The Television Committee is responsible for advising on the content and presentation of the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards and the British Academy Television Craft Awards; considering categories, chairing juries, providing key editorial advice and recommending Gift of Council awards; and is involved in producing membership events throughout the year. The credits of the Television Committee include some of the very best in British television.
Krishnendu is an award-winning producer and director, trained on the BBC Production Trainee scheme, the ITN News Trainee scheme and the BBC Drama Series Directors Academy. He is the co-founder of Me + You Productions, an independent production company developing a slate of factual, drama and comedy projects with partner Richard Yee. Their output includes two series of Hoff the Record, a comedy starring David Hasselhoff; and two series of The Moaning of Life, starring Karl Pilkington. Their awards include a Mind Media Award and an International Emmy Award for Comedy; and nominations in the BAFTA Television Awards, RTS Programme Awards, British Comedy Awards and the National Television Awards. They have also been shortlisted for two Grierson British Documentary Awards. He has been elected to the BAFTA Television Committee since 2006, was on the Board of Trustees and was the chair of the Learning and Events Committee from 2006 to 2010. He served a term on the Board of Directors, UK and is currently on the PACT council. Credits include: An Idiot Abroad (Sky 1), The Happiness Salesman (BBC Two), Paradox True Stories: What’s Killing Darcus Howe? (More 4), Bleach, Nip, Tuck: The White Beauty Myth (Channel 4), The World’s Smallest Man and Me (Channel 4), Michael Howard: No More Mr Nasty (BBC Two), Coked Up Britain (Sky 1) and Who You Callin’ a Nigger? (Channel 4).
Hannah is the Managing Director at Boundless, FremantleMedia UK’s factual label. She first joined as Creative Director in March 2014, before becoming MD in July 2015. Boundless sits alongside other FremantleMedia production labels, including Newman Street, Retort, Talkback, Thames and Euston Films. Boundless’ showreel includes The Apprentice (BBC One), The Apprentice: You’re Fired (BBC Two), Grand Designs (Channel 4), Great British Railway Journeys (BBC Two), Four Rooms (Channel 4), Dara and Ed’s Great Big Adventure (BBC Two) and Great Continental Railway Journeys (BBC Two). Hannah previously held two roles at Mentorn; first as Head of Factual Entertainment and later as Director of Programmes. Whilst at Mentorn, she was responsible for programmes such as The Fried Chicken Shop (Channel 4), Up All Night: Minicabs (Channel 4), Watermen: a Dirty Business (BBC Two), Hotel of Mum and Dad (BBC Three), Stacey Dooley: The Truth About Domestic Violence (BBC Three), The Hairy Bikers’ Mississippi Adventure (UKTV Food), John Torode’s Australia (UKTV Food) and Young and Married (MTV) among many others. Hannah has also enjoyed a prolific career as a freelancer in popular factual and factual entertainment, working on programmes such as No. 57: The History of a House (Channel 4), Gardens Through Time (BBC Two), the first series of Celebrity Big Brother (Channel 4), School Musical (Sky 1), Diet on the Dancefloor (Sky Living), Great Food Live (UKTV Food), Saturday Kitchen (BBC One) and Pet Rescue (Channel 4). Hannah studied History at Sussex University.
Richard started his television career at the BBC, going on to be a director and producer in BBC Comedy, before becoming Head of Comedy at Comedy Central and Carlton Television. He later returned to directing and producing and directed comedies in the United States. Specialising in comedy, he has, to date, directed and/or produced over 350 episodes of television comedy, winning his first BAFTA Television award and RTS Programme award for directing Blackadder Goes Forth. He won a further two BAFTAs for The Sketch Show and The IT Crowd, along with 11 nominations in other awards ceremonies. As the Director of Programmes at Graham Linehan’s production company, Delightful Industries, he is currently working on projects including Count Arthur Strong (BBC One) and Motherland (BBC Two). He has also directed Ben Elton’s comedy, Upstart Crow. Richard was a member of the Television Committee from 2014 to 2016 and is delighted to have been re-elected for another term.
In 2015, Laurence was awarded the august prize of ‘Living Legend of Comedy,’ in recognistion of his writing hit television comedy since 1980. In that time, he and his writing partner, Maurice Gran, have created 19 original television sitcoms and four serious film dramas. Among their comedies are Shine on Harvey Moon, Goodnight Sweetheart, The News Statesman, Relative Strangers, Love Hurts and Birds of a Feather, which is about to enter its 30th successful year on screen. In 1988, along with Maurice Gran and Allan McKeown, Laurence bought SelecTV and created ALAMO, one of the first independent television production companies in the UK. The company’s success was instant, with Birds of a Feather and Nightingales, and the company went on to become one of the biggest production companies in the UK. A multiple winner of both BAFTAs and Emmys, and the deliverer of the MacTaggart Lecture at the Edinburgh International Television Festival, Laurence has vast experience in television, both on the creative and business fronts. He has worked with those now regarded as “the greats” in television history and he brings this long perspective to his role as a member of BAFTA’s Television Committee. He is presently serving his second spell after being re-elected this summer. Laurence, with Maurice, continues to write and be completely immersed in television, and both are regularly asked to lecture on the subject in the UK and around the world.
Elizabeth is the CEO and Director of the Sheffield Doc/Fest, one of the world’s leading documentary festivals. She began her career in production, with credits such as the award-winning The Lost Children of Berlin for Steven Spielberg’s Shoah Foundation, Five Steps to Tyranny (BBC Two), No Place Like Home (BBC One), Dangerous Love (BBC One), Watergate (BBC Two) and the series Missing (BBC One). She later moved to the factual commissioning team at Discovery Networks International and amassed a number of credits, including The Battle of Ancre and the Advance of the Tanks in association with the Imperial War Museum, The Great White Silence in association with the BFI, Home Front Britain in association with the BFI, Extreme Car Hoarders, Outrageous Acts of Science and Ed Stafford Marooned. She previously ran the Masterschool Documentary Campus in Berlin, is a board member for WFTV and currently sits on the BAFTA Learning and New Talent Committee. McIntyre is a graduate of the University of Birmingham.
Emma is the new Creative Director of Factual at Firecracker Films. She was previously the Head of Popular Factual at Oxford Scientific Films where she was the executive producer of A Very British Hotel with access to the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, House of Teen Mums and Messages Home: Lost Films of the British Army, all for Channel 4. Emma previously held key roles in production and development at Mentorn Media and TwoFour Broadcast. Her development and production credits include Angry, White and Proud (Channel 4), The Fried Chicken Shop: Life in a Day (Channel 4), Why Men Wear Frocks by Grayson Perry (Channel 4), The F-ing Fulfords (Channel 4), Reggie Yates: Teen Gangs (BBC Three), Stacey Dooley: Beaten by My Boyfriend (BBC Three), Free Speech (BBC Three), Hotel of Mum and Dad (BBC Three), The Art on Your Wall with Sue Perkins (BBC Two), Edwardian Insects on Film (BBC Four), Saving Ed Mitchell (ITV), Greggs: More Than Meats the Pie (Sky 1) and Young and Married (MTV). Emma is passionate about supporting new talent in the television industry and has been a mentor for Channel 4’s diversity training scheme seven times.
Sara began her career at the BBC, in radio and later, television production. For the past 25 years she has run Sara Putt Associates, an agency for technicians and production personnel offering career management to sections of the freelance industry who had not previously been able to access representation, and now includes above the line and VFX talent. Sara Putt Associates has also established its own trainee scheme to nurture the next generation of freelance talent. In 2008, Sara successfully completed the BGP (Business Growth Programme) at Cranfield School of Management to further develop and strengthen her management skills, and is currently studying for a Graduate Diploma in Law. Throughout her career, Sara has produced films for her clients, including Tattoo which was nominated for the Best Short Film award at the 2002 British Academy Film Awards. Sara sits on the Women in Film and TV Board and, for the past three years, Sara Putt Associates has sponsored the Breakthrough Talent award at the British Academy Television Craft Awards.
Beryl is a director of film and television in both drama and comedy. As a lead director in television, she has helped create many popular series for children and teenagers. She has been awarded four BAFTAs, and received two nominations in the International Emmy Awards, most recently in 2016 for the interactive comedy, Secret Life of Boys. Beryl’s short drama, Firework, screened in competition at Heartland USA and Bristol Encounters at 2016 and is part of Wrong Planet, a feature drama documentary made with her son, Joe, based on his life in a special school. Beryl’s short films have been shown at 60 international festivals and her feature script, Runaway, won the VFF screenwriting prize at the Berlinale. Beryl has worked as the executive producer on 170 children’s short films for the European Broadcasting Union, working with writers and directors in 38 countries. Many of these films have appeared at international festivals and two have recently won a BAFTA for the BBC and S4C. In 2011, Beryl joined the Board of Directors UK and was chair from 2015 to 2017. She founded and chaired the DUK’s Gender Equality Group, which has campaigned for better representation of women directors, both in the UK and worldwide. She won the 2016 Women in Film and TV Achievement of the Year award in recognition of this work. Beryl has been a BAFTA mentor for students from the National Film School and London Film School, has set up a film club and mentored teenage students with autism and ADHD who later attended film schools. She is the co-founder and programmer of Furzedown Community Film Festival in Tooting, south London. Beryl is partly based in Killyleagh, Northern Ireland, where she has directed recent television work and has set up a production company Strangford Pictures Ltd.
Liz began her career at the BBC and worked her way through the production ranks to become a producer. After being nominated for a BAFTA Television award for her first production, she left the BBC to work as a freelancer. It was on her first feature film that she began her collaboration with Julian Fellowes, which led to Downton Abbey. Liz produced all six series and is now a multi award-winning producer whose accolades include a Primetime Emmy, a BAFTA Television award, a Golden Globe and a Producers Guild of America Award. Her film and television credits include A Song for Jenny starring Emily Watson, From Time to Time starring Maggie Smith, Timothy Spall and Dominic West and A Short Stay in Switzerland starring Julie Walters. Most recently, she produced some of the second series of Bernard Cornwell’s The Last Kingdom (BBC Two) and is now working on the second series of Tin Star (Sky Atlantic).
Maxine is Director of Programmes at Twenty Twenty, the award-winning producers of The Choir (BBC Two), The Choir: Military Wives (BBC Two), First Dates (Channel 4) and a number of other popular factual programmes. Prior to this, she was the Commissioning Editor for Documentaries at the BBC, responsible for the BAFTA-winning Who Do You Think You Are? (BBC One), the RTS and Broadcast Award nominated The Week the Immigrants Left (BBC One), the RTS Award-winning Famous, Rich and Homeless (BBC One), the Broadcast Award-winning Grumpy Old Men (BBC Two) and a host of factual programmes including Baby P: The Untold Story (BBC One), The Met: Policing London (BBC One), Camila’s Kids Company: The Inside Story (BBC One), Elizabeth at 90 – A Family Tribute (BBC One), The Class of ’92: Out of Their League (BBC One), The Last Whites of the East End (BBC One), Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum and Dad (BBC One), Reported Missing (BBC One), The Week the Landlords Moved In (BBC One). She also commissioned the fact-based drama, The Scandalous Lady W (BBC Two) and The Great Pottery Throwdown (BBC Two). She was also previously Acting Head of Documentaries, during which time she greenlit The Real Marigold Hotel (BBC One), Mr v Mrs: Call the Mediator (BBC Two), Terry Pratchett: Choosing to Die (BBC Two) and Absolutely Fashion: Inside British Vogue (BBC Two). Maxine is committed to developing new and diverse talent across the television channels. She produced the BBC Two season to mark the 40th anniversary of Jamaican Independence, and the BBC Two Mixed Race season. She commissioned Black is The New Black for the BBC’s Black and British season and Life and Deaf for BBC Four.
Greg Barnett, Commissioning Editor Factual Entertainment, Channel 5
Anne Mensah, Head of Drama, Sky
Michelle Osborn, Senior Head of Communications, BBC Content
Ade Rawcliffe, Head of Diversity, ITV
Beth Willis, Head of Drama, Channel 4
Kevin Sutcliffe, SVP Viceland International
Richard Watsham, Director of Commissioning, UKTV