The Grierson Awards 2017: Judges

  • JO ABEL is a documentary maker, series producer and executive producer for the BBC and Channel 4. Her work includes Hunted, 999 What’s Your Emergency and most recently, Exodus Series 2.
  • LARA AGNEW is a producer/executive producer and journalist who has worked with interesting filmmakers at the BBC, Channel 4 and is also a visiting tutor at the National Film and Television School.
  • WILL ANDERSON is the Creative Director of KEO FILMS. He has worked on a number of multi award-winning documentary series, including Welcome to Lagos, Hugh’s Fish Fight and Exodus: Our Journey to Europe.
  • BEN ANTHONY is a Grierson and triple BAFTA-winning documentary and drama director known for his powerful but restrained storytelling approach to emotional subjects. His documentaries include 7/7: One Day in London.
  • JENNY ASH directs both dramas and documentaries for all the major UK and US broadcasters. Recent films include a WW1 drama starring John Hurt for ITV and an authored film with Gary Younge about White America for Channel 4.
  • LUCY BACON is the Head of Factual Development at Wall to Wall Media. She started her career in production before moving into factual development, working for BBC Studios, Remarkable Television, Shine, Princess Productions and Optomen.
  • ED BALLS is a former MP and Cabinet Minister, author of Speaking Out, Chairman of Norwich City FC, and Research Fellow at Harvard University Kennedy School’s Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government. He has also been known to dance.
  • ASHLEY BANJO is a dancer, choreographer and creative director and is the founder and leader of dance group Diversity, winners of Britain’s Got Talent. Ashley produces live shows and tours; he also judges and presents television shows and develops television formats.
  • PETER BEARD is an Emmy-nominated and BAFTA-winning director and producer. Credits include Channel 4’s series Bedlam, and BAFTA-nominated Kids on The Edge. He recently launched Story Films with filmmaker David Nath.
  • ZAC BEATTIE is The Garden’s Head of Documentaries. Credits as a filmmaker and executive producer includeKeeping Britain Alive, The Trouble With Love & Sex, (BBC Two), Rich Kid Poor Kid and Extremely British Muslims (Channel 4).
  • SAM BICKLEY is Creative Director of Auntie Productions. Previously Head of Documentaries and Features Commissioning for BBC One and Acting Controller of BBC Three. Sam’s commissions include Food Inspectors (BBC One) and Extreme OCD Camp (BBC Three).
  • LAURE BONVILLE is a film programmer at BFI London Film Festival where she oversees the documentary competition and the selection of non-fiction films in the rest of the programme. She also contributes to the French selection.
  • DAVID BRINDLEY is the BBC’s Head of Popular Factual and Factual Entertainment.
  • JOSEPH BULLMAN is a Grierson award-winning director, recognised for his work onThe Seven Sins of England (Innovation) and The Secret History of Our Streets (Best Historical Documentary and the Radio Times Audience Award).
  • LEO BURLEY recently wrote, produced and directed the BBC One series My Family, Partition and Me, presented by Anita Rani. It told the dramatic stories of four British families caught up in the 1947 Partition of India.
  • ALICE CABANAS is the Film Programme Manager at the British Council, managing the shorts programme for emerging filmmakers and developing global exhibition projects. She was previously co-director of the UK’s leading short film festival, Encounters.
  • STUART CABB is the Co-Founder of Plum Pictures and also oversees the company’s rapidly growing US business. Credits include BAFTA-nominatedJames May’s Toy Stories and Amazing Spaces and Killer Women with Piers Morgan.
  • JOE CAREY is an editor whose work includes Channel 4’s Catching a Killer andA Killing in My family. Recent work includes Storyville’s Silk Road: Drugs, Death and the Dark Web and BBC Two’s Against the Law.
  • PAUL CARLIN is an editor and director working in documentary and fiction. His documentary credits as editor include My Scientology Movie for BBC Films and Salgado’s Spectre of Hope for BBC Arena as director.
  • MICHELLE CHAPPELL is the Commissioning Editor of Documentaries at Channel 4. Previously she was Channel 5’s Commissioning Editor of Factual, News and Current Affairs. Prior to this she was in BBC Factual and a producer at ITN.
  • LORRAINE CHARKER PHILLIPS is Head of Programmes at Label1, with recent credits BBC Two’s Hospital and Channel 4’s The Job Interview. She was previously a commissioner at Sky, with a track record as a series producer and director.
  • ASIM CHAUDHRY is an award-winning actor and writer known for co-creating People Just Do Nothing. He won the 2017 RTS Comedy Performance Award and he was nominated for a BAFTA in the same year.
  • JO CLINTON-DAVIS is Controller of Factual at ITV. Her commissions include Long Lost Family, Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy, The Real Full Monty, HMP Aylesbury, Joanna Lumley’s India and Billy Connollys Route 66.
  • MIN CLOUGH is a BAFTA-winning producer and director, known forThe Boy Can’t Help It, Lager, Mum and Me, My Life on a Post-It Note and Tourettes Teenage Tics. Min is co-founder of Bohemia Films.
  • KATE COLLIER is Creative Director at The Garden Productions. She oversees the company’s new business, serving as an Executive Producer on key output (including recent Cutting Edge film Bring Me Back to Life).
  • MATTHEW COLLINGS is an artist and writer. He has written many successful books about contemporary art, including Blimey! which was published by David Bowie. His TV series This is Modern Art won a BAFTA.
  • ALEX COOKE is CEO of Renegade Pictures, the company she co-founded, where she has produced and directed a range of documentaries for both international and domestic broadcasters.
  • RACHEL COOKE is an award-winning journalist. She is a writer and columnist atThe Observer, and is the television critic of the New Statesman. Her essays have been broadcast on Radio 3.
  • JOANNA CRICKMAY is a film editor whose credits include the BAFTA-nominatedAlan Bennett’s Diaries,The Triumphs and Laments of William Kentridge and The National Theatre at 50 (nominated for a BAFTA editing award).
  • TOM CURRIE is a BAFTA-nominated and Grierson-winning factual series producer/director. He series directed the first series of The Real Marigold Hotel and most recently was series producer on the first two series of Hospital for BBC Two.
  • ADAM CURTIS is a director known for his BBC documentaries which include All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace, Bitter Lake and most recently HyperNormalisation.
  • EMMA DABIRI is a social historian and broadcaster. Emma has presented numerous series on BBC and Channel 4. Her first book, A History of Hair, will be published by Penguin in 2018.
  • RITA DANIELS is an editor in Channel 4’s documentaries department. Before joining Channel 4, she was series director and senior producer/director for 24 Hours in A&E and 24 Hours in Police Custody respectively.
  • DAVID DEHANEY is Creative Director of Proper Content. David is an award-winning director and executive producer. Some factual highlights include Me and My Mum, Can’t Stop Eating and The Baby Borrowers.
  • JACQUI EDENBROW joined arts publisher, Frieze as head of video earlier this year to launch a production studio in partnership with WME-IMG. Her credits include the Grierson-winning Joy Division and nominated Teenage and Halfway.
  • LAWRENCE ELMAN is an award-winning documentary producer and director. He is a founder of the global documentary streaming platform, Yaddo.
  • VANESSA ENGLE , director, is best known for her authored three-part BBC seriesMoney, Women, Jews, Lefties and Inside Harley Street, as well as recent single films Love You to Death and The Cult Next Door.
  • JULIE ETCHINGHAM presents and reports for ITV News at Ten. Julie also presents the Tonight programme for ITV and was the first woman to be named RTS Presenter of the Year in 2010.
  • AMI EVANS is Head of Planning for BBC TV. She leads a team who develop audience-led creative strategies to inform commissioning decisions across the BBC’s channels and genres.
  • 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.
  • AMY FLANAGAN is Co-Creative Director, Factual at new indie Expectation. Prior to that she was Deputy Head of Factual at Channel 4 commissioning programmes including The Romanians are Coming, The Murder Detectives and My Son the Jihadi.
  • DOMINIQUE FOSTER is a Channel 4 executive producer, documentaries. Previous credits include series producing and directing series one ofSAS: Who Dares Wins, Spies, One Born Every Minute and 24 Hours in A&E.
  • JAMES GAY-REES is the Founder and Managing Director of On The Corner Films. He is best known for producing the Oscar and BAFTA-winning Amy, as well as Senna and Exit Through the Gift Shop.
  • BRUCE GOODISON is a multi-award-winning filmmaker working across both drama and documentary having made My Murder, Our War, Murdered By My Father and feature film Leave to Remain and series Born to Kill.
  • ANDREW GRAHAM-BROWN is a wildlife and specialist factual documentary director and cameraman. His films have won Grierson, RTS and Emmy Awards. He is currently directing and shooting a film about chimpanzees for Channel 4.
  • CATE HALL is an executive producer at Wall to Wall. She has overseen a range of factual television including BBC Two’s The Victorian Slum and BBC One’s The Apprentice.
  • CLARE HANDFORD produces and execs documentaries for cinema and television. Previously Commissioning Editor at Sky, she commissionedTales of the Grim Sleeper, Bradley Wiggins, Harrow: A Very British School and How to Change the World.
  • BRIONY HANSON is the British Council’s Director of Film, responsible for promoting UK films and filmmakers internationally. She was previously the director of The Script Factory and co-programmed the BFI London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival.
  • STEPH HARRIS is Creative Director, Popular Factual at Tuesday’s Child Television overseeing a slate of formats including Channel 4’s Lego Masters and singles like BBC Two’s Britain’s Biggest Superyachts and Trust Me I’m A Robot for Channel 4.
  • JOHN HAY until recently was Head of Specialist Factual at Channel 4, having previously worked as a commissioner at Channel 5 and in production and development at the BBC. He will shortly be taking up a new post as Chief Creative Officer at The Garden.
  • LORRAINE HEGGESSEY was recently appointed as CEO of The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. This is her first executive role in the charity sector following an extensive career in television, where she was the first woman to run BBC One.
  • ANNA HIGGS was most recently Head of Story Worlds and Marketing at The Ink Factory. She works in innovative ways across film and television, in fiction, documentary and hybrid form, supporting extraordinary filmmakers to tell stories in engaging ways.
  • MARGARET HODGE has been an MP for over twenty years, holding numerous ministerial positions when Labour were in Government. She was the first female Chair of the Public Accounts Committee and is now a visiting professor at King’s College London.
  • PATRICK HOLLAND is Channel Controller of BBC Two. Before joining the channel, he was the Head of Documentary Commissioning for BBC television.
  • DANNY HORAN is a BBC commissioning editor where his focus is BBC One and Two. Prior to this role, he was an executive producer working in development and production for Voltage TV and The Garden Productions.
  • STEVE HUMPHRIES , the Managing Director of Testimony Films is a multi-award-winning producer director and executive producer of life story based documentaries and histories. He recently received a RTS Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • CHANTAL JOFFE is a figurative artist whose work encompasses painting, collage, and pastels. Recent exhibitions include a two-person presentation at National Portrait Gallery (2015), solo presentations at Jerwood Gallery, Hastings and the Jewish Museum, New York (2015).
  • DAN JONES is a New York Times bestselling historian whose books include The Templars and The Plantagenets. He has written and presented many historical documentary series includingSecrets of Great British Castles (Channel 5/Netflix) and Elizabeth (Channel 5).
  • TIM LAWTON is a freelance documentary producer/director. Recent credits includeHospital, the BAFTA-nominated series Kids on the Edge, 24 Hours in A&E and Hunted.
  • BEN LAWRENCE is an arts editor and writer and is the Saturday Telegraph’s TV critic. He has contributed to a number of publications, including The Spectator and The Literary Review.
  • JEREMY LEE is an award-winning executive producer with almost 20 years’ experience of producing factual programmes. He currently works for 7Wonder, one of the UK’s fastest growing indies.
  • JAGO LEE is Creative Director of Antenna Pictures, the UK arm of studio Blue Ant. Previously MD at Nerd and Head of Documentaries at Tiger, credits includeThe Lion Cub from Harrods and Inside the Gangsters’ Code.
  • LUCY LEVEUGLE has been a commissioning editor in factual entertainment at Channel 4 since 2012, commissioning series Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds, Undateables, Child Genius, amongst others and singles. Previously, she was a filmmaker.
  • EMMA LOACH is Commissioning Editor, Documentaries at the BBC. She was previously an executive producer, working for Dragonfly and Rare Day. Credits include BBC One’s Ambulance and BBC Two’s A World Without Downs Syndrome.
  • RICHARD MACER is a documentary maker. His most recent films includeAbsolutely Fashion - Inside British Vogue and Milton Keynes & Me. He lives in Manchester.
  • GEOFFREY MACNAB writes on film for The Independent and Screen International. His books include Ingmar Bergamn: The Life and Films of The Last Great European Director and The Making of Taxi Driver.
  • GRANT MANSFIELD is Chief Executive and Founder of Plimsoll Productions. Prior to this, he was CEO of Zodiak USA and Head of Programmes at Granada TV. His shows have won several BAFTA and RTS awards.
  • MICK MCAVOY is the Head of Documentaries at STV Productions. Mick has exec-produced award-winning and acclaimed documentaries such asFire in the Night, Dunblane: Our Story, The 7/7 Bombing and Walking the Amazon.
  • TOM MCDONALD is the BBC’s Head of Natural History and Specialist Factual Commissioning. His department’s recent commissions includePlanet Earth II, Muslims Like Us, The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs and Spy in The Wild.
  • CRAIG MCLEAN is a journalist, editor and ghost-writer (Phil Collins’ Not Dead Yet). He writes for publications includingSaturday Telegraph Magazine, Observer Magazine,The Times, Evening Standard, Radio Times, Mr Porter and L’Uomo Vogue.
  • LEE MCMURRAY is a Channel 4 commissioning editor whose broad range of popular factual output as an executive/series producer included What Happens in Kavos, The Naked Choir with Gareth Malone and the Grierson-nominated Life is Toff.
  • ANNA MIRALIS is Wall to Wall’s Head of Factual. Prior to this she was at Channel 4 as Commissioning Editor, Documentaries. Credits include award-winning single docs The Paedophile Hunter, and Secret Life of the Zoo.
  • CLARE MOTTISHEAD is a BBC commissioning editor in the Popular Factual Department. She was previously a Dragonfly TV executive producer with credits on BBC Two’s Born Too White and BBC Three’s Kill It, Cook It, Eat It.
  • AL MURRAY is a successful comedian best known for his alter ego, The Pub Landlord. He has hosted various shows Al Murray’s Happy Hour (ITV) and Gentleman Please (Sky One). He has also enjoyed great success as a writer.
  • HAMISH MYKURA is National Geographic’s Executive VP of Programming and Development, leading the commissioning hub in London, for the channels. Recent commissions have included Dian Fossey – Secrets in the Mist, and Emmy-nominated Challenger Disaster – the Lost Tapes.
  • 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.
  • LOUISE NORMAN heads up US documentaries at RAW. Previously, at the BBC she executive produced across all channels. Forthcoming projects include CNN’s Kennedys: An American Dynasty and a feature documentary about boxing champion, Sonny Liston.
  • CHARLOTTE NICHOLSON is Head of Development at BBC Studios Label Auntie Productions. She previously worked at Oxford Film & TV, Blast! and Endemol and creates ideas across genres, including documentaries, specialist factual and factual entertainment formats.
  • FERGUS O’BRIEN was executive producer of The Met: Policing London and BAFTA-nominated Life After Suicide. Producer/director credits include Stephen Fry Out There, The Armstongs and the recent factual drama, Against the Law.
  • REBECCA O’BRIEN is a film producer working mainly with director Ken Loach and screenwriter Paul Laverty through their production company, Sixteen Films. Her credits include I, Daniel Blake and The Wind That Shakes the Barley.
  • LOUISE OSMOND is a director and writer whose recent work includes feature documentaries Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach and Dark Horse, winner of the World Cinema Documentary Audience Award, Sundance 2015, and a BIFA 2015.
  • WENDIE OTTEWILL is a multi-award-winning television documentary maker. Her credits include BBC One’s David Beckham: Into the Unknown, BBC Two’sWelcome to Rio, and BBC Three’s Reggie Yates’ Extreme Russia.
  • NIKKI PARROT is the co-founder of Tigerlily Productions. Her seven feature documentary films include; 37 Uses for a Dead Sheep,Only When I Dance and Alexis Arquette, She’s My Brother.
  • CHARLIE PHILLIPS is Head of Documentaries at The Guardian, commissioning and acquiring new short documentaries from all around the world. He was previously Deputy Director at Sheffield Doc/Fest and Editor of FourDocs for Channel 4.
  • ALISA POMEROY is a BAFTA-nominated documentary filmmaker. Currently a Channel 4 commissioning editor, she was the series director of the first series of 24 Hours in Police Custody. She has made documentaries for all four BBC channels.
  • ABIGAIL PRIDDLE is a BBC commissioning editor, working across all specialist factual output. Previously a director, her credits include BBC One’s The Met: Policing London and 24 Hours in A&E for Channel 4.
  • JAMES QUINN is an award-winning executive producer and Professor of Media Arts at Royal Holloway, University of London.
  • ANITA RANI is a journalist and broadcaster. Her presenting credits includeThe One Show, Four Rooms, Airport Live andWorld’s Busiest Railway. She was recently seen on BBC One’s My Family, Partition and Me: India 1947.
  • BARNY REVILL is a Grierson-nominated series director whose work includesSecret Life of Babies, River Monsters andLife at the Extreme with Davina McCall. He is currently making Earth from Space for BBC One.
  • SOPHIE ROBINSON is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and a co-founder of Sunshine Pictures. Her latest feature documentary My Beautiful Broken Brain for Netflix, has won awards on the film festival circuit and has just been nominated for an Emmy.
  • HILARY ROSEN is the Deputy Director of Commissioning at UKTV, commissioning and executive producing high profile and award-winning shows, including The Davina Hour, Taskmaster, John Bishop: In Conversation With..., and Unspun with Matt Forde.
  • JERRY ROTHWELL is a documentary filmmaker whose work includes the award-winning feature films: How to Change The World, Town of Runners, and Donor Unknown. His latest film is Sour Grapes, a film about a wine counterfeiter.
  • MARK SABEN is creative director at On The Corner. He is a multi-award-winning show runner and executive producer, credits includeThe Apprentice, The Voice, Child Genius and Strictly Come Dancing.
  • ADNAN SARWAR is the Community Editor for The Economist and a presenter for the BBC. He has worked in television since leaving the British Army in 2007. He holds a Masters degree in Film Production.
  • CATEY SEXTON is an award-winning documentary filmmaker best known for intimate and powerful documentaries, most recently BBC One’s Prison, My Parent’s and Me. She is currently making a feature length documentary about rape.
  • EDWINA SILVER is Dragonfly’s Head of Specialist Factual, where she has created formats and delivered shows for all major UK and US broadcasters. Credits include Channel 5’s The Great British Benefit Handout and Channel 4’s Cleopatras Lost Tomb.
  • KIERAN SMITH is Love Production’s Creative Director. He has executive producer credits for the BAFTA-winning Muslims Like Us and BAFTA-winning The Great British Bake Off.
  • SIMON SINGH completed a PhD in particle physics before joining the BBC. He directed the documentary Fermat’s Last Theorem (Horizon), which won a BAFTA in 1997. He is the author of several best-selling science books.
  • SANJAY SINGHAL is Chief Executive of Voltage TV Productions. Recent commissions include feature-length documentaries, One Deadly Weekend in America (BBC Three) and Ant and Dec’s DNA journey (ITV). Before Voltage he ran Dragonfly Film and TV.
  • SAM SNIDERMAN is Blue Ant Media’s Global Head of Commercial Affairs. He was previously COO of Pulse Films overseeing financing and distribution of film and TV projects, including Nick Cave’s 20,000 Days on Earth.
  • DAVID SPROXTON is Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Aardman Animations Ltd, the studio that produces Wallace and Gromit, Shaun the Sheep andMorph alongside feature films likeChicken Run, Arthur Christmas and Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists.
  • KATE TECKMAN is Factual Entertainment Commissioning Editor, ITV. She was previously at Channel 4, where she commissioned shows including the BAFTA-winningGrand Designs, two time BAFTA and Broadcast award-winning Embarrassing Bodies and Restoration Man.
  • CLIVE TULLOH is a programme maker and founder of Burning Bright Productions. He has won a BAFTA with Ross Kemp for his series on gangs and an International EMMY for the series, 50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy.
  • CHRISTOPHER WALKER is an award-winning filmmaker working in a variety of genres including arts, history and anthropology. He is currently making a series of films with Ronnie Wood from The Rolling Stones.
  • MAXINE WATSON is Twenty Twenty’s Director of Programmes. She was previously a commissioner for documentaries across BBC One and Two, where she commissioned award-winning series and many observational and constructed series.
  • ANDY WHITTAKER is the Founder of Dogwoof, establishing the company as a distributor and producer of documentary and social issue films since 2004. Dogwoof has been involved in many award-winning films including Blackfish, and Cartel Land.
  • NATALIE WILKINSON is Head of Natural History & Adventure at Renegade Pictures. Her credits include Safari Park Adventure in 3D, international series Ben Fogle: New Lives in the Wild and African natural history series The Great Migration.
  • SIMON WILLGOSS is Head of Development at Nutopia, whose recent commissions include Nat Geo’s One Strange Rock and Civilisations for BBC/PBS. Also an Emmy-nominated producer, Simon’s credits include How We Got To Now for PBS.
  • JENNY WILLIAMS is a senior documentaries producer. She specialises in films, which are often sensitive and challenging in their nature, including the BAFTA-nominated Life After Suicide (BBC One). Recent films include documentaries for Channel 4’s Cutting Edge strand.
  • 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 tenth book will be published next year.
  • JESS WINTERINGHAM is a producer whose credits include Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum and Dad. She is currently producing The Stephen Lawrence Story (w/t) for On The Corner Films.
  • 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.
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