The Children's Committee is not only involved in the content and presentation of the annual British Academy Children's Film and Television Awards (considering categories, chairing juries, providing key editorial advice) but is increasingly involved in developing membership events throughout the year to raise the profile of children's film and television and to highlight the Academy's commitment to the industry.
The Children's committee consists of three elected representatives of each of the three sector committees (Film, Television and Games). The rest of the committee is co-opted.
Helen Blakeman - Chair of the Children's Committee
Helen Blakeman is a BAFTA and International Emmy Award winning writer, both of which she received for her TV screenplay adaptation of ‘Dustbin Baby’ (BBC/Kindle Entertainment) starring Juliet Stevenson, David Haig and Dakota Blue Richards. She also wrote the much-acclaimed and controversial film ‘Pleasureland’ for Kudos/Channel 4 (BAFTA, RTS nomination) and has scripted numerous episodes of teen soap ‘Hollyoaks’ (Lime Pictures/C4).
For theatre, she has written ‘Caravan’ (Bush Theatre, London, directed by Gemma Bodinetz). For ‘Caravan’, Helen won the George Devine Award and was nominated for Lloyds Playwright of the Year Award. She has also written ‘Normal’ for the Bush (Pearson Playwright Award) and ‘The Morris’ for the Liverpool Everyman.
Helen is currently creating a long-running series for CBBC and a movie adaptation of a children’s classic. She is also currently writing a play for the Royal Court Theatre, London.
Helen Bullough - Television Committee representative
Head of CBBC Production
Helen is the editorial lead for the vibrant and successful in house department in Salford which produces everything from award winning dramas like Wolfblood and The Dumping Ground to key interactive output for the CBBC website, flagship brands like Blue Peter, distinctive factual strands including Newsround and its indepth specials, and engaging entertainment from performers like Sam and Mark and Dick and Dom. Before joining BBC Children’s in July 2011 Helen ran BBC Entertainment North and Vision North.
Rosie Allison - Film Committee representative
Producer, HeyDay Films
Lee Schuneman - Games Committee representative
Studio Head, Microsoft – Lift London
Lift London, based in Soho, is home to a growing collective of world-class artists, designers and creative technologists and a global centre of excellence in developing the future of how people will interact with Microsoft’s services and devices including HoloLens, Surface, Web, Mobile & Cloud.
The studio is currently leading several key new initiatives for Microsoft’s future helping shape the next generation of Windows experiences. Embracing agile development techniques and the continuous delivery and improvement to their products though data, feedback and creative risk.
Lee is also a Board member at London's leading festival of creativity, Soho Create and a Committee Member at BAFTA focused on New Talent Initiatives in particular Breakthrough Brits. He's recently be named as one Creative Review's, Creative Leaders 50 a new initiative to celebrate, educate and inspire those who are leading creative businesses, organisations and teams.
With almost twenty years leadership experience, 50 Million games sold and two BAFTA's, Lee operates at the cutting edge of design, technology & innovation to deliver on his mission: to be deliberate, distinctive and daring.
Head of Top Creators, YouTube
Development Executive, Imaginary Friends
Managing Director, Blue-Zoo
Oli Hyatt has been Creative Director at Blue-Zoo for 13 years, helping it thrive through difficult times for the animation industry. His most recent show Olive the Ostrich is a huge hit on Nick Jr, and has been sold right around the world. He is the Director of Alphablocks Limited; the company behind Cbeebies Phonics show Alphablocks, as well as being the chair of AnimationUK. He has been Broadcast’s ‘Young Animator of the Year’, Guardian’s ‘Young Businessman of the Year’ and has received two BAFTA nominations for Those Scurvy Rascals and Stitch Up Showdown.
Blue-Zoo also won ‘BAFTA Production Company of the year’ 2012.
Sharna Jackson is a Children’s Content Creator and Curator. She's currently leading on Creative Engagement for Lost My Name - the impossibly personalised children's book company - and is curating the CMC Playground show at Site Gallery, Sheffield.
Sharna's previous roles include Director of Creative, Content and Interactive at Hopster, a TV and Learning app for 2-6 year olds and Editor: Tate Kids, which won Webbys, Lovies and Children’s BAFTAs. She is a published writer with two art activity book released in November 2014 and has written for talent including LeVar Burton of Reading Rainbow and Star Trek. Through her consultancy Seahorse, she has worked with museums, galleries, SVOD platforms and publishers across the world.
Sharna is on the board of Upswing, a contemporary circus company and sits on the Children's Media Conference Advisory Committee. She was a governor at a primary school in South East London for many years. She runs the popular Games Based Learning Twitter and Linked-In groups. Sharna has as a PgDip in Media Culture and Communication from the Institute of Education, University of London.
Disney Channels UK & Ireland at The Walt Disney Company
Simon is currently busy bringing the paper pop-up world of “Zack & Quack” to life on Nickelodeon.
Most recently Simon has been creative producer for the live action and animation preschool hybrid “Waybuloo” first shown on Cbeebies. Prior to that he was at the helm of “Thomas and Friends”; re-introducing the old British favorite to PBS in America.
Simon joined the BBC in the early 1980s as a floor assistant and worked his way up the production ladder to direct on a wide variety of entertainment programmes, including “In Sickness & In Health”, “Wogan” and “Rory Bremner”.
Simon left the BBC in 1995 and after a period of continuing to work as a freelance director on different comedy and music series – including the RTS award-winning “Gayle’s World” – he segued into children’s television directing and producing for the “Walt Disney Company”. He went on to direct and produce for “The Jim Henson Company”, establishing himself as a pre-school creative / series producer. He has since produced pre-school series for an array of international broadcasters.
Simon is very proud that his work in pre-school television has earned him three BAFTA nominations first as a director and also as a producer. As he says: “Children’s television is a rich creative playground where I remain extremely happy to play along”.