Panel Discussion

WFTV Event: Asian women changing the face of the TV industry

17th October 2019 18:30

Thursday 17 October 2019 | 18:30 – 20:30

St Anne’s Church | 55 Dean Street | London | W1D 6AF 

Pale, male and stale? How do we change the face of the entertainment industry to make it more diverse, more inclusive and more representative both on and off screen? WFTV meets a group of talented South Asian women who are making waves in different sectors of the industry including commissioning, talent management and publicity.  What’s it like being the only ethnic minority woman in a room that is often filled with established white faces? What has inspired them to be ambitious trailblazers in their fields and what challenges have they faced?   Join us for an entertaining and lively discussion!

Panellists include:

Reetu Kabra – PR and Publicist and Founder, RK PR with over 15 years’ experience in arts and entertainment. She started her career working for Discovery Networks and then moved into publishing at Penguin Random House.  Following four years promoting books and authors she moved back into TV with positions at UKTV, BBC Arts and BBC Worldwide/Studios where she managed global brand publicity for shows including Doctor Who and Sherlock. In 2017 she launched RK PR, an independent PR consultancy looking after writing and acting clients as well as entertainment projects.  Her latest clients include Apple, Amazon and Warner Media.

Sara Sehdev – Talent Manager & Founder, Core MGMT Having started her career working at Independent, Hamilton Hodell and Spotlight, Sara Sehdev created Core MGMT, a boutique talent agency that specialises in nurturing diverse and international talent. Her clients work on some of the biggest shows on the planet, including Game of Thrones, Killing Eve and Chernobyl.

Alongside this, she has recently started Three Little Birds Pictures, a production company with inclusion at its heart, which currently has two features and a series in development.

Kalpna Patel-Knight – Commissioner, BBC Entertainment. She’s across shows on BBC One, BBC Two and BBC Three. Her broad slate includes Saturday night shows The Greatest Dancer and Michael McIntyre’s Big Show, quiz show Catchpoint, panel show QI and fact ent show Eating With My Ex. Before taking up the role of commissioner Kalpna was an executive producer on ITV hits Surprise Surprise, Gold Rings and E4 show Celebs Go Dating. She has over 20 years production experience and has worked on Strictly Come Dancing, Big Brother, Blue Peter and Got To Dance.

Manori Ravindran – Editor, Television Business International (TBI) Magazine. She began her career as a freelance film critic and arts journalist in Canada for national newspapers The Globe and Mail and National Post, before joining realscreen magazine as Staff Writer. After one year, she was promoted to News Editor. She moved from Toronto to London in 2016, where she joined Broadcast as International Editor. After two years, she was recruited by TBI to serve as Editor.

She is events lead for the UK’s Broadcasting Press Guild, and is a contributor for the International Documentary Association’s magazine. When she’s not engrossed in film and TV, she can be found in her allotment.

This event is open to WFTV members and non-members. Non-members can book your tickets for a small nominal payment of £5. Scroll down to the bottom of the event page and you will see a non-members ticket option. If you would like to join WFTV our membership costs just £100 + VAT/year, please click here or email admin@wftv.org.uk

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This event is for women in the film and television industry only.