The Grierson Awards 2008: Judges

  • Doug Abbott is a chartered accountant with a career in venture capital investment management, specialising in entertainment and media. He is The Grierson Trust’s Honorary Treasurer.
  • Barry Ackroyd is the award-winning cinematographer best known for his hand-held documentary-style filming. His latest credits include Ken Loach's acclaimed feature, The Wind That Shakes The Barley and Paul Greengrass's, United 93. He is currently shooting Paul Greengrass’s latest feature The Green Zone.
  • Mark Atkin is a Board member of the Sheffield Doc/Fest, a mentor on Crossover cross-production labs and an indie producer.
  • Katie Bailiff is head of programmes at Century Films. She has produced and executive produced many films for Century including The Not Dead, Consent, Feltham Sings and Drinking for England.
  • Jenny Barraclough has made many notable documentaries including Gale is Dead, The Bomb Disposal Men, and Women in Prison; winning two BAFTAs, two Emmys and many other international awards. She founded, with George Carey, the highly successful, award winning, independent company Barraclough Carey (now merged with Mentorn).
  • Frank Boyd is a Director of Unexpected Media, a company specialising in the digital media sector supporting innovation and facilitating creative research. He has directed the highly successful Crossover Labs in conjunction with Sheffield Doc/Fest.
  • John Bridcut is the respected documentary filmmaker and author whose recent films include Britten’s Children, The Passions of Vaughan Williams and Nureyev: From Russia with Love.
  • Maggie Brown is a media journalist and writer. She is the founding media editor of The Independent, a contributor to Media Guardian and to a wide range of publications. Maggie’s book Licence to be DifferentThe Story of Channel 4 was published last year.
  • Craig Brown is the columnist and satirist who writes in various guises for most of the UK broad sheets as well as having a regular column in Private Eye. Craig is also the driving force behind the annual Aldeburgh Documentary Festival.
  • Dr Tanya Byron is well known for her parenting advice on Little Angels and The House of Tiny Tearaways. Earlier this year wrote and presented the four- part series Am I Normal? for BBC Two which explored the boundaries of acceptable behaviour. She co-wrote Jennifer Saunders The Life and Times of Vivienne Vyle.
  • Mandy Chang is a freelance director/producer. Her awards include a Grierson for Best Arts Documentary: Visions of Space: God’s Architect. She recently finished a feature doc for Channel 4: The Mona Lisa Curse and is currently working on a number of documentaries.
  • Ted Childs has produced and directed a wide variety of factual programmes and documentary films, including the much acclaimed World At War Series. Ted was responsible for bringing Colin Dexter’s Inspector Morse to television.
  • Larry Chrisfield is a leading tax adviser in the screen entertainment business. He is Director of Redbus Film Group and has for many years been an adviser to the film division of Time Warner.
  • Prof Margaret Cox is an archaeologist specialising in the analysis of human skeletal remains. She advises UK police forces in the investigation of serious crime. She has published extensively on both archaeological and radio programmes and documentaries.
  • Heather Croall is Director of Sheffield Doc/Fest. She has produced and directed documentaries for international broadcasters and co-directs the Crossover Labs.
  • Peter Dale was until recently the Head of More 4. His directorial debut was for the Everyman series in 1980; after which he went on to make documentaries for the next eighteen years. At Channel 4 his commissions included Tina Goes Shopping, Wife Swap, The Government Inspector and Jamie's School Dinners.
  • Jeremy Deller is the celebrated British artist who won the Turner Prize in 2004 for his installation Memory Bucket a documentary about Crawford, Texas the hometown of George W Bush and the siege in nearby Waco.
  • Molly Dineen is a multi award winning filmmaker who has made documentaries about a wide range of interesting people and institutions from Geri Halliwell to the House of Lords. She was awarded the Grierson Trustees’ Award in 2003. Her most recent film, Lie of the Land, won a BAFTA this year
  • Ellen Fleming is The Grierson Trust’s legal adviser and until recently was a partner at London law firm Field Fisher Waterhouse, specialising in corporate and commercial work for the media sector.
  • Simon Ford was until last year Executive Producer for Documentaries in BBC Factual and Learning. Among the documentaries in which he has been involved are The Secret Policeman, The Hunt for Britain's Paedophiles, Fighting the War, The Lost World of Mitchell and Kenyon and The Tower. Since leaving the BBC he has been freelancing and is currently working on a landmark Channel 4 series on the NHS and with Jamie Oliver on his next film project.
  • Dame Liz Forgan was until recently the Chair of the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund. She has been Managing Director of BC Network Radio and Director of Programmes for Channel 4.
  • David Game is one of the UK’s foremost education entrepreneurs and philanthropists. His enthusiasm and energy have helped him build a formidable network of independent schools and colleges both in Britain and abroad. He is a keen linguist and avid art collector.
  • Bamber Gascoigne is best known for presenting University Challenge. He has written and presented documentary series on The Christians and Victorian Values. Recently he has devoted much of his time to establishing the history resource website www.historyworld.net.
  • Marily Gaunt is a social documentary filmmaker. She has made over fifty documentaries, among them the multi award winning Kelly and her Sisters, Living On the Edge and Lin and Ralph: A Love Story. Her most recent film Class of '62 from 16 to 60 was the culmination of a trilogy of films about the lives of her women classmates, spanning 25 years. She is also an executive producer, mentor and lecturer.
  • Jeremy Gibson was formerly Controller of BBC Documentaries, was a pioneer of the innovative and influential video diary concept, and oversaw many key series from Rogue Traders to Louis Theroux's Weird Weekends. Now Creative Director of independent Sevenstones Media, he's currently producing a BBC Two series on the controversies surrounding an attempt to build a wind-farm in Devon.
  • Daisy Gili is Joint Principal and co-founder of the London Film Academy. Her main production experience lies in documentaries. From a family of artists, writers and filmmakers, Daisy grew up spending as much time as possible in cinemas, cutting rooms and dubbing theatres.
  • Andy Glynne is Director of the One World Broadcasting Trust and the Documentary Filmmakers Group (BFG). He is also an Executive Producer of Mosaic Films.
  • Peter Gordon is a documentary filmmaker whose credits include the award winning Breaking Point and Dunkirk: The Soldier’s Story as well as Family Therapy: Maternity and most recently Asylum and When Our Boys Came Home. He is now freelance, currently making a documentary for More4.
  • Peter Grimsdale has a long and distinguished career in broadcasting as a filmmaker and editor of Crimewatch. He has been a commissioning editor for Channel 4, the BBC and five.
  • Brian Hill is Managing Director of Century Films and also directs drama and documentary. His films include The Not Dead, Feltham Sings and Drinking for England.
  • Emma Hindley was until recently in the BBC’s Documentaries and Specialist Features department where she directed and series produced a number of series including the RTS Award winning Living With Cancer and The Lost World of Mitchell & Kenyon. She is now freelance and living in sunny Brighton.
  • Christopher Hird established Dartmouth Films earlier this year to produce documentaries.  From 2000-2004 he was the chair of the Sheffield International Documentary Festival; is currently the chair of the Channel 4 British Documentary Film Foundation and is a trustee of Index on Censorship, the Wincott Foundation and The Grierson Trust. 
  • Vicki Hird works for Friends of the Earth as a Senior Food Campaigner and is Policy Director for Sustain, the alliance for better food and farming.
  • Sam Hobkinson won a Grierson Award in 2007 for his beautiful film Imagine … Who Cares About Art. Most recently he has directed Simon Schama’s The American Future: A History.
  • Angela Holdsworth was author and series producer of the award-winning history series Out of the Doll’s House and strand editor of various programmes including Crimewatch UK and Taking Liberties. Since leaving the BBC, she has executive-produced numerous documentaries and series for the BBC and Channel 4.
  • Hugh Hudson is the multi award-winning director of Chariots of Fire, Greystoke – the Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes and Revolution.
  • Wendy Ide is a writer and film critic for The Times. She has previously been the Film Editor of Dazed & Confused magazine and has contributed to UK Elle and The Sunday Herald.  She is also a regular contributor on BBC radio and television.
  • Nick James is editor of Sight & Sound magazine. A former rock musician, he found a second career in film journalism at the London listings magazine City Limits. He is the author of Heat, a book in the BFI’s Modern Classics series on Michael Mann’s film, and was the presenter of the BBC Four documentary British Cinema: The End of the Affair.
  • Peter Jones started The Natural World and was its first Editor. Previously he produced many episodes of Horizon. His company Green Umbrella specialises in natural history and science programmes.
  • Grant Keir is Director, Business Development for Inspiral where he helps companies to pitch and sell their products and services. Film and TV clients include Warp Films, VeryMuchSo and Picture Palace North. Grant has twenty year’s experience as an indie film and TV producer.
  • Prof Sir David King was the Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser and Head of the Government Office for Science from October 2000 to December 2007. He is currently Director of the Smith School of Enterprise and Environment at the University of Oxford.
  • Irma Kurtz is a writer and one of Britain’s leading agony aunts. She has guided readers of Cosmopolitan for almost 30 years through the emotional thickets of contemporary life.
  • Stephen Lambert is one of Britain's best known creative television executives, the man who brought to the screen ground-breaking new programmes in Britain and America such as Faking It, Wife Swap, and most recently, the Rose D'Or winning The Secret Millionaire. Stephen recently set up his own production company Studio Lambert.
  • Anne Lapping is a director of the award-winning independent television company Brook Lapping. A founding producer of Channel 4's A Week in Politics which ran from 1982 until the fall of the John Major government, she has also produced major documentaries on Tony Blair's years in office, the international development of satellite television (Satellite Wars), social policy (Can't Pay, Won't Pay) as well as dramas (A Vote For Hitler, A Strike Out of Time).
  • Roger Laughton was, as Head of Network Features at the BBC, responsible for a range of award-winning programmes including Live Aid. He was the first CEO of Meridian and later he led United Broadcasting and Entertainment for three years. From 1999 to 2004, he was the Head of Bournemouth Media School. He is a Governor of the BFI.
  • Claire Lewis is an award-winning producer; she has won two BAFTA nominations, and six RTS awards as Executive Producer She produces the 7UP series with Michael Apted, which was voted number one in the Channel 4 top 50 greatest documentaries of all time list and has gone on to inspire spin off series in Russia and the USA.
  • Kim Longinotto studied camera and directing at the National Film School. Her film Sisters in Law, about two women judges in Cameroon won a Grierson Award in 2005. Her most recent film, Rough Aunties is set in Durban, South Africa, and will premiere at IDFA Amsterdam 2008.
  • Celia Lowenstein was recently the Granada Artist-in-Residence at the University of California-Davis and launched the Musical Heritage Project, thanks to a grant from the Christensen Fund. She is working on a feature film project and has just finished directing four documentaries for Nick Baker's Weird Creatures series (five/Discovery-Animal Planet).
  • Rob Maciver is Head of Diverse Bristol. His credits as Executive Producer include Beyond Boundaries (BBC); Dinosaur Hunters (Channel 4 /PBS) BAFTA winner; Viking Boat Race (Channel 4 /History Channel USA), Where We Come From (Channel 4) Giants (ITV/Discovery USA) RTS nominated; Murder Trail (five/TLCUSA) and Survivor (five/TLCUSA)
  • Edward Mirzoeff has directed and produced numerous documentaries for the BBC, attracting record-breaking audiences to his portrait of the Queen during her 40th anniversary. His studies of institutions include Scotland Yard, Westminster School, the Royal Opera House and the National Trust. He has received an International Emmy and four BAFTA’s, including the Alan Clarke Award for outstanding creative contribution to television.
  • Dr Maria Misra is a lecturer in Modern History Keble College Oxford. She has written on the politics, culture and economics of nineteenth and twentieth-century imperialism and colonialism. She is the writer and presenter of the Channel 4 series An Indian Affair.
  • Charlotte Moore is an Executive Producer in Knowledge Commissioning at the BBC, commissioning documentaries from the independent sector. She was previously Head of Documentaries at IWC Media.
  • Sue Perkins is a writer, presenter and comedian. She has written for French and Saunders and Ab Fab as well as countless radio series. Most recently she won the BBC Two television show Maestro where she competed alongside eight other celebrities. With Giles Coren she is one of the Supersizers Go ….
  • Dominic Sandbrook is a writer and historian. His books include Never Had it So Good: a History of Britain from Suez to the Beatles and White Heat: a History of Britain in the Swinging Sixties.
  • Rick Senat spent 25 years at Warner Bros. mostly as Senior Vice-President, Business and Legal Affairs, Europe. Projects with which he has been closely associated include the Harry Potter films, Greystoke, Batman, Superman and many more. He has served as Vice Chair of the British Film Institute and of the European Film College.
  • André Singer is best known as an executive producer on feature documentaries and as a collaborator with Werner Herzog. He is Creative Director of West Park Pictures. André was Executive Producer on Stephen Fry in America.
  • John Smithson is Executive Chairman and Chief Creative Director of Darlow Smithson Productions whose films include Touching the Void, 9/11 The Falling Man and the Grierson Award winning Deep Water.
  • Julia Somerville was one of the most recognised faces on television, co-presenting the BBC Nine o'clock News and later the Lunchtime News for ITN.
  • Cathy Stevens is the UK TV Channel Head for Bloomberg Television in London. She has worked for Bloomberg for approximately five years, in New York and Paris. Before that, Cathy helped launch MSNBC, the 24-hour cable news channel for NBC, and was a supervising producer for CNBC.
  • Janet Suzman was a member of the RSC where she played many of the Shakespeare’s heroines. In 2006, she directed Hamlet. She is the author of Acting With Shakespeare: Three Comedies, a book based on a series of acting master classes.
  • Peter Symes worked for the BBC until 2000, where he had a long career as a director, producer and executive producer, winning many awards. He was the founding Chairman of the Sheffield Documentary Festival, and in 2005 he became Head of the Discovery Campus Masterschool, based in Munich, which helps European filmmakers raise co-production funds for feature-length documentaries.
  • Amanda Theunissen has worked in news, current affairs, documentaries and features, specialising in politics, natural history and the environment. Since leaving the BBC she has worked for all the UK major broadcasters, many European networks and extensively with National Geographic and Discovery. She also teaches and is a tutor for the Discovery Campus European Initiative.
  • Roger Thompson worked at the BBC for 39 years as a studio manager and producer in radio, as a radio and television producer in the Open University and as a director and executive producer for Music and Arts, notably on Bookmark and Omnibus. Laterly he was a commissioning executive for Arts and Storyville.
  • Sandi Toksvig is the much-loved comedian, author and presenter of Radio 4’s The News Quiz.
  • Sir John Tusa was a presenter of Newsnight (from its inception in 1979). He went on to become managing director of the BBC World Service. From 1995 until 2007 he was managing director of the Barbican Arts Centre in the City of London. He us chairman of the board of the Wigmore Hall in London and was appointed chairman of the University of the Arts London in 2007
  • Michael Waldman has over the years been responsible for some of the finest programmes about the arts on British TV. He has produced the landmark series, The House, about the Royal Opera House, as well as the memorable shows about searching for new talent in the worlds of opera and musical theatre, Operatunity and Musicality.
  • Sarah Waters has published four novels, Tipping the Velvet, Affinity, for which she was awarded the Somerset Maugham Award and the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award, Fingersmith, which was shortlisted for the Orange Prize and Man Booker Prize, and The Night Watch, which was also shortlisted for both the Orange Prize and the Man Booker Prize. 
  • Paul Watson is controversial documentary filmmaker credited with bringing ‘fly-on-the-wall’ documentary to Britain with his 1974 series The Family. His recent films, Malcolm and Barbara and Rain in My Heart received much critical acclaim. In 2007 he was awarded the Grierson Trustees’ Award.
  • Lisa Weinbrenn is Head of Development and Production for Discovery Networks Europe, responsible for commissioning and overseeing the production of around 60 hours of local content for the Discovery Channel. Prior to joining Discovery, Lisa was an executive producer and the head of development at the UK arm of Fox TV Studios, and before that ran the BBC Documentaries and Contemporary Factual development team in Birmingham.
  • Murray Weston is Chairman of The Grierson Trust and Chief Executive of the British Universities Film & Video Council (BUFVC), which publishes the Researcher’s Guide to British Film and Television Collections and develops large-scale initiatives, such as Newsfilm Online with ITN Archive, to facilitate access to high-quality moving image and sound content online.
  • Billy Williams is the renowned cinematographer who won an Oscar for his work on Gandhi and was nominated for On Golden Pond and Women in Love.
  • Elizabeth Wood is creator and director of DocHouse which promotes documentary in the UK by running regular screenings and events, most recently Crossing the Line - between Fact and Fiction - a three day festival in London. Elizabeth has herself produced and directed numerous documentaries for UK television and spent seven years working in the USA.  She is an external examiner for several UK undergraduate and post-graduate film departments.
  • Adrian Wootton is Chief Executive of Film London. Prior to that he was acting head of the BFI in addition to being director of the London Film Festival.
  • Justine Wright is a film editor whose work has included The Last King of Scotland, Touching the Void and One Day in September.
  • Will Wyatt CBE was formerly Managing Director Television and Chief Executive Broadcast at the BBC. He has just completed the independent inquiry for the BBC into the trailer for A Year With the Queen. Will is chairman of the media research and strategy company Human Capital Ltd and a director of The Vitec Group plc and Racing UK Ltd. He was chairman of the University of the Arts London from 1999 to 2007.
  • Jean Young has worked in broadcasting regulation since 1992 for the ITC and Ofcom. She was a Governor of the bfi from 1996 to 2002. She has worked in the public and commercial sectors of the television and film industries as Senior Commissioning Editor for BBC Subscription and Director of Programming for Premier.
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