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.
TBC, S4C Representative
Allison Dowzell, Welsh Government Representative
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.
Editor David Peate has sixteen years experience in the industry. Choosing a work experienced based career path he left college and started as a runner, then edit assistant, at London based facilities before moving to Cardiff in 2002. He has worked on many network productions, including Time Team, Whites, Grandpa in My Pocket and Hunters of the South Seas. He also works extensively on commercials and promos, works closely with the BBC Wales Creative Services department, and has been involved in many award winning promos. Having established himself in an environment of often tight deadlines, and with an eye for detail, he also directs short films for 48 hour film challenge competitions.
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.
Samantha has over 20 years’ experience of television production mainly in producing factual features and documentaries. The content she has delivered with packed with challenging stories produced with creative flair and enthusiasm. Samantha has a track record of gaining access to major institutions in Wales and beyond. These qualities have been recognised by the media industry as she have won both a Royal Television Society Award and a BAFTA Cymru Award for her work in documentary storytelling. She is currently working as an Exec/Series Producer in BBC Studios. Most recently, she has delivered the BBC One Series ‘The Wanted’, developed new daytime formats as well as continuing to make the various ‘24/7’ documentary series for BBC Wales. Samantha is passionate about collaboration, team work and seeking out industry partnerships - embracing innovation and leading large multi-skilled teams to tell the best possible stories. Outside of work she is a deputy chair and parent governor for the Welsh Language Primary School, Ysgol Castellau in Beddau. She has run both the London and Brighton Marathons and completed the Great North Run and has recently gained a certificate in Leadership and Management from the University of Wales.
Ifty is a solicitor who leads the BBC Wales Studios team. He’s previously worked on both independent and in house drama deals, including Sherlock, Doctor Who, Torchwood and been credited on Parade’s End and War and Peace. A particular interest of his is raising finance for drama productions through distribution finance or tax incentives (Parade’s End, War and Peace) and assisting in multi-platform brand extensions of Doctor Who (as seen in its computer games, animations and arena tours) and Merlin, Being Human and Sherlock.
Earlier in his career he assisted in the conception of “2bdiscovered.com” which was a forerunner of You Tube and talent shows, which was nominated in the 2000 Broadcast Awards, Best New Media Category.
He’s keen to see Welsh skills continue to evolve and develop in his areas to help perpetuate current successes.
Rebekah Gilbertson is the Founder of Rainy Day Films. Rebekah trained as a painter. In 1997, she published Handlines, a book endorsed by the Red Cross and received Country Life’s Millennium award. She began her film career with a Forum for the Future Mackintosh Scholarship in 1998, followed, in 2001, by a National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts Fellowship. In 2004, with a Sir John Terry Memorial Scholarship, she completed her MA in Film Production at the National Film and Television School, where her work received several awards. This same year, Rebekah was one of Screen International’s Stars of Tomorrow. In 2008, Rebekah was honoured with a Women in Film TalkbackThames New Talent Award and featured in Tatler’s New Brit Talent list. In 2009, Rebekah completed the Inside Pictures programme. Her first feature film, The Edge of Love, was released in 2008, followed by Patagonia in 2011 and Another Me in 2014. She was a member of the Ffilm Cymru Wales board from 2009 until 2015, and sits on the Producer Advisory Board for the National Film and Television School.
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
Ceri Mears, Drama Publicist, BBC Wales - Events
Elenor Roberts, Tinopolis - Events
Elin Rees, Elin Rees PR - Awards
Elliw Williams, ATOM PR - North Wales
Emyr Williams, Pontio - North Wales
Gaynor Davies, S4C - Awards
Ifor ap Glyn, Cwmni Da - North Wales
Kate Woodward, Aberystwyth University - North Wales
Llyr Morus, BBC Wales - Finance and Partnerships
Mari Emlyn, Galeri - North Wales
Ralph Ferneyhough, GamesDev North Wales - Events
Rhys Bevan, S4C - Events
Sioned Morys, Chwarel - North Wales