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Previous Mentors

2020 Mentors

Jay Hunt – Chief Creative Officer, Apple

Ade Rawcliffe – Head of Diversity,  ITV

Danny Cohen – President, Access Entertainment

Zeb Achonu – Editor

David Glover – Founder 72 Films

Lorraine Heggessey – Chair, Grierson Trust

Laura Lankester – Creative Director, Lookout Point

Hilary Rosen – Deputy Head of Commissioning, UKTV

Tamara Howe – Managing Director, Vice TV EMEA

Jocelyn Jee Esien – Writer & Actor

Loran Dunn – Film Producer, Delaval Films

Sumi Connock – Creative Director of Formats, BBC Studios

Rachel Job – SVP Unscripted Content, All3 Media

Catherine Catton – Commissioning Editor, Popular Factual and Factual Entertainment, BBC

Harriet Pennington Legh – Agent, Troika Talent

Sam Hoyle – EP Netflix

Norma Wisnevitz – COO, True North

Samantha Jukes-Adams – Executive Coach & TV Production Consultant

Lindsay Bradbury – Commissioning Editor, Daytime, BBC

Addie Orfila – Former Head of Production, serial drama and Founder AddieOrfila Training

2019 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 – Former CEO & Director, Sheffield Doc/Fest

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

2018 Mentors

Sara Putt – MD, Sara Putt Associates

Jane Villiers – MD, Sayle Screen

Pat Younge – MD, Sugar Films

Tracy Forsyth – Genre Director, Factual Entertainment & Entertainment at BBC Worldwide

Kate Watson – Agent

Natalie Humphreys – Controller of Factual and Daytime Production, BBC

Marley Bryan – Career Coach, Incredible Careers

Judy Ironside – Founder & President of UK Jewish Film

Sam Jukes-Adams – TV Production Consultant & Executive Coach

Lisa Marie Hall – Production Designer

Fiona Gillies – Producer, GilliesWorks

Jessica Bendien – Talent Executive, Director of Bang Talent

Marisa Clifford – Co-Founder & CEO of Pulse Films

Emma Smithwick – Creative Director, 40 Partners

Jordan McGarry – Head of Development & Production, Film London

Madeleine Knight – Director of Formats and Development, Talpa UK

Carey Fitzgerald – Partner, Starline Entertainment

Miranda Bowen – Director, 2AM

Lee Magiday – Producer, Sleeper Films

Rachel Matchett – Head of Production, Moving Picture Company


Past Mentors

Pat Younge – MD, Sugar Films

André Singer – MD, Spring Films

Maddy Darrall – MD, Darrall Macqeen

Michelle Matherson, Production Talent Executive, Shiver

Yu-Fai Suen, COO, Rocket Pictures

Hilary Davis, Co-MD, Bankside Films

Carol Parke, HR Director, Technicolor

Christopher Figg – Film Producer/ CEO, Piccadilly Pictures / Magna Films

Debbie Vertue – General Manager, Hartswood Films

Dorothy Byrne – Head of News and Current Affairs, Channel 4

Christopher Hird – MD, Dartmouth Films

Natascha Cadle – Founder and Facility Director, Envy Post Production

Sara Putt – MD, Sara Putt Associates

What the mentors say about the scheme

The WFTV mentor scheme is a fantastic way to utilise the experience of TV professionals to further the careers of the next generation of content makers. The scheme benefits the mentees and the mentors equally - it really is a two-way thing, listening and discussing the minutiae of one's working life and realising that it was the small stuff that we had all but forgotten that made the big stuff possible.

Maddy Darrall

Joint MD Darrall Macqueen

There's no doubt the WFTV scheme is truly effective, and also thoroughly enjoyable - on a personal level it's genuinely rewarding to help make a substantial and lasting difference in someone's career.

Richard Johns

Co-CEO, Corona Television

This was the first time I had been a mentor on a formally arranged mentoring scheme. The mentee was perfectly chosen, the induction gave some clear and sound advice and I found being a mentor rewarding and interesting.

Christopher Hird

Executive Producer, Dartmouth Films

As a first time formal mentor, I found the scheme to be well set up, professionally supported with a wonderfully talented Scheme Producer who was able to match a mentee that was uncannily perfectly suited to both our background and experience. A key aspect was often to provide support and re-affirmation of the mentee's own abilities and potential. A wonderfully fulfilling experience and would recommend to anyone who has not been a mentor before.

Yu-Fai Suen

Chief Operating Officer, Rocket Pictures

I can recommend the scheme. It's always useful and enjoyable to see the world from the perspective of someone starting out and to see what value you can contribute.

Jill Offman

MD Comedy Central

The Mentee scheme is a exceptionally rewarding programme to be part of. To watch the transformation of the individuals over the period of six months is astonishing. For anyone to have the time to dig deep into what is most important, set goals and implement change to reach them is a unique opportunity that very few will ever have.

Julie Parmenter

MD, Molinare

I was perfectly matched with my mentee and believe that we both derived a benefit from our series of meetings. Training is crucial for the continued development of careers, especially for women, as the commercial side of the business is often overlooked but is vital if films are to be successful in the worldwide market place.

Hilary Davis

Co-Managing Director, Bankside Films

Nothing is more effective in our fraught industry than the marriage of experience to aspiration. Linking mentees with passion and drive to industry veterans prepared to guide them is a great way to help remove some of the many hurdles ahead.

André Singer

MD Spring Films

Coming from the "business" side of the film & TV world, where there is still no official training, this scheme is vital as it enables other business women to learn from those of us who have experienced the peaks and troughs of running a company in a very competitive market. Running a business in film and TV has never been easy and the comfort of having a mentor to help a growing business I think is invaluable. I know it's been said before, but a scheme like this would have helped me no end when I started in the business.

Carey Fitzgerald

MD, High Point Films & TV