• Sara GeaterCOO, All3Media & Chair, Pact Council

    Sara Geater was appointed Chief Operating Officer of All3Media in 2015, joining the senior executive team created after the acquisition of the business by Discovery and Liberty Global.

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    Sara works closely with the businesses in the Group to drive growth, both organically and through acquisition. She brings her expertise as an industry leader in television production, talent management, rights and deal-making to support and build the growth of the business in the UK and overseas.  

    Sara’s career to date has spanned TV, film and digital, in both business and creative roles and covers all genres. As CEO of Fremantle Media UK, she led a major restructure of the company, devising and implementing its “label” strategy.

    Prior to this, Sara held the post of Head of Commercial Affairs at Channel 4 and Director of Rights & Business Affairs at the BBC. Sara has also held roles including Head of Film & TV at Avalon, Head of Production at Miramax Films and Channel 4 Drama’s Co-Production Executive; her television career began at LWT as a production accountant.

    Sara is Chair of Pact and sits on the BAFTA Board of Trustees as Chair of the Commercial Committee. She is a barrister and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
     

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  • Archie BaronCreative Director, Wingspan Productions

    Archie is Creative Director at small London factual indie Wingspan Productions

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    Archie is Creative Director at small London factual indie Wingspan Productions, the most nominated producer at the 2014 Griersons.  Previously he co-ran Takeaway Media, having spent 12 years moving from Production Trainee to Series Producer at the BBC.

    Archie founded Wingspan in 2008, since then it has dedicated itself to singular, innovative and entertaining factual programming in history, science, music and arts, current affairs, ob doc and religion for the BBC, ITV, C4 and Sky. Recent titles include Our Gay Wedding-The Musical for C4, Don’t Panic–The Truth about Population for BBC 2, The Real Tom Thumb for BBC 4, the six-part global travelogue Networks of Power for Sky Atlantic, observational series on Catholics and Cathedrals and The Joy of... science trilogy for BBC 4 (Stats, Chance and Logic). Wingspan has made all Ian Hislop’s recent BBC documentary series and singles (Olden Days, Stiff Upper Lip, Age of the Do-Gooders, When Bankers Were Good...etc). Archie execs all Wingspan’s output.

    As a director, Archie has won British and international awards and nominations for films as varied as Joanna Lumley in the Land of the Northern Lights, Motherland-A Genetic Journey, Alexander Solzhenitsyn – the Homecoming and the Ian Hislop episode from the format-defining first series of Who Do You Think You Are?

    Archie’s book, An Indian Affair – From Riches to Raj, charts the relationship between Britain and India before 1857.

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  • Danny FentonCEO, Zig Zag Productions

    Danny Fenton is CEO and Executive Chairman of Zig Zag Productions.

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    Danny Fenton is CEO and Executive Chairman of Zig Zag Productions. He founded Zig Zag with Kevin Utton in 1999 and has established the company as an innovative transatlantic television production company, respected for its eclectic approach to nearly 700 hours of programme making. The company is one of the largest remaining truly independent UK production companies.

    Prior to Zig Zag, Danny began his career at the BBC and spent a brief time in the independent sector working with the likes of Chrysalis, Sunset & Vine and Wall to Wall.

    Danny 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 took to international audiences.

    Danny 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 The Herbert Brothers for A+E. Other recent hit productions include Body Bizarre for Discovery, Split Second for Nickleodeon and Ultimate Brain for CBBC.

    Danny is a regular speaker at major industry conferences, judge for several industry awards and a commentator in the international trade media.

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  • Gillane SeaborneFounder, Midnight Oil Pictures Ltd

    Gillane is the founder of Midnight Oil Pictures Ltd and the Pact National Representative for Wales.

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    With over 20 years TV experience, having worked for all the major networks in the UK and the US, Gillane set up Midnight Oil Productions in 2012 and the company has since won commissions to make 21 shows for five different broadcasters in the UK and US.

    Prior to setting up Midnight Oil, Gillane ran the BBC’s Additional Programme Unit, which meant she created and oversaw all six series of Doctor Who Confidential, BBC3’s highest rated factual show (voted the best show aired in the channels first 10 years) along with other strands such as BBC2’s Torchwood Declassified, BBC3’s Merlin Secrets and Magic, and top rating children’s series Totally Doctor Who, along with works for BBC Learning such as the Hamlet project for Key Stage 4 English Literature and Theatre Studies.

    On graduating film school in New York, she started out working on Reading Rainbow for PBS and then on return to the UK worked for start up indie Catalyst TV on a variety of lifestyle shows including BBC’s Gardeners' World before moving to the BBC’s Documentary Unit where she worked on the documentary series Shopping along with factual entertainment shows with veteran broadcaster Michael Parkinson and fashion designer Paul Smith. Returning to the indie sector she was the lead director on the team that developed the BAFTA award winning show Teletubbies, subsequently returning to the States to revamp the show for its hugely successful run on PBS, staying out there to work on popular factual shows for PBS and ABC.  

    As lead producer on the VT team on Open House with Gloria Hunniford, Gillane produced cookery, gardening, history and lifestyle strands and then travelled the world filming as far afield as Lapland, Sri Lanka and Nicaragua for Thames TV.  She returned to the BBC in 2004.
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  • Marc SamuelsonChief Executive, Route 24 Ltd

    Marc is a feature film producer and has now relaunched with new high-end drama company Route 24.

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    Marc Samuelson was formerly a director of the Association of Independent Producers (a forerunner of Pact) and of the Edinburgh International Television Festival, and MD of Umbrella Films, producers of 'White Mischief and '1984'.  He is an ex-board member of the UK Film Council and governor of the National Film and Television School, and he is a member of the British Screen Advisory Council. Marc is currently Deputy Chairman of the Film Committee and a Board member of BAFTA.

    From 1990 to 2006 he worked as an independent film producer, partnered in Samuelson Productions Ltd with his LA-based brother, Peter Samuelson, and produced films such as 'Tom & Viv', 'Wilde', 'Arlington Road', 'Gabriel & Me', 'The Gathering', 'Things To Do Before You're 30', and 'Stormbreaker', and executive produced 'The Libertine', 'Keeping Mum' and 'Chromophobia'.

    In August 2007 Marc became a director of CinemaNX, the film investment company backed by the Isle of Man Government.  Marc produced 'Me and Orson Welles', 'TT3D: Closer to the Edge' and executive produced 'The Disappearance of Alice Creed', 'A Bunch of Amateurs', 'Heartless', the Oscar-nominated 'Chico & Rita', 'Wild Target', 'Albatross', 'The Shadow Line', 'The Decoy Bride', 'Ashes' and 'Honour'.

    Marc departed his position with CinemaNX in mid-2012 to relaunch his company, and he has a slate of film and television projects in various stages of packaging and development.  In 2014 he executive produced "The Silent Storm" written and directed by Corinna Macfarlane starring Damian Lewis and Andrea Riseborough and in 2016 he executive produced ‘City of Tiny Lights’ directed by Peter Travis starring Riz Ahmed.

    In 2016 his new TV company Route 24 Ltd sold a minority stake to ITV and entered into a long term distribution deal with ITV GE.

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  • Rebecca O’Brien MD, Sixteen Films

    Rebecca O’Brien has been an independent film producer for nearly thirty years and runs the British production company, Sixteen Films with Ken Loach and, associate director, writer Paul Laverty.

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    She has produced sixteen feature films directed by Ken Loach, including “Land and Freedom” (Best Film EFA 1995), “My Name is Joe” and “Looking for Eric”.  In 2006 “The Wind that Shakes the Barley” won the Palme d’Or in Cannes.  “The Angels’ Share” won the Jury Prize at Cannes in 2012.  Her new Ken Loach/Paul Laverty project “I, Daniel Blake” also launched in competition in Cannes and won the team their second Palme d’Or earlier this year.  

    She has also produced a number of other films including “Bean” (1996), “Princesa” (2001) and “City of Tiny Lights” directed by Pete Travis which has just been launched at the Toronto and London Film Festivals. Her feature documentary about Ken Loach’s career, “Versus: the Life and Films of Ken Loach”, directed by Louise Osmond, has been released in the UK and is currently visiting festivals around the globe. She has also just released an interactive online project called “How to Make a Ken Loach Film” which is supported by Arte.

    She is currently on the boards of the British producers’ organization Pact and the European Film Academy and is a member of the British Screen Advisory Council.

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  • Laura MarshallManaging Director of Icon Films

    Laura co-founded Icon Films with Creative Director, Harry Marshall

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    After leaving school Laura spent a year in Paris working for Henri and Martine Cartier-Bresson and on return went to work for the Toby Eady Literary Agency and the author and scientist Iain Douglas Hamilton.  She then went to work with the documentarian Roger Graef, of Films of Record before moving to the Murray Pollinger Literary Agency.  

    As Managing Director of Icon Films, she is responsible for the overall strategy of the company, personnel development and drives its marketing. Laura also executives much of Icon Films’ production, credits include Savage Kingdom,  River Monsters, Big Foot: The New Evidence, Yeti or Not, Spawn of Jaws, Primal Survivor and Wild India.

    Icon Films is an internationally established production company creating a broad range of unscripted content, our hybrid vigour allows us to deliver, delight and entertain. We deliver stories with a twist.  Energetic, ambitious and constantly evolving, Icon Films has been making films for over 20 years.

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  • Helen TongeManaging Director and co-founder, Indie Title Role Productions

    Helen Tonge is Managing Director and co-founder of indie Title Role Productions, which was set up in 2005 and specialises in factual and factual entertainment content.

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    Having established a strong reputation for high quality and thought provoking content, several of the company’s long running series have received Royal Television Society and Australian Academy Awards.

    Helen has developed and executive produced a wide range of series and one-off documentaries at Title Role, which have been successful both in the UK and around the world, with the ‘Crimes That Shook’ series transmitting in over 100 hundred countries. Some of the shows include ‘Secret Vlogs’ (All4), ‘Betrayed and He’s Going to Pay’ (Channel 5), ‘Britain’s Worst Crimes’ (Channel 5), ‘The Trial of Alan Morris’ (ITV News), ‘Crimes That Shook Britain’ (AETN) and ‘Crimes That Shook Australia’ (Foxtel).
    Helen focuses on growing and attracting the best talent both on and off screen to the company and leading the company in its creative and business strategies.
     
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  • David SmithCo-Founder and Managing Director, Matchlight

    Matchlight’s Co-Founder and Managing Director & the Pact National Representative for Scotland.

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    David Smith was formerly Head of Business Affairs for Wark Clements & Co, where he helped steer the company’s merger with Ideal World to form IWC Media, Scotland’s largest independent television production company. David then advised IWC during that company’s acquisition by RDF Media plc and remained with IWC as Head of Legal & Commercial Affairs. He left IWC Media to found Matchlight alongside Ross Wilson and Jacqui Hayden in 2009. In the years since Matchlight has produced over 80 hours of television for the BBC, Channel 5, BBC Alba and Channel 4.
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  • Kieran DohertyJoint Managing Director, Stellify Media

    Kieran is the Joint Managing Director of Stellify Media and the Pact National Representative for Northern Ireland.

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    Kieran Doherty has built a reputation as one of the industry's leading format producers. and is responsible for the creation of a number of international entertainment formats such as Secret Fortune BBC/SRF/TV4 ,Take The Money And Run ABC and Can’t Touch This BBC/FOX. Kieran comes from a writing background. His television writing credits include The Sparticle Mystery for CBBC, Pajanimals for US network Sprout, the IFTA award winning Big City Park and the American CINE Gold Eagle and HUGO Certificate of Excellence winning Sesame Tree series 1 & 2. 
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  • Sarah GregsonDirector of Legal and Business Affairs, Banijay UK

    Sarah is Director of Legal and Business Affairs of Banijay UK and responsible for all legal, commercial and business affairs of its various group companies.

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    Sarah started her media career at the BBC in the early days of independent production and became Head of Business Affairs for the Independent Planning Unit. She then moved to Selec TV, the first publicly quoted independent producer, working on iconic shows such as Birds of a Feather and leading the business team in the sale of the company with its cable channel. Sarah subsequently moved to Celador as Director of Business Affairs, helping to launch Who Wants to be a Millionaire and thereafter dealing with all aspects of its worldwide exploitation. In the succeeding years she has also worked at Channel 5 and DCD Media in senior roles before joining Banijay UK in 2013.
     

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  • Richard JohnstonChief Executive Officer, Endemol Shine UK

    Richard Johnston is Chief Executive Officer of Endemol Shine UK, the UK’s largest independent production company.

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    The UK group is comprised of a diverse range of production companies and labels which together produces over 2000 hours of content a year across a range of platforms. Output includes shows such as Big Brother, Black Mirror, Broadchurch, Fortitude, Humans, Hunted, Masterchef, Mr Bean, One Born Every Minute, Peaky Blinders, Pointless, The Island, The Fall, 8 Out of 10 Cats and many more including industry leading work in the digital and branded content space.  

    Richard was appointed CEO in January 2015 having overseen the merger of the Endemol and Shine companies in the UK. He began his television career in 1996 when he joined Bazal Productions, the independent production company established by Sir Peter Bazalgette, as Financial Controller. Bazal later became part of Endemol where Richard went on to hold a number of senior positions including Joint Managing Director, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer.

    Richard is a Trustee of LAMDA (London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art) and a Board member for Creative Skillset and is committed to improving education, training and access to the creative industries. He is also an elected member of the Pact Council representing the interests of its members across the UK independent production landscape.

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