CELTIC MEDIA FESTIVAL
Check out the members of the International Jury for this year's Torc Awards for Excellence.
Clare Hudson has worked as a TV programme maker in Wales for most of her career, specialising in investigative current affairs and documentary. She was Head of English Programmes at BBC Cymru Wales commissioning programmes in English for Welsh audiences.
She now works as a freelance executive producer and most recently produced a mind-stretching series about ideas for BBC Radio Wales called, not surprisingly, The Idea. Her guilty pleasure during Lockdown has been watching all three seasons of HBOs The Newsroom - again.
Current Affairs Editor in English and Welsh for twenty years at ITV Wales. Head of Programmes at ITV Wales. Managing Director for ITV Wales. Head of Commissioning for BBC Wales. He is currently a freelance producer and the Vice-Chair of It's My Shout, an organisation which specialises in developing new young talent in Wales in drama and documentaries.
Prior to leaving in 2018 Ewan Angus worked for the BBC for 32 years, more than half that time as commissioning editor for television at BBC Scotland.
He has extensive experience of TV and Film production and co-production within the UK and internationally.
Over the years Ewan has been on a number of industry committees including the CMF and a three-year term as chair of BAFTA Scotland. He is currently a member of the Board of Creative Scotland and sits on its Screen Committee.
Helen Shaw is an award-winning transmedia producer from Ireland. She runs Athena Media and previously served as Director of RTÉ Radio, when she led the launch of Ireland's music and arts national radio channel, RTÉ Lyric fm. She started her career as a print journalist in Dublin and Belfast before moving to RTÉ as a radio producer in current affairs, and she later worked with BBC Northern Ireland as Editor of radio news and current affairs programming.
In 2006, in the first wave of podcasting, Helen created weekly podcast channels, and launched a podcasting company Podcasting Ireland. Today she continues to make radio programmes as well as podcast series and audiobooks. A radio and podcast series she produces with RTÉ Radio 1 'Pantisocracy' won best magazine programme at the Celtic Media Awards 2018 and Athena Media previously won a TORC in the radio sports category for the series 'Winning Women' on women athletes, including boxer Katie Taylor, in the London 2012 Olympic Games. Athena Media's audio work has won eight Gold and 1 Grand Awards at the New York Radio Festival.
Helen is currently producing season 5 of Pantisocracy. Her most recent work, an arts and culture documentary for RTÉ lyric fm ‘Mother’s Blood, Sister Songs' was just awarded Gold at the New York Radio Festival 2020.
Leo Devine was a journalist, presenter, and programme maker at the BBC for 34 years. During that time, he was Head of four of the English television regions, Head of Journalism Development for BBC Nations and Regions, and Head of Editorial Standards for BBC News. Since retiring in 2019, Leo has worked as a media consultant and part-time lecturer in journalism at Plymouth Marjon University, although he recently returned to the BBC temporarily to assist the corporation during the present crisis. Leo lives with his wife Angela in Cornwall. They have two grown-up sons.
Mairi has been producing programmes for BBC Radio nan Gàidheal and BBC ALBA for over 26 years. She has worked in the BBC in Inverness, Stornoway and Glasgow across a broad spectrum of programming from music, to current affairs, features and sport.
For the last 14 years Mairi has produced sport programmes for BBC Radio nan Gàidheal and BBC ALBA. Among those programmes is ‘Spòrs na Seachdain’, a weekly radio show, and the ‘Spòrs na Bliadhna’ review for BBC ALBA. ‘Spòrs na Seachdain’ was the recipient of three Celtic Media Festival Radio Sport awards in 2016, 2017 and 2019.
Mairi was born and brought up in Ness, Isle of Lewis, a Gaelic stronghold.
Mairi’s first media-related job was with the Celtic Media Festival back in 1993, working with the late Duncan Macleod.
Mark is an award-winning production designer working across Film and Television. Mark's film works include; This is England by Shane Meadows (BAFTA winner - best British Film), Magdalene Sisters by Peter Mullan (BAFTA nominated, Golden Lion winner - Best Film), and Steve Pollakoff's Glorious 39, Joes Palace and Capturing Mary.
Mark also designed NEDs, (winner of both Best Film and Best Actor at the San Sebastian Film Festival). Mark was production designer for Oscar nominated The Wife, starring Glen Close, Jonathan Pryce and Christian Slater.
Mark has designed many projects for Television, including The Replacement (Scottish BAFTA winner 2017), Shetland (Scottish BAFTA winner 2016), Glasgow Girls (Scottish BAFTA winner 2015), Murder (BAFTA winner 2013) and critically acclaimed, The Cry. He recently wrapped on Anne, starring Maxine Peake and the five-part mini-series The Nest.
Paul joined the Flame Media Group in 2016 to lead its new UK production division Wildflame based in Cardiff and is responsible for the overall creative and business strategy of the company.
Former MD of Indus Films and Head of Arts, BBC Cymru Wales, Paul has 35 years-experience working in the television industry. An organ scholar (York Minster), music graduate and post-graduate of Bristol University Film School, Paul has held several key appointments including founding director of the Artes Mundi International visual arts Prize; former Chair of Bafta in Wales; Celtic Media/Emmy’s factual international juror; currently Chairman for It’s My shout!, a scheme to nurture new Welsh talent, and a mentor for the Edinburgh TV Festival ‘ones to watch’ scheme 2019.
Award winning producer/Executive Producer (Celtic Media/Bafta Cymru Gwyn Alf Award/RTS Best Factual Programme/CDN Best representation of disability on TV and New York Film Festival Gold Award) Paul now leads on all major Wildflame UK production and international partnerships and has been working on the latest BBC Wales and BBC 2 Network living history series The 1900 Island.
Peter Browne is a musician and widely experienced broadcaster with a 40-year career in RTÉ Radio as presenter and producer. He worked in all four RTÉ stations - Radio One, 2FM, Lyric FM and Raidió na Gaeltachta with a speciality in music programmes but also sport, features, documentaries and current affairs.
The Long Note, Céilí House, Áirneán, Sounds Traditional and The Rolling Wave are among the traditional Irish music programmes he presented and he has worked with all kinds of music - pop, rock, country, roots, classical with the two RTÉ orchestras and on special events like Live Aid.
He has won awards for his programmes including twice at the Celtic Media Festival and the 2001 Deutsche Welle World Music Prize. He also presented television programmes Canúintí Ceoil and Sé Mo Laoch for TG4 and regularly contributes to music programmes on radio and tv.
He plays the uillean pipes and flute in solo and orchestral performance and in various groups and teaches and lectures on traditional music.
Rónán Mac Con Iomaire is Director of Regional, Community & Language Development at Údarás na Gaeltachta, the agency responsible for the economic, social and cultural development of Irish-speaking (Gaeltacht) regions of Ireland.
Previously, he was Group Head, Irish Language at RTÉ and Leascheannaire (Deputy Head) of RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta. Prior to that, Rónán spent many years working as an award-winning journalist, as Local Government correspondent for Nuacht RTÉ and TG4, as well as for publications such as the Irish Independent, Evening Herald and Irish Times.
In 2013, Rónán was awarded the New Writer of the Year award at the Oireachtas Literary Awards for his biography of Irish boxer, Seán Mannion, a book that went on to become the fastest-selling Irish language book of all time and on which the award-winning feature documentary, Rocky Ros Muc, was based.
His second book, The Man Who Was Never Knocked Down, was published by Rowman & Littlefield in 2018 and the film rights have been optioned by an LA-based production
Sali Collins is currently a Broadcast Lecturer on the post grad Journalism course at Cardiff University training a new generation of journalists for the news and broadcast industries. Before taking up her current role Sali worked with independent TV and radio companies developing and creating content for local and network channels.
Previously, Sali was the Head of BBC Radio Wales achieving the station’s highest audience figures and nomination for Sony Station of the Year. Before moving back to Wales Sali was an Editor and senior manager at BBC Radio 5 Live where she was responsible for programmes such as the Sony award-winning Breakfast Programme and Simon Mayo. She was also the Editor of the World Cup in Japan/South Korea overseeing coverage for the network.
Before BBC Radio 5 Live Sali was an Editor at the London station , BBC GLR , where she was responsible for a range of programmes including Fi Glover. Sali started her career at BBC Wales working as a Broadcast Journalist and cutting her teeth as a reporter for BBC Radio Wales.
Sonia Nic Giolla Easbuig is the Managing Director of LIGID Léiriúcháin, an award winning Independent Television Production company based in Ireland since 1998.
She has worked across the globe for many broadcasters making award-winning documentaries on subjects as diverse as the Donegal Hiring Fairs, Climbing Kilimanjaro, The Hunger Strikes 1980 - 1981, The story of Bád Eddie, Daltaí an Chaisleáin , An Phailistín, and ‘Bhí mé Ann’.
LIGID is currently in production of a documentary about the late Martin McGuinness, a 4-part series on a year in the life of the Donegal Gaeltacht area of Gaoth Dobhair and a 40-minute doc on “Irelands greatest world band ever” Kíla.
LIGID has also received development funding for a lifestyle series as well as a one-hour doc on emigration. LIGID has recently launched a new online site anbaile.ie that is going to promote the Irish Language and the Gaeltacht areas.
A winner of the Prix Circom international documentary section twice, she has been awarded an Amnesty International Human Rights Worldwide TV Award as part of their 50th Anniversary for ‘I gCillín an Bhais’, and also a Celtic Film Festival recognition award for the radio series ‘Bhí mé Ann’.
In business she has received a ‘Top 50 Business as Gaeilge award’ and in 2018/19 was awarded Q-Mharc Gnó le Gaeilge award from Foras na Gaeilge.
Sonia has a MA in media Management and Policy from the University of Ulster. She is originally from Bunbeg in the Donegal Gaeltacht. She is married to Peter, a Lighting Cameraman with BBC NI and her greatest role in life is being Mamaí to their son, Ruairí.
Yann Rivallain is a journalist and freelance author based in Quimper, Brittany. He lived and worked in Dublin for six years for the European Bureau for Lesser-Used Languages.
He was editor-in-chief for ArMen, a magazine on Brittany and Celtic countries for 12 years and writes articles in French and Breton for magazines and newspapers such as Bretons and Le Télégramme. He has filmed several documentaries mainly about travel.
He has published a novel in French: La convention des anges (Le Temps éditeur). He is also the chairman of Dizale, an organisation which delivers programmes dubbed or produced in Breton to Breton channels and runs an all-Breton VOD service: Breizhvod.Com