The Television Committee is responsible for advising on the content and presentation of the Virgin Media 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.
Hannah Wyatt (Chair)
Managing Director, BBC Studios Factual Entertainment & Events Production
Hannah oversees the creative, commercial, and operational strategy for BBC Studios factual entertainment and events production. She has specific responsibility for titles such as Top Gear, Dragons’ Den and The One Show, as well as for the central Factual Entertainment team, Unscripted Productions, Topical & Live and the Events team. Her specialist teams produce a wide-range of programmes across the genres, from Celebrity Painting Challenge, Countryfile and DIY SOS to new commissions Inside The Duchy for ITV and Chocolate Dreams: Inside Hotel Chocolatfor Channel 5 to award-winning events coverage like Festival Of Remembrance and The Royal Wedding: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Hannah is also responsible for developing new factual entertainment formats to ensure the continued creative growth of IP in this key genre.
Prior to joining BBC Studios, Hannah was Managing Director at Boundless, where she ran the business and oversaw development and the programme slate including The Apprentice for BBC One and Grand Designs for Channel 4. Before Boundless, Hannah was Director of Programmes at Mentorn, rising from Head of Factual Entertainment and Features and responsible for programmes including The Fried Chicken Shop for Channel 4, Watermen: A Dirty Business for BBC Two andHotel Of Mum And Dad for BBC Three.
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 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 directs Film, TV drama and comedy. In TV, as lead director, she’s helped create many popular UK teens and kids series, for which she has been awarded 5 BAFTA’s, and 3 Int. EMMY nominations, most recently in 2018, best kids drama for Joe All Alone; and in 2019 an Int Emmy nomination for comedy Secret Life of Boys.
Beryl’s current feature documentary, Hello Stranger, funded by the BFI and Northern Ireland Screen, is based on 22 years of her own home movies. Beryl’s short films have been shown in 60 international festivals. Her feature script Runaway won the VFF screenwriting prize at the Berlinale. Her play Diamond, developed by BBC4 Arts, ran at the 2018 Edinburgh fringe.
Beryl has exec produced 180 kids short films for the European Broadcasting Union working with writers and directors in 38 countries, many films appear in international film festivals; two have recently won a BAFTA for the BBC and S4C.
Beryl chaired the board of Directors UK from 2015-17. She helped found and also chaired the DUK’s Gender Equality Group, which has led campaigning for better representation of women directors in the UK and worldwide. She won the 2016 Women in Film/ITV Achievement of the Year award for this work. She has been an elected member of Bafta's TV committee since 2017. She is a Bafta mentor and also mentors film/screenwriting students with autism and ADHD.
Beryl has British and Irish nationality. She is based in London and in Killyleagh, Northern Ireland where she has directed all her recent TV work and set up production companies Strangford Pictures and Derryboye Films.
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 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.
Ade Rawcliffe - biography to follow
John Strickland is a multi-award winning Television and Film director whose
work was recently showcased in BODYGUARD - BBC/Netflix and LINE OF DUTY
5 - BBC.
He started work in the film cutting rooms of the BBC before going on to direct
the Emmy winning drama PRIME SUSPECT 2 for Granada and has received 4
He's worked in North America as well as Europe on contemporary, period and
science fiction dramas and is currently developing THE TIP, a film for Tristar.
He was elected onto the TV Committee for the first time this year.
BBC Comedy Commissioning Editor, Sarah Asante has been developing her own slate of projects for the past 3 years from a diverse array of established and emerging content makers. Recent commissions include the cult hit sketch show, FAMALAM, Goodness Gracious Me 20th anniversary special, comedy pilot Chinese Burn and shortform series Coconut staring Humza Arshad, one of YouTube’s Creators for Change, in addition to over 25 x 3 min ‘Life Lessons’ shorts from an array of comedy stars playing now on BBC Three.
Sarah manages the Felix Dexter Bursary for new comedy writers and is currently curating new pilots for the recently announced ‘Comedy Threesomes’ for BBC Three, a new strand for emerging On/Off screen talent – transmitting September 2019.
Before joining BBC Comedy in 2015, Sarah worked in Content Sales & Acquisitions at Fox International Channels, in Entertainment Commissioning at Channel 4, Factual at ITV and Scripps Networks following a spell as development researcher at Pulse Films and TwoFour Broadcast. Sarah studied Media Arts and Advertising at the University of West London where she trained as a copywriter and originally developed her love of shortform content and storytelling.
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.