Jane MuirheadManaging Director, Raise the Roof Productions & Chair, Pact Council
Jane co-founded Glasgow based Raise the Roof in 2010 and as MD oversees all operations and the strategic direction of the company.Show more +
Jane is co-founder and MD of Glasgow based Raise the Roof. The company has delivered over 800 hours of network TV and sold to numerous countries worldwide and top titles include Kirstie and Phil’s Love it or List it. Under Jane’s leadership, Raise the Roof has featured in the top 20 Broadcast Best Places to Work in TV in 2017, 18 and 19 and in the top ten in subsequent years. Jane currently is Chair of Pact Council and co-chairs the Scottish TV Working Group.
Jane has lived and breathed the highs and lows of running an indie and understands what it means to be at the coal face. Jane has always worked tirelessly to champion the sector through her work with Pact and her engagement with stakeholders, and membership of industry groups. Jane was awarded an honorary Professorship from Stirling University in 2018.
Jane believes passionately in recruiting, training, and growing the next and current generations of talent and this ambition has diversity at its core.
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Alex JonesJoint Managing Director, Red Planet Pictures
Alex has been part of the Red Planet team since its very first production, back in 2007.
Alistair DavisUK Head of Legal & Business Affairs Factual, Tinopolis Group
Alistair began his career as a media lawyer at Universal Pictures before transitioning as a music industry lawyer representing U.K, U.S and Jamaican talent, labels and publishers for over a decade.Show more +
He also worked closely with the Musicians Union and the PRS to promote and implement diversity initiatives in the music industry. During this period he was a legal correspondent and wrote regularly on Media/Intellectual Property law.
Alistair then held Senior Counsel posts in a number of international blue chip companies including Proctor & Gamble and the Berkley Group supporting the distribution of products and services throughout EMEA. He then entered Government as a Senior Commercial Lawyer.
More recently Alistair worked in the Netherlands as a Senior Production Lawyer at Insight TV. He then joined the BBC as a Business Affairs Manager across IPlayer, data and insights and transferred to BBC Studios Natural History Unit working on the landmark Frozen Planet & Green Planet productions.
Alistair has a unique cocktail of media/entertainment, corporate, tech and government experience.
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Billy MacqueenBoard Director, Darrall Macqueen
Billy Macqueen is an Executive Producer and Co-MD of Darrall MacqueenShow more +
Darrall Macqueen is a multi Bafta award winning UK indie producing high-quality and innovative children’s and pre-school entertainment for major broadcasters around the world. Formed in 2000 by former Disney execs Maddy Darrall and Billy Macqueen, the company has a proven track record of devising and producing returning live action and animated series and has championed long-running serialized storytelling for under-7’s, including BAFTA awarding winning live action drama Topsy and Tim and current comedy hit Waffle the Wonder Dog.
Prior to Darrall Macqueen, Billy worked as a youth worker in London, switching to devising young people’s formats for Channel Four, Tyne Tees and ITV, before joining Walt Disney TV International staying for 5 years and then leaving as VP of Programming EMEA to launch a tiny Indie with long term colleague Maddy - quickly realising that joining PACT was a key to survival, and in 2019 it still is the case.
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Claire MundellFounder, Synchronicity Films
Claire Mundell is an award-winning Executive Producer and founder of Synchronicity Films, a scripted production company based in Glasgow.Show more +
She is currently in pre-production on The Tattooist of Auschwitz, a 6-part adaptation of the Sunday Times and New York Times Bestseller for Sky Atlantic, and post-production on the feature film Kill, financed by Library Pictures International and Screen Scotland. She recently executive produced the BBC One and BBC Scotland co-commission and 2-part adaptation of Andrew O’Hagan’s acclaimed novel Mayflies, which received a raft of five- and four-star reviews.
She developed and executive produced the BAFTA winning BBC series The Cry, a psychological thriller starring Jenna Coleman, adapted from Helen FitzGerald’s novel by Jacquelin Perske. Other current projects include Graeme Armstrong’s debut The Young Team and Hanif Kureishi’s The Body. Film credits include Karen Gillan's directorial debut, The Party's Just Beginning and BIFA nominated Only You, starring Laia Costa and Josh O'Connor. Claire is a PACT Council Member and Co-Chair of Scotland’s TV Working Group. Prior to Synchronicity she enjoyed ten years at the BBC leading the Children’s BBC department at BBC Scotland, and as an Executive Producer within BBC Drama.
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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Emma-Rosa DiasManaging Director, Afro-Mic Productions
Emma-Rosa Dias is the Managing Director of Belfast based indie Afro-Mic Productions.Show more +
She founded the company in 2014 and has over twenty years industry experience both in front and behind the camera.
Emma-Rosa began working in the world of commercials as a creative director before founding Afro-Mic and creating short-form digital content for network broadcasters in the UK and Ireland. The switch to terrestrial TV was made in 2017 with the returnable obs-doc series 'The Search’ for the BBC.
Over the last six years Afro-Mic has received series commissions from the BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5, including international distribution. A talented and charismatic producer, Emma-Rosa has been awarded various accolades including an IFTA and RTS nomination for scripted short drama 'Cry Rosa', a film inspired by her own experiences.
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Emyr AfanCEO, Afanti Media Group & National Representative for Wales
Emyr Afan is a Bafta award-winning TV executive producer, multi-camera director and ideas creative.Show more +
In 1995, he co-founded Afanti Media (formerly Avanti Media), and as Chief Executive Officer, he has built one of the longest-standing and most successful TV production companies in Wales, with the company celebrating its 25th year in broadcasting in 2022.
Afanti employs 40 staff and has 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 ‘Songs of Praise’ for the BBC and is also behind new formats such as ‘Showtime’ and “Life Drawing Live!’ and ‘Inside Classical’ for the BBC, and ‘The Perfect Pitch’ for Channel 4. Beyond his network commissions, Emyr still takes immense pride in building on Afanti’s content rich portfolio of Welsh programming with S4C and BBC Wales and is Deputy Chair of the Welsh Producer’s Alliance TAC.In 2022 Emyr founded the Wales Screen Summit held in Cardiff, supported by Creative Wales, BBC, Channel 4, S4C, Channel 5 and Netflix and attended by over 230 delegates, which is set to return in early May 2023.
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Holly PyeCommercial Director, Objective Media Group’
Holly Pye is Objective Media Group’s Commercial Director, working across the company’s seven labels.Show more +
She primarily finances, exploits rights and negotiates deals for the programmes produced by the Group as well championing a busy and dynamic Legal and Business team.Prior to joining OMG, Holly spent seven years at London talent agency James Grant Media, where she was Entertainment Board Director working across the strategy and management of a wide variety of high-profile clients. Previously, Holly worked as the company’s Head of Television and among her other CV highlights are William Morris (WMA) and William Morris Endeavor (WME) where she ran the TV department in the UK representing UK and US production companies and talent.
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Jacqueline MoretonGeneral Counsel, Banijay UK
Jacqueline joined Banijay UK in April 2022 as General Counsel, overseeing the legal and business affairs across the 23 Banijay UK production companies.Show more +
As well as managing the M&A transactions undertaken by Banijay in the UK, she is part of the Senior Leadership Team at Banijay.
Prior to Banijay Jacquie was the Global GC at Fremantle and Commercial Director at Fremantle UK for a period that overlapped her GC role, having also worked at NBCU and Viacom.
Jacquie has been working in the media sector, both in the UK and USA for over 25 years, specialising as a business and legal affairs advisor in TV production and distribution, including advising and overseeing significant M&A transactions.
Jacquie is also a Trustee and Deputy Chair on a charity that provides support to families and young children.
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James BurstallCEO, Argonon
Headquartered in London, Los Angeles, New York, Oklahoma, Glasgow and Liverpool, James is the global CEO of the Argonon group, as well as Executive Chair, Argonon USA.Show more +
Argonon consists of several production companies producing hundreds of hours of content across all genres for broadcasters, streamers and brands including The Masked Singer (ITV1), Hard Cell (Netflix), Worzel Gummidge (BBC One), Dispatches (Channel 4) and Attenborough and the Mammoth Graveyard (BBC One). The group has won over 130 awards including Emmys, BAFTAs and RTS Awards.
Prior to Argonon, James was CEO of Leopard Films and executive produced long-running series, formats and award-winning dramas for broadcasters across the world.
James is passionate about representation of all voices and backgrounds, with equity, diversity and inclusion at the heart of Argonon’s culture since launching in 2011. James is a leading advocate for climate change action, partnering with organisations across the UK. He is also the author of the best-selling debut book, The Flexible Method: Prepare to Prosper in the Next Global Crisis, which launched in the UK and US in 2023. James is a huge advocate for the UK production sector, regularly speaking on international and wider creative industry platforms.
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Jane KellyCo-CEO, Big Mountain Productions & National Representative for Northern Ireland
Jane co-founded Big Mountain Productions and leads creative and strategy across both companies in Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland with partnerships and teams in LA and Brighton.Show more +
Together with husband and business partner, Philip McGovern, they have created award-winning shows in Ireland, UK and USA and sell their shows and licences worldwide.
Originally from West Belfast, Jane was first in her family to attend university in Edinburgh and joined the BBC Graduate Trainee Programme before working for many years as a producer/director, then SP on a range of programming for BBC and in the independent sector in USA, UK and Ireland.
Jane is a passionate and vocal advocate for the TV and Film industry especially in the Nations and Regions and is privileged to return to Pact Council to represent NI members.
Jane is also a former member of Creative Skillset and mentee of BBC/NIS Aim High Schemes, ILBF Trainee Scheme and Young Entrepreneur NI. She has been active in female entrepreneurship in NI, UK and USA for last 10 years, is a member of Going For Growth Female-led business network, a former member of The British Irish Chamber of Commerce, CAST (Culture, Arts, Sport and Tourism) Committee and SME Committee, Intertrade Ireland Embassador and a published author.
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Julie BainesFounder & Producer, Dan Films
Having worked her way through production, Julie has been producing independent films for more than 20 years through her company, Dan Films.Show more +
Known for independent British productions and international co-productions, her taste is eclectic. Her projects span all genres and budget levels, from period biopic ’The Cat’s Meow’, directed by Peter Bogdanovich and starring Kirsten Dunst, to Christopher Smith’s London set horror film ‘Creep’. Other credits include the final film of veteran filmmaker Nicolas Roeg, ‘Puffball’, adapted from the novel by Fay Weldon, and the family drama from the novel by Jacqueline Wilson ‘Four Kids and It’, starring Michael Caine, Paula Patton, Matthew Goode and Russell Brand. She produced the first series of 1926 drama ‘Hotel Portofino’ starring Natasha McElhone and is currently in post production on the feature film ’Something in the Water’ with Studio Canal.
Julie works with emerging as well as experienced filmmakers. She regularly mentors new producers, writers and directors and guest lectures on various film courses, working closely in particular with the NFTS. She is Co-Chair of the Pact Films Producers Group and a Trustee of the East London arts charity Chisenhale Art Place.
Julie is a recipient of the prestigious Women in Film and Television Contribution to the Medium Award.
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Kate BealFounder and CEO, Woodcut Media
Kate Beal is CEO and Co-Founder of Woodcut Media.Show more +
With a career that spans more than 20 years, Kate Beal is an internationally recognised producer of unscripted premium content and her company Woodcut Media one of the UK’s leading True Crime doc producers.
She is Founder and CEO of indie Woodcut Media (established in 2014), a female led operation with a diverse team at its core, whose main ethos is to provide an honest and trusted voice – creating programming that tells incredible stories with creativity, authenticity, and care. As well as being one of the leading producers of True Crime docs in the UK, Woodcut also specialises in a broad range of standout unscripted content covering factual entertainment, specialist factual, and premium/talent led programming, producing hits such as the long-running series World’s Most Evil Killers and Britain’s Most Evil Killers, and titles such as Fiennes: Return to the Nile with Joseph and Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Cut from a Different Cloth, Mandela, My Dad and Me, both featuring Idris Elba, Hitler: A Life in Pictures, and Paranormal Captured to name just a few. In 2020, Woodcut launched distribution company Woodcut International, as well as Bristol-based production operation Woodcut West which specialises in natural history and high-end specialist factual.
Woodcut also focuses on mentoring young talent, establishing the ‘Woodcut Post-Production Award Scheme’ and ‘Woodcut Production Management Award’ working closely with Solent University to provide paid internships and training.
Entering the TV industry at just 15 years old starting at ITV, she worked her way up the ladder learning all aspects of the production business (from runner to researcher, to producer and director). In 2005 she established KMB Productions a niche factual specialist which following extraordinary growth was acquired by Talent Group PLC and rebranded as Talent TV South producing hits such as Fred Dinenage: Murder Casebook. With Kate at the helm, Talent TV later rebranded as Woodcut Media in 2014, and following unprecedented growth now operates as a true indie.
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Nicky BenthamFounder and Producer, Neon Films
Nicky Bentham is founder and producer at London based Neon FilmsShow more +
Recently she produced the thriller LOCKED IN with Gaumont UK and Netflix, directed by Nour Wazzi. Last year saw the release of THE DUKE, starring Academy Award winners Jim Broadbent and Helen Mirren directed by Roger Michell, which launched at Venice and then Telluride. 2022 also saw the release of the music feature documentary WHO KILLED THE KLF? a co-production with Fulwell 73, released through Picturehouses and Sky Cinema.
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.
Nicky is the co-chair of Pact’s Film Producers' Group.
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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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Steve WarrManaging Director, Raw Cut Television
Steve set up Raw Cut as a place to tell dynamic and compelling stories. Steve was a former current affairs producer for The Cook Report and a former Fleet Street news reporter.Show more +
Steve brings a journalistic edge to popular programming and has carved out a reputation for gaining hard-won access.
Experts in access-based programming, Raw Cut has worked hard to earn the trust and confidence of police forces across the UK and is proud of the reputation it has achieved.
A few examples: the company makes Police Interceptors for C5 (currently in its sixteenth series); The Detectives: Inside the Major Crimes Team for ITV1; Defenders UK for BBC1; Am I A Murderer? for ITV; and the long-running series Cops UK: Bodycam Squad for Really.
Raw Cut is also currently producing an Exposure for ITV and a Dispatches for C4.
Raw Cut’s ITV documentary The Murder of Sadie Hartley won the Royal Television Society award for Best Documentary.
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Thomasina GibsonDirector, Heroes Productions Ltd
Thomasina Gibson is a freelance producer, director, journalist and author.Show more +She has 30 years experience in Film and TV production working with the BBC, SKY, C4, MGM International Television and Sony International Television. Most recently she produced the content for the 40th Anniversary of Wildscreen in Bristol, hailed as one of the most successful in recent years and produced a short film for SKY in conjunction with the BFI Network.
Passionate about getting great stories on screen she launched Heroes Productions Ltd in 2016. Her first independent family feature garnered 5* reviews at the EIFF, Film Bath and an “honourable mention” at the Dubai Film Festival.
Thomasina supports the British Film and Television industry globally via Pact’s Content Without Borders advisory board, the Women Over Fifty in Film Festival board, BAFTA Cymru and BAFTA Children’s Award Juries and through Women in Film and Television.
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Tom BrisleyTom Brisley, Co-Founder and Creative Director, Arrow Media
Tom Brisley, a BAFTA and RTS award-winning producer, is co-founder and Creative Director of Arrow Media.Show more +
Tom’s creative vision and leadership have played an integral role in helping to establish Arrow Media as one of the world’s leading producers of factual content.
Most recently, Tom has been behind the company’s growth into SVODs, including The Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, with National Geographic for Disney+, now in season 2, and Speed, the first long-form series commission for CuriosityStream.
Powerful storytelling is at the heart of what Tom does best. He spearheaded Arrow’s foray into True Crime, which includes a slate of returning series for Investigation Discovery including the Mind of a Monster series, the most recent of which profiles The Freeway Killer, as well as Body Cam now in season 4, See No Evil now in season 8 and American Monster now in season 8. His crime credits also include one off documentaries Who Killed Biggie and Tupac? for ID, and The Hillside Strangler for Discovery+.
Tom has also led Arrow Media’s push into science and space programming, developing a strong relationship with NASA. This partnership has resulted in the landmark BAFTA and RTS winning broadcast from the International Space Station, Live From Space (a Channel 4/National Geographic Channel co-production); America’s Secret Space Heroes for the Smithsonian Channel; Apollo: The Forgotten Films for Discovery; and the ground-breaking, recently broadcast Brian Cox: Seven Days on Mars for BBC Two.
Prior to Arrow, Tom ran the factual TV output of Darlow Smithson Productions where he was responsible for creating and executive producing more than 150 hours of television. Previously, Tom worked as a producer/director in the independent sector and at the BBC, where he started his TV career as a graduate trainee.
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