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28 April 2017

10% gender pay gap at the BBC, almost half as many women high earners compared to men

As part of a freedom of information request, the BBC has this week revealed that men are earning over 10% more than their female counterparts within the corporation. As of 31 December 2016, women earned an average of £34,400 at the BBC, while men earned an average of £37,971. The gender pay gap has closed […]

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27 April 2017

BAFTA TV Craft Award wins for WFTV Award winners

Congratulations to Kate Hopkins and Sally Wainwright who both picked up Awards at this year’s BAFTA TV Craft Awards, which took place on Sunday 23rd April. Dubbing Editor and Sound Designer Kate Hopkins won in the Sound: Factual category for her work on Planet Earth II (Cities). Kate was a WFTV Award winner in 2014, […]

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24 April 2017

Making A Difference Conference

WFTV (UK) in association with the BFI present a one day conference looking at best practice in gender equality initiatives in film and TV around the world. We will be holding a one day conference at BFI Southbank on Monday 15 May when we will be bringing together industry organisations from the UK, as well […]

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20 April 2017

Double win for Sarah Clift’s La Madre Buena

We were delighted to hear that WFTV member Sarah Clift picked up two awards at the inaugural Audience Awards Film Festival for her WFTV A+E Networks Lifetime Shorts Competition winning film, La Madre Buena (The Good Mother). Sarah (pictured right), who is a first-time filmmaker won the Women’s Film Challenge Grand Jury Prize and the […]

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20 April 2017

Margy Kinmonth awarded 2017 Likhachev Foundation Cultural Fellowship

Long-standing WFTV member and Director, Margy Kinmonth (pictured right) has been awarded a prestigious 2017 Likhachev Foundation Cultural Fellowship in Russia. The Fellowship is for non-Russian professionals working in the field of arts and culture who make projects related to Russian culture and history that are aimed at a broad audience. Margy Kinmonth is a […]

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13 April 2017

Female Film Leaders series to feature WFTV Patron Gurinder Chadha

Female Film Leaders, a forum designed as a practical response to the gender imbalance in the UK film industry has announced its first wave of speakers for 2017. Former WFTV Awards winners Amanda Nevill, CEO of the BFI and Tessa Ross, co-founder of House Productions were the first two speakers, whilst WFTV Patron Gurinder Chadha […]

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13 April 2017

WFTV member Lizzie Oxby recipient of 2017 CTBF John Brabourne Award

The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund (CTBF), the UK charity for cinema, television and film, has announced the 11 recipients of the inaugural January round of the John Brabourne Awards (JBAs). Amongst those selected is filmmaker and WFTV member Lizzie Oxby (pictured). 250 applications were received for the now twice-yearly programme that supports individuals who […]

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13 April 2017

Cannes announces line up, includes films by Ramsay and Redgrave

The Cannes Film Festival has announced the full line up for its 70th edition, which is taking place 17 – 28 May. Amongst the films screening in official competition is the latest from WFTV Award winner Lynne Ramsay You Were Never Really Here, which she has written and directed. Ramsay is one of three women […]

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13 April 2017

Hollyoaks Emerging Directors Training Scheme launched

Lime Pictures, in partnership with Channel 4 and Directors UK have announced a new paid training and mentoring opportunity for two emerging diverse directors. The scheme is funded by Channel 4 as part of their Spotlight on Directors initiative for 2017 – in which the broadcaster aims to progress the careers of 40 diverse directors […]

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10 April 2017

WFTV 1-2-1 Story Consulting Surgery with Euroscript

Friday 28 April | 10:00 – 3:00 | WFTV Offices, 92 Great Russell St. We are delighted that Euroscript Story Consultant and Writer Gabriella Apicella has offered a 1-2-1 surgery exclusively for WFTV members here at the WFTV office. Surgeries run from 10:00am – 3:00pm, offering 8 candidates 30 minute slots. Euroscript’s aim is to […]

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10 April 2017

BBC Four announces LGBT new talent hotlist… but where are the women?

The BBC has announced the eight participants selected for a new BBC Four writing opportunity for LGBT talent. The scheme gives the participants the chance to write original dramatic short films for BBC Four in a new project directed by Mark Gatiss which charts a century of the UK gay experience. However, of the eight […]

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10 April 2017

WFTV to offer on-going support to Expert Women

WFTV was delighted to work in association with the BBC Academy for the latest edition of their Expert Women series, and will be offering on-going support to the 24 participants (pictured above). BBC Expert Women aims to address the lack of female experts appearing on air by inviting subject specialists with great communication skills to […]

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10 April 2017

Ever considered applying to Ones to Watch? Here’s why you should…

Ones to Watch, one of The Edinburgh International TV Festival’s talent schemes is a life-changing money-can’t-buy opportunity for rising stars in the TV industry. The scheme gives 30 of television’s best and brightest access to four days of inspiring sessions, creative debate, and unrivalled networking opportunities – as well as support and mentoring throughout the […]

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07 April 2017

WFTV Partnering with RTS on Update TV Skills Day

If you sometimes feel that the industry has never moved so fast, then this is the day-long event for you. RTS London is holding a free all-day training event in partnership with the BBC Academy, WFTV and Richmond, The American International University in London on Saturday 22nd April. The focus will be on craft and […]

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06 April 2017

WFTV members selected for Modern Tales

We were delighted to see a number of WFTV members selected for the inaugural edition of Modern Tales, a five month story and professional development initiative created by Bushfire Digital and Script Cube for emerging BAME, female and disabled filmmakers. The programme supports writers, directors and producers in the development of long form dramatic fiction […]

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06 April 2017

Jennifer Smith appointed BFI Head of Diversity

The BFI has announced the appointment of Jennifer Smith as its new Head of Diversity. She will be responsible for leading on diversity and inclusion across all BFI activity including the roll out of the Diversity Standards, building and implementing new partnerships and programmes, and working with government and the screen industries to improve diversity. […]

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06 April 2017

Daisy Asquith’s Queerama to open Sheffield Doc/Fest

Sheffield Doc/Fest has today (Thursday 6 April) announced that the World Premiere of Queerama, directed by award-winning filmmaker Daisy Asquith (pictured) will open it’s 2017 edition. To mark 50 years since the Sexual Offences Act, Queerama was created from the treasure trove of the BFI National Archive and  captures the relationships, desires, fears and expressions […]

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06 April 2017

UK production companies celebrated in 2017 realscreen Global 100

The realscreen Global 100 showcases innovation, business acumen and great content in the non-fiction, unscripted and documentary realm. Celebrating it’s 11th edition, the list is compiled following direct input from producers, network executives, distributors, agents and others working in the industry. Amongst this year’s list are a number of UK companies founded and/or led by female […]

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06 April 2017

Warner Bros. De Lane Lea hires Cara Sheppard

Cara Sheppard has been appointed Director of Operations and Business Development of Warner Bros. De Lane Lea.  She will be providing leadership and direction for day-to-day operations while maintaining the company’s award-winning standards. Sheppard comes from a post production background, joining from Sky where she had spent six years, most recently as Senior Manager in […]

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03 April 2017

MediaXchange launches Advanced Drama Writing programme

MediaXchange has launched an Advanced Writing for TV Drama programme, supported and funded by the High End TV Levy through Creative Skillset. The purpose of the programme is to build participants’ professional writing skills and the collaborative principles necessary to succeed at the highest level in the competitive genre of primetime drama. It is for […]

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