WFTV Glasgow – The Year Ahead in Scottish Programming

9th February 2017 6:30 pm

Join us for our first WFTV (UK) event in Glasgow for 2017 where we will be in discussion with some of Glasgow’s key decision makers and influencers in TV and Radio programming.

Joining us on our panel will be:

  • Bruce Young – Editor, BBC Radio Drama
  • Deborah Dunnett – Nations & Regions Executive, Channel 4
  • Kieran Hannigan – Executive Producer, River City
  • Sara Harkins – Creative Director Children’s BBC

If you would you like to find out the best way to get your programme proposal commissioned, or are looking for your next job opportunity you won’t want to miss this event.

You will get a chance to understand our panellist’s roles, what their goals are for the coming year, and what they are looking for in regards to new working relationships and content.

Natalie Samson, Head of Awards & Events at WFTV (UK), will host the panel, then you will have the chance to ask questions during the formal Q&A. This is not an opportunity for you to pitch ideas.

Please arrive from 18:30 for a glass of wine before for a prompt 19:00 start.

Please only sign up once.


Bruce YoungBruce Young – Editor, BBC Radio Drama

After graduating from Edinburgh University Bruce Young joined BBC Scotland as a radio arts and features producer. He produced the Storyline readings strand on Radio Scotland for a number of years before moving to radio drama in 2000. Drama directing credits for Radio 4 include the Victorian detective series, McLevy, as well as dramatisations of many popular and classic books, including Ian Rankin’s Rebus novels, Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose and Muriel Spark’s The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.


debbie_dunnettDeborah Dunnett – Nations & Regions Executive, Channel 4

Deborah joined Channel 4 in September 2016 from Scottish indie Raise the Roof to take the newly created role of Nations & Regions Executive. Based in Channel 4’s Glasgow office, Deborah’s role involves working closely with a number of genre commissioners and providing increased creative support for the development of regional production companies UK-wide. During her time with Raise the Roof, one of Channel 4’s biggest regional suppliers, Deborah’s Executive Producer credits include Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas and Phil Spencer Secret Agent for C4; alongside Holiday of My Lifetime for BBC. She also spent five years as the indie’s Head of Development.


Kieran Hannigan – Executive Producer, River City

Kieran currently heads up River City, which continues to go from strength-to-strength, regularly winning high AI scores and critical recognition. In 2016 the show won a Writers’ Guild award for ‘Best Long Running TV Series’ and a MIND Media Award for a self-harm story-line, in addition to a BAFTA Scotland nomination for the portrayal of infant death. Kieran has placed talent firmly at the heart of the River City, retaining some of the best established talent in the country and taking risks on nurturing bold new voices and visions. In the past 12 months, River City has given TV debuts to some of Scotland’s most acclaimed playwrights and novelists as well as nurturing BAFTA-nominated directing talent. Having started his television career as a freelancer in production, Kieran discovered a passion for storytelling and undertook a Masters in screenwriting, which led to a script editor role with BBC Scotland Drama. There he worked across development projects as well as productions such as River City and Waterloo Road. He later trained as a producer on Casualty before returning to Scotland to produce River City.


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Sara Harkins – Creative Director Children’s BBC

Sara heads up the Children’s Scotland department working across CBBC and CBeebies content and is presently Creative Director for River City too. She was recently Executive Producer on The Dog Ate My Homework (winner of BAFTA Scotland Children’s Programme), Katie Morag (winner of many awards including Freesat, BAFTA’s, RTS Scotland and Kidscreen) and A Long Long Crime Ago. She is a member of BBC Scotland Editorial Board and a member of Children’s Board (Salford).

Film City Glasgow

Film City Glasgow was established by Sigma Films in 2000 to create a community and an environment that could enable the whole production process to take place under one roof. Film City functions as a multi-purpose facility for the screen industries, offering low cost, flexible short term space hire, adaptable to every project and budget, and for those interested in permanent occupation, provides a fully serviced office solution, in a dynamic and synergetic environment for creative/media cross-fertilisation.

Twitter: @filmcityglasgow


Thursday 9 February
From 18:30 to 21:00
Film City Glasgow
401 Govan Rd
G51 2QJ