The Grierson Awards 2020: Judges

  • Abigail Priddle is a BBC Commissioning Editor, her projects include What’s the Matter with Tony Slattery? , BAFTA-winning The Yorkshire Ripper Files and Confronting Holocaust Denial with David Baddiel.
  • Alice Mayhall is a BAFTA award-winning series producer. Her credits include Bedlam and Kids On The Edge for Channel 4 and Agony & Ecstasy: A Year with English National Ballet for BBC Four.
  • Alisa Pomeroy is a Commissioning Editor for Documentaries at Channel 4. She commissioned the multi-award-winning Jade: The Reality Star Who Changed Britain as well as The Family Secret, Crime and Punishment and the feature, Barrymore: The Body in the Pool.
  • Amol Rajan is a broadcaster at the BBC. The corporation’s first Media Editor, he also presents for The One Show, on Radio 2, and Radio 4; is a judge on MasterChef; and presented BBC Two documentary, How To Break Into the Elite. He used to be Editor of The Independent.
  • Amy Flanagan is Head of Documentaries, History and Arts at BBC Studios. Previously Co-Creative Director at Expectation and Deputy Head of Factual at Channel 4, she commissioned The Murder Detectives, My Son the Jihadi and The Romanians Are Coming.
  • Andy Dunn is an executive producer at ITN Productions. He specialises in creative and original popular factual formats, documentaries, features and current affairs.
  • Andy Whittaker is Founder and Chair of Dogwoof. He founded the company in 2003 as a film distributor and financier, with a focus on social issues and true stories. Films include Apollo 11 and Free Solo.
  • Anna Price is a film editor. Projects include Grierson-winning The Trial of Ratko Mladic and Once Upon a Time in Iraq: Fallujah, as well as many programmes for Louis Theroux.
  • Ashley Francis-Roy is a filmmaker from Leeds. In 2019 he was the winner of Channel 4’s prestigious First Cut Pitch. He’s recently produced and directed two acclaimed single films for Channel 4.
  • Ashok Prasad is an Emmy award-winning producer/director making observational docs, specialist factual and international current affairs. Recent productions include Rhythms of India for BBC Arts and Has Political Correctness Gone Mad? for Channel 4.
  • Asif Kapadia is a BAFTA, Academy Award, Grierson and Grammy-winning director. He has directed fiction and non-fiction, his drama includes The Warrior and is best known for his trilogy of archive constructed biographical documentaries Senna, Amy and Diego Maradona.
  • Barnaby Coughlin is an executive producer at Label1 and 2019 Grierson winner for First Dates Hotel. Prior to that he directed documentaries and fact ent series for all the main broadcasters.
  • Ben Anthony is a director known for documentaries on challenging subjects including BAFTA-winning films Grenfell and 7/7: One Day In London. Ben is currently making a feature length film about the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Ben Brown is a documentary film editor barely nudging 20 years in the job.
  • Bettany Hughes, FSA OBE is an award-winning historian, author and broadcaster, specialising in international history. She is Creative Director of SandStone Global Productions and has written and presented over 50 TV and radio documentaries for all major broadcasters in the UK and North America.
  • Carl Callam works across BBC One, BBC Two and BBC Three. He is currently working on an authored film about race by Leigh-Anne Pinnock and the award-winning Hospital series. Recent commissions include Models: Street to Catwalk, HouseShare and Shame in the Game.
  • Cate Hall is a Creative Director in the Documentary Unit at BBC Studios, she has worked at 72 Films and Wall to Wall and has a background in history programming.
  • Catey Sexton is an award-winning documentary maker, most recently double Grierson-nominated and BAFTA-nominated for 90-minute documentary Raped: My Story and this year nominated for Hometown: A Killing.
  • Cherish Oteka is an award-winning documentary filmmaker who produced and directed BBC One’s Too Gay for God? . Cherish is also a content strategist working across broadcast TV and digital, currently overseeing the output for the UK’s leading LGBT+ content creator, Pink News.
  • Claire Ferguson has edited documentaries such as the award-winning Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer and The End of the Line. Her directorial work includes Destination Unknown, nominated for a Grierson Award in 2017.
  • Clare Richards is a documentary director with 13 years’ experience of making series and singles across broadcast TV. Her last film What’s The Matter With Tony Slattery? went out on BBC Two’s Horizon strand.
  • Craig Hassall is CEO of the Royal Albert Hall and prior to this was CEO of Opera Australia. He’s also been CEO of English National Ballet, COO of Raymond Gubbay Ltd and consulted on cultural aspects of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
  • Craig Hunter is Creative Director, Factual at STV Studios and responsible for its new factual and daytime slate. Formerly Lead Commissioning Editor for Specialist Factual and Natural History at the BBC, Craig commissioned Drowning in Plastic and The Parkinson’s Drug Trial: A Miracle Cure?
  • Danny Horan is Head of Factual at Channel 4. Recent successes include Grayson's Art Club, Jade, Barrymore, Snackmasters and The Dog House. He is particularly keen to work more across the nations and regions, increase diversity on and off screen, and increase the number of female and black and ethnic minority directors.
  • David DeHaney is Creative Director of Proper Content. He is an award-winning director and executive producer who has held senior positions in the UK’s leading production houses, including Love Productions, Nutopia, Victory, Firecracker and the BBC.
  • David Devenney is Head of Development in BBC Studios' Documentary Unit, where he has developed award-winning titles across documentary, history and arts including BBC Two’s This Farming Life, The Flu That Killed 50 Million and drama, Queers for BBC Four.
  • Des Daniels is a producer director making character-led docs, specialist factual and current affairs films. Recent programmes include Ovie Soko: Life After Reality TV and Escaping Gangs: Death, Jail or Redemption for the BBC.
  • Diene Petterle is Darlow Smithson’s creative director, where most recently she exec’ed the critically acclaimed feature documentary, In Cold Blood. She was a commissioning editor in Specialist Factual at the BBC and is a BAFTA and Emmy-winning filmmaker.
  • Donna Taberer is Head of Talent, BBC Content and is also director of the prestigious ScreenSkills Series Producer Programme. She is a former Sky and Channel 5 commissioner and a documentary producer.
  • Ed Balls is a broadcaster, writer and economist. A former MP and Cabinet Minister, he now makes political and economic documentaries. His interests include learning the piano, cooking, sailing and supporting Norwich City.
  • Elizabeth Clough was a producer at the BBC working in News and Current Affairs and then Documentaries. She worked as a Commissioning Editor at Channel 4, ran Mentorn Media’s Oxford office, before becoming a freelance executive producer.
  • Eloise King is an award-winning interdisciplinary filmmaker and current 2020: Field of Vision, Firelight Documentary Lab, John Brabourne Award and Logan non-fiction fellowship grantee. As a former commissioner and Global Executive Producer at VICE, she led a multi-award-winning international documentary team.
  • Emeka Onono is an executive producer and award-winning director, known for The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs, Unsolved: The Man with No Alibi and Land of Anarchy.
  • Emily Lawson is an executive producer and award-winning documentary maker behind multiple documentaries including Crime and Punishment, Secret Life of 4, 5 and 6 Year Olds and Supervet for Channel 4, plus Reported Missing for BBC One.
  • Emily Ng is a media industry professional and a keen enthusiast for media culture, dedicating her career to supporting innovation within the media industry. Emily holds a BSc Economics from the London School of Economics and MA Documentary Films from London College of Communication, UAL.
  • Felicity Morris is an award-winning filmmaker and Head of US Documentary Development at RAW where she has both originated and produced a number of documentaries and series including, Don’t F**k with Cats. She is currently directing her first feature documentary.
  • Fergus O’Brien has had an illustrious career in factual as a producer/director and an executive producer. He’s now directing drama with credits that include the award-winning factual dramas, Against The Law and Mother’s Day.
  • Fozia Khan is a Commissioning Editor for Documentaries at Channel 4 where she oversees 24 Hours in Police Custody and more recently commissioned Damilola: The Boy Next Door. She joined Channel 4 from BBC Two and prior to this, Fozia was an Executive Producer at The Garden.
  • Francesca Maudslay is a freelance BAFTA-nominated executive producer, who works across both specialist factual and factual entertainment projects.
  • Franny Moyle worked extensively for the BBC as a Creative Director and ultimately Commissioner for Music and Arts, before becoming a freelance executive in 2005. She is now a full-time writer.
  • Gagan Rehill is a feature documentary producer and BAFTA-winning TV producer of the 2019 series Louis Theroux: Altered States. Before working across a number of award-winning documentaries, Gagan had a career in marketing in-house at Channel 4.
  • George Alagiah is presenter of BBC News at Six, Britain’s most watched news programme. Before that George was an award-winning foreign correspondent. He is the author of two non-fiction books on Africa and multiculturalism. His first novel is The Burning Land.
  • Georgia Braham is a Producer specialising in history documentaries. Currently working on the new BBC series Unforgotten (WT), past credits include We’ll Meet Again for PBS and The Face of Britain for the BBC.
  • Gurinder Chadha, OBE is a filmmaker with an illustrious body of work over 30 years. She is known for directing feature films Blinded by the Light, Viceroy’s House and Bend It Like Beckham.
  • Guy Davies' commissions include Michael Palin In North Korea, the RTS-winning Raped: My Story, and 999: Critical Condition. He was previously Head of Documentaries at ITN Productions and Senior Executive Producer at Wall to Wall.
  • Harjeet Chhokar is commissioning editor at Channel 4, working across Documentaries and Specialist Factual. Recent commissions include Is Covid Racist? and Sing it Loud. Before joining the broadcaster, Harjeet was a series producer across documentaries.
  • Jack Bootle is Head of Commissioning for Science and Natural History at the BBC.
  • Jago Lee is Creative Director at Blakeway Productions. Previously founder and Managing Director at Nerd, his credits include How to Rob a Bank and Orangutan Jungle School.
  • James House is director of the Grierson and BAFTA-nominated first episode of Thatcher: A Very British Revolution. Previous work includes Grayson Perry: Rites of Passage, and the BAFTA-winning first series of One Born Every Minute.
  • James Quinn is CEO of Big Wheel Film & Television and a trustee of The Grierson Trust.
  • Jamie Campbell is co-founder and co-creative director of Eleven. Recent credits include Sex Education for Netflix.
  • Jane Lush was a producer at the BBC, becoming Controller BBC Daytime before heading up Entertainment and Comedy. She commissioned hits including Strictly Come Dancing, The Apprentice, and The Weakest Link. She was Chair of BAFTA from 2016-18.
  • Jane Merkin is a multi-award-winning freelance executive and series producer in social issue documentary and current affairs programming, including Exodus: Our Journey to Europe, Carry on Brussels: Inside the EU and Shame in the Game.
  • Janey Ayoade is a Grierson-winning documentary filmmaker known for amazing access, observational docs and current affairs films. She has worked across most platforms, has recently founded Black Seed Films and is currently working on MTV’S True Life Crime series.
  • Joff Wilson is Executive Producer at Remarkable Television. He was central in devising the highly acclaimed Your Home Made Perfect series for the BBC, using visual effects and virtual reality in a TV first.
  • Kate Townsend is Director of Original Documentaries for Netflix. Recent projects include the series Tiger King, Don't F**ck with Cats and Bad Boy Billionaires and the features, Dick Johnson is Dead, FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened and Tell Me Who I Am.
  • Katie Piper is a best-selling international author, inspirational speaker, TV presenter and charity campaigner.
  • Lara Akeju is ITV Commissioning Editor for Daytime Entertainment. Previously in commissioning at Channel 5, she has also held senior roles at Channel 4 and directed documentaries and factual series for the BBC and other major broadcasters.
  • Laura McNaught is an award-winning producer with a background in current affairs who is currently producing a feature-length documentary about the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Liam Keelan is the VP for Original Production for Disney across the EMEA region. He was formerly Director of Scripted Content at BBC Studios and before that, Controller of BBC Daytime.
  • Liana Stewart is a freelance producer/director making observational documentaries. Recent productions include Black and Welsh, My First Time and The Next Step With George the Poet.
  • Liesel Evans is Creative Director of UK Factual at RAW: an award-winning company with a reputation for producing high quality factual programming. She is currently overseeing a raft of projects for all the key broadcasters and SVODs.
  • Liz Bonnin is a science and natural history broadcaster who has presented such programmes as Blue Planet Live and Drowning in Plastic. She is currently fronting What Planet Are We On? , a new BBC Podcast that explores our impact on the natural world.
  • Liz Tucker is an award-winning documentary executive producer and director as well as the Chair of Women in Film and TV, UK.
  • Lizzie Kempton is an award-winning director. Films include Manchester Bomb: Our Story, The Case of Sally Challen and recently she directed her first film for Netflix. Prior to directing, Lizzie was a Producer on films How To Die: Simon’s Choice and Chris Packham: Asperger’s & Me.
  • Lorraine Heggessey is a trailblazing media executive who has held some of television’s most demanding roles. She was the first female Controller of BBC One and former CEO of talkbackTHAMES. She’s an advisor to Channel 4’s Growth Fund.
  • Louis Theroux is a filmmaker, journalist, broadcaster, and author. He is best known for presenting BBC documentaries like Louis Theroux’s Weird Weekends and the more recent Life on the Edge and Altered States series.
  • Louisa Compton is Head of News and Current Affairs and Sport at Channel 4.
  • Lucie Duxbury is an Executive Producer at The Garden where she is currently overseeing a new series of 24 Hours in A&E. She previously worked as a producer/director across a range of fixed-rig, history and arts documentaries for the BBC and Channel 4.
  • Lucy Pilkington is the founder and CEO of Milk and Honey Productions. Throughout her distinguished career as a commissioning editor, executive producer and award-winning programme maker, she has championed diversity of thought and vision.
  • Lucy Sandys-Winsch is a multi-award-nominated executive producer, development executive and series producer who has worked for all the major broadcasters and has a strong track record across landmark documentary strands.
  • Mandy Chang is the Commissioning Editor of the BBC’s feature documentary strand, Storyville. Recent credits include One Child Nation, Welcome to Chechnya, The Fourth Estate and The Trials of Oscar Pistorius. She is also an award-winning filmmaker with two Grierson Awards.
  • Marina Parker is an award-winning winning filmmaker. Her credits include Between Life and Death, The Murder Trial, Life and Death Row, Ugly Me and Anna: The Woman Who Went To Fight ISIS.
  • Marjorie Kaplan was President of Global Content at Discovery. Currently Head of Faculty at Merryck & Co and a creative mentor for the Channel 4 Indie Growth Fund, she is also a member of the board of The Grierson Trust and NED at ProSiebenSat1.
  • Michael Harte is a BAFTA-winning, Emmy-nominated editor. He is best known for editing Three Identical Strangers and Don't F**k With Cats.
  • Michele Kurland is a Grierson, RTS and BAFTA-winning Executive Producer. Her credits include Gareth Malone’s The Choir, First Dates, First Dates Hotel, The Apprentice and Junior Apprentice.
  • Monty Halls is a television producer, travel writer, biologist, expedition leader, and presenter. He has been telling stories - many of them rather tall - from around the world for thirty years.
  • Mukti Jain Campion is founder of Culture Wise. She trained at the BBC and produced television and radio documentaries for over 30 years. Currently she serves as a panel member for the Audio Content Fund and is Chair of the Advisory Board of the Sir Lenny Henry Centre for Media Diversity.
  • Neil Harvey is an award-winning documentary cinematographer. His work spans the genre, from feature docs for the likes of BBC, Netflix and theatrical release.
  • Nevine Mabro is Deputy Editor of Channel 4 News and Executive Producer of the Oscar-nominated feature documentary For Sama.
  • Nick Metcalfe is an award-winning Executive Producer at Arrow Media. Recent credits include Apocalypse Cow for Channel 4, America in Color for Smithsonian, and Body Cam for Investigation Discovery.
  • Nicole Kleeman is an award-winning Exec and MD of Firecrest Films. Her credits include The Truth About Amazon, Lifers Behind Bars and undercover investigations Inside Facebook and The Truth About Chlorinated Chicken.
  • Nina Nannar is the Arts Editor of ITV News, which she joined in 2002 from the BBC and where she covers specialist arts and media stories. She is also a reporter on ITV’s On Assignment documentary series.
  • Ninder Billing is the Head of Specialist Factual at The Garden. Most recently she created the twice BAFTA-nominated Operation Live and is responsible for new specialist factual formats and documentaries. She was previously Commissioning Editor for Factual and News at Channel 5.
  • Oli Harbottlle is Head of Distribution and Acquisitions at Dogwoof and is responsible for acquisitions and overseeing all film releases, which in recent years have included Three Identical Strangers, Free Solo and Apollo 11.
  • Pat Younge is an award-winning journalist and former head of BBC Television Production and US Cable network, Travel Channel Media. He co-founded Sugar Films in 2015, which he left to launch Cardiff Productions in May 2020.
  • Paul Heaney co-founded Distributor Bossanova to work closer with the production community across co-development, co-creation, co-production and more. Previously he founded unscripted distributor TCB Media Rights and he also started Cineflix Rights (née International).
  • Poppy Dixon recently joined Sky as Director, Documentaries and Factual, where she looks after commissioning for Sky Documentaries, Sky Crime and Sky Nature. Previously she was a Producer of feature docs and factual television.
  • Rachel Johnson is a journalist, author, and broadcaster who hosts LBC on Sunday evenings.
  • Reva Sharma is an executive producer and Head of Global Development at Minnow Films. With a career rooted in journalism, Reva spent more than a decade making current affairs programmes at the BBC and most recently series produced the Netflix series Bad Boy Billionaires.
  • Rita Daniels is a Commissioning Editor in Channel 4’s Documentaries Department. She is across a variety of returning series including 24 Hours in A&E, the Educating series and First Dates as well as the first-time director’s strand, First Cut.
  • Rob Coldstream is a director, executive producer and former Channel 4 Commissioning Editor. Credits include The Trump Show, Jade: The Reality Star Who Changed Britain, Last Days of Anne Boleyn, Psychopath Night and The Execution of Gary Glitter.
  • Russell Brand’s career spans comedy, acting, broadcasting and writing. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Recovery: Freedom from our Addictions and his weekly podcast, Under the Skin is available on Luminary.
  • Sanjay Singhal is co-founder of the factual indie, Voltage TV. He oversees a wide-ranging slate including Ant and Dec's DNA Journey for ITV, The British Tribe Next Door for Channel 4, Inside The Factory for BBC Two and feature-documentary, One Deadly Weekend in America for BBC Three.
  • Sara Evans is an award-winning documentary series editor and series producer. Her recent credits include 24 Hours in Police Custody, Hospital and Educating Greater Manchester.
  • Sarah Harris has been deputy head of development at RAW since 2018, working on a broad range of factual content for all the major UK broadcasters and streaming platforms.
  • Shona Thompson is an Executive Producer at BBC Studios. Her recent credits include The Met: Policing London for BBC One, Inside The Foreign Office for BBC Two and The Mysterious Murder of Nipsey Hussle for BBC Three.
  • Sian Williams is a journalist and broadcaster who’s made around fifteen thousand hours of radio and TV over the past 35 years. She’s also an author, a registered psychotherapist and a final year Doctoral student.
  • Simon Chinn is a double Academy Award and double BAFTA-winning producer and co-founder of Lightbox. He is responsible for some of the most successful feature documentaries of recent years including Man on Wire and Searching for Sugar Man.
  • Simon Singh worked alongside John Lynch on the BAFTA-winning documentary Fermat’s Last Theorem, and then went on to write a book on the same subject. He has since written several international bestselling science books.
  • Sophie Jones is an Executive Producer at Minnow Films. Prior to this her series producing and directing credits include Losing It: Our Mental Health Emergency, NHS Heroes: Fighting to Save Our Lives, Hospital and BAFTA-nominated 24 Hours in A&E.
  • Sophie Raworth is a journalist and broadcaster, who regularly presents the 1, 6 and 10 o’clock news on BBC One. She has presented many other BBC programmes from Watchdog and Crimewatch to Panorama documentaries.
  • Sreya Biswas is a Commissioning Editor in Science and Natural History at the BBC, overseeing a number of series including Surgeons: At the Edge of Life, The Diagnosis Detectives and Animals With Cameras II. Formerly Sreya was an Exec Producer at Naked, US.
  • Stephen S. Thompson is a novelist, screenwriter and documentary filmmaker. Known for novels Toy Soldiers, Missing Joe, Meet Me Under The Westway and No More Heroes and his TV drama Sitting in Limbo, he is also editor and publisher of literary journal, The Colverstone Review.
  • Susan Spindler made scientific and medical documentaries at the BBC and was later Controller of Drama Production and Deputy Director of Drama, Entertainment and Children’s. Her first novel will be published by Virago in 2021.
  • Tanya Motie is a former Channel Exec for BBC One and Three and Commissioning Exec for CBBC. Whilst in newsgathering, she produced the award-winning series What’s Left of Communism? . Now retired, Tanya is a diversity mentor and advisor.
  • Terry Payne has been a journalist for more than 40 years, the last 20 of which have been spent at the Radio Times commissioning the magazine’s factual content.
  • Thandie Newton OBE is a BAFTA and EMMY-winning actor well-known for roles in Beloved, Crash, Mission Impossible 2, BBC drama, Line of Duty and most recently HBO’s Westworld. Activist and philanthropist, she is board member for V-Day whose goal is to end violence against women worldwide.
  • Toby Amies has not won any awards. Nevertheless, he persists in making short and long form documentaries about art, time, death, love, and the glorious humanity to be found amongst them.
  • Tom McDonald is the Director of Factual for BBC Studios Productions. He oversees three factual units, currently in production with close to 100 projects for the BBC, Channel 4, Discovery, Apple TV+, Netflix and more. He was previously in commissioning at the BBC.
  • Victoria Silver is a freelance documentary director and executive producer. She mostly makes films for Channel 4 and the BBC.
  • Yemi Bamiro is a British documentary director from London. Yemi has directed documentary films for a host of UK and US broadcasters, ranging from the BBC, Channel 4, Sky and VICELAND. Yemi’s debut feature film, One Mand and His Shoes, was released globally in 2020.
  • Zac Beattie is The Garden’s Head of Documentaries. Credits as an exec and filmmaker include Gun No. 6, 24 Hours in Police Custody, Our Borough, Keeping Britain Alive, Make Me Normal and The Trouble With Love & Sex.
  • Zak Ové is a multi-disciplinary British/Caribbean artist. His work focuses on the history and lore carried through the African diaspora to the Caribbean, Britain and beyond focusing on traditions of masking and masquerade.
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