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David Brindley

Head of Popular Factual and Factual Entertainment Commissioning, BBC

David is the head of popular factual and factual entertainment commissioning at the BBC.

His department commissions for BBC One, Two and Three and oversees over 300 hours of content a year. Recent commissions across the channels include Race Across the World, Mortimer and Whitehouse: Gone Fishing, The Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan, The Murder of Jill Dando, War on Plastic with Hugh and Anita, Your Home Made Perfect, Travels in Trumpland with Ed Balls, The Rap Game UK and Kilimanjaro: The Bigger Red Nose Climb. As well these and other new titles, the department looks after a huge range of returning series including The Great British Sewing Bee, DIY SOS, Eat Well for Less, Shop Well for Less, Countryfile, Antiques Roadshow, Gardeners’ World, Best Home Cook, Watchdog as well as the majority of the BBC’s cooking talent.

Before joining the BBC, David was a documentaries commissioner at Channel 4 for three years. Prior to moving in to commissioning, he was a documentary maker for over ten years. He was co-series director on the Emmy award-winning Educating Yorkshire.



Tom Brisley

Co-founder, Arrow

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



Nick Curwin

Chairman, Matisse Media



Danny Horan

Head of Factual, Channel 4

As Head of Factual, Danny oversees Documentaries and with newly appointed Head of Specialist, Fatima Salaria, is responsible for History, Science, Natural History, Arts and Adventure. The department produces everything from 24 Hours in Police Custody, Prison, SAS, the upcoming Criminal Justice to Grayson Perry, Guy Martin and First Dates. Prior to joining Channel 4, Danny was Commissioning Editor for Documentaries at the BBC He has commissioned award-winning Hospital, Louis Theroux's Dark States, Ambulance, Generation Gifted and Murdered For Being Different, amongst many other series and single films across BBC one, TWO and three.



Tom McDonald

Head of Commissioning, Natural History & Specialist Factual, BBC

Tom McDonald is the head of commissioning for Natural History and Specialist Factual at the BBC.

His team commissions over 250 hours of programming a year in Natural History, Science, History and Religion across the BBC’s portfolio of channels and for digital. Recently aired titles include the multi-award winning Blue Planet II, Dynasties, A Dangerous Dynasty: House Of Assads, Surgeons: At The Edge Of Life, A House Through Time and Peter Jackson’s WWI feature film They Shall Not Grow Old.

He also oversees some of the BBC’s most successful returning brands including The Watches, Inside The Factory, Who Do You Think You Are?, Horizon and The Truth About...strand; and has overseen many of the BBC’s programming seasons from Asian Summer to Gay Britannia.



Victoria Noble

Senior Director and Executive Producer, Production & Development, Factual Discovery Networks International

Based in London, Noble commissions content for Quest and Discovery Channel UK, and develops and executive produces some of Discovery Networks International’s most successful factual and specialist factual programming for its male-skewing networks, including Discovery Channel – which reaches 445 million households in more than 220 countries and territories around the globe.

Noble’s recent credits include Idris Elba: Fighter, Salvage Hunters, Combat Dealers, Supertruckers, global hit returning series Wheeler Dealers and spin-off series Wheeler Dealers Trading Up.



Hilary Rosen

Head of Factual & Factual Entertainment, UKTV

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

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

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



Fatima Salaria

Head of Specialist Factual, Channel 4

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



Clare Sillery

Head of Commissioning, Documentaries, BBC

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

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

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


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