17 May 12
BAFTA Los Angeles is proud to introduce the current participants of our Newcomers Program.
Our Newcomers Program offers professionals and students a supportive hand during the early stages of their careers in the US. The program is aimed at UK industry professionals and students who work in or study film or television and have recently moved to Los Angeles.
We welcome our Newcomers, and invite BAFTA Members to contact us with offers of mentorship for our participants.
(in alphabetical order)
Katie is a British born actress hailing from the sunny shores of Southend ‐ on ‐ Sea, Essex. She trained at The Central School of Speech and Drama and in 2004 won the "Helen Mirren Award" for acting achievements. Starting out in theatre in London winning leading roles in Midsummer Night’s Dream and Hamlet as well as being chosen to perform at The Millennium Dome, Katie has gone on to appear in numerous TV, film and commercial roles. Her latest commercials airing in both the UK and the US include Nintendo, Just Dance 3 & 4, Wen Haircare and Premier Inn.
Simon, a writer-director, was nominated in last year's Independent Spirit Awards. His debut feature Silver Tongues won the Audience Award at Slamdance, and premiered at San Sebastian where Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian said it was “the big discovery of the festival.” The film won further awards at Stockholm, Naples and Athens festivals, was distributed by Virgil Films in the U.S., and is now available on Netflix Instant/ iTunes etc.
Recipient of a first class degree from Liverpool John Moores University, Laura has spent much of her career in London working at several well-respected television production companies. She has worked with numerous production teams on shows for the BBC, Channel 4 and Sky TV. Now in the U.S. she works as a freelance researcher, while continuing to develop her own television show ideas. Laura is excited to get her teeth into the American entertainment industry and is keen to make a career in television development.
Marcia trained at Mountview Theatre School receiving scholarship awards from; Lillian Baylis, Sir Ralph Richardson, The Stage Newspaper and The Anthony Hopkins Foundation. She was a member of NYT of GB (’94-98) under the direction of Douglas Hodge. You can see her in Antaeus’s The Crucible, Paul Van Zyl’s Elegy For a Revolutionary (winner of Best Shorts Prestigious Award of Merit) Felicia Day’s (The Guild) Dragon Age: Redemption.
Edward Bottenheim studied and worked in the finance industry for a number of years, before changing careers to the film industry in 2010. He worked as a production intern on In The Family (2010) and took the New York Film Academy L.A. 1 year Filmmaking Program in 2011. Since completing the course he has been 2nd unit assistant director on One Night Alone and director on a Spec pilot, Doughnut Shop Pop, which are in post-production. Currently he is attached as director to The Dead Live Still, which is in pre-production as well as working as an intern at Seven Arts Entertainment Inc.
Maxine Brabant was born in Swansea, Wales, and grew up in various regions of the Netherlands before making her move the U.S. Without knowing anybody in the city, she moved to LA to begin taking classes at UCLA's film school and break into the entertainment industry. Maxine has worked in various fields, including management and casting.
Ione trained at the Brit School of Performing arts in Musical Theatre and then went on to complete a BA Hons degree in Acting at Rose Bruford College. She has a strong passion for film and television, which is why she decided to move to Los Angeles. Since moving in September 2012 she has starred in the film Kings and Beggars alongside Omari Hardwick and Mo McRae which premiers at the American Black Film Festival in Miami in July. She has worked many projects and webseries that can be watched online and recently has had a number of bookings for voice over work in films and for a cartoon series. Ione is also the host of a weekly show created by Google "The Ingress Report."
Born and raised in London, Ben moved to Los Angeles in 2012. Since attaining his MA from The London Film School he’s been developing his first feature films as a writer/director. He currently has two such projects in development, one here in the US and one in the UK. This autumn he’ll also be producing his first feature film in the UK’s Midlands. He regularly works here in the US as a 1st AD. His work is viewable at www.bencaird.com.
Liza Cosier has been acting in Oxford since the age of 10, that’s if you don’t count her “acting up” since she was a toddler! She first came to LA 3 years ago to attend The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Having graduated last May she has been busy filming and will soon be seen in an original play “Lazy Sunday Afternoon” by the Red Brick Road Theatre Company. She is grateful to be a part of the Newcomers Programme and is excited to be amongst lots of Brits!
Educated and grew up in the UK but born in the US, I have always had strong ties here. Since moving I have been working within international entertainment PR for DDA, and lucky enough to have worked on such campaigns as Limitless, The Fighter, Immortals and The Hunger Games. Having now been in LA for two years I have no plans to return (long-term) to the UK – the odd vacation is nice though!
Danny De Lillo
Danny grew up in the Oxford English countryside. He studied at the prestigious The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. He starred in theater in London and U.K Shakespeare tours. He starred in romantic comedy 'Red Heart' with a backdrop to the The Royal Wedding. He just wrapped up 'Smile' playing a serial killer at the legendary Pinewood Studios. He has just moved to L.A and honored to be accepted by BAFTA L.A. www.dannydelillo.com.
Edward works at Exclusive Media in LA where he is responsible for strategic digital marketing and communications. In the past year Exclusive has successfully grown its social media following to over 10,000,000. In April 2012 Edward co-founded Billion Dollar Boy Ltd, a digital communications company connecting brands with bloggers. Billion Dollar Boy works with over 140 bloggers from 42 different countries around the world and has just completed its first round of investment. In early 2011 he helped launch the successful New Entrepreneurs Foundation in London which is now hosting its third annual round of young entrepreneurs. Educated at Winchester College, England and at UVA, America, Edward comes from a media family, has travelled widely, likes adventure and is a keen sportsman.
Rosanne Flynn is an award-winning writer and director who was recently awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study screenwriting at the University of Southern California. Her short film Meconium was awarded the screenwriting prize at the London Short Film Festival and premiered at the BFI London Film Festival, while her feature script Crossbones won her a place on the prestigious She Writes program. She currently has three feature films in development.
Actress, writer and producer. I trained at the Bridge Theatre Training Company in London. I wrote, produced and acted in my short film “The Real Me” which won Best Global Film at the ISF Film Festival in Hollywood, as well as Best Short Narrative and Best Supporting Actress at the Los Angeles Movie awards. It has been screened at the International Film Festival Manhattan and the London Greek Film Festival.
Amber Geneva came to Los Angeles with a ferocious hunger for Film and TV. Her passion for the arts derailed her so much that in the search for working with equally passionate and talented people, she left her home in the UK after training at Drama School and celebrating the ups and downs of being a professional actress in London, and came to LA. Her real passion is animation voiceover but truly enjoys all aspects of this profession. She hopes to write her first feature later this year, which she will go on to produce as well. She is grateful for the guidance and mentoring that the newcomers program can offer to help navigate that path.
Seth is the Vice President of Development at Twofour, running the LA operation of one of the UK's largest unscripted TV production companies. Seth joined Twofour from Raw TV where he was Head of Development creating hit Discovery reality series Jungle Gold, as well as series for Investigation Discovery, Channel 4, BBC3, and Animal Planet. Prior to this he worked at Plum Pictures as a Director/Producer. He began his career as a BBC News journalist.
I was born in New York City but raised and educated in the UK. Following graduation from University in Leeds I was recruited by the leading independent sports agency in London, The Stellar Group, which led me to Los Angeles where I was recruited by WME. Currently I am Executive Assistant to Bob Greenblatt Chairman of NBC Entertainment. A job that certainly keeps me on time and online with everything that is happening in the media industry.
Tom grew up in Scotland, attending Gordonstoun School. A summa cum laude Bachelor of Music Film Scoring graduate from Berklee College of Music, Tom has worked for composer Deborah Lurie and currently works for both Snuffy Walden and Christopher Tyng. He has also shadowed Alf Clausen on The Simpsons as part of his recent summer internship with the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is an accomplished guitarist, singer and songwriter.
Laura-Beth was born and raised in Leeds; trained at the world-renowned Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in London and now lives in Los Angeles. Her work includes film, TV, voiceovers, theater, commercials and TV hosting. Laura-Beth performs improv on the House Team "Cool Boss" at the Westside Comedy Theater and has performed stand up at The Comedy Store in Hollywood. Recently, she has been cast in the new musical Miserable Lesbians.
London born Joseph Killoran is a young and ambitious player in the entertainment business with a passion for storytelling and inspired to produce films of quality and committed to their social responsibility. On his journey to become a producer he has established himself as a production manager specialized in the making of content for Latino and Black market on the back of a wide range of films, web series and commercials. Joseph is a graduate of the University of Navarre, Spain, and UCLA Extension, California. When not working you can seem him either practicing with the LA Rebellion rugby team in Griffith Park or frequenting a café in Los Feliz.
Development executive Jonathan Lewsley has worked for the UK’s top production companies on television dramas such as The Bill, Shameless, Strike Back: Project Dawn, and Channel 4’s upcoming Coup, and continues to work in development in Los Angeles. He holds degrees from Oxford University and the UK’s National Film and Television School, is a trained criminal barrister and producer of a Welsh BAFTA winning short, and was formerly a drummer for a major-label rock band.
A recent Los Angeles Transplant, Lisa‐Marie Long is a talented actress, voiceover artist and poker player who presented international poker and golf formats for BSkyB, Sky Sports and Channel 4. As well as being the original voice of Sky Entertainment's online 'Perez Hilton‐style' showbiz blog, Lisa‐Marie also recently collaborated with The Walking Dead production team Circle of Confusion and Lionsgate on their recent feature film with Clifton Collins Jr.
Francesca is an actress, writer & voiceover artist. She trained at The Italia Conti Academy in London and spent a number of years treading the boards there before moving to Los Angeles, where she is now a lot warmer. Since arriving in LA she has worked on some fantastic projects (including Stephen Gyllenhaal's upcoming film, The Exquisite Continent) and is currently having the time of her life in a sell-out stage production of Trainspotting at The Elephant Theatre in Hollywood. She is thrilled to be part of the BAFTA Los Angeles Newcomer Program & is excited for the year ahead!
Duncan is a London-born Screenwriter, raised in the midlands near a Weetabix factory, now residing in LA. After completing his degree in Film and American Studies at UEA in Norwich, Duncan moved to LA for UCLA’s MFA Screenwriting program. He is a co-founder of Switchblade Comb Productions, the co-producer of the 2013 UCLA Screenwriters’ Showcase and recipient of the Jack K. Sauter award among others. He writes animated TV, sitcoms and features about troublemakers.
Peter began his acting career at the age of five and has had much experience in front and behind the camera. Probably best known for playing the role of Wayne Sutcliffe on the BAFTA award winning Children’s show Grange Hill, Peter has also worked on many major feature films alongside directors such as Ridley Scott and Christopher Nolan. Peter is also a keen filmmaker and songwriter, performing and writing under his musical alter ego Mortzo.
After completing her studies at Oxford University, award winning Director/Writer Adaora Nwandu worked and studied around Africa, France and USC School of Cinema. She then returned to England to make Rag Tag, her first feature, which was selected at over 40 International Film Festivals including Venice, Ouagadougou and London, and also won Best Director and Best Producer awards.
Originally from Edinburgh, Jonny moved to America in 2010 to pursue his Master of Entertainment Industry Management degree at Carnegie Mellon University. He arrived in Los Angeles in the summer of 2011, and during the past 12 months has held positions at ICM, Lionsgate Entertainment, and most recently working in the office of film producer, Paula Wagner. Jonny has aspirations to produce feature films, and currently has his first project in development.
Charlotte was raised in the North-West of England, where she started acting at the age of 4 with the Pamela Bardsley School of Speech and Drama. There a love was born. Three Liverpool Performing Arts Festival 'Actress of the Year' awards later, she left Mrs Bardsley and the UK to pursue her acting career in Los Angeles. After graduating with the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Charlotte is now happily settled in Los Angeles' sunny skies but she is still proud of her British roots and is incredibly honored to be a part of BAFTA.
As a child growing up in the UK, I was hard-pressed to find a break from school that was not occupied by adventures and travel. My family is extremely active in the film industry and always in the thick of some or other project. Whether we were on the set of Pink Floyd the Wall or hanging out with the dancers of Xanadu or more recently working on a commercial in Death Valley. This is what makes me want to be in the industry and explore what I have to offer. Since arriving in LA a short time ago I have completed a number of different projects, which include television, film and commercials. I am very excited about my future here especially since joining the newcomer programme.
Writer, actor and filmmaker, Seth recently moved to LA to begin production on his short film Monterey, his previous short, Death of an Usher, having enjoyed great success on the festival circuit. In conjunction with his writing and acting projects, Seth is working on the story-analysis team at Amazon Studios, and in content development for Chernin Entertainment. Seth read Film and American Literature at UEA, before training at The Central School of Speech and Drama.
Jonathan is a writer from London, recently relocated after several years in New York and Sydney before that. He completed his MFA at Columbia University on the Javits Fellowship after studying Philosophy at Cambridge University. Before turning to writing, Jonathan had various roles in development and film finance back in London. He and his writing partner have several projects in development with producers.
Kate Ward trained at London's Central School of Speech and Drama. She began her career at the Manchester Royal Exchange in An Ideal Husband, directed by Braham Murray. Since then she's appeared in numerous successful stage productions, including the critically acclaimed S27. She has also enjoyed working for BBC Radio4 and on various independent film projects. Since arriving in February, she has completed shooting on two shorts: Monterey and Room 39 and is looking forward to the new opportunities to come.
Beginning her career at an early age and after playing the character of Vikki Meedes for 2 years in the BAFTA award-winning show Grange Hill, she went on to secure parts in Eastenders, Hollyoaks, Let Loose, BBC’s Inspector Linley Mysteries, numerous national commercials and British film; Nailing Vienna, she then became a series regular on Sky 1’s Mile High. Emma has now recently moved to Los Angeles