Everything we do in Wales relies on the expertise, knowledge and hard work of key industry experts across the country.
BAFTA Cymru Management Committee
Elis Owen, BBC Cymru Wales Representative
Huw Rossiter, ITV Wales Representative
Huw has held senior communications and public affairs roles in major UK broadcasting and regulatory organisations in Cardiff and London. He joined ITV Cymru Wales as Public Affairs Manager in March 2011 after two years of running his own PR consultancy, Rossiter Communications.
Between 2006 and 2009, he was Director of Communications at S4C, having previously been Ofcom’s first Head of Media (2003-2006). Before that, he was Head of Public Affairs at the Independent Television Commission [ITC] (2001-2003).
Huw spent the previous 19 years at the BBC: latterly as Head of Press & Publicity, BBC Wales, having spent the first 10 years of his BBC career as a Publicity Officer in London. He began his career as a journalist on the South Wales Evening Post.
Aled Wyn Phillips, S4C Representative
After a brief experience in PR and marketing, Aled’s career in broadcasting began in the mid-80’s, firstly as a TV and radio presenter with HTV and BBC Radio Cymru, before moving to S4C, where he is currently Head of On-air Promotions.
During his time at S4C he has influenced the channel’s on-air brand and is particularly proud of introducing the distinctive family of dragons in the 90’s. Over the years the promo team have received numerous international accolades including Promax UK, Promax International, RTS Craft Awards, Sportel, New York Film Festivals, EBU Presentation and the Celtic Media Festival.
A former member of the EBU Presentation Steering Committee, RTS Cymru and board member of Promax UK including Conference Chair in 2005, he now represents S4C on the BAFTA Cymru committee.
His outside interests have included chairing a Cylch Meithrin Committee, Deputy Chair of Ysgol Pwll Coch’s governing body, chairing a local fund raising committee for the National Eisteddfod in Cardiff. Since 2008 has chaired the Clwb y Diwc committee which organises monthly Welsh language events in the Canton area, and has recently been invited to join Y Dinesydd (Welsh language voluntary monthly publication in Cardiff) steering committee. When time allows, he still enjoys DJing and providing sound and lighting support for gigs and events.
Tony began his career in the media industry at the age of eighteen when he was recruited as a trainee audio engineer by the BBC. He quickly rose up through the ranks to become Business Unit & Line Manager for BBC Wales’ Cameras/Audio and Film Unit before leaving the organisation to work for some of the UK’s leading OB companies including Black & White TV Mobiles & O21 – the main facilities supplier to the ITV network channel, where he became Operations Manager. During his time there he planned and oversaw coverage of major broadcasting events including The Boat Race, Champions League Finals as Host Broadcaster OB provider & Royal events for Network television. He returned to Wales to establish Omni television facilities for the Barcud Derwen group. In 2010
Tony joined the world-renowned NEP Broadcasting group to launch its Welsh company, NEP Cymru (NEPC) and under his leadership the company has come to be regarded as a player of quality both on the Welsh, UK and European stage. Tony is also a member of the NEP UK Senior Management Team and sits alongside the group’s other companies including Visions, Roll to Record and Bow Tie.
Over the years, Tony has been involved in a wide range of OB and mobile productions spanning sports, entertainment, and politics. His extensive experience covering complex live events has resulted in major awards and recognition from key industry organisations including BAFTA Cymru, Broadcast and the RTS.
Ian is a games developer and published author who has wrestled computers for a living for nearly two decades. He's worked in interactive television, education, puppet-making, film, publishing and the video games industry, where he's helped bring to life award-winning LEGO games, the LittleBigPlanet series, and a sequel to Frozen Synapse. He has written films and children's books and is now writing a continuation of the 1930s pulp adventure series Bulldog Drummond. He's currently working with the Swedish company Frictional Games on SOMA, their new sci-fi mystery.
He founded and runs GamesDev South Wales, a social meetup and lecture programme for local games developers.
Natasha Hale, Welsh Government representative
Ian Jones, Chair
Ian Jones, originally from Morriston, Swansea, was one of the team that launched S4C in 1982 and after working on Network Entertainment programming at ITV and as an independent producer, he rejoined S4C as Director of Business, S4C International and Co-productions between 1992 and 1997.
Since then he has worked in senior positions for Scottish Television, United News and Media, (ITEL), Granada International (now ITV Global) and served an unprecedented two years as Chair of the British Television Distribution Industry Association (BTDA). He was President of National Geographic Television International from 2004 to 2007 commuting regularly between Washington and London, before becoming Group Managing Director of Target Entertainment. His most recent post was Managing Director, Content Distribution and Commercial Development, International for A+E Television Networks in New York.
Ian Jones is one of the television industry’s most experienced senior managers having worked in the domestic and international industry for nearly 30 years. He has a broad range of experience across broadcasting, production, co-production and international TV and has held several non executive and advisory positions in the industry. His current role sees him return to S4C as Chief Executive 30 years after helping to launch the Channel.
Dewi Vaughan Owen,
Currently Senior Consultant at Advisors in Media (AIM Group UK Ltd) serving a broad UK client base having previously worked for the BBC in Wales for more than thirty two years. Last BBC role was as head of department and Senior Legal and Business Affairs Manager leading a team of lawyers and executives responsible for servicing the English and Welsh language business needs of BBC Wales for both in-house production and external commissioning. Early career included a period as a television studio and outside broadcast director for BBC News & Current Affairs.
Sion Clwyd Roberts,
Sion joined Cardiff law firm Capital Law in February 2010. He is a Media and IP Specialist, having previously spent over 20 years in programme Finance, Legal and Business Affairs Departments at S4C and ITV. During this time he gained extensive knowledge of the film and television production and broadcasting businesses.
He currently advises a range of companies in broadcasting, film, television, commercials production and compliance; music publishing and production; and book and online publishing.
He represents the TAC production companies in negotiations with the industry talent unions and has also presented a number of seminars and training sessions to the television production sector.
Sion has previously represented ITV Wales on the BAFTA Wales management committee, been a council member of TAC and Vice Chairman of the inaugural board of Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru.
A BAFTA Wales award winning Media Producer in Film, Television and New Media with over twenty years experience in production: feature film (‘Resistance’ Owen Sheers 2012); Local and Network Television Drama (‘Hinterland’ 2013-14 Exec Producer BBC Wales) with 50+ productions for S4C, BBC, ITV and Channel 4; Offline and Online interactive games and educational production (Fireman Sam); Transmedia experimental production Continental Drift poetry/online/film project in 2011. Lecturer University South Wales on MA Scriptwriting course.
Ewen “Bruce” Steele has been involved in Computer Graphics for over 30 years.
Arriving in Cardiff in 1981 as a professional musician, working at Top Rank, Bruce Steele was simultaneously perusing an interest in computers, which were just beginning to become available. It soon became an occupation as he developed the very first interactive TV shows using computers for HTV and S4C. He was a technical consultant for HTV and he was responsible for Stylus in Cardiff setting up the first 3D system outside of London.
Head hunted to London to set up Snapper Bytes (at MGMM) he went on to work as Head of 3D for Complete Video then Click 3x in New York. Returning to London he was co-founder of Glassworks where he was Head of Special Projects and Director of Visual Effects for over 10 years.
In 2006 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Technology from Bournemouth University for his achievements in the computer graphics industry and in education.
He moved back to Wales in 2006 and set up Hyperspace, a concept, technology and CGI consultancy. Since returning to Wales he has created visual FX for films such as Rembrandt and Solomon Kane, worked as a technical consultant on several projects developing ideas and software for entertainment and education. He recently sat on Leighton Andrews Task and Finish Group advising on the future of Digital Technology in Education.
Recently, Bruce has also expanded into App development; his first game for iOS was a 3D flight simulator released in May 2012 which reached the position of best selling Simulation in the UK. The game is called The Dambusters and is the first to be licensed by the MOD/RAF. He is currently working on further App Development and also on VFX for TV shows.
Jill was born in Cowbridge, and after initially training in accountancy followed her passion and went to Drama College. Her career spans over 30 years within the Theatre, Film and Television industries as an Actress, radio and TV presenter as well as a Producer. Jill gained National prominence in 1988 as the face of British Gas, which spanned several years. Jill presented and Produced her own daily radio chat show in London, she has numerous Film and TV credits including that as John Irvins assistant on “Hamburger Hill”, her current claim to fame is she is now on “You Tube”!!
Co-founder of TAPS, the National scheme to find and train new writing talent for film and television. Jill ran the scheme as Executive Director and Producer for 18 years, also creating TAPS CYMRU. Jill is also a Director of the Literary Agency ‘Culverhouse and James Ltd’, Jill served on the BAFTA COUNCIL in London for 10 years, she created and Chaired the Events and Education section of BAFTA. She was on the SKILLSET TRAINING FORUM, and spent 5 years on the industry panel of Skillset Screen Academy Wales. Jill has returned to Wales and set up “The Barn at West Farm” in Southerndown.
David joined the film industry in 1969 as an assistant production accountant and worked at EMI Elstree Studios under the guidance of Brian Forbes. His credits during that time included “The Boyfriend,” “The Railway Children” and “The Go Between.”
In 1972, he became a freelance Film Accountant and by 1978 had worked on over twenty films and T.V. series. He took the opportunity to become a Production Manager and, combining his financial and production experiences, quickly became a Line Producer, Producer and Representative for Completion Guarantors. This experience now stretches to more than fifty films and TV productions in four continents.
In 1997, David was invited to Cardiff to be the “bondable” Producer on “Up n Under.” This was followed by “The Testimony of Taliesin Jones” which received 5 Bafta Cymru nominations. Further productions in Wales include the BAFTA award winning “Plots with a view”. He has now filmed fifteen times in Wales.
For many years a member of the Production Guild of UK (board member for its inaugural 3 years) David has been on the “Skillset Cymru” panel and taught BA and MA at the Atrium. He is also an active writer, completing six screenplays, six teleplays, a number of short stories and his first novel. Extensive surgery in the last five years resulted in a diary, “The Impatient Outpatient” , which has become a bestseller on Amazon.
Ynyr is Series Producer of Pobol Y Cwm, the BBC’s longest running soap opera. He started his career as an actor. Has worked for all the major broadcasters and was co-founder of SALEM FILMS between 2000 and 2007. [Ynyr Williams] He has also worked for indies like ffilmiau Elidir, Dime Goch and Cwmni Da.
An established TV/Radio/Short Film & Feature Film Producer for 28 years:Starting with the BBC (1984-1994); then the independent sector - Prospect Media Group (1994-2000); & Vision Thing Communications (1994-present);Mark is also a graduate of the European media training agency EAVE (2004),whom he now represents in Wales as their National Coordinator.
Mark has worked at a senior level across all media platforms, with extensive award-winning Broadcast TV & Radio output for most of the UK's networks;he has produced numerous short films - including 4 for the BBC & UK FilmCouncil's Digital Visions scheme in 2005/6, with 5 more delivered in 2010-11 for the UK Digital Shorts scheme (financed by the Film Agency for Wales & the UK Film Councilʼs New Cinema Fund).
His recent feature film, ʻA Boy Called Dadʼ (£1.1m budget UK co-production),directed by Brian Percival, starring Ian Hart, with The Works & Kaleidoscope on board for Sales & UK Distribution, premiered at the Edinburgh Film Festival in June 2009 and screened at the Soundtrack Festival in Cardiff in November 2009 (Welsh premiere) - it had a UK theatrical release on 30 screens in 2010. Mark represents TAC Council (the Welsh Media Producers Alliance) on Skills & Training policy issues, also representing TAC on the Creative Skillset Cymru National Board and on the Training Framework. Mark also now chairs the Skillset Media Academy for Wales Film & Media Sub-Group - as well as sitting on the SMAW's Management Board.
He is also a Creative Skillset Evaluator & National Assessor and was recently retained as one of their Lead Industry Evaluators for the re-licensing process for the UK-wide Media Academy network - he is also now one of their Short Course assessors for HE and CPD delivery.
Mark is also retained as a Creative Industries Advisor by Cardiff City Council.
I was recently appointed Senior Busines Affairs Manager at Rights TV and I am responsible for Wales and the West.
Before joining Rights TV I was Head of Business Affairs and a Producer at Wild Dream Films. During my time at Wild Dream Films I produced reality TV Series Big Tiny for US Network Channel Discovery TLC, I was BAFTA Nominated for an S4C Documentary and I was Supervisory Producer on the World's Tallest Man for Discovery US and The Second Coming of Christ for National Geographic Channel.
In my time I have been Chief Executive of Cyfle, Deputy Chief Executive of TAC, Head of Contracts and Senior Unit Manager, Children and Youth at S4C.
The early and middle part of my career involved working in the business end of television but the last 5 years have been a very rewarding experience gained through working as a Producer where I delivered quality programmes for S4C but also gained major US network credits as a Producer with a truly International outlook.
My time at S4C gave me an understanding of life at a Broadcaster. My time at TAC was about learning about what was important for Independent Producer and was an insight into the politics of the industry. My time at Cyfle was very rewarding and all about helping to identify and nurture our talent here in Wales.
At Rights TV I am now working to help and support Welsh Producers again and I am interested in sharing my knowledge and experience through BAFTA.
Tyrone D Murphy
Tyrone D Murphy is based in Newport, Wales and is a long standing member of BAFTA Cymru and BAFTA UK. He is an award winning filmmaker/writer/director, member of the DGGB and has produced and directed many of his own films including awarding winning AIDs Awareness documentary “The Hollywood Graffiti Gown”.
He is the founder and CEO of the Universal Film and Festival Organisation (UFFO) which promotes best business practices between film festivals and the filmmaking community. UFFO has 215 international film festivals members and has 75 industry committee members in 60 different countries.
Under Tyrone’s leadership UFFO and its magazines has formed many strategic alliances with many international organizations and bodies such as the Directors Guild of Great Britain, AFM (American Film Market) , Pro Light and Sound Expo Germany, ITU Telecom & International Telecommunication Union Switzerland, Audio Engineers Society, APP-World, CIACE (3000 Art-house cinema network) , Mandy, Productionbase, CAB-Sat -cable and TV Expo, US Government Video Expo, NAPTE biggest TV production show in the world, BEV, Production Show UK, NAB Show USA, Broadcast Show Africa, TNB Africa, SAT Com Africa, Latino Mediacon USA, Film Finance Awards,and IBC Amsterdam.
The UFFO Organisation also has implemented a number of innovating programmes including a cost effective film submission service which incorporates a film festival programming and ticketing System. UFFO is also currently developing the UFFO Film Schools Partnership and learning program to help secure positions for film students who graduate from film schools and never work in the industry. The Most important innovation is the UFFO Cinema Archive which aims to transfer and preserve films for future generations in digital format.
Tyrone is the publisher for the non-profit “Universal Film Magazine”, a free professional magazine resource for the film industry, which debuted in 2011 and is now going out to over 3.6 million in over 100 countries. He is also the founder and editor of Movie Money Magazine, the only magazine in the world dedicated to film finance and investment.
He is also the Executive Director of the Carmarthen Bay Film Festival.
He also participates in fundraising events to benefit charities such as Tŷ Hafan and the Victoria Park Boxing Club in Cardiff and is an advocate for preserving native Celtic cultural heritage to include film, drama and storytelling.
Tyrone was also nominated in 2011 for the Production Base industry Award for his work with UFFO.
I have been part of the TV industry since 1983 when I joined the Children’s Department of the BBC in Cardiff as a researcher. I worked there and in the Light Entertainment department as a Producer and Director, before joining S4C in 1991. At S4C, I was responsible for the continuity services of the kids and pre-school output as well as some in house production and represented S4C on various committees and judging panels including the EBU, The Welsh Books Council and Bafta amongst others.
Since 2006 I have been an employee of Boom Pictures Cymru where I have produced various comedy shows including Mawr, Tudur o’r Doc and Sioe Leslie Wyn before setting up the company’s children’s department – Boom Kids – after winning the tenders to produce Cyw and Stwnsh in 2009. I oversee a substantial output programming for S4C and more recently for CBBC and we have been very fortunate with a number of nominations for Awards such as Bafta, Bafta Kids UK, Kidscreen, RTS and Broadcast Digital with pre-school and kids series as well as dual screen formats for children.
Jon began his career in computer games, working at Bullfrog Productions on titles such as Theme Hospital, Dungeon Keeper and Populous: The Beginning. He then joined Dinamo Productions as Head of Visual Effects for five years and in 2010 started his own company to produce visual effects and animation for the film and broadcast industries. He is now Managing Director of Bait Studio and Cloth Cat Animation. Credits include Visual Effects Supervisor and Producer on projects such as The Machine (2014), Grandpa in my Pocket (Adastra/CBeebies), Ha! Ha! Hairies (Adastra/Turner), Disney Tales of Friendship with Winnie the Pooh and Stella.
Richard began his post production career after completing a BBC engineering course. His first job was as a trainee Video Tape Operator at Cardiff based Team Television. A stint as a junior editor at Stylus Television followed before he ventured into the freelance world working in Cardiff then in London. He returned to Cardiff to join the newly formed Pyramid Post Production where he became a partner, helping build the business from a single edit suite to a major facility.
In 1999 Richard left to form his own company - Mwnci Post Production. The business quickly grew into a nationally respected post house - providing offline and online editing, compositing, finishing and grading services for clients both in Wales and across the UK. A major expansion in 2011 coincided with the rebranding of Mwnci as Gorilla as acquisitions enabled the group to provide Graphics, VFX and Animation as well as facilities in Soho.
Richard is a multi award-winning editor. He cut his teeth on fast turn around event and sport work alongside documentary editing, quickly establishing himself as one of the most respected online finishers in the region.
Richard has established a long-standing relationship with the Technical Heads of most broadcasters and has been key in testing new applications and equipment for major suppliers. He is a member of various working groups including the joint S4C/Cyfle Technical Steering Group. Richard is a qualified Skillset assessor.