Read all the latest updates from our Grierson DocLab 2013 alum, Dershe

It is fair to say that Dershe’s journey into the media industry was far from traditional. Unable to even get an entry level job in TV, Dershe and her creative partner decided, out of the struggle to be heard, to go it alone and start an independent production company; Nuwave Pictures. Soon after she was selected by The Grierson Trust who were in search for the best young, rising documentary talent. This exposed her to some of the top players in the television industry (commissioners, controllers, distributors) whom she still maintains close relationships with and that have helped to shape her career today as mentors.

As she discussed with Martha Keaney in her interview on BBC World at One; “one of the hardest things for me was simply learning the language of the industry. I had some of the best access stories but no idea how to articulate them in TV terms. Grierson introduced me to TV culture, something that is taken for granted but highly important for anyone trying to navigate through this competitive industry.”

“In a world and especially in the TV sphere where my age, race and gender have sadly worked against me, Grierson DocLab has been one of my biggest supporters.”

Dershe later went on to become the recipient of the Discovery Channel’s rising Factual Talent Scholarship where for the first time she received formal training at the National Film & Television School.

Thereafter she was selected as a Ones to Watch talent at the Edinburgh Television Festival where she represented her company.

Grierson DocLab 2020 trainees

This year, Nuwave Pictures were announced one of ten stand out BAME led Indies alongside the likes of David Olusoga’s Uplands, Romesh Ranganathan’s Ranga Bee and Lenny Henry’s Douglas Road to officially partner with Channel 4 and The TV Collective on the Indie Accelerator.

Nuwave Pictures will be paired with the broadcasters commissioning head of Factual; Danny Horan and together will work towards a winning commission for the channel.

Innovation is what runs through Nuwave’s DNA and the company’s ambition is to use its magic to create authentic timely formats making TV irresistible for its younger audiences.

Nuwave’s super power is its ability to build a bridge between TV and its missing viewers through its active engagement with the community. The company’s education strand means they have unmatched access with youth clubs, schools, colleges, universities and grassroot communities; lifting the lid on the plethora of untold stories.

They have recently joint forces with the leaders of global formats; Studio Lambert and together create the perfect powerhouse. Their unique co-produced factual slate is designed to re- engage the under 34’s that TV is struggling to retain.

“Exciting talent, original thinkers. When you sit with Nuwave, you always feel you are sitting with the future ...” - Dorothy Byrne, Channel 4

Follow Dershe's company, Nuwave Pictures on Twitter and visit their website.

Published: 3 September 2020

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