28 June 10
Everything we do in Scotland relies on the expertise, knowledge and hard-work of key industry experts across the country.
Claire Mundell (Chair)
May Miller (Deputy Chair)
Joanna Dewar Gibb
May Miller is currently Head of Talkbackthames Scotland. She was formerly Creative Director, Arts and Factual Entertainment BBC Scotland and Head of Mentorn Scotland. May is a graduate of Glasgow University after which she was accepted on the BBC graduate trainee scheme in London. She has had a long career in the media and after working on programmes like Arena, Whistle Test, Breakfast Time and Children in Need went on to launch long running series including the Film Programme with Jonathan Ross and the BBC’s flagship arts series the Culture Show. She was executive producer of the Live 8 coverage in 2005 and commissioner of BBC Scotland’s long running arts strand Artworks as well as the documentary series ExS.
May is married with two children and particularly interested in art, architecture, cinema, rock music and television. She played a key role in the development of the state of the art BBC HQ at Pacific Quay as well as overseeing their art strategy.
Robbie is the Portfolio Manager for Film and Broadcast Partnerships at Creative Scotland and currently manages a £5m lottery fund for the development and production of film and television. He was previously an independent producer of theatre, film and television, and is the recipient of a BAFTA in Scotland Award.
Holly Daniel is the Industry and Talent Development Manager at the Centre for the Moving Image which incorporates both Edinburgh International Film Festival and Edinburgh Filmhouse. Her role is to develop, shape, implement and deliver talent and industry programmes both at the Festival and at Filmhouse year round. Previous roles include managing the Moonstone International Screen Labs for European Directors & Screenwriters and production managing documentaries and commercials in the independent sector.
Joanna has worked extensively in UK film and television production, business development and international project management for companies including Portman Productions, Zenith Productions, Ladbroke Films, Impact Pictures, Samuelson Productions, Thin Man Films, The Moving Picture Company, the BBC, the British Film Commission and TRC Media. She also worked in LA on secondment to Walt Disney Studios, 20th Century Fox and Warner Brothers.
In 2006, physical special effects company, Artem Ltd, asked her to establish its Scottish workshop, where she is Business Manager, overseeing all aspects of the company including co-ordinating delivery of SFX projects, marketing and business development. Joanna is also a co-founder of Screen Facilities Scotland, a new trade body that co-ordinates, promotes and lobbies on behalf of Scottish facility and service companies.
Andrea Gibb is a Scottish film and television writer. She wrote the feature films ‘Dear Frankie’ and ‘Afterlife’ which won her the Scottish Screen Filmmaker of the Year award and the Women In Film and Television script award in 2005. She was also nominated for a Scottish BAFTA and the Carl Foreman award at the BAFTA Awards for ‘Afterlife’.
Since then she has worked on a range of projects including adaptations of Rose Tremain’s ‘The Road Home’ (BBC) Vikram Seth’s best selling novel ‘An Equal Music’ (Cuba Films) and an adaptation of ‘The Boggart’ for the Henson Company. She has just finished writing a drama about Alzheimer’s for BBC2, is developing a three part series about the Suffragttes (BBC1) and her big screen adaptation of ‘Swallows and Amazons’ is due for production next year.
Andrea is an active member of several committees including the Writers’ Guild film committee. She was an actress for many years before starting to write and was a regular character on All Creatures Great and Small for three seasons.
Andrea lives and works in Glasgow.
Andrew Lockyer has worked at BBC Scotland for over twenty years, most recently as Executive Producer of The Review Show and the arts documentary strand ArtWorks Scotland. Over the years he’s also worked on magazine shows, large-scale live OBs and a daily radio show and has collaborated with many of Scotland’s major arts and educational institutions. He’s a keen theatre-goer and music fan and sits on the board of The Scottish Ensemble.
Ian MacKenzie is Media Project Manager for Channel 4’s Creative Diversity team. His role encompasses creative content commissioning and project management across a diverse, multi-genre portfolio of TV & Digital companies in Scotland and Wales and the West of England; as well as portfolio responsibility for Channel 4’s external stakeholder engagement in those nations & regions. Ian acts as both an enabling commissioner for new talent; and a first point of contact for established independent production companies in helping Channel 4 to deliver on its commitment to diversity of supply; nations commissioning and innovation. Previously Ian was Acquisitions Manager at Channel 4 DVD, leading on rights acquisition on hit properties including The Inbetweeners, Misfits and Skins.
His work prior to joining Channel 4 was with the BBC’s commercial joint venture 2entertain, where his role as Acquisitions Executive encompassed acquisition and brand management of marquee BBC brands including Doctor Who; Robin Hood; Dad’s Army and Morecambe & Wise.
John McKay is a Scottish writer and director – his movies credits include Crush with Andie Macdowell and Imelda Staunton, Piccadilly Jim with Sam Rockwell and Frances O’ Connor; John's TV work includes lead direction on Lip Service, The Whistleblowers, Robin Hood and The Canterbury Tales (where he gave Billy Piper her first starring role), as well as single dramas A Waste of Shame with Rupert Graves and Tom Sturridge (RTS nomination, Best Single Drama), Reichenbach Falls, and his film on the love affair between David Bailey and Jean Shrimpton We'll Take Manhattan.
John is currently in pre-production on indie feature comedy Not Another Happy Ending with Karen Gillan and Stanley Weber.
“People ask me what sort of drama I like to direct – I always reply, I like to make drama with strong characters, great stories and a sense of style and wit.”
Amanda Millen heads up ScreenHI, an independent production company based in Inverness, responsible for nurturing and developing the independent production sector across the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, as well as strengthening links with broadcasters, public bodies and agencies in order to raise the profile of practitioners based in the Highlands and Islands. Amanda is also one half of goNORTH, Scotland leading Creative Industries festival that takes place annually in Inverness in June.
Paul Murray is currently Creative Director at Matchlight. He was previously Head of Objective Scotland, and prior to that Creative Director at STV Productions where he came up with the BBC hit Antiques Road Trip. He also worked with Piers Morgan on various BBC 1 series, was MD of Endemol Scotland, Head of Factual at Wark Clements and a series Producer at Ideal World where he created Location, Location, Location. He is currently also a board member of Glasgow’s Tron Theatre.
Gill Petrie is the Marketing Manager for STV, Scotland's digital media company and pre-eminent media brand that reaches over four million people per month. Having gained a degree in Communication and Mass Media from Glasgow Caledonian University, Gill leads the marketing team at STV and is responsible for on air, online and external facing brand promotion. This includes popular programming such as Taggart, The Football Years and Underbelly, as well as digital and commercial initiatives such as the STV Player and STV Jobs. Gill and her team have secured numerous marketing accolades including multiple Scottish Advertising Awards for the 2010 Fifa World Cup campaign and most recently a Marketing Star Award for the Taggart campaign.
Sandy Ross has worked in the television industry for over thirty years. He is currently working as an independent producer with his own company Murrayfield Media. Previously he worked for Granada TV and Scottish TV as a producer and programme executive. Sandy is a previous Chair of BAFTA Scotland and is the current chair of the Salford Conference on Television from the Nations and Regions.
David Smith is Managing Director and one of the founders of Matchlight, a Glasgow based production company. A solicitor by background, he trained with Richard Findlay at Tods Murray, David was previously Head of Business Affairs for both Wark Clements & Co. and IWC Media. Prior to becoming a lawyer David worked as a film programmer for Eden Court’s Riverside Screen in Inverness and as programmer for the EIFF where he devised the Mirrorball music and film strand that ran for 10 years in Edinburgh and for a number of years at the Adelaide Film Festival in Australia.
Sarah founded Raise the Roof Productions in 2010 with Jane Muirhead, Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer.
As Creative Director she has overseen the development and production of 50 hours of television in the past two years including Kirstie & Phil’s Perfect Christmas, Vacation, Vacation, Vacation, Kirstie’s Handmade Britain and Phil Spencer: Secret Agent for both prime time and daytime and Phil’s Empty Homes Giveaway which formed part of C4’s Property Scandal season. She’s currently overseeing a further 55 hours of programmes which are due to TX in 2012 including Kirstie’s Vintage Home and a new More4 series. She’s also produced Kirstie and Phil’s House Hunter App which was released in 2011 and two books to accompany Kirstie’s series.
Previously Sarah was Head of Features for IWC Media, where she produced programmes such as Location, Location, Location;
Relocation, Relocation; Best and Worst Places to Live: 2005, 2006 & 2007; Dolce Vito – Dream Restaurant; Kirstie’s Homemade Home; and Relocation: Phil Down Under and Wreck or Ready. Her other credits include Time Team, Property Ladder and Food and Drink.
Brian Baglow has been bothering the games industry for some time now. His current role of Media Monkey/Policy Advisor at Denki is helping to set the company up for a new direction focusing entirely on original new intellectual property and self-publishing in the rapidly evolving games and interactive sector. Prior to joining Denki Brian founded and ran the independent communications agency. While running Indoctrimat Brian also created and continues to run the games industry blog ScottishGames.biz. Brian also worked for three years on a voluntary basis as the Screenings Director of the Edinburgh Interactive Festival, the UK's first and only cross-media event celebrating the art and culture of videogames. Brian is also a visiting lecturer at Napier University's Screen Academy, where he works with film production and screen writing students, introducing them to the interactive sector and providing them with a basic grasp of the interactive world and the opportunities for the transference of skills from the film and television sectors.
Sheila has been acting for over thirty years - Brookside Taggart and Still Game are amongst her many T.V roles. An award winner for her portrayal of the mother in the film My Daughter's Face and most recently proud to have starred in an iconic Irn Bru advert Steamy Windows, she has been a full member of BAFTA for sixteen years and a previous committee member. Once again she is delighted to be a voice for actors and women in film and television.