The Grierson Awards 2016: Judges

  • CLAIRE AGUILLAR is an award-winning film curator, film festival director, public television commissioning editor and broadcaster. She is the former Director of Programming and Industry Engagement at Sheffield Doc/Fest.
  • GEORGE AMPONSAH is an award-winning producer/director known for the recent feature documentary, The Hard Stop about the aftermath of the police’s fatal shooting of Londoner Mark Duggan, which sparked the 2011 London riots.
  • BEN ANTHONY is best known for his powerful documentaries 7/7: One Day In London and Life and Death Row: Execution. His debut drama Don't Take My Baby recently won the 2016 BAFTA for Best Single Drama.
  • SAM ANTHONY is Creative Director at Sundog Pictures. was He previously an executive producer at RDF Media, ITV Studios, Shine, Renegade Pictures and Nutopia; as well as having worked at the BBC in factual commissioning.
  • FRANNY ARMSTRONG is a director who through her company, Spanner Films, is best known for The Age of Stupid; McLibel, about the McDonald's court case; and Drowned Out, following the fight against the Narmada Dam Project.
  • NIHAL ARTHANAYAKE currently hosts an award-winning BBC Asian Network phone-in programme, and co-presents BBC Radio 5 Live’s Afternoon Edition. He is also known for his previous work as a BBC Radio One DJ and music journalist.
  • KATIE BAILIFF is Century Film’s Creative Director whose credits include the series The Secret History of Our Streets, the BFI /Film4 feature documentary The Confessions of Thomas Quick, and more recently Camila’s Kids Company: The Inside Story.
  • JOAN BAKEWELL is an author, journalist and broadcaster. She is President of Birkbeck, University of London and a member of the House of Lords, where she sits as a Labour Party Peer.
  • CHRISTINE BARDSLEY is one of the British Council’s Film Programme Managers, whose main areas of responsibility are the wider Europe and South Asia regions, and where she also leads on their work in documentary.
  • EMMA BARNETT currently presents BBC Radio 5 Live’s morning show; the first woman to have a solo daily slot on the station in over two years. Prior to the role she was the Women’s Editor at The Daily Telegraph.
  • ANGELLICA BELL is a television broadcaster and radio presenter who started her career at the BBC in children’s programming, and is one of the longest serving, regular reporters on BBC One’s The One Show.
  • MADONNA BENJAMIN is a Channel 4 Commissioning Executive, Documentaries. She is currently responsible for Channel 4 series including 24 Hours in A&E, First Dates and Hunted. Previously she was a producer/director on documentary singles and series.
  • JAMES BLUEMEL is a multi-award-winning director whose recent credits include The Romanians Are Coming for Channel 4 and Exodus: Our Journey To Europe for BBC Two, as well as the feature documentary 66 Months.
  • NATASHA BONDY has recently launched indie, Little Gem, which focuses on factual and factual entertainment formats. She was previously Head of Factual at Princess/Shine and Head of Development at Talkback Thames.
  • JACK BOOTLE is Raw Television’s Head of UK Development. He has overseen commissions including The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs, Conviction: Murder At The Station, Miracle Weddings and Super Sewer.
  • SUSAN BRAND is an editor and story consultant working across a range of documentary subjects for both television and independent film. She is also a University Lecturer and a Director on the Board of Women in Film and TV.
  • LIZ BRION heads Grant Thornton’s UK tax service to media clients, advising independent producers, broadcasters and distributors across a range of genres. Liz is also closely involved with the operation of the tax credits for film, high-end TV, animation and games.
  • LEO BURLEY’s recent credits as director include the Grierson-nominated Long Lost Family (ITV), Ian McKellen's Who Do You Think You Are? (BBC One) and Life After Suicide (BBC One). Winner of the Mind Media Award for best documentary.
  • JOE CAREY is an editor whose work includes Mumbai High: The Musical, The Trouble With Aid and the BBC series Wonderland. He has worked extensively with Louis Theroux including the recent Savile documentary.
  • JUDITH CHAN is an Executive Director in the Media Banking division of Coutts & Co. Responsible for originating and developing new business for the bank, she specialises in structured finance in the film and television sectors.
  • 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 years experience of making factual programmes.
  • FIONA CHESTERTON is a former commissioning editor at Channel 4 and the BBC. She now writes about television, co-editing What Price Channel 4? (pub. Abramis 2016). She also sits on the RTS Education Committee panel.
  • 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.
  • LUCY COOKE is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and presenter, best-selling author and zoologist. She loves docs and has produced everything from Sundance nominated features to high profile primetime TV to Webby-award-winning shorts for Vice.
  • CHARLOTTE CROW is Product Development Manager for History at Martin Randall Travel and Operations Supervisor for the Middle East. She was previously Deputy Editor of History Today magazine and is a former judge for the Imperial War Museum Film Festival.
  • CHRIS CURTIS has been a journalist for sixteen years and has spent the last ten at Broadcast, focusing primarily on news. He became its Editor in February 2014, and works across print, online, awards and conferences.
  • RITA DANIELS is an editor in Channel 4’s Documentaries Department. She is across a variety of returning series including 24 Hours in A&E, First Dates as well as the first time director’s strand, First Cut.
  • ISABEL DAVIS is Head of Production for Pulse Films. With over 10 years experience in television, documentary and film she has worked with some of the world’s leading broadcasters, working on BAFTA and Emmy-winning documentaries and flagship BBC strand Storyville.
  • JEREMY DEAR is Wall to Wall’s Director of International Programming. He has produced programmes for the UK and US, including Emmy-nominated Wave that Shook the World, Animals in the Womb and the award-winning Christianity: A History.
  • DAVID DEHANEY is Creative Director of Proper Content, a new production company launched with the support of BBC Worldwide. Previously he held senior positions at Love Productions, Nutopia, Victory, Firecracker and the BBC.
  • TOM DIXON-SPAIN is an editor whose work includes The Year The Town Hall Shrank, Protecting Our Parents and Life & Death Row. He’s also Director of In Crowd Agency championing new and rising talent.
  • PAUL DOSAJ is an editor and producer. His work includes the BAFTA and Grierson award-winning Kelly and her Sisters. He has recently worked on Miraculous Tales and the feature doc Mandela, My Dad and Me.
  • JOHN DOWNER is a renowned award-winning producer/director of wildlife films, best known for his groundbreaking filming techniques. Recent credits include Snow Chick: A Penguin’s Tale and Pets – Wild at Heart.
  • CHRIS DURLACHER is a documentary maker. His George Orwell – A Life In Pictures won a Grierson and an Emmy. His most recent work is Channel 4’s Born on the Same Day about three people born on the same day.
  • LIESEL EVANS is Director of Programmes 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.
  • SIMON EVANS is Executive Editor at Love Productions whose credits include Tower Block Of Commons, Famous Rich and Homeless, Immigration Street, Benefits Street, Make Bradford British, My Last Summer and The Great British Bake Off.
  • AMY FLANAGAN is Channel 4’s Deputy Head of Factual commissioning documentaries including The Murder Detectives and My Son the Jihadi. Previous production credits include the first series of 24 Hours in A&E and Bedlam.
  • DOV FREEDMAN has over 15 years’ production experience as a director and producer across documentaries, drama docs and specialist factual television. Recent credits include: The Island with Bear Grylls, The Last Nazis and The Real Argo.
  • MARTIN FULLER is a director and series producer. He co-directed the Grierson award-winning Crackhouse, a film about long-term drug abuse, and was Series Editor on the Grierson nominated Life is Toff.
  • JOBY GEE has been editing film and TV for over 30 years, on a wide variety of subjects. From dogs to dogging. From Kendo to Ken Loach. From Kissinger to Fukushima, nothing has escaped his nimble fingers....
  • GEORGE THE POET is a London-born spoken word performer of Ugandan heritage. His innovative brand of musical poetry has won him critical acclaim both as a recording artist and a social commentator.
  • KATE GEROVA is Head of Marketing at Curzon Cinemas. She was previously Creative Director of Birds Eye View Film Festival and Head of Distribution at Soda Pictures.
  • ASHISH GHADIALI is a writer and director. His debut feature documentary, The Confession, was released by Dogwoof in August 2016.
  • SATWANT GILL is the London Indian Film Festival’s Head of Industry and Partnerships. The Festival focuses on independent/regional cinema from the South Asian sub-continent. She is also a board member for Women in Film and Television UK.
  • LIZZIE GILLETT managed 105 people in six countries as producer of the climate change doc The Age of Stupid. Alongside Franny Armstrong she pioneered the enormously successful "crowd-funding" scheme raising £900,000 from 300+ people.
  • BRUCE GOODISON is a multi-award-winning filmmaker working across both drama and documentary having made My Murder, Our War, Murdered by my Father and feature film Leave to Remain and Doctor Foster.
  • EMILY GOTTO is a freelance consultant for International Film. Emily has worked in International Sales as Acquisitions Executive for Protagonist Pictures as well as in production and distribution for companies such as Occupant Entertainment and Wildcard Distribution.
  • 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, responsible for promoting UK films and filmmakers internationally. Previously she has been Director of The Script Factory; Director of Tyneside Cinema; headed the BFI Programme Unit; and co-programmed the BFI London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival.
  • NASFIM HAQUE recently joined BBC Three as its Deputy Editor, helping to shape the editorial strategy of the online channel. Prior to that she worked as a Commissioning Executive at Channel 4 within Documentaries where she helped commission First Cut single films and oversee returning series.
  • SANDRA HEBRON has worked in independent film exhibition since the late 1980s, most recently as Artistic Director of the BFI London Film Festival. She is currently Head of Screen Arts at the NFTS.
  • 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.
  • EMMA HINDLEY is an Executive Producer working across a range of genres, from specialist factual and observational documentaries to features and formats. Her work includes: Great Ormond Street for BBC Two, Nick and Margaret On Benefits for BBC One, Confessions of .... for Channel 4 and Dancing Cheek To Cheek with Len & Lucy for BBC Four.
  • CHRISTOPHER HIRD is the founder of the documentary company Dartmouth Films. He is a former chair of Sheffield Doc/Fest, was the founding chair of the BRITDOC Foundation and is a patron of The Grierson Trust.
  • JULIA HOBSBAWM OBE founded the networking business Editorial Intelligence, the UK Comment Awards and the ideas conferences Names Not Numbers. Her book 'Fully Connected’ will be published by Bloomsbury in the spring.
  • SHAUN HOLDER is an Acquisitions Executive at BSkyB where he is responsible for negotiating deals with studios and international distributors for linear and digital programming rights across Sky services and Entertainment Channels.
  • PATRICK HOLLAND became Channel Editor of BBC Two earlier this year. Prior to that, he was Head of Documentaries Commissioning from 2015. Before joining the BBC he was Managing Director of Boundless.
  • DANNY HORAN joined the BBC documentaries commissioning team last September with a remit focusing on BBC Two and BBC Three. Before joining the BBC Danny was an Executive Producer at Voltage TV and The Garden.
  • SUE HORTH is an award-winning drama producer and exec specialising in true stories, whose recent work includes the BAFTA-nominated Our World War, 37 Days, The Relief of Belsen and the upcoming Damilola, Our Loved Boy.
  • EMILY HUDD is co-founder and Joint MD of Rumpus Media. Recent credits include An Immigrant's Guide to Britain, Asian Provocateur and Jon Richardson’s Dead Worried.
  • 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”.
  • ALICE KEENS-SOPER an award-winning producer, is Head of Specialist Factual at Oxford Scientific Films. She recently produced BBC One series Ingenious Animals, which takes a fresh look at animal behaviour from around the world.
  • LEANNE KLEIN is Wall to Wall’s Chief Executive where she’s responsible for overseeing a diverse output across a broad range of genres, including award-winning, The Girl, Long Lost Family, Child Genius and Victorian Bakers.
  • ROGER LAUGHTON was a BBC director/producer for 20 years, responsible for launching BBC daytime television. He was Director of Co-Productions at BBC Enterprises [1987-90], CEO of ITV Meridian [1991 to 1999] and Head of Bournemouth Media School [1999 to 2004].
  • BART LAYTON is the Creative Director of RAW TV. He is a multi-award-winning director/producer of The Imposter, and creator and executive producer of numerous long running TV series.
  • LUCY LEVEUGLE has worked as Commissioning Editor in the Factual Entertainment department at Channel 4 since 2012, commissioning popular factual series (The Undateables, Child Genius, amongst others) and singles. Before that she was a filmmaker.
  • STEPHEN MANGAN is an actor working extensively across film, theatre and television, best known for his work on Episodes, Green Wing and Houdini and Doyle. He has never won an award.
  • 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.
  • TOM MCDONALD is the BBC's Head of Natural History and Specialist Factual commissioning. His recent commissions include the BAFTA-winning Big Blue Live, The Hunt, Inside The Factory, The Victorian Slum and Planet Earth II.
  • ELIZABETH MCINTYRE is CEO and Director, Sheffield Doc/Fest. Previously Head, Production/Development Factual, Discovery (Extreme Car Hoarders; Naked and Marooned; You Have Been Warned). She is also a WFTV board and BAFTA TV committee member.
  • JONATHAN MEENAGH is Head of Development at Shine TV. His development credits include Space Dive (BBC Two), Mary Queen of Charity Shops (BBC Two), Hunted (Channel 4), Edwardian Insects on Film (BBC Four) and The Island with Bear Grylls (Channel 4).
  • ED MILIBAND is the MP for Doncaster North and was Leader of the Labour Party from 2010 to 2015. He was previously Cabinet Office Minister then Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.
  • JEREMY MILLS was a BBC documentary executive producer and co-founder of Lion Television. Last year he became Chairman of Woodcut Media and Spark TV. He’s now also CEO of media investment company Bob & Co.
  • ANNA MIRALIS joined Channel 4 in 2010. She’s responsible for commissioning a range of documentary singles and series. Some titles include the BAFTA-winning The Paedophile Hunter, Lorry Jumpers: Breaking into Britain and Dark Horse.
  • JOHN MISTER is a film editor who has worked with Nick Broomfield, Kim Longinotto, and Saul Dibb. Recent credits include Moving to Mars, The Battle for Barking, The Dark Matter of Love, and The Divide.
  • VIVIENNE MOLOKWU is currently a Series Editor at Studio Lambert and has previously worked on productions at Endemol Shine, RDF, the BBC and Monkey Kingdom. Most recently she’s produced Channel 4’s controversial dating series Naked Attraction.
  • ROGER MOSEY is Master of Selwyn College, Cambridge. His BBC career included being Director of the London 2012 Olympics, Head of Television News, Controller of BBC Radio 5 Live and Editor of the Today programme.
  • MARGARET MOUNTFORD is a lawyer, businesswoman and television personality best known for her role in The Apprentice from 2005 to 2009. Margaret has just completed chairing the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2016.
  • HELEN NIGHTINGALE is a BAFTA-winning producer, currently at UKTV, commissioning and execcing series for W and Dave. Credits include Location Location Location, Young War Widows and I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!
  • ARIF NURMOHAMED is Show Runner on National Geographic's One Strange Rock, a forthcoming ten-part series from Nutopia and Darren Aronofsky's Protozoa Pictures. Previously, he was an award-winning BBC factual Series Producer and Director.
  • FERGUS O’BRIEN is a producer/director with an impressive credit list that includes Stephen Fry: Out There and BBC's cult hit The Armstrongs. He was Executive Producer on BAFTA-nominated Life After Suicide and ratings smash, The Met.
  • ANDREW O’CONNELL is Discovery Channel USA Vice President of Development and Production. He was formerly ITV’s Factual Commissioner responsible for Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest Airport, Rookies, Sugar Free Farm and Life at the Extreme.
  • JAMES O’REILLY has been Head of Development at Blast since 2012, in which time he’s helped win commissions including 999: What’s Your Emergency? Saving Lives at Sea and The Secret Life of the Zoo.
  • RACHEL OLDROYD is the Managing Editor of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, a not-for-profit news organisation. Before joining the Bureau she was at the Mail on Sunday, running the award-winning Reportage section in Live magazine.
  • DAVID OLUSOGA is a British-Nigerian historian, broadcaster, filmmaker and multi-award-winning presenter. His most recent series include The World’s War: Forgotten Soldiers of Empire and the BAFTA-winning Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners.
  • CLARE PATTERSON is Commissioning Editor BBC Documentaries. Recent output includes Exodus, Bake Off, Saving Lives at Sea, Behind Closed Doors and All Aboard! the Country Bus/Canal /Sleigh Ride slow TV series.
  • JACQUES PERETTI is an investigative reporter, broadcaster and filmmaker. He recently joined Pulse Film where he is responsible for developing ideas, presenting and producing formats. His credits include The Men Who Made Us Spend.
  • ALICE PERMAN is a producer, director and series producer, responsible for critically acclaimed documentary films and factual dramas. Her recent work includes the BBC series Protecting Our Parents and the feature documentary The Thread.
  • LUCY PILKINGTON is the award-winning Factual Creative Director of Sugar Films, who has also worked for October Films, Channel 4 and Virgin Media Television. Credits include Four Rooms, The Food Hospital and Stargazing.
  • ABIGAIL PRIDDLE is a documentary director and series producer, shooting and directing a range of films and series for television including The Met, The Woman Who Woke Up Chinese and 24 Hours in A&E.
  • DIANA QUICK has curated the Aldeburgh Documentary Festival for seven years. She is an actress and broadcaster, author of a memoir, A Tug on the Thread, and translated and performed De Beauvoir's Woman Destroyed internationally.
  • JAMES QUINN is Commissioning Editor for Factual and Documentaries at Sky, commissioning series and single films for Sky 1 and Sky Arts, and feature documentaries for Sky Atlantic and theatrical release. He is also Visiting Professor of Media Arts at Royal Holloway, University of London.
  • 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 was a contestant on last year’s Strictly Come Dancing.
  • BARNY REVILL is a Grierson nominated director whose work includes Secret Life of Babies, River Monsters, the BBC hit series Animal Odd Couples and more recently Life at the Extreme with Davina McCall.
  • NICK SHEARMAN is the freelance executive producer of iJEA media, with over 30 years’ experience working at the BBC, RDF, Tiger Aspect and KEO. Recent credits include The Billion Pound Hotel and The Secret World of Tinder.
  • ANDREW SHELDON is True North’s Creative Director and Co-founder, and an award-winning journalist and filmmaker, who looks after the company’s documentaries and current affairs output. His executive producer credits include Panorama: The Mother of All Lies.
  • CLARE SILLERY is acting Head of Documentary Commissioning at the BBC. Previous to this she was a Commissioning Editor, where she was responsible for Abused: The Untold Story, The Detectives and Simon’s Choice: Right to Die.
  • SANJAY SINGHAL is Chief Executive of Voltage TV Productions which he co-founded in 2013. Recent commissions include Inside the Factory (BBC Two), Life Inside Jail (ITV) and NHS: £2 Billion a Week and Counting (Channel 4). Before Voltage he ran Dragonfly Film and TV.
  • ALISON SMITH-PLEISER is The Hollywood Reporter’s Managing Director, International Sales & Business Development. She is currently responsible for overseeing all international operations outside the US including sales, marketing, and sponsorship. She presides over a dynamic sales team that covers the globe.
  • RAFE SPALL is an actor known for his roles across film and television. His extensive body of work includes The Shadow Line, The Life of Pi, Prometheus, Swallows and Amazons, The BFG and The Big Short.
  • MARTHA SPURRIER joined Liberty as Director in May 2016. She arrived from Doughty Street Chambers, where she specialised in defending access to justice and the rights of women, children and disabled people. Martha was previously a lawyer at the mental health charity, Mind.
  • MEERA SYAL is an actress, screenwriter and novelist. Her work includes Goodness Gracious Me, The Kumars at No 42, Beatrice in the RSCs Much Ado About Nothing, and The Nurse in Ken Branagh’s Romeo and Juliet.
  • RICHARD TAIT is Professor of Journalism at Cardiff University. He was Editor-in-Chief of ITN from 1995 to 2002 and a BBC Governor and Trustee from 2004 to 2010. He is a Trustee of the DEC.
  • MICHAEL TIMNY is a director of photography who has shot award-winning films for both fiction and documentary genres. Recent credits include feature doc The Fall (Mary Decker vs Zola Budd) and Channel 4 drama The Watchman.
  • DR CHRIS VAN TULLEKEN is one of the BBC’s leading science presenters and has worked on many programmes including: Trust Me, I'm a Doctor, Horizon, The Truth About..., and The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs.
  • MAXINE WATSON is a BBC Commissioning Editor for Documentaries. Recent commissions include Absolutely Fashion: British Vogue, The Met, Elizabeth at 90, Camila’s Kids Company, The Class of 92: Out of their league, A World Without Down's Syndrome.
  • 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 Undefeated and Blackfish.
  • SIMON WOOD is Head of Sales at ITN Source, which represents footage libraries of Reuters, ITN, ITV Studios, Fox News, Fox Movietone, UTV, Asian News International and other specialist collections.
  • HANNAH WYATT is the Managing Director of Boundless where she oversees the company’s programme slate, which includes The Apprentice, Four Rooms, An Hour to Save Your Life, The World’s Best Diet and Grand Designs.
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