The Grierson Awards 2015: Judges

  • Roy Ackerman is Managing Director Pulse Films, Executive Producer of feature documentaries including Sundance and Grierson winning The House I Live In, Why We Fight and Richard Pryor: Omit The Logic. Series hits include Operatunity, Dream School and Ballet Changed My Life.
  • Dan Adamson is Director of Programmes for Twofour Group, overseeing a slate of factual programming including Channel 4 series Royal Marines: Commando School. Prior to joining Twofour Group, Dan won a BAFTA for his work on The Apprentice.
  • Yasmin Alibhai-Brown is a weekly columnist on The Independent and winner of the Orwell prize for political journalism. She writes for other newspapers and is the author of several non-fiction books, among them Exotic England, an untold story of the English nation.
  • Richard Alwyn is a documentary filmmaker and writer. His feature length film, The Beslan Siege, won the Prix Italia: Best Documentary. He recently made the trilogies, Catholics and Cathedrals for BBC Four.
  • Ben Anthony makes films that have been acclaimed for restrained but powerful storytelling.
    A Grierson and double BAFTA winner, The Observer called Don’t Take My Baby, his recent drama debut, ‘a work of sheer heartrending brilliance’.
  • Archie Baron heads Wingspan Productions. Recent credits include Don’t Panic – How to End Poverty in 15 Years for BBC Two and The Great American Love Song for ITV. Wingspan won last year’s Grierson for Best Entertaining Documentary for Our Gay Wedding-The Musical.
  • Clare Beavan is a documentary and drama director. In 2004 she won the Grierson Award for Most Entertaining Documentary for her film The Prince, the Showgirl and Me.
  • Leo Burley credits as director this year include Dara and Ed’s Great Big Adventure (BBC Two); Life After Suicide for (BBC One); Long Lost Family (ITV) and Who Do You Think You Are: Anita Rani (BBC One).
  • Peter Ceresole is a highly regarded television Producer whose work includes many documentaries for the BBC’s Horizon and Panorama strands.
  • Judith Chan is a Grierson Trustee and currently an Executive Director in the Media Banking division of Coutts & Co. She is responsible for originating new corporate business and developing new products for the Bank, and specialises in structuring film and television transactions.
  • Ben Chanan started out as an editor, cutting docs such as Taxidermy: Stuff the World, before directing documentaries and dramas, including Plot to Bring Down Britain’s Planes, Our World War and Cyberbully.
  • David Charap is the editor of several feature films as well as award-winning TV dramas but his first love is documentaries. He has made many of them shorter.
  • Lorraine Charker-Phillips is the executive producer and co-creator of Label1 TV with Simon Dickson. Previously she was a commissioning editor at Sky and has over 20 year’s experience of making factual programmes.
  • Lucy Cohen has worked in documentary for ten years. As a producer and director she has made programmes for Channel 4 and the BBC. She is currently making her first feature documentary.
  • Alex Cooke is CEO of Renegade Pictures, the company she co-founded, where she has produced and directed a range of documentaries for both international and domestic broadcasters.
  • Emma Cooper is Creative Director of Non Scripted TV at Pulse Films. Prior to that she was a Commissioning Editor in Factual at Channel 4 and a filmmaker at the BBC working on Louis Theroux series.
  • Neil Crombie is Creative Director of Swan Films, and a Grierson and BAFTA award-winning director and executive producer.
  • Paul Crompton is an Executive Producer who has made programmes for all the main channels. In 2015 he worked in the ITV factual commissioning team and is currently making series for Channel 4 and UKTV.
  • Charlotte Crow is Operations Supervisor for the Middle East, North Africa and Northern Europe at Martin Randall Travel. She was previously Deputy Editor of History Today magazine and is a former judge for the Imperial War Museum Film Festival.
  • Tim Dams is editor of Televisual, the magazine and website for the broadcasting, film, commercials and production industry. Televisual also runs the annual Televisual Factual Festival at BAFTA. He has previously worked at Broadcast, Screen International and Media Week.
  • Peter Day is a Director of Faction Films. He produces documentaries. He has worked with, among others, clerics, airport executives and drug dealers
  • David Dehaney is Director of Factual at Firecracker Films. Previously he had successful roles at Victory Television, Nutopia, Love Productions and the BBC.
  • Sally Dixon is a freelance Executive Producer with extensive experience in genres ranging
    from specialist factual and documentaries to entertainment and events. Her most recent credits include Live from Space and The Apprentice You’re Fired.
  • Chris Durlacher is a documentary maker. His George Orwell – A Life In Pictures won a Grierson and an Emmy. His most recent work is a documentary about the racehorse Frankel.
  • Margaret Enefer is an experienced drama producer and currently head of drama at DLT Entertainment. She began her broadcasting career as a BBC Production trainee, working in news, documentaries, science and music and arts.
  • Vanessa Engle has been making documentaries for nearly 30 years. She is best known for her authored three-part series, including Inside Harley Street, Money, Women, Jews, Lefties, Art & the 60s and Britart.
  • Liesel Evans is an Executive Producer at Century Films. As a producer/director her credits include several award-winning documentaries such as Everyman: Angel of Death Row, and two films in The Human Body series.
  • Rob Farquhar is a documentary filmmaker and series producer. His credits include the observational series Agony & Ecstasy: A year with English National Ballet, Louis Theroux: LA stories and Class of ’92: Out of Their League.
  • Simon Ford is a freelance executive producer. He has worked on a huge range of award-winning documentaries for both broadcasters and beyond. Recent credits include Being AP, Baby P: The Untold Story and 24 Hours in Police Custody.
  • Jess Fowle is co-founder and Creative Director of factual indie True North. In a twenty-five year TV career, Jess has led teams making everything from features series to formats and children’s shows but her first love is documentary.
  • Petra Fried is an executive producer at Clerkenwell Films. She made the award-winning comedy drama series Misfits which broadcast on E4 from 2009 - 2013. She is currently shooting Aliens which will air early 2015.
  • Dr Hannah Fry is an author, documentary presenter and lecturer in the Mathematics of Cities at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at UCL. Recent programs include Computing Britain for Radio 4 and Calculating Ada: The Countess of Computing for BBC Four.
  • Ben Gale is Managing Director of Little Gem, a new indie he set up with Natasha Bondy in 2014. Formerly he was a commissioner at the BBC and Channel 5 and a producer at the BBC, Wall to Wall and most recently Maverick TV.
  • Monica Garnsey is Series Editor of Channel 4's Unreported World. She has directed observational docs and current affairs films, won an Emmy for A Death in Tehran, an Amnesty International Media Award for Execution of a Teenage Girl, and an RTS award for Help Me Love My Baby.
  • Max Gogarty is Content Editor at BBC Three and a producer/director of documentaries. He developed Channel 4’s The Fried Chicken Shop at Mentorn and produced the Grierson-shortlisted Payday at Pulse Films. Most recently he co-directed a feature documentary at VICE called ChemSex.
  • Cate Hall is an executive producer at Wall to Wall. She has executive produced two series of The Apprentice and series produced BBC Four Electric Dreams and BBC One show Turn Back Time: The High Street.
  • Clare Handford produces and execs documentaries for cinema and television. Previously Commissioning Editor at Sky, she commissioned Tales of the Grim Sleeper, Bradley Wiggins, Harrow: A Very British School and How to Change the World.
  • Briony Hanson is the British Council’s Director of Film where she is responsible for overseeing its promotion of UK films and filmmakers internationally.
  • Chris Harris is a programmer at Picturehouse Cinemas, where he founded the Picturehouse DOCS strand, presenting the best documentary releases in cinemas across the UK. He is responsible for the Documentary programme strand at the company’s new venue Picturehouse Central.
  • Lorraine Heggessey is Chair of The Grierson Trust. She was the first female Controller of BBC One where she led a major overhaul of the channel, introducing hits such as Strictly Come Dancing and Dr Who. She is currently advisor to Channel 4’s Growth Fund.
  • Charlotte Higgins is the chief culture writer of The Guardian. Her latest book, This New Noise, is about the BBC.
  • Christopher Hird is the founder of the documentary company Dartmouth Films. He is a former chair of Sheffield DocFest, was the founding chair of the BRITDOC Foundation and is a patron of the Grierson Trust.
  • David Hodgkinson is an executive producer at Blast Films where he's been responsible for projects ranging from BBC Two’s Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Inside the Post Office to Channel 4’s 999: What's Your Emergency? and fixed-rig series The Night Bus.
  • Angela Holdsworth is an independent executive producer. She was author and series producer of the award-winning history series Out of the Doll’s House and strand editor of various BBC programmes including Crimewatch and Taking Liberties. Angela is a Governor of the Arts University, Bournemouth.
  • Patrick Holland is Head of Documentaries Commissioning at the BBC. Before joining in September he was Managing Director of Boundless responsible for An Hour to Save Your Life, Britain at the Bookies and feature doc The Class of '92.
  • Steve Humphries is Managing Director of Bristol-based Testimony Films, the company he founded in 1992. He was formerly a lecturer in history and sociology at the University of Essex and a producer at LWT. He was described by Broadcast magazine as “the king of oral history”.
  • Alex Jones has co-hosted BBC’s The One Show since 2010, presented on Radio Two as guest host for the early breakfast programme and co-hosted Radio Two’s Glastonbury Festival Coverage since 2013. In addition to TV and Radio duties Alex is a patron for the Kidney Wales foundation.
  • Richard Klein is ITV's Director of Factual. Previously he was Controller, BBC Four, the BBC's Head of Independent Factual and the BBC's Commissioning Editor, Documentaries. In another life he was, variously, a newspaper reporter, a bank clerk and a postman.
  • Michele Kurland won a BAFTA for Best Fact Ent Documentary 2012. Last year she took David Beckham into the Amazon for the BBC One documentary, David Beckham Into The Unknown. She is now Creative Director of Remarkable Television.
  • Olly Lambert is a BAFTA, Emmy and Grierson award-winning filmmaker who has made over 30 documentaries for the BBC and Channel 4. His credits include My Child The Rioter, The Tea Boy of Gaza and Syria: Across The Lines.
  • Roger Laughton currently chairs the Arts University Bournemouth. He previously worked as a producer, director and executive for the BBC, which he left to become the first CEO of Meridian in 1990. He was Head of Bournemouth Media School between 1999 and 2005 and is a former Grierson Trustee.
  • Paul Lay is the Editor of History Today.
  • Charlotte Lee began her career at the BBC in factual production before spending three years coordinating BBC Films' development team. She is now Documentary Acquisitions Executive for Curzon Artificial Eye.
  • Emma Loach is an executive producer. Recent series include The Children’s Hospital (Working Title) for Channel 4 and Police Under Pressure for BBC Two. Singles include Penny Woolcock’s Going To The Dogs, The Murder Workers for Channel 4 and Gems TV for ITV1.
  • Kim Longinotto began making films at the National Film & Televison School. Her two student films were Pride of Place about her boarding school and Theatre Girls about a hostel for homeless women in London. Dreamcatcher is her latest.
  • Ursula Macfarlane is an award-winning documentary director. Her credits include Grierson nominated Notes from the Inside with James Rhodes, the feature documentary Breaking Up With the Joneses and The Life and Loss of Karen Woo.
  • Morgan Matthews is a filmmaker and founder of Minnow Films. His credits include Beautiful Young Minds, The Fallen, Scenes from a Teenage Killing, Britain in a Day and most recently the feature film X+Y.
  • Sean McAllister Is a documentary filmmaker. His 2005 film The Liberace of Baghdad won the Special Jury Prize (World Documentary) at the Sundance Film Festival and his most recent documentary A Syrian Love Story won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2015 Sheffield DocFest.
  • Tom McDonald is the head of commissioning for natural history and specialist factual formats at the BBC. Recent credits include Big Blue Live, World's Busiest Railway 2015, Human Universe, The Girl Who Talked to Dolphins, Life Story and The Hunt.
  • Dan McGolpin is Controller of BBC Daytime and Early-Peak. Prior to that he was Head of Scheduling for BBC Television and has held roles on BBC One, Two and Three.
  • Elizabeth McIntyre began her career in production, moving to Factual commissioning at Discovery Networks international. She is a Board member for WFTV and sits on the BAFTA TV Committee. Elizabeth is the newly appointed CEO and Director of Sheffield DocFest.
  • Jane Moore is CEO of Vertigo Films, an integrated film and television production and distribution company. Prior to Vertigo, Jane has held senior positions within the film industry at PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, Universal Pictures and Ingenious
  • Dave Morrison is a partner of entertainment industry accountants Nyman Libson Paul and also chairs the Chartered Institute's Entertainment Industry Group. Dave was previously a MOBO nominated DJ and club and concert promoter.
  • Carol Nahra has been writing about documentaries for two decades, most recently through her Docs On Screens blog. A long-term consultant for Sheffield DocFest, Carol also teaches classes in documentaries and digital culture for Syracuse University's London Program.
  • Nina Nannar is a News Correspondent for ITN, working on all ITV News' bulletins and ITV's On Assignment current Affairs strand where this year in San Francisco, she made a film on a ground-breaking treatment for Aids and HIV.
  • Julia Nottingham is head of documentary film at Pulse. Past Pulse films include 20,000 Days On Earth and The Possibilities Are Endless. Julia previously worked in TV on programmes such as Blackout for Channel 4 and Locked Up Abroad for National Geographic.
  • Karen O’Connor has a 30-year career in television journalism, current affairs investigations, documentary and factual, mostly with the BBC. She is now a media consultant, executive producer and charity trustee.
  • Chris Packham is a naturalist, author and frequent presenter of wildlife documentaries. He currently presents BBC nature series Springwatch and previously presented Hive Alive, Inside the Animal Mind and Grierson nominated The Burrowers: Animals Underground.
  • Andrew Palmer began his career as cameraman/director making documentaries for British broadcasters. In 2002 he set up KEO films and has since worked on hundreds of hours of programming for UK and American broadcasters.
  • Johann Perry is a Director of Photography, shooting distinctive, eccentric, and critically acclaimed Documentaries for British Television. Forging long collaborations with directors like Vanessa Engle, Fergus O’Brien, and Olly Lambert, his films have won Grierson, BAFTA, and RTS Awards.
  • Charlie Philips is the Head of Documentaries at The Guardian, commissioning and acquiring new short documentaries from all around the world. He was previously Deputy Director at Sheffield DocFest and Editor of FourDocs for Channel 4.
  • Ailsa Pomeroy is a BAFTA-nominated documentary filmmaker. She was the Series Director of Channel 4's 24 Hours in Police Custody and has directed documentaries for all four BBC channels, including two films for the Wonderland documentary strand.
  • Heydon Prowse is an activist, journalist and comedian who has written, presented and directed content for BBC and Channel 4. He won a BAFTA for best comedy in 2013 for The Revolution Will Be Televised.
  • James Quinn is a commissioning editor in factual at Sky.
  • Anita Rani is a journalist and broadcaster. Her presenting credits include The One Show, Four Rooms, Airport Live and World’s Busiest Railway. She can currently be seen on BBC’s Countryfile and as a contestant on this year’s Strictly Come Dancing.
  • Prof Chris Rapley CBE is Professor of Climate Science at University College London. In 2008 he was awarded the Edinburgh Science Medal for having made 'a significant contribution to the understanding and wellbeing of humanity'.
  • Jolyon Rubinstein is a British actor, writer, producer and director. He is best known for writing and performing on The Revolution Will Be Televised, a show on BBC Three, alongside Heydon Prowse.
  • Geraldine Scher has led a TV career focussed on the technical and financial side of the industry spanning manufacturing, equipment sales, hire and production services prior to becoming a co-founder of Clockwork Capital, the specialist broadcast leasing company.
  • Tanya Shaw is Creative Director at Shine Television. Previously, she was a Commissioning Editor for Channel 4, BBC One and BBC Two. In her earlier career as a Producer, Tanya’s credits ranged from Dispatches and Ian Hislop’s History of the NHS to Lad's Army and The Apprentice.
  • Emily Shields is an Executive Producer at Wall to Wall Television. Previous credits include series producer on Back in Time For Dinner and producer on Grierson award-winning Secret History of Our Streets for BBC Two.
  • Clare Sillery is a BBC documentaries commissioning editor, most recently helping to deliver the BBC Two series The Detectives from Minnow films. She worked for many years as an executive producer on a wide variety of projects including BAFTA award-winning BBC Three series Life and Deathrow.
  • Sanjay Singhal is founder of new factual indie, Voltage TV. He previously worked at the BBC and then as MD of Dragonfly Productions. He has exec produced more than 250 hours of peak-time documentaries.
  • Dave Sington is the founder of DOX Productions and has directed 30 documentary films for both television and the cinema. He is inordinately proud of his Grierson Award and hopes to win another one day.
  • Geoff Small is an award-winning, freelance documentary filmmaker, boasting more than 60 Producer/Director credits. He has produced up to feature-length documentaries for all the major British broadcasters, as well as several foreign ones.
  • Jon Smith is a freelance documentary filmmaker and executive producer. He has won a number of awards for his films including a Grierson award, an RTS award and four BATFAs.
  • Prof Michael Stewart is the founding Director of Open City Documentary Festival which runs each year in June at venues across London. Since 2014 he also runs a MA in Documentary and Ethnographic Film by Practice at UCL
  • Francine Stock is a broadcaster, novelist and critic, presenter of Radio 4's The Film Programme, author of In Glorious Technicolor: A Century of Film and How it Has Shaped Us and patron of Borderlines Film Festival.
  • Peter Symes worked at the BBC for thirty years. Since 2000 he has worked as a freelance producer with Available Light in Bristol, and with many training initiatives worldwide.
  • Kate Taylor is a Film Programmer at the BFI London Film Festival. Before this she worked at the Independent Cinema Office, and as Festival Director at Abandon Normal Devices and the London Short Film Festival.
  • Celia Taylor is Head of Non-Scripted Commissioning at Sky. Prior to this she was Director of Programmes at Virgin Media and earlier a Commissioning Editor at BBC. She started her career as a freelancer in the independent world.
  • Liz Warner founded Betty on a bedrock of contemporary documentaries and grew it into one of the UKs top 40 indies. Multiple award winner and previously Channel 4 commissioning editor responsible for a raft of features and one off docs. Diversity champion 2015.
  • Andy Whittaker is the Founder of Dogwoof, establishing the company as the leading film distributor of Documentary and social issue films since 2004. Over the last ten years Dogwoof has been involved in many award-winning films including Food Inc,The Act of Killing and Blackfish.
  • Zoe Williams is a columnist on the Guardian, writing about politics, culture and assorted bits in between. She is the author of three non-fiction books, most recently, Get It Together: Why We Deserve Better Politics.
  • Anthony Wonke is an EMMY and triple BAFTA Award-winning director. He's also won amongst others a Grierson, RTS, Peabody and the Prix Italia. He's two theatrical documentaries for Universal Pictures and BBC Films due for release in cinemas in Autumn 2015.
  • Simon Wood is Head of UK Sales at ITN Source, one of the world’s largest footage archives, Simon has strong creative and commercial ties with the UK Indie sector, helping enable archive driven ideas to find an audience.
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