The Production Guild of Great Britain (PGGB) has appointed Professor Lyndsay Duthie as its new CEO.

Duthie’s production career includes credits for BBC, ITV, C4, C5, Sky and Discovery. Her career began at ITV where she spent 10 years originating and producing hit series and documentaries, becoming one of the country’s youngest showrunners aged 23 on ITV’s talk show Trisha. From ITV she moved to Endemol, before founding her own company Ice Blue Media.

Since 2018 she has been Head of School for Film, Media and Performing Arts and Head of Farnham Campus at University for the Creative Arts. Prior to this she was Head of the Film & TV Programme at the University of Hertfordshire.

She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and three times winner of the University of Hertfordshire’s Vice-Chancellor Awards for Excellence in Education (2013-2016). She is the co-author of ‘The TV Studio Production Handbook’ and  has served on the Board of Directors for WFTV and judged at the Royal Television Society Awards, International Emmys and BAFTAs. She currently sits on the executive committee for the Royal Television Society (Thames Valley Centre) and is Chair of their Education and Training Group; she is also on the board for The World Association of Film, Television and Media Schools (GEECT/CILECT) and a member of BAFTA.

The PGGB represents those working within production office, production accounts, location management, VFX, post-production or assistant directing roles. The PGGB works closely with studios including Netflix, Warner Bros and Disney to deliver training schemes for its 1000-plus that help meet the increased demand for production talent which has accompanied the rise in high-end television and feature film production.

Chair of the Production Guild of Great Britain Alex Boden says: “I’m delighted to announce Lyndsay as our new CEO. An established voice in our sector with a wealth of experience in producing, education and training, she has worked with many of the stakeholders that we partner closely with, including the BFI, Pact, ScreenSkills and the NFTS. Lyndsay will pick up the reins at a crucial time as together the industry rises to the challenge of restarting production. I have no doubt she’ll do a fantastic job of ensuring PGGB continues its strong track record of support for those behind the camera, especially as we respond to the realities of the production workplace post Covid-19.”

Professor Lyndsay Duthie says: “I am thrilled to be joining The Production Guild as CEO, particularly at this incredibly important moment in film and television history as we reimagine the production landscape. By nature as production professionals we are problem solvers, so I know that we will find innovative ways together to future-proof our industry and continue the success of British film and television production. I very much look forward to the challenge ahead.”

She will assume her role as CEO of the Production Guild of Great Britain in August.

Previous CEO Alison Small, who held the position from 2012 – 2020, stepped down in March to take on the new role of UK Production Training Manager at Netflix.

Jon Creamer