Judges 2022

  • Nelson Adeosun is a two-time RTS and BAFTA award-winning producer and director who has produced shows for the BBC, ITV, Sky Sports, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Hulu. 

 

  • Ade Adepitan MBE is a TV presenter, Paralympic medallist, journalist and father. A successful international Paralympic wheelchair basketball player and renowned broadcaster, his recent work includes Our Changing Planet and Climate Change: Ade on the Frontline for the BBC. Ade is also one of the co-hosts on Children in Need’s annual live appeal show. 

 

  • Ella Al-Shamahi is a palaeoanthropologist and evolutionary biologist specialising in expeditions in politically unstable territories, as well as a stand-up comic. As a presenter, her most recent programmes include Tutankhamun: Secrets of the Tomb, Our Changing Planet, What Killed the Whale?, My Arab Spring and Why Do We Do That? 

 

  • Xavier Alford is a Grierson award-winning documentary director. He has had a 20-year-long career self-shooting a range of broadcast series, single documentaries and shorts for the BBC. Ten years ago, Xavier was diagnosed with a rare chronic illness, which was the subject of his last project, Locked In: Breaking the Silence

 

  • Mohammed Ali is a street artist that uses his art to empower communities, often celebrating community stories around faith and migration. For nearly two decades, he has created murals, art installations, live performances and outdoor film projections to get people to investigate each other’s lives in an increasingly polarised society. 

 

  • Elena Andreicheva is an Oscar and BAFTA award-winning documentary producer and filmmaker. Her work spans hard-hitting subjects such as human trafficking (Saving the Cybersex Girls), immigration (Polish Go Home), sports and human rights (Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You're a Girl)) and My Life: I’m Like A Fish

 

  • Ben Anthony is an acclaimed documentary and drama director best known for powerful films centring on people facing trauma and adversity. His films include Grenfell, Don’t Take My Baby and 7/7: One Day in London

 

  • Daisy Asquith is a Grierson-winning documentary filmmaker with 25 director credits for the BBC, Channel 4, Irish Film Board and the BFI. She wrote her PhD in Creative and Critical Practise thesis on the One Direction fandom’s reaction to her film about them. Daisy teaches the MA Screen Documentary at Goldsmiths in between making films. 

 

  • Poppy Begum is a BAFTA-nominated director, an award-winning podcaster and most recently a performer on stage. She has produced and directed observational docs, specialist factual and worked in current affairs. Known for her provocative and controversial narratives and character-led story telling. Poppy’s most recent film was the award-nominated Queens of Rap for Channel 4. 

 

  • Heenan Bhatti is founder of Leeds-based indie ClockWork Films and a filmmaker whose work has won awards at BAFTA, RTS, Rose d’Or, Sandford St Martin, Broadcast and Prix Europa. His credits include Ramadan in Lockdown, The Real Gary Glitter, Make Bradford British, and Tan France: Beauty and the Bleach

 

  • Joanna Boateng is a documentary producer whose credits include the BAFTA and RTS award-winning Uprising, the BAFTA-nominated Nail Bomber: Manhunt and the BAFTA-winning Grenfell. She was one of the Edinburgh TV Festival’s Ones to Watch in 2019/20. 

 

  • Paul Brand is the UK Editor for ITV News and the presenter of ITV Tonight. His landmark scoops exposing the Partygate scandal helped cost Boris Johnson his career. In 2020 Paul was named Political Journalist of the Year at the British Journalism Awards for his reporting on the impact of COVID-19 in care homes. 

 

  • Sabrina Burnard is a documentary film editor. Her career spans 30 years working mainly in broadcast television. Sabrina’s films and series have won numerous awards and nominations, including at BAFTA, the Griersons, RTS, the Emmys and Jackson Wild. 

 

  • Otto Burnham is an Emmy, RTS and ACE Eddie award-winning film editor who really, really loves editing. His work includes Trust No One, Rising Phoenix, Formula 1: Drive to Survive and The Detectives

 

  • Chloe Campbell is currently directing the BBC Two series Murder in the Pacific (working title). Prior to this, she was the series director of The Surrogates for BBC Three as well as the producer-director of BBC productions America’s Child Brides, Car Crash: Who’s Lying?, Forensics: The Real CSI and Ellie Undercover: Rent for Sex

 

  • Arthur Cary is a BAFTA and Grierson award-winning documentary director. His films include Surviving 9/11, War in the Blood, The Last Survivors and Louis Theroux: Savile

 

  • Harjeet Chhokar is an Unscripted Executive in the Amazon Studios UK Originals team working across the slate on shows such as All or Nothing: Arsenal, Three Mothers (working title) and The Greatest Show Never Made (working title). Prior to joining Amazon Studios, Harjeet was a Commissioning Editor in the Channel 4 Factual Commissioning team. 

 

  • George Chignell is a BAFTA-nominated feature documentary producer and Executive Producer. Her recent credits include Explorer, Citizen K and The Wonderful: Stories from the Space Station

 

  • Simon Chinn is a double BAFTA and double Academy award-winning producer and co-founder of Lightbox. His credits include Man on Wire, Searching for Sugar Man, My Scientology Movie, LA 92, Tell Me Who I Am, Whitney, Tina and The Princess

 

  • Des Daniels is a director who, over the last 20 years, has worked across all types of factual, from current affairs to documentary and specialist factual. His credits include The Black American Fight for Freedom, Ghislaine: Partner in Crime and Who Do You Think You Are? 

 

  • Jay Davidson has a career spanning broadcast, youth brands and music. Currently Head of Talent with The TV Collective's Breakthrough Leaders Programme, Jay is a former Channel Executive and led commissioning of the BBC Two/Four Black and British season. Jay has broadcast credits for BBC Documentaries and BBC Music. 

 

  • Guy Davies commissions factual across Channel 5 and Paramount+. His recent commissions include Michael Palin: Into Iraq, 999: Critical Condition, Forensics: Murder and the re-boot of Challenge Anneka. A BAFTA and Grierson winner, Guy was Head of Documentaries at ITN and Senior Executive Producer at Wall to Wall. 

 

  • Rowan Deacon is an award-wining director. Her films include Jimmy Savile: A British Horror Story, How to Die: Simon’s Choice, The Case of Sally Challen and Our War: Goodbye Afghanistan

 

  • David DeHaney launched Proper Content in 2017, producing entertaining programmes with social purpose. Highlights include Grierson award-winning Suicidal: In Our Own Words for Channel 5 and the BAFTA, Rose d'Or and Grierson award-winning series The School That Tried to End Racism for Channel 4. 

 

  • Dan Dewsbury is a multi-award-winning producer-director and cameraperson whose credits range from Louis Theroux: Forbidden America, Ian Wright: Home Truths, The Mighty Redcar, Crime and Punishment and The Detectives. In 2020, he won the BAFTA Breakthrough Brit Award. 

 

  • Nelesh Dhand is currently working at Netflix in Original Documentary Series. Prior to this, he was Pulse Films’ Global Creative Director where he supervised the creation, development and delivery of all new content in the nonfiction division. As an executive producer, Nelesh’s credits include Dead Asleep, Hair Power: Me and My Afro, and Inside Missguided

 

  • Poppy Dixon is Director, Documentaries and Factual for Sky UK, responsible for all original commissioning for Sky’s three factual channels: Sky Documentaries, Sky Crime and Sky Nature. Previously, she was a producer based in both the UK and USA, with credits including the BAFTA-winning The Imposter, Grierson-nominated Untouchable and BIFA-winning American Animals

 

  • Helen Docherty is Director of Development at Voltage TV overseeing the entire development slate. Her commissions here include Inside the Factory for BBC Two, DNA Journey for ITV and the BAFTA-nominated One Deadly Weekend in America for BBC Three. Helen started her career in the BBC’s Science Unit developing and producing multiple award-winning factual series. 

 

  • Paul Dosaj is the multi-award-winning editor and producer of such films as the BAFTA, RTS, Broadcast and Grierson-award winning Kelly and her Sisters. Amongst his credits are Dreaming Lhasa, Miraculous Tales and Dying to Divorce, the latter of which was the UK’s entry for Best International Feature and entered for Best Documentary at the Oscars. 

 

  • Anna Dougherty is an artist based in Bristol who has exhibited nationally, with paintings in collections worldwide. She is currently curating an exhibition for the Royal West of England Academy on the Bristol School of Artists, opening May 2023. Anna is particularly interested in issues around disability. 

 

  • Lesley Douglas is a recipient of The Music Industry Woman of the Year Award as well as a BASCA Gold Badge. She founded the TV and film production company Lonesome Pine Productions. Lesley has been responsible for numerous documentary films on subjects such as Bruce Springsteen, David Gilmour, Roy Orbison and Johnny Cash. 
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  • Jamilla Dumbuya is Development Executive at Idris Elba’s Green Door Pictures, building bold and distinct projects that match the company's creative ethos. Credits include Idris Elba’s Fight School for the BBC, which is Grierson-nominated for Best Constructed Documentary Series. 

 

  • Ian Duncan co-founded Windfall Films in 1988 and has produced, directed and executive produced films that have won many awards, including BAFTAs, Emmys and RTS awards. 

 

  • Jacqueline Edenbrow is an Executive Producer and co-founder of LCS Studio. She has been nominated in the Grierson Best Cinema category five times and won the award for Joy Division. Among her other credits is Everybody in the Place, voted number 17 in The Guardian's Best 50 TV Shows of 2019. 

 

  • Kelechi Ehenulo is a Production Manager at Renaissance Studios as well as a freelance film critic and writer. Her work has been featured in publications such as Empire Magazine, Digital Spy, Film Stories, Movie Marker and many more. 

 

  • Katie Elmes is a Development Executive at Arrow Pictures where she oversees the development of premium feature documentaries and documentary series. She was previously Head of Development at Blink Films. 

 

  • Liesel Evans is Creative Director of Factual at Raw TV, overseeing the development and production of series and singles for all the major UK broadcasters and global SVODs. Her credits include The Lost Sons, The Ripper, Drowning in Plastic, Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest Airport, In Vogue: the 1990s and the forthcoming BBC series Parole

 

  • Alex Farber is deputy editor of Broadcast, where he has reported on the latest industry news and trends for the past 12 years. 

 

  • Tolu Farinto has many roles: Founder of Limitless Live, a music festival driving social change; a Partner and Ethnicity & Social Mobility Specialism Lead at Utopia, a culture change business; Diversity & Inclusion Champion & Creative Advisory Board Member at the Ideas Foundation, promoting creative industries opportunities for socio-economically disadvantaged talent, and many more. 

 

  • Sarah Feltes is an executive producer, director and two-time BAFTA winner as series producer of Who Do You Think You Are? She is currently executive producing Long Lost Family at Wall to Wall. 

 

  • Luke Flight is a film editor with over ten years industry experience and has been part of Emmy and BAFTA award-winning productions. His recent work on Ambulance was nominated for Best Edited Series at the 2022 BFE Awards. 

 

  • Hamo Forsyth is Creative Director of Factual at Beyond Productions. Credits include Becoming You for Apple, Vendetta for Netflix, 24 Hours in Police Custody and 24 Hours in A&E. He has won RTS, Mind Media and Bulldog awards and received BATFA, Grierson and IDA nominations. 

 

  • Jess Fowle is co-founder and former Creative Director of factual indie True North. In a 25-year TV career, Jess has led teams making everything from features series to formats and children’s shows, but her first love is documentary. 

 

  • Ashley Francis-Roy is an award-winning director from Leeds. His recent credits include The Real Eastenders, and Damilola: The Boy Next Door. Ashley is currently directing series for Channel 4 and Amazon. 

 

  • Martin Fuller is a director and series producer-editor. His credits include 999: What's Your Emergency?, The Secret Life of the Zoo, Make Bradford British, Life Is Toff, The Yorkshire Jobcentre, Night Coppers and Gods of Snooker

 

  • Alfred George-Bailey is a film director and cinematographer whose credits include Gregory Porter: Don’t Forget Your Music, I Still Breathe and the multi-award-winning Show Me the Picture: The Story of Jim Marshall. Prior to this, Alfred was a jazz drummer and photographer. He continues to photograph, specialising in documentary, reportage, portraiture and music photography. 

 

  • Belinda Giles was the Managing Director of Soul Purpose Productions until her change of career. Among the documentaries she directed was the multi-award-winning The Grave for Channel 4. She is now a Chartered Psychologist and Highly Specialist Systemic Psychotherapist working at the Tavistock NHS Foundation Trust. 

 

  • Jazz Gowans is Creative Director for award-winning regional indie Nine Lives Media, having launched a new base in her native Birmingham, where she also serves on the board of Create Central. Previously, Jazz founded Transparent Television in 2003, spearheading its sale to global media group Argonon and running the company until 2019.  

 

  • Dan Grabiner is Head of Originals at Amazon Studios, leading Prime Video’s UK commissioning teams across documentary, drama and entertainment. Recent projects include Clarkson’s Farm, Jungle and All or Nothing: Arsenal. In 2022 he launched Prime Video Pathway, a skills initiative designed to diversify, upskill and grow the UK’s creative workforce. 

 

  • Daniel Green is Senior Manager, Global Distribution Operations at global streaming service, production company and film distributor MUBI. Before joining MUBI, Daniel was Head of Home Entertainment at UK-based factual sales agent and distributor Dogwoof. 

 

  • Vicky Hamburger is an Executive Producer with a notable list of popular factual credits behind her, including launching both the first series of Channel 4’s Big Fat Gypsy Wedding and The Undateables. She now runs SliderTV, a consultancy offering executive support, troubleshooting, training and creative strategy. 

 

  • Nasfim Haque started out at BBC Wales as a production trainee and has worked across a range of BBC output including on multi-platform content for BBC Wales Education, producing radio shows for BBC Asian Network, directing digital films for BBC Media Action as well as development and production work for BBC factual content. 

 

  • 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 Indie Growth Fund, a keynote speaker and Chair of Lyric Hammersmith Theatre. 

 

  • Bernadette Higgins is a Grierson and Emmy award-nominated filmmaker whose most recent feature, The Tinder Swindler, is Netflix’s most watched documentary to date. She is currently at Raw co-directing a new Netflix series All American Nightmare with her creative partner Felicity Morris, with whom she has recently founded Ladywell Films. 

 

  • Katie Hindley is an award-winning documentary producer and director. She has recently directed Rise of the Billionaires for Paramount+ and produced Jimmy Savile: A British Horror Story for Netflix. She is currently directing a series for Sky. 

 

  • Afua Hirsch is a filmmaker, journalist, author and former barrister, and founder of Born In Me Productions which creates premium scripted, non-scripted and audio content telling truly diverse stories. 

 

  • Danny Horan is the Chief Creative Officer at Blast! Films. Formally, he was the Head of Factual Commissioning at Channel 4, where his work included Jade: The Reality Star Who Changed Britain, 24 Hours in Police Custody and Jeremy Kyle Show: Death on Daytime. Before Channel 4, Danny was Documentaries Commissioner at the BBC. 

 

  • Craig Hunter is a multi-award-winning executive producer. Currently the Creative Director for STV Studios, Craig was previously the Lead Commissioning Editor for the BBC’s Natural History and Science department, where his credits include: 8 Days: To the Moon and Back, Earth from Space and Blue Planet Live

 

  • Daisy Ifama is a creative and documentary-based filmmaker. Her films include Netflix UK's Twinkleberry and The Guardian's RIP SENI. She is also a co-founding member of online platform gal-dem. 

 

  • Tabitha Jackson is an award-winning commissioning editor, director, producer and writer whose credits include Emmy-winning Rx for Survival: A Global Health Challenge and BAFTA-winning The Imposter. She has served as Director of the Sundance Film Festival and Commissioning Editor for Arts at Channel 4. Tabitha was the Grierson Trustees’ Awards recipient for 2021. 

 

  • Sunshine Jackson is Head of Feature Documentaries at Curve Media. Her career has spanned 25 years, and includes editing, directing and executive producing across award-winning documentaries for broadcasters in the UK, US and internationally. Sunshine also campaigns for greater inclusion and more human-focussed working practices across the industry. 

 

  • Emily Jones is Head of Factual programming at Mentorn Media. Previously she was Commissioning Editor for Education and Documentaries at Channel 4 and before this she was a Developer and Director of Documentaries and Formats. 

 

  • Sophie Jones is a BAFTA-nominated Executive Producer at Minnow Films, with her most recent credits being Mother Teresa: For the Love of God? for Sky Documentaries, Trust No One: The Hunt for the Crypto King for Netflix, Catching a Predator and The Detectives: Fighting Organised Crime, both for BBC Two. 

 

  • Rachel Jupp is the Editorial Executive at the BBC, working on a range of editorial issues across television and radio. She was previously the editor of Panorama and Deputy Editor of Newsnight. Before that, Rachel was a Producer at Channel 4 News. 

 

  • Beya Kabelu is a documentary filmmaker, journalist, and the first recipient of the Netflix Documentary Talent Fund. His directorial debut, The Detective & The Dog Thief, examines Britain's pet theft epidemic. Before moving into documentary, he worked at Sky News, where he became the youngest journalist to produce an exclusive story for the broadcaster. 

 

  • Marjorie Kaplan, formerly President of Global Content at Discovery, is 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 ProSiebenSat.1 Media. 

 

  • Shaun Keaveny was the Presenter of the BBC 6 Music Breakfast Show for twelve years and its afternoon show for a further three. An experienced broadcaster, he currently helms the podcasts The Line-Up and Your Place or Mine. Shaun also has his own crowdfunded digital radio station, Community Garden Radio. 

 

  • James Kent is a BAFTA and Emmy award-winning director of feature documentaries. He has made multiple high-profile TV dramas from MotherFatherSon to The Capture. His feature films include Testament of Youth and The Aftermath

 

  • Alicia Kerr is an executive producer of documentaries and factual TV who has worked with indies including Wild Pictures and Minnow Films. With Wild Pictures, she executive produced Miriam’s Big American Adventure for BBC One and The Zoo for ITV. Alicia also directed documentaries for Channel 4 and the BBC including several Louis Theroux films. 

 

  • Nicole Kleeman is MD at Firecrest Films, named best small UK indie at the 2022 Edinburgh TV Festival. Her executive credits include the award-winning Lifers Behind Bars for Channel 4 and the forthcoming Three Mothers, Two Babies and a Scandal for Amazon Prime. 

 

  • Suzy Klein is Head of Arts and Classical Music at the BBC, a department that produces such shows as The Proms, Young Musician and Fake or Fortune. Before this role, Suzy worked for over a decade as a presenter of documentaries, live global cinema, TV events, and on Radio 2, 3 and 4. 

 

  • Simon Cheuk Pong Lee is a Commissioning Executive at Channel 4, working across both Documentaries and Specialist Factual, commissioning across the portfolio. Prior to this, he was the Channel Executive of Channel 4. 

 

  • Tracey Li is an archive producer who mainly works in the field of documentary, although her most recent credit is for a comedy made to celebrate 100 years of the BBC with Harry Enfield, The Lovebox In Your Living Room

 

  • Charlie MacDonald has edited factual television for over twenty years, recent work includes Undercover Police: Hunting Paedophiles and Jeremy Kyle Show: Death on Daytime

 

  • Ursula Macfarlane is a director whose credits include Untouchable and Breaking Up with the Joneses, recently included in The Grierson Trust’s list of must-see documentaries from the last 50 years. She is committed to mentoring emerging filmmakers. 

 

  • Fatima Manji is an award-winning broadcaster and journalist who anchors the UK's Channel 4 News. She reports on major national and international stories and is best known for breaking stories with a global impact. Her book Hidden Heritage has been critically acclaimed for its vital new perspective on British history. 

 

  • Stefan Mattison is a documentary producer whose recent projects include Hometown, A Teenage Killing, Scam Land: Money Mayhem and Maeratis, The Battle for Britney: Fans, Cash and a Conservatorship, and the upcoming Fight the Power: How Hip-Hop Changed the World

 

  • Ben McGeorge-Henderson is a producer specialising in documentary and specialist factual. He has worked on projects such as the RTS-winning Why is Covid Killing People of Colour? and the RTS and Grierson award-winning Drowning in Plastic. Most recently, he has been part of the development team at The Documentary Unit, BBC Studios. 

 

  • Selina Mehta is a Creative Director at Zinc Media who works across premium factual TV for both UK and international broadcasters. Her work includes 9-11: Life Under Attack, Ian Wright: Home Truths, Lost Cities with Albert Lin, Fighter Pilot: The Real Top Gun, The Murder Detectives and Charlie Hebdo: Three Days That Shook Paris

 

  • Vivienne Molokwu is Commissioning Editor, Features at Channel 4 where she is responsible for The Great British Bake Off, Highlife, The Big Breakfast reboot and Celebs Go Dating, amongst other shows. She was one of the two commissioning editors behind the Channel’s Black to Front Project in 2021. 

 

  • Kit Morey is Commissioning Editor (VP) Unscripted for Channel 5/Paramount+. Before that, they were Head of Popular Factual at Rise Films and an Executive Producer on various well-known formats such as The Real Full Monty for ITV, First Dates, One Born Every Minute, and Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners for Channel 4. 
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  • Al Morrow is an award-winning producer and Head of Documentary at MetFilm Production. Recent credits include Misha and the Wolves (directed by Sam Hobkinson) and The Reason I Jump (directed by Jerry Rothwell). Previous films include the Grierson-winning How to Change the World and Deep Water

 

  • Victoria Musguin-Rowe is Head of Development for TV Current Affairs at the BBC. Previously, she was a series producer and development executive working on the Grierson, Broadcast Press Guild, and Bulldog award-winning Stephen: The Murder That Changed a Nation. Her other work includes the Broadcast Digital award-winning and RTS-nominated Love and Hate Crime

 

  • Datshiane Navanayagam is a journalist and broadcaster. An alumna of the BBC’s Production Trainee Scheme, she’s presented her investigations for the UK’s flagship current affairs strands, including BBC’s Panorama, ITV’s Tonight, and Channel 4’s Dispatches and Unreported World. Datshiane also regularly presents on the BBC’s File on 4, The Media Show and the World Service. 

 

  • Dan O'Neill is a film director and television presenter on BBC Earth, part of the Natural History Unit, prior to which he was an international expedition researcher and video journalist. He was named one of Attitude Magazine’s 101 Global Trailblazers in 2021 for his activism, advocating increased LGBTQIA+ representation in wildlife television and STEM careers. 

 

  • Caroline O’Neill is a profoundly deaf series producer-director and executive producer. She works across documentaries, popular factual and factual entertainment and is one of the Co-Directors of Deaf & Disabled People in TV. 

 

  • Kristina Obradovic is a freelance consultant. She was former Head of Production and Managing Director at Windfall Films and before that a Production Manager at Laurel Productions. Kristina is also a Trustee at The Grierson Trust. 

 

  • Poonam Odedra is an Executive Producer at Blast! Films. She is executive producer of Forensics: The Real CSI for BBC Two. She has produced some of the most successful and critically acclaimed factual series on British television including 24 Hours in Police Custody, Ambulance, and The Met: Policing London

 

  • Cherish Oteka is a BAFTA award-winning documentary producer and director whose work aims to shine a light on often underrepresented groups. Their recent works include Too Gay for God? for BBC One and The Black Cop for The Guardian. 

 

  • Wendie Ottewill is a multi-award-winning television executive producer and documentary maker with over 20 years of experience mostly for the BBC, ITV and Channel 4. She directed David Harewood: Psychosis and Me and executive produced Anton Ferdinand: Football, Racism and Me, both of which won RTS awards and BAFTA nominations in their respective years. 

 

  • Folasade Oyeleye is a film and television editor working across award-winning drama and documentary features. She is involved in development for film training. Folasade was selected as a 2022 Freemantle Breakthrough Leader. 

 

  • Amardeep Panesar is a Senior Production Manager, specialising in factual entertainment, multi-cam shows. She has spent the last four years helping to create multiple award-winning programmes such as The Great British Bake Off, The Great Pottery Throwdown, Bake Off: The Professionals and The Great Celebrity Bake Off: Stand up to Cancer

 

  • Pete Paphides is a music journalist who has written for Time Out, The Guardian, Mojo, Q and many more. He was the Chief Music Critic at The Times for five years. Pete’s contributions to BBC Radio 4 include the New York Radio Festival Gold Award-winning The Songs of Molly Drake

 

  • Beejal-Maya Patel is a Commissioning Editor at BBC Documentaries and oversees a range of programmes including Ambulance, Sort Your Life Out and Forensics: The Real CSI. She also runs the BBC's New Directors initiative for BBC Three, commissioning impactful singles such as the BAFTA and Broadcast award-winning Defending Digga D

 

  • Carolyn Payne is a Commissioning Editor for Disney+, Star and National Geographic, working across development and production. Carolyn has developed, commissioned, and executive produced major premium factual series, most notably the global award-winning and BAFTA-nominated hit series 9/11: One Day in America and the Emmy award-winning Inside North Korea’s Dynasty, both with 72 Films. 

 

  • Danielle Peck is an executive producer, series producer and director of multiple award-winning specialist factual documentaries ranging from Prof Brian Cox’s series Wonders of the Solar System and Forces of Nature, to 1971: The Year Music Changed Everything, Freedom: 50 Years of Pride and most recently Fight the Power: How Hip-Hop Changed the World

 

  • Diene Petterle is an Emmy and BAFTA award-winning executive producer and former BBC Commissioning Editor, now Pulse Films’ Global Creative Director of Non-Fiction. Since joining, she has overseen a record year, with commissions from all the main streamers, seven Emmy nominations and premieres at Sundance and the London Film Festival. 

 

  • Katie Puckrik is a broadcaster, writer and performer known for presenting The Word, The Sunday Show and Pyjama Party. Her history podcast, We Didn’t Start the Fire, was one of The Observer’s Top Ten podcasts of 2021. She writes a perfume column for ES, and has danced with Pet Shop Boys and sung with Sparks. 

 

  • James Quinn is CEO of Up & Away Film Entertainment, an independent production studio specialising in feature documentaries and premium factual programmes. He is a Trustee of The Grierson Trust. 

 

  • Mike Radford is an Executive Producer at BBC Current Affairs. His credits include Tim Westwood: Abuse of Power, The Princes and the Press, The Decade the Rich Won, One Day in Gaza, and House of Saud

 

  • Becky Read is an award-winning producer and director. Her credits include the Apple TV+ feature 'Twas the Fight Before Christmas, the BBC’s Killer in Our Classroom: Never Again, and CNN Films’ multi-award-winning documentary Three Identical Strangers. Becky is currently directing Dr Alkaline and executive producing the MRC/Paramount feature The Greatest Night in Pop.   

 

  • Gagan Rehill is a feature documentary producer and BAFTA-winning TV producer of the 2019 series Louis Theroux: Altered States. Before working across numerous award-winning documentaries, Gagan had a career in marketing in-house at Channel 4. 

 

  • Hayley Reynolds is Commissioning Editor working across Sky’s Documentary, Crime and Nature channels. Her most recent executive credits include Chernobyl: The Lost Tapes and Kingdom of Dreams. From 2017-2021, she was Deputy Commissioning Editor at BBC Storyville and, before that, a Producer at Minnow Films. 

 

  • Barry Ronan is a series producer and director whose work includes Jeremy Kyle Show: Death on Daytime, Panorama, Life and Death Row, and Arena.  

 

  • Lexi Rose is an executive producer who has developed and made shows for broadcasters including BBC, Channel 5, VICE, Discovery+ and Paramount+. Her credits include HIV: The Neglected Pandemic, Jack the Ripper: Hidden Victims, Frankie Goes to Russia and Jack Osbourne’s Haunted Homecoming

 

  • Naomi Rose is part of Channel 4’s Specialist Factual commissioning team, responsible for series such as A Royal Guide To…, The Last Overland, Helicopter Medics and Britain's Forgotten Wars with Tony Robinson

 

  • Fatima Salaria is Managing Director at Naked Television, whose slate includes The Apprentice, The Rap Game UK, Ghislaine, Prince Andrew and the Paedophile, and Planet Sex fronted by Cara Delevingne. She’s also Executive Chair of Edinburgh TV Festival, a Grierson Trustee and mentor for ScreenSkills and Wonder Women TV. 

 

  • Hannah Sayer is a Distribution Coordinator at MUBI. Previously, she worked within the distribution team at National Theatre Live. 

 

  • Iain Scollay is Creative Director at Firecrest Films in Glasgow overseeing development and production. His credits include Murder Trial: The Disappearance of Margaret Fleming and The Hunt for Bible John. Firecrest was recently named the UK’s Best Small Indie at the Edinburgh TV Festival. 

 

  • Chloe Seddon is a freelance development executive and series producer currently working with Twofour. Previously Head of Development at Parable and Gobstopper TV, her credits include Just Tattoo Of Us for MTV, Desi Rascals for Sky and Grierson-nominated Dementia & Us for BBC. 

 

  • Lyttanya Shannon is a BAFTA Breakthrough director. Her recent credits include Subnormal: A British Scandal. Lyttanya is currently making her first feature documentary for a global streamer. 

 

  • Kevin Sim is a director and executive producer whose documentaries have been winning national and international awards for many years. He has recently worked as an Executive Producer and Scriptwriter at the BBC’s Storyville, Amazon Prime, and Netflix. His book, The Art of the Documentary, is in preparation. 

 

  • Rob Stapledon is the Head of Media Banking at Arbuthnot Latham & Co. He has looked after independent, owner-managed media businesses for over 25 years and is a Grierson Trustee. 

 

  • Thomas Stogdon is a BAFTA and Emmy award-nominated Executive Producer, Creative Director and Co-Founder of Channel 4 Growth Fund indie, Big Deal Films whose credits include Dreaming Whilst Black and the Broadcast Award-winning Sparklers. Thomas was the recent recipient of Pact’s Creativity, Disruption and Innovation Award. 

 

  • Keaton Stone is a producer of factual, science and documentaries for all the major broadcasters including the BBC and Amazon. His credits include Stargazing Live, Rendezvous with the Future and The Great British Space Launch. He has filmed with everyone from moonwalkers to rockstars and developed original ideas for BBC Studios and others. 

 

  • Donna Taberer has spent the past ten years supporting off-screen talent. She is a Talent and Development Consultant for Amazon, and was formerly Head of Talent, BBC Content and the Director of the prestigious ScreenSkills Series Producer Programme. Donna is a former Sky and Channel 5 Commissioner and a documentary producer. 

 

  • Trace Taylor is a film and TV editor who works across specialist factual and documentaries.  She mentors next generation creative talent through the British Film Editors, where she is a Governor who advocates for industry diversity for the LGBTQIA+ community. 

 

  • Janine Thomas recently joined Sky as Assistant Commissioning Editor for Documentaries and Factual. She was previously Documentaries Assistant Editor at Channel 4 working across a diverse slate including Damilola: The Boy Next Door, The Secret Life of the Zoo and 24 Hours in A&E.   

 

  • Vanessa Tovell joined Lightbox as Chief Operating Officer in 2015 after more years than she is admitting to as a freelance producer and line producer on award-winning documentaries and independent films. Vanessa oversees production, business affairs and operations for Lightbox in both the London and LA offices and co-produces all of Lightbox’s feature documentary content. 

 

  • Kate Townsend is Vice President, Original Feature Documentary Films at Netflix. Kate has worked across titles such as Tiger King, The Devil Next Door, Tell Me Who I Am, Don’t F**k With Cats, Immigration Nation, American Murder and India's Bad Boy Billionaires. Prior to Netflix, Kate was Commissioning Editor of the BBC's Storyville. 

 

  • Adam Vandermark is a Commissioning Editor for News and Current Affairs at Channel 4. His recent investigative commissions include Michael Mosley: Who Made Britain Fat?, Cadbury Exposed: Dispatches and Untold: Gay Under the Taliban. Adam was previously an Executive Producer at ITN Productions and Wall to Wall. 

 

  • Amy Walker is Director of Media Parents and Head of Talent at Dorothy Street Pictures. Recently the Channel 4 Scholar, Amy has worked as a series producer and development executive. She is keen to connect with production talent at all levels. 

 

  • Eleanor Wight is a development producer who specialises in producing feature documentaries and series. A Grierson DocLab alumnus, she is currently working across a broad slate of development projects at Candour Productions. 

 

  • Tanya Winston is a Creative Director at Blast! Films originating and overseeing many returning series, singles, features and box sets for both terrestrial and SVOD platforms. Prior to this, she was a BAFTA-nominated executive producer and a freelance self-shooting series director working across several award-winning series and singles. 

 

  • Andy Worboys is a BAFTA-winning film editor. He is known for his work on Tell Me Who I Am, The Imposter and Hillsborough. He is now the Head of Editing at the prestigious National Film and Television School. 

 

  • Randall Wright is a multi-award-wining documentary director and producer for cinema and television best known for intimate arts biographies. His recent films include Hockney, Maggi Hambling: Making Love with the Paint, and Gary Numan: Resurrection

 

  • Edgar Wright is a British writer, director, and producer best known for Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, The World’s End, Baby Driver, Last Night in Soho and The Sparks Brothers

 

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