WFTV welcomes Jenny Samuels and Katie Baldock to the team
WFTV (UK) is delighted to welcome two new members of staff to the organisation, Jenny Samuels and Katie Baldock. The pair join in the key roles of Awards and Events Producer and Administrator respectively. Jenny brings with her a rich background of experience in managing events of all sizes, and has shown a passion for gender equality throughout her career to date. Katie has a wealth of operations and projects experience within the film industry having held roles with Creative Skillset, TIFF and Sundance amongst others. She has written short stories and screenplays, and is also passionate about support women filmmakers and promoting fair access to the Creative Industries more generally.
WFTV CEO Kate Kinninmont said of the appointments: “I’m delighted to welcome Jenny and Katie to join WFTV in these two key roles. As the leading women’s organisation in the industry, it is vital that we have a core team who are not only at the top of their game professionally but who also share our passion and commitment to support, promote and celebrate all the wonderful women working in film, TV and digital across the UK.”
WFTV Awards and Events Producer Jenny said: “It’s wonderful to be part of such an inspiring and strong community of women. I look forward to meeting lots of WFTV members at our upcoming events and celebrating at the annual WFTV awards!”
WFTV Administrator Katie said: “I am delighted to have joined the WFTV team. I look forward to supporting the organisation’s development and activities, and celebrating the diverse contribution of women across the film and television industries.”
More about Jenny and Katie
Jenny is fresh into the world of film and television, having come from an event management career in music festivals and then later in B2B conferencing. She is excited to learn as much about the film and television industry as possible.
Jenny has a Master’s degree in Cultural Events Management and a rich background of experience in managing events big and small. She likes to take on roles where she can make a positive difference to the world; previously she has tackled environmental sustainability at music festivals and has also created events to promote good business and social enterprises. Her main passion though has always been issues affecting women – fighting for gender equality is her driving force.
Katie’s interest in film began as a teenager and was enhanced while studying it at A-Level. She went on to run her own events and has experience programming and coordinating film screenings with arts organisations and community cinemas. Her main passion is writing and she has written several short stories and screenplays.
With broad experience in roles across research and higher education, non-profit organisations, and funding bodies, Katie’s previous employers have included Creative Skillset, University of Bristol, and the Arts and Humanities Research Council. She has also worked on set as a Production Assistant and held roles with numerous festivals such as the Toronto International Film Festival and Sundance Film Festival.
Katie is passionate in supporting women filmmakers, and more generally of promoting fair access to the Creative Industries. She has an undergraduate degree in English Literature and Film, and a postgraduate qualification in Arts Management.