Lorraine Heggessey is one of the UK’s most well-known television executives, Lorraine has held a range of senior positions. As the first female Controller of BBC One, Lorraine comprehensively rebranded the channel, launching a raft of new shows including Strictly Come Dancing, Doctor Who and Spooks. In 2012 she co-founded Boom Pictures, a new independent production group that has grown rapidly since it’s launch attracting some of the UK’s leading creative talent.
VICE CHAIRMANEmma Hindley
Emma Hindley is an executive producer specialising in history and documentaries at Silver River Productions. As a director and series producer, her credits included archive-based series The Lost World Of Mitchell and Kenyon and The Secret Life of The Motorway. Her recent credits as an exec range from Great Ormond Street; Harlots, Heroines & Housewives: A 17th Century Guide For Girls; Sex Story: 50 Shades of Grey to Servants: The True Story of Life Below Stairs.
VICE CHAIRMANCharlotte Moore
Charlotte Moore is the Controller of BBC One. Until June 2013 she was Commissioning editor for documentaries at the BBC and was responsible for a broad range of films across all the channels from Welcome to Lagos, Between Life and Death, Terry Pratchett's Choosing to Die, Bruce Parry's Arctic, Lambing Live, The Agony and the Ecstacy, Poor Kids and The Bomb Squad. Previously she was Head of Documentaries at IWC.
Terry Back divides his work time between Grant Thornton International, where he is global head of Industries and Grant Thornton UK LLP, where he is a Partner in the Media and Entertainment group. He has worked with UK television businesses since the early '70s, when he met distributor Richard Price (for whom he still acts 40 years later). He works mainly with independent production and distribution businesses in television and film, from start ups through to public companies.
Judith Chan is currently a Director in the Media Banking division of Coutts & Co. She is responsible for originating new corporate business and developing new products for the Bank, and specialises in structured finance in the film and television sectors. Prior to Coutts, Judith was a Business Development Director at Ingenious Media plc (2002-2007), advisers and investors in the media and entertainment sectors. At Ingenious, Judith was responsible for managing three equity funds, principally investing in the television sector. The role involved sourcing, structuring and deploying and managing the investments, and reporting to investors. From 1994, Judith was a Relationship Manager at Coutts for eight years, where she managed a portfolio of clients and headed up the Bank’s involvement in the film and television sectors. Judith was an Analyst at NatWest Markets, the corporate and investment banking arm of NatWest, in Los Angeles (1991-1994), working with the mini and major film and television studios, and spearheaded the Bank’s involvement with the independents. Judith is currently a Trustee of MediCinema.
Alex Cooke is CEO of Renegade Pictures, the company she founded with Alan Hayling, and Jon Rowlands where she has produced a range of documentaries for both international and domestic broadcasters including directing Tea Party America and Closing Guantanamo for BBC2's This World. Prior to this Alex directed United Gates Of America for the BBC, a one-hour documentary about race and immigration inside one of California’s largest gated communities. In 2005 she initiated and produced a ten part series for Discovery Times, Only In America, immersing herself in subcultures across the US and in 2004 made her debut feature documentary, How Arnold Won The West, a political satire following Arnold Schwarzenegger’s campaign trail to become Governor. Before directing Alex was the programmer of Sheffield International Documentary Festival from 1997 to 2001. From 1991 to 1993 she was a founder member and Managing Director of The Big Issue.
Emma Cooper is a Commissioning Editor in Factual at Channel 4. She commissions both single documentaries and series for the channel and also commissions the Cutting Edge strand. Prior to joining Channel 4 she was at the BBC for 14 years working across titles such as Mischief and Louis Theroux. She series produced and directed films such as Louis Theroux: A Place For Paedophiles and Miami Mega-jail.
Jill Franklin is Founder of Franklin Rae, one of the leading PR agencies working in the media industry. Beginning her media PR career in BBC Radio, Jill’s move to BBC Television saw her look after some of the BBC's most controversial documentaries, including the iconic strand Storyville. In 2001 she went freelance to work with independent producers and PSB and commercial organisations on public-facing and corporate campaigns. Her success was the catalyst for setting up Franklin Rae in 2003. In 2009 Franklin Rae was awarded the PR industry's 'gold standard' – the CMS – by industry body the PRCA, an accolade held by only 5% of PR agencies in the country. In addition to her role at Franklin Rae, Jill is also a Trustee of Shetland Arts.
Chris Harris has worked as a cinema programmer for City Screen since 2007. City Screen is the owner and operator of Picturehouse Cinemas, Britain’s largest circuit of Independent cinemas. Formed in 1989, to challenge the modern multiplex, City Screen provides cinemas in city centre locations to serve local communities and offer a broader range of films. In 2009, Chris helped to launch the Picturehouse DOCS programming strand, which works with distributors and filmmakers to bring the best in documentary film to cinema screens. Films featured as part of Picturehouse DOCS include Burma VJ, Erasing David, The First Movie and Just Do It.
Christopher Hird is the founder of the documentary company Dartmouth Films, whose credits include John Pilger’s The War You Don’t See (2010), David Sington’s Sundance selected The Flaw (2011), Dan Edelstyn’s BFI London Film Festival selected How to Re-establish a Vodka Empire (2011), and Rupert Murray’s The End of the Line, winner of the 2011 Puma Award for social impact. He is a former chair of the Sheffield International Documentary Festival, was the founding chair of the Channel 4 BritDoc Foundation and is a trustee of the Wincott Foundation and the Centre for Investigative Journalism. Since January 2013 he has been managing editor of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, based at the City University.
Morgan Matthews has been making critically acclaimed documentaries for over ten years. Amongst his most notable early films were the feature length documentaries Taxidermy: Stuff the World and Beautiful Young Minds, both of which garnered award nominations from bodies including BAFTA, RTS and Grierson.
Morgan went on to set up Minnow Films, a company that has become known for its work with both exciting new talent and established award-winning directors. At Minnow Films, Morgan directed The Fallen, a three-hour film that paid tribute to every British serviceman and woman to have died whilst serving in Afghanistan and Iraq. As well as being nominated for a Grierson, The Fallen won an RTS and two BAFTA’s, including one for Best Factual Director. Most recently, Morgan was again BAFTA and Grierson nominated for the powerful Scenes from a Teenage Killing.
Celia Taylor is Head of Factual and Features at Sky Entertainment. Since joining in 2009 she has commissioned Pineapple Dance Studios, Ross Kemp Extreme World, won a BAFTA for Flying Monsters 3D with David Attenborough and delivered Sky’s highest ever rating series An Idiot Abroad and many more. She also edits the theatrical release documentary strand on Sky Atlantic. Prior to this she was Director of Programmes at Virgin Media responsible for four of their five digital channels. As a Commissioning Editor for Factual at the BBC she worked across BBC One, Two and Three on a wide ranging and award winning output and created the new director strand Fresh. Before moving into commissioning she worked as a freelance producer for many independent production companies and broadcasters.