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
Creative Director, Europe
President, Access Entertainment
Co-CEO, Expectation Entertainment
Director of Factual, Endemol Shine UK
MD Sugar Films
MD and Agent, Sara Putt Associates
Film and Television Executive
Comedy Entertainment Commissioner, ITV
Creative Director, Unscripted, Wonderhood Studios
Deputy Director of Commissioning, UKTV
Director of Publicity, Originals Netflix
Executive Coach & TV Production Consultant
Film Producer, Foxtrot Films
Head of Specialist Factual Commissioning, BBC
Founder and President, UK Jewish Film Festival.
Managing Director, Bedlam Productions
The full list of mentees
Producer and Edit Producer
Development Producer and Producer/Director
Producer and Edit Producer
Casting Director and Founder, Road Casting
Head of Talent, CPL Productions; Talent Executive, Arrow International Media; Trainer and Writer
Supervising Producer, VICE Media
Publicity Manager, UKTV
Group Commercial Director, Flame Media Group
Head of Legal, October Films
Meryl O’ Rourke
Director and Camera Operator
Production Accountant for High End TV
Talent Manager and Founder, Core MGMT
Development Executive, BBC Studios Drama London
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