The Grierson Awards 2018: Judges

  • Jon Alwen is SVP of Non‑Fiction at London and LA‑based Pulse Films. Previously he was Head of Documentaries at Lion TV and before that spent four years as Executive Producer at Voltage TV.
  • Ben Anthony is a Grierson and multi-BAFTA-winning documentary and drama director known for a powerful but restrained approach to storytelling. His documentaries include 7/7: One Day in London and the recent Grenfell for BBC One.
  • Gaby Aung is a producer who had made documentaries for Minnow Films and Swan Films. She's worked on Grenfell for BBC One, Can We Live With Robots? for Channel 4 and American Justice for BBC Two.
  • Lucinda Axelsson is a multi-award-winning executive producer at OSF and former BBC Commissioning Editor. Recent credits include innovative wildlife drama Serengeti for BBC One and Discovery in the US, plus Snow Bears for BBC One.
  • Mobeen Azhar is a journalist and filmmaker. He has produced and presented content across BBC Television, Radio and Online for almost 15 years, with a BAFTA for Muslims Like Us, a Grierson Award and a Royal Television Society Award.
  • Mehreen Baig is a presenter, activist and blogger whose work explores a breadth of issues from faith to education. In 2016, Mehreen took part in BBC Two's Grierson and BAFTA–winning documentary Muslims Like Us.
  • Katie Bailiff is co-owner and creative director at Century Films. She is a multi-award-winning documentary and drama producer and titles include; The Secret History of Our Streets, Abused by My Girlfriend, Lifers, double BAFTA-winning Falling Apart and Feltham Sings.
  • Fran Baker has been Executive Producer at Blakeway North since 2015, looking after series and singles including BBC Three docs Stacey Dooley Investigates: Second Chance Sex Offenders, The Voices in My Head and Manchester Bomb: Our Story.
  • Jamie Balment runs Frank Films. He was a commissioning editor for Documentaries at the BBC 2015-18. As a filmmaker he has been nominated for Grierson Awards for Inside Billingsgate and Hunters of the South Seas.
  • Tom Barry is Director of Programmes at Raw. Credits include the Grierson award-winning Chris Packham; Asperger's and Me and Grierson and BAFTA-nominated feature documentary Three Identical Strangers.
  • Clare Beavan is a director. She has a Grierson Award, an International Emmy Award and also a number of BAFTA and RTS nominations. Recent work includes the documentaries Germaine Bloody Greer and Cindy Sherman #Untitled.
  • Jana Bennet OBE was most recently President of History Channel, FYI and Lifetime Movie Network, A+E Networks. Previously President of BBC Worldwide Networks and Global BBC iPlayer, Jana was also responsible for the BBC's UK TV channels as Director of BBC Television.
  • Ninder Billing is an executive producer at The Garden. She created the BAFTA-nominated Operation: Live, which pioneers a new grammar for live factual TV, and has since been produced internationally. She was previously Commissioning Editor for Factual and News at Channel 5.
  • Mike Birkhead has run his own production company, Mike Birkhead Associates for a long time. Latest films for the BBC include H is for Hawk, A New Chapter, Attenborough's Wonder of Eggs and Attenborough's Big Birds. In production is Attenborough's Wonder of Song.
  • Paul Blake is the owner and creative director of Maroon Productions and is known as the executive producer and director of Channel 5's Gangland and The Sex Business series.
  • Jack Bootle is a Commissioning Editor at the BBC for Natural History and Specialist Factual. Until 2014, he served as director of UK development at Raw, where he created and co-created BBC Two's Grierson-winning Chris Packham: Asperger's and Me and BBC One's Drowning In Plastic.
  • Lucy Bowden is an executive producer who has worked on rig shows, obs doc series, slow TV and drama docs and an award-winning advertising campaign for Cancer Research UK.
  • Katie Buchannan is Creative Director at Sundog Pictures and was responsible for films like Teachers Training to Kill, while as Head of Docs at Keo Films she Exec Produced The Romanians are Coming and Skint.
  • Gillian Burke is a biologist, presenter and voice-over artist who has been co-presenting BBC's Springwatch and its spin-offs since 2017. Most recently, she co-presented on Blue Planet UK, also on the BBC.
  • Leo Burley's recent My Dad, The Peace Deal and Me for BBC One won a Grierson Award in 2018, the Sandford St Martin Award in 2019 and was nominated as best documentary at the 2019 BAFTA Awards.
  • Carl Callam is Commissioning Executive at BBC Three, his commissions include Parkour Changed Our Lives and Houseshare. Current projects in development are about crime, the model industry, gender identity and other key issues at the forefront of young people's lives.
  • Don Cameron has been Business Manager of BBC Children's Programmes, Head of Commissioning for BBC One, and Channel Executive and Head of Planning and Scheduling for BBC Four then BBC Two. He is currently enjoying being for hire.
  • Mandy Chang is Commissioning Editor of BBC's global feature doc strand, Storyville. Recent films include One Child Nation and The Trial of Ratko Mladic. Mandy is a Grierson and Emmy-awarded filmmaker and was Head of Arts at the ABC.
  • 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.
  • Jo Clinton-Davis is Controller of Factual at ITV. Commissions include The Queen's Green Planet, Long Lost Family and 63 Up. Previously Head of Commissioning for UKTV and Independent Commissioning for BBC, commissions included Masterchef and Hairy Bikers. She was a BBC series Director and Producer.
  • Rob Coldstream is a director, executive producer and former Channel 4 Commissioning Editor. His most recent production, Jade: The Reality Star Who Changed Britain aired on Channel 4 in August.
  • Matthew Cox is joining the ITV Entertainment Commissioning team as Assistant Commissioner (maternity cover). An Executive Producer with credits including BAFTA-winning The Queen's 90th Birthday, A&E's ambitious USA documentary Ghost, ITV's Pride of Britain Awards and BBC's Don't Scream.
  • Mary Crisp is a freelance documentary series producer and director. She has overseen all three series of BBC Two's award-winning history format, A House Through Time.
  • Deborah Davies is a multi-award-winning reporter who is now part of the Al Jazeera Investigative Unit. She has broken exclusive stories from the UK and conflict zones around the world since the 70s.
  • Guy Davies is Commissioning Editor, Factual for Channel 5. Prior to this role, he was Head of Documentaries at ITN and Senior Executive Producer at Wall to Wall. He is also a BAFTA and Grierson award-winning programme maker.
  • Isabel Davis is HOP and EP for Pulse Films. With over 10 years of experience in television and film, her projects most recently include feature doc XY Chelsea and Netflix Spike Jonze-directed comedy special Aziz Anasari – Right Now.
  • Paul Davis is the Broadcast Sales Director for Getty Images, representing iconic collections such as the BBC, ITN News and Sky News. Paul's background as an editor and researcher enables him to work creatively with filmmakers.
  • Charlotte Dawes is a freelance series producer and development executive who has worked for all the major broadcasters. She's produced Hunted for Channel 4 and has just completed a new series, The Wedding Fixer for UKTV.
  • 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.
  • Anna Dickeson joined The Garden at the end of 2018. Prior to this, Anna worked as a freelance series producer/director and has extensive experience of fixed rig series and high-profile observational documentaries.
  • Sally Dixon is an award-winning freelance executive producer and showrunner working across multiple genres including live. Her credits include The Royal Wedding of Prince Harry And Meghan Markle, The Apprentice You're Fired and Live from Space.
  • Paul Dosaj is a multi-award-winning editor and producer. His credits include Kelly and her Sisters, Dreaming Lhasa, Miraculous Tales and The Detectives – Murder on the Streets. Recent work includes the feature doc The Changin' Times of Ike White.
  • David Dugan is Chairman and co-founder of Windfall Films. He has produced many Emmy and BAFTA-winning series including Inside Nature's Giants. Windfall has a thirty-year track record of creating innovative science, natural history and history series.
  • Lucie Duxbury is an Executive Producer at The Garden Productions where she oversees 24 Hours in A&E. Prior to this, she worked as a director on series such as 24 Hours in Police Custody, Educating Cardiff and Confessions of a Teacher.
  • Jacqui Edenbrow is an Executive Producer and Head of The Guardian's development and production studio. Her credits include the Grierson-winning Joy Division and nominated Teenage, Gray House, Chemsex and Halfway.
  • Liesel Evans is Creative Director of UK Factual at Raw TV: 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.
  • Joe Evans is a double BAFTA-winning producer and co-founder of Swan Films. His recent executive producer credits include The Curry House Kid and Grayson Perry: Rites of Passage.
  • Claire Ferguson is a documentary filmmaker who directed the critically-acclaimed Grierson-nominated Destination Unknown. As an editor she is known for films including Nick Broomfield's Aileen, Life and Death of a Serial Killer and The End of The Line.
  • 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, commissioning The Murder Detectives, My Son the Jihadi and The Romanians Are Coming.
  • Bruce Fletcher is a series director known for Crime and Punishment, Ambulance and 24 Hours in A&E.
  • Michael Fraser is a Series Producer at Wall to Wall. After spells at Tiger Aspect and RDF, Michael joined Wall to Wall in 2008 and has worked on shows including Back In Time For Dinner, The Voice UK and Glow Up.
  • Joby Gee has been editing since the Earth cooled. He's cut dinosaurs, doggers, nuclear disasters, headmasters, Santa, Hitler, babies, grannies, rappers, trappers, cloning dogs, cloning humans, Christians, amphibians, singers, right wingers, left wingers, swingers, Atlantis, cannabis, terrorists and Everest.
  • Jinx Godfrey is an editor on documentary and narrative features, most notably Man On Wire which won 26 awards worldwide, including the ACE Award for Best Documentary Editing.
  • Ross Goodlass is the Head of UK Development at Raw. His slate of projects include the RTS-winning Drowning in Plastic, Nadiya: Anxiety and Me, Abortion on Trial, and Acid Attack: My Story.
  • Dan Grabiner is Head of Unscripted at Amazon Studios, overseeing Prime Video's UK Originals, from The Grand Tour to the All or Nothing brand. Previously he was Head of Development at ITN.
  • Jaine Green is a British documentary maker and former stand-up comedian. She is now Head of Content for Discover.film, a short form channel, distribution company and organiser of short film festival The Discover Film Awards.
  • Julia Harrington is a freelance executive, formerly Director of Factual at Renegade, a filmmaker and Channel 4 Commissioning Editor known for Richard III: The King in the Carpark and drama series The Mill.
  • Nelufar Hedayat is a journalist and documentary host with work across Netflix, National Geographic, BBC and more. Her two investigative docuseries focus on systemic exploitation, international criminal networks and gives voice to vulnerable communities. Nelufar is the current correspondent for the Doha Debates.
  • Lorraine Heggessey was the first female controller of BBC One. She then became CEO of talkback Thames. She is Chair of The Grierson Trust and an independent advisor to the Channel 4 Growth Fund.
  • Afua Hirsch is the Wallis Annenberg Chair of journalism at the University of Southern California and a writer and columnist for The Guardian. She presents documentaries in the US and UK and is the author of the bestselling book Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging.
  • Danny Horan is Head of Factual at Channel 4, responsible for Documentaries and Specialist Factual. Previously he was a Documentaries Commissioning Editor at the BBC.
  • Steve Humphries is the Managing Director of Testimony Films and a multi-award-winning producer, director and executive producer of life story-based documentaries and histories. He recently received the RTS Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • Craig Hunter is Creative Director, Factual, STV Productions. 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.
  • Fraser James is an actor whose most recent work includes Origin for YouTube Premium and Terminator Dark Fate for 20th Century Fox. He is also founder and director of Underexposed Arts.
  • Marjorie Kaplan was President of Global Content Strategy at Discovery. Currently a mentor at Merryck & Co and the Channel 4 Indie Growth Fund, she's also a member of the board of trustees of The Grierson Trust and ProSiebenSat1.
  • Ruth Kelly is an Executive Producer at Expectation. Her slate includes BBC Two's Murder 24/7 and In the Shadow of Terror, plus Why Dad Killed Mum, a new series for BBC Three. She was previously at Minnow Films.
  • Niamh Kennedy is a documentary Director and drama Development Producer. Her work includes BBC Three's Abused by My Girlfriend plus BBC Two's Troubles: The Life After and The Corby Poisonings, currently in production.
  • Sidra Khan is a BAFTA award-winning producer/director and writer. She directed the first series of Wife Swap, Faking It and many more award-winning formats. She has a drama and a documentary about modern Muslim women in development with the BBC.
  • Fozia Khan is a commissioning editor in the documentaries department at Channel 4. Prior to joining, Fozia was Channel Commissioner for BBC Two and before that, she was Executive Producer at the Garden Productions where she has worked across development and production.
  • Jenny Kleeman is a journalist and author who has reported for Unreported World, Panorama and Vice News Tonight on HBO. Her book Sex Robots and Vegan Meat will be published by Picador in 2020.
  • Leanne Klein has been Chief Executive of Wall to Wall since 2014, after three years as the company's Creative Director. She is responsible for overseeing the company's increasingly diverse output across scripted, factual and entertainment.
  • Seetha Kumar is the CEO of ScreenSkills, the industry-led skills body for UK screen. She was BBC Online Controller and launched BBC HD, having previously worked as a programme-maker, leading series including Crimewatch UK.
  • Zoe Laughlin is the co-founder and Director of the Institute of Making at UCL. Designer, maker and materials engineer, she appeared on BBC Two's Big Life Fix and presents programmes on materials, making and engineering for BBC Four.
  • Alex Lawther is a British actor known for portraying James in the Channel 4 series The End of the F***ing World, and for his acclaimed role as Kenny in the season three episode Shut Up and Dance of the Netflix series Black Mirror.
  • 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.
  • Hugo Macgregor is an award-winning producer, director and series producer. BAFTA-shortlisted and nominated for numerous awards, he is known for Civilisations, A House Through Time and Inside the Royal Ballet, plus Kevin McCloud's Grand Designs.
  • Ali May is a writer, presenter and producer. He is interested in tackling sensitive issues, changing perceptions and igniting debate. A Cut Too Far? Male Circumcision was his original idea for BBC One.
  • Tom McDonald is currently head of Natural History and Specialist Factual commissioning at the BBC. Recent commissions include Drowning in Plastic, The Yorkshire Ripper Files, The Planets, Surgeons and Seven Worlds, One Planet. In January 2020 he will take up a new role as Director of Factual for BBC Studios.
  • Steve Montgomery is an award-winning documentary and current affairs director/director of photography. He is the founder and Managing Director of Creation Company Films.
  • Dragos Munteanu is an Events Manager for the music company Audio Network. He's also a DJ and music radio host having curated regular shows on stations such as NTS Radio, Red Light Radio and Netil Radio.
  • Shaminder Nahal is Commissioning Editor for Arts and Topical Specialist Factual at Channel 4. She commissioned Superkids: Breaking Away from Care, The Curry House Kid with Akram Khan and 100 Vaginas. She was previously Deputy Editor of Channel 4 News and Newsnight.
  • David Nath is a triple BAFTA and Grierson award-winning documentary and drama director who now runs Story Films. His work includes The Murder Detectives and The Interrogation of Tony Martin.
  • Karen O'Connor is a media consultant and executive coach, with 30 years' experience in journalism, current affairs commissioning, factual production and editorial leadership.
  • 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.
  • Louise Osmond started her career as a journalist before moving into documentaries. Her work includes Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach, BIFA and Sundance-winning Dark Horse, Grierson-winning Deep Water and RTS-winning Richard III – The King in the Car Park.
  • Ed Perkins is an Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker whose work includes Black Sheep and the Grierson award-winning Garnet's Gold. His latest film is a Netflix Original feature documentary called Tell Me Who I Am.
  • Ash Potterton is an Executive Producer at Arrow Media, where he has delivered high-profile science and history shows, including Earth From Space and Battle of Britain: Return of the Spitfires for Channel 4.
  • Abigail Priddle is a BBC Commissioning Editor in Specialist Factual. Her recent credits include Chris Packham: Asperger's And Me, Landfill: A Rubbish History and The Yorkshire Ripper Files.
  • James Quinn is CEO of Big Wheel Film & Television.
  • Dan Reed is an Emmy and BAFTA-winning director known for Terror in Mumbai, The Paedophile Hunter and Leaving Neverland.
  • Sophy Rickett is an award-winning artist and writer. Her work has been exhibited widely both internationally and in the UK. She is Senior Lecturer in Photography at UAL, and Co-Director of the online platform HI-NOON.
  • Raphael Rowe joined the BBC in 2001 as a reporter for the radio news programme, Today. He is an investigative journalist, best known for his work with BBC Panorama. He is currently presenting a series on Netflix.
  • Charlie Russell is a BAFTA, Emmy and Grierson award-winning filmmaker whose documentaries include Chris Packham: Asperger's And Me, Terry Pratchett: Choosing To Die and The Trouble With Dad. He is the co-founder of Curious Films.
  • Gussy Sakula-Barry is a producer and director who has worked on a range of documentaries including Searching for Mum for BBC Two, Bats, Balls and Bradford Girls for BBC Three and Grayson Perry: All Man for Channel 4.
  • Ben Samuel is Creative Director, Development at Lightbox. He was previously Director of Development at Dragonfly, where he was responsible for BBC Two's Last Chance Clinic plus BBC One's Birth and Grierson-winning My Dad, The Peace Deal and Me.
  • 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.
  • Catey Sexton is an award-winning documentary director best known for intimate powerful documentaries, most recently double Grierson-nominated, BAFTA-nominated and RTS-winner of single documentary for feature length, Raped: My Story.
  • Tanya Shaw is Managing Director at Shine TV. Previously she was a Commissioning Editor for Features and Formats for BBC One and Two, as well as for Specialist Factual at Channel 4.
  • Kim Shillinglaw is Director of Factual, EndemolShine. Previously Controller at BBC Two and BBC Four's Head of Natural History and Science, plus Commissioner of Children's Entertainment. Her credits include Muslims Like Us, Exodus, Frozen Planet, Planet Earth II and Horrible Histories.
  • Sanjay Singhal is Chief Executive of Voltage TV Productions. Recent commissions include feature-length documentaries, One Deadly Weekend in America for BBC Three and Ant and Dec's DNA Journey for ITV. Before Voltage he ran Dragonfly Film and TV.
  • Kevin Smalley is the UK Broadcast Sales Manager for Getty Images with over 20 years' experience in the industry via account management and business development roles.
  • John Smithson is Creative Director of Arrow Pictures. Films he has produced include the award-winning Touching the Void, 127 Hours, Deep Water, Falling Man and Sherpa.
  • Alex Sunderland is a series producer and director. Her credits include 24 hours in A and E, The Secret Life of 4 and 5 Year Olds and RTS award-winning Our Dancing Town.
  • Kate Teckman is Factual Entertainment Commissioning Editor at ITV. She was previously at Channel 4, where she commissioned shows including the BAFTA-winning Grand Designs, two-time BAFTA and Broadcast award-winning Embarrassing Bodies and Restoration Man.
  • Kate Townsend is a commissioner for Original Documentaries at Netflix, where she oversees series and feature documentaries including Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened, The Great Hack and Killer Rating. She has directed and produced many factual programmes including Louis Theroux's Weird Weekends.
  • Jessie Versluys is a freelance executive producer, most recently on 24 Hours in Police Custody. Previously, Jessie directed films such as Katie: My Beautiful Face and The Murder Workers. She is BAFTA-winning and Grierson-nominated.
  • Jackie Waldock is an executive producer. Her work includes the BAFTA-nominated and RTS-winning Hospital, BAFTA-nominated The Secret Life of 4 and 5 Year Olds and 24 Hours in A&E.
  • Dominique Walker is Executive Producer at Voltage TV, working on Channel 4's The British Tribe Next Door. Previous credits include RTS award-winning Drowning in Plastic, BAFTA-nominated Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs and BAFTA-winning Jamie's School Dinners.
  • Andy Worboys is a BAFTA-winning film editor. He is known for his work on Tell Me Who I Am, The Imposter and Hillsborough.
  • Teresa Watkins is a senior creative with a track record for creating and exec-ing big series across all factual genres, including the multi-award-winning The Secret Life of 4 Year Olds, which won a Grierson in 2016.
  • Maxine Watson is Twenty Twenty's Director of Programmes. Previously a commissioner for documentaries across BBC One and Two, she commissioned award-winning series like Who Do You Think You Are and Reported Missing, and executive produced A House Through Time.
  • Tom Watt-Smith is a multi-award-winning director and executive producer making prime time shows for the BBC, Channel 4 and Netflix. Titles include Drowning in Plastic, Big Life Fix, and The Vatican Girl.
  • Andy Whittaker is the founder of Dogwoof, the international sales company and leading theatrical film distributor of theatrical documentaries. Films include Blackfish, The Act of Killing and the recently released Free Solo.
  • Alex Williamson is an award-winning executive producer who founded Offspring Films. Alex was previously a senior member of the BBC Natural History Unit, where he oversaw series like Planet Earth II, Wonders of the Monsoon and Animal Super Senses.
  • Adam Wishart is a producer/director who won a Grierson Award for Monkeys, Rats and Me, and was nominated for The Price of Life, and 23 Week Babies. This year he made GPs: Why Can't I Get an Appointment?
  • Paddy Wivell is a BAFTA-winning and Grierson-nominated director. He's been making films for twenty years and his credits include Prison, Bedlam and The Tribe.
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