Hakan KousettaCOO of Television, See-Saw Films & Chair, Pact Council
Emmy Award® winner Hakan Kousetta joined See-Saw in 2014 to co-run the TV division of See-Saw Films with its creative head Jamie Laurenson.Show more +
His current TV projects include the BBC series ‘The North Water’ written and directed by Andrew Haigh, starring Colin Farrell, Jack O’Connell and Stephen Graham; ‘Slow Horses’ for Apple TV+, starring Gary Oldman; and ‘The Essex Serpent’ for Apple TV+ to be directed by Clio Barnard.
Previous credits include ‘Love, Nina’ written by Nick Hornby, starring Helena Bonham Carter; ‘Top Of The Lake: China Girl’, the highly acclaimed second instalment of Jane Campion’s Emmy® and Golden Globe® nominated series ‘Top of the Lake’ which starred Elisabeth Moss, Gwendoline Christie and Nicole Kidman; the live action television series ‘The New Legends of Monkey’ for Netflix, ABC Australia and TVNZ; and ‘The End’, written by Samantha Strauss for Sky Atlantic and Foxtel.
Kousetta also executive produced the short form series ‘State of the Union’ written by Nick Hornby, directed by Stephen Frears and starring Rosamund Pike and Chris O’Dowd - which premiered at The Sundance Film Festival 2019 and won three Emmy Awards.
Kousetta was co-chair of the Film Policy Group at Pact for two years, and is now the newly elected chair of Pact Council. This year, Kousetta received a special innovation award by the Producers Guild of Great Britain for his extensive work with the Government on their Covid Film and TV Production Restart Scheme.
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Alex JonesJoint Managing Director, Red Planet Pictures
Alex is Joint Managing Director of Red Planet Pictures alongside Belinda Campbell and has been part of the team since its first production back in 2007.Show more +
Initially working in production, he started his career at Thames Television almost 20 years ago where he cut his teeth on long running drama and soap.
Alex is instrumental in overseeing all of the company's output and manages the negotiations for major co-production deals with multiple partners across the world - most notably, for ratings smash Death in Paradise, which has sold into over 220 territories globally. Series nine aired on BBC One in 2020 to over eight million viewers a week, the sun-soaked crime drama series is due to air at the beginning of 2021 and celebrates its 10-year anniversary.
A dynamic and truly independant TV Production Company, Red Planet Pictures was founded by award-winning writer Tony Jordan in 2005 and has produced some of the UK's most popular drama content of recent years.
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Claire MundellCreative Director & Founder, Synchronicity Films
Claire Mundell is a BAFTA award-winning film and television producer / executive producer, and owner/ Creative Director of independent production company Synchronicity Films.Show more +
Synchronicity has an active slate of high-end international TV drama projects in advanced development, and a first look deal with international distributor DRG.
Through Synchronicity, Claire recently developed and exec-produced the UK hit BBC One mini-series, The Cry, a psychological thriller starring Jenna Coleman, adapted from Helen FitzGerald’s novel by Jacquelin Perske. Other recent production credits include Karen Gillan's 2018 directorial debut feature, The Party's Just Beginning and Only You, a modern day love story starring Laia Costa and Josh O'Connor, written and directed by Harry Wootliff and produced in collaboration with The Bureau.
Claire’s feature film career started when she produced the 2009 BAFTA award winning Crying With Laughter, written and directed by Justin Molotnikov, followed by the double BIFA-winning, Weekend, written and directed by Andrew Haigh, and which Claire co-produced. Shortly thereafter, Claire produced Not Another Happy Ending starring Karen Gillan in her first leading feature role. This feature closed the 2013 Edinburgh International Film Festival and played the 2013 Busan International Film Festival.
Claire has extensive experience in network television having developed prime-time television drama as an executive producer for the BBC, and having spent 10 years in the BBC in a senior leadership role. Prior to launching Synchronicity, Claire was Head of CBBC Scotland, originating, producing and exec-producing various TV shows including the BAFTA and RTS award winning Shoebox Zoo.
Claire consults widely for film and TV organisations and is a Council Member and Board Director of PACT.
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Gwenda CarnieCOO Cardiff Productions Ltd, Television Business Affairs Advisor & National Representative for Wales
COO Cardiff Productions Ltd, Television Business Affairs Advisor & Pact National Representative for WalesShow more +
Gwenda began her career in television in the media team of law firm Reed Smith, before joining BBC Wales as Senior Legal and Business Affairs Manager. Other roles have included Commercial Director and Legal Counsel for the Flame Media Group, freelance consultant for Wiggin, Lawyers on Demand and the Welsh language broadcaster, S4C.
Gwenda joined Cardiff Productions as COO in November 2020 and continues to advise indies on television production and business affairs. Gwenda is based in Cardiff and speaks fluent French and Welsh.
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Jacqueline MoretonMedia Consultant, TV production and Distribution.
Jacquie has been working in the media sector for over 25 years, specialising as a business and legal affairs advisor in TV production and distribution.Show more +
She has worked both in the UK and USA. Post qualification as a lawyer, Jacquie moved in-house, working initially as a transactional lawyer at Viacom and moving into TV original production and acquisition whilst at Sundance Channel in New York.
Jacquie has spent the last 12 years working predominately in television production at FremantleMedia, and NBC Universal, in a legal and business affairs capacity in both companies as well the Commercial Director at Fremantle UK and since 2016, until end of December 2020, Jacquie was Fremantle's Global General Counsel.
Jacquie is now moving into media consultancy and has taken up her first Non-Exec Director position as a Trustee on a charity board.
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Jane MuirheadManaging Director, Raise the Roof Productions
Jane co-founded Raise the Roof in 2010. As MD, she has masterminded the strategic direction of the company that has seen it recognised as one of the fastest growing indies in the UK.Show more +
Jane Muirhead set up Raise the Roof Productions with Sarah Walmsley, Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer in 2010 to nurture new ideas and grow production talent in Scotland.
Raise the Roof aims to provide a creative and stimulating environment. Helping staff and freelancers grow to their next role is central to the company's ethos. Employees at all levels are encouraged to learn new skills whether it’s writing, editing, shooting or taking on their first directing job.
Raise the Roof is signed up to the CDN Diversity pledge.
Jane is Pact's Scotland regional representative
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Kate NorrishCo-MD & Executive Producer, Hillbilly Films
Kate Norrish is an Executive Producer and Co-MD of scripted indie Hillbilly Films & Television.
Laura MarshallCEO of Icon Films
Laura co-founded Icon Films with Creative Director, Harry MarshallShow more +
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 CEO 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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Marc SamuelsonChief Executive, Route 24 Ltd
Marc is a feature film producer and has now relaunched with new high-end drama company Route 24.Show more +
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 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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Nicky BenthamFounder and Producer, Neon Films
Nicky Bentham is founder and producer at London based Neon FilmsShow more +
Her most recent production, The Duke, stars Jim Broadbent and Helen Mirren and was directed by Roger Michell. It premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2020 to five star reviews and will be released in 2021 by Pathe and Sony Picture Classics. Nicky also recently completed post on the feature documentary Who Killed The KLF? A co-production with Fulwell 73, also set for a 2021 release.
Other feature producing credits include Duncan Jones’ multi award-winning sci-fi Moon starring Sam Rockwell, The Silent Storm starring Andrea Riseborough and Damian Lewis which was executive produced by Barbara Broccoli, the children’s dance film You Can Tutu acquired by Netflix and the BAFTA nominated theatrical documentary Taking Liberties.
Between 2012 and 2015 Nicky acted as Executive Producer on the BFI’s short film scheme, delivering 17 films that went on to gain accolades at Cannes, the BIFAs and BAFTAs. Nicky is an active member of BAFTA and Women in Film & Television, she is the co-chair of Pact’s Film Policy Group and one of the founders of the camp.
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Sue VertueBoard Director, Hartswood Films
Sue Vertue is a Producer and Board Director of Hartswood Films.Show more +
Sue began her producing career at Tiger Aspect in 1991 with 'Mr. Bean'. She went on to produce Emmy Award winner 'The Vicar of Dibley', 'Hospital' (which was the opening night comedy for Channel 5 and a winner at Banff), and 'The Last Englishman' which was a Bafta nominated single drama starring Jim Broadbent.
She then had an idea for a flat share between a gay man and a straight girl, got Jonathan Harvey on board and they created 'Gimme, Gimme, Gimme' which was frequently top of the BBC2 ratings and subsequently moved to BBC1.
In 1998 Sue left Tiger Aspect to produce Comic Relief before joining Hartswood Films. She continued to executive produce Gimme with Tiger and for Hartswood also produced four series of 'Coupling' which was created and written by Steven Moffat, her husband.
Sue has produced several more comedies: 'Fear Stress and Anger', 'Carrie and Barrie', 'The Savages', 'Supernova' and 'The Cup', and has recently helmed all four series of the multi award-winning drama 'Sherlock' starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman for BBC1.
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