The Grierson Awards 2009: Judges

  • Doug Abbott is a chartered accountant with a career in venture capital investment management, specializing in entertainment and media. He was until recently The Grierson Trust’s Honorary Treasurer.
  • Steve Abbott is a feature film Producer whose credits include Brassed Off and A Fish Called Wanda. He is Chairman of Screen Yorkshire and Executive Producer for Prominent Television.
  • Terry Back is a Partner and Head of Media and Entertainment for Grant Thornton. He is the author of the three Grant Thornton surveys on accounting for rights and revenues in UK film and television. He joined the board of The Grierson Trust earlier this year.
  • Simon Beaufoy is a screenwriter whose films include The Full Monty and Slumdog Millionaire for which he won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.
  • Clare Beavan is a television Director, Producer and Series Producer. Her documentary The Prince the Showgirl and Me won the Grierson Award for Most Entertaining Documentary 2004.
  • Prof Colin Blakemore is a neurobiologist specialising in vision. He is professor of Neuroscience a The University of Oxford and was formerly chief executive of the British Medical Research Council (MRC).
  • Achim Borchardt-Hume is Chief Curator of The Whitechapel Gallery. He was previously Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at Tate Modern.
  • Natalie Burke is a freelance Producer/Director with a background in specialist factual and factual entertainment programming. She recently completed 9/11: Phone Calls from the Towers for Channel 4.
  • Peter Ceresole is a highly regarded television Producer whose work includes many documentaries for the BBC’s Horizon and Panorama strands.
  • Reeta Chakrabarti is a political correspondent for the BBC, working across a range of programmes in television and radio, reporting on politics for BBC One, BBC Two, the BBC News Channel, Radio 4 and Five Live.
  • Henry Chancellor is a Director, Producer, series Producer and author. He won a Grierson Award in 2008 for 1983: The Brink of Apocalypse.
  • Mandy Chang is a freelance Director/Producer specialising in music and arts documentaries. She won a Grierson Award in 2003 for her documentary on Gaudi.
  • Ted Childs was a founder of Euston Films and a former MD of Central Films. He has produced and directed a wide variety of documentaries and dramas including the much acclaimed World At War series, The Sweeny and Inspector Morse.
  • Catrine Clay is an author and Director/Producers who worked for the BBC for over twenty years, mainly for the History Unit.
  • Peter Dale is the founder of Rare Day, a media production company. Until August 2008 he was the Head of More4 and Head of Documentaries at Channel 4 his commissions included Tina Goes Shopping, Wife Swap, The Government Inspector and Jamie's School Dinners.
  • Sally Doganis was a Senior Producer at the BBC where she worked on The Money Programme, Newsnight, Panorama and Everyman. At Central she was Controller of Factual Programmes and Head of Development and Special Projects.
  • Prof Marcus du Sautoy is a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford. He is the writer and presenter of The Story of Maths, which was shown on BBC Four.
  • Simon Dickson is Deputy Head of Documentaries for Channel 4. His commissions include Meet The Natives, A Boy Called Alex, The Family and the Grierson Award winning The Boy Whose Skin Fell Off.
  • Chris Durlacher is a Producer and Director and Writer. His films include George Orwell - A Life in Pictures which won Best Arts Documentary in the 2004 Grierson Awards.
  • Beadie Finzi is one of the founding Directors of the Channel 4 Britdoc Foundation. She is also the Producer of Unknown White Male which was Oscar shortlisted in 2006.
  • Eileen Fitt is a former Senior Editor for BBC News where she was responsible for main 10pm bulletin on BBC One.
  • Ellen Fleming was until recently a partner at London law firm Field Fisher Waterhouse, specialising in corporate and commercial work for the media sector. She now chairs The Bell Educational Trust, which provides English language training worldwide.
  • Julian Friedmann runs Blake Friedmann, the Literary, TV and Film Agency that represent fiction and non-fiction writers, screenwriters and playrights. He is also the Editor of the screenwriting website TwelvePoint.com.
  • Roger Graef OBE is a writer, filmmaker, broadcaster, criminologist and CEO of Films of Record. As a director, producer and executive producer he has been responsible for more than 120 documentaries on current affairs, criminal justice and the arts. He is a Patron of The Grierson Trust.
  • Marilyn Gaunt is a social documentary filmmaker who has made over fifty films, among them the Grierson award winning Kelly and Her Sisters and the Grierson nominated Class of ’62: from 16 to 60. Marilyn is also an executive producer, mentor and lecturer.
  • Robert Hanks is a freelance journalist and occasional broadcaster, writing about radio, television, film, theatre, books and cycling.
  • Romaine Hart OBE recently sold her Screen Cinemas business, which included Screen on the Green and Screen on the Hill. These boutique cinemas pioneered the screening of art-house films in London.
  • Rachel Hillman is Broadcast Manager for The Wellcome Trust. Her role is to work strategically with mass media to encourage increased quality, quantity and visibility of biomedical content in programming of all genres.
  • Emma Hindley is Vice Chairman of The Grierson Trust. She began her television career in film editing and has worked extensively as a Producer/Director for the BBC. She is currently freelance.
  • Christopher Hird is the founder and managing director of Dartmouth Films, which specialises in independent documentaries. Recent credits include Cameron's Moneymen, Inside the Saudi Kingdom, Mario and Nini, Pig Business and The End of the Line. He is chair of the Channel 4 BRITDOC Foundation.
  • Angela Holdsworth is an independent executive producer who was author and series producer of the award-winning history series Out of the Doll’s House. Angela was editor Crimewatch UK and was the writer and producer of the drama-documentary The People’s Duchess.
  • Sophie Howarth is the Director of The School of Life which is a new social enterprise offering good ideas for everyday living.
  • Steve Humphries is the founder of Bristol based Testimony Films, which specialises in oral history.
  • Terry Ilott has written or edited many of the most respected film industry publications: Variety, Screen Finance and Screen International. He is a former CEO of Hammer Films.
  • Prof Steve Jones is head of the Department of Genetics, Evolution and the Environment at University College London. He is a prize-winning author and broadcaster.
  • Stephen Lambert was formerly Chief Creative Officer for RDF where he was responsible for Wife, Swap Faking It and Secret Millionaire. He is now Chief Executive of Studio Lambert.
  • Roger Laughton CBE 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. Roger has been Deputy Chairman of the BFI and a Grierson Trustee.
  • Paul Lay is the editor of History Today. He has a first class degree in history from Birkbeck, University of London where he was awarded the Dakin Prize. Previously he worked for the Guardian and the Daily Telegraph.
  • Andrea Levy won he Orange Prize for fiction in 2004 for her novel Small Island which has been adapted for television and will be shown on BBC One later this year.
  • Olivia Lichtenstein is a Grierson Award-winning documentary Director, Producer, drama Director (The Bill) and novelist.
  • Kim Longinotto won a Grierson Award in 2005 for her film Sisters-in-Law. Her most recent film, Rough Aunties, is nominated for a Grierson Award this year.
  • Celia Lowenstein is an award-winning Producer/Director. She has lectured in film studies at Oxford University, Hamilton College in New York, and in 2003 was the Granada Artist-in-Residence at the University of California-Davis.
  • Sir Ken Macdonald QC was until recently the Director of Public Prosecutions. He was the first leading defence lawyer to have been appointed to that post.
  • Prof Diarmaid MacCulloch is Professor of the History of the Church at the University Oxford and is a Fellow of the British Academy. He has written extensively on Tudor England: his biography Thomas Cranmer: a Life won the Whitbread Biography prize.
  • Sheena McDonald is a journalist and broadcaster who has worked for the BBC and Channel 4.
  • Roger Mills is a documentary Producer/Director.  The winner of four BAFTAs, creator of Forty Minutes and Producer/Director of the Michael Palin Travel series.
  • Edward Mirzoeff CVO CBE is a former Chairman of The Grierson Trust and BAFTA. He is a multi award winning filmmaker who has directed and produced numerous documentaries for the BBC.
  • Charlotte Moore is Vice Chairman of The Grierson Trust and works as Commissioning Editor for Documentaries at the BBC. She was previously Head of Documentaries at IWC Media.
  • Carol Nahra is a London-based media studies lecturer, documentary producer and freelance journalist, who specialises in writing about the documentary industry.
  • Andrew O’Connell has recently taken up the post of Five’s Head of Factual. He was most recently Commissioning Editor for Factual Programming at Sky 1, 2 and 3.
  • Nicholas Parsons OBE is a former Rector of St Andrew's University, an actor, radio and TV presenter of most notably Just a Minute and Sale of the Century. He is a regular one-man performer at the Edinburgh Festival.
  • Libby Purves is a BBC Radio 4 presenter most notably on Today and Midweek. She is a also a columnist, journalist, novelist and author.
  • Laurence Rees is a former head of BBC TV History. His award-winning series include Auschwitz: The Nazis & the 'Final Solution', which won a Grierson Award in 2005, and Nazis: A Warning from History.
  • Leo Regan is a writer, Producer and Director whose films include The Doctor Who Hears Voices, and 100% White.
  • Rick Senat was a Senior Vice-President for Warner Bros. He is Chairman of Film Education and a visiting Professor at Lincoln University. He has served as Vice Chair of the BFI.
  • John Smithson is Chief Creative Director of Darlow Smithson, Producers of Touching the Void and Deep Water.
  • Peter Symes is a freelance Producer/Director and previously had a long career as a director, producer and executive producer at the BBC. In 2005 he became Head of the Discovery Campus Masterschool, based in Munich, an initiative designed to help individual filmmakers develop a specific documentary idea and raise co-production money to make it.
  • Roger Thompson is a Producer/Director and Executive Producer who has worked for the BBC on Bookmark and Omnibus. Latterly he was as Commissioning Executive for the Storyville strand.
  • Shona Thompson is a Director/Producer whose documentaries include the three-part series for BBC Four, Women’s Institute and most recently for Channel 4, Cutting Edge – The Homecoming.
  • Kenith Trodd is a prolific television drama and film Producer who, among others, has worked with Ken Loach, Dennis Potter, Simon Gray, Stephen Poliakoff and Paul Greengrass.
  • Parminder Vir OBE is an award-winning film and television Producer who has worked in drama, documentaries, current affairs and entertainment. She has served as a Director of the UK Film Council.
  • Ian Wall is the Director of Film Education, the charity founded in 1984 that promotes film as an educational tool. He has won two BAFTA's for interactive teaching materials in the Children's Award.
  • Murray Weston is Chairman of The Grierson Trust and Chief Executive of the British Universities Film & Video Council (BUFVC). He is also Co-Director of Bournemouth Skillset Screen and Media Academy.
  • Dr Anna Whitelock is a lecturer in Early Modern History at Royal Holloway, University of London. She is the author of Mary Tudor: England’s First Queen (Bloomsbury 2009) and has written on Tudor history for the Guardian, the Times Literary Supplement and BBC History.
  • Sita Williams is drama Producer for Granada Television who has produced The Forsyte Saga and the highly acclaimed The Street.
  • Prof Brian Winston began his career on World in Action in 1963. He is now the first Lincoln Chair of Communications at the University of Lincoln. Brian writes extensively on documentary and last year his definitive book on the subject, Claiming the Real, was revised and republished.
  • Elizabeth Wood is the creator and Director of DocHouse which promotes documentary in the UK by running regular screenings and events. She has produced and directed numerous documentaries and is an external examiner for a number of UK film schools and departments.
  • Penny Woolcock is a renowned writer and director whose films include Tina Goes Shopping, The Principles of Lust and Mischief Night. Her most recent film 1 Day will be released this year.
  • Will Wyatt CBE was formerly Managing of BBC Network Television. He is Chairman of the media research and strategy company Human Capital Ltd.
  • Jean Young worked in broadcasting regulation for the ITC and Ofcom and was a Governor of the BFI. She has been a senior commissioning editor for the BBC and was until last year a Director of The Grierson Trust.
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