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11 March 2019

Industry leaders back the launch of WFTV’s 2019 innovative Mentoring Scheme

Today (Monday 11 March 2019), we are delighted to announce the launch of our 2019 Mentoring Scheme, which has set new industry standards for its uniquely effective approach to training.

This year, the scheme has attracted many of the country’s leading TV & film experts to mentor the candidates, including Jay Hunt, Creative Director, Europe, Worldwide Video, Apple; Peter Fincham, Co-CEO, Expectation Entertainment; Sarah Gavron, film director and Danny Cohen, President, Access Entertainment, to name but a few.

In an intensely competitive process, just twenty women have been selected from hundreds of applicants for this mid-career scheme and they have come from every conceivable area of the industry from OB multi-camera operating to directing, producing, script editing and comedy writing. Each WFTV candidate is paired with a highly experienced mentor and will undergo a comprehensive six month programme of training. The scheme is financed with the help of a number of generous partners, UKTV are already confirmed as a sponsor and other sponsorship arrangements are currently being finalised.

Heading up the scheme is WFTV’s mentoring producer Tracy Forsyth (pictured above, back row, seventh from left), who is also a Creative Mentor at Channel 4 Indie Growth Fund, an executive coach and ex-BBC exec, and she plans to draw on all her previous skills and background to help the WFTV mentees break through the glass ceiling to reach their full potential. Taking over the scheme from Nicola Lees, who had run it for eight years, Tracy says: “I want to build on all the incredible work that Nicola has done, taking the very best of the scheme and stretching it even further to help our mentees realise there is truly no limit to their ambitions or what they can achieve. There is no scheme like this anywhere else in the industry that combines both peer-to-peer training and mentoring from industry leaders to help women develop their careers to their full potential.”

WFTV Chair Liz Tucker added: “And we only have to look at the career paths of previous mentees to know our scheme really works. Over 160 women have now taken part in the scheme and previous mentees have landed jobs at Amazon, Universal Pictures, Studio Hamburg UK, BBC Studios and Barcroft Productions, to name just a few. Our scheme genuinely changes lives and careers.”

Meet the Mentees…

Afia Nkrumah Writer/Director
Alison Cain Producer/Director and Edit Producer
Caroline Bridges Cinematographer
Caroline O’Neill Development Producer and Producer/Director
Colette Hooper Producer and Edit Producer
Coralie Rose Casting Director and Founder, Road Casting
Daisy Aitkens Writer/Director
Dawn Beresford Head of Talent, CPL Productions; Talent Executive, Arrow International Media; Trainer and Writer
Emma Yuille Supervising Producer, VICE Media
Gem Pinkney Publicity Manager, UKTV
Gwenda Carnie Group Commercial Director, Flame Media Group
Kathy May Head of Legal, October Films
Lynne Davison Writer/Director
Malinda Kaur Writer/Director
Meryl O’ Rourke Comedy Writer
Roua Alazzawi Writer/Director
Sally Smith Director and Camera Operator
Samantha Warham Production Accountant for High End TV
Sara Sehdev Talent Manager and Founder, Core MGMT
Sarah Wyatt Development Executive, BBC Studios Drama London

More information about the careers of each of the mentees can be found here.


Meet the Mentors…

Jay Hunt Creative Director, Europe
Danny Cohen President, Access Entertainment
Sarah Gavron Film Director
Peter Fincham Co-CEO, Expectation Entertainment
Kim Shillinglaw Director of Factual, Endemol Shine UK
Pat Younge MD Sugar Films
Sara Putt MD and Agent, Sara Putt Associates
Julia Knowles Multi-camera Director
Liz McIntyre Film and Television Executive
Saskia Schuster Comedy Entertainment Commissioner, ITV
Sam Anstiss Creative Director, Unscripted, Wonderhood Studios
Hilary Rosen Deputy Director of Commissioning, UKTV
Tamsyn Zietsman Director of Publicity, Originals Netflix
Sam Jukes-Adams Executive Coach & TV Production Consultant
Maureen Murray Film Producer, Foxtrot Films
Tom McDonald Head of Specialist Factual Commissioning, BBC
Judy Ironside Founder and President, UK Jewish Film Festival
Cinders Forshaw Cinematographer
Catherine Morshead TV Director
Olwyn Silvester Managing Director, Bedlam Productions


More about the Scheme:
This is the ninth year of the Scheme, which aims to support mid-career level women working in TV and film. It is a ground breaking annual programme aimed at women who are facing a significant career challenge. Issues typically include: breaking through to the next level; dealing with a new promotion or moving sideways into a different discipline.

The Scheme runs for six months, during which time the 20 participants receive six hours of mentoring contact with an experienced industry figure alongside an intensive programme of exclusive peer-to-peer training and seminars, WFTV member events and wider industry networking opportunities.