CELTIC MEDIA FESTIVAL
4 - 6 JUNE
The following speakers will be present at Celtic Media Festival this year:
Áine Walsh is Head of the Irish Language Broadcast Fund at Northern Ireland Screen.
For over 10 years Áine has worked closely with the local Irish language production sector and broadcasters to deliver Irish language content across a range of genres and to develop the local production sector. She is also responsible for a number of training programmes for Irish speakers working or seeking to work in production.
Prior to this she worked as an assistant producer and producer in UTV, working across entertainment and documentary programmes, including The Kelly Show and A Day in the Life. She also worked as a radio presenter and producer for BBC Northern Ireland’s Irish Language Unit and as a radio producer with Radio Kerry.
A Co-Founder of CCI Entertainment and Neshama Entertainment, Arnie Zipursky is a leading entrepreneur in both the Canadian and international independent production industry. He is highly regarded for his creative vision and leadership.
Notable CCI credits include the feature documentary Sled Dogs which premiered at the Whistler Film Festival in December 2016, where it picked up Best Documentary and Best Female Director and had its North American theatrical release in New York City in July 2017 and in Los Angeles in October 2017 to rave reviews from the NY Times, The Village Voice and The LA Times; the family action-comedy feature film Undercover Grandpa(Netflix, Corus), winner of Best Feature Comedy and Best Actor at the 2016 International Family Film Festival in Los Angeles; the feature ensemble romantic comedy Another Kind of Wedding(HBO Canada,SONY) written and directed by Pat Kiely, and starring Kathleen Turner, Jessica Paré, Frances Fisher, Wallace Shawn, Jacob Tierney, Luke Kirby and Kevin Zegers, which premiered at the 2017 Whistler Film Festival.
Arnie has Produced and Co-Directed documentaries including My Opposition (which had its US premiere at the United Nations on the 70th anniversary of Kristallnacht) and Each of Us Has A Name (Best Documentary Silver Plaque US Intl Film & Video Festival).
He Executive-Produced the critically acclaimed feature film/mini-series Iron Road nominated for four Gemini Awards also winner at Roma Fiction Fest. The film stars Sun Li, Sam Neil and Peter O’Toole in one of his last leading roles.
Other Executive Producer Film credits include the critically acclaimed and internationally award winning films The Ride, Anything But Christmas and If I Had Wings and the CCI documentaries Seven Days of Remembrance & Hope for Documentary Channel, Paws for Autism for Animal Planet and Living Through Dying for Discovery Channel.
Currently Arnie is Executive Producer on Lifetime Network’s V.C. Andrews’ Casteel Movie Series premiering in July 2019. Produced by Neshama Entertainment & Really Real Films.
Barry Hutchison is an award-winning novelist and screenwriter from the Highlands of Scotland. Since 2010 Barry has written over fifty books for publishers including HarperCollins, Little Brown and Penguin.
In 2013, Barry wrote the majority of the Children's comedy series, "Bottom Knocker Street" - 36 of the 52 episodes - and later that year began developing his own web comedy series, "Watching Telly".
Callum Macrae is a film-maker, writer and journalist and co founded Outsider Television in 1993 with Alex Sutherland.
An Emmy, BAFTA and Grierson nominee, his output has ranged from current affairs investigations to observational documentaries to polemics and he has filmed and reported from around the world, including Iraq, Sri Lanka, Japan, Haiti, Cote D’Ivoire, Uganda, Mali, and Sudan on subjects ranging from international and civil conflict to sex-workers rights. His films, often with a focus on human rights and injustice, have been shown by many broadcasters including the BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5, Al Jazeera and PBS in the US, and for two years running was he was named by Broadcast magazine as one of the top three directors in the UK.
He headed the Channel Four team nominated in 2013 for a Nobel Peace Prize for their work on Sri Lanka which culminated in his feature documentary, No Fire Zone which has won several awards including the Audience Awards at the Nuremberg Film Festival and Watch Docs in Poland, as well as the Human Rights award at the Festival des Liberties in Brussels.
Callum Macrae grew up in Nigeria and Scotland, studied painting for five years and was a teacher for seven years. He’s been a dustman, a satirical cartoonist, a TV and radio presenter and was for three years Scottish Correspondent of the London Observer, during which period he won his first award as Campaigning Journalist of the Year.
He has won many awards including two Royal Television Society awards, an Amnesty Award, two One World Awards, an Association of International Broadcasters Award, and a Scottish BAFTA Special Achievement award. He has won two of the US’s top accolades for broadcast journalism, a Peabody Award and a Columbia Dupont Award.
Clare Hudson has worked as a journalist and TV programme maker for most of her career, specialising in investigative current affairs and documentary, and then spending a decade as Head of English Programmes at BBC Cymru Wales. Now she is relishing being back at the production coal-face, working as a freelance executive producer in TV and radio.
A co-founder of Loosehorse Television, Cormac has worked for over twenty years as a producer or director across many factual genres including travel, history, science, food, sport, politics and diversity. Recent credits include The Man Who Wanted To Fly, Taithí Gan Teorainn, Election 18, Micko, Bkues Sisters, Jayo, Weather Live and Growing Up Live. He previously won a Golden Torc for the documentary Marooned about GAA legend Paidí Ó Sé.
Dominic Schreiber is Global Drama Executive at leading independent drama producer and distributor, Reel One Entertainment.
Headquartered in Montreal with offices in London, Los Angeles and Vancouver, Reel One Entertainment develops, finances, produces and distributes commercial scripted programming for a worldwide audience.
Dominic was previously Executive Producer, Scripted, for Motion Content Group, where he served as EP on the Sky 1 drama The Last Dragonslayer, a co-production between Blueprint Pictures and GroupM Entertainment.
Prior to that, Dominic was International Development Manager at Channel 4, where he was responsible for developing the channel’s drama co-production strategy and helped to structure its first international co-production with Kudos Film and Television, for the hit supernatural drama series Humans.
During his time at Channel 4, Dominic built up a development slate of ambitious drama projects, including a major new adaptation of A Tale of Two Cities, from leading British screenwriter Alan Bleasdale; Rainmark Film’s period crime thriller The Frankenstein Chronicles; and Australian supernatural series The Kettering Incident.
He was also instrumental in the acquisition of the Bafta-nominated series Les Revenants.
After graduating with B.A. First Class Honours in Graphic Design in 1981, Dylan lectured in Art and Design before moving into the independent production sector in 1988. After training as a Television Director he established his first company in 1993 and was one of the founders of Cwmni Da in 1996. His productions have won awards in many genres. He sold his shares to Cwmni Da Employee Ownership Trust in 2018 and he currently works as Managing and Creative Director.
Emanuele is the managing director of Videoplugger, a content distribution agency based in London, UK.
Videoplugger specialises in distributing Celtic and other international language content. Over the years successfully placing Celtic content on the international arena.
With 19 years of experience in the industry, Emanuele started trading content at pioneering footage platform TVnewsweb in 2001. He then moved to LULOP, developing from scratch their commercial video news arm. In 2004 he started Videoplugger, that is dedicated to sourcing innovative, creative and original independent films, series, documentaries and rare to find footage that appeals to worldwide audiences.
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.
As Creative Director of Paper Owl Films, Gráinne is pursuing her dream of creating meaningful content for little viewers. She is the creator and producer of ‘Pablo’ for CBeebies and RTÉJr – a 52-part series with an extensive digital content element. The series is due to air in October 2017 and has already been re-commissioned for a second series with CBeebies. Gráinne has a slate of kids’ shows in development for the national and international market. As well as its fast-growing animation side, Paper Owl Films enjoys producing live action content for BBC and TG4. Gráinne also created and produced Bia Linn (preschool) and Na Dúlradóirí (8-12s) for TG4.
Gwion Owain established Awen Media in 2014 to develop, produce and finance innovative factual, drama, film, and entertainment content. Its feature length documentary TEARS OF BLOOD (Dagrau o Waed) was shortlisted in the History category at the 2016 RTS Programme Awards and was awarded a Bronze Medal at the 2016 New York Festivals. Previously Gwion was CEO and Founder of Anian Media, a private sector consultancy sourcing finance for independent producers, which was acquired in 2013 by the Compact Media Group. He was also previously Head of the EU MEDIA Programme in Wales and CEO of TAC - the Welsh Producers Association. Most recently Gwion produced Massacre at Ballymurphy which was nominated for a Broadcast Award, RTS TV Award and a TV BAFTA.
Helen Shaw is an award winning producer from Ireland. She runs her own company 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, twenty years ago. 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 as BBC Northern Ireland 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 six Gold and 1 Grand Awards at the New York Radio Festival. Helen is currently producing season 4 of Pantisocracy and making a podcast series around housing and cities called This Is Where We Live. She has also just begun a new audio project for RTÉ Lyric fm, working with the Irish composer Linda Buckley, called 'Mother's Blood, Sister Songs' around the stories and songs that connect Ireland and Iceland.
Iseabail is Director of Strategy and Partnerships with MG ALBA, which delivers the Gaelic language channel, BBC ALBA, in partnership with the BBC. She is responsible for MG ALBA’s content budget, as well as supply sector development. She has senior executive experience in commerce and broadcasting at a regional, national and international level. Iseabail’s broadcast career began at BBC News; she has been Member for Scotland on Ofcom’s Content Board and is a former board member of Highlands and Islands Enterprise.
Jackie Edwards is Head of Young Audiences Content Fund (YACF), a major new pilot being delivered by the BFI as part of the UK Government’s support for distinct, high-quality content for children and young audiences to be broadcast on UK Public Service Broadcasters (PSB) channels and platforms.
The Fund is part of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s (DCMS) Contestable Fund and assigns the BFI up to £57 million to deliver a three year pilot. Edwards will report to BFI Deputy CEO, Ben Roberts, and work on the final design and implementation of the Fund.
Edwards was the BBC’s Head of Children’s Acquisitions and Independent Animation from 2015, delivering programming for 0-16 year olds. As well as overseeing the strategy for her department, Edwards was responsible for pre-buying and acquiring live action and animated programming. She joined the BBC in 2008 as CBeebies Content Manager and later as Executive Producer, working on programmes including Tree Fu Tom, Octonauts, Bing, Rastamouse and Clangers.
Prior to the BBC, Edwards was a freelancer, working on the development, finance and production of shows for a variety of companies such as LEGO, CBBC, Three Stones Media and Mackinnon & Saunders. She started her television career in animation in 1995 as a production assistant with Hibbert Ralph Entertainment (later Silver Fox Films), going on to produce many prestigious specials and award-winning series.
Jacqueline Sinclair is an award winning television producer specialising in scripted comedy and entertainment. Most recently she produced three series of Scotland’s best loved sitcom STILL GAME for BBC One, with other credits including THE SARAH MILLICAN TELEVISION PROGRAMME for BBC Two and LIMMY’S SHOW! for BBC Scotland. She is currently working as a Development Producer with BBC Studios Comedy in Glasgow devising and working up new projects.
Jessica is a director, producer and author having worked in theatre, TV and film. She is currently writing her 2nd book, developing her fairy tale Never After – featuring Gillian Anderson, filming YouTube comedy My Famous Dead Boyfriend, and is artist-in-residence at the Synthetic Biology Lab in Edinburgh.
Karen was appointed Editor, BBC Gaeilge in February 2013. She is a member of the commissioning team for Irish Language content and is responsible for leading the Irish language in-house teams and managing output on radio, television and online. Karen has worked as series producer, director, producer and presenter on a variety of programming for television, radio and online since she joined BBC Northern Ireland in 1995. She joined the Irish Language department as television producer in 2004 and has worked on projects both in-house and in the independent sector.
Katherine is responsible for the BBC’s understanding of 16-35 year olds: who they are, what they value from media and what this means for the BBC. She looks after the research, data analysis and creative planning for this audience, working with colleagues across BBC TV, Radio, News and Online.
She joined the BBC in 2015 from strategy consultancy Good Business where as Associate Director she planned and delivered social impact and behaviour change campaigns for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, KPMG, Kellogg’s, Disney, Coca-Cola, Relais & Châteaux and others.
Kieran Doherty is a Northern Irish writer, TV format creator and Executive Producer. He is also the Joint Managing Director of Stellify Media, alongside his creative and business partner, Matthew Worthy. Kieran has co-created multiple entertainment formats - including the international formats Secret Fortune and Take The Money and Run. In 2014 Kieran and Matthew launched the production company Stellify Media as a joint venture with Sony Pictures Television. Stellify Media is best known for successfully rebooting Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? with Jeremy Clarkson for ITV, Blind Date with Paul O'Grady for Channel 5, and creating the game show Flinch for Netflix.
Doherty currently serves as PACT director for Northern Ireland and Chair of the Royal Television Society Northern Ireland. He is on the steering committee for The Belfast Media Festival and is also a founding member of the Media Therapy Group, the largest media networking group in Ireland.
n 1999 Larry Bass established ShinAwiL Productions Ltd.
Larry has Executive Produced the Irish versions of the multi award winning series’, The Apprentice that won 2 Irish Film and Television Awards, Dragons’ Den, MasterChef Ireland, The Voice of Ireland most recently the hugely successful Dancing with the Stars, Ireland. Other recent productions include Home of the Year, What are you Eating?, Meet the McDonagh’s and Tested on Humans.
The ShinAwiL development team is currently in development on original series’ for the Irish, UK and USA market, both scripted and non-scripted.
Previous credits include Popstars, You’re A Star, Charity You’re A Star, Test The Teachers, Charity Lords of the Ring, Fame The Musical and The Obesity Clinic.
In 2000, Larry was elected to the national Executive of Screen Producers Ireland (SPI), serving as deputy chairman from January 2003 to February 2004, and as Chairman from February 2004 to February 2005. He was reelected to the board in 2015. He also was the Irish member of CEPI from 2003 to 2006.
Larry is an advisory board member of FÁS Screen Training Ireland and Entertainment Masterclass. He has also sat on a jury for the Internationl Emmys, Rose d’Or, BANFF and Real Screen Television Awards.
Larry has guest lectured at DIT Dublin, IADT Dublin, MipTV and MIPCOM, SPAA Australia and Entertainment Masterclass.
Larry served on the Board of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland from 2010 to 2015.
Llion spent 20 years as a journalist, producer and director, first with the BBC and then as a freelancer. He joined S4C as factual content commissioner in 2012 and his commissions include CMF Spirit of the Festival winners in 2013 and 2018. As Head of Content Distribution at S4C from 2016-2018 he worked internationally, co-producing with broadcasters in the Celtic countries as well as South Korea, China and Japan.
Currently Llion is Director of Content at Welsh indie Cwmni Da.
Marc is Wales' foremost and most prolific feature film director. He has made eight theatrically released films to date, all of which have been distributed internationally and shown at film festivals across the globe including Berlin, Venice, Sundance, Toronto, South By Southwest, Tribeca, Edinburgh and London.
Born in 1959, Marc comes from Cardiff, and is a native Welsh Speaker. His first (short) film “Johnny Be Good” 1984 told the story of a juke box’s arrival in a small welsh town and won The Spirit of The Festival Award - as well as the Best first Film Award! - at the Celtic Film and Television Festival in Douarnenez that year. Marc directed "Patagonia" (starring Matthew Rhys and the singer Duffy) and "Hunky Dory" which was set in Swansea and starred Minnie Drive and a cast of young unknown welsh actors and musicians.
His first feature in 1996 was “House Of America” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. The score was composed by another Welshman, John Cale, formerly of The Velvet Underground. Subsequent films include the controversial “Resurrection Man” and the highly-acclaimed digital horror film “My Little Eye”. “Trauma” starring Colin Firth and Mena Suvari also premiered at Sundance and “Snow Cake” starring Alan Rickman, Sigourney Weaver and Carrie-Anne Moss opened the 2006 Berlin Film Festival before being released later that year worldwide.
Marc has also directed documentary features with a strong bias towards Wales. His documentaries include “Libraries Gave Us Power” (about rock group Manic Street Preachers), “Beautiful Mistake” (featuring John Cale, Super Furry Animals and Catatonia) and “DalYma Nawr” for S4C an exploration of Welsh language poetry featuring Rhys Ifans, Ioan Griffith and Cerys Matthews, John Cale and Sian Phillips. In 2007 Marc completed the feature documentary “In Prison My Whole Life” about death row inmate Mumia Abu Jamal which premiered simultaneously at the London and Rome film festivals and was in competition at Sundance 2008.
More recently he made “Jack To A King” about Swansea City football club and then, in 2016 “The Aberfan Young Wives Club”, an intimate portrait of the women who came through the 1966 disaster. This won a prestigious RTS Award.
Marc has worked extensively in television in the UK directing many dramas. Most notable amongst his early TV dramas were “Friday On My Mind” for the BBC and “Master Of The Moor” for ITV starring a young Colin Firth. He returned to TV in 2008 to direct all five episodes of the ITV Drama Serial “Collision” which received huge ratings and critical acclaim. More recently he directed “Hinterland” (set in Wales), “Safe House” with Christopher Eccleston, “Trauma” with John Simm and Adrian Lester and most recently “Manhunt” for ITV starring Martin Clunes (which had huge ratings and good critical acclaim when transmitted in January 2019).
He is currently developing feature films about welsh icons Shirley Bassey and Richard Burton and is working on a documentary about the bombing campaign which centred around the Investiture of Prince Charles in 1969 - in preparation for the 50th anniversary of that event. This will be made in Welsh and English for S4C and the BBC.
Marc currently lives in Wales and continues to make films that reflect and explore Wales and Welsh themes.
After several years as a radio producer, Marie McDonald made the move to TV to begin as a runner on comedy shows. As she quickly ascended the TV career ladder, she worked on all types of formats including Comedy Panel, Sketch Comedy, Chat show, Sitcom and Documentary. These past two years saw Marie enjoy success as the series producer of BBC NI’s Soft Border Patrol. She has more comedy projects in the pipeline including a Channel 5 hospital-based sitcom starring Richard E Grant. Freelance from day 1, Marie has enjoyed working for some great indie companies and is currently working in development with The Comedy Unit.
Mark is an award winning production designer working across Film and Television. Mark's film work includes; This is England by Shane Meadows (BAFTA winner – best British Film), Magdalene Sisters by Peter Mullan (BAFTA nominated, Golden Lion winner-Best Film), and Steven Poliakoff’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 several projects for Television, including Garrow's Law, The Book Group, Case Histories, The Crash, Shetland, The Escape Artist, and critically acclaimed, The Cry. He has just wrapped on Anne. Starring Maxine Peake, Anne is a four part mini-series depicting Hillsborough campaigner Anne Williams' battle to uncover the truth about the death of her 15-year-old son, Kevin.
Michael Hines is an award winning director with over 20 years experience. He is best known for directing every episode of the BBC network comedy Still Game, but has done several sketch shows including Chewin' the Fat and most recently 'FUNC' for BBC Alba with his own production company 'The Woven Thread' He has won Best Entertainment at the Celtic Media Festival for his first commission with BBC Alba, a comedy documentary about the Royal National Mod. He is a member of DRS (Directors Right's Society), on the BAFTA Scotland Committee and is in Equity too!
Since founding Maximum Media in 2010, owner Niall McGarry has overseen the growth of an Irish media phenomenon. With four award-winning digital brands – JOE, Her, SportsJOE and Her Family – he has overseen the launch of a quartet of unique, innovative platforms that, between them, command over nine million unique users in Ireland per month and boast comfortably the largest social media community in the country.
In 2015 Niall looked beyond the island of Ireland and launched JOE Media in the UK, making a bold statement in one of the world’s most competitive media markets. Applying the lessons he learned in Ireland, the JOE and SportsJOE brands quickly gained a foothold in the UK and, within just 20 months, built up a Facebook and Twitter following of over eight million, helping JOE.co.uk attract over 10 million unique users each month.
Technical and editorial innovation, combined with an investment in unique and authoritative voices have propelled the growth of JOE Media and seen it fast become the voice of men in Britain. The site’s growing cohort of respected and well-known journalists such as Nooruddean Choudry, Dion Fanning and Tony Barrett, coupled with the in-house creation of topical, hilarious videos the like of which are not seen anywhere else (one of which recently garnered 250 million views), has seen JOE Media develop into a brand like no other.
While his brands continue to grow on either side of the Irish Sea, Niall’s aim is to establish Maximum Media as the most relevant media organisation in Ireland within the next 5 years and, as it expands internationally, see his JOE brand become the media brand of choice for men the world over.
Nicole started her TV career at London Weekend Television before joining the BBC where she worked as a producer on Panorama, Newsnight, The Money Programme and The Culture Show, winning two RTS Television Journalism awards and a BAFTA nomination for Panorama films The Killing of Kosovo and Jeffrey Archer: A life of Lies.
She founded Firecrest Films in 2008. Her Executive Producer exec credits include Faith Behind Bars (BBC1), Inside Facebook - Secrets of the Social Network (Channel 4), Murder in Washington (BBC2), The Secret Life of Our Clothes (BBC2), multiple episodes of Panorama (BBC1) and Dispatches (C4), six series of Supershoppers (C4) which picked up both BAFTA Scotland and RTS Scotland awards for Features and factual Entertainment in 2016, and Lifers Behind Bars (C4), which won the the BAFTA Scotland award for Factual Series in 2018.
Paul English is a freelance journalist and broadcaster writing across the spectrum of national newspapers in Scotland, specialising in arts, culture, human interest and travel. After 18 years as a feature writer and columnist at the Daily Record, his work has since appeared in National Geographic, The Sunday Times, The Herald, Sunday Post, The Scottish Sun, Sunday Mail, Daily Mail and Daily Express. Paul presented two series of Scottish Passport for STV, and has appeared as a pundit on a range of STV and BBC Scotland programmes. Radio work includes writing and presenting the documentaries Lost Letters, Lost Love Letters, The Real Fairytale of New York and The Choir for BBC Radio Scotland. His reports have also featured on BBC Radio 4’s PM, World and One and The World Tonight, as well as the Afternoon Show and Out for The Weekend on BBC Radio Scotland.
Paul Loughrey is Head of Audience Insight at RTÉ across TV, Online and Radio. 20+ years experience in media and market research at broadcaster level and research agencies in Ireland and UK.
He is a Tam Ireland Director and sits on the board.
Grand Prix winner at the Marketing Society Research Excellence Awards.
Proinsias Ní Ghráinne is currently genre head for contemporary factual and arts / cultural programming and commissions programme in other genres.
In her 21 years working with the channel, she has worked on a wide variety of programme genres and has devised the channels landmark cultural events and schemes, most recently Gradam Ceoil (Irish Traditional Music Awards), ilDÁNA (TG4 / BAI / Arts Council fund for Arts docs) and AMHARC (TG4, BBC, ILBF arts docs fund).
As well as overseeing the production of numerous indigenous and internationally co-produced titles, she represents TG4 on EBU and other international broadcast and co-production fora.
Her most recent feature length titles ‘Song of Granite’ and ‘Rocky Rosmuc’ were oscar nominated and have gone on to win numerous international awards. Other recent titles to receive strings of nominations and awards include ‘Éire Fhián / Wild Ireland’ and ‘Cúl an Tí’.
Located in the Highlands, Robert is a writer, editor and publisher. He’s the editor or co-author of numerous books and while at Northwords Magazine more than tripled the circulation. Sandstone Press has published various prize-winning books, was Saltire Society Publisher of the Year 2014 and currently 2 titles in the running for awards: Jokha Alharthi’s Celestial Bodies longlisted for the Man Booker International; and Rebecca Ley’s Sweet Fruit, Sour Land shortlisted for the Kitschies Golden Tentacle.
Sam Bailey has been making radio since he stumbled into his school radio station aged 14. Student Radio followed, along with Community Radio, Charity Radio, BBC Local Radio... even Shopping Mall Radio. All of which acted as a pre-cursor to an 11-year stint at BBC Radio 1, leading digital and video projects, and commissioning documentary and factual content. Sam is now the Managing Director of the Audio Content Fund, a new initiative funded by the UK Government to finance original radio and audio production, for broadcast on UK commercial and community stations.
Over a 28 year media career, 23 as a TV Producer and as a Senior Executive latterly, at both the BBC and in the independent tv sector, Seumas has established a reputation as a talented and creative individual who delivers across a range of programming, and has multi-platform experience across the creative industries.
He has worked extensively in Children’s, Youth, Education, Music, Documentary and Drama programming, and has produced many key and landmark projects. With a focus on factual content over the last 9 years, he has led MacTV’s drive for new commissions – including international co-productions, and is also Executive Producer on Trusadh, BBC ALBA’s flagship documentary series. Seumas is Head of Production & Development at MacTV.
Stefan joined the Ofcom Scotland team in March 2019 and leads on broadcast matters in Scotland across TV and radio. This includes fulfilling Ofcom’s duties in relation in to Gaelic-language broadcasting, the promotion of our publications and managing our stakeholder relationships with policy makers and Scotland’s creative sector.
Stefan joined Ofcom in 2014 and was an analyst in our Market Intelligence team for four and a half years. During that time he contributed to key research reports such as the Communications Market Report and Media Nations and worked on Ofcom’s first BBC operating licence and performance report. Stefan studied law at the University of Edinburgh and graduated with first-class honours in 2010.
Multi award winning Producer/Director Stephen Bennett has been working in television for over 20 years. He has worked internationally on primetime commissions for BBC, Channel 4, NHK (Japan), SKY, Discovery (UK and Network) as well as a multi Emmy winning returning series for the History channel (US).
His projects are distinguished by strong characters, hard-won access and an intimate, engaging shooting style. His films consistently make Critics Choice in both the tabloids and broadsheets and provoke strong reactions from audiences.
His 'Dunblane: Our Story' was about the primary school shooting twenty years before, and featured for the first time the testimony of a survivor. In November 2016 it won the prestigious Bafta in Scotland Award for best Single Documentary.
In his 36 years in documentary television Steven Seidenberg has been a producer, director, head of development & scriptwriter. Steven has wide experience in all documentary genres. As a producer he has worked in history programming (e.g. THE TRIAL OF GEORGE WASHNGTON, HITLER'S DEATH, and NAPOLEON'S OBSESSION all for the BBC), the sciences (e.g. A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME, with Stephen Hawking, directed by Errol Morris, creative director Steven Spielberg for ITV), as well as examinations of ethical and moral issues (e.g. HYPOTHETICALS BBC). Long before the term "reality programming" had even been invented, Steven was quick to realize the potential of the then new DVcam technology co-creating the genre-bending 12-part NIGHTS OUT AT THE EMPIRE (Channel 4) and the 26-part travel-adventure series, THE $100 TAXI RIDE (National Geographic). In 2003 his focus shifted to Asia. For eight years he worked primarily as a "preditor" (producer-editor) on various productions in Hong Kong, Beijing, Singapore and Seoul where he has made programs on everything from the first Shaolin Temple in Europe to China’s first astronaut to the Forbidden City to K-pop star Rain to a 73-year-old Shanghai man’s relentless quest for a young bride. For the past nine years he has worked in Beijing as Head of International Production at LIC-BCBC China. Productions there include DEAD MEN TALKING, THE LAST LITTLE TRAIN IN CHINA, and THE BLIND MONKEY (“Outstanding Achievement in Natural History Programming”, China-Asia Rainbow awards). Co-productions with European production companies include HOT ROADS (Germany), LIFE IN THE WILD: AMAZING ANIMAL SECRETS (UK), EARTQUAKE SNAKES (Germany), WILD MENU (Spain), BRIDGES (Germany) and, of course, TIDE (Wales). In his down time he works as a consultant scriptwriter/editing director on other people’s projects. One such project was the International Emmy-winning NO BURQAS BEHIND BARS.
Traolach has worked since 2009 as producer and director on a variety of programming for RTÉ and TG4. He has also written and directed a number of short films. Amongst his recent projects is the Arts Council of Ireland-funded 'Photo City,' a feature-length documentary he co-wrote and co-directed with Irish editor John Murphy. Traolach currently has a number of television projects in development through his production company GrandBoy, including a Canada-Ireland co-production with Dublin-based company Loosehorse. He lives in Whitehorse, Yukon.
Ynyr Williams is Content Editor for Radio Cymru. He is also BBC Cymru's Executive Producer for all of their output from the National Eisteddfod of Wales, Executive Producer for BBC Wales on the second series of the drama HIDDEN and on the bilingual drama series BANG. He has a wealth of experience both in house for the BBC and as an indy. He produced Marc Evans' poetic cinema feature DAL:YMA/NAWR which won the Spirit torq at the Dundee Celtic Media Festival.