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Television Committee

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 Majumdar 

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 who make documentary, drama and comedy projects with co-founder Richard Yee. They are currently in production with the comedy drama series Sick Of It (Sky) starring Karl Pilkington and a trilogy of single dramas by Dominic Savage for Channel 4. Their output includes two series of EMMY winning Hoff the Record, a comedy starring David Hasselhoff and Asim Chaudhry; 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: BAFTA Nominated An Idiot Abroad (Sky 1), The Happiness Salesman (BBC Two), True Stories: What’s Killing Darcus Howe? (Channel 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 BAFTA nominated Who You Callin’ a Nigger? (Channel 4). 


Hannah Wyatt (Chair)

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. 

 


Phillippa Giles

BAFTA and Emmy award winning Executive Producer, Phillippa Giles, left the BBC after a 25 year career to set up Bandit Television as her own production label in March 2015, joining Endemol Shine UK. She was behind the Golden Globe winning series LUTHER starring Idris Elba and long running BBC1 procedural hit SILENT WITNESS, which she revamped with a new cast led by Emilia Fox. Phillippa has also won International awards for her adaptations ranging from ORANGES ARE NOT THE ONLY FRUIT to OUR MUTUAL FRIEND, NORTH AND SOUTH, JANE EYRE and EMMA all on the BBC. Her most recent productions have been RILLINGTON PLACE starring Tim Roth for BBC1 and DELICIOUS starring Dawn French for Sky One. 

 


Elizabeth McIntyre 

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 Morgan

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 Putt

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 Richards

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 Trubridge

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

 


Claire Zolkwer

Claire Zolkwer is MD of Thunderclap Media, a production company which specialises in content which puts a smile on viewer’s faces, most recently with Galdem Sugar – the first ever dual commission between BBC Three and BBC Sounds. Previously, she served nearly a decade as a commissioning editor at ITV where she commissioned Celebrity Juice, TOWIE, Plebs, Off Their Rockers and You’re Back In The Room amongst many others. Before her commissioning stint she was a jobbing producer working on the first incarnations of many of the most successful reality shows including Pop Idol, I’m A Celebrity and Dancing On Ice.  

She moved from Glasgow in 1991 with a dream to make it in the television industry and began her career as a runner on Class Action, a C4 current affairs series for teachers and parents.  It went out on a Friday night at 8pm and it didn’t get recommissioned because it didn’t quite reach the required 6m viewers! Television has certainly changed since then. 

Claire has continued to create original content throughout her career and aims keep up this tradition at Thunderclap.


Co-opted Members

Greg Barnett, Commissioning Editor Factual Entertainment, Channel 5
David Brindley, Head of Popular Factual, BBC
Angela Chan, Head of Diversity and Special Projects, Channel 4
Anne Mensah, Head of Drama, Sky


Committee Advisors
 

Daniel Maynard

Daniel Maynard is a senior communications professional with extensive experience working with leading global brands. As Vice President, Communications Fox Networks Group in Europe & Africa (part of 21st Century Fox), Daniel leads all corporate, trade, consumer and original content publicity, and internal communications for both Fox Networks Group (FNG) and National Geographic Partners (the joint venture between 21st Century Fox and the National Geographic Society). Across the region, FNG Europe & Africa operates 154 channels broadcasting in over 50 countries watched by over 250 million viewers, along with a range of digital products and a full portfolio of media assets under the National Geographic brand. He joined 21st Century Fox from freuds, the London based communications agency, where he lead the Media & Entertainment team with clients including NBCUniversal, British Academy of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA), Endemol Shine Group, Condé Nast International, Sky, LOCOG and a handful of personal representation. Prior to this, he spent five years at the BBC working as a publicist for content and services such as BBC iPlayer, Strictly Come Dancing, EastEnders. He began his career in a variety of roles at The Walt Disney Company and Microsoft.


Richard Watsham, Director of Commissioning, UKTV