Freshwater Films and Ross Kemp for more than a year. This year with Ross and the Extreme World crew he travelled to Syria and Iraq to make a documentary about the Kurds and the fight against ISIS, Mongolia to film with neo-Nazis and Libya to document the migrant crisis. He moved into TV from print three and a half years ago as part of a Channel 4 investigative journalism scheme to work on Dispatches with ITN Productions. This year he was selected by Channel 4 for a place on their current affairs producer/director training scheme.



Speaking at: ROSS KEMP ON DOCS: New Opportunities

 

Emma Westcott

Commissioning editor, factual, Channel 5

Emma joined Channel 5 as commissioning editor, Factual in February 2013. She's responsible for one of the biggest commissions for Channel 5, GPs: Behind Closed Doors which has become a bedrock of the schedules and a ratings and reputational success. Other major shows on the channel include the recent hit documentary series, Gypsy Kids: Our Secret World, returning ratings success My Nightmare Neighbour Next Door, Celebs In Therapy and the ABC1-skewing series Alex Polizzi's Secret Spain. She has also commissioned various docudramas from Myra Hindley: The Untold Story to a biopic on Fred and Rose West and Adolf and Eva: In Love and War. Her first commission for Channel 5 was the And Proud series including the huge channel ratings winning On Benefits and Proud.

Previously Emma was the director of Commissioning at the Lifestyles Channels in Australia, where she developed and managed key local productions as well as taking a number of UK formats and successfully translating into local versions such as Wifeswap Australia, Location Location Australia, Grand Designs Australia and Trinny and Susannah's Australian Makeover Mission.

Prior to that Emma has worked as Channel Four commissioning editor for Features, where she was responsible for many of the channel defining hits such as Location, Location Property Ladder, No Going Back, You Are What You Eat and Ten Years Younger as well as managing key brands such as Grand Designs and Supernanny. She has worked extensively as an executive producer in the independent sector producing content for all the major UK broadcasters as well as working for ITV productions in children's and entertainment as well as BBC Entertainment and Features.



Speaking at: WHAT NEXT FOR POPULAR FACTUAL: Meet the Commissioners

 

Alice Wheater

Producer/Director

Alice has worked as a Producer Director / Edit Producer on various Fact Ent and Specialist Factual series including The Secret Life of 4 Year Olds, Channel 4, 2016, Kitchen Impossible with Michel Roux Jr, Channel 4, 2015, The Undateables, Channel 4, 2014), Big Fat Gypsy Christmas, Channel 4, 2013, Nick and Margaret: Too Many Immigrants?, BBC1, 2014 and Trauma: Level One, ITV1, 2013. Alice began her career at the BBC, learning how to self-shoot and edit produce as a VT director on Blue Peter.



Speaking at: DIRECTORS UK SESSION: Deliver the Content

 

Gary Woolf

EVP commercial development, all3media International

Gary Woolf is currently EVP Commercial Development at ALL3MEDIA International where he is responsible for researching and implementing new and innovative commercial strategies, while building on the considerable success that ALL3MEDIA International has achieved in the digital arena. Gary is also responsible for devising and implementing an insight strategy for the business.

Gary’s previous roles include VP Business Development and Digital Media for BBC Worldwide where he spearheaded the significant growth in digital revenues from the licensing of content to digital platforms globally; Head of Digital Media, Business Development and Insight at Zodiak Rights; and a prior spell at All3Media International as SVP of Digital and Business Development driving growth in both the VoD and EST lines of business.



Speaking at: WHAT THE NEW DIGITAL BROADCASTERS WANT: New Opportunities

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