This years speakers include indie bosses, commissioners and investors who will offer you the full picture on the current independent production scene in the UK. Senior executives from a range of true indies, super indies and start-ups will share how they made the crucial transition from programme making to running a successful company, while commissioners will give insight into building and delivering creative ideas.
Magnus was a documentary director and series producer before founding Firefly, later re-named Dragonfly, with Nick Curwin in 2004. The company became known for its distinctive factual programming and in particular the fixed-rig genre, pioneered with the BAFTA-nominated The Family and the BAFTA-winning One Born Every Minute. Firefly was sold to Shine in 2007 and Magnus and Nick left in 2010 to set up The Garden.
In the last seven years The Garden has become a significant factual supplier to all the UK terrestrials, known for major brands like 24 Hours in A&E and 24 Hours in Police Custody as well as critically acclaimed short run series like the BAFTA-winning Bedlam and the recent Extremely British Muslims.
The Garden is regularly voted among the top three UK production companies in industry peer polls, achieving the number one position in both Broadcast and Televisual magazines’ 2013 surveys. Magnus’ exec producing credits at The Garden have included 24 Hours in A&E, which won the RTS Award for Best Documentary Series, the Bulldog and Press Guild winning Inside Claridge’s, the BAFTA-nominated Keeping Britain Alive: One Day in the NHS and All Aboard: The Sleigh Ride.
The Garden is a television production company that was launched by Nick Curwin and Magnus Temple in June 2010. Our purpose is two-fold: to make cutting edge, ambitious, distinctive factual programmes for major broadcasters in the UK and internationally; and to be the most ideal production company we can be, where programme-makers can do their very best work and that always delivers exceptional television.
As a former Commissioning Editor at Channel 5, Ninder has collaborated with and commissioned all sizes of independent production companies, across popular factual, formats and current affairs. Before C5 she was an Executive Producer at the BBC. She also ran her own successful indie, Class Films producing factual and fact ent for the UK and US.
Head of Studios
3 Mills Studios
Head of Studios at 3 Mills Studios, Tom has been instrumental in driving the unprecedented success of the facility over the past three years. He has over 12 years of experience in the Film & TV industry across facility management, production and exhibition. Tom is member of the BSAC, BAFTA and is regularly featured within industry publications discussing the key issues facing the UK Studios sector.
Edgar Jones was appointed Head of Entertainment, Sky in January 2012 and has commissioned shows across the Sky Portfolio including Wild Things and Duck Quacks Don’t Echo for Sky 1 and Portrait Artist of the Year, Parkinson Masterclass, Talks Music and The Elaine Paige Show among other for Sky Arts.
He was appointed Director of Sky Arts in April 2014 and has overseen the creation of the Europe’s biggest on Demand collection of Arts Content as well as commissioning shows like Landscape Artist of the Year and Guitar Star; The Hot Tickets Strand with performances from Matthew Bourne, Glyndebourne, The Royal Opera House and many others; drama including The Nightmare Worlds of HG Wells and more recently a number of projects in collaboration with Sky Italy and Sky Germany including the re-creation of a stolen Caravaggio painting and Master of Photography.
Prior to that, Edgar-Jones was Creative Director of Remarkable Pictures (part of Endemol UK) where he oversaw Big Brother and a number of entertainment projects including the first constructed reality show in the UK, The Salon, and Space Cadets, Shattered, Art School and Seven Days on the Breadline.
Edgar Jones’s credits also include Ginger TV (Exec Producer, The Priory); Absolutely (exec Producing The Jack Docherty Show and working alongside writers such as Mitchell and Webb, Armstrong and Bain, Cecil and Riley); and before that on The Big Breakfast, The Word and The Sunday Show. One of his first jobs was as a writer for a Sky 1 show called Barry’s Joy Pad featuring a then unknown performer called David Walliams. Before even that he started his TV career as a presenter on Moviewatch way back in the 90s but only survived one series before failing to be asked back for series 2 (ie, fired). Before telly he was a features writer and sub editor for Sky Magazine.
Following an early career as a school teacher and parliamentary researcher, Neil worked for seventeen years at the BBC for the Documentary and Current Affairs departments as an award winning P/D; Series Producer and Executive Producer having made Hotel (Adelphi); Fighting The War; The Oklahoma Bomber and The Boys That Killed Stephen Lawrence. At Mentorn Media from May 2007 to May 2013, he was a London based Executive Producer and also ran Mentorn Wales – credits included Fish Town; Greggs More Than Meats The Pie, Panorama and For Neda. In June 2013, he became Managing Director of Films of Record winning the BAFTA and Grierson Awards for The Murder Detectives, a Broadcast Digital Award for More 4’s Charlie Hebdo: 3 Days That Shook Paris, an RTS North Award for Kids Hospital, My Life in Their Hands as well as causing trouble with the recent undercover Dispatches investigation on Momentum. In January 2017 he left Films of Record to join the London and Cardiff based AVANTI MEDIA as its new factual Creative Director. Apart from chairing and serving on television juries his passion for TV combines with his love of Harley Davidson motorcycles and the West Coast of Ireland.
Chief Executive Officer
Simon joined Maverick as Chief Executive Officer in October 2015
Previously Simon was Creative Director at Warner Bros Television Production UK indie’s Ricochet where he was responsible for growing the company’s output which included launching and nurturing Channel 4’s ratings success Food Unwrapped, Superfoods: The Real Story, BBC 2’s The Hairy Bikers and Lorraine Pascale Cooking The Nation’s Favourite Foods, and More 4’s Simon Hopkinson Cooks.
Previously Simon was Executive Producer at BBC Bristol where he developed and grew BBC ONE’s huge success DIY SOS: The Big Build, launched Nigel Slater’s Simple Suppers on BBC1, Simon Hopkinson’s The Good Cook, and developed BBC daytime’s hit Wanted Down Under.
Simon has also produced I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, Celebrity Love Island, and Poor Little Rich Girls for ITV.
As Chief Executive of the Twofour Group Melanie oversees nine companies producing a wide range of comedy, drama and unscripted television. Prior to being appointed as CEO in July 2014, Melanie was MD of Twofour Broadcast, during which time the company was named Indie of the Year at the 2010 and 2014 Broadcast Awards.
Recent hits from the group include the Emmy Award-winning Educating… brand (C4), Rose D’Or Winner, The Real Marigold Hotel (BBC1) The Jump (C4); Unforgotten (ITV1); Motherland (BBC2); Posh Pawn (C4), Animals In Love (BBC1) and the world’s fastest selling new format, This Time Next Year (ITV1).
Melanie began her career in production and continues to executive produce some of Twofour’s most popular shows, including This Time Next Year, The Jump and Channel 5’s longest running series, The Hotel Inspector.
Camilla Lewis is joint CEO of Curve Media, a TV production company based in London.
Specialising in high quality long-running unscripted shows, Curve Media was formed in 2014 by key creatives Rob Carey and Camilla Lewis, following a management buyout of Cineflix Productions.
Camilla Lewis joined Cineflix at the end of 2011 with the task of growing UK Production. In that time she created and pitched returnable series at BBC One, Claimed And Shamed, Help My House Is A Zoo, Channel 4 World’s Maddest Job Interview, Channel 5 Trauma Doctors and Sky One All Aboard East Coast Trains.
In their first 2 years Curve have grown their slate to include the following high-profile returnable shows;
Curve Media’s projects include:
• Claimed and Shamed (BBC One)
• Life and Debt (BBC One)
• The Great Food Trip (BBC2)
• Call The Cleaners (ITV1)
• Richard Wilson on the Road (ITV1)
• Critical Hour (Channel 4)
• Weddings: Happily Ever After? (Channel 4)
• Trauma Doctors (Channel 5)
• Undercover: Nailing The Fraudsters (Channel 5)
• Salvage Hunters (Discovery Networks International)
• My Extraordinary Pregnancy (TLC)
Previous to Cineflix, Camilla was the Head of Factual Features at talkbackTHAMES (FremantleMedia) where she created Great British Railway Journeys and Four Rooms and oversaw the producer’s other factual brands including some of the UK’s biggest rating formats such as Grand Designs and Property Ladder.
Camilla began her career producing factual and current affairs strands including Watchdog. In 2001, Camilla became Deputy Editor of Tomorrow’s World before being appointed Head of Factual at CBBC the following year, where she commissioned and executive produced all factual programming, including RTS and BAFTA winners.
In 2003, she became an Executive Producer in the BBC’s specialist factual department, responsible for high profile, critically acclaimed output including, Trauma and Should I Worry About…?
CEO and Executive Producer
Nine Lives Media
Cat Lewis is an Executive Producer who runs her own Manchester based independent production company called Nine Lives Media. The company makes documentaries, fact-ent formats, drama documentaries, children’s programmes and current affairs for all the major UK broadcasters and for American channels. Cat has won two BAFTAs, two national Royal Television Society awards, an International Emmy and many other awards. Nine Lives is the largest factual producer in the North West and is one of just two companies with an output deal for Channel 4’s flagship current affairs strand, Dispatches.
Cat is on the UK Advisory Panel of the Creative Industries Foundation; Chair of the Northern TV Skills Panel and former Vice Chair of Pact (the Producers Alliance for Cinema & TV). She is a BAFTA judge; the founder and chair of the North’s Indie Club; sits on the RTS Committee in the North West and is on the panel for Women in Film & TV in the North.
John McVay is the Chief Executive of Pact. He has been involved in programme making as a producer, consultant and trainer since 1986.
John is currently Chairman of the Creative Diversity Network, a member of the Creative Industries Council (CIC), chaired the CIC’s Diversity working group for the 2016 Strategy and has also been appointed Chairman for the CIC committee on the EU. John is the Chairman of the UK’s digital single market campaign and is the UK rights spokesperson for the Creative Coalition Campaign. John attends and contributes to many UK government and international policy fora on the creative industries, broadcasting, trade and investment.
John has been active on many industry bodies and organisations and has served as a board member of Skillset, Chairman of the Skillset TV Investment Committee, a Governor of the NFTS, and President of CEPI, the pan‑European TV producers’ association.
Tanya Shaw is Managing Director at Shine Television. Before joining Shine, she was a Commissioning Editor for Features for BBC1 and BBC2 where she oversaw programmes including Mary Berry Cooks, Rick Stein’s India, Ben and James versus The Arabian Desert, The Incredible Spice Men and The Great Interior Design Challenge. Prior to the BBC, Tanya worked at Channel 4, where she held the position of Commissioning Editor, Specialist Factual from 2008 – 2012 and was responsible for, amongst others, Alone in the Wild, Hippo: Nature’s Wild Feast, Four Rooms, The Food Hospital, Tsunami: Caught on Camera and Bear Grylls Wild Weekends. In her earlier career as a Producer, Tanya’s credits include a broad range of factual programmes from Dispatches to Ian Hislop’s History of the NHS to Lad’s Army and Pop Idol to The Apprentice for which she won a Bafta and Rose D’Or.
Jonathan was born in London to Austrian and New Zealand parents, and went to a Rudolf Steiner school where he was banned from watching TV until the age of 12. After this the only TV he was allowed to watch was the Nine O’Clock News and Dynasty, so his principal male role models were Michael Buerk and Blake Carrington. Jonathan studied Drama and Film at Bristol University, before pursuing a career in television, much to the consternation of his parents.
Focusing initially on TV development, Jonathan worked at some of the UK’s leading production companies including Endemol, the BBC, 19 Entertainment, RDF Media and Pulse Films, where he was the creator and Executive Producer of Pineapple Dance Studios.
At Knickerbockerglory he has Executive Produced Stage School, Gypsy Kids: Our Secret World, Lookalikes (C4), How To…(E4), Boom Town (BBC3), GPs: Behind Closed Doors (Channel 5), South Side Story (BBC3), In Therapy (Channel 5),Online & Lying (4OD and E4), Twin Towns(Sky 1 HD), Superstars and Superfans(TLC), Jodie Marsh Bodybuilder, Jodie Marsh: Brawn in the USA and the Jodie Marsh On… series (DMAX).
Knickerbockerglory is the first production company to share its profits with its staff and freelancers, and in 2016 produced more documentary hours than any other company. Jonathan is the creator of the RTS award-winning Pineapple Dance Studios, and since launching Knickerbockerglory has Exec Produced four series of Gps: Behind Closed Doors, Gypsy Kids: Our Secret World, Celebrities in Therapy, Me and My…, The Great Divide (all for C5), Lookalikes for C4, Stage School, Polterguest and How To… for E4, Boom Town for BBC3, Superstars and Superfans, Jodie Marsh On… for TLC, Twin Towns and Escape from Britain’s Secret Sect for Sky1. Jonathan was banned from watching TV until age 12. After this he was only allowed to watch the Nine O’Clock News and Dynasty, so his principal male role models are Michael Buerk and Blake Carrington.
Prior to launching Electric Ray, Karl was a Commissioning Editor at the BBC. His work drew critical acclaim, won awards and broke ratings records in Entertainment, Comedy, Factual, and Multi-platform. Some of his credits include: Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Russell Howard’s Good News, Junior Doctors, Back Chat with Jack Whitehall, Live at the Apollo, Eddie Izzard’s Marathon Man, The Undercover Princes, and John Bishop’s Britain.
Before joining the BBC, Karl held senior roles at a number of other independent production companies, including Endemol where he worked on Big Brother and was responsible for making George Galloway pretend to be a cat.
CEO, Two Cities
Alex Graham has been a leading figure in UK media for almost 30 years.
He is joint CEO, alongside his partner Michael Jackson, of independent production company Two Cities Television.
He is chair of The Scott Trust, the sole shareholder in the Guardian Media Group which owns The Guardian and The Observer newspapers. He is also chair of the Sheffield International Documentary Festival.
Alex has won numerous awards including the Royal Television Society’s coveted Gold Medal; the Grierson Trust’s Trustees Award and a BAFTA Scotland award for excellence in broadcasting. In 2009 he received an honorary doctorate from City University. He is a visiting professor of television at Lincoln University’s Media School.
In 1987, he helped found independent production company Wall to Wall and built it into one of the most successful and respected television producers in the world. Factual programmes from Wall to Wall include Long Lost Family, Who Do You Think You Are? and The 1900 House and the Oscar‑winning Man on Wire. Dramas include New Tricks, the Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated The Girl and the BAFTA and RTS winning A Rather English Marriage.
Sara Geater was appointed Chief Operating Officer of All3Media in 2015, joining the senior executive team created after the acquisition of the business by Discovery and Liberty Global. Sara works closely with the businesses in the Group to drive growth, both organically and through acquisition. She brings her expertise as an industry leader in television production, talent management, rights and deal-making to support and build the growth of the business in the UK and overseas.
Sara’s career to date has spanned TV, film and digital, in both business and creative roles and covers all genres. As CEO of Fremantle Media UK, she led a major restructure of the company, devising and implementing its “label” strategy,
Prior to this, Sara held the post of Head of Commercial Affairs at Channel 4 and Director of Rights & Business Affairs at the BBC. Sara has also held roles including Head of Film & TV at Avalon, Head of Production at Miramax Films and Channel 4 Drama’s Co-Production Executive; her television career began at LWT as a production accountant.
Sara is Chair of the Producers Alliance for Cinema and Television (PACT) and sits on the BAFTA Board of Trustees as Chair of the Commercial Committee. She is a barrister and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Stephen Lambert is one of Britain’s best-known creative television executives. His programs have won many awards, including more than half a dozen BAFTAs and several Emmys.
In 2010, The Huffington Post selected Stephen as one of its Game Changers – ‘100 innovators, mavericks, visionaries, and leaders who are changing the way we look at the world.’ In 2013, he received the C21/FRAPA Gold Medal, in 2014 he was inducted into Realscreen’s Hall of Fame and in 2016 he was made a Fellow of the Royal Television Society.
Prior to launching Studio Lambert in 2008, he was the chief creative officer of the RDF Media Group. He began his career at the BBC in 1983 where he worked for fifteen years making documentary films and series all over the world.
Mark Linsey is the Director of BBC Studios, the BBC’s main production arm that creates many of the UK’s most successful TV programmes, including Strictly Come Dancing, Doctor Who, Planet Earth II and Top Gear. Mark leads on all aspects of BBC Studios, driving creative excellence and commercial performance.
BBC Studios is set to launch as a wholly owned commercial subsidiary of the BBC in April 2017, able to compete in the market and make programmes for other broadcasters in the UK and around the world and generate financial returns for licence fee payers.
Mark joined BBC Studios in March 2016. He was previously Acting Director, BBC Television, leading the BBC’s channel portfolio, BBC iPlayer and genre commissioning. Prior to that he was Deputy Director, BBC Television and Controller, Entertainment Commissioning, where he was responsible for some of the BBC’s biggest programmes including Strictly Come Dancing, The Apprentice, The Voice, Top Gear, The Graham Norton Show, Have I Got New For You, Masterchef, Comic Relief and The Revolution Will Be Televised.
Mark joined BBC Entertainment Commissioning in February 2007, first as a commissioning editor then as an executive editor. Before he joined the BBC, Mark had senior roles in the independent production sector, including Director of Entertainment at Talent Television, where he developed and produced new entertainment and factual entertainment formats, Managing Director of Zeal TV and Head of Entertainment at Tiger Aspect. Prior to this he was a freelance series producer working across a host of entertainment formats for all broadcasters, including The Lily Savage Show (BBC One), You Bet (ITV), Something For The Weekend (Channel 4).
Mark reports into the Director General Tony Hall, sits on the BBC Executive Committee and the BBC Studios Board and chairs the BBC Studios Executive Committee.
BBC Studios is the BBC’s main TV production arm, producing bold, British, creative content for audiences in the UK and around the world. BBC Studios creates a wide range of award-winning TV programming across drama, comedy, entertainment, music, events and factual, as well as radio and digital output. From EastEnders, Rillington Place and Mrs Brown’s Boys, to Arctic Live, Glastonbury and The One Show, its’ programmes are renowned for their quality and loved by viewers.
With bases across the nations and regions of the UK, BBC Studios reflects and represents diverse voices and creative talent from all around the country.
Kate joined Lime Pictures in 2012 and is Joint Managing Director with Claire Poyser.
Lime is one of the UK’s largest independent production companies employing nearly 500 people at its production bases in Liverpool, London and LA and has a reputation for producing some of the most talked about TV including – Hollyoaks, now in its 22nd year, The Only Way is Essex currently transmitting its 20th season and Geordie Shore where series 14 is just being put to bed.
Alongside these juggernauts Lime’s UK non scripted portfolio has expanded with the Educating Joey Essex brand and the much talked about new dating show Celebs Go Dating which is just about to go into pre-production for its 3rd run. Lime’s presence in the US is now firmly established and their 3rd commission for Bravo Relative Success with Tabatha follows on from Work out New York and the Emmy award winning The Singles Project.
The scripted side of the business is also growing.
Lime became the first live action producer commissioned by The Disney Channel US outside North America with The Evermoor Chronicles and last year the Company secured the first ever EU children’s Live Action original commission for Netflix, with Free Rein, a rites of passage teen mystery set in a riding stables which launches worldwide this Summer.
Prior to joining Lime Pictures, Kate was Director of Business Affairs at ITV Studios. A key member of the ITV Studios Board, Kate had responsibility for Business Affairs across ITV’s content business, UK and International production as well as distribution. Her key global projects included Come Dine With Me, the US launch of Jeremy Kyle, Prime Suspect USA and multi-party financed large scale drama co-productions such as Titanic and The Prisoner.
Spelthorne Community Television
Andrew Newman started out in television as a runner on The Big Breakfast before going on to work on some landmark entertainment and comedy shows including The Word and Brass Eye.
After a stint at the BBC, he developed The Eleven O’Clock Show and devised the Ali G strand with Sacha Baron Cohen. In 1998 he became Commissioning Editor for Entertainment at Channel 4, overseeing programmes including TFI Friday, Da Ali G Show and The Adam and Joe Show. He was made E4’s Head of Programmes for its launch in 2001 and commissioned shows including Banzai and Big Brother’s Little Brother and put live streaming on television for the first time. After a stint as controller at Five, he returned to Channel4 as Head of Comedy & Entertainment, commissioning shows including 8/10 Cats, Alan Carr: Chatty Man, Bo Selecta, Peep Show, The IT Crowd, Fonejacker, The Big Fat Quiz Of The Year, Derren Brown, The Friday Night Project, Star Stories, Charlie Brooker’s You Have Been Watching, Dead Set and The Inbetweeners and occasionally took time out to write on the Borat and Bruno movies.
He left Channel 4 in late 2009 to become Chief Creative Officer at Objective Productions and became Chief Executive in 2011, overseeing programmes including Derren Brown, The Cube, Peep Show, The Real Hustle, John Bishop’s Britain, Fresh Meat, Killer Magic and Toast of London. He also sits on the Edinburgh television festival executive committee and was on the board of trustees of BAFTA from 2011 – 2015 where he was the chairman of the television committee.
After 6 years at Objective, he left in late 2015 to start up Spelthorne Community Television with Sacha Baron Cohen and the Channel 4 Growth Fund
Head of Factual
Endemol Shine UK
Kim Shillinglaw became Director of Factual at Endemol Shine UK in September 2016. She is the strategic lead for factual programming across the group, and oversees factual production companies Dragonfly, Dragonfly West, DSP (Darlow Smithson Productions) and Tigress.
Prior to joining Endemol Shine UK, Kim was Controller of BBC Two and BBC Four, a post she held from April 2014. Some of the hundreds of hours she commissioned during that time included the award winning Real Marigold Hotel, Exodus, Mum, Boy Meets Girl, Hugo Blick’s Africa, Zadie Smith’s NW, The Dresser, American Crime Story: OJ Simpson, Versaillles, Muslims Like Us, Hospital, The Super Rich Season, Chinese School, Employable Me, The Town That Took On The Taxman, Slum, Worlds Busiest Railway, Inside The Factory, Great Pottery Throwdown, Extra Slice and Robot Wars.
Kim joined the BBC in 2006 as an executive producer for BBC Factual, becoming Commissioning Editor for Science and Natural History in 2009. During her tenure the number of science hours on the BBC increased significantly, with shows including Stargazing Live, Trust Me I’m A Doctor, The Young Ones, An Hour to Save Your Life, factual dramas such as the RTS-winning Challenger and the BAFTA-winning Frozen Planet, Wonders of the Solar System, What’s The Right Diet For You, Britain’s Favourite Supermarket Secrets, Animals in Love, Bear Family and Me, Human Planet, Planet Earth II and The Hunt. Kim has also worked at CBBC as Commissioner for Indies, developing and commissioning the first series of Horrible Histories, and in documentaries, current affairs and strategy, both inside the BBC and in the independent sector.
Jo joined Edge in early 2016 as an Investment Manager, and is responsible for Edge’s investments into independent TV production companies, as well as investments in other creative sectors such as games and digital video. Jo joined Edge from Channel 4, where as Corporate Development Manager she played key roles in the Indie Growth Fund and Film4, as well as overseeing the existing venture portfolio. Jo started her career at PriceWaterhouseCoopers where she trained as an accountant, with a range of clients in the entertainment and media sector.
The Story Lab UK
Mike joined Dentsu Aegis Network in 2000 and worked with major clients in the UK such as Coca-Cola, Disney, Paramount, BMW, 20th Century Fox and AB InBev.
In 2012 he moved to Los Angeles to become the Global Media and Content Strategy lead for 20th Century Fox. Working at the studio, Mike was part of a team that successfully helped Fox achieve record-breaking international box office success. During his tenure Mike led some major content campaigns including Die Hard 4, the X-Men franchise, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Ice Age 3, The Maze Runner, and the award-winning Life of Pi.
Mike has a keen understanding of how to combine great stories with technology and media relationships to deliver meaningful opportunities for clients.
Mike launched The Story Lab UK in June 2014 and his strong commercial expertise combined with a keen mind for creativity has seen him instil a high performance creative culture into the UK team. To date The Story Lab UK has enjoyed huge success with 40% growth in less than two years with £85m in client billings and 45 awards to date.
Wall to Wall
Leanne was appointed Chief Executive of Wall to Wall in January 2014 after three years as the company’s Creative Director. She is responsible for overseeing the company’s increasingly diverse output across a broad range of genres including drama, factual and entertainment.
She is behind hit returning factual formats like BAFTA winning Long Lost Family for ITV, 2015’s BAFTA nominated Back In Time For…for BBC Two, and long-running competition-doc hybrid Child Genius for Channel 4. Her executive producer credits also include dramas like multi Golden Globe and BAFTA-nominated HBO/BBC Hitchcock biopic, The Girl, starring Sienna Miller and Toby Jones and 2015’s highest rated single film on BBC Two, The Scandalous Lady W starring Natalie Dormer. Other notable executive producer credits include innovative drama-doc hybrids like The Day Britain Stopped, Elizabeth David: A Life In Recipes and more recently Six Wives with Lucy Worsley; BAFTA nominated BBC One science/entertainment hybrid The Young Ones and the multi-award winning The 1900 House for Channel 4, which spawned a whole new genre of ‘living history’ television and has resulted in upwards of 25 different series for multiple broadcasters produced by Wall to Wall over the past fifteen years. Recent examples include ratings hits Victorian Bakers and The Victorian Slum for BBC Two.
In 2012 Leanne oversaw delivery of the company’s first ever primetime Saturday night talent show, The Voice UK, which became the BBC’s biggest new entertainment show for over a decade and ran for five series on BBC One. The company’s move into entertainment has continued with forthcoming Little Big Shots for ITV.
In her early career Leanne directed both drama and factual programmes, in 1995 winning an Emmy as Best Director for Baby It’s You.
Director of Content
David joined Tinopolis in January 2017 and is responsible for the group’s UK content direction and performance, he work across the Tinopolis’ production companies both in the UK and USA to develop a strong transatlantic production strategy.
David previously held the role of Senior Vice President Factual & Entertainment at NBCUniversal. He spent over three years overseeing NBCUniversal’s international unscripted production companies in the UK, Australia, Canada and Asia, specialising in factual and entertainment programming. He grew its unscripted business from just 12 hours in 2011 to more than 150 hours last year, winning commissions from key territories such as the UK, USA, Australia, Canada, France and Germany. Programmes include Made in Chelsea (Channel 4), The Real Housewives franchise (Bravo, ITVBe, Foxtel, Corus), The Question Jury (Channel 4), Driving School of Mum & Dad (Sky 1), Restoring Britain’s Landmarks (Channel 4) and QuizUp (NBC).
Prior to joining NBCUniversal, David was Co-founder and Managing Director of independent production company, Fever Media alongside Richard Hopkins. In seven years he built a business producing factual and entertainment programming for a range of UK and international broadcasters. Credits include 71 Degrees North (ITV), The People’s Quiz (BBC One) and The People’s Quiz Wildcard (BBC Two), No Place Like Home (ITV), It’s Love Actually (Sky Living), Bang Goes the House (Sky One), Move Like Michael Jackson (BBC Three), Murder Most Famous (BBC Two), Britain’s Bravest (Channel 5) and America’s Next Top Pop Group (MTV).
David has also held various production and commissioning roles at the BBC, having spent fifteen years at the public broadcaster. Most recently he served as Creative Head of Factual Entertainment, where he built a new BBC Entertainment department in London, Manchester and New York. Highlights of his time at the BBC include launching Dragons’ Den, producing the Emmy-award winning Michael Moore’s TV Nation and producing the BAFTA award winning Louis Theroux’s Weird Weekends and When Louis Met…
Head of Development
Emily is a former Broadcast Hotshot and has developed ideas for all the major UK broadcasters as well as US networks. Recently Emily has developed and had commissioned: Bizarre ER for E4, Tried and Tasted for Channel 4 Features and Escape for Channel 4 Fact Ent.
Emily has had a focus on development for the past few years, working in a variety of teams at companies including Wall To Wall and Pulse Films and Whizz Kid Entertainment. In production, Emily worked on a range of shows and her credits span different genres: entertainment brands The Voice and The Apprentice, factual entertainment shows including The Young Ones and The Audience. Emily’s goal at Maverick is to devise excitingly fresh and bold ideas that are high concept returnable series brands.
Matthew Justice is Managing Director of Big Talk, winner of Best Independent Production Company at the Broadcast Awards 2017. Matthew has executive produced multiple award-winning motion pictures and television series, including the films “Attack the Block”, “Sightseers”, “Cuban Fury”, “Man Up” and the TV series, “Free Agents” (US and UK series), “Rev“, “Him & Her”, “A Young Doctor’s Notebook”, “Crashing”, “Raised by Wolves”, “Houdini & Doyle” and is currently executive producing “Bliss”, “Back”, “Mum” and “Cold Feet”
He has overseen the re-structuring of Big Talk over the past 10 years, including BBCWorldwide’s investment in Big Talk in 2008 and the sale of Big Talk to ITV Studios in 2013.
Prior to Big Talk, Matthew ran his own production label, Lunar Films, through which he produced David Mackenzie’s Berlin Silver Bear-winning “Hallam Foe”, and Cedric Klapisch’s multiple César-winning “The Russian Dolls”.
After starting his career at The Moving Picture Company, Matthew produced Michel Gondry’s award-winning commercials for Levis and Smirnoff. He also worked as Stephen Norrington’s producing partner on “Blade”, “The Last Minute” and “Death Machine”.
Matthew is a Governor of the British Film Institute and is a founding member of the advisory board of the Creative Business MA at the National Film and Television School.
Jane Millichip is the Managing Director of Sky Vision, the production and international distribution arm of Sky. Since taking over at Sky Vision in 2013, Jane has steered the business to twelvefold growth; which has acquired stakes in eight production businesses in the UK and US, and has overseen the expansion of the distribution business into high-end drama and entertainment. Prior to Sky Vision Jane was Managing Director at Zodiak Rights and COO of RDF Rights, Senior Commissioning Editor at Living TV, and Managing Director of New Zealand’s largest production business, South Pacific Pictures, where she also executive produced the entertainment and factual slate. Jane started her career as a print journalist, writing on such diverse subjects as business, cars and football. Jane is a ‘fairly decent’ excellent mixologist and a terrible surfer, but has unflinching passion for both.
Endemol Shine UK
Richard Johnston is Chief Executive Officer of Endemol Shine UK, the UK’s largest independent production company.
The UK group is comprised of a diverse range of production companies and labels which together produces over 2000 hours of content a year across a range of platforms. Output includes shows such as Big Brother, Black Mirror, Broadchurch, Fortitude, Humans, Hunted, Masterchef, Mr Bean, One Born Every Minute, Peaky Blinders, Pointless, The Island, The Fall, 8 Out of 10 Cats and many more including industry leading work in the digital and branded content space.
Richard was appointed CEO in January 2015 having overseen the merger of the Endemol and Shine companies in the UK. He began his television career in 1996 when he joined Bazal Productions, the independent production company established by Sir Peter Bazalgette, as Financial Controller. Bazal later became part of Endemol where Richard went on to hold a number of senior positions including Joint Managing Director, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer.
Richard is a Trustee of LAMDA (London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art) and a Board member for Creative Skillset and is committed to improving education, training and access to the creative industries. He is also an elected member of the Pact Council representing the interests of its members across the UK independent production landscape.