Our Keynote speakers for 2015 will included a host of leading experts from the broadcast and IT industries.
Case studies from the teams behind award winning TV programmes plus regional freelancers delivering skills based seminars will be included.
We have some exciting names lined up which we will reveal in the coming weeks so keep checking the website for more details.
Creative Director Drama, TV Studios Manchester
Kieran's credits as producer include: children’s drama The Ward which
won a BAFTA and was nominated for an International Emmy; At Home
with the Braithwaites which was also nominated for an International
Emmy; Emmerdale which won the BAFTA for best soap in 2000 and Coronation
Street which won RTS and BAFTA awards for best soap/best continuing drama in
2002 an 2003 and pulled in nearly 20 million viewers during the Richard Hillman
story. Since 2005 he has been running ITV Studios' Manchester drama department.
His credits as executive producer include Mobile, Cold Blood, Blue Murder,
Britannia High, Boy Meets Girl, Homefront, multi-award-winning film The
Road to Coronation Street and, currently in production, The Trials of Jimmy
Rose starring Ray Winstone and Amanda Redman. Since 2005, and for more
than two thousand episodes to date Kieran has also been Executive Producer of Coronation Street itself.
Producer, Drama ITV Studios
Phil studied drama at Bretton Hall College graduating in 1993. He has produced many notable BBC and ITV dramas and oversaw the return of Doctor Who to BBC1, producing the first four seasons of the show. Phil also spear-headed Coronation Streets' 50th anniversary tram crash extravaganza and produced over 700 episodes between 2010 and 2013. Phil is presently producing ‘Midwinter of the Spirit', a crime drama with a supernatural twist, for ITV Encore.
Rory has been an editor and colourist for 20 years with credits ranging from feature films to commercials as well as extensive broadcast work. He is an Apple accredited advanced trainer on Final Cut Pro and an authorised Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve trainer. He has also acted as a creative consultant for several major broadcasters helping them to maximize the creative potential of their postproduction resources. One of the founding partners of Soho Editors Training, Rory has the great combination of extensive 'real world' post production experience and a proven track record as a highly skilled trainer.
Delyth Thomas started her career in television drama as an assistant floor manager for BBC Wales. Her directing break came on the Welsh language hospital series ‘Glan Hafren’ (nicknamed 'Casualty on speed'). Since then Delyth has worked on a wide range of drama, including ‘The Bill’, ‘City Central’, ‘A&E’, and ‘Hope and Glory’. Delyth directed 3 seasons of the hugely successful ‘The Story of Tracy Beaker’ for which she was nominated for a BAFTA, and headed up the BAFTA winning anarchic comedy ‘The Revenge Files of Alistair Fury’. Latterly she's made ITV’s ‘Tati’s Hotel’, CBBC's ‘Dani's Castle’ and most recently ‘All at Sea’ for CBBC. She has TV and film projects in development.
Delyth is a Board Member and chair of the Distribution Committee at Directors UK. She also sits on the Executive of FERA.
Independent Director, writer & producer
Dan Clifton is a director, writer and producer working across documentaries and film.
After a stint on ITN's Channel Four as Political Producer, and as a spin doctor for the Labour Party, Dan started making documentaries where he has made over twenty films on subjects ranging from the Russian moon race, to Stephen Hawking's cosmology, to internet serial killers.
Recent projects include short film PATIENT 39, adapted from a William Boyd short story; and THE CALCULUS OF LOVE (short) which has screened at Festivals across the world, picking up a number of awards. He is currently in development with a number of feature length projects.
Dan is an elected Board Member of Directors UK, the organisation representing the interests of British screen directors, and on the Executive of FERA, the Federation of European Film Directors.
Jo Woolf is a Series Edit Director who's worked on many prime-time factual and factual entertainment series including 'NHS: £2 billion a week and counting', 'The Apprentice', 'The Great British Bakeoff' and 'The Choir: Military Wives'. She's a member of the Edit Directors' Network and co-runs an Edit Directing training course for DV Talent.
Piers Leigh is a London and Bristol-based Director of Photography whose work regularly takes him all over the world. Piers has shot drama, docu-drama, short films, idents, trails and viral campaigns as well as high-end documentaries for both UK and US broadcasters.Piers is comfortable shooting on film as well as with all HD, 2K and 4K formats and cameras. He owns a full Sony F55 kit and has shot on all available cameras including the RED, Alexa, Canon C300, Sony HDCAM, Panasonic P2 system, as well as Canon 5D.
With a large proportion of his work in the US, over the last 15 years Piers has worked on a wide range of documentary programme styles including travel, observational, reality and interview shows. He is often asked to film in demanding and extreme conditions including deserts, mountains, jungles, open ocean and ice-waterfalls. He is confident shooting from helicopters and planes with mini-cams and underwater rigs.
Executive Producer HOME FIRES
Catherine joined Francis Hopkinson’s drama department at ITV Studios in 2011 tasked with developing a broad range of drama singles, serials and series for UK and international broadcasters. She developed HOME FIRES alongside writer and creator, Simon Block, and will have overseen the project from its inception, through production, to broadcast. Prior to ITV, Catherine was Head Of Drama and Scripted Comedy at Monkey Kingdom where she produced two series of Henry 8.0 with Brian Blessed as well as producing a comedy pilot for HBO (Kate’s Small Victories). In the past she
worked as Development Producer for Greenlit where she ran the development slate and worked on 4 series of the award-winning Foyle’s War as well as developing Collision, Caught In A Trap, Vexed and Honest.
A previous role as Head of Development at Sally Head Productions saw Catherine working on The Cry and the BAFTA-nominated adaptation of Sarah Waters’ Fingersmith for BBC 1.
Michelle Bullen has been involved in the making of Television one way or another since 1998; first for BBC Channel Management, then the World Service in Bosnia, there was a short flirt with Radio Comedy before TV Directing, Producing and Edit Producing mostly FACTUAL FEATURES / FORMATS for BBC ONE, TWO, ITV, CHANNEL 4 & 5.
Although she'd much rather be Directing competent crew out in the field and pointing a lot, she also shoots on a variety of cameras for broadcast, albeit reluctantly and with a fixed, slightly scary smile. Predominantly a programme maker that Produces, Directs and cuts (with an Editor) her own directed material but within the changing landscape of TV Production, also directs crews and self-shoots entire programmes for another Director to edit, and on the opposite side, Edit Produces other Director's material.
Programme Titles range from COME DINE WITH ME & BANG GOES THE THEORY to DIY SOS THE BIG BUILD.
Matt Gray DoP
Matt Gray is a UK based director of photography specializing in quality and distinctive drama.
He has worked alongside many world class directors and actors and has a wealth of experience using both film & digital media. He won the OFTA Television Award for Best Cinematography in a Non-Series for his work on Sherlock (2010).
Production Executive, Objective Scotland
Gillian Pauling joined Objective Productions in March 2011 as Production Executive of the newly opened Scotland office. Gillian started her career as a trainee Production Assistant at Scottish Television working in all genres, latterly specialising in live news and current affairs. She joined the BBC Comedy & Entertainment department in 2003, leaving to venture into the freelance world in 2005. After a brief spell at The Comedy Unit, she joined Lion Television in 2005 where she worked across a wide range of documentaries and factual output.
Production Manager, Nine Lives
Rachel worked in network television in London for seven years on programmes on both factual and drama productions including ITV1's The Bill; BBC One's Saturday Kitchen and BBC Three's Jeff Brazier: Me and My Brother. She was keen to return to live in the North so joined Nine Lives in April 2012 and is working on all our productions for BBC One, BBC Three, Channel 4, Channel 5, CBBC and the Crime & Investigation Network.
Director of Production, RDF Television
Jane started her TV career in Manchester as a Post Production Manager for a facility company then moved to Mersey TV as Production Manager of Brookside.
As a freelance PM, Jane worked for several companies on a variety of factual, entertainment and live shows. She was a Programme Finance Manager for Discovery and Channel Five before joining RDF in January 2002 as a Unit Manager. Now Director of Production, Jane oversees the busy and varied output of RDF and Touchpaper TV
Head of Production and facilities, True North
With nearly 30 years experience across programme departments at ITV prior to joining True North, there is no genre of programming that Carol hasn’t worked on. Carol’s determination to make programme makers’ plans into reality means she is the heart and soul of True North.
Production Executive, Blakeway
Alison Lewis joined Blakeway North in October 2008 having spent the previous 10 years at Granada Television across their Factual and Entertainment departments. During her time at Granada, Alison worked on a range of programmes, including Tonight with Trevor McDonald, Warplane, Amsterdam Nights, Anne Widdecombe Versus, Taxi Nights, Bouncers, I Survived, Soapstar Superstar and University Challenge.
Head of Production, Off the Fence
Karen joined Off the Fence in March 2007, having worked in television since 1992 for Partridge Films/United Wildlife/Granada Wild. She has worked on a wide range of natural history and factual programmes for a variety of broadcasters including ITV, National Geographic, PBS, Discovery, Animal Planet, BBC, Channel 4, the History Channel & MTV. Karen is based in the Bristol office and is responsible for overseeing all of Off the Fence’s programme output in Bristol, Amsterdam, Mainz, Cape Town and Los Angeles.
Jerry Kelly is based just outside Glasgow, in Scotland. He trained on film, and have worked with every format since- including HD with prime lenses most recently. He has 25 years’ experience shooting documentaries and drama/docs all over the world, and has shot TV drama, and two feature films in Scotland. Over the last two summers Jerry was D.O.P. on 40 episodes of the multi award winning children's series- 'Katie Morag'.
Sandra Shuttleworth is a highly experienced Production Executive who currently manages large scale drama-docs for US Broadcasters like Discovery, Discovery ID, Animal Planet, NGC including Canadian Co-productions with Shaw Media and Discovery Canada.
Her capability includes overseeing development projects from concept through development into production. She is an exacting operator who sets milestones, manages cash flow, employs and managing teams, delivering to schedule and on budget and reports to Broadcasters. She is well versed in Insurance and H&S measures needed on logistically-challenging projects like ‘Hudson’, sinking a real 737 plane in a bespoke tank.
Steve is always looking for new ways to create great images: working with the new digital technologies available today excites him as much as when he first worked with film. Since training at the National Film and Television School (funded courtesy of a tour with Prince), he has filmed award winning Drama Documentaries (Banged Up Abroad, Days that Shook the World), prize-winning Short Films (Tooty’s Wedding), Independent Feature Films (Freestyle), acclaimed Documentaries (The Man who Ate his Lover, Fighting the War, Crucifixion), Promos/Commercials and even the odd teenage hit (S Club 7).
Kirstin has been working in the television industry both in the UK and overseas for 13 years. She is an experienced Production Manager and Post Production Supervisor as well as holding the position of Head of Production for an indie in Australia before coming to Bristol in 2012. Kirstin is currently working as Production Manager on the ONE SHOW for Icon Films.
Lindy is a highly creative broadcast avid editor with over 20 years experience in the cutting room, she has worked across genres - drama, music, arts, entertainment, documentary and promos, on programmes broadcast by BBC Scotland, BBC 2, BBC Alba, Channel Four, STV and ITV Network. She also co-runs a small but successful indie, is a qualified SVQ editing assessor (Skillset) and is one of Scotland’s Lead Practioners in Moving Image Education (originated by Scottish Screen).
Lately Lindy has been Developing and Executive Producing the adventures of Katie Morag McColl based on the much beloved series of books by Mairi Hedderwick, as a live action children’s series.
Andy Fegen is a UK BAFTA award winner and Senior Editor. After several years with Glasgow facilities house Edit 123, he went freelance in 2007 and has developed a solid client base including the BBC, independents and corporate. Andy particularly enjoys working on factual programming, with strong narrative and bold directing. He has many flagship credits including Coast, The Culture Show, Horizon, Panorama, Location, Location, Location and Crimes That Shook the World: Fred & Rose West.
Graham has worked for the last 17 years as a cameraman on a wide variety of wildlife programmes from Attenborough blockbusters such as One Planet and Life In The Undergrowth to seasonal shows such as Springwatch and Autumnwatch. He films wildlife stories for topical magazine series like The One Show and Inside Out as well as traditional “blue chip” films such as Natural World. In 2014 His work also included a children’s wildlife series and a TV commercial.
2 very different productions typical of the work Graham does are: Natural World: Monkey Eating Eagle of The Orinoco and Inside Out: W Sedgemoor
Director, writer and DOP for Pink Banana Studios
James Dartnall is a director, writer and DOP for Pink Banana Studios a production company he founded in 2012. James has been passionate about film, photography, and production since his teens. After studying at the University of Bristol, he began to work his way up the ranks of the BBC. But with creative energy hard to contain, his sights soon turned to starting his own production company and Pink Banana Studios was born.
The company produces a huge variety of creative content and strategic campaigns including international education initiatives for Google, global standards training programmes for HSBC, digital marketing for Barclays, and an international recruitment campaign for RB. Recent projects include a feature-length documentary in Nepal; Mahout The Great Elephant walk with Stephen Fry, which has screened at festivals across the world, picking up a number of awards and will be broadcast on various channels across the EU and US. He is currently in development with a number of other projects including a 4K cinema project for The Shard, London and an adventure documentary set in Kyrgyzstan.
As founder and CEO of Pink Banana Studios James’ role can change depending on the project but he has an active input at every stage of each of the projects produced by the company.