Key topics across the two-day show will include production trends, content creation, the future of broadcasting, digital disruption, innovation in creative collaboration, and much more. Below is a snapshot of some of the speakers sharing their inspiring insights and valuable knowledge at MPS 2018.
Bridget Boseley is currently Head of Factual at Spun Gold TV where she develops and execs a wide range of programmes for all main broadcasters. Most recently she has been overseeing much of the companies Royal output including ITVs recent Royal Wives of Windsor and Meghan Markle: an American Princess for Fox in America. She is currently execing a BBC1 primetime ob doc and a new BBC2 travel programme. Prior to this role Bridget was Director of Programmes at Outline Productions for eight years and before that she was Head of Features & Formats department at the BBC where she was responsible for many key factual titles including Crimewatch, Rogue Traders and Watchdog. Between 2003-2006 Bridget was Controller of Factual at ITV where she commissioned RTS Award-winning series such as Bad Lads Army and Holiday Showdown. As Head of Features department at ITV she developed successful popular culture and archive shows like the 100 Greatest brand for Channel Four and the BAFTA-nominated After They Were Famous series. She began her career in the BBC’s youth department in Manchester.
Ann is a Senior Manager of Original Series Post Production for Netflix, where she manages over two dozen titles and supervises a team of post executives who manage Netflix’s ever growing slate of Original Series. Ann joined Netflix in March of 2015, overseeing post and delivery for Season 1 of Master of None and the sketch show, Netflix Presents - The Characters. As original series expanded, Ann has overseen post for The OA, Santa Clarita Diet, Girlboss, Glow, Haters Back Off, Sense8, Black Mirror, Big Mouth, Mindhunter, She’s Gotta Have It, Lost In Space, House of Cards, Narcos and the upcoming titles The Innocents, The Kominsky Method, The Haunting of Hill House and Messiah. Of these titles - The OA, Santa Clarita Diet, Girlboss, Glow, Mindhunter, She’s Gotta Have It, Black Mirror and Lost in Space have all launched in Dolby Vision. Prior to Netflix, Ann was a post supervisor for Starz’s Black Sails, as well as a post coordinator on the original pilot and second season of Game of Thrones. Ann’s post career began at HBO, where she spent 5 years working on such titles as John Adams, Generation Kill, Temple Grandin & No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency.
Philip Bloom is a world-renowned award winning filmmaker who, for the past 12 years of his 29 year career has specialized in creating incredible cinematic images no matter what the camera. Some of his most iconic work was created with Canon DSLRs. As one of the biggest evangelists for their use in productions his website became the place to go to for budding filmmakers as well as experienced ones keen to embrace the new technology. His use of Canon DSLRs to shoot part of Lucasfilms’ last movie “Red Tails” proved a huge point to the naysayers. This technology was proved very viable in large-scale productions. He has become very well known for his in-depth video reviews of various cameras, which have helped many people in the huge decision of buying a camera. He has worked for all the major UK broadcasters, such as the BBC, ITV, C4 and Sky, as well as countless independent production companies and many others around the world including CNN, CBS, Discovery, FOX and NBC. Independent projects are key to Philip and he splits his time between bigger projects and small independent ones. One of his most successful independent projects was “How To Start A Revolution” which won a BAFTA in 2012 and was also awarded prizes at several film festivals including Best Documentary at the 2011 Raindance festival. He recently finished working on the documentary series “The Wonder List” for CNN which took him to dozens of countries around the world.
Appointed Head of Drama in June 2016, Beth Willis joined Channel 4 as Deputy Head of Drama in 2012, working alongside Piers Wenger to commission bold and ambitious original drama for Channel 4 and E4. Recent hits during Beth’s time at the channel include two series of the BAFTA-nominated Humans, the launch of which was the highest performing series in over 20 years, the successful launch of Ackley Bridge, the first 8pm drama on Channel 4 for over 13 years, Channel 4’s biggest show of 2016 We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, the BAFTA and RTS award-winning Jack Thorne drama National Treasure, two series of Paul Abbott’s critically-lauded and RTS-winning police drama No Offence, Tracey Malone and Kate Ashfield’s Born to Kill and Shane Meadows’ iconic This is England 90, Peter Kosminsky’s four-part series The State, the channel’s most-watched drama ever Kiri, and Beau Willimon’s space race drama The First. Previously, Beth produced the first two series of Ashes to Ashes for Kudos/BBC before moving to the BBC to become an Executive Producer on the new Doctor Who alongside Steven Moffat and Piers Wenger. While at the BBC she also co-executive produced the BAFTA and RTS award-winning, Eric and Ernie, written by Peter Bowker and starring Victoria Wood.
David Shapton has worked with digital media since 1985, and has been a professional writer for two decades, with over 1,200 articles published. A former CTO, he is also the co-designer of the world’s first DSP-based digital audio mixer. He has always been a future watcher and six years ago correctly predicted the speed at which 4K would be adopted! David is now a publisher as co-founder of RedShark Media, where he is also Editor In Chief.
A former Royal Marines officer who worked for Nelson Mandela during the peace process in the early nineties, Monty left the forces to pursue a career in expeditions, travel journalism, and marine biology. He is a Land Rover global ambassador, president of the Galapagos Conservation Trust and a Help for Heroes patron. In 2003 he was awarded the Bish Medal by the Scientific Exploration Society for services to exploration and in 2010, an honorary Doctor of Science degree by Plymouth University.Monty presented numerous documentaries on the BBC, Channel 4, Discovery, Five, and Nat Geo, and latterly moved into producing, ultimately launching his own production company (Seadog TV & Film Productions).Monty is best known for his three BBC2 Great Escapes’ series, where he lived on the west coasts of Scotland and Ireland with his dog Reuben. He also presented the multi-award winning series ‘Great Barrier Reef’ the ground-breaking expedition series ‘Lost Worlds’for the Discovery Channel and ‘Monty Halls’ Dive Mysteries’ for Channel 5. Monty’s production company Seadog has filmed two series for Channel 4. “Freedom Trails” - an RTS Best Factual Series nominee 2018 - and soon to be broadcast “My Family & the Galapagos” in its first 2 years of operation. Seadog is unusual - possibly unique - inthe broadcast industry as it was formed entirely through crowdfunding. The company has recently launched a successful second fund raise to fully explore the VR / 360 / multi-platform market.
Stefano is a pioneer of visual storytelling. His skills have developed from an advertising background and moved increasingly into content creation and IP development for brands. Working on multi-channel campaigns and subsequently in the digital space, for both interactive projects and video productions, have made him an expert in branded content in all forms.
Pete Thornton is Senior Commissioning Editor at UKTV, Britain's biggest multichannel broadcaster, where he commissions scripted comedy and drama for Gold, Dave, W, Drama and Alibi. Comedy productions under his management include Zapped, Red Dwarf and Porters for Dave. He’s also responsible for UKTV’s first Original drama, the Anna Paquin fronted Flack, which is due to air on W in 2019. Pete began his career at Spitting Image before moving to Aardman animations where he partnered with Nick Park on two of the Oscar winning Wallace and Gromit films, The Wrong Trousers and A Close Shave. He then joined the BBC as a producer on BAFTA award-winning series The Smoking Room and Roger and Val Have Just Got In, before becoming one of the key creatives within the in-house comedy team. In 2012 Pete left the BBC to become a commissioning editor at Comedy Central where he commissioned and executive produced the broadcaster’s first ever scripted comedy, Threesome, and before joining UKTV, Pete was Head of Comedy at Tiger Aspect.
Dr Linda Papadopoulos is one the most well-known and respected Psychologists working in the UK today and her work has informed government policy. Dr Linda can currently be heard on TalkRADIO where she co-hosts a new show with Dan Wootton called Dan’s Dilemmas with Dr Linda every Sunday 1pm – 4pm, which includes celebrity interviews and discussion about the most pressing issues of the day. In addition, Dr Linda has recently launched her own podcast, The Psychology Behind, which explores the many sides of human psychology, looking at anxiety, grief, body confidence, attitudes in the workplace and everything in between! Dr Linda provides insight and actionable tips to help you tackle these issues head on. She was included in the Top 20 therapists in London by the Evening Standard newspaper and was awarded the Madame Figaro Women of the Year Award in 2008 in the field of academia.
Jonathan Pascoe is Head of Short Form at ITN Productions where he oversees TV, digital and audio content. This includes the entertainment news shows FYI Daily for ITV2/ITV4 and Access for the Channel 5 channels, weekly tech and news show N2K for international markets, social content for Awesomeness TV and other one-offs and series. In audio, ITNP recently premiered two series as part of Audible UK’s Audio Shows service, with more to follow.
Dr Eleanor Dare is the Senior Tutor for the Digital Direction MA at the Royal College of Art. She has a PhD in Arts and Computational Technology from Goldsmiths and has taught computer programming and digitally themed subjects at Goldsmiths, the University of Derby, the Open University, the University of the Arts and the Royal College of Art. Her current research includes a longitudinal transmedia storytelling project incorporating algorithmic collaborative methodology, motion capture, interactive films, Twitter feeds, blog posts and performances. www.rca.ac.uk/more/staff/dr-eleanor-dare/
Mick Audsley is one of the leading film editors in Great Britain and the United States. He has more than thirty feature credits to his name. He has collaborated on numerous projects with celebrated directors including Terry Gilliam (Twelve Monkeys) Neil Jordan (Interview with the Vampire) Mike Newell (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) and Stephen Frears (High Fidelity). He won a BAFTA award for editing The Snapper for Frears and a nomination for Dangerous Liaisons. He also now works extensively as supervising editor and editorial consultant on feature films,TV series and shorts and has recently been invited to join The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Recent credits include " EVEREST " directed by Baltasar Kormakur, co editor for Robert Zemeckis on his last film "Allied" for Paramount Pictures and editor of "Murder on the Orient Express" for Kenneth Branagh and 20th Century Fox.
Claire Featherstone has been in senior production roles for over 20 years. Before joining Sundog, she was a consultant, working with indies providing commercial and strategic expertise across production, distribution, finance and funding. Prior to that she was Managing Director of award-winning indie Flame Television where she oversaw the growth of Flame’s programming roster and led the company's successful push into popular factual programming establishing a stable of returning shows. She also steered the company through its sale to the Avalon Entertainment Group. Claire has experience across a wide variety of TV programming genres, including documentary, fact/ent, specialist factual and daytime shows for both terrestrial and digital channels including the long running hit show Heir Hunters for BBC One, The Queen's Lost Uncle for Channel 4, Animal Mafia for Fusion and Lost in Love for A&E Network.
Sebastian has been a Commissioning Executive and Channel Manager at 5 since January 2017. He is responsible for creating and implementing editorial strategy for 5STAR and commissioning projects for both 5STAR and Channel 5. He is currently leading Channel 5’s move into scripted drama. Commissions for Channel 5 include: Springtime on the Farm; My Extreme OCD Life; Borderline (scripted comedy) and Billionaire Babies. Forthcoming commissions for the channel include: Young, Dumb and Banged Up in the Sun, My Obese Life and My Extreme Stammer and Me. For younger skewing channel 5STAR Sebastian has been behind such programmes as: Bad Teen to Ballroom Queen; My Multiple Personalities and Me; Celebrity Ghost Hunt; When Kids Kill and Don't Tell the Doctor. Before taking up his current role Sebastian was Channel and Acquisitions Manager from July 2015. He was responsible for developing 5STAR’s original programming, commissioning series such as: Sex Pod, Death By Selfie and One Punch Killers. From June 2014 he was Acquisitions Manager for Channel 5, negotiating deals for acquired content across genres including: film, drama and factual entertainment, as well as overseeing film planning for the whole channel portfolio. Sebastian originally joined Channel 5 as an Acquisitions Executive in January 2011 with responsibility for film and mini-series planning. Before joining 5 he was an Acquisitions and Programme Executive at the BBC for five years.
Cassandra Sigsgaard is a UK based producer, whose credits include the award-winning feature debut from the Blaine brothers, NINA FOREVER, released theatrically in the US by Epic Pictures and in the UK by Studiocanal in February 2016, and the acclaimed feature documentary, INDIA IN A DAY, executive produced by Ridley Scott and directed by Richie Mehta, which premiered at Toronto before being released worldwide on Youtube. She’s currently producing the next Blaine brothers’ feature, and an original drama from writer/director Richie Mehta, as well as the Brit List nominated feature ENTER THE DRAGONS by Joy Wilkinson, to be directed by Catherine Morshead. She is a voting member of BAFTA, and former Chair of Women in Film and TV (UK).
From creating one of Britain’s most viewed comedy channels out of his bedroom to being labelled “the most influential British Asian of his generation”, Humza Arshad has become one of the UK’s most popular and important British Asian personalities. After graduating in drama from the famous Richmond Drama School and being taught by BAFTA winner, Tom Hardy, Humza quickly realised the number of roles available for a British Pakistani were both limited and predominantly stereotypical. Deciding to take matters into his own hands Humza saved up his earnings from working in his father’s school uniform store and bought himself a camera. In December 2010 Arshad wrote, directed and edited an episode called ‘Diary of a Badman’, based on a hapless twenty something year old male determined to prove his street credentials only to learn a moral lesson at the end of the episode. Uploading it to YouTube and going on holiday straight after, Humza returned to find the episode had hit one million views within ten days thrusting him into the spotlight as one of the most exciting new talents in British comedy. In 2011, his YouTube channel, ‘Humza Productions’ was the 7th most viewed on the platform, thanks to the insane popularity of ‘Diary of a Badman’. Fast forward to now and over 80 mlliion views later, Humza became the first British YouTuber to have his own scripted comedy series on BBC Three playing ‘Gentleman Documentarian’ Ahmed Armstrong in the mockumentary series ‘Coconut’ also starring Nina Wadia. As much as Humza enjoys making his fans laugh, equally important to him has been using his influence and comedy for a greater purpose. In 2015, Humza partnered with UK Counter Terrorism Unit and created the most successful anti-radicalisation programme to date carrying out workshops in schools in at risk areas reaching over 80,000 students across 120 schools. The programme was covered by the worlds leading media receiving coverage in Newsweek, New York Times, CBS News, The One Show, The Times, Los Angeles Times, Buzzfeed with Washington Post labelling Humza as “Britain’s greatest hope against Isis for the hearts and minds of Young Muslims”. Humza’s efforts caught the attention of YouTube who made Humza their first ambassador for the Creators For Change campaign, an initiative dedicated to amplifying the voices of role models who tackle difficult social issues, helping to combat hate speech, counter xenophobia and extremism and make the case for greater tolerance and empathy toward others. With today’s current political and cultural climate, these issues have never been more relevant with Humza now standing as one of the most in demand public speakers having spoken and shared the stage with the likes of Will Smith, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcikci, Kevin Hart and Whoopi Goldberg.
Alex Zane is a presenter, writer and comedian. He began his career at the age of 18 when he became a finalist in SO YOU THINK YOU’RE FUNNY at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. A talented radio broadcaster, Alex began working at London radio station Xfm in 2002, and hosted the station's prestigious breakfast Show from 2007-2009. His radio show was heard by MTV producers, who subsequently signed him up to present shows such as SCREENPLAY and TRL, leading to Alex being co-presenter on POPWORLD. Since then, he has appeared on many entertainment programmes, such as 8 OUT OF 10 CATS, BALLS OF STEEL, London Live’s ALEX ZANE’S FUNNY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS and hidden camera show MEET THE PARENTS. Most recently, he has been presenter on variety show RUDE TUBE (now in its eleventh series). Alex also wrote a weekly film review column for The Sun newspaper between 2009 and 2016. Alex has presented many large scale music and film events, such as V FESTIVAL, WIRELESS FESTIVAL, GOLDEN GLOBES RED CARPET LIVE and OSCARS RED CARPET LIVE. He also wrote a weekly film review column for The Sun newspaper between 2009 and 2016. Zane is now the face of Sky Cinema, hosting various Celebrity Specials for the channel where he has interviewed A-List stars such as Tom Cruise, Jennifer Lawrence and Matt Damon.
Walter is a former commissioner and TV Executive responsible for generating a wide range of primetime factual entertainment hit series. As a Commissioning Editor for Features at Channel 4, Walter developed a string of factual hit formats before leaving to become Creative Director at Betty, where he spearheaded a quick growth trajectory of turnover and output which led to the company sale to Discovery Networks International in 2011. In 2014 Walter left Betty to pursue his dream of launching a foreign language drama channel. Walter Presents launched January 2016 in the UK as a FREE video-on-demand service and is a joint venture between Channel 4 and Global Series Network, co-founded by Jo McGrath and Jason Thorp. In March 2017 Walter Presents launched as an SVOD platform in the US with the New York Times hailing it as a ‘chic TV boutique with a foreign accent.’ In November 2017 Walter Presents launched in Australia on Foxtel, the second stage of a planned global rollout.
Ed Perkins is a Grierson award winning documentary filmmaker who has directed, filmed and edited for the BBC, National Geographic, Channel 4, The Guardian, The New Yorker and Focus Features. In 2015, Ed was named as a BAFTA Breakthrough Brit. After graduating from the University of North Carolina in 2009, Ed directed the behind-the-scenes documentaries for PROJECT NIM, THE EAGLE, the BAFTA winning THE IMPOSTER, and the Academy Award winning SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN. Ed’s debut feature documentary GARNET’S GOLD was produced by Simon Chinn (MAN ON WIRE), premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival 2014, won a Grierson Award for BEST NEWCOMER and won BEST INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY awards at Docville International Film Festival and Jozi Film Festival. Two of Ed's short films - CHUTZPAH and IF I DIE ON MARS - have garnered Vimeo "Short of the Week" and "Staff Pick" accolades, and IF I DIE ON MARS has been viewed over a million times on multiple platforms. In 2017, Ed made a documentary series for Channel 4 uncovering the underground world of bare-knuckle fighting, and his latest project - BLACK SHEEP - is a documentary short film for The Guardian that explores race and identity.
Emma established Lambent in 1996 where she’s created a wide range of acclaimed documentaries and factual series. Credits include KIDS BEHIND BARS for BBC3, OUT OF JAIL AND ON THE STREETS for BBC1, and THE SPECIAL NEEDS HOTEL for Channel 5. She developed formatted teen series GAY-Z and WELCOME TO MY WORLD for Channel 4 and BAFTA-nominated drama-documentaries LOVE HURTS and TRUE STORIES for BBC2. Recent documentaries include LAST WHITES OF THE EAST END for BBC1, ADDICTED PARENTS: LAST CHANCE TO KEEP MY CHILDREN for BBC2 and RAPED: MY STORY for Channel 5.
Elaine launched Crackit Productions in 2008 with a vision to create ground breaking television productions that would stimulate debate and generate headlines across the world. Under her command, Crackit has produced over 200 hours of award winning television shown across broadcasters and international boundaries including Bad Habits: Holy Orders, Save Money Good Food, The Secret Life of The Hospital Bed and Sex Pod to name a few. Prior to setting up Crackit, Elaine has held positions on the board of Endemol UK and was Managing Director of Brighter Pictures, overseeing programmes such as Big Brother at the height of the hype surrounding the show. Elaine prides herself in taking the time to source and nurture the very best on and off screen talent and has long been an advocate and mentor of the disabilities and race scheme CDN.
Aurelien Simon is Head of Immersive at Digital Catapult, his goal is to help drive the immersive technology market in the UK at this crucial point. He was previously Head of VR at creative studio UNIT9. In his time there, he led immersive projects for Google, Samsung, Microsoft and Oculus. His work includes SXSW’s Innovation Awards finalist “Samsung: Bedtime VR Stories”, as well as immersive films “Backwater” and “Real Memories” for MINI. Coming from the creative and media industry, Aurelien has led VFX Studio FGreat and acted as the Head of Development for Opus Entertainment. His content production expertise covers a broad range from digital, film, VFX and gaming."
Danny is a BAFTA and International Emmy winning screenwriter whose credits include Come Home, Ordinary Lies, Exile, The Driver, and The Five. Danny wrote several episode of the Channel 4 series Shameless as well as contributing to Jimmy McGovern's The Street and Accused. His new series Safe, starring Michael C Hall, airs in May.
Uzma Hasan is co founder and producer at venture capitalist backed Little House Productions. Her latest feature Nirpal Bhogal’s Firstborn premiered at Edinburgh International Film Festival 2016 ahead of a worldwide sale to Netflix. Her first feature The Infidel (2010) was released internationally to commercial and critical acclaim, was remade by Viacom India as Dharam Sankat Mein (2015) and as a musical that ran at Theatre Royal Stratford. She is currently in shooting the adaptation of Gautam Malkani’s cult novel Londonstani for the BFI. Uzma is developing projects with a diverse range of talent including Ritesh Batra (Rail D'Or winner for The Lunchbox), Guardian film critic Peter Bradshaw, novelist Nikesh Shukla as well as with Amazon Studios, the BFI and Creative England. She is a non executive director on the board of Channel 4, and Ingenious Media backed Babber Films and Chisel Films. She consults for the International Film Festival Rotterdam and sits on the selection committee for the British Independent Film Awards. Uzma has worked internationally with companies including Focus Features, Doha Film Institute and Tribeca Enterprises on the development, production and exploitation of feature films. In 2010, she was nominated for HRH Prince’s Trust Mosaic Arts & Culture Award; in 2012 she was nominated for the Asian Woman of Achievement Award and became a Woman of the Future Ambassador; and in 2013 she won the British Muslim Award for Services to Creativity. She attended Harvard University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences as a Kennedy Scholar to read Film and Literature.
Overseeing the post-production within Lion Television UK on a technical level, David focuses on streamlining workflows, future proofing systems and ensuring Lion is able to cope with the ever changing technical demands of modern television production. He manages 24 offline and two online Avid editing suites on an Editshare network across all UK sites. With his thorough knowledge of filming standards, camera formats and delivery file types he can see it is an exciting time with new trends and disruptions to television broadcast as we know it today and is right at the forefront to meet these new challenges.
Jack Kennedy is Creative Director for Boundless. He was previously Creative Director at Fresh One, and prior to that was Head of Formats and Factual for Lime Pictures, where he worked on commissions including Celebs Go Dating, Too Posh to Parent, Young Free and Single, Meet the Superbrains. He began his career at BBC Studios and then ITV Studios.
Sara Johnson is the Vice President, Scripted for Fox Networks Group (FNG) Europe & Africa. Joining the company in September 2016 in a newly created position, her remit was to build a development and production slate for the FOX channels across the region. The first project to emerge is the Mark Strong fronted espionage thriller, Deep State from Matthew Parkhill and Emmy award-winning Executive Producer Hilary Bevan Jones. Deep State airs in over 50 territories across the region in the Spring of 2018. FOX is the #1 general entertainment channel globally. The brand is synonymous with groundbreaking Hollywood entertainment and delivers a varied programing schedule that includes comedy, drama, science fiction, action and animation. It is inclusive and broad in its appeal, and delivers the best shows first to a wide audience. Sara has significant experience in commissioning, production and co-production having worked in TV drama for over 20 years. She joined FNG E&A having been the Executive Producer & Head of Co-Production, Scripted at Keshet UK and the first senior creative in their new UK production arm. During her tenure there, she was the Executive Producer for the 6-part BBC One drama The A Word, and instrumental in the commissioning of the 8-part Channel 4 comedy drama, Loaded. Other highlights of her career include Head of Development/Executive Producer at La Plante Productions; spearheading new international co-production projects at NBC Universal, 5 years as the Commissioning Editor, Drama and Comedy for Sky One and an early role as Development Producer for Sony International TV, UK Division. Sara began her career in Script Editing and Storyline development for EastEnders, BBC One.
FremantleMedia is a global content producer making some of the best known and well loved content around the world. Donna heads up in-house Post Production for Boundless, Talkback, Thames, Retort and Euston Films. Donna started her career in production management but has been leading in-house post production teams for the last 13 years. She has a wealth of experience in setting up facilities, and advising on all areas of production technology and post production.
HaZ is a writer / director / producer who started out as a Visual Effects artist on feature films such as The Dark Knight and Prince of Persia, before moving into a VFX Supervisor role where he was nominated for several VES awards for shows such as Planet Dinosaur (BBC) and America The Story of US (Discovery). His mix of creativity and smart production approach lead him to him becoming a VFX Producer on shows such as Poldark Season 1 and The Aliens on Channel 4. In between VFX he would create short films, one of them - Project Kronos went viral in 2013 landing him a manager in Hollywood and his first feature film development deal with Benderspink as well as development assignments with Paramount 20th Century Fox. Since then has completed two other short films - IRIS an SYNC both tapping into his love for grounded science fiction and serving as proof of concepts for feature films he has developed. HaZ delivered his debut feature film (Which he also wrote and produced) - THE BEYOND which was released by distributor Gravitas Ventures on January 2018 on all digital platforms. HaZ also delivered his second feature film - ORIGIN UNKNOWN for Content / Kew Media which is to be released later in 2018. As well as being one of the co-founders of his high concept production company HaZ Film whom he founded it with producer Paula Crickard. HaZ is represented by APA & Ground Control Entertainment for Feature film and TV.
Having studied for a PhD in Colour Science and Colour Management at Westminster University, Karsten initially served as part of Framestore’s Engineering group. He joined MPC Film in 2014 as Head of Technology, responsible for the studio’s various technology systems and support teams.
After 10 years at Granada where Nick held roles including Editor of ITV’s flagship daytime programme, ‘This Morning’ and Executive Producer for both the Entertainment and Factual departments, he was headhunted to be Controller of the newly formed Factual Entertainment department at Carlton. In four years, he built turnover from zero to £12m and was responsible for a range of hits across a host of Broadcasters, from ITV and Channel 4 to Sky One and BBC3. In 2004 Nick founded Spun Gold TV. From high profile celebrity access documentaries to factual entertainment series and entertainment formats with international sales potential, Spun Gold makes some of the UK’s most exciting, dynamic and diverse programming. With over 20 series and 100s of hours of television behind it, it’s one of the UK’s most successful producers across multiple platforms to both domestic and international markets, with clients including the BBC, ITV, Sky, NBC and CNN. Recent output ranges from entertainment extravaganza The Real Full Monty (ITV) which highlighted male cancers to an audience of millions, landmark history series such as The Royal House of Windsor (C4), and epic national events such as BATFA award-winning The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebrations (ITV); plus favourite returning series including Love Your Home and Garden (ITV) and Great Canal Journeys (C4).
Polly Hill was appointed ITV's Head of Drama in 2016, and her forthcoming commissions include, Mike Bartlett’s Trauma; Kay Mellor’s Girlfriends; White Dragon, from Harry and Jack Williams’ indie Two Brothers and written by Mark Denton and Jonny Stockwood, as well as a Gwyneth Hughes adaptation of Vanity Fair. Before joining ITV, Polly was Controller of BBC Drama Commissioning, ordering series including His Dark Materials, The City & The City, McMafia, Press and Black Earth Rising. Prior to this, Hill was the BBC’s Head of Independent Drama between 2011 and 2015, where she was responsible for a wide range of acclaimed and award-winning dramas including The Night Manager, The Missing, The Honourable Woman, The Shadow Line, Accused, Ripper Street, The Village, Death In Paradise, Poldark and Wolf Hall. Polly joined the BBC in 2005 as an executive producer and then became a commissioning editor in 2008. Before joining the BBC, Polly was a producer on Cherished by Gwyneth Hughes, which won the Grierson Award. She worked at Channel 4 where she oversaw the first series of Teachers and started her career working for Verity Lambert, before getting her first script-editing job.
Sol Rogers is CEO and Founder of REWIND, an immersive production studio that fuses bleeding-edge technology with award-winning creative storytelling. Known for pushing the boundaries in innovative content creation, REWIND’s acclaimed immersive projects include BBC Home - a VR Spacewalk, the launch of Jaguar I-PACE in VR, and Ghost in the Shell VR. Sol is Chair of Immerse UK, the first nation-wide network for immersive companies, working to ensure that the UK becomes the global leader in immersive technologies. Sol is also Chair of the BAFTA VR Advisory Group and an advisor to globally recognised conferences. Sol’s passion for VR has led him to set up VRLO; the UK’s most popular VR meetup, and VR Together; a platform to help create VR for good. Prior to founding REWIND, Sol was a university lecturer for 15 years in Digital Animation, VFX & Emerging Technology.
Susan Hogg joined Studio Lambert in 2015 to create a dynamic scripted department. Her first drama for Studio Lambert, in association with BBC Studios, was the much praised Three Girls, written by Nicole Taylor. Previously a senior executive at BBC Drama Production and head of drama at Granada Television and United Television, Sue has produced hundreds of hours of popular and award-winning drama. Her latest shows include the BAFTA-nominated The C Word, written by Nicole Tayler, the BAFTA-nominated Go-Between, written by Adrian Hodges, RTS-winner Five Daughters, written by Stephen Butchard and BAFTA-winner The Fades, written by Jack Thorne. Other titles include Larkrise to Candleford, Survivors, Waking the Dead, Touching Evil, Where the Heart Is, Grafters and BAFTA-winning No Child of Mine, written by Guy Hibbert. As head of Drama for Studio Lambert, Sue currently has projects in production and development with the BBC, Channel 4, Starz, Lionsgate, Virgin, Amazon and BBC America. In 2017, she was presented the ENVY Producer Award at the Women in Film and TV Awards.
Dhanny found early success with Big Deal having been the strategic brains behind public voting campaign for then client Adam Deacon’s victorious bid to win the BAFTA Rising Star Award ahead of Hollywood competition Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddlestone and Chris O’Dowd. As well as managing the daily demands of Big Deal Films, Dhanny also manages comedy sensation Humza Arshad – star of popular YouTube series Diary of a Badman, having overseen the massive growth of Arshad’s channel making Humza the most viewed British comedian with over 70 million views and 285,000 subscribers. When he’s not tied up in business, Dhanny can be found at White Hart Lane cheering his beloved Tottenham or learning to cook Thai.
Across two decades making films, Martin has built a reputation for films with impact visuals and powerful narratives at their core. He has won critical acclaim and numerous industry awards in the process. Martin has always been at the cutting edge of innovation and new technologies, having directed one of the UK’s first documentaries in HD, having been the creative driving force behind David Attenborough’s 3D output for Sky and more recently as Exec Producer on the innovative VR hybrid Flyspy (2016) and Sky’s latest interactive VR experience with David Attenborough Hold the World VR (2018). Martin is currently directing a series immersive, giant screen experiences in China with Flying Over Changbaishan and Flying Over Five Mountains. Martin’s credits include The Real T. rex with Chris Packham (BBC2; 2018) Monkeys: An Amazing Animals Family (2016; Sky), the RTS winning, BAFTA nominated Big Cats: An Amazing Animal Family (Sky; 2015), the Panda and Grierson nominated The Burrower’s: Animals Underground (BBC2; 2013), The Queen’s Garden (ITV1; 2014), the RTS winning Galapagos 3D (Sky One, Sky 3D & IMAX 2013), the BAFTA nominated David Attenborough’s Kingdom of Plants 3D (Sky One & Sky 3D, 2012), the triple Emmy winning and twice BAFTA nominated David Attenborough’s First Life (BBC2, 2010), Attenborough’s Journey (BBC2, 2010), the Emmy nominated Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking (Discovery, Channel 4; 2010), Inside Planet Earth (Discovery; 2009), Growing Babies (BBC4, 2008), Emmy winner Inside the Living Body (National Geographic, Channel 4; 2007), Red Arrows (BBC1, 2006) and the Emmy and Grierson nominated Wave that Shook the World (PBS, Channel 4; 2005), a quick turnaround film on the Boxing Day tsunami that aired just a month after it struck, for which he was awarded an AAAS science journalism award.
Tim is Managing Director of Wisebuddah, one of the leaders in audio content in the UK, working with some of the world's biggest brands, talent and broadcasters. The company has a successful portfolio of chart-topping audio on demand, including Heroes (for Attitude), Bizarre Life (for The Sun) and Couch to 5K (for the NHS), and Appliance of Science' with Bill Bryson for Audible. Their true crime release, Beyond Reasonable Doubt? , spent four weeks at number one in the iTunes podcast chart and has been described as ‘the UK’s answer to Serial’ by NME. They have also produced impactful visual content including Scott Mills' Perfect Football Song with 5 SOS (3m YouTube views) and a series of recent Radio 1 Stories for iPlayer including Britain’s Young Witches, Brows on Fleek , High Street Hijabi s and Get Muscly in a Month . The company currently produces eight music radio strands for the BBC including Claudia on Sunday for BBC Radio 2; BBC 6 Music’s Mary Anne Hobbs Weekend Breakfast and Huey Morgan ; and Panjabi Hit Squad and The Asian Network Download Chart for BBC Asian Network). Wisebuddah has five audio recording and post-production studios in central London, specialising in radio, podcasts, TV, advertising, audiobooks and ISDN sessions and a team of engineers with a combined experience of over 30 years in recording, mixing, editing and sound design. Wisebuddah has won countless New York Festival Awards, Sony Music Awards and ARIAS for its work. Tim joined Wisebuddah in March 2017. Laterly a consultant, he provided commercial advice to businesses in the content sector, including brand and co-production partnerships and IP management and exploitation. He was previously Commercial Director at Spun Gold, where he was responsible for all aspects of the company’s commercial IP development and, prior to that, Commercial Director at Group M Entertainment, an operating unit of WPP, involved in the business of investing in, financing and distributing television content. His previous roles include Commercial Director and Director of Production and Operations at Gallowgate, where he was responsible for some of the UK’s biggest entertainment hits including Saturday Night Takeaway, Pokerface and Push The Button . He has also been Director of Operations at Target Entertainment and Head of Production at ITV Studios.
Adrienne’s career started as Anchor in the newsrooms of the BBC & SKY as well as co-hosting a top daytime show for ITV (Everything Must Go!) and live events for corporate clients like Roche, Virgin, Jaguar Land Rover to name but a few. (More here) Along the way, she has set up companies, bought and sold investment properties and been involved with various charities for whom she has helped to raise around £6 million. She also Founded iNewsU.com and built up an impressive following with support from Prime Minister David Cameron, Lord Digby Jones, Sir Stuart Rose, Karren Brady & Mirror Group Newspapers. Testimonials available from: Lord Digby Jones, , Martin Corry, Sir Stuart Rose Michael Finnigan, Nigel Risner, Al Gosling....and others on request.
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Phil is the founder and MD of both Bankside Films, an international film distribution company and Head Gear Films, a film, TV and video games investment company. Phil produces and executive produces and in the past decade has invested in over 200 feature films. Head Gear Films is now one of the world’s largest financiers of independent film, investing in around 60 projects a year. Other aspects to his career include being a BAFTA voting member; mentor to National Film and Television producing students and others; regular speaker on the industry circuit; founder of the British Film Festival of Kurdistan, Iraq; and a Patron of The Death Penalty Project. Phil began producing feature films in the mid 90’s with micro budgets that occasionally found more than a micro audience…. Prior to the film business, Phil was an advertising and music photographer including working with post punk bands such as Big Audio Dynamite. He sporadically still dusts off his Hasselblad.
Matt has over 25 years’ experience in telecoms, media and entertainment and was recently voted in the top 50 most influential people in online TV for the fourth year running. In 2017, he was awarded the TV Connect People’s Choice award for the ‘Person who made the biggest impact on the connected entertainment industry’ Within EE he is Head of Media & Entertainment Technology, developing the strategy for the Broadcast, Media & Entertainment over 4G / LTE-B & 5G This encompasses a ‘glass to glass’ approach incorporating both contribution and distribution of media. Matt is also the Founder and Chairman of the Mobile Video Alliance and co-founder of the LTE-Broadcast Global Alliance.
Simon Chinn is a double Academy Award winning producer who is responsible for some of the most successful feature documentaries of recent years, known for their high production values, powerful narratives and innovative blending of documentary and fiction techniques. He conceived and produced MAN ON WIRE which won numerous international awards including the Sundance Grand Jury Prize, the Producers Guild of America (PGA) Award, the BAFTA for Outstanding British Film and the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. His follow-up film, PROJECT NIM, opened the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and was released theatrically around the world to great acclaim, won the DGA Award, was nominated for a BAFTA and shortlisted for an Academy Award. SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN opened the Sundance Film Festival in 2012 and went on to gross over $10 million at the international box office, making it one of the most commercially successful documentaries of recent years. Among more than 30 international awards, it won the PGA, DGA and WGA awards, the BAFTA and the Academy Award for Best Documentary. THE IMPOSTER, which Simon executive produced, also launched at Sundance in 2012. It became the eighth highest grossing (non-concert) documentary of all time in the UK and went on win the BAFTA for best debut for its director Bart Layton. Simon launched Lightbox in 2014 in partnership with his cousin, Emmy-winning producer Jonathan Chinn. With offices in London and LA, the company is focused on producing high-end content across multiple platforms. Simon has executive produced Lightbox shows including LA92, the Emmy-winning feature documentary for National Geographic to mark the 25th anniversary of the LA riots directed by Academy Award winners Dan Lindsay and TJ Martin; CAPTIVE: a major eight-part documentary series telling the stories of some of the most high stakes hostage negotiations from around the world for Netflix; MY SCIENTOLOGY MOVIE, fronted by Louis Theroux, which was the highest grossing British theatrical documentary of 2016; ABSOLUTELY FASHION: INSIDE BRITISH VOGUE, an observational documentary mini-series for BBC2 and Netflix US; THE TRAFFICKERS, an eight-hour investigative series for US network FUSION; the critically acclaimed WAR CHILD for Channel 4, following the journey of three refugee children across Europe; and BARE KNUCKLE FIGHT CLUB, a documentary series for Channel 4 and FX Studios. Simon’s current Lightbox projects include WHITNEY: the only authorized documentary about Whitney Houston, directed by Academy Award winner Kevin Macdonald, which is being released in cinemas globally in July; DIAGNOSIS - an eight-part formatted series for Netflix inspired by The New York Times Magazine's long-running and hugely popular column; and WEINSTEIN a major feature documentary telling the definitive story of the Hollywood mogul’s career, fall from grace and Hollywood’s culture of abuse – for the BBC and theatrical release. He is also executive producing further projects for networks and digital platforms including Netflix, National Geographic, Discovery Channels, and the BBC.
I am a freelance production sound mixer with 28 years of experience. I started working on documentaries in 1990 and moved into film and TV drama in 2002. 2017 was a very busy year for me. Starting with series 4 of Black Mirror I travelled to Iceland to film the episode ‘Crocodile’. I came back to the UK and immediately started work on ‘Patrick’ a British feature film produced by Fred Films and directed by Mandie Fletcher. The rest of the year was taken up with a Sister Pictures production called ‘The Split’ A BBC TV drama starring Nicola Walker and Stephen Mangan. This 6 part series was directed by Jessica Hobbs and produced by Lucy Dyke. I have a complete drama sound kit and an experienced sound team available.
Jim Greayer is an award-winning writer and director of documentaries and drama with fifteen years’ experience of making films for US and British television. Jim most recently series produced and directed Eight Days That Made Rome, an epic drama documentary series for Channel 5 presented by Bettany Hughes. Jim shot his first full length feature drama in 2015. The Chameleon tells the terrifying true story of one of America’s most prolific but least known serial killers. The Chameleon won three awards at the British Independent Film Festival 2016. In 2016 Jim helped produce Barbarians Rising, a major eight hour historical drama epic for History (A&E Networks). The series was transmitted in the autumn and winter of 2016 in the US, UK and then worldwide.