Panel Discussion

WFTV Running Productions Under COVID-19: Sustainability

10th September 2020 18:00

Thursday 10 September | 18:00-19:00

This session will be hosted by Roser Canela-Mas, Industry Sustainability Manager for albert, a BAFTA, indie and broadcaster backed project; bringing the screen industries together to tackle our environmental impact and inspire sustainable living.

Roser will be in conversation with Rachel Jovanovic, 1st AD and Cohort Manager for Emmerdale, and Helen Wallbank, Production Manager for Springwatch together they will be discussing what the potential implications are on sustainability and environmental targets when productions are grappling with new ways of working under complex Covid-19 guidelines.

Roser Canela-Mas, Rachel Jovanovic and Helen Wallbank will explore if and how, we can build a better, more environment friendly industry. Join us to discuss the challenges and opportunities.

You may find it useful to read some of the industry guidance before the seminar by following the links here:

albert Sustainability Free Training

BECTU Film & TV Recovery Plan

Coronavirus COVID-19 Guidance – British Film Commission

UK Screen Alliance Guidelines for VFX & Post

APA Covid-19 Guidelines for Commercials


Roser Canela-Mas, Industry Sustainability Manager

Roser Canela-Mas started out working in a variety of production genres including drama, comedy and factual-entertainment, before completing a BSc in Sustainability and Environmental Management. She joined albert, four years ago, as an Industry Sustainability Manager. Roser manages the system’s environmental impact tools both in the UK and internationally, advises productions and delivers training courses – keeping practitioners up to date with the latest climate science and the opportunities available to make a difference. She also trains programme makers on the editorial side of production.

Rachel Jovanovic, 1st AD and Cohort Manager

Rachel joined Emmerdale as a runner and progressed from 3rd and 2nd Assistant Director, through to 1st AD in 2014. Rachel has been part of some big Emmerdale productions, including the live episode, several fires and last year a boat explosion with underwater tank work thrown in. She’s now working as a Cohort Manager, a newly created role managing all the Covid-19 related restrictions and working to keep our cast and crew safe as well as overseeing the daily workings of our filming crews.

Helen Wallbank, Production Manager

Helen started her career at the BBC as a Production Management Assistant and has worked through many different factual series as a Production Coordinator and a Production Manager including long running series such as DIY SOS: The Big Build, Gardeners’ World and Antiques Roadshow. Helen currently works as the Production Manager on The Watches which covers Springwatch, Autumnwatch and Winterwatch. She has recently worked across the successful reinvention of Springwatch in lockdown and the evolution of the format as we move forward under Covid guidelines. She is passionate about continued development of more sustainable working methods in live television production.

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