Panel Discussion

WFTV Tips and Tricks: Programming, Distribution and Marketing

3rd October 2019 18:30

Thursday 3 October | 18:30 – 21:00

Kindly hosted by Women at Disney   

The Walt Disney Company, 3 Queen Caroline Street, W6 9PE

We’re thrilled to announce our knock-out panellists for the next installment of WFTV’s strand, Career Tips and Tricks: Programming, Distribution and Marketing

Career Tips and Tricks: Programming, Distribution and Marketing is part of a strand of panel talks offering inspirational expert advice on how to get hired and succeed in your dream job in TV, film or VR and Games. Whether you’re just starting out, consolidating your career, or curious about transferring your skills to a different role, come and join us!

Host Hannah Demidowicz (Commissioning Editor, TCB Media Rights) and speakers Lindsey Ayotte (Head of Sales, TVF International),  Natalie Tandoh (Marketing and Communications Manager, ScreenSkills), Imrun Islam (Senior Manager, Content Distribution) and Dayna Donaldson (Vice President Content Sales, The Walt Disney Company) will be discussing how to forge careers in Programming, Distribution and Marketing.


Panel host Hannah Demidowicz is a commissioning editor at the distributor TCB who were one of the first distributors to fully fund projects before they had been commissioned. Last year, her company full funded around 15 projects on a wide range of subjects from history to science to obs docs. Prior to working at TCB, Hannah worked in commissioning at BBC Worldwide and National Geographic.


Lindsey Ayotte is Head of Sales at TVF International, the world’s leading fully independent distributor of factual and documentary programming. She started as a trainee supporting content licensing in Central and Eastern Europe and now oversees licensing to German speaking Europe and the Nordics as well as acquisitions, co productions and re versioning projects with European production companies. She is responsible for managing the eight-strong sales team, exploiting the rights to a catalogue that encompasses everything from factual entertainment and lifestyle series to exceptional one-off documentaries, representing some of the most innovative and creative producers from across the globe.

Natalie Tandoh is a Senior Marketing Manager with a background in international television distribution. She started off her career as an over-enthusiastic marketing & promotions intern at Lionsgate in Los Angeles, setting her on the path for a lifetime obsession with film and television content. After 8 years at Disney Media Distribution managing ongoing pre- and post-sale marketing planning and publicity activity for broadcasters and platforms across EMEA, she moved to ITV Studios, first working on publicity for their co-production slate, then as a Head of Marketing for Americas & Asia Pacific.

Currently, she is marketing and communications manager at ScreenSkills, the industry-led skills body for the UK’s screen-based creative industries. ScreenSkills work across the whole of the country to  ensure that UK screen has access now, and in the future, to the skills and talent needed to feed its continued growth and success.

Imrun Islam is a Senior Manager in content distribution, acquisition and negotiation – specialising in Film and TV content distribution for all VOD rights, and Account Management for digital platforms. Imrun moved into sales after learning about content distribution at Content Media. After almost four years at Disney Media Distribution, negotiating and managing key TVOD/EST distribution deals, Imrun now manages the Transactional and SVOD business for the UK and Ireland for Studiocanal.


Dayna Donaldson is currently responsible for devising and implementing Disney’s content licencing strategy across all windows to broadcasters and on demand services across the UK, Ireland and the Nordics for the company’s rich portfolio of feature films and series (which as of March 2019 includes the Fox content portfolio).  Prior to this role, Dayna’s remit was to deliver Disney’s Media P&L across channel carriage, series and feature films licensing and digital transactional and subscription on demand in the UK and Ireland. She is an expert in devising, leading and implementing complex transformative initiatives and rights negotiations across a full programming portfolio from ABC Studios, Walt Disney Animation, Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, Disney Channels, Freeform and ABC News.

Before joining Disney in 2007, Dayna was the Head of Sales for Minotaur International (former distribution arm of Virgin Media) from 2003 – 2007.  Originally from the States, Dayna worked in the independent production community in New York distributing films and non-scripted series across the US media landscape from 1992-2003.




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