Women in Film and TV has launched its 2019 Mentoring Scheme and named the participants and mentors of the annual training scheme.

Mentors this year include Jay Hunt, Creative Director, Europe, Worldwide Video, Apple; Peter Fincham, Co-CEO, Expectation Entertainment; Sarah Gavron, film director and  Danny Cohen, President, Access Entertainment.

Twenty women have been selected from hundreds of applicants for the mid-career scheme from industry sectors from OB multi-camera operating to directing, producing, script editing and comedy writing.

Each WFTV candidate is paired with a highly experienced mentor and  will  undergo a comprehensive six month programme of training. The scheme is financed with the help of a number of partners, UKTV are already confirmed as a sponsor and other sponsorship arrangements are currently being finalised.

Heading up the scheme is WFTV’s mentoring producer Tracy Forsyth who is also a Creative Mentor at Channel 4 Indie Growth Fund. She takes over the scheme from Nicola Lees, who had run it for eight years.

Forsyth said: “I want to build on all the incredible work that Nicola has done,  taking  the very best of the scheme and stretching it even further to help our mentees realise there is truly no  limit to their ambitions or what they can achieve. There is no scheme like this anywhere else in the industry that combines both peer-to-peer training and mentoring from industry leaders to help women develop their careers to their full potential.”

WFTV Chair Liz Tucker added: “And we only have to look at the career paths of previous mentees to know our scheme really works. Over 160 women have now taken part in the scheme and  previous mentees have landed jobs at Amazon, Universal Pictures, Studio Hamburg UK, BBC Studios and Barcroft Productions, to name just a few. Our scheme genuinely changes lives and careers.”

The Scheme runs for six months, during which time the 20 participants receive six hours of mentoring contact with an experienced industry figure alongside an intensive programme of exclusive peer-to-peer training and seminars, WFTV member events and wider industry networking opportunities.

The full list of mentors

Jay Hunt
Creative Director, Europe

Danny Cohen
President, Access Entertainment

Sarah Gavron
Film Director

Peter Fincham
Co-CEO, Expectation Entertainment

Kim Shillinglaw
Director of Factual, Endemol Shine UK

Pat Younge
MD Sugar Films

Sara Putt
MD and Agent, Sara Putt Associates

Julia Knowles
Multi-camera Director

Liz McIntyre
Film and Television Executive

Saskia Schuster
Comedy Entertainment Commissioner, ITV

Sam Anstiss
Creative Director, Unscripted, Wonderhood Studios

Hilary Rosen
Deputy Director of Commissioning, UKTV

Tamsyn Zietsman
Director of Publicity, Originals Netflix

Sam Jukes-Adams
Executive Coach & TV Production Consultant

Maureen Murray
Film Producer, Foxtrot Films

Tom McDonald
Head of Specialist Factual Commissioning, BBC

Judy Ironside
Founder and President, UK Jewish Film Festival.

Cinders Forshaw

Catherine Morshead
TV Director

Olwyn Silvester
Managing Director, Bedlam Productions

The full list of mentees

Afia Nkrumah

Alison Cain
Producer and Edit Producer

Caroline Bridges

Caroline O’Neill
Development Producer and Producer/Director

Colette Hooper
Producer and Edit Producer

Coralie Rose
Casting Director and Founder, Road Casting

Daisy Aitkens

Dawn Beresford
Head of Talent, CPL Productions; Talent Executive, Arrow International Media; Trainer and Writer

Emma Yuille
Supervising Producer, VICE Media

Gem Pinkney
Publicity Manager, UKTV

Gwenda Carnie
Group Commercial Director, Flame Media Group

Kathy May
Head of Legal, October Films

Lynne Davison

Malinda Kaur

Meryl O’ Rourke
Comedy Writer

Roua Alazzawi

Sally Smith
Director and Camera Operator

Samantha Warham
Production Accountant for High End TV

Sara Sehdev
Talent Manager and Founder, Core MGMT

Sarah Wyatt
Development Executive, BBC Studios Drama London

Staff Reporter

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