Hakan KousettaCo-Founder and Joint MD of 60Forty Films & Chair, Pact Council
Emmy Award® winner Hakan Kousetta set up 60Forty Films in February 2021 and is joint Managing Director with Jamie Laurenson after leaving See-Saw Films, where they jointly ran its TV division.Show more +
Hakan is currently producing Slow Horses (starring Gary Oldman, Jack Lowden, Kristin Scott Thomas and Jonathan Pryce) and The Essex Serpent (starring Claire Danes and Tom Hiddlestone), both for Apple TV+. He is also producing BBC series The North Water (starring Colin Farrell, Jack O’Connell and Stephen Graham) and the second season of State of the Union for Sundance (starring Brendan Gleeson and Patricia Clarkson).
Passionate about the UK’s television and film industry, Hakan has been a vocal advocate for the production community. Hakan sat on Pact Council for over five years (and was co-chair of the Film Policy Group for over two years) before being elected as Chair in 2021.
In 2020, Hakan, alongside John McVay, received a special innovation award from the Producers Guild of Great Britain for their extensive work with the Government on their Covid Film and TV Production Restart Scheme.
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Jane MuirheadManaging Director, Raise the Roof Productions & Vice 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 +
In its 10 years, the company has delivered almost 600 hours of network TV and sold to numerous countries worldwide. Under Jane’s leadership, Raise the Roof was in the top 20 Broadcast Best Places to Work in TV in 2017, 18 and 19 and in the top ten in 2020. Jane currently sits on Pact Council and co-chairs the Scottish TV Working Group. She also sits on the ScreenSkills TV Council. Jane was awarded an honorary Professorship from Stirling University in 2018.
Jane is passionate about skills and the development of the next generation of talent. She encourages all staff at RTRP to engage and work collaboratively with local community groups, schools and further and higher education establishments to help ensure the Scottish sector attracts and nurtures a diverse talent pool, ready to produce the best, world-class content.
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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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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 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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Danny FentonCEO, Zig Zag Productions
Danny Fenton is CEO and Executive Chairman of Zig Zag Productions.Show more +
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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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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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 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 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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John ParsonsGeneral Counsel, Banijay UK
John Parsons is General Counsel of Banijay UK, overseeing the legal and business affairs functions of the UK arm of the global Banijay Group.Show more +He has been working within Group companies since 1998, originally joining as Deputy Head of Legal and Business Affairs for Broadcast Communications and then within Endemol UK and Endemol Shine UK as the company was acquired and the Group grew. Before that, he worked at the BBC, after training and qualifying as a solicitor at City firm Richards Butler (now Reed Smith).
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Julie BainesFounder & Producer, Dan Films
Having come up 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 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’. Her latest film, 'Four Kids and It', starring Michael Caine, Russell Brand, Paula Patton and Matthew Goode, was adapted from the novel by Jacqueline Wilson. Made for a family audience, it was released internationally and through Sky Cinema in the UK.
Julie works with emerging as well as experienced filmmakers. She regularly mentors new producers and directors and guest lectures on various courses, working closely in particular with the NFTS. She is Co-Chair of the PACT Film 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 Argonon Contribution to the Medium Award.
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Kate BealCEO & Co-Founder, Woodcut Media
Kate Beal is CEO and Co-Founder of Woodcut Media.Show more +
Kate Beal entered the TV industry at just 15 years old, and her impressive list of achievements and expertise spans 26 years. Her foray into the business began when she joined UK broadcaster ITV as a runner in 1995, and worked her way up the ladder, learning all aspects of the production business.
Her talent and ambition took her from researcher, to producer/director, culminating in the shooting of her first ever show as series producer Firefighters for ITV, when she was just 25 years old. Over the years, she worked on a variety of productions, with credits for popular programmes such as The Real London's Burning' for Channel 5, and ITV’s 'That’s Esther’ and 'Faith and the City' (which is still used within schools today as a top-rated educational tool).
It was in 2005 that she founded KMB Productions Ltd (a niche factual entertainment entity), producing acclaimed series such as Vicars’ Wives for ITV1 and By Royal Appointment for ITV. Then in 2008, entertainment and kids’ specialist Talent Group PLC, approached Ms. Beal to buy her company, and later that year KMB became Talent TV South. With Kate still continuing at the helm, her management and direction saw Talent TV South go from strength to strength, producing hit shows for broadcasters such as Tina Malone: Pregnant at 50 for TLC UK (the highest-rated single doc commission for the channel to date), Fred Dinenage: Murder Casebook a long-running, and very popular series for the Crime and Investigation Network, The Flying Winemakers for UK TV and more.
Over the years she also developed strong partnerships with distributors such as DRG, Red Arrow Studios, Kew Media, TCB Media Rights and Keshet International, to mention just a few. Talent TV South later rebranded as Woodcut Media in 2014, and today forms part of The Anthology Group of businesses.
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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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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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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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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, initially with Speed, the first long-form series commission for CuriosityStream, followed by The Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, one of the UK’s first commissions with National Geographic for Disney+. The company has also confirmed crime feature-length docs If I Can’t Have You: the Jodi Arias Story and JonBenet Ramsey: What Really Happened? on recently-launched Discovery+.
Powerful storytelling is at the heart of what Tom does best. His credits include returning series America In Color, which delivered one of the highest ratings of the year for Smithsonian Channel; and highly acclaimed high-end feature documentary Under the Wire for History Films, BFI and BBC Four. Tom has spearheaded Arrow’s foray into True Crime, which includes a slate of returning series for Investigation Discovery including Body Cam, See No Evil and American Monster.
Tom’s UK credits include Inside Balmoral for Channel 5; Pearl Harbor: The Truth for Channel 4; and the landmark BAFTA- and RTS-winning broadcast from the International Space Station Live From Space (a National Geographic Channel/Channel 4 co-production).
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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