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Television Committee

The Television Committee is responsible for advising on the content and presentation of the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards and the British Academy Television Craft Awards; considering categories, chairing juries, providing key editorial advice and recommending Gift of Council awards; and is involved in producing membership events throughout the year. The credits of the Television Committee include some of the very best in British television.


Hannah Wyatt (Chair) 

Managing Director, BBC Studios Factual Entertainment & Events Production

Hannah oversees the creative, commercial, and operational strategy for BBC Studios factual entertainment and events production. She has specific responsibility for titles such as Top Gear, Dragons’ Den and The One Show, as well as for the central Factual Entertainment team, Unscripted Productions, Topical & Live and the Events team. Her specialist teams produce a wide-range of programmes across the genres, from Celebrity Painting Challenge, Countryfile and DIY SOS to new commissions Inside The Duchy for ITV and Chocolate Dreams: Inside Hotel Chocolatfor Channel 5 to award-winning events coverage like Festival Of Remembrance and The Royal Wedding: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Hannah is also responsible for developing new factual entertainment formats to ensure the continued creative growth of IP in this key genre.

Prior to joining BBC Studios, Hannah was Managing Director at Boundless, where she ran the business and oversaw development and the programme slate including The Apprentice for BBC One and Grand Designs for Channel 4. Before Boundless, Hannah was Director of Programmes at Mentorn, rising from Head of Factual Entertainment and Features and responsible for programmes including The Fried Chicken Shop for Channel 4, Watermen: A Dirty Business for BBC Two andHotel Of Mum And Dad for BBC Three.


Lara Akeju

Lara is Commissioning Editor for Daytime Entertainment at ITV. She has over 20 years’ experience in television production and development, beginning her career as a researcher at the BBC in Birmingham.

As a freelance producer-director for many years, Lara worked on documentaries and factual entertainment that often tackled difficult subjects in accessible, enlightening ways. Her production credits include the BBC’s Panorama, The World’s Strictest Parents and Heir Hunters, Channel 4’s Beauty and the Beast: The Ugly Face of Prejudice and ITV’s Real Bad Girls.

In 2013, Lara joined Channel 4 where she developed series including A Very British Brothel and My Trans Story and was project lead for the award-winning coverage of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Moving to Channel 5 as Commissioning Executive in 2017, Lara was responsible for news and daytime output, as well as overseeing primetime factual series such as The Dog Rescuers and Nightmare Tenants Slum Landlords.

Since joining ITV in 2018, Lara has commissioned new entertainment formats including The Switch, John and Lisa’s Weekend Kitchen and Winning Combination. She also looks after long-running series The Chase, Tenable and Dickinson’s Real Deal.  

Lara served as a board member of Directors UK from 2011 to 2014.

She was elected to the BAFTA TV Committee in 2020. 


Elizabeth McIntyre 

Elizabeth is the CEO and Director of the Sheffield Doc/Fest, one of the world’s leading documentary festivals. She began her career in production, with credits such as the award-winning The Lost Children of Berlin for Steven Spielberg’s Shoah Foundation, Five Steps to Tyranny (BBC Two), No Place Like Home (BBC One), Dangerous Love (BBC One), Watergate (BBC Two) and the series Missing (BBC One). She later moved to the factual commissioning team at Discovery Networks International and amassed a number of credits, including The Battle of Ancre and the Advance of the Tanks in association with the Imperial War Museum, The Great White Silence in association with the BFI, Home Front Britain in association with the BFI, Extreme Car Hoarders, Outrageous Acts of Science and Ed Stafford Marooned. She previously ran the Masterschool Documentary Campus in Berlin, is a board member for WFTV and currently sits on the BAFTA Learning and New Talent Committee. McIntyre is a graduate of the University of Birmingham. 

 


Sara Putt (Deputy Chair)

Sara began her career at the BBC, in radio and later, television production. For the past 25 years she has run Sara Putt Associates, an agency for technicians and production personnel offering career management to sections of the freelance industry who had not previously been able to access representation, and now includes above the line and VFX talent. Sara Putt Associates has also established its own trainee scheme to nurture the next generation of freelance talent. In 2008, Sara successfully completed the BGP (Business Growth Programme) at Cranfield School of Management to further develop and strengthen her management skills, and is currently studying for a Graduate Diploma in Law. Throughout her career, Sara has produced films for her clients, including Tattoo which was nominated for the Best Short Film award at the 2002 British Academy Film Awards. Sara sits on the Women in Film and TV Board and, for the past three years, Sara Putt Associates has sponsored the Breakthrough Talent award at the British Academy Television Craft Awards. 


Beryl Richards

Beryl directs Film, TV drama and comedy.  In TV, as lead director, she’s helped create many popular UK teens and kids series, for which she has been awarded 5 BAFTA’s, and 3 Int. EMMY nominations, most recently in 2018, best kids drama for Joe All Alone; and in 2019 an Int Emmy nomination for comedy Secret Life of Boys. 

Beryl’s current feature documentary, Hello Stranger, funded by the BFI and Northern Ireland Screen, is based on 22 years of her own home movies.  Beryl’s short films have been shown in 60 international festivals. Her feature script Runaway won the VFF screenwriting prize at the Berlinale.  Her play Diamond, developed by BBC4 Arts, ran at the 2018 Edinburgh fringe.

Beryl has exec produced 180 kids short films for the European Broadcasting Union working with writers and directors in 38 countries, many films appear in international film festivals; two have recently won a BAFTA for the BBC and S4C.

Beryl chaired the board of Directors UK from 2015-17.  She helped found and also chaired the DUK’s Gender Equality Group, which has led campaigning for better representation of women directors in the UK and worldwide.   She won the 2016 Women in Film/ITV Achievement of the Year award for this work.  She has been an elected member of Bafta's TV committee since 2017.  She is a Bafta mentor and also mentors film/screenwriting students with autism and ADHD.  

Beryl has British and Irish nationality.  She is based in London and in Killyleagh, Northern Ireland where she has directed all her recent TV work and set up production companies Strangford Pictures and Derryboye Films.


Fatima Salaria

Biography to follow


Nicky Sargent

Biography to follow


Claire Zolkwer

Claire Zolkwer is MD of Thunderclap Media, a production company which specialises in content which puts a smile on viewer’s faces, most recently with Galdem Sugar – the first ever dual commission between BBC Three and BBC Sounds. Previously, she served nearly a decade as a commissioning editor at ITV where she commissioned Celebrity Juice, TOWIE, Plebs, Off Their Rockers and You’re Back In The Room amongst many others. Before her commissioning stint she was a jobbing producer working on the first incarnations of many of the most successful reality shows including Pop Idol, I’m A Celebrity and Dancing On Ice.  

She moved from Glasgow in 1991 with a dream to make it in the television industry and began her career as a runner on Class Action, a C4 current affairs series for teachers and parents.  It went out on a Friday night at 8pm and it didn’t get recommissioned because it didn’t quite reach the required 6m viewers! Television has certainly changed since then. 

Claire has continued to create original content throughout her career and aims keep up this tradition at Thunderclap.


Ade Rawcliffe

Director of Creative Diversity, ITV

Ade Rawcliffe is Director of Creative Diversity at ITV and is responsible for delivering ITV’s on-going commitment to reflecting the diversity of modern Britain at the heart of mainstream television, both onscreen and behind the camera. At ITV she launched its Commissioning Commitments to embed diversity and inclusion into the commissioning process.

Prior to that, Ade led the Creative Diversity team at Channel 4 and spearheaded the delivery of the broadcaster’s 360° Diversity Charter. She oversaw the creation of C4’s Commissioning Diversity Guidelines and developed programmes through diverse funding vehicle the Alpha Fund.

Rawcliffe was also part of the team responsible for C4’s coverage of Rio 2016 Paralympics and London 2012 Paralympics, which broke records for employing disabled presenters and production staff. 

Ade also worked in the Features Commissioning team at C4 and as Television Producer at the BBC, ITV and in the independent sector working on shows including: Big Brother, The Big Breakfast and This Morning. She is a Chair of BAFTA’s Learning and New Talent Committee, a Board Member of Women in Film & Television (WFTV), Founding Board Member of Times UP UK and a Trustee of the National Trust.


John Strickland 

John Strickland is a multi-award winning Television and Film director whose
work was recently showcased in BODYGUARD - BBC/Netflix and LINE OF DUTY
5 - BBC.
He started work in the film cutting rooms of the BBC before going on to direct
the Emmy winning drama PRIME SUSPECT 2 for Granada and has received 4
Bafta nominations.
He's worked in North America as well as Europe on contemporary, period and
science fiction dramas and is currently developing THE TIP, a film for Tristar.
He was elected onto the TV Committee for the first time this year.


Co-opted Members

Sarah Asante
- biography to follow


Becky Cadman - biography to follow


Katie Player

Katie Player is a Production Manager who has worked in both film and TV for many of major UK broadcasters and SVOD platforms.

After gaining a placement in the BBC Drama department Katie started her career working Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor. Shot in 3D and broadcast simultaneously in 94 countries and cinemas around the world.

She then began working as a Production Coordinator on numerous tv series & independent films including The A Word, Kiri, You, Me & Him, Churchill, Collateral and Lee & Dean. Katie also Produced the Edinburgh Festivals first ever Meet the Commissioners event providing freelance talent with direct access to commissioners and industry leaders.

More recently Katie has production managed season 1 of Amazon Studios Hanna filmed in Budapest, Berlin, Spain and the UK and Hulu/Channel 4’s The Accident.


Lucy Willis 

Commisisoning Editor Factual, Channel 5, ViacomCBS

Lucy is a Commissioning Editor at Channel 5, ViacomCBS, where she looks after a wide-ranging factual slate including history, documentaries, popular factual and drama documentaries.

She is responsible for a number of the Channels peak-time factual programmes including the observational series Warship: Life at Sea; the hybrid history series Inside the Tower of London and a forthcoming six-part landmark series about the life of Churchill.

Lucy was also behind Diana: Seven Days That Shook The Windsor’s; the major eight part drama documentary series Eight Days That Made Rome; and a number of the channels stripped history event pieces including Pompeii: Countdown to destruction with Bettany Hughes.

She has also commissioned the channel’s popular historical drama documentaries: Wallis: The Queen That Never Was and Elizabeth I, starring Lily Cole.

Before moving to Channel 5 Lucy was Head of UK Factual and Multiplatform at Raw Television where she won a number of awards including two Emmy’s.


Hilary Rosen - biography to follow


Committee Advisors 
 

Adeel Amini 

Adeel Amini is a freelance Senior Producer in Entertainment, and has worked on shows such as Catchphrase, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, Blind Date, 8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, and many more. He is also the founder of pan-industry working group Coalition For Change.

In 2018 Adeel formed what is now known as The TV Mindset, a mental health support group for freelancers based on his own experiences in the industry (and having to temporarily leave it). While initially a peer-support group, the TV Mindset has evolved into a platform for freelancers to share their issues while also advocating for constructive change. 

Alongside wellbeing webinars, the TV Mindset has also tackled issues such as the culture of fear in TV as well as racism in the industry (a webinar that has since been watched by over 6,000 people). The name is now recognised in the industry as a force for change, and helps advise and inform policies of key players and institutions.


Paul Gilbert

Paul ​is a commissioning executive for Sky Drama, exec-ing a range of shows such as Bulletproof, Tin Star, Strike Back and new Sky One sci-fi series, Intergalactic. Before that he produced the BBC/Masterpiece series​, Press, for Lookout Point and series 2​ of Humans for Kudos, Channel 4 & AMC.

He was previously Head of Drama Development at Big Talk Productions where he oversaw E4 comedy-drama Youngers and the BBC1 family drama Our Zoo.

For many years he was an in-house Development Producer and Script Editor at BBC Drama Production and BBC Drama Northern Ireland, driving a raft of original series, serials and singles, including One Child, The Paradise, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Money, The Interceptor, The Last Days of Lehman Brothers and Messiah.


Dan Maynard - biography to follow