Judges 2021

  • Jo Abel is a documentary maker, series producer and Executive Producer for the BBC and Channel 4. Her work includes Hunted, 999 What’s Your Emergency and most recently, Once Upon a Time In Iraq.

 

  • Bernard P. Achampong is an eight-time British Radio Academy award-winning producer working for BBC, Spotify, and ITN Productions. His independent production company, Unedited produced the multi-award-winning Coming in From the Cold and Peter 2.0 podcasts and CBBC’s landmark Skin Deep series.

 

  • Zeb Achonu is a film and TV editor who works across drama and documentary, an Associate Governor at the British Film Editors (BFE) association, an outspoken advocate for diversity and inclusion in post-production, wannabe popstar and mum to three wildlings.

 

  • Adebanji Alade is a renowned UK-based artist and the Vice President of The Royal Institute of Oil Painters. He’s been presenting short art documentaries on The One Show since 2015 and most recently How to Paint the Mona Lisa on Channel 4.

 

  • Waad al-Kateab’s first film, For Sama became the most nominated documentary in the history of the BAFTAs, winning Best Documentary in 2020 and almost 100 other accolades. Waad, one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People in 2020, is currently working on fiction and documentary projects.

 

  • Jim Al-Khalili, CBE, FRS, is an academic, author and broadcaster. He is based at the University of Surrey where he holds a distinguished chair in physics. He is the host of the Radio 4 programme The Life Scientific and numerous science documentaries on the BBC.

 

  • Kate Ansell is an Executive Producer, currently working at Firecrest Films. Previously, she was an Assistant Commissioner at BBC Daytime and Early Peak and, before that, an award-winning PD of factual and current affairs films.

 

  • Ben Anthony is an award-wining documentary and drama director best known for sensitive and 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.

 

  • Jenny Ash directs documentaries and drama films, which have been Emmy, RTS, Broadcast and Grierson-nominated. Her films include Channel 4’s Bin Laden, The World's Biggest Murder Trial, Me and My Penis, 100 Vaginas and Angry White and American. She is passionate about making the industry more diverse and mentoring emerging filmmakers.

 

  • Gaby Aung is a producer who has made documentaries for Raw, Minnow Films and Swan Films. Her work includes Memories of a Murderer: The Nilsen Tapes for Netflix, Grenfell for BBC One and American Justice for BBC Two.

 

  • Mobeen Azhar is a journalist and filmmaker. He is a founding partner at Forest, an independent production company and the recipient of two Grierson awards including the 2020 Best Documentary Presenter award.

 

  • Marvyn Benoit brings over 20 years of award-winning television production experience in factual entertainment, documentary, comedy and arts. Prior to running Broadcast at Atomized studios, Marvyn was an Executive at YouTube Originals EMEA and a Commissioning Editor for Entertainment and Arts at Sky.

 

  • Glenwyn Benson was the BBC Knowledge/Factual Controller from 2006-2008 and previously controller of Specialist Factual, Head of the Science Department, Head of Adult Education Commissioning and Editor of Panorama. She won the RTS Judges’ Award in 2008 and the Women in Film and Television News and Factual Award in 2004.

 

  • Yinka Bokkini is an award-winning TV Presenter, Radio DJ and True Crime enthusiast. She created the RTS-winning Damilola: The Boy Next Door for Channel 4 and hosts the Captial Xtra breakfast show aas well as her YouTube series, True Crime Anniversary. Yinka is currently working on Channel 4’s new True Crime strand.

 

  • Murray Boland is a multi BAFTA award-winning Executive Producer and Creative Director of CPL where he heads up unscripted output including last year’s Grierson Award winner for Best Constructed Documentary Series, The Restaurant That Makes Mistakes and current ratings hit Married at First Sight UK.

 

  • Lucy Bowden is an executive producer who has worked on rig shows, obs. documentary series, slow TV and drama documentaries. Lucy has also worked on an award-winning advertising campaign for Cancer Research UK.

 

  • Charlie Brades-Price is a development producer at Arrow Media and over the last 15 years has worked across all types of factual from current affairs to reality, documentary, and formats. She is part of Edinburgh TV festivals Ones to Watch 2018 cohort.

 

  • Kate Bryan is an arts broadcaster and Head of Collections for Soho House and Co globally. She has written and presented television programmes for BBC, Sky Arts and Sky Arte Italia. Kate won the Arts category in the Women of the Future Awards in 2014 and now mentors young artists.

 

  • Georgina Cammalleri made her directorial debut last year on Netflix’s Bad Sport and is currently directing a feature documentary on the pioneers of women’s boxing. In her previous life, she was a BAFTA-winning producer. She also enjoys directing music videos in her spare time.

 

  • Matt Campion is the founder and Creative Director of Spirit Studios, the indie that creates and distributes original unscripted and scripted programming, podcasts and branded content. Spirit also owns and operates a portfolio of digital and social media channels including the global mental health movement #IAMWHOLE.

 

  • Ally Castle is Channel 4’s Creative Diversity and Disability Lead, leading on disability-focused strategic editorial plans. Ally’s passion for genuine inclusion and authentic portrayal in the screen industries has led her to tirelessly represent the voices and views of disabled people both on and off screen for nearly 20 years.

 

  • Catherine Catton is the Head of Popular Factual and Factual Entertainment commissioning at the BBC. Recent titles include Race Across the World, The Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan, Mortimer and Whitehouse: Gone Fishing, Interior Design Masters with Alan Carr, Meet the Khans, The Rap Game UK and Roman Kemp: Our Silent Emergency.

 

  • Harjeet Chhokar is a commissioning editor in the Channel 4 factual department, commissioning across the portfolio.

 

  • Simon Chinn is a double Academy Award and double BAFTA-winning producer and co-founder of Lightbox. His credits include Man on Wire, Searching for Sugar Man, My Scientology Movie, LA92, Tell Me Who I Am, Whitney and Tina.

 

  • Melissa Clay-Peters is Senior Head of Talent for BBC Studios and responsible for launching BBC Studios’ first Assistant Producer Accelerator Programme. A former producer and series producer before moving into talent, she previously worked as Director of Talent across Princess Productions and Shine TV and Head of Talent at Endemol Shine UK.

 

  • Kelly Close is a director known for the RTS-winning Last Whites of the East End for BBC One, plus When Football Banned Women and The Queens Lost Cousins for Channel 4. Most recently Kelly made a film for Channel 4 Arts, 50 years of Mr Men with Matt Lucas.

 

  • 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.

 

  • Matthew Cox is 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. Matt is now back at Naked Television overseeing a slate of shows for the US and the UK, including for Discovery and TLC in America and Channel 4 at home.

 

  • Neil Crombie is Creative Director of Swan Films. His directing and exec producer credits include The Last Igloo, Grayson’s Art Club and imagine… This House is Full of Music.

 

  • Jay Davidson previously worked at Kiss FM and Def Jam Recordings, before launching Radio 1Xtra at the BBC. She has produced award-winning marketing campaigns for Top Gear, Gavin & Stacy, Luther and Doctor Who. Jay is now working with independent production companies on several new projects.

 

  • Anna Davies is an Executive Producer at Arrow Media, where she heads up Development for both its US and UK slate. Before joining Arrow in 2014, she directed and series produced across a range of documentary and popular factual content.

 

  • Guy Davies’commissions include Ben Fogle in Chernobyl, Michael Palin in North Korea, the RTS-winning Raped: My Story, and 999: Critical Condition. A BAFTA and Grierson winner, he was previously Head of Documentaries at ITN Productions and Senior Executive Producer at Wall to Wall.

 

  • Jaimie D’Cruz is Creative Director of Acme Films which he launched in 2011, the same year he won a Grierson Award (and was Academy Award and BAFTA-nominated) for Exit Through the Gift Shop, the feature length documentary he made with Banksy.

 

  • Cam de la Huerta is an Executive Producer at Naked TV who has worked on such productions as The Rap Game for BBC Three, Proof of Concept for E4 and The Circle with Studio Lambert for Channel 4. He also has edited across a wide variety of content.

 

  • Ziyaad Desai is a director known for the BBC documentaries Bad Influencer: The Great Insta Con and Being Muslim. He is currently making a biopic series about Mother Teresa for Sky Documentaries.

 

  • 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 RedcarCrime and Punishment and The Detectives. In 2020 he won the BAFTA Breakthrough Brit Award. 

  • Nelesh Dhand is Pulse Films' Creative Director where he supervises the creation, development, and delivery of all new content in the nonfiction division. He created and exec produced Pulse's most recent hits including Dead Asleep fir Hulu, plus Hair Power: Me and My Afro and Inside Missguided for Channel 4.

 

  • Poppy Dixon is Director, Documentaries and Factual at Sky UK, where she looks after commissioning for Sky Documentaries, Sky Crime and Sky Nature. Previously she was a producer behind documentaries such as The Imposter, Untouchable and most recently Misha and the Wolves.

 

  • John Dower is a filmmaker who recently directed the Netflix series Sophie: A Murder in West Cork. Other films include The Mystery of DB Cooper, Thriller in Manila, Bradley Wiggins: A Year in Yellow and My Scientology Movie.

 

  • Bec Evans is a director and writer, commissioner and development executive producer; she also programmes and curates, acts as a creative/cultural consultant and runs workshops.

 

  • Liesel Evans is the Creative Director of UK Factual at Raw, overseeing the development and production of series and singles for all the major UK broadcasters and global SVODs. These include the upcoming The Lost Sons for CNN Films, The Ripper for Netflix, Drowning in Plastic for BBC One and many more.

 

  • Simon Finch is a filmmaker whose recent credits include 9/11: Inside the President's War Room, the EMMY-winning Inside North Korea's Dynasty and the RTS-winning Dangerous Dynasty: House of Assad. He's best known for a trio of award-winning factual dramas, including EMMY-winning Death of a President.

 

  • Tracy Forsyth is Creative Mentor at Channel 4 Indie Growth Fund, Director of Mentoring at Women in Film & Television and Coach and Founder of the Fast Track to Fearless Academy. She was previously Genre Director of Factual Entertainment at BBC Studios and VP Commissioning at BBC Worldwide.

 

  • Sarah Gavron is a director whose most recent film Rocks was a winner of five British independent film awards and two BAFTAs. Her other work includes Suffragette and Brick Lane, the latter of which earned her a BAFTA nomination and the Alfred Dunhill Talent Award at the London Film Festival.

 

  • Joby Gee edits stuff for a living. He's never had another job (apart from a paper round in 1980 and he only did that for a morning as he hated it). So, it's a good job the editing thing worked out.

 

  • Alfred George-Bailey is a director whose previous work includes Gregory Porter: Don’t Forget Your Music and the multi-award-winning Show Me the Picture: The Story of Jim Marshall. Prior to this, Alfred was a jazz drummer and photographer who specialised in reportage, music photography, portraiture and dance.

 

  • Khaled Gad is a BAFTA-winning, Grierson-nominated producer of animation and non-scripted. He assisted directors Peter Kosminsky on The State and Idris Elba on Yardie. Prior to joining Green Door Pictures as Strategy Director, Khaled was Creative Producer at M&C Saatchi World Services.

 

  • Dr Daniel Glaser is a neuroscientist and is Director of Science at the Royal Institution in London. He was previously Founding Director of Science Gallery London, Head of Engaging Science at the Wellcome Trust and the Scientist in Residence at the ICA.

 

  • Kimberly Godbolt runs executive search and production staffing company Talented People. She was a producer-director in documentary and factual entertainment before turning head-hunter and talent executive and now gets her creative kicks by matchmaking a diverse range of talent to her clients’ projects.

 

  • Poppy Goodheart is an award-winning documentary producer-director based in Bristol. A Grierson DocLab alumnus, she was a producer on the BAFTA-winning and Grierson-nominated Locked In: Breaking the Silence. Poppy also filmed and directed The Boy Who Can’t Stop Dancing, a critically acclaimed First Cut film for Channel 4.

 

  • Kulvinder Goodman is a producer-director making documentaries, factual and current affairs programmes. Past credits include Narcoworld: Dope Stories for Netflix, Britain's Racist Election for Channel 4 and a major project in the US for A+E Networks. Kulvinder has been selected as a 2021 Breakthrough Leader by The TV Collective.

 

  • Neil Grant is an executive producer who has previously worked with the BBC, Mentorn and Films of Record. His accolades include a Best Factual Series BAFTA and two other BAFTA nominations, the Grierson, Broadcast, Broadcast Digital, Real Screen, British Journalism, Foreign Press Association and Royal Television Society Awards.

 

  • Anna Hall is a multi-award-winning documentary director and Creative Director of Candour. She’s been nominated for six BAFTAs and is the only woman nominated as Best Factual Director in two consecutive years at the BAFTA Craft Awards. Her film The Family Secret has been Highly Commended at the Griersons.

 

  • Simran Hans is a freelance culture writer and broadcaster. She has been a film critic for The Observer since 2017. Her work has appeared in publications including Dazed, The Guardian, New Statesman, Sight & Sound and VICE among others.

 

  • Eric Haynes is a series producer and director whose work includes A Killing in Tiger Bay and Paddington: The Man Behind the Bear for BBC Two, Wales’ Black Miners for BBC Wales, Britain’s Most Historic Towns for Channel 4 and Mark Kermode’s Secrets of Cinema for BBC Four.

 

  • 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 Talkback Thames. She’s an advisor to Channel 4’s Growth Fund.

 

  • Rachel Heywood is a creative producer who works in production and development on observational and investigative documentary series. She is currently series producing Reported Missing for BBC One.

 

  • Bernie (Bernadette) Higgins is a producer of feature docs and factual television. Recent credits include Fear City: New York vs The Mafia. Her latest feature documentary The Tinder Swindler will be available on Netflix in February 2022.

 

  • Brian Hill works in documentary and drama, and sometimes in the spaces between the two. His films have won many awards and played at festivals around the world. Bertha DocHouse had a retrospective of his work in 2016. He is MD of Century Films.

 

  • Danny Horan is Head of Factual at Channel 4. The department produces everything from 24 Hours in Police Custody, Grayson Perry’s Art Club, The Dog House and SAS: Who Dares Wins. Danny manages a team of nine commissioning editors working across Channel 4, E4, More4 and digital content for True Stories.

 

  • Claire Hughes is a writer and Executive Producer currently overseeing a new factual format using augmented reality for Remarkable Television. Previously, she has commissioned and exec. produced across documentary and current affairs, mainly for the BBC.

 

  • Will Jessop is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker. His work includes 25 Siblings and Me, Manchester: A Year of Hate Crime and Growing Up Down's.

 

  • James Jones is an Emmy-winning British director who makes documentary films for international television and theatrical release. He is currently working on a feature documentary for Sky, Chernobyl 86, and a series for Apple.

 

  • Gillian Joseph presents Sky News at Ten, the channel’s flagship programme, as well as reporting on the road and internationally. She has covered the last two American elections from New York and Washington and has reported on every UK General election since 2001.

 

  • Dee Kahlon is the Head of Development at Gold Wala and Talent Executive at The Garden. She was the originator behind the award-winning Netflix documentary Kingdom of Us. This year she was selected as one of the inaugural Breakthrough Leaders by The TV Collective.

 

  • 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.

 

  • Damian Kavanagh is a highly respected senior creative leader with over twenty years' experience working for the BBC, Channel 4 and Tiger Aspect. He’s green-lit some of the most original and influential shows on British TV which have won numerous national and international creative awards.

 

  • Fozia Khan is a Development Executive at Amazon Studios working across unscripted in the UK Originals team. Before this, Fozia was Commissioning Editor at Channel 4 in the documentaries department where she worked across 24 Hours in Police Custody and commissioned Damilola: The Boy Next Door and Is Covid Racist?

 

  • Patrick Kielty is a stand-up comedian and presenter of My Dad, the Peace Deal and Me (which won him the Grierson Award for Best Presenter) and Patrick Kielty: One Hundred Years of Union. Patrick is also a regular presenter on the BBC’s flagship The One Show and BBC Radio 2.

 

  • Eloise King is an interdisciplinary filmmaker and Netflix Non-Fiction Directing Fellow. Her accolades include the Field of Vision grant, the Firelight Media Fellowship and the Film & TV Charity’s John Brabourne Award. She was previously a Future Producer at the Sheffield Doc/Fest and Commissioner and Global Executive Producer at VICE.

 

  • Michele Kurland is a Grierson, RTS and BAFTA-winning executive producer. She is exec producer of The Pilgrimage for BBC Two. Her credits also include Teen First Dates, Gareth Malone’s The Choir, First Dates, First Dates Hotel, The Apprentice and Junior Apprentice.

 

  • Navi Lamba is the Digital Commissioning Editor for E4 and Entertainment at Channel 4. Before this, she worked with BBC Three overseeing media campaigns of Fleabag, Killing Eve and RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, the latter of which won the Best Digital Support for a Programme at the Broadcast Digital Awards.

 

  • Prue Leith is a chef, restaurateur, caterer, founder of Leith’s cookery school, novelist, journalist, broadcaster, presenter of The Great British Bake Off and life-time documentary addict. She has recently set up, with her daughter and two other women in the film business, TV production company Relish.

 

  • Francis Longhurst is a multi-award-nominated producer and director. Recent credits include series producing Netflix's Bad Boy Billionaires and directing the Sky Feature Documentary Stirling.

 

  • Nevine Mabro is a Commissioning Editor at Channel 4 in News and Current affairs. Before that she was at Channel 4 News where she produced For Sama, the multi-award-winning and Oscar-nominated feature documentary. Nevine has been instrumental in finding, nurturing and guiding new filmmaking talent through working on documentaries.

 

  • Kevin Macdonald makes both documentaries and fiction and his films have won numerous awards including BAFTAs and Oscars. His most recent film was The Mauritanian.

 

  • Anwar Mamon is an award-winning series producer who strives to engage large audiences with the natural world and attract new viewers to the genre by combining the latest technology with emotional and relatable storytelling. Recent credits include Waterhole: Africa’s Animal Oasis and Grizzly Bear Cubs & Me.

 

  • Satiyesh Manoharajah is a Primetime Emmy award-winning series director and producer.  He recently directed the acclaimed first series of Stanley Tucci: Searching For Italy for US television and is currently leading a major collaboration between the Factual and Drama departments at BBC Studios.

 

  • Ben McGeorge-Henderson is a producer specialising in Specialist Factual. He has worked on projects such as Meat: A Threat to Planet Earth? and the Grierson and RTS-winning Drowning in Plastic. Most recently, he has been part of the development team at The Documentary Unit, BBC Studios.

 

  • Patrick McMahon is a Commissioning Editor in the BBC Popular Factual and Factual Entertainment team, working across titles including The Rap Game UK, The Great British Sewing Bee and Anton Ferdinand: Football, Racism and Me.

 

  • Roger Michell was a British theatre, television and film director. He was best known for directing films such as Notting Hill and Venus as well as the 2018 documentary Nothing Like a Dame about Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Eileen Atkins and Joan Plowright.

 

  • Narinder Minhas is a Co-Founder and MD at Cardiff Productions. He is an award-winning programme maker and creative leader who has worked on over 60 productions in a variety of forms. He is also a former Senior Executive at the BBC and a Commissioning Editor at Channel 4.

 

  • Marian Mohamed is a BAFTA-award-winning director. Her directorial debut is the recently double Grierson-nominated documentary Defending Digga D. Before directing Marian produced documentaries that included Channel 4’s Taken: Hunting the Sex Traffickers and Prison.

 

  • Gesbeen Mohammad is a Grierson, BAFTA, Peabody and Emmy-winning freelance documentary filmmaker. She has recently produced Outbreak: The Virus That Shook the World for ITV, China Undercover for FRONTLINE and The Battle for Hong Kong for Channel 4/FRONTLINE.

 

  • Vivienne Molokwu is a commissioning editor at Channel 4 where she is currently responsible for The Great British Bake Off, Highlife, The Big Breakfast reboot and Celebs Go Dating amongst other shows. She is one of the two commissioning editors behind the Channel’s ongoing Black to Front project.

 

  • Abi Mowbray is a British documentary director and producer whose work includes Exodus, Broke, 24 Hours in Police Custody, The Romanians Are Coming and Life & Death Row

 

  • Carol Nahra juggles a portfolio of documentary-related projects in London. She teaches documentary at Syracuse University, London and Royal Holloway University, amongst others. She is the trainer for Grierson DocLab and hosts the podcast DocHouse Conversations. She blogs at Docs on Screens and is a consultant for Sheffield Doc/Fest.

 

  • Teddy Nygh is a multi-award-winning director whose work includes the critically acclaimed comedy pilot PRU. In the digital YA, space Nygh has worked on numerous dramas, including 18 which won the Grand Prix DRUM Award, alt Life which earned an Official Selection at London Short Film Festival and Deep It which won Best Short Drama at the Screen Nation Awards.

 

  • Poonam Odedra has over 12 years’ experience in factual and specialist factual programme making and is currently series producing The Met at BBC Studios. She has a reputation for navigating the most sensitive stories in difficult areas of institution access, working with and managing teams in challenging and often extreme environments.

 

  • Caroline O’Neill is a profoundly deaf series producer across popular factual and factual entertainment and one of the co-directors of Deaf & Disabled People in TV.

 

  • 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.

 

  • Philippa Perry is a writer, journalist and a radio and television presenter in the fields of arts and psychology. Credits include Observer column Ask Philippa, Grayson’s Art Club for Channel 4, Siblings In Session for Audible and Victorian Sensations: Seeing and Believing for BBC Four.

 

  • Charlie Phillips is the Head of Video at the Guardian, overseeing all moving image for the Guardian's platforms, including documentaries. Films in the documentary strand have been multi-award-winning, including the winner of the short documentary Oscarin 2021. Charlie was previously Deputy Director at Sheffield Doc/Fest for 7 years.

 

  • Lucy Pilkington is founder and CEO of Milk and Honey Productions. The company makes premium factual content for major UK Broadcasters and SvoDs, with an emphasis on diversity of spirit and imagination. Prior to Milk and Honey, Lucy was an award-winning creative director, commissioning editor and executive producer.

 

  • Farah Qayum is a documentary producer and director whose credits includeHometown and Islam, Women and Me for BBC Three, Hindus: Do We Have a Caste Problem? for BBC One and Ramadan in Lockdown for Channel 4.

 

  • Cassie Quarless is a documentary director, producer and writer. He is a co-founder of black & brown, a production company that is recipient of the BBC Small Indies Fund. He is currently directing a feature-length documentary about Malcolm X's murdered grandson.

 

  • James Quinn is Chief Executive and founder of Big Wheel Studios, comprising Big Wheel Film & Television and Up & Away Film Entertainment. He is a Trustee of The Grierson Trust. 

 

  • Yasemin Rashit is BBC Three’s Channel Executive, where she commissions content across all genres. Before joining the broadcaster, Yasemin was a documentary producer of digital and linear content, her body of work includes Stephen: The Murder that Changed a Nation, States of Undress, and Children Who Kill.

 

  • Ade Rawcliffe is Group Director of Diversity and Inclusion at ITV and is a member of the Management Board. She has responsibility for all diversity and inclusion related matters across the Group, including leading, developing and growing ITV’s Diversity and Inclusion strategy on and off screen.

 

  • Hayley Reynolds joined Sky this year as Commissioning Editor, Documentaries and Factual. Previously, she was Deputy Commissioning Editor at BBC Storyville and exec. produced titles such as Locked In: Breaking the Silence, The Mole: Infiltrating North Korea, The Mystery of DB Cooper and Misha and the Wolves

 

  • Sam Roberts spent sixteen years producing science, history and archaeology documentaries for the BBC and a couple of years on Newsnight as a reporter-producer, before leaving television to become a biology teacher.

 

  • James Rogan is the creative director of Rogan Productions and a multi-award-winning filmmaker. His credits include Uprising, 1971, Putin: A Russian Spy Story and Stephen: A Murder that Changed the Nation.

 

  • Soleta Rogan is Managing Director of London/Glasgow producer, Rogan Productions. Recent executive producer credits include Diana: The Interview that Shocked the World, Subnormal: A British Scandal and landmark BBC series, Uprising.

 

  • Ben Ryder is a producer and director specialising in history, arts and current affairs films. Recent credits include Cops on Trial, a Dispatches special for Channel 4, Age of the Image for BBC Four and Celebrity: A 21st Century Story for BBC Two.

 

  • Christine Saab is a freelance film director working across documentary and virtual reality. Her documentary In the Space You Left, a NFTS production, premiered at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2021. She is currently working on a nature-inspired virtual reality experience and works in development at Spring Films.

 

  • Fatima Salaria is Managing Director at Naked Television, whose slate includes The Apprentice, The Rap Game UK and Grand Designs. She’s also Executive Chair of Edinburgh TV Festival, a member of the BAFTA TV Committee, a Grierson Trustee and mentor for ScreenSkills and Wonder Woman.

 

  • Lyttanya Shannon is a documentary director and journalist. Recent credits include Subnormal: A British Scandal for BBC One and iPlayer in the UK and Amazon Prime in the US.

 

  • Reva Sharma is a Manager within the Original Feature Documentary team at Netflix. She was previously an Executive Producer and the Head of Global Development at BAFTA award-winning independent production company Minnow Films.

 

  • Tanya Shaw is Managing Director at Zinc Media. Previously she was a Commissioning Editor for Features and Formats for BBC One and Two, as well as for Specialist Factual at Channel 4.

 

  • Bushra Siddiq is a producer and director with 15 years’ experience of working in factual and current affairs. She specialises in blending factual and documentary genres with journalism. Bushra’s credits include films for Panorama, Dispatches, and Cutting Edge. Recently her focus has been on specialist factual series and documentary feature film development.

 

  • Siobhan Sinnerton is the Creative Director and SVP Unscripted at HiddenLight Productions. Siobhan has experience commissioning at Channel 4 as well as making premium content across documentary, current affairs, feature docs and popular factual. Her films and series have won numerous awards including Emmys, BAFTAs, RTSs and Oscar nominations.

 

  • Sandy Smith has worked in TV current affairs for most of his career. He edited three of the BBC's biggest primetime strands, Panorama, Watchdog and The One Show and is now returning to his first love, documentary filmmaking, as a freelance executive producer.

 

  • 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.

 

  • Liana Stewart is a freelance documentary producer-director. Recent productions include Bafta-Cymru-nominated Black and Welsh, Take Your Knee Off My Neck: My First Time and The Next Step with George the Poet.

 

  • Suzette Styler started in scripted feature film and TV. After a stint in Factual at Channel 4, she now produces documentaries, most recently Lightbox’s series Curse of the Chippendales for Amazon and Discovery+.

 

  • Donna Taberer was formerly 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.

 

  • 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, Secret Life of the Zoo and 24 Hours in A&E.

 

  • 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, Immigration Nation, American Murder and India's Bad Boy Billionaires. Prior to Netflix, Kate was Commissioning Editor of the BBC's Storyville. 

 

  • Caroline van den Brul, MBE, is a narrative skills coach. She had a distinguished 30-year career with the BBC, two Bafta nominations for Hospital Watch and What the Romans Did for Us and has an MBE for services to broadcasting.

 

  • Dominique Walker is a freelance Executive Producer. Credits include BAFTA-winning feature documentary Drowning in Plastic, RTS-winning The British Tribe Next Door and BAFTA-winning Jamie’s School Dinners. Previously she was a Channel 4 commissioning editor in both the documentary and factual entertainment departments.

 

  • Kirsty Wark is a television journalist best known as being an anchor on the BBC’s flagship show, Newsnight. Kirsty has several major accolades to her name including BAFTA awards for Outstanding Contribution to Broadcasting, Journalist of the Year and Best Television Presenter.

 

  • Jonah Weston is Commissioning Editor for Science and Adventure at Channel 4. Before Channel 4 he was a BAFTA-nominated director and RTS award-winning executive producer at various indies.

 

  • Rory Wheler is Creative Director of Rare TV. His credits at Rare include BBC Two’s RTS-nominated Mountain Vets, Channel 4’s Chitty Flies Again with David Walliams and BBC Three’s Tagged. Rory previously ran Popkorn TV which produced BBC Three’s Ellie Undercover and Channel 4’s The Rich Kids of Instagram.

 

  • Jake Wiafe is the Senior Content Editor at Little Dot Studios, where he has helped the company’s flagship network YouTube channel, Real Stories achieve 5.5million followers on Facebook, 4.8million subscribers on YouTube, 150k followers on TikTok, a BAFTA TV award, a Canadian Screen Award and countless others.

 

  • Liza Williams is a BAFTA-winning director who has worked in documentaries for 10 years. Her credits include The Yorkshire Ripper Files for BBC Four and Catching a Predator for BBC Two.

 

  • Andy Worboys is a BAFTA-winning film editor. He is known for his work on Tell Me Who I Am, The Imposter and Hillsborough.
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