The Grierson Awards 2012: Judges

  • Jim Al-Khalili is a professor of physics, author and broadcaster based at the University of Surrey where he holds a chair in the Public Engagement in Science. He is a recipient of the Royal Society Michael Faraday medal and the Institute of Physics Kelvin Medal.
  • Richard Alwyn is an award-winning filmmaker and writer with a distinguished track record in documentary and fact-based drama. His feature length film, The Beslan Siege, which chronicled the hostage crisis of September 2004, won the Prix d'Italia.
  • Frances Ashcroft is the Royal Society GlaxoSmithKline Research Professor at the University Laboratory of Physiology, Oxford and a Fellow of Trinity College, Oxford. She holds BA, PhD and ScD degrees from Cambridge University and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of London in 1999.
  • Ben Anthony has been making documentaries for more than 10 years. His mainly observational, self-shot films typically reveal places and people seldom seen on television. Ben’s films include The End Of The World Cult and 7/7: One Day In London.
  • 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 works mainly with independent production and distribution businesses in television and film, from start-ups through to public companies.
  • Archie Baron is Creative Director of Wingspan Productions. Recent credits include Ian Hislop’s Stiff Upper Lip, Catholics, Angelic Voices – The Choristers of Salisbury Cathedral, the Grierson-winning The Joy of Stats for the BBC and Networks of Power for Sky.
  • Jeff Baynes is a cameraman who has worked on a variety of programmmes from music videos to television documentaries and drama. He was nominated for a BAFTA in 2003 for George Orwell a Life in Picture, won an Emmy for lighting direction and scenic Design 2006 for The Crusades - The Crescent and the Cross.
  • Mark Boyd is co-founder of Gravity Road. Previously he was Creative Director and Head of Content at advertising agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty (BBH) and a Partner of BBH London.
  • Julia Bradbury is a popular and versatile presenter who currently presents Countryfile. Previously Julia has presented One Born Every Christmas, Around the World in 80 Days, Wainwright Walks, Kill it Cook it Eat it, Watchdog, Wish You Were Here and Rough Guide.
  • Victoria Bridgeman is the CEO of the Bridgeman Art Library, a global licensing company specialising in the distribution of fine art, cultural and historical media to the private and public sectors. In 2011, Victoria spearheaded the development of the Bridgeman Footage Archive, launched earlier this year. 
  • Meredith Chambers is Twenty Twenty’s Creative Director. Before joining Twenty Twenty, Meredith was the Executive Editor, Factual and Music, BBC Wales. Commissions for the network include Between Life and Death and major up-coming features series for BBC One, Village SOS.
  • Judith Chan is a Director in the Media Banking division of Coutts. Judith is responsible for originating new business and developing new products for the Bank and specialises in structuring film and television transactions. Before Coutts, Judith was a Business Development Director at Ingenious Media plc.
  • Mandy Chang is an experienced freelance director/producer who has made films on a diverse range of subjects. Her films include Hello Culture, Sons of Cuba, Howard Goodall’s Great Dates and The Mona Lisa Curse.
  • David Clews is Twofour’s Head of Documentaries overseeing the company’s output for major UK and international broadcasters. His film credits include Surviving Gazza, Boys from the Brown Stuff, The Family and Educating Essex.
  • Alex Cooke is CEO of Renegade Pictures, the company she founded with Alan Hayling, where she has produced a range of documentaries for both international and domestic broadcasters.
  • Sara Cropley specialises in films with scientific content and works in both documentary and drama. In 2011, she spent a year as the Broadcast Manager at the Wellcome Trust covering documentary, drama & gaming. She is currently producing the new Screenwriting Prize for the Trust in partnership with the BFI.
  • Charlotte Crow is Deputy Editor of History Today, the independent monthly magazine founded in 1951. She is fascinated by film in its cultural context and has commissioned many articles exploring history on screen.
  • Jeremy Dear is Senior Vice President and Head of Factual for Pioneer Productions. He oversees programme development and strategy across all genres with a particular interest in science and history programming for both UK and US markets.   
  • Simon Dickson is Creative Director of Dragonfly Film and Television. Previously he was Deputy Head of Documentaries at Channel 4, where he was responsible for the Channel's 9pm series strategy. His credits include: Amish; Coppers; The Family; The Force and International Emmy and Grierson winner The Boy Whose Skin Fell Off.
  • George Duffield has been producing feature films under the banner of Arcane Pictures for eight years. Feature credits include Dot the I starring Gael Garcia Bernal, which opened at Sundance in 2003 and won the Deauville Audience Award, and The End of the Line.
  • Chris Durlacher is an award-winning documentary maker. His George Orwell - A Life In Pictures won a Grierson and an Emmy. One reviewer said, “It changed the rules for biopics”. Recent work includes documentaries about the peace process in Northern Ireland, uncertainty in science, and the history of documentary.
  • Liesel Evans is an Executive Producer at Century Films. As a filmmaker she produced and directed several award-winning documentaries including Angel of Death Row and two films in The Human Body series. Liesel is currently working on documentaries for all the key terrestrial broadcasters.
  • Melanie Fall is one of the founders of Chimerica. Melanie previously worked for BBC Current affairs, Oxford Film and TV and Blakeway. Her production credits include all of Niall Ferguson’s documentaries for Channel 4, The Ascent of Money and Kissinger.
  • Claire Ferguson's editing credits include the award-winning documentaries Up in SmokeGuilty Pleasures, The End of the Line, and Nick Broomfield's Aileen: Life And Death of a Serial Killer. Claire also specialises in music documentaries, editing the Grammy-winning Concert for George, and directing The Beatles in Help!
  • Amy Flanagan joined The Garden as an Executive Producer after series producing 24 Hours in A&E. Previously, she spent six years at Blast! where she produced Victorian Sex Explorer, The Artful Codgers and Last Days of the Raj.
  • Ellen Fleming is The Grierson Trust's legal adviser and, until recently, was a partner at London law firm Field Fisher Waterhouse, specialising in corporate and commercial work for the media sector.
  • Jill Franklin is the founder of Franklin Rae. Jill began her media PR career in BBC Radio, first at BBC Radio 3 and then at BBC Radio Four. After moving to BBC Television Jill went freelance before setting up Franklin Rae in 2003.
  • Juliet Gardiner is a historian and a commentator on British social history from Victorian times through to the 1950s. She is a former editor of History Today magazine. Her books include Wartime: Britain 1939-1945, The 1940s House and The Edwardian Country House.
  • Bruce Goodisonmakes dramas and documentaries. He has been a Grierson winner a with SAS: Iranian Embassy Siege and 10 Days to War. Currently, he's in preproduction of a feature film about teenage asylum seekers called Leave to Remain.
  • Roger Graef is a writer, filmmaker, broadcaster, criminologist and CEO of Films of Record. As a director, producer and executive producer he has been responsible for more than 120 documentaries on current affairs, criminal justice and the arts.
  • Teresa Griffiths has been working in film and television for more than twenty years. Teresa’s subjects include crossing the Sahara with desert nomads, retracing the footsteps of Cortes in Mexico with novelist DBC Pierre and going back stage at Nureyev’s Paris Opera Ballet.
  • Briony Hanson is the British Council’s Director of Film where she is responsible for overseeing its promotion of UK films and filmmakers internationally.
  • Chris Harris is a cinema programmer for City Screen, owner and operator of Picturehouse, Britain’s largest circuit of independent cinemas. 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.
  • Emma Hindley is an executive producer at Silver River Productions specialising in history and documentaries. Her recent freelance credits 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.
  • Christopher Hird is the founder of the documentary company Dartmouth Films. 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. 
  • Patrick Holland is the Managing Director of Boundless. As executive producer his credits include Space Shuttle: The Final Mission, Michel Roux's Service, Trawler Wars. As a director, Patrick has made films for terrestrial channels including A Very British Murder; The Case of Tony Martin and Looking for Dad.
  • Angela Hughes works at First Light where she is responsible for co-ordinating the annual First Light Awards. Previously Angela has worked for Birmingham Royal Ballet where she coordinated the Company’s involvement in the Diverse Productions and Channel 4 documentary series Ballet Changed My Life: Ballet Who.
  • James Hunt is Channel Director of Sky Arts and was previously head of programming for Sky Arts. Before this, he was an Executive Producer at Liberty Bell working on projects including Mariella Frostrup's The Book Show on Sky Arts.
  • Asif Kapadia directed the multi award-winning Senna. His previous credits include The Sheep Thief, The Warrior and Far North.
  • Eve Kay is an executive producer at Betty TV. Eve’s producer credits include Shipwrecked, Classical Star, Jamie’s Ministry of Food, Kids in Care and The World’s Strictest Parents.
  • Ross Kemp is an actor and documentary filmmaker. His acting credits include Ultimate Force, In Defence, and his best known role of Grant Mitchell in EastEnders. His documentary work includes Ross Kemp on Gangs; Ross Kemp: Extreme World; Ross Kemp In Search of Pirates and Ross Kemp Returns to Afghanistan.
  • Nick Kent is one of the founders of Oxford Film and Television. He has produced and executive produced numerous documentary series and singles. His credits include The Vampire’s Life, This is Modern Art, The American Future: A History, The Mona Lisa Curse and the Genius of British Art.
  • Jemima Khan is a writer and campaigner. She is the Associate Editor of the New Statesman and European editor-at-large for Vanity Fair. She also works as a charity fundraiser, human rights campaigner, and contributing writer for British newspapers and magazines.
  • Olly Lambert is a freelance documentary filmmaker. Since 1999 Olly has made single films for Channel 4, the BBC and Sky1 including four documentaries for Channel 4’s flagship series Cutting Edge as well as single films including The Teaboy of Gaza, Battle Hospital and Ben: Diary of a Heroin Addict.
  • Roger Laughton currently chairs the Screen Heritage Programme Board, overseeing a plans to preserve and provide access to Britain's screen archives. He previously worked as a producer, director and executive for the BBC, which he left to become the first CEO of Meridian in 1990. He was Head of Bournemouth Media School between 1999 and 2005 and is a former Grierson Trustee.
  • Jacquie Lawrence has a 20-year career in commissioning and producing documentaries. At Channel 4 she commissioned award-winning documentaries including the Oscar-nominated Celluloid Closet and at Sky she commissioned the BAFTA winning first series of Ross Kemp on Gangs and the popular Julie Burchill’s Chavs.
  • Ian Leese has been making documentaries for BBC, ITV and Channel 4 since 1997, including several films for Omnibus, Who Do You Think You Are? and the Art of… strand with Andrew Graham-Dixon.
  • Beatrijs Lelyveld is an editorial operations, content acquisition and product development expert with more than 13 years of experience in managing broadcast & digital products and services. She's worked for Thomson Reuters, ITN, RealNetworks and Associated Press.
  • Celia Lowenstein has directed and produced over fifty films with subject matters ranging from science, art, philosophy, human portraits, dance, and music. Celia has worked in a variety of cinematic genres, including fly-on-the-wall documentary-making, narrative fiction (including musicals), films in verse, and long- and short-form documentaries.
  • Steven Macintosh is an actor. His credits include Prick up Your Ears, Memphis Belle, Twelfth Night, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, The Mother, The Jacket and most recently the big screen version of The Sweeney.
  • Tim Marlow is the Director of Exhibitions at White Cube in London. His work in broadcasting includes presenting Radio 4’s arts programme Kaleidoscope from 1991 to 1998, The Ticket and The Green Room. On television he now presents arts programmes on Sky Arts.
  • Morgan Matthews is a filmmaker and founder of Minnow Films. His credits include Taxidermy: Stuff the World, Beautiful Young Minds, The Fallen and Scenes from a Teenage Killing.
  • Charlotte Moore is Commissioning editor for documentaries at the BBC and is 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.
  • Vanessa Myrie is a Sales Executive at Deluxe 142 with 18 years’ experience in post-production. She has spent several years working with Isaac Julien on many of his films which culminated in collaboration between Isaac Julien and Russell Maliphant at Sadler’s Wells in a performance of Cast No Shadow.
  • Tony Palmer is a prodigious documentary filmmaker whose work includes over 100 films, ranging from The Beatles, Cream, Jimi Hendrix and Frank Zappa, to his classical portraits which include profiles of Maria Callas, Margot Fonteyn, John Osborne, Igor Stravinsky, Richard Wagner, Yehudi Menuhin, Carl Orff, Benjamin Britten and Ralph Vaughan Williams.
  • Anthony Philipson has worked in television since 1994 starting out in youth and music programming from Big Breakfast to Moviewatch. In 2007 he moved into documentaries directing the first episode of Ross Kemp on Gangs. Anthony joined The Garden in August 2010 as joint Series Producer/Director on 24 Hours in A&E.
  • Mark Pillans runs Mimir Communications, which is a strategic reputation management consultancy that includes TV documentary access advice and negotiation. He previously oversaw documentary access at the Ministry of Defence where he facilitated production of a number of award-winning programmes such as Wounded and Our War.
  • Stuart Prebble's career spans a range from BBC news and documentaries through music and factual entertainment, to ITV’s World in Action of which he was first a producer and then editor. He went on to become head of factual programmes at Granada, and was appointed as ITV’s first controller of factual programmes.
  • Lina Prestwood joined Channel 4’s documentary commissioning team in March 2012 and is responsible for the new director strand, First Cut. She was previously Director of Content at Current TV where she was committed to championing a new generation of programme makers for over five years.
  • Emily Shields has worked across a diverse range of factual programmes over the last 12 years as producer, director, series producer and executive producer. Emily’s credits include Faking It, Who Do You Think You Are and most recently The Secret History of our Streets. She joined Firecracker as an executive producer in September 2012.
  • Victoria Silver earned her spurs at the BBC directing on wide-ranging series including The New Eastenders and Property People. Single films include My Fake Baby and Goldsmiths: But is it Art? She is currently exec-ing a series about young farmers for Channel 4.
  • Philip Smith is an award-winning filmmaker. His work includes SuperflyBeyond the Fatal Shore, Human Mutants and Visions of Space as well as films in the BAFTA and RTS winning Channel 4 series This is Modern Art and the pioneering multi-platform BBC production The Virtual Revolution.
  • Peter Symes has worked in television since 1969. Until 2000 he was employed by the BBC, where he had a long career as a director, producer and executive producer. He now works as an educator and executive producer. In 1994 he helped found the Sheffield International Documentary Festival
  • Laurie Taylor is a sociologist and broadcaster. He has presented Thinking Allowed on Radio 4 for the last 14 years and has recently completed the fifth series of his Sky Arts interview programme, In Confidence.
  • Louis Theroux is a BBC television presenter best known for making documentaries that investigate fascinating worlds and lifestyles. His subjects have included the officers and inmates at San Quentin prison, the extreme believers of the Westboro Baptist Church and male porn performers at the San Fernando Valley.
  • Kate Townsend has directed and produced a wide range of factual programmes, including Paddington Green, Louis Theroux’s Weird Weekend and films in the This World and Cutting Edge strands. She is currently commissioning and overseeing content of BBC’s acclaimed Storyville strand.
  • Clive Tulloh has worked with all the major terrestrial and satellite channels. His credits include: Joanna Lumley’s Nile, Ross Kemp’s Extreme World, Eddie Izzard: Marathon Man, Agony and Ecstasy: A Year With The English National Ballet, Lenny Henry in Pieces, Shirley Ghostman, Deadline and Justin Lee Collins is...
  • Sue Unerman is Chief Strategy Officer at MediaCom one of the World's leading media agencies. Sue has worked for MediaCom and its predecessor, The Media Business since 1990 and has helped grow the business to be number one in the UK.
  • Jessie Versluys is a BAFTA winning documentary maker who specialises in access driven films. Her work includes Fighting on the Frontline, Katie: My Beautiful Face and The Hospital. She is currently working on a documentary for Channel 4 about homicide case-workers, people who support those bereaved by murder.
  • Kate Vogel works for Tate Media as an Executive Producer. Kate helped to establish the Jarman Award with Film London, set up New Sensations, a new prize for graduate artists with the Saatchi Gallery and televising the Turner Prize. 
  • Emma Wakefield is the founder and director of Lambent Productions. Emma has produced award-winning films including Disabled and Looking for Love, and Tony I’ve Lost my Family as well ground-breaking series like Gay-Z and Lifeproof.
  • Michael Waldman is a director/series producer who has made a wide range of films including The HouseOperatunity and Victorian Sex Explorer. This year he has made three 90-minute specials: Darcey Bussell Dances Hollywood, Elizabeth Taylor - Auction of a Lifetime and Barenboim on Beethoven - Nine Symphonies That Changed the World.
  • Sarah Waldron is the Series Producer for the BBC Two strand This World.  She was previously the head of Documentary and Factual Development for BBC in house London and Series Produced BBC Three’s Current Affairs output. As a producer/director she has made films for all four main BBC channels.
  • Suki Webster is a comedy actor and writer for stage, radio and television. She is best know for her improvisation skills and can be seen in Paul Merton – Out of my Head at the Vaudeville Theatre in London’s West End.
  • Chris Wilson works for Sky as Commissioning Editor, Factual. Chris has acted as Series Producer, Executive Producer or Producer/Director on a diverse variety of series and single documentaries including Timewatch, Hotel California: LA from the Byrds to the Eagles, Band for Britain and The Genius of Design.
  • Claudia Winkleman presents The Arts Show on BBC Radio Two and Film 2012 on BBC One. Claudia previously presented Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two, Red Nose Day and Sports Relief.
  • Reggie Yates is an actor, television presenter and radio DJ. His credits include Grange Hill, Smile, Top of the Pops, The Crust, Dance Factory, DJ on BBC Radio One and The Voice.
  • Robert Yates is Assistant Editor of The Observer, where he has occupied a series of executive roles during the last decade. He was previously a senior writer for The Observer, specialising in reportage and social and cultural affairs. He is writing a book about class in Britain.
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