BAFTA Cymru Management Committee
Sian Harris, BBC Cymru Wales Representative
Sacha Mirzoeff, Channel 4 Representative
Sacha Mirzoeff, head of the Channel 4 hub in Bristol, is factual commissioner for Channel 4 across Documentaries and Specialist Factual.
Before that he was the Creative Director and Founder of Marble Films which produced notable feature documentaries such as Xavier Alford’s ‘Locked In Breaking the Silence’ for Storyville.
A former Executive Producer at BBC Bristol overseeing their documentary output in Bristol, he has consistently worked at the highest level of broadcast for 20 years mainly directing films.
Sacha successfully engages with a wide range of professionals and vulnerable people in challenging situations where there are rarely easy answers. He is a board member of the trauma awareness charity DART Europe, he also sits on the committee of the Royal Television Society West of England.
Winner of multiple awards - Grierson, RTS, Wildscreen, Jackson Hole, IWFF, Eurovision TV Summit, Japan Wildlife Film Festival, Bulldog, Deutsche Fernsehpreis and Indie Awards. He has been nominated for multiple BAFTAs and the Banff World Television Prize.
Award winning films include: ‘Drugsland’ (a multi perspective look at the drug world of one city) ‘Protecting our Children’ (about child protection social workers); ‘Charles Darwin and The Tree of Life’ (with David Attenborough); ‘Elsa, the Lioness that Saved the World’ (Natural World for BBC); ‘Shooting Under Fire’ (feature documentary about photographers working in Israel and the Palestinian territories).
Elen Rhys, S4C Representative
Elen has been S4C's Entertainment and Music Commissioner for the past four years. In her role as Entertainment Commissioner for S4C Elen is responsible for comedy, light entertainment, factual entertainment as well as music and many of the events on the channel.
Before joining S4C Elen worked as a producer for BBC Cymru Wales. She has a career in broadcasting spanning over twenty years and has gained wide and comprehensive experience of creating, writing, producing and managing content for audiences in Wales, the UK network and internationally on all platforms.
Joedi Langley, Welsh Government Representative
Carole Green, ITV Cymru Wales Representative
Ralph Ferneyhough, Senior Games Lecturer and Games Representative
Nia Dryhurst, Director and Producer
Chair, North Wales Sub-Committee
Angharad Mair, Executive Producer, 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.
Jane Dauncey, Freelance Drama Producer
Over the last few years, I’ve been producing TV drama for ITV, both “Law and Order UK” then “The Trials of Jimmy Rose”, with Ray Winstone. I then went for 5 months to Cambodia with BBC Media Action, producing dramas, feature films and comedy about safe sex and democracy (two separate series!) before coming back to produce an ITV thriller in Brighton/London called “The Level”. Now, I’m happy to be back home in Cardiff for a spell, developing series for my own company, Coracle, and also working with Fiction Factory on their slate.
I enjoy teaching at the Royal Welsh College Music and Drama, Glasgow Caledonian Uni, Aberystwyth University and Bath Spa as a guest and mentor to students.
Born in Wembley, I’ve always loved stories and reading – so got an English degree at Clare College Cambridge and ran Clare Actors. I trained as a newspaper journalist, did three years on an evening paper, moved into radio news and docs at BBC and managed to shimmy across to arty-er stuff via Womans Hour till I was producing radio drama for World Service and then Radio 3 and 4.
I moved to TV drama at BBC Wales under Ruth Caleb, then left to freelance. I have worked on short films, animation, TV new writing, children's dramas including The Story of Tracy Beaker series 1 to 3 and ran Casualty as series producer, though sadly while it was still in Bristol. Through my production company, Machine, we made a single film, Zig Zag Love and a 26 part Canadian co produced children's drama, Tati’s Hotel.
Richard Moss, Managing Director, Gorilla
Chair, Awards Sub-Committee
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.
Allison Dowzell, Managing Director, Screen Alliance Wales
Chair, Events Sub-Committee
Allison began her working life with the BBC’s London based Outside Broadcast Department in London focusing primarily on sports programmes as well as drama and light entertainment. Allison then moved on to the Samuelson Group at Pinewood Studios working with renowned film makers and facilitating feature films. Relocating to Wales Allison went on to establish Wales Screen the organization responsible for promoting Wales as a location for film & Television.
In February 2018, Allison was offered the opportunity of joining, Screen Alliance Wales (“SAW”) is a stand-alone philanthropic company based in the renowned Wolf Studios Wales. SAW has been created by Bad Wolf as the company’s founders recognised that Wales needs an organisation to educate, train and promote TV crew and infrastructure throughout Wales. Created initially by Bad Wolf Limited (“Bad Wolf”) SAW will draw together relevant public and private bodies in Wales to create a single strategic alliance which is resourced by both the public and private sectors. This alliance, under the leadership of SAW, will ensure Wales continues to benefit economically from its Screen Industries.
Samantha Rosie, Executive Producer, BBC Studios
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.
Catrin Lewis Defis, Independent Producer
Chair, Finance & Partnerships Sub-Committee
Catrin is an experienced Cardiff based Producer and Line Producer who has worked on multi award winning TV drama series including BROADCHURCH staring David Tennant and Olivia Coleman for ITV, DOCTOR WHO and TORCHWOOD for BBC1, and Amazon Prime’s THE COLLECTION staring Richard Coyle and Tom Riley. Her films for television include A POET IN NEW YORK with Tom Hollander and SHIRLEY staring Ruth Negga both for BBC2. Catrin produced the BAFTA Cymru and Celtic Film Festival award winning series BANG - an 8-part bilingual TV crime drama based in Port Talbot, created by award winning writer Roger Williams. Catrin’s feature film experiences includes line producing CROW written and directed by Wyndham Price, staring Terence Stamp, Nick Moran and Andrew Howard and BAFTA Cymru’s award winning LAST SUMMER written and directed by Jon Jones. Recently Catrin line produced Craig Roberts’ feature film ETERNAL BEAUTY staring Sally Hawkins and is at the moment producing the second series of BANG starring Catrin Stewart, David Hayman and Alexander Vlahos which is due to air in February 2020 on S4C and BBC iPlayer.
Over the past 20 years Catrin has introduced many individuals onto the industry locally and has watched them develop and become valued and talented crew members in their own right. She is passionate about the continuing development, and also the sustainability of the film and TV industry in Wales.
Nick Shearman, Freelance Executive Producer
Nick has over 35 years’ experience in the factual television industry. He is an award-winning Executive Producer with a consistent track record of making and commissioning successful programmes for all the British terrestrial channels, from being a docu-soap pioneer (Vets’ School, Vets n Practice) to producing international travelogues (Escape To The Wild, John Bishop’s Australia), history programmes and Fact Ent formats (Rock School, Ladette To Lady) as well as factual features (Oz & James’ Big Wine Adventure, The Supervet) and documentaries (The Billion-Pound Hotel, The Truth About Size Zero with Louise Redknapp). He was a BBC Commissioner with responsibility for Welsh independent companies between 2010 and 2012. He is also highly experienced in developing, implementing and driving strategies as part of a management team. He enjoys nurturing and developing talent both on and off-camera, and has given courses for the Indie Training Fund, Creative Skillset and UWE. In addition, he has written two reports for Creative Diversity Network/Skillset on their Diverse Commissioner Programmes, and has served on Prix Italia, RTS, Women In Film & TV and Grierson Award juries.
In recent years Nick has worked as Creative Director at Wildflame Productions, and as a Consultant to Hall Of Mirrors and Orchard Media, all in Cardiff.
Stifyn Parri, Freelance Producer
Entrepreneur and entertainer Stifyn Parri has over 40 years’ experience in the creative industries and works as a Creative Producer, Presenter, Consultant and Mentor. He set up MR PRODUCER in 2001 and has produced some of Wales’ most prominent live events such as the Opening Weekend of Wales Millennium Centre for BBC Wales, the ‘Welcome 2 Wales' Ryder Cup Opening Concert at the Millennium Stadium for SKY 1 and Sky Arts and the 50th Anniversary gala of the Aberfan Disaster at WMC starring Michael Sheen, Bryn Terfel and Sian Phillips.
As an entertainer, he has starred as Marius in Les Miserables in London’s West End, as an actor playing Christopher Duncan in Channel 4’s Brookside, and is a presenter of a game show and chat show host as well as Master of Ceremonies for corporate events, concerts and conferences.
Stifyn created and managed the globally renowned Welsh Expat Social Welsh and Sexy Society (SWS) for over 10 years, with events in London, Spain, New York and Russia. Stifyn, pronounced Stephen, also delivers seminars, workshops and private sessions to develop self-confidence in performance, presentation and interview techniques to all ages and abilities. He is a mentor and role model for young entrepreneurs, a Creative Consultant for various TV companies and a Celebrity liaison manager. He tours his One-Man Shows, and produces and presents his weekly radio show for Radio Cardiff 98.7fm-Stifyn's Stuff 1.30-3pm every Monday. He has just published his autobiography ‘Out with it!’ /’Allan a Fo!’ It’s the first ever bilingual/back to back/English-Welsh autobiography! He works in both languages.
Co-optees to Sub Committees
Bedwyr Rees (North Wales)
Elen Carrington (Events)
Elenor Roberts (Events)
Elliw Williams (North Wales)
Emyr Williams (North Wales)
Erin Lloyd Jones (Events and North Wales)
Gwawr Jones (Awards)
Iestyn Garlick (North Wales)
Ifor ap Glyn (North Wales)
Jasper Warry (North Wales)
Jenna Lewis (Finance & Partnerships)
Kate Woodward (North Wales)
Lois Davies (Events)
Naomi Saunders (North Wales)
Nia Bowden (North Wales)
Paul Edwards (North Wales)
Peter Rogers (Events and Finance & Partnerships)
Richard Hurford (Awards)
Sam Hoyle (Events)
Sioned Morys (North Wales)