Everything we do in Wales relies on the expertise, knowledge and hard work of key industry experts across the country.
BAFTA Cymru Management Committee
Jo Pearce, BBC Cymru Wales Representative
Chair: Events Sub Committee
As BBC Cymru Wales’ Creative Director Jo is responsible for driving digital innovation across the business as well as winning new commissions. A crucial element of Jo’s role is to lead cross-genre digital development across TV, Radio, Online and Mobile platforms.
Jo joined BBC Cymru Wales in 2002 as an Interactive TV Producer after working for Carlton Television as a New Media Executive. In 2006 became an Executive Producer and took on the responsibility for managing a number of high profile brands across evolving digital platforms such as social and iPlayer. To date, these projects range from dramas such as Doctor Who and Sherlock to factual projects such as Human Planet and the Dylan Thomas season.
Jo is passionate about digital production and the ability it gives content makers to tell stories in different ways.
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.
Siwan Hywel, S4C Representative
Siwan is a Partnership Officer at S4C, working within the Partnerships Team which is responsible for relations between S4C and external institutions and organisations, including the National Assembly for Wales, the Welsh Government and the Westminster Government. The role involves developing and maintaining both political and community partnerships.
Prior to joining S4C in November 2014, Siwan worked at Bangor University’s Welsh for Adults Centre, where she organised and co-ordinated formal and informal courses for Welsh learners, and was responsible for marketing and communications. Siwan then was seconded to the Welsh Government’s Welsh Language Unit, working as a Development Officer as part of the community team, developing partnerships. She studied Welsh and Education at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.
Siwan lives in Cardiff and is originally from Padog near Betws y Coed.
Angharad Mair, Tinopolis
Angharad is an Executive Director with Tinopolis, one of the main independent media companies in the UK, and she is Chair of Tinopolis Wales. Her career began in BBC Wales in 1982 presenting the children’s magazine programme Bilidowcar, the moved to the News Department to present the breakfast news bulletins for BBC Wales. Angharad then progressed to present Wales Today and Newyddion for S4C. She joined Tinopolis in 1990 as one of the first presenters of the new magazine programme Heno. Angharad continues to present the programme and she is also Editor of S4C’s daily programmes which include Heno and the afternoon show Prynhawn Da. She was a columnist for the Wales on Sunday and the Welsh magazine Golwg for 5 years where she often wrote about the importance of the creative industries in Wales. She is also a keen runner and she represented Great Britain in the marathon in the World Championships in Athens in 1997.
David joined the film industry in 1970 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, moving across to Pinewood Studios, where would be in residence for over twenty five years, he became a freelance Film Accountant, took the opportunity to elevate to Production Manager and, combining his financial and production experiences, became a Line Producer, Representative for Completion Guarantors and, ultimately, a Producer. His experience now stretches to more than fifty films and TV productions on 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 included 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 UK (board member for its inaugural 3 years) David has served on the “Skillset Cymru” training panel and tutored BA and MA at the Atrium University in Cardiff. He is currently a committee member of BAFTA Cymru.
David is an active writer, completing many screenplays, teleplays, short stories together with his first bestselling novel. Fully conversant with the script writing discipline, David also now adopts the role of script “guru” to many young aspiring writers.
Extensive surgery in the last five years resulted in a diary, “The Impatient Outpatient”, which was a bestseller on Amazon.
David lives in Cardiff and is married with a mature family.
A comprehensive list of David’s credits can be found on IMDB Pro under the heading David Ball (1).
Chair: Awards Sub-Committee
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.
Chair: Finance and Partnerships Sub-Committee
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.
Chair: North Wales Sub-Committee
Nia Dryhurst started her career in the Film and Television industries as an actor, taking on roles in several S4C productions and as Mary Catherine Hughes in the Oscar nominated film, Hedd Wyn. She then went on to study directing at the European Film College in Denmark and at the Film Department of Bristol University, before taking up her role behind the camera, as Art Director on several European features.
For the past fifteen years, her output has focused mainly on documentary, working in Wales and in London for companies such as Roger Graeff’s Films of Record. During this time, she has produced and directed films for the BBC, S4C, Arte and National Geographic, amongst others, winning awards and widespread recognition for her work.
Nia has also been a member of the Skillset Cymru panel and is currently completing a PhD thesis on Creative Documentary Practise at Aberystwyth University, with the support of Welsh independent production company Cwmni Da. She continues her work as a freelance director and producer, hoping to extend her own professional practice whilst, at the same time, bringing the worlds of industry and academia, ever closer.
Iestyn Garlick started his career in 1974 as a Stage Hand with Cwmni Theatr Cymru in Bangor. He remained there for four years until he joined HTV as a puppeteer on Miri Mawr. From then on he worked on various Children’s Programme’s as well as Pobl y Cwm, Coleg and Dinas, he spent fourteen years as his alter ego, Jeifin Jenkins, on Stage Radio and Television.
He joined Dime Goch, now Antena, some twenty years ago. In those years he has presented various Game Shows, and is currently in Rownd a Rownd (Rondo), where he has been since the first series 17 years ago.
He has been a Committee Member and vice chair of BAFTA Cymru in the past. He has been a Member of TAC Board on various occasions, and has been on the Board continually since 2006, and became Chair in 2009, where he remains to this day.
John has Brit List winning Sci-Fi screenplay THE CALL UP currently in Post-Production. The film is being Produced alongside Stigma Films and was directed by award winning commercials director, Charles Barker. THE CALL UP is being sold by Altitude, distributed by E1 and is set to be released in cinemas autumn/winter 2015.
John has just co-produced THE SILENT STORM starring Damian Lewis (Homeland) and Andrea Riseborough (Oblivion) with Neon Films, Barbara Broccoli's Eon Films, New Sparta, The British Film Company and Ffilm Cymru Wales. THE SILENT STORM was selected to have it world premier at the BFI London Film Festival.
Sci-Fi Thriller, THE MACHINE, starring Toby Stephens (Die Another Day, Black Sails), Caity Lotz (The Pact, Arrow) and Denis Lawson (Star Wars) was released in cinemas March 2014 and hit number 2 in the UK iTunes charts and number 5 in USA and Germany. The film won a British Independent Film Award, Best Sci-Fi and Best Actress at Toronto After Dark, Three British Academy Awards Cymru including Best Film and Best UK Feature of the Raindance Film Festival.
John's first feature was the BIFA nominated LITTLE WHITE LIES, Official Selection at Moscow and winner of two BAFTA Cymru Awards. He’s been nominated for the Screen Nation Award twice, is an honouree of the UKFC initiative, Breakthrough Brits. His short films have won The 48 Hour Film Challenge and the BBC New Filmmaker Award at Brief Encounters.
John sits on the Pact Film Policy Group, Ffilm Cymru Wales, BAFTA Cymru and has guest lectured at The National Film and Television School and The University of Wales.
Supernatural thriller DON'T KNOCK TWICE is scheduled for production spring 2015. The film will be directed by Caradog James, co-produced with Seymor Films and has been scripted by Emmy nominated writing duo Huckerby and Ostler. John’s and Caradog’s company Red and Black Films continues to develop and finance a high-concept slate mainly weighted towards elevated genre.
Sophie Francis Jones
Sophie started working in television and film drama in 1992 gaining experience in a range of production roles whilst working mainly in Wales. In 1998 she joined BBC Wales as a Script Editor where she worked on a number of projects including the International Emmy Award winning children's drama “The Magician’s House” and was part of the team that created Radio Wales soap opera “Station Road” and its TV spin-off “Belonging": she produced Belonging series 3 to 6 winning 3 x Bafta Cymru Best Drama Series awards and a Celtic Best Series Torc. After a stint producing Casualty Sophie returned to BBC Wales and worked closely with the New Media department producing ground-breaking cross-platform content for Doctor Who and Torchwood, also producing a couple of episodes of the latter.
Her passion is working with writers on script and story development. In 2009 she joined Fiction Factory where she co-created and produced the first two series of “Gwaith/Cartref”, for S4C, now in its 5th series. Two years as Script Producer at Casualty followed and now she is now working as a freelance producer and recently set up her own drama development and production company, Ffilmworks, which has just completed its first commissioned production.
Twenty years in international film sales, marketing and distribution - with Summit, PolyGram and formerly MD of Salt - Samantha has sold films as diverse as Fargo, Memento, American Pie, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Dead Man Walking and The Blair Witch Project. More recently she sold and executive produced Sundance comedy hit Grabbers, Toronto opener documentary Sunshine Superman and comedy drama Miss You Already starring Toni Collette and Drew Barrymore and directed by Catherine Hardwicke, which she also co-developed. Samantha is now a freelance script and development consultant - focusing on helping projects to become viable in the domestic and international marketplaces - and lecturer.
In 2010 Samantha created “The Vipers Nest”, a creative collective for commercially oriented first-time filmmakers which now boasts thirty six alumni, and which is now being set up as a training entity, to provide select courses for rising and emerging filmmakers. Samantha has lectured for the likes of NFTS, London Film School, iFeatures, London Film Festival and Ffilm Cymru. She was also a founder board member of Film Export UK, the trade association of British sales companies.
Samantha recently moved from London to Llanfrynach, a tiny village in the Brecon Beacons from whence her family originates. And makes jam and home cured bacon. And writes a little.
Co-optees to Sub Committees
Aled Parry, Cube Interactive - Events
Anton Faulconbridge, RANT Media - Finance and Partnerships
Bedwyr Rees, Rondo, North Wales
Berwyn Rowlands, Festivals Company - Finance and Partnerships
Elenor Roberts, Tinopolis - Events
Elin Rees, Elin Rees PR - Awards
Emyr Williams, Pontio - North Wales
Gaynor Davies, S4C - Awards
Ifor ap Glyn, Cwmni Da - North Wales
Jamie Medhurst, Aberystwyth University - North Wales
Joedi Langley, Welsh Government Creative Industries - Finance and Partnerships
Llyr Morus, BBC Wales - Finance and Partnerships
Mari Emlyn, Galeri - North Wales
Ralph Ferneyhough, GamesDev North Wales - Events
Rhys Bevan, S4C - Events