The Grierson Awards 2018: Judges

  • JANE ALDOUS is a multi-award-winning executive producer. From RTS and BAFTA-winning observational films like Your Life in Their Hands and Wounded to content rich constructed shows like Britain's Nuclear Secrets and City in The Sky. Most recently she did Earth's Natural Wonders for BBC One.
  • SAMANTHA ANSTISS is joining Wonderhood as a Co-founder and Creative Director from the BBC where she was Creative Director of Auntie Productions, winning more than 40 hours of commissions ranging across documentary, specialist factual and popular factual.
  • BEN ANTHONY is a Grierson and triple BAFTA-winning documentary and drama director known for a powerful but restrained approach to storytelling. His documentaries include 7/7: One Day in London and the recent Grenfell for BBC One.
  • WILL ASLETT is an award-winning executive producer and head of development. He has made shows for all major broadcasters including BBC One's Richard Hammond Builds a Universe and Pompeii, the bodies frozen in time.
  • SAM BAGNALL is Creative Director of BBC Current Affairs TV. His work includes acclaimed travelogues with presenter Simon Reeve, as well as the BAFTA, RTS and Grierson award-winning international documentary strand This World.
  • MATT BARRETT is an award-winning series producer with the BBC Science Unit. Recent series producer credits include Trust Me, I'm a Doctor, producer/director credits include City in the Sky and Earth's Natural Wonders Series 1.
  • TOM BARRY is Director of Programmes at Raw. Recent credits include the Grierson - nominated Chris Packham; Asperger's and Me and feature documentary Three Identical Strangers.
  • MATTEO BERGAMINI is the CEO and Founder of youth news network, Shout Out UK. An avid promoter of political literacy, Matteo launched Channel 4's Youth Leaders' Debate in 2015, which ended up trending on twitter.
  • ERIN BOTTARI is a production manager/producer specialising in short form documentary film, working with directors including Ken Loach and Penny Woolcock. She is interested in how creative film can be a tool for social change.
  • RICHARD BRIGHT is an executive producer with BBC Studios. His output includes The Secret Life of Sue Townsend, The Art of Japanese Life, Mark Kermode's Secrets of Cinema and most recently, The Flu That Killed 50 Million.
  • DIEGO BUÑUEL is a creative executive for Netflix's Original Documentary team based in London. Before heading documentaries and factual for Canal Plus in Paris he spent 15 years as a foreign correspondent.
  • MANDY CHANG is Series Editor of Storyville, the BBC's global documentary strand. Recent films include The Fourth Estate, The Work, This is Congo and Under the Wire. She is a Grierson and Emmy-award-winner and was previously ABC's Head of Arts.
  • SIMON CHINN is Co-founder of Lightbox which has offices in London and LA and produces feature docs and series for the US and UK markets - recent productions include Whitney, directed by Kevin Macdonald, and the Emmy-winning LA92. He has produced many award-winning feature docs including Oscar-winners Man on Wire and Searching for Sugar Man.
  • MIN CLOUGH is a BAFTA-winning documentary maker. Known for films such as Lager, Mum and Me, My Life on a Post-It Note and The Boy Can't Help It. Min is co-founder of Bohemia Films where she alternates between directing and executive producing.
  • JAMES COHEN is Executive Commissioner ITV Factual with main responsibility for crime output. Prior to this he was a multi-award-winning documentary maker working as a freelance and before that with Inside Story, BBC One's flagship documentary strand.
  • KATE COLLIER is Creative Director at Minnow Films, driving the company's new business strategy. She held the same role at The Garden, exec producing cutting edge film Bring Me Back to Life and Spying on My Family.
  • VIKKI COOK is Director of Standards for Ofcom. Working in radio, TV and digital for over 20 years, Vikki has held a number of senior executive roles within the industry. She is an active member of BAFTA and RTS.
  • LUCY COOKE is a best-selling author and award-winning documentary filmmaker. She has written, produced and presented documentary series for all the main broadcasters as well as feature docs for Doc Society and shorts for Vice.
  • CARRIE CRACKNELL is a leading British theatre director. Her work at the National Theatre includes, Medea, A Deep Blue Sea, Blurred Lines and Julie. Her production of A Doll's House played in The West End and at BAM in New York. She was the artistic director of The Gate Theatre, and has been associate director at both The Young Vic and The Royal Court. She is on the board of the Almeida Theatre.
  • CHRIS CURTIS has been a journalist for 18 years and has spent the last decade at Broadcast. He became its editor in February 2014 and leads a team that generates exclusive content across two daily online newsletters and a weekly print magazine, as well as playing a key role on awards, conferences and events.
  • RAJAN DATAR is an award-winning broadcaster for the BBC – domestic and international, TV and radio, with a career emning three decades of current affairs, arts, business and documentary work.
  • PAUL DAVIS is the Broadcast Sales Director for Getty Images, representing iconic collections such as the BBC, ITN News and Sky News. Paul's background as an editor and researcher enables him to work creatively with filmmakers.
  • ROWAN DEACON is a BAFTA-nominated and Grierson award-winning documentary director. Her work includes Our War: Goodbye Afghanistan, How to Die: Simon's Choice and The Last of the Rhinos.
  • DAVID DEHANEY is creative director of Proper Content. He is an award-winning director and executive producer who has held senior positions in the UK's leading production houses, including Love Productions, Nutopia, Victory, Firecracker and the BBC.
  • DAN DEWSBURY is a producer, director and cameraman whose work includes The Detectives (BBC Two), Hospital (BBC Two) and The Mighty Redcar (BBC Two). He is currently working with Channel 4 as a producer/dierctor on a series about the justice system.
  • MOLLY DINEEN has been directing and shooting documentaries for the past 30 years; she is known particularly for her intimate and probing portraits of British individuals and institutions going through change. She is the recipient of numerous accolades, including BAFTA, RTS and Grierson awards including the Grierson Trustees Award in 2003 for outstanding contribution to the art of Documentary.
  • PAUL DOSAJ is a multi-award-winning editor and producer. His credits include Kelly and her Sisters, Dreaming Lhasa, My Heart Belongs To Dad and Miraculous Tales. Recent work includes The Detectives – Murder on the Streets.
  • JOHN DOWER is a documentary director. His films include Live Forever: The Rise and Fall of Britpop, Thriller In Manila, Bradley Wiggins – A Year in Yellow and My Scientology Movie.
  • TOM EDWARDS is a freelance development exec and programme-maker. His commissioning editor credits include Hugh's War on Waste and Eat Well for Less, and programme-making credits from Mary Queen of Shops through The Baby Borrowers to Wife Swap.
  • VANESSA ENGLE has been making documentaries for 30 years and has been shortlisted for Grierson awards seven times. Her recent films include Love You To Death, The Cult Next Door and The Funeral Murders.
  • LIESEL EVANS is creative director of UK Factual at Raw TV: an award-winning company with a reputation for producing high quality factual programming. She is currently overseeing a raft of projects for all the key broadcasters.
  • CLAIRE FERGUSON is known for editing award-winning documentaries such as Aileen: The Life and Death of a Serial Killer and The End of the Line. In 2016 she directed the Grierson-nominated Destination Unknown, about Holocaust survivors.
  • DOV FREEDMAN is an executive producer whose previous factual and documentary credits include, The Island with Bear Grylls, An Hour to Save Your Life, and The Trouble with Dad. He is the co-founder of Curious Films.
  • HANNAH FRY is an associate professor in the Mathematics of Cities at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at UCL. She regularly appears on TV and radio, and hosts a longstanding show for Radio 4, The Curious Case of Rutherford and Fry.
  • KIMBERLY GODBOLT is joint MD of TV staffing company Talented People. She was previously a shooting PD in Documentary and Factual Entertainment before moving into talent management at indie betty.
  • JAMES GOLD is a film editor whose work includes BAFTA-winning single doc Make Me Normal and films for Cutting Edge and Storyville. Recent credits include Catching a Killer and Princess Margaret: The Rebel Royal.
  • PROFESSOR GREEN is firmly established as one of the crossover superstars of British music. He is a rapper, songwriter, singer and DJ and now a documentary presenter. His acclaimed documentaries include Professor Green: Suicide and Me and Professor Green: Working Class White Men.
  • CLARE HANDFORD produces and exec produces documentaries and series. Her most recent production, Undercover Coppers, aired on Channel 5 in July. She is currently exec producing a series for BBC Two.
  • HELEN HAWKEN is an executive producer with a background in programme making and commissioning. She has worked across all non-scripted genres from specialist factual to reality for Channel 4, BBC, ITV, Discovery and Animal Planet.
  • JAMES HAYES is a freelance executive producer. Previously a BBC commissioning editor, recent work includes Rio Ferdinand; Being Mum and Dad, Love and Hate Crime, Lenny Henry: The Commonwealth Kid and Saving Lives at Sea.
  • CHERRY HEALEY began her onscreen career with numerous immersive documentaries series on BBC Three. She then presented Britain's Favourite Supermarket Foods for BBC One and Secrets of the Sales . Cherry now co-presents Inside the Factory with Gregg Wallace for BBC Two with its fifth series about to be broadcast and Sunday Morning Live on BBC One.
  • LORRAINE HEGGESSEY is CEO of the Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. She is Chair of The Grierson Trust and an independent advisor to Channel 4's growth fund.
  • EMMA HINDLEY is Creative Director at Brook Lapping. Recent productions include: Suffragettes with Lucy Worsley (BBC One); Wasting Away: The Truth About Anorexia (Channel 4) and Love & Drugs On The Streets (BBC Three).
  • CHRISTOPHER HIRD is the Founder and Managing Director of Dartmouth Films, producers and distributors of independent documentaries, who have pioneered new funding and distribution models in the UK. He is a patron of the Grierson Trust.
  • DANNY HORAN joined Channel 4 in July 2018 as head of factual. Previously he was with the BBC and commissioned award-winning Hospital, Louis Theroux's Dark States, Ambulance, The Mighty Redcar, Generation Gifted and Murdered For Being Different amongst many others.
  • RUPERT HOUSEMAN is an award-winning editor whose been cutting documentaries for the last 20 years. His credits include; 7/7: One day in London, Bedlam, Life and Death Row and The Detectives.
  • STEVE HUMPHRIES is the Managing Director of Testimony Films. He is a multi-award-winning producer director and executive producer of life story-based documentaries and histories. He recently received an RTS Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • SHAZ HUSSAIN is an Assistant Curator at the Science Museum in London. She is also a historian, public speaker, and activist.
  • MARJORIE KAPLAN was President of Global Content Strategy at Discovery where she oversaw multiple television channels and worked with talented content creators all over the world. She is currently a mentor at Merryck & Co and a member of the board of trustees of The Grierson Trust.
  • FOZIA KHAN recently joined Channel 4 as commissioning editor. Previously she was Channel Commissioner for BBC Two and before that she was at the Garden Productions where she has worked across development and production.
  • YASMIN KHAN is an author and Associate Professor of British history at the University of Oxford. She recently presented the series A Passage to Britain on BBC Two.
  • MIRANDA KRESTOVNIKOFF is President of the RSPB and a passionate conservationist. A diver and mother of two, she presents wildlife stories on BBC One's The One Show as well as Channel 5's Big Week at the Zoo.
  • DAVID LAMMY has been Labour MP for Tottenham for 18 years and is one of Parliaments most prominent backbenchers, well known for campaigning on Grenfell, Windrush and Brexit. He was Culture Minister in the last Labour government and was appointed to the Privy Council in 2008.
  • DERREN LAWFORD is Creative Director of Woodcut Media. Previously he worked as a commissioner at London Live and held a variety of roles at the BBC including head of programming and scheduling for Global iPlayer.
  • ALF LAWRIE is Head of Factual Entertainment at Channel 4. Before becoming a commissioner, he directed and produced both documentaries - like I Had The X-Factor: Wonderland Special - and factual entertainment - like The Apprentice and The Island.
  • HELEN LITTLEBOY is an executive producer whose recent work includes Hospital and School of Life and Deaf.
  • WILL LORIMER is a freelance director specialising in anthropological filmmaking. His films have been nominated for two Griersons and recent credits include the BBC series Hunters of the South Seas and the critically acclaimed Searching For Mum.
  • CHARLIE LYNE is a filmmaker and sometime film critic, best known for the essay films Beyond Clueless and Fear Itself, as well as the Grierson and BIFA award-winning short film Fish Story.
  • CHARLIE MACDONALD has been editing factual television for over twenty years, including the Grierson award-winning Our War: Goodbye Afghanistan. Since 2015 he has been the lead editor of 24 Hours in Police Custody.
  • URSULA MACFARLANE is a documentary director whose work includes One Deadly Weekend in America and Breaking Up With The Joneses. Her work has won BAFTA, Grierson and RTF awards and nominations, and she mentors at the National Film School.
  • TOM McDONALD is head of commissioning, natural history and specialist factual at the BBC. His department's recent commissions include Blue Planet II, A House Through Time and Chris Packham: Asperger's and Me.
  • SACHA MIRZOEFF is the Founder and Creative Director of Marble Films. A former documentary executive producer at the BBC, he has looked after/directed series such as Drugsland and Protecting our Children and is a multiple Grierson award-winner.
  • DAVID MOULTON is Director of Development at Minnow Films. David's credits include the BAFTA-winning The Murder Detectives, BBC One's BAFTA and Emmy-nominated Ebola Frontline, BBC Three's The Supergamers and BBC Two's Iceland.
  • SHAMINDER NAHAL is Commissioning Editor for Arts and Topical Specialist Factual at Channel 4. She oversaw the recent Grayson Perry series Rites of Passage, as well as Gary Younge's Angry, White & American and Genderquake: The Debate. Previously, she was deputy editor of Channel 4 News and deputy editor of Newsnight.
  • CAROL NAHRA is an American journalist, focusing on the British documentary landscape since 1996. She also teaches for American universities in London, consults on documentary projects of all shapes and sizes, and works as an occasional producer.
  • REVA NANDAKUMARA is a British Asian TV producer and journalist who has made a range of programmes for the BBC, including BBC Three and the BBC Asian Network.
  • JULIA NOTTINGHAM is an independent feature documentary producer best known for BAFTA and Grierson-nominated Kingdom of Us, Sundance-winning All These Sleepless Nights, as well as Trophy and Skate Kitchen.
  • ARIF NURMOHAMED was most recently the show runner on National Geographic's One Strange Rock, a ten-part series from Nutopia and Darren Aronofsky's Protozoa Pictures. Previously, he was an award-winning BBC factual series producer and director
  • CAROLINE OGILVIE is Head of Broadcast and Partnerships at The Open University. She is responsible for the University's partnership with the BBC and co-produces a range of TV, radio, online and digital content.
  • DANIEL PEARL is a factual commissioning editor at Channel 5. He commissions a broad range of topical and popular factual shows across the schedule both in peak and also in daytime. Daniel was previously a commissioner at Channel 4 where he was deputy head of News & Current Affairs, as well as editor of the multi-award-winning Dispatches strand.
  • LOUISE PEDERSEN is the CEO of all3media international (a3mi). a3mi works with television producers to co-finance television programmes and is a leading global tv sales business, with offices in London, Singapore, New York and Miami and broadcast clients in over 200 countries.
  • BENEDETTA PINELLI is an executive producer, series producer and director for Sky Arts. Her works includes Master of Photography, Glyndebourne Opera Cup, Picasso Live and Wagner's Ring Cycle with Stephen Fry.
  • ALICE POWELL is an independent documentary film editor fascinated by exploring the human condition.
  • ASHOK PRASAD is a producer/director making observational docs, specialist factual and international current affairs. Recent productions include Pump up the Bhangra (BBC), We'll Meet Again (PBS) and Has Political Correctness Gone Mad (Channel 4).
  • SUSANNAH PRICE ran development at Lightbox for almost 5 years where her commissions include Captive (Netflix), LA:92 (Nat Geo), War Child (Channel 4), Diagnosis (Netflix). She has just set up a new venture for All3Media based in LA and London.
  • JAMES QUINN is Chief Executive of Big Wheel Film and Television, and a trustee of the Grierson Trust.
  • ELLIOT REED is the Managing Director of his indie, Zeppelin Films. He was a BBC commissioning editor in Factual for five years, and prior to this, an executive producer at Love Productions.
  • SUSANNA REID is an award-winning news presenter who co-hosts ITV's Good Morning Britain. She has made a number of acclaimed documentaries including Children Who Kill, The Taxi-Cab Rapist and the Police Tapes series
  • CLARE RICHARDS is a freelance producer/director. Her recent credits include Acid Attack: My Story, Born Too White and A World Without Down's Syndrome.
  • MARK ROBERTS is Joint Creative Director of Firecrest Films, the fastest growing indie outside of London. Formerly the creative director of Mentorn and head of factual at Dragonfly Mark has been responsible for a huge breadth of factual programming from Question Time and Traffic Cops to Angry, White and Proud and The Jihadis Next Door.
  • CHARLIE RUSSELL is a BAFTA, Emmy and Grierson-award-winning filmmaker whose documentaries include Chris Packham: Asperger's & Me, Terry Pratchett: Choosing To Die and The Trouble With Dad. He is the co-founder of Curious Films.
  • CHARLOTTE SACHER is a freelance series producer, whose recent work includes Dancing the Nutcracker, The Face of Britain, and Simon Schama's Story of the Jews with Oxford Films. She was also head of development at Grain Media.
  • HELEN SAGE is a director and series producer for the BBC, Channel 4 and Netflix. Credits include Grierson-nominated Countdown to Life and Living with Autism; Horizon: The Secret Life of the Cat and Child of our Time.
  • SATHNAM SANGHERA is an award-winning writer. He has been shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards twice, his memoir The Boy With The Topknot being adapted by BBC Drama in 2017 and named Mind Book of the Year in 2009.
  • SARAH SAPPER is a documentary television producer. She was for many years the director of production and commercial affairs at Blink Films. She has recently set up her own production company, Cornelia Street Productions, to make factual series and to help broker international co-productions.
  • LAURENCE SARGENT is a director of Sargent-Disc, providers of payroll, accounting and production management software to Film & TV. Projects include Mother's Day (BBC), Game of Thrones (HBO), Mission Impossible: Fallout (Paramount).
  • DAISY SCALCHI is a BAFTA-nominated producer, series producer and journalist. Her credits include Captive' for Netflix, Inside the Ambulance for UKTV, Mary Beard's Pompeii: Life and Death in a Roman Town for BBC Two and The Iraq Commission for Channel 4.
  • KEITH SCOLEY is a Director of Silverback Films and director of Disney nature films and has made Discovery series and the Netflix series Our Planet. Previously, when at the BBC, his career included producing, head of the Natural History Unit, controller of BBC Specialist Factual programmes and controller of BBC Factual Productions. Currently
  • ELEANOR SCOONES produces and directs history and arts documentaries. Her recent work includes Who Do You Think You Are? for BBC One, A Very Royal Wedding for ITV1 and British History's Biggest Fibs for BBC Four.
  • CATEY SEXTON is an award-winning documentary filmmaker best known for intimate and powerful documentaries, most recently Prison, My Parent's and Me and BAFTA-nominated feature length documentary Raped My Story.
  • FRED SIREIX is a multi-award-winning expert in the service industry, which has resulted in a hugely successful television career, with notable credits including Michel Roux's Service (BBC Two), First Dates (Channel 4), First Dates Hotel (Channel 4), The Ultimate Shopping List (Channel 4), Million Pound Menu (BBC Two) and The Ultimate Road Trip (ITV).
  • JOHN SMITHSON is Creative Director of Arrow Media. His work includes award-winning films Touching the Void, 127 Hours, Deep Water, Falling Man and Sherpa.
  • JASON SOLOMONS is a film critic who regularly appears on BBC Television and Radio and hosts the interview show In Conversation on Sky Arts. He is film correspondent for The New European newspaper, presents the film slot on BBC Radio London's Robert Elms Show and is a regular host at BAFTA. Jason is author of Woody Allen: Film by Film.
  • PETER TAYLOR is a BBC reporter and a recipient of lifetime achievement awards from both BAFTA and the RTS for his coverage of terrorism and political violence over 40 years. He has also written eight related books.
  • KATE TECKMAN is Factual Entertainment Commissioning Editor, ITV, where she has commissioned The Real Full Monty, The Real Full Monty Ladies Night, Gone to Pot and A & E Live. She was previously at Channel 4.
  • HELEN THOMAS is an award-winning executive producer in BBC Studios Science Unit. Series include Stargazing Live for the BBC and Australia's ABC; Astronauts: Do You Have What It Takes? Countdown to Life; The Secrets of Your Food.
  • TIM USBORNE is a documentary director and series producer who has made films for BBC, Channel 4, National Geographic and others. He recently made the award-winning film Inside Sellafield.
  • PAUL VAN DYCK is an editor and producer who has worked on award-winning documentary and drama projects. Recent work includes Germaine Bloody Greer and Diana - 7 Days.
  • JACKIE WALDOCK is a documentary maker, series and executive producer. Her work includes the RTS-winning best documentary series Hospital, BAFTA-nominated The Secret Life of 4 & 5 Year Olds and 24 Hours in A&E.
  • JOHNNY WEBB is CEO and Co-Founder of Sundog Pictures. He leads Sundog's US production, as well as the company's social impact work. Credits include: the deathpenaltyfail.org campaign and Netflix-acquired feature doc Don't Look Down.
  • ANDY WHITTAKER is the Founder of Dogwoof, the International sales company and theatrical film distributor of documentaries. Films include Blackfish, and Westwood. Andy has now started producing and financing films.
  • PIER WILKIE is a BAFTA-winning drama producer and director. Her work as producer includes multi-award-winning projects When I'm Sixty-Four, Criminal Justice and Murdered By My Boyfriend.
  • KATE WILLIAMS is an author, historian and Professor of History at Reading University. She appears regularly on TV and has presented her own programmes, including the RTS-nominated Restoration Home. Her new book, Rival Queens, is published in September.
  • JESS WINTERINGHAM is a producer whose credits include the Grierson-nominated Stephen: The Murder That Changed a Nation, and BAFTA-winning Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum and Dad.
  • PADDY WIVELL is a BAFTA-winning and GRIERSON-nominated director. He's been making films for twenty years and his credits include Prison, Bedlam and The Tribe.
  • ELAINE WONG is a programme advisor for BFI London Film Festival's Shorts Programme selection. She also previews for Sheffield Doc/Fest and Underwire. She has previously worked on London Short Film Festival, Raindance and Chinese Visual Festival.
  • SIMON WOOD is Senior Business Development manager for Getty Images. Formerly at ITN Source, he has brokered co-productions including Encounters With Evil, Top Tens of Warfare, Royal Secrets and How the Beatles Changed the World.
  • ELLENA WOOD is a BAFTA-nominated documentary filmmaker, known for her powerful, emotionally intimate storytelling. Her credits include Talking to Anorexia with Louis Theroux, Life and Death Row, and Excluded: Kicked out of School.
  • ELIZABETH WOOD is the founder of DocHouse. Previously a producer/director at her own production company, she is currently the director and head of programming of Bertha DocHouse, the first cinema dedicated to showing documentaries in the UK.
  • INDIA WOODS works in production and acquisitions at global streaming platform, Docsville. Films she has worked on have appeared on BBC Storyville and The Guardian.
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