Nations and Regions: Media Futures 2019 Speakers

This year’s event welcomed a wide variety of speakers and panelists – find out more below:

Animation Spotlight – Kath Shackleton

Kath Shackleton - Co-Founder, Fettle Animation

Kath Shackleton started out as a puppeteer, workshop leader and performer and part-time youth and community worker.

She got interested in funding and project management and became a local government arts officer for 12 years, developing arts organisations, youth arts, arts and regeneration and art in public spaces.

She set up Fettle Animation in 2012 with long term partner Zane Whittingham, an animator since 1990. They have worked together with organisations such as the BBC, ITV, Open University and the United Nations.

The company have won two BAFTA nominations, a Sandford St Martin's Children's Award, the Japan Prize, four Royal Television Society Awards plus the UK Schools Library Information Book Award and Le Prix Petit Albert for a graphic novel based on their work.

Animation Spotlight – FactoryCreate Uncovered

Phil Chalk and Factory

 

Factory is a BAFTA-winning, multi-genre, full-service animation studio and rights owner based in Altrincham, established in 2010, with shows airing on CBBC, CBeebies, ITV, Disney and Nickelodeon.

Now in its eighth year, the prolific production company has produced over 80 hours of animated content since launch, including Clangers, Scream Street, Off The Leash, Strange Hill High, Newzoids, and three specials for Disney and Club Penguin.

Funding the Future

Adam Fowler - Lecturer and Director at Overtone Productions

 

Award-winning radio documentary maker Adam is a Lecturer in Creative Audio at the University of Salford and is also a Director of Overtone Productions.

Media’s Rising Stars

Rosie Boyer - Production Secretary, ITV

Rosie is a Production Secretary at ITV and is currently working on a pilot with The Speakmans.

Claire Judge - Development Producer, True North Productions

 

In her television career so far, Claire has worked extensively across production and development. She cut her teeth at Manchester’s very own Nine Lives Media where she was responsible for three original commissions for Channel 5, Channel 4 and CBBC. After a six-month stint casting entrepreneurs for Dragons’ Den, she moved to London where she worked at Avalon Factual, helping develop and produce the first series of ITV prime-time shows Flockstars and Sugar Free Farm.

She has Produced and Edit Produced all four series of Russell Howard and Mum: Globetrotters for Comedy Central UK, filming across the United States and South East Asia.  She has also held the role of Development Producer at Twenty Twenty and Kalel Productions in London. She now works at True North Productions in Manchester, looking after their Development slate.

Stephanie Chlond - Freelance Producer

 

Stephanie is an MA Television Documentary Production graduate and is now a Freelance Producer. She has worked for a variety of production companies such as Twenty Twenty, The Garden Productions, RDF Television, BBC Studios and Field Day Productions on documentaries across all of the major broadcasters. Her most recent credits include 24 Hours in A&E (Channel 4) and Inside the American Embassy (Channel 4).

Natalie Preston - Social Media Researcher, BBC

In 2013 Natalie graduated from the University of Central Lancaster (UCLan) in Animation before completing a Master's degree in Children's Digital Production at the University of Salford in MediaCityUK. She now works at the BBC as a Social Media Researcher on Rip Off Britain.

In her spare time Natalie is a educational speaker for Canine Partners and an Ambassador for a children’s charity called Brainwave, which provides home based therapy programs for disabled children.

Journalism Uncovered

Claire Savage, Journalist

For nearly 20 years Claire Savage has been a UK 'on-screen' journalist and producer/director. As a reporter she appeared on the national 6 & 10 o'clock BBC UK news. As an investigative journalist, she has produced exclusive stories for BBC network TV, 5 live and Radio 4. Her investigation '5,500 sex crimes in schools’ for ‘5 Live Investigates was the runner-up in the December 2016 British Journalism Awards 'Investigation of the Year' category. It led to a parliamentary inquiry and resulted in the biggest shake-up in sex eduction in 20 years in England and Wales.

Now a network freelance PD with ITV's most watched current affairs programme 'Tonight', her recent credits include 'Elderly Theft: Robbing the Relatives' and 'Dr Google: DIY Diagnosis’, each attracting 3 million viewers

Charles Thomson - Journalist and winner of the Ray Fitzwalter Award 2018

Charles Thomson is a multi-award winning writer and journalist. Charles works as chief reporter at the Yellow Advertiser newspaper series - on of the largest regional newspaper outfits in Britain. In April 2018, he won the inaugural Ray Fitzwalter Award for Investigative Journalism. It was his fourth national award in two years, all won for his long-running investigation into the aleged cover-up of a historic paedophile ring. His work forced police to reopen an almost 30-year-old cold case on two occasions and led to at least one arrest. Charles was presented with the award at last year’s NARM radio conference, and has spent part of the prize money on continuing the investigation, leading to further exclusive reports.

Andrew Fletcher - Journalist and Lecturer, University of Salford

 

Andrew Fletcher is a journalist, broadcaster, lecturer and trainer with more than two decades’ experience in network news. He has been chosen as the voice of some of BBC radio’s flagship news programmes such as Radio 1 ‘Newsbeat’, Radio 5 Live ‘Breakfast’ and ‘The Report’ on Radio 4. He has reported on high profile stories including the search for April Jones in mid-Wales, the Washington DC sniper attacks, the Salford riots and the Bosley wood mill explosion. Currently, he combines presenting and reporting for ITV Granada Reports, BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC Radio 4, with lecturing on TV and radio journalism at the University of Salford.

From Fast Fashion to Football

Dr Alex Connock - Academic and Entrepreneur

 

Dr Alex Connock is an academic and entrepreneur in digital media - with a particular specialisation in video and e-commerce.

In 2018 he founded digital content development company Missile Digital Studios, having previously built production companies Endemol Shine North (now Workerbee) and Ten Alps (now Zinc Media) which he co-founded with Bob Geldof.  He has six times been shortlisted as Entrepreneur of the Year.

Academically he is Associate Fellow at Oxford University’s Said School of Business, Senior Tutor at the National Film and Television School in creative entrepreneurship, entrepreneur in residence at European business school INSEAD, visiting professor at SalfordSunderland, Manchester Metropolitan universities and creative leader in residence at UCLAN.  He has a PhD in video optimisation for e-commerce.  

He is also board director at UK5GUNICEF UK and The Halle Orchestra and an Academy full member at BAFTA.

Monica Tailor - Head of Digital, McCann Manchester

Monica's career in digital began back in 1999 managing sites for a variety of blue chip clients including Apple, Mattel, Cisco Systems and Unilever.

In 2002 Monica founded her own agency and over the next ten years grew the agency and clients specialising strategic consultancy and digital marketing for a wide range of SME’s and public sector clients.

Monica joined McCann Manchester in 2012 to head up the digital offering for Aldi and helped them to launch their first eCommerce site in the UK in January 2016. Monica now works across all clients at McCann Manchester offering strategic digital consultancy as well as managing a team of 35 digital designers, developers and UX specialists to deliver digital solutions.

Hollyoaks: Don’t Filter Feelings

Debra Prinselaar - Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader

 

Debra is a Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader in MA Media Production at the University of Salford.

Production Spotlight: Lee Rayner (Coronation Street)

Lee Rayner - Senior Production Manager, Coronation Street

Lee Rayner is Senior Production Manager on Coronation Street. He has worked in TV for 20 years, working his way up the AD ladder on numerous productions and becoming the Production Scheduler on The Bill until its end in 2010. He joined Corrie as scheduler in 2011 and was made Production Manager 18 months later. He has recently Production Managed 2 series’ of “Death In Paradise” in the Caribbean for the BBC - much to the annoyance of his colleagues.

Maire Tracey - Lecturer in TV and Radio

 

Maire is a Lecturer in TV and Radio at the University of Salford.

Radio – What’s Next?

Adam Fowler - Lecturer and Director at Overtone Productions

 

Award-winning radio documentary maker Adam is a Lecturer in Creative Audio at the University of Salford and is also a Director of Overtone Productions.

Documentary Contributors: Speaking Out!

Angela Samata - Ambassador, Survivors of the Bereaved by Suicide

Angela presented the BBC1 BAFTA nominated and winner of the Mind Media Award for Best Factual TV documentary, ‘Life After Suicide’. The film encouraged discussion and exploration of mental health issues, challenging the stigma of suicide. Describing her own experience and that of her children after her partner took his own life 15 years ago, Angela travelled the length and breadth of the UK talking to others who had experienced the same loss. The documentary was aired as part of the BBC’s Mental Health Season #InTheMind and was watched world-wide by over 4.5 million viewers.

Angela represents the views of those bereaved by suicide and was for 4 years, Chair, and is now Ambassador, of the Survivors of the Bereaved by Suicide, a nationwide charity offering a unique and distinct free service with online, face to face and telephone support to bereaved adults across the UK.

Lyndon Saunders - Lecturer, University of Salford

 

Lyndon Saunders is a lecturer in TV and documentary at the University of Salford and is an award winning programme maker of both radio and television programmes. He has made radio documentaries for BBC 5 live, Radio 1, Radio 4 and World Service and his television credits include a broad range of factual and entertainment titles, including Dragons’ Den and Strictly Come Dancing.

BBC Three’s New Northern Talent

Charles Lauder - CEO, Indie Club

 

Charles is CEO of Indie Club, the new trade body for UK independent TV production companies, facility companies and programme makers. A film, television and theatre director, he joined Granada TV as a newsroom journalist and reporter in 1976. Subsequently, he fulfilled a range of roles including current affairs producer and deputy head of a sports department that brought ground-breaking programmes to ITV screens, such as Steve Davis’s first televised 147 break in 1982 …and live croquet!

His varied director credits include Coronation Street, C4 comedy series Porkpie, an award-winning short film Journey ...and Happy Mondays – Live at G-Mex. Previously he was Chair of Contact – Manchester’s unique theatre for young people, for which he secured a £3.8m Arts Council England (ACE) capital grant as part of the theatre’s £6.5m transformation now underway. Since 1997 he has also run his own consultancy company, Talawa Consulting, specialising in leadership, equality and diversity.

Fran Baker - Executive Producer, Blakeway North

Fran Baker has spent over two decades making award winning documentaries for the UK’s major terrestrial broadcasters, including the first 11 years spent in-house at the BBC.

As Exec Producer at Blakeway North since 2015, Fran has built a mixed slate of reputational docs and current affairs programmes, looking after a number of one-off documentaries and series, including Manchester Bomb: Our Story, The Voices in my Head, and episodes of Stacey Dooley Investigates and Panorama.

Fran has Directed and Executive Produced a number of singles and series for BBC Three and draws on a wide experience of documentary film-making - from intimate obs docs to presenter-led journeys, dama docs to investigative current affairs and is an experienced hand with complex Editorial Policy and Legal issues.

Live Pitch

Tom McLennan - Director of Entertainment North, ITV

In 2005 Tom was part of the launch team for the Jeremy Kyle Show. After huge success in the UK Tom took the show overseas to America in 2010, where it ran alongside the UK version producing 350 episodes in New York and Tom splitting his time between locations.

2014 was a big year. Tom created Judge Rinder (real life criminal barrister Rob Rinder) and it is now in its fifth year of ratings success. Alongside these two popular daytime shows Tom created Crime Stories and Kyle Files.

In 2016, Tom was appointed to the new role of Director of Entertainment North for ITV Studios. This role has given him the responsibility of 1000 hours of TV across all major networks, including University Challenge, Countdown and You’ve Been Framed.

Rebecca Papworth - Creative Producer and Executive

Rebecca is a Creative Producer and Executive, with twenty years of experience at senior level working cross genre, specialising in Comedy. She established Hat Trick North, launched The Salford Sitcom Showcase and was Executive Producer at BBC Comedy North up to 2017. She set up her own Indie CanCan Productions in 2018 with backing from distributor DRG.

Her first commission; sitcom ‘Home from Home’ starring Johnny Vegas and Emilia Fox was shown on BBC1 in 2018. She spent time as a Commissioning Executive Nations and Regions for BBC Comedy, with credits including award-winning shows like ‘Rab C Nesbitt’, ‘Gavin & Stacey’, ‘The Royle Family’ and ‘Wallace and Gromit - A Matter of Loaf and Death’ amongst many others.  She was the first woman to produce ‘Have I Got News For You’, and series produced award winning factual entertainment series ‘I Love the 80’s.’

She has recently specialised in bringing diverse talent to screen developing shows like; ‘Johnny & Inel’ for CBBC and ‘Sunny D’ for BBC3. Voted onto the Northern Power Women List in 2017, she is a passionate advocate for diversity in front and behind the camera.

Media Women

Melissa Clay-Peters - Head of Creative Talent, EndermolShine UK

 

My career in television spans 25 years. I fell in love with Saturday Superstore as a child and that’s where it started. After graduating I got my first role as an intern on The Big Breakfast, which led to MTV and years in entertainment before moving across to Fact Ent and a short stint in development where I realised I was definitely more of a facilitator than originator.

After years producing I moved across to talent following my second baby. I have been responsible for identifying, nurturing and growing talent for over twelve years now and am currently the Head of Creative Talent for EndemolShine UK, working across a range of genres from documentaries and specialist factual to scripted comedy and everything in between.

Claire Poyser - Managing Director, Lime Pictures

Claire became Joint Managing Director of Lime Pictures in May 2012, and, alongside the other Managing Director, Kate Little, has grown the Liverpool based company that produces Hollyoaks (winner of the 2019 RTS Award for Soap & Continuing Drama), and The Only Way Is Essex into a global content provider, with a programme portfolio which now includes the double Emmy winner, Free Rein (Netflix), Evermoor Chronicles (Disney), Geordie Shore and True Love Or True Lies (MTV), and Celebs Go Dating (E4).

Prior to joining Lime Pictures, Claire was Director of Production for ITV Studios and had operational and budgetary responsibility for the delivery of over 3,500 hours of original content across all genres each year. The programme portfolio included Coronation Street, Emmerdale, This Morning, Jeremy Kyle, Prime Suspect, Cold Feet, Poirot, Hell’s Kitchen, and I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here.

Claire started her TV career at the BBC as a Floor Assistant working on a variety of programmes within the Drama and Entertainment Departments. In 1989 she joined BFBS TV and spent the next six years travelling the globe making programmes for the UK’s Ministry of Defence before returning to the BBC’s Youth, Entertainment and Features Department as a Production Manager.

In 1998 Claire ‘crossed over’ from the BBC to ITV (initially as Head of Production for Entertainment and Comedy at Granada TV) and took on a variety of roles that culminated in her appointment as Director of Production in 2003.

Claire has an MBA from Manchester University Business School.

Rebecca Papworth - Creative Producer and Executive

Rebecca is a Creative Producer and Executive, with twenty years of experience at senior level working cross genre, specialising in Comedy. She established Hat Trick North, launched The Salford Sitcom Showcase and was Executive Producer at BBC Comedy North up to 2017. She set up her own Indie CanCan Productions in 2018 with backing from distributor DRG.

Her first commission; sitcom ‘Home from Home’ starring Johnny Vegas and Emilia Fox was shown on BBC1 in 2018. She spent time as a Commissioning Executive Nations and Regions for BBC Comedy, with credits including award-winning shows like ‘Rab C Nesbitt’, ‘Gavin & Stacey’, ‘The Royle Family’ and ‘Wallace and Gromit - A Matter of Loaf and Death’ amongst many others.  She was the first woman to produce ‘Have I Got News For You’, and series produced award winning factual entertainment series ‘I Love the 80’s.’

She has recently specialised in bringing diverse talent to screen developing shows like; ‘Johnny & Inel’ for CBBC and ‘Sunny D’ for BBC3. Voted onto the Northern Power Women List in 2017, she is a passionate advocate for diversity in front and behind the camera.

Tamara Howe In Conversation

Tamara Howe - Chief Content Officer, EMEA, VICE

Tamara began her career in television some 30 years ago, cutting her teeth on the multi-cultural magazine programme, The Bandung File.

Five years later, she moved to LWT where she spent a further thirteen years in the commercial sector.

During her time at LWT, she moved through the ranks of production management to become Director of Production, and was a founding member of the Cultural Diversity Network, working closely with the other key broadcasters to improve representation both on- and off-screen.

In 2003 she joined BBC Current Affairs as Head of Production & Finance. She remained at the BBC until 2016 holding ar 13 years, holding a number of senior roles, including Controller of Business - Comedy and Entertainment, Controller of Production Operations and Chief Operating Officer for BBC Children’s, where she lead the relocation to Media City Salford.

Tamara Howe is VICE’s Chief Content Officer for the EMEA region, now spanning more than 15 countries across the continent from the UK to the Middle East.

As CCO Tamara is charged with leading VICE’s content strategy across the EMEA region which includes the newly created UK-based Studios division as well as the company’s diverse range of digital content that is produced and distributed in the UK and across Europe.

Tamara sits on the board of MeWe 360, a foundation supporting entrepreneurs in the arts and creative industries.

Campbell Glennie - Director, Edinburgh International Television Festival

Campbell Glennie is Director, Education & Talent Development, the charitable arm of the Edinburgh International Television Festival. He is responsible for The Network and Ones to Watch, two schemes designed to develop new and emerging talent across the television industry and is a member of the Royal Television Society’s Education Committee.

Previously, he was Marketing & Business Director at Sheffield Doc/Fest for four festivals, and on the board of Four Corners, a centre for film and photography. He was also Head of Exhibition at Future Shorts/Secret Cinema, owned and edited Fest Magazine and has produced and developed projects for the BBC, ITV, The Comedy Unit and Radio 4.