Radio & Television Presenter
Jason is a Welsh radio and television presenter. Jason is currently anchor on the long-running BBC1 football roundup show Final Score. On Radio 2 he hosts Good Morning Sunday and The Jason Mohammad Show runs weekdays on BBC Radio Wales. Jason is host of major television sporting events on BBC channels that have included the Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games, World Cup, snooker, rugby, and athletics. Jason has co-hosted Crimewatch and his acting credits include more than one episode of Dr Who! Born in Cardiff, Jason is a fluent Welsh speaker. Late 2021 saw the launch of the Jason Mohammad Academy at Cardiff and Vale College for young people seeking a career in broadcast and film - huge growth areas for the Welsh economy and helping to address current skills shortages in the creative industries.
Chief Content Officer, Channel 4
Ian Katz is Chief Content Officer of Channel 4. Ian has overall responsibility for the creative output across Channel 4, its portfolio and All 4, leading the creative commissioning team to ensure Channel 4's unique remit to innovate, take creative risks and represent all of the UK on screen is reflected in its programmes and content. Under his leadership, award-winning output includes It's a Sin; For Sama; Derry Girls; Help; Stath Lets Flats; This Way Up; We Are Lady Parts; Joe Lycett's Got Your Back; Jeremy Kyle: Death on Daytime. Ian has led Channel 4's digital-first commissioning strategy which has seen viewing to Channel 4's On Demand platform increase by more than 20% over each of the last two years. Before joining Channel 4 in 2018, Ian was editor of BBC's Newsnight, a role he took up after 23 years as a newspaper journalist, including serving as Deputy Editor and Head of News at the Guardian.
Commissioning Editor, BBC Documentaries
Beejal-Maya Patel is a commissioning editor at BBC Documentaries and oversees a range of programmes across BBC One, Two and Three including the award-winning series Ambulance and Sort Your Life Out for BBC One, and Forensics The Real CSI and Reunion Hotel for BBC Two. She is the Factual Lead for Wales and also runs the BBC's New Directors initiative for BBC Three, commissioning impactful singles such as the BAFTA and Broadcast award-winning Defending Digga D and more recently Bad Love: Why did Fri Kill Kyle? Before joining the BBC, she produced the BAFTA award- winning series Educating Essex, the BAFTA nominated The Family and was the Series Consultant on the Grierson award-winning The Secret Life of 4, 5 and 6 Year Olds.
Head of Specialist Factual, Channel 4
Shaminder Nahal is Head of Specialist Factual at Channel 4. Shaminder was recently at the forefront of Channel 4's The Black to Front Project with Vivienne Molokwu, and has been responsible for high impact, news-making and award-winning programmes from Grayson's Art Club, Grenfell: The Untold Story, Empire State of Mind, Diana: The Truth Behind the Interview, 100 Vaginas and Superkids: Breaking Away from Care. She also delivered Murder in the Car Park, The Unremembered: Britain's Forgotten War Heroes; and co-commissioned The Big Narstie Show. Previously, Shaminder was Deputy Editor of Channel 4 News and Deputy Editor of the BBC's Newsnight.
Commissioning Editor, BBC Documentaries
Hamish Fergusson is a Commissioning Editor for BBC Documentaries. Hamish was appointed in 2018 after serving as series editor on a six-part series School from Label1 for BBC2. His directing and producing credits include the multi-award winning Educating Yorkshire, Inside Birmingham Children's Hospital and Genderquake for Channel 4.
Managing Director & Executive Producer, Workerbee
Rick Murray is Managing Director and Executive Producer at Workerbee. Rick is responsible for overseeing the company as a whole alongside many of Workerbee's shows as Executive Producer. Over the last 6 years, Rick has seen Workerbee grow from its roots as a busy regional office of Shine TV, into an independent label within Endemol Shine Group. Within Workerbee Rick has created their very own ‘sizzle factory’, a one stop shop for sizzle tapes that has proven so successful it is now utilised by many companies within the Banijay Group.
Drama Commissioning Executive, Channel 5 and Paramount+
Paul Testar joined Paramount in January 2022 as a drama commissioning executive working across the Channel 5 and Paramount+ slates. Before this, he was a producer for Mammoth Screen with credits including The Serpent (BBC1/Netflix) and The Tower (ITV). He has also been a script editor on numerous shows for the BBC, ITV, Netflix, Amazon and Channel 4.
Deputy Chief Content Officer, UK, Channel 5 and Paramount+
Sebastian Cardwell is Deputy Chief Content Officer, UK, at Paramount (formerly ViacomCBS) which includes Channel 5 and its digital brands, the wider Paramount channel portfolio, and the streaming service Paramount+ UK. Reporting to Ben Frow, Chief Content Officer, Sebastian is responsible for devising strategy across the portfolio, with a specific focus on drama and original content.
Cardwell first joined Channel 5 in 2011 and has been instrumental in Channel 5’s continued evolution into a destination for high quality originations across a range of genres, with an emphasis on drama and original commissions in peak slots. Spearheading Channel 5’s increased investment in drama, Cardwell has changed the face of the genre on the channel, giving rise to hit-rating titles such as the All Creatures Great and Small reboot, Penance, The Deceived and The Drowning.
Prior to his current role at Channel 5, Cardwell was Digital Controller, responsible for the day-to-day running of Channel 5’s digital channels, overseeing all commissioning, acquisitions and channel management. Here, he commissioned titles such as prison drama Clink, as well as Celebs on the Farm and It’s Your Fault I’m Fat.
In his time at Channel 5 Cardwell has also held roles as Commisioning Executive and Channel Manager, and Channel and Acquisitions Manager, primarily for 5STAR, as well as undertaking a stint as Acquisitions Manager for the Channel 5 family. Prior to this, he spent five years in the programming and acquisitions team at the BBC.
Cardwell holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies from Kings College London, which he attended in 2000.
New Business Director, Development Bank of Wales
Bethan joined the Development Bank of Wales in 2001 to focus on equity investments and by now has a wealth of experience in venture capital deals. Bethan has worked across a variety of sectors, specialising in technology, media, manufacturing and business services. Bethan is also a law graduate and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Accountants.
John McVay OBE
Chief Executive of Pact
John McVay OBE is the Chief Executive of Pact, the UK’s leading Trade Association for Film, TV, Animation, Children’s and Digital production companies. John contributes to many UK government and international policy fora on the creative industries, broadcasting, trade and investment. John has extensive experience of policy development across all aspects of broadcasting and television production and leads on all Pact policy development in the UK and Europe. He also maintains excellent relationships with all of the UK’s major political parties and the devolved assemblies and parliaments.
Chief Executive, S4C
Siân Doyle has been S4C's Chief Executive and designated Accounting Officer since January 2022. Prior to S4C, Siân has had extensive experience in the telecommunications and retail sectors in the UK, Canada and the United States. A former Managing Director of telecommunications company, TalkTalk, and prior to that she was Director of Retail at EE, responsible for developing the retail strategy and leading a team of 3500 staff across 600+ stores in the UK. She was also Senior Vice President, Retail of Comcast Cable in Philadelphia.
Corporate Finance Advisory Director, Wales, Grant Thornton UK LLP
Jamie is corporate finance director in Wales for Grant Thornton and specialises in advising dynamic businesses and their owners in achieving their strategic ambitions. Jamie’s focus is on creating and realising value for clients. He has experience in a broad range of mid-market transactions including MBOs, acquisitions, disposals, fundraising and strategic planning and enjoys working with a diverse portfolio of clients across industries such as healthcare, logistics, technology and recruitment.
Prof Sara Pepper
Director of Creative Economy, Cardiff University
Sara is the Director of Creative Cardiff, Chief Operating Officer of Clwstwr and Deputy Director of media.cymru. Her role is to provide leadership and strategic direction to these initiatives and to work with a wide variety of stakeholders including academic, industry and government partners. As Director of Creative Economy, Sara regularly speaks at international conferences, working with partners in countries including Germany, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey and Georgia. Sara is currently a member of the National Trust Wales Advisory Board. Sara was awarded an OBE for services to the creative economy in the 2021 New Year Honours list.
Director, BBC Cymru Wales
As Director of BBC Wales, Rhuanedd has overall responsibility for the content strategy and editorial priorities for BBC Wales across all media platforms and services – radio, video and online – in both the English and Welsh languages. Rhuanedd started her career with BBC Wales as a journalist in 1997, initially as a TV and radio reporter in the Swansea region, before being becoming a Political Correspondent in the Welsh Parliament. During the formative years of the National Assembly for Wales, she was a familiar face and voice to audiences as presenter of some of BBC Wales’ flagship news and political programmes. Rhuanedd continued to present TV and radio programmes after becoming Assistant News Editor at BBC Wales. Having left the BBC in 2007 she worked as a special adviser to the Welsh Government, chief executive of Plaid Cymru and latterly as a policy adviser to the Presiding Officer of the Welsh Parliament. In 2018, Rhuanedd returned to the BBC taking up the role of editor of Radio Cymru and Cymru Fyw before being appointed Director in 2021. Originally from the Cynon Valley, Rhuanedd now lives in Pontypridd with her family. She is a member of Aberystwyth University Council and will this year be awarded an Honorary Fellowship.
Rhodri Talfan Davies
Director of Nations, BBC
Rhodri Talfan Davies is the BBC Director of Nations and sits on the BBC’s Executive Committee. Appointed to the role in January 2021, Rhodri leads the BBC’s work serving nations and local audiences across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The BBC Nations division is one of the largest in the organisation and produces a range of content across TV, radio and online for audiences in the nations, across the whole of the UK and globally. He leads the teams responsible for the UK’s biggest news show, the regional BBC One 6.30pm programmes, and a network of local and nations radio stations reaching almost 9m listeners across the UK.
Chief Content Officer, S4C
Before joining S4C in April 2022, Llinos was Creative Director of Cardiff based independent production company, Wildflame. During her tenure at the award-winning Welsh indie, she helped spearhead the company's move into international content development with contracts from global broadcasters including Discovery+, Paramount+, Smithsonian Channel/ViacomCBS and Science Channel as well as selling content to Amazon Prime, Acorn, Brit Box and Nat Geo.
Actor, Writer and Stand-Up Comedian
Tudur Owen is a multi-award winning writer, performer, stand-up comedian and radio presenter. Based in Wales, he works in both Welsh and English and has written, produced and starred in numerous productions for BBC Cymru Wales and S4C. He is a regular on BBC Radio 4 with his latest comedy series The United Nations of Anglesey receiving rave reviews from critics and listeners. Tudur is passionate about broadcasting in Wales and believes that our cultural distinctiveness, location and wealth of creative talent will ensure that Cymru/Wales will continue to be a significant power house within our industry.
CEO, Cardiff Productions
Narinder is an award-winning executive producer and creative leader, with a strong track-record of delivering editorially bold and visually distinct content, including documentaries like Tan France: Beauty and the Bleach, Peter: The Human Cyborg and The Private Life of Harley Street; specialist factual programmes such as The Massacre That Shook The Empire, Wales' Black Miners and Prince Charles: The Bachelor Years; formats like We Are Black and British, Am Dro! and Take a Hike; arts shows such as The Real Michael Caine and Soul Nation; dramas like BBC2's The Slavery Business; and innovative digital projects like 4thought.tv.
Head of ITV Cymru Wales
Phil has been a prominent name in Welsh journalism and broadcasting for 30 years. His team produces 300 hours a year of trusted public service news and current affairs for television and digital audiences in Wales, along with programmes and content for S4C, BBC and ITV. He is part of ITV's Senior Leadership Team, Chair of ITV's International Ambassador Network and a Non-Executive Board Member of Creative Wales.
Commissioning Editor VP, Non Scripted UK Originals, Channel 5 and Paramount+
Denise Seneviratne is Commissioning Editor VP, Non Scripted UK originals for Channel 5 and Paramount+. Reporting directly into Ben Frow, Chief Content Officer, Seneviratne is responsible for expanding the channel’s factual slate. Amongst Seneviratne’s previous commissions are Nuremberg: Nazis on Trial; The Yorkshire Ripper’s New Victims; Happy Campers, which is now in its fourth series; Big Brits Go Large; Inside Tesco: 24/7 and Carpound Cops which is into its second series. Seneviratne has also supported Channel 5 titles including Britain’s Parking Hell; Around the World by Train with Tony Robinson and The Thames with Tony, and has continually developed the channel’s popular Bargain Loving Brits brand to include By the Sea and has now expanded into daytime. Most recently Seneviratne has commissioned an ambitious three-part series, Ice Age, and a three- part true crime series for Paramount + as a co production with Netflix . Prior to joining ViacomCBS in 2019, Seneviratne worked as an Executive Producer and Series Editor on various documentary, factual and factual entertainment programmes including Paul O’Grady’s Little Heroes for ITV, as well as Meet the Humans and Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents for BBC. Across all these titles, Denise held the position of Executive Producer. Previously, Seneviratne has a background in directing and producing documentaries and series and was a Series Editor on BBC Two’s Reverse Missionaries; Secret Life of 4 Year-Olds for Channel 4 and Channel 5’s Blingin’ Up Baby. Other factual programmes Seneviratne has worked on at senior level include To the Manor Born; Fat Club on ITV and the BBC’s Real Marigold Hotel.
Factual Commissioning Editor, Channel 5 and Paramount+
Kate Ansell is Factual Commissioning Editor, Channel 5 and Paramount+. She joined Paramount in March 2022. Previously, Kate was Executive Producer at Firecrest Films and prior to that was an Assistant Commissioner for BBC Daytime and Early Peak, looking after series including Rip Off Britain and Songs of Praise. Before that, she was a freelance Producer / Director working on a range of current affairs and documentary series, mostly for the BBC and Channel 4.
Editor and co-founder of Gorilla Post Production
Paul Owen is an award-winning Cardiff-based editor with over 25 years’ experience. A co-founder of Gorilla Post Production, he was Operations Director until 2019 when he left to focus on his editing career. Paul has edited a wide range of programmes for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and SKY, with most recent credits include Tan France - Beauty and the Bleach for BBC2 and Britain's Beautiful Rivers with Richard Hammond for Channel 4. He is passionate about sharing his knowledge and has been training editors for over 15 years. Paul has become the go-to editor in Wales for tasters with an impressive commission conversion rate including The Perfect Pitch for Channel 4 Daytime, Life Drawing Live with Joe Lycett for BBC2 and Hot Cakes for BBC3.
Creative Director of Little Bird Films
Tammy Kennedy is the Co-Founder and Creative Director of Little Bird Films. She began her career in factual development at BBC Wales in 2006 winning network commissions for BBC2 such as Alexandra Tolstoy's Horse People, and Chalkie Davies, Rock Photographer. She spent the next ten years at BBC Wales working across all genes of development from formats, to fact ent to specialist factual, and crossing over to work on their international network output such as Top Dogs; Adventures in War, Sea and Ice, The Museum of Life with Jimmy Doherty, Egypts Lost Cities and Rome's Lost Empire with Dan Snow. After leaving the BBC in 2016, Tammy co-founded Little Bird Films and helped develop the hugely successful Hayley Goes strand, as well as securing an additional 20hrs of commissions and developing original formats for BBC3, BBC Wales, S4C and Channel 4.
Training Liaison Manager for Wales, ScreenSkills
Rebecca Meredith is the ScreenSkills Training Liaison Manager for Wales and is based in Merthyr Tydfil. Working across film, high-end TV, unscripted TV, children’s TV and animation production, Rebecca champions the wide range of training and development opportunities ScreenSkills offers to crew members at every stage of their career, from those just starting out to senior managers. She works collaboratively with networks across Wales to support individuals and teams, identifying skills gaps and facilitating easy access to the highest standard of training. Developing positive partnerships across our industry is central to Rebecca’s role and, working closely with other industry bodies and the wider ScreenSkills team, she is committed to further developing our exceptional pool of talent in Wales and our resilience for the future.
Senior Portfolio Manager, Channel 4 Indie Growth Fund
Caroline Percy joined Channel 4’s Indie Growth Fund in 2019 as a Senior Portfolio Manager. Her remit is to find companies for the fund to invest in, particularly those based in the Nations and Regions, Digital companies as well as companies with any form of diversity. She works with companies based in Bristol, London, Manchester, Glasgow, and Cardiff. Caroline previously worked at Ingenious Media, investing in programmes such as Marcella, Whitehouse Farm and Clangers. Over her 20+ year career, she has worked at BBC as well as global distribution companies where she has acquired or licenced international rights to globally successful shows such as Strictly Come Dancing and Top Gear.
Aaqil Ahmed is the former Head of Religion and Ethics at both Channel 4 and the BBC. At Channel 4, he was also the Head of Multicultural Programming. He is currently a Non Executive Director at the Advertising Standards Authority, OFCOM and The Higher Education Funding Council for Wales. Aaqil runs media production and communications consultancy, Amplify Consulting Ltd with a number of clients in the media, festivals, education and the corporate sector. Aaqil is Professor of Media at the University of Bolton and teaches at a number of Universities in the UK. He is a published writer, speaker and leader in media, diversity, religion, demographics and culture.
Head of Commissioning, BBC Wales
Nick leads BBC Wales commissioning across television, iPlayer and interactive platforms. He is part of the Commissioning Group which brings radio, television and online together for the first time to share cross-platform ideas and seek out bigger, bolder content. His recent television commissions include hit crime dramas Keeping Faith, Hidden, The Pact and factual series Slammed, Wonders of the Celtic Deep and A Killing In Tiger Bay. He has also been responsible for launching BBC Wales comedy strategy green-lighting situational comedies The Tuckers and In My Skin. Head of Development at BBC Wales from 2015-2016, he previously had a wide-ranging career. His impressive track record of winning network commissions includes The First World War From Above and Scott’s Hut for BBC One, BBC Two’s Operation Crossbow and he contributed to the development of BBC Three’s The Call Centre. Before moving into development he was an award-winning producer-director working on commissions for BBC Wales and BBC Three.
Head of Development, Yeti Television
With over 100 hours of commissions under her belt as Head of Development, Sarah’s passion for Factual TV is impossible to miss. Creating factual content that entertains as well as educates is what drives her. From crafting competition series such as The Great Big Tiny Design Challenge for More 4 to gritty access docs like Inside the World’s Toughest Prisons for Netflix and 999 Britain from Above for ITV, talent led specialist factual formats such as 48 Hours to Victory with Dermot O’Leary for Channel 4 to popular consumer series like Ch5’s Secrets of your Supermarket Food, Sarah devises commissionable, returnable ideas across the UK, US and SVOD market.
Creative Director, Yeti Television
With numerous network credits as a showrunner on series including Coast (BBC2), The Great Guide (BBC2), The People Remember (BBC1), and Time Team (Channel 4), Creative Director Siân Price is a factual programming power-house. She’s led teams of 5 through to 60 on a range of award-winning programmes from blue-chip specialist factual through to live events. Sian specialises in history/archaeology, features, living history and the arts. PD credits include Coal House (BBC1), Snowdonia 1890 (BBC2), Secrets of Stonehenge (Channel 4/Nat Geo), One Born Every Minute (Channel 4), Beyond Boundaries (BBC2), The Real Vikings (Channel 4) and The Boats that Built Britain (Channel 4). Sian has worked at some of the country’s top independents (Diverse, Studio Lambert, Indus) as well as in-house BBC in London, Bristol and Cardiff. She is a multi-award winning radio producer (Radio 3, Radio 4, World Service) and the author of the best-selling book ‘If You’re Reading This’ – a history of soldier’s farewell letters.
Commissioning Editor, Factual Entertainment, Channel 4
Daniel Fromm is Commissioning Editor for Factual Entertainment at Channel 4 and is based in Bristol. Prior to joining Channel 4, Daniel was at RDF Television and has worked in the industry for more than 20 years. At RDF his executive producer credits include The Secret Life of 4 & 5 Year Olds; Del Boys and Dealers; and The Making of Me. Previously as a freelance director, he worked on the first series of 999: What’s Your Emergency? and Big Fat Gypsy Weddings.
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Company Director, Chwarel
Chwarel, based in Criccieth, was founded in 2001 by director, producer and entrepreneur Sioned Wyn Morys. Prior to setting up the company Sioned worked in England as camera director and assistant producer for the likes of the BBC and Granada. Chwarel’s successes include The Horse Hoarder, Children’s Ward and The Great House Giveaway, which launched in 2019 and has been Channel 4’s best performing new 4pm launch. The series is co-commissioned with S4C and the Welsh language version is called Ty am Ddim.
Acting Director of Drama, BBC
Ben is currently Acting Director of Drama at the BBC. He joined BBC Drama as Head of Development in 2017, and worked as Commissioning Editor from 2018 – 2022. During this time he oversaw dramas including His Dark Materials, Giri/Haji, The Capture, Chloe, The Girl Before and Gentleman Jack, as well as Doctor Who and Casualty. Upcoming productions include Sherwood from James Graham, Inside Man from Steven Moffat, Grime Kids from Theresa Ikoko, and the final series of Happy Valley from Sally Wainwright. Prior to joining the BBC, Ben was VP, Production at David Heyman’s production company Heyday Films, and worked on features including Gravity, Paddington 1 & 2, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Jack Thorne’s adaptation of The Secret Garden.
Joint MD, TRC
Claire has worked in the creative and digital media sectors in Ireland and Scotland for over 25 years, with training and development of talent having always been a key focus for her. She moved to Scotland in the late ‘90s to set up Moonstone International Screen Labs – an international development programme for feature film writers and directors, founded in association with the Sundance Institute in the US. She has held senior roles at Pact, Scottish Enterprise and Ilumina Digital. Claire is a member of BIMA’s Scotland Council and in May 2018 was named as one of the BIMA100, which celebrates the people who are shaping the British digital industry.
Deputy Director, Creative Wales
Gerwyn Evans is Deputy Director at Creative Wales. Creative Wales is a Welsh Government internal agency that supports the development of the fast-growing creative industry in Wales. They focus on developing and promoting growth across a wealth of Creative Sectors including Film and TV, Animation, Games, CreaTech, Music and Publishing; positioning Wales as one of the best places in the world for creative businesses to thrive.
Commissioning Editor, BBC Daytime and Early Peak
Julie Shaw became part of the BBC Daytime and Early Peak commissioning team in March 2017, developing many new and established brands and overseeing their move into Peak. As commissioning editor of long-running series like Great British Menu, Escape to the Country, The Sheriffs Are Coming and Fake Britain, the challenge is to keep the shows fresh and vibrant by working closely with the extraordinary teams that make them. Julie commissioned the 15-part series Take A Hike, made by Cardiff Productions; a brand-new, fun format for BBC Daytime in which five people go head-to-head each week to discover the best walks the UK has to offer. Before joining the BBC, Julie worked as a series producer/showrunner in current affairs and daytime programming, covering both studio, outside broadcasts and pre-recorded programmes. She has produced and directed various documentaries including the RTS award-winning Living with Michael Jackson, viewed by over 155 million people worldwide, and series produced prime-time popular factual series like BBC One’s Shop Well for Less.
Series Producer/Senior Development Producer
Carrie is a BAFTA Cymru and Webby award-winning Series Producer/Director with 20 years broadcast and editorial experience. Carrie has worked across a variety of factual genres for a wide range of channels and platforms, delivering outstanding creative content for Network and Worldwide audiences. Carrie was one of the first six to be selected for Factual Fast Track 20/21, ‘a trailblazing development programme designed to accelerate the careers of Wales’ most talented and creative factual producers.’
Producer, Murder In The Valleys
Neath-born Owen Phillips is an award-winning documentary film producer and investigative journalist. He devised, developed and series produced Murder in the Valleys for Sky Crime. His other credits include BBC2’s The Rise of the Murdoch Dynasty, Channel 4’s Barrymore Body in the Pool and HBO/Channel 4’s Leaving Neverland.
Producer and CEO, Severn Screen
Ed is currently producing Havoc for Netflix. The film - written and directed by Gareth Evans - stars Tom Hardy, Forest Whitaker and Timothy Olyphant and is due to be released in 2023. Ed’s recent producer credits include The Pembrokshire Murders (2021), Gangs of London (2020) and Apostle (2018). He also Executive Produced and co-created BBC drama series Hidden which ran for three seasons between 2018-22. In 2016 Ed was BIFA-nominated for Best Screenplay for his work on Yr Ymadawiad (The Passing). The Welsh language film won Best Drama at the Celtic Media Awards, and three BAFTA Cymru awards, including Best Writer for Ed. Prior to his work at Severn Screen, Ed co-created and produced Hinterland. The detective drama series ran for three seasons between 2013-16, and was sold to over 100 countries by distributors All3Media International.
Executive Producer, Bad Wolf
Kate Crowther joined Bad Wolf as Executive Producer in 2020. She began her career as a production executive, working on film features including Submarine, I Am Slave and Third Star, before moving to TV. Her producer credits include the award-Winning Doctor Foster, LIFE, Cradle To Grave (all BBC) and Wanderlust (BBC / Netflix), plus the Rose D’Or-winning Raised by Wolves (Channel 4).
Executive Director, Sandford St Martin Trust
Anna is a Broadcast Journalist, Producer and the Executive Director of the Sandford St. Martin Trust which makes the case for high quality public service broadcasting that explores belief, ethics or morality. In addition to running an annual awards ceremony, the Trust works to promote the importance of religious literacy - whether you are a believer or not - as a key cultural competence for journalists and content-makers. As part of this work she has given evidence to Parliament and overseen new partnerships and co-produced events aimed at encouraging conversations between media experts, practitioners and audiences with the Edinburgh International TV Festival, Sheffield Doc/Fest, the Media Society, the Radio Times and Full Fact among many others including, this summer, with the Bradford Literature Festival.
Co-founder and Creative Lead, Little Door Productions
Elwen Rowlands is the co-founder and creative lead of Cardiff based drama production company Little Door Productions. Set up in 2019, Little Door is a female-led company that produces quality drama for the local and international market. Their first series, The Pact, aired on the BBC in 2021 and one of iPlayer’s most streamed shows of that year. A second series will air later this year. Over the course of her career Elwen has worked for the BBC, Channel 4, ITV, Sky and for leading independent production companies on shows such as Doctor Who, Life On Mars, Vera, Wide Sargasso Sea and The Last Post.
Commissioning Editor for Daytime & Features, Channel 4
Since joining Channel 4 three and a half years ago, Kate has commissioned a wide range of successful new unscripted series into Channel 4’s features and daytime genres, and also docs and specialist factual content into More4. These include the smash hit, BAFTA-winning The Great House Giveaway; one of Channel 4’s most successful new launches in recent years, which was recommissioned for a two series 60 part run across daytime and peak. Kate also commissioned Sarah Beeny’s New Life in the Country, which was Channel 4’s highest rating brand new 8pm launch of 2020, and is currently filming series 3, with a daytime spin-off also in production. Kate’s broad slate of shows includes Junior Bake Off & The Perfect Pitch in daytime and Sarah Beeny’s Little House, Big Plans and Britain’s Beautiful Rivers with Richard Hammond in peak. Prior to joining Channel 4, Kate Thomas was Creative Director at ITV owned Boom in Wales, where she looked after winning new network commissions across multiple genres, including factual for ITV and the BBC, kids for CITV and scripted for Channel 5. Prior to joining Boom, Kate was a Head of Development at BBC Studios.
Drama Commissioner, S4C
After a successful and long standing career at the BBC, producing award-winning dramas such as Casualty and Keeping Faith, Gwenllian Gravelle is the Drama Commissioner for Welsh-language broadcaster S4C. Building on the recent renaissance of Welsh drama and the S4C led invention of Celtic noir, Gwenllian is focused on commissioning original drama that not only has a local feel but also a global world -class appeal. Her most recent commission is a compelling 6- part psychological thriller starring Joanna Scanlan, Alex Roach and Iwan Rheon. Y GOLAU/The Light in the Hall is S4C’s first co-pro with Channel 4/APC and Sundance NOW.
Producer, Painting Practice
Yassmine was born in Italy to a Moroccan family and has had the chance to live in a few countries, including France, the UK and Czech Republic, which opened her interest for various cultures and problem-solving methods. Very young she developed a passion for various fields, including political activism, cinema and a fascination for science and space. First working in the legal field, she then became an Art and VFX Producer for major Films and TV Shows. She now also marries her love for the big screen with her interest in technology by leading the charge in the R&D field within Painting Practice and supporting the development of a set of virtual production tools.
Director and Founder, edge21 Studio
Rebecca is the director and founder of edge21 studio, a company which pushes the boundaries of immersive technology and film. Recent projects include Reel Reality® a film and TV immersive location app and After the Evidence/Evolvement: the next generation film experience. An award winning filmmaker and event producer, Rebecca has worked with some of the biggest brands in the industry. Recent credits include Virgin Media BAFTA Television Awards 2022 Red Carpet programme (Exec Producer), British Academy Cymru Awards (Producer / Director) and Behind the Scenes film of Netflix’s hit drama Sex Education (Director, Camera).
Commissioning Executive, Red Bull Studios
Dominique Cutts is Commissioning Executive for Red Bull Studios, a premium content label which develops, commissions, finances and distributes award-worthy content worldwide. Based in Salzburg, Austria, with offices in LA and in London, Red Bull Studios partners with best-in-class filmmakers, broadcasters, and streamers, to tell globally relevant stories of inspiration and aspiration through premium documentary film and series. Dominique oversees a broad mix of programmes from premium sports and character-led documentaries to global music, dance and adventure formats. Based out of the UK, she co-commissions with other UK broadcasters as well as fully financing a slate of international shows. Prior to joining Red Bull Studios, Dominique’s previous work included Executive Producing the Sports Emmy nominated ‘The Last Ascent’ and over a decade in development both in-house at the BBC, and for a number of the UK’s top independent production companies.
Controller of Factual, ITV
As ITV Factual Controller, Jo's commissions include: BAFTA award winning Long Lost Family/Born Without Trace, Diana Our Mother and Queen's Green Planet. Crime documentaries such as An Hour to Catch a Killer with Trevor Mcdonald and Joanna Lumley's Silk Road and major single docs like Kate Garraway Finding Derek. At the BBC, Jo was Head of Independent Commissioning and commissioned Masterchef and Hairy Bikers amongst many other shows. Jo Series Directed & Produced BBC One's 7-part award winning documentary series Making Babies and 6-parter, The Shop, about Selfridges, plus many single docs for award-winning strand 40 Minutes and Inside Story.
Business Development Director, Frontgrid
Passionate about reimagining the future of imagination and the role technology has to play in storytelling, entertainment and meaningful experiences. Part of the senior leadership team at Frontgrid, which combines motion-based engineering and virtual reality (VR) environments to create sensational experiences. Frontgrid are the creators of ParadropVR, a journey flying under canopy in VR. Now in 11 countries worldwide, with 11 games in market, Frontgrid is pioneering ‘location based flying’ and virtual tourism innovations. Tammy is project lead on a research project looking at how VR can connect people with real world places, including the recent launch of an installation flying over Snowdonia National Park. She has previously worked on other storytelling innovations underpinned by technology including: Geotourist, a GPS driven mobile app building the audio guide to the world; the launch of Sky 3D, the first 3D television channel in Europe; and Sky Go, one of the earlier mobile apps which live streamed sports. Also a champion of real-world experiences including: working for Outlook Expeditions, promoting overseas youth expeditions and responsible travel training programmes; the culture and the arts ranging from The Royal Opera House to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport; visitor experience including the National Trust and the RSPB and brand experiences ranging from Carte Noire to Peroni and Miller.
Editor in chief, Broadcast
Chris has been a journalist for 20 years and has spent the last 15 working at the TV trade bible Broadcast, focusing primarily on news. He became its editor in February 2014 and its editor in chief in 2019. Chris leads a team that generates exclusive content across two daily online newsletters and a glossy monthly print magazine, as well as playing a key role on awards, conferences and events. Chris is also the editorial lead for the Broadcast Intelligence service. As well as being an awards judge for Bafta and the Royal Television Society, Chris has discussed issues affecting the TV industry right across the media, including BBC Breakfast and all the major news bulletins. He previously covered the hotel and fashion industries for Centaur and Emap respectively.
Drama Commissioning Editor, Channel 4
Gwawr Lloyd is Drama Commissioning Editor at Channel 4. Gwawr works across a wide range of Channel 4 dramas and co-productions – most recently Chivalry and Light in the Hall. Gwawr and the team at C4 Drama’s aim is to commission and broadcast the most talked-about and original drama in the UK. Previously Drama Commissioner at S4C where she commissioned Y Gwyll/Hinterland, Hidden and Un Bore Mercher/Keeping Faith. Prior to this she was producer at the BBC. Gwawr is based in the C4 Bristol Hub and lives in Cardiff.
Founder of On-Set Facilities
Asa Bailey is the founder of On-Set Facilities and has consistently been recognised for his innovative use of on-set technology as well as his unique approach to storytelling using virtual production systems. His work ranges from conducting virtual scouting sessions to building LED stages and developing camera tracking solutions for demanding shots. Through On-Set Facilities, Bailey is routinely hired by producers worldwide to design, install, and support robust virtual production environments both on-set and cloud based. In this capacity Bailey has worked with DreamWorks, UNBC Universal, Universal Pictures, Unity, and the ARRI Systems Groups among many others. Today, Asa Bailey continues to direct his own projects and participates in various industry events, having delivered workshops for NVIDIA, the Directors Guild of America and MIPS. He sits on the board of Advisers of both the DAVE VFX School at Universal Studios and the Studio UK Government Working Group.
Deputy Minister for Arts and Sport, and Chief Whip
Dawn Bowden was born in Bristol and educated at St Bernadette Catholic Secondary School and Soundwell Technical College. She worked for the National Health Service between 1979 and 1982, and for Bristol City Council from 1982 to 1983. In 1989, she moved to south Wales to become the youngest and first female District Officer in the area. She rose through the ranks of her union to become the UNISON Cymru/Wales Head of Health, a position she held up to her election as Assembly Member for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney in May 2016. She counts amongst her proudest achievements leading on the negotiations that delivered the Living Wage into NHS Wales in 2014. Dawn was elected as a Member of the Senedd for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney in May 2016. In the last Senedd term, Dawn served on the Health, Social Care and Sport; Culture Welsh Language and Communications; External Affairs and Additional Legislation; Climate Change and Rural Affairs; Children, Young People and Education and Equalities, Local Government and Communities Committees. She also Chaired the Committee on Senedd Reform and represented the Welsh Parliament at the European Congress of Regions and was a Member of the Valleys Taskforce. On 13 May 2021 Dawn was appointed Deputy Minister for Arts and Sport and Chief Whip.
Alice Perman is a producer, director and series producer, responsible for critically acclaimed documentary films and factual dramas. Some of her most recent work includes Murder in the Carpark, Thatcher: A Very British Revolution and Working with Weinstein.
Chief Operating Officer, Honey Bee TV
Dee has over 20 years of experience and has delivered over 100s of television hours in non-scripted and scripted, across a range of genres and to many broadcasters, including BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, PBS, US Reelz, Sky and Discovery UK. Dee set-up Honey Bee working with the company directors to define and deliver the business and commercial strategy, leading productions to ensure maximum value, ensuring the health of the pipeline, appropriate investment in development, and aligned approach to market opportunities with co-production partners. Prior to this, Dee help set-up Uplands Television. She over saw landmark series Empire: the World’s First Superpower, with David Olusoga for PBS, BBC and BBC Studios, The Unremembered with David Lammy for Channel 4, and Generation Windrush for BBC. Dee achieved a place on the 2022 Breakthrough Leaders programme – she is one of 50 black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds leaders who will help shape and redefine future leadership in the TV industry and act as a proactive catalyst for positive change.
Unscripted Executive, Originals, UK, Amazon Studios
Harjeet is an Unscripted Executive in the Amazon Studios UK Originals team, working across a range of productions, including All or Nothing: Arsenal and Clarkson’s Farm. Prior to this, he was a Factual Commissioning Editor at the Channel 4, where he commissioned and delivered a number of singles and series, including Sex Actually with Alice Levine, Street Dance: Against the Odds, Teen Mum High and 999: On the Frontline and was one of the C4 team behind Murder Island.
Marc Evans is a Welsh director of film and television. Educated at Ysgol Gyfun Rhydfelen then at Cambridge and Bristol Universities, he made his first short film, Johnny Be Good in 1984. His feature film credits include House of America which premiered at The Sundance Film Festival, followed swiftly by the controversial Resurrection Man released in 1998. 2002 saw much critical acclaim for his digital horror film My Little Eye which was followed by Trauma starring Colin Firth and Mena Suvari. The Snow Cake starring Alan Rickman, Sigourney Weaver and Carrie-Anne Moss which opened the 2006 Berlin Film Festival. His numerous television credits include Manhunt, The Pembrokeshire Murders, Hinterland and Collision.
Founder and CEO, Gritty Talent
Mel Rodrigues is a well respected media practitioner, with 20 years’ experience in factual TV production, talent nurturing and D&I. She recently completed six months as Creative Diversity Lead at Channel 4, working on the channel’s new commissioning diversity guidelines, Black to Front project and diverse-led indies fund. Previous credits include leading the BBC Digital Cities initiative in South Wales and producing a large range of network formats in Cardiff, Bristol and London. In 2019 Mel launched Gritty Talent to design smart and scalable ways to connect under-represented talent into TV. Working with over 40 indies and several major broadcasters, Gritty Talent recently received a commendation at the Edinburgh TV Festival New Voices Awards.
Director of Production and Performance, Faculty of Creative Industries, University of South Wales
Tom Ware spent 15 years at the BBC and 10 years as an independent Executive Producer in Cardiff before becoming Director of Production & Performance at University of South Wales, where he has recently launched Film & TV School Wales, as well as overseeing USW’s Journalism, Performance & Music courses. Tom still execs the successful Channel 4 Daytime series Find It Fix It Flog It with Welsh independent production company Yeti Media – making him uniquely placed to give insights into the opportunities available to talent from all communities in this fast-growing sector.
Rakie Ayola is a Welsh actress known for her work in theatre and television. Rakie has appeared in television shows including Black Mirror, Noughts + Crosses, Doctor Who, Silent Witness and EastEnders, a number of Shakespearean theatrical performances and feature films such as Great Moments in Aviation, The i Inside and Sahara. She appeared as Kyla Tyson in the BBC medical drama Holby City from its eighth to eleventh series. In 2017, Rakie took over the role of Hermione Granger in the West End production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. In 2020, she won the Best Female Actor in a Play award at the Black British Theatre Awards for her performance in On Bear Ridge for National Theatre Wales and the Royal Court. In 2021, she won a BAFTA for her role in the BBC One drama Anthony. Rakie is an advocate of increased ethnic representation in the entertainment industry, and in 2001 founded her own production company, producing the short film Persephone's Playground for the Cannes Film Festival in order to further her campaign.
Head of Development, Afanti Media
Naomi is responsible for ensuring that the development direction, focus and targets are in line strategically at Afanti Media. She was a key player behind some of Afanti’s most recent commissions and successes, like Live Drawing Live! with Joe Lycett for BBC2.
CEO, Afanti Media
Emyr Afan is a Bafta award-winning TV producer. In 1997, he co-founded Afanti Media (formerly Avanti Media) and as CEO, he has built one of the longest-standing, most successful TV production companies in Wales. With over 25 years’ experience in factual and events television, Emyr is an accomplished producer, multi-camera director, and ideas creative. Afanti employs 40 staff and technical specialists running their extensive in-house production and outside broadcast facilities. With offices in Cardiff and Manchester, Afanti is widely-respected for delivering successful returnable shows and formats, documentaries, large scale outside broadcasts, entertainment and music events for national and international broadcasters. Emyr has led a number of high-profile network commissions such as ‘Para’s Ready for War’ for ITV, ‘The Secrets of the Mary Rose’ for Channel 4 and several fast-turnaround episodes of ‘Dispatches’ for Channel 4. Emyr is also behind new formats such as ‘ The Perfect Pitch’ for Channel 4 and ‘Life Drawing Live!’, a factual brand for the BBC which has gone on to sell internationally. Beyond his network commissions, Emyr still takes immense pride in building on Afanti’s content rich portfolio of Welsh programming making a number of talent-led documentaries for a range of broadcasters.
CEO and executive chairman, Zig Zag Productions
Fenton founded Zig Zag in 1999 and has established the company as an innovative transatlantic television production company, respected for its eclectic approach to over 700 hours of programme making. The company is one of the largest remaining truly independent UK production companies. Prior to Zig Zag Fenton began his career at the BBC and spent a brief time working with a number of UK production companies. Fenton is renowned in the international TV industry not only as a pioneer of audacious ideas, but he has a strong track record of unearthing new TV talent. Recent discoveries include magicians Dynamo and Troy and adventurer Richard Parks, whom he has taken to international audiences. Fenton is executive producer on all Zig Zag productions. Recent shows he has created include I Wanna Marry Harry for Fox, Scam City and Apocalypse 101 for National Geographic, Troy for Channel 4 and Xtreme Endurance: Race to the Pole for Channel 5. Other recent hit productions include Body Bizarre for Discovery, Split Second for Nickleodeon and Ultimate Brain for CBBC. Fenton is a regular speaker at a major industry conferences, judge for several industry awards and a commentator in the international trade media.