People

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Kate Kinninmont MBE

Chief Executive

Kate Kinninmont MBE

Chief Executive

Kate is CEO of Women in Film and Television (UK). WFTV is the leading membership organisation for women working in creative media in the UK and part of an international network of over 13,000 women worldwide.

WFTV lobbies for equality of opportunity, runs a prestigious mid-career mentoring scheme, collaborates with industry bodies on research projects, produces a programme of industry events throughout the year and runs a hugely successful Awards ceremony every December.

A BBC trained, award-winning TV producer and director, Kate is a member of BAFTA, the Royal Television Society, Women in Journalism, and Directors UK; she is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Woman of the Year Alumna, and a Special Advisor to The European Women’s Audiovisual Network, and visiting Professor of Gender in Media at the University of Hertfordshire.

In 2014 Kate was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours List for services to women in the film and television industry and, with Ralph Fiennes and Richard Linklater, was made an Honorary Associate of the London Film School.

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Helen L Alexander

Head of Production

Helen L Alexander

Head of Production

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Natalie Samson

Head of Awards & Events

Natalie Samson

Head of Awards & Events

Natalie started her television career as a PA wrangling dogs, cats, cows, chickens and butterflies around her native New Zealand countryside. She quickly moved up the NZ television industry ladder, editing sports packages, interviewing motorbike riders, reporting live from awards ceremonies, booking celebrities, and editing presenter scripts. Her home-grown career culminated in Producing NZ’s version of “Top of the Pops”.

With visions of greater things, a move to the UK was inevitable. Since calling London her home, Natalie has worked on food programmes for BBC1, BBC2 and Channel Five, leading to a strict gym routine.

An early move into the stereoscopic 3D market saw her working on numerous 3D shows, documentaries, and live music events including high speed idents for the 2012 Olympics and Kylie’s Aphrodite tour at the O2. She has proudly been the 3D Producer for several award winning David Attenborough documentaries and various other award winning docs for Sky3D and IMAX.

Natalie was accepted on to the WFTV (UK) Mentoring Scheme in 2013, and following the scheme she added another string to her bow by working on the 2013 WFTV Awards. After a period working on events for PromaxBDA, Natalie joined the WFTV team as the Awards and Special Projects Producer and then took on the full time role of Head of Awards and Events. Natalie runs the year long, twice weekly events programme for WFTV (UK) members, organises events at various film festivals and is the Producer of the annual WFTV (UK) Awards - a glamorous red carpet event attended by 1000 of the UK film and TV industries key players.

Natalie has fuelled her passion for natural history by travelling extensively throughout Asia, Central and South America and has become a Scuba Instructor in Honduras. She continues to research and develop her own documentary and film projects and Produced the short film "No Man's Land" in 2015.

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Admin and Events Assistant

Megan K. Fox

Admin and Events Assistant

Megan took an early interest in event management, running spoken word, live music and secret cinema events in Dublin during her BA studies in Film, Literature and Drama. She wrote and directed her first short film towards the end of her course and that's when her desires shifted towards a career in Film Directing. She quickly fell in love with the filmmaking process and pursued every opportunity to get on set and learn more, starting with AD jobs on Irish Film Board shorts and Neil Jordan's vampire thriller 'Byzantium'.

Six years later, she has worked in a variety of production and on-set roles for companies such as BBC, Sky Arts and Parallel Pictures, gaining experience and knowledge in the industry from all angles whilst supporting her own filmmaking career. Megan moved to London in 2014 to enrol in an MA Directing course at Met Film School, which she graduated from in 2015.

She is currently developing her first feature, having written and directed three award winning short films to date. Her last short 'Girl' was one of the winners of the WFTV Lifetime Shorts Competition, which gave her work great exposure and an inside look in to the amazing support that WFTV offer to female filmmakers. Megan was excited to join the team at WFTV UK and hopes to help other women get their start in the industry.

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Nicola Lees

WFTV Mentoring Scheme

Nicola Lees

WFTV Mentoring Scheme

Nicola Lees worked in television in London and NYC for more than fifteen years, where she specialised in factual development. As well as producing the WFTV Mentoring Scheme, she runs the Sara Putt Associates Trainee and Foundation Schemes. She is the author of Greenlit: Developing Factual TV Ideas from Concept to Pitch and Give Me the Money and I'll Shoot!: Finance Your Factual TV/Film Project

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Cassandra Sigsgaard, Chair

Producer

Cassandra Sigsgaard, Chair

Producer

Cassandra Sigsgaard launched Jeva Films in 2008 and since its inception has produced a diverse catalogue of films, in collaboration with established and emerging talent.

Cassandra has just produced the feature documentary INDIA IN A DAY for Scott Free Films, directed by Richie Mehta, which had its International Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September this year. The film has been released theatrically in India, and following further festival appearances, will be released on Youtube next year.

She previously produced the feature debut from the Blaine brothers, NINA FOREVER, which has been hailed as “strikingly original” by Screen International, and by Total Film as “a startling debut, as affecting as it is daring”. It premiered at SXSW in 2015 and has gone on to screen at film festivals all over the world, winning Total Film’s Best Film award at Frightfest Film Festival London, and the BIFA for Most Promising Newcomer for its star, Abigail Hardingham. It was released in the UK and Ireland by Studiocanal in February 2016, and at the same time in the US by Epic Pictures.

She is currently packaging two films by Screen International Star of Tomorrow writer Joy Wilkinson, and financing a new film written and to be directed by Richie Mehta. On her development slate is the next original feature from the Blaine brothers, a new feature from Sasha Hails, and the comedy, I’LL SEE MYSELF OUT, by Molly Naylor and Nathan Filer, being developed with support from Creative England.

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Sara Putt, Deputy Chair

Agent & MD

Sara Putt, Deputy Chair

Agent & MD

Sara Putt established Sara Putt Associates in 1989 and has been working as Managing Director and Agent here ever since. As well as the day job Sara has also produced several award winning short films including Tattoo which was BAFTA nominated in 2002.

Sara is a BAFTA Trustee, sits on the main BAFTA Board, the TV Committee and is chair of the Learning and New Talent Committee.

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Kate Kinninmont MBE

Chief Executive

Kate Kinninmont MBE

Chief Executive

Kate is CEO of Women in Film and Television (UK). WFTV is the leading membership organisation for women working in creative media in the UK and part of an international network of over 13,000 women worldwide.

WFTV lobbies for equality of opportunity, runs a prestigious mid-career mentoring scheme, collaborates with industry bodies on research projects, produces a programme of industry events throughout the year and runs a hugely successful Awards ceremony every December.

A BBC trained, award-winning TV producer and director, Kate is a member of BAFTA, the Royal Television Society, Women in Journalism, and Directors UK; she is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Woman of the Year Alumna, a Special Advisor to The European Women’s Audiovisual Network and is on the Advisory Board of Southampton University’s research project, Calling the Shots: Women and Contemporary UK Film Culture. She is also a Visiting Professor in the School of Creative Arts at the University of Hertfordshire.

In 2014 Kate was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours List for services to women in the film and television industry and, with Ralph Fiennes and Richard Linklater, was made an Honorary Associate of the London Film School.

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Val Cazalet, Treasurer

Accountant

Val Cazalet, Treasurer

Accountant

Val is a partner at media specialist accountants and advisers Kingston Smith. With 30 years’ experience of working with individuals and companies in many areas of the creative sector, and with a particular interest in film and television, she has a detailed understanding of the issues her media clients face and always takes a hands-on, practical and proactive approach.
Val works with a range of creative businesses, including AIM-listed companies, SMEs, groups of companies and individuals. She offers advice that is tailored to each client’s specific need and her media experience includes clients in brand design, advertising, events management, production and special effects, internet and technology, PR, radio as well as film and TV.
She is a board member and treasurer of Women in Film and TV.

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Victoria Gaskell

Lawyer

Victoria Gaskell

Lawyer

Victoria is a partner in Olswang's media team and co-heads the sector for the firm.

Victoria focusses on commercial, regulatory and transactional work for the content and digital media industries and her clients include production companies, distributors, platforms and channels as well as brands and advertisers. Victoria also acts for talent and advises on brand exploitation, joint ventures and publishing deals.

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Satwant Gill

Project & Event Producer

Satwant Gill

Project & Event Producer

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Sadie Groom

Marketing & PR MD

Sadie Groom

Marketing & PR MD

Sadie founded Bubble & Squeak in 1999 and is still very much our driving force. Using her 20 years of PR and Marketing experience she not only looks after the business side of things but also works with the clients on strategy and ideas.

Elizabeth McIntyre
CEO & Festival Director of Sheffield Doc/Fest

Elizabeth McIntyre

CEO & Director of Sheffield Doc/Fest

Elizabeth McIntyre

CEO & Director of Sheffield Doc/Fest

Prior to becoming CEO of Doc/Fest, Elizabeth was Head of Production and Development at Factual Discovery UK, and Factual Commissioner for Discovery Networks International. An award-winning documentarian and Head of Documentary Campus Masterschool, she sits on the Board of Women in Film & Television and the BAFTA TV Committee.

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Emma Thomas

Script Supervisor & Continuity

Emma Thomas

Script Supervisor & Continuity

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Liz Tucker

Producer

Liz Tucker

Producer

Liz Tucker is an award winning British documentary producer and director. At 23, she became a Radio 4 producer, before moving into television. On the iconic show Tomorrow’s World, her film about Trevor Baylis, inventor of the clockwork radio, resulted in its worldwide launch.

Since then, she has worked as a director, producer and series producer on a wide range of documentary programmes, including The Man Who Faked His Life, Blood of the Vikings and Horizon. She has made films for the BBC, Channel 4 and a number of the major US Networks including WGBH NOVA, Discovery and TLC. Her programmes have been shown in over 90 countries and have won a number of prestigious awards. Liz is also the managing director of Verve Production's sister company, Verve Training.

http://www.verveproductions.co.uk/

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Gurinder Chadha

Director

Gurinder Chadha

Director

Gurinder Chadha OBE is a film director of Punjabi Sikh Kenyan Asian origin. Most of her films explore the lives of Indians living in England. This common theme among her work showcases the trials of Indian women living in England and how they must reconcile their converging traditional and modern cultures. Although many of her films seem like simple quirky comedies about Indian women, they actually address many social and emotional issues, especially ones faced by immigrants caught between two worlds.

Much of her work also consists of adaptations from book to film, but with a different flare. She is best known for the hit films Bhaji on the Beach (1993), Bend It Like Beckham (2002), Bride and Prejudice (2004), Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging (2008), and the comedy film It's a Wonderful Afterlife (2010). Her upcoming project is the partition drama film Viceroy's House (2017).

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Elizabeth Karlsen

Producer

Elizabeth Karlsen

Producer

Elizabeth co-founded Number 9 Films with Stephen Woolley in 2002 after a long collaboration at leading independent UK film distribution and producing company Palace Pictures.

Most recently they produced the multi award winning critical and box office success CAROL, an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel, written by award winning scribe Phyllis Nagy, directed by Todd Haynes, starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara.

Elizabeth has served on the board of EM Media, The Edinburgh Festival, was chair of Women in Film and TV UK and she is on the advisory board for the 2016 NFTS Gala.

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Sandi Toksvig OBE

Writer & Broadcaster

Sandi Toksvig OBE

Writer & Broadcaster

Sandi Toksvig OBE is a comedian, writer, actor, presenter and producer on British radio and television, and political activist.

She is joint founder of the Women's Equality Party (established in March 2015), was installed as Chancellor of the University of Portsmouth in October 2012, and is the current president of the Women of the Year Lunch.

HONORARY MEMBERS
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Dawn Airey

Dawn Airey

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Dame Joan Bakewell

Dame Joan Bakewell

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Barbara Broccoli OBE

Barbara Broccoli OBE

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Andrew Davies

Andrew Davies

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Michael Grade CBE

Michael Grade CBE

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Stephen Frears

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Margaret Jay - BT Non-Executive Director

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Baroness Jay of Paddington

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Baroness Helena Kennedy QC

Baroness Helena Kennedy QC

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Dame Helen Mirren

Dame Helen Mirren

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Sir Alan Parker CBE

Sir Alan Parker CBE

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Tessa Ross CBE

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Sir Sydney Samuelson CBE

Sir Sydney Samuelson CBE

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Stewart Till CBE

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Julie Walters CBE

Julie Walters CBE

History

In 1989, a group of women came together for the first WFTV (UK) meeting. A mix of executives, creatives and performers, they included Lynda La Plante, Norma Heyman, Jenne Casarroto, Dawn French, Joan Collins and Janet Street-Porter. These were all women who enjoyed career success but knew that the male-dominated industry needed to fundamentally change if women were to be truly equal. They resolved to take positive action and follow in the footsteps of organisations in Los Angeles and New York City established in the ’70s to support women working in the film and TV industries. They did this by creating a network of members and organising workshops, events, and mentoring to help them progress in their careers.

In 1990, the first Women in Film awards ceremony was held to recognise the achievements of some of the most successful women the industry could boast. Twenty-five years on, the WFTV Awards is the largest annual celebration of women working in film, TV and digital media in the UK – tickets to the prestigious event sell out in minutes. Today, WFTV (UK) continues to expand and build upon the vital work of that original group of women. Over the years we have seen improvements within the industry but there’s still a long way to go. We hope that you will become a part of our organisation’s history and help us to make the creative-media industries’ future fairer for all.

Pictured, at the (UK) WIF launch party in 1990: Janet Street-Porter and Joan Collins; Mirra Bank Brockman, Janet Street-Porter, Norma Heyman, Joan Collins, Joan Plowright, Jill Bennett, (seated) Katrina Wood and Susan Lazarus; Dawn French.

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International

Women in Film and Television International (WIFTI) is a global network comprised of over 10,000 members worldwide dedicated to advancing professional development and achievement for women working in all areas of film, TV, and other screen-based media.

As part of this international organisation, WFTV (UK) is able to share information with women in the film and television industries across the world, and network internationally.

Throughout the year, various chapters of WIFTI present events on behalf of the international community. WFTV (UK) hosts an annual reception at the Cannes Film Festival [pictured] for members from across the world, and produces a number of events at the London Film Festival every year. Every two years WIFTI hosts an international summit, presented by a particular chapter.