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media parents back to work scheme opens

by Amy Walker


Media Parents Back to Work Winners at Edinburgh TV Festival 2015

Media Parents is re-launching its hugely successful sponsorship scheme to help parents and carers back into the TV industry after a career break. 100% of our sponsored applicants have found jobs after taking part in The Media Parents’ Back to Work scheme. Previous years’ winners include a primary carer who had been out of TV for 8 years and is now directing EastEnders, another secured a commission with Channel 4 and another successfully used the scheme to return to work in remission from cancer. We have currently secured sponsorship from Warner Bros and Endemol Shine and are still looking for companies and broadcasters to partner with.

Media Parents Back to Work Winners 2015 at GEITF

We offer companies the opportunity to sponsor one of our applicants to give them the boost of confidence and contacts that will help these highly skilled TV workers back into the industry. As a company you will be offered a selection of applicants to suit your specialism. Through the scheme companies can increase diversity in the workplace, play a part in reinvigorating the career of talented individuals – and in the process garner great PR as a company – we have a track record of gaining national media coverage in The Guardian and on BBC Radio 4.

Successful applicants will be awarded sponsored places at this year’s Edinburgh International TV Festival EITF in August – applicants must be available in Ediburgh from 24 – 26th August. Our winners will be awarded a delegate pass plus travel to and accommodation in Edinburgh with bespoke mentoring sessions from the sponsors. Historically places have been sponsored by Endemol Shine, Channel 4, BBC, CDN (Creative & Diversity Network), Sky, ITV, Warner Bros, BBC Wales, All3Media, Raise the Roof Productions and Endemol Shine.

Read more about the 2016 Media Parents Back to Work Scheme winners at

The commitment from your company is limited to three encouraging phone calls or meetings with your mentee between September and December 31st 2016. We work with the mentee in advance, and the onus is on them to formulate a back to work plan which they discuss with their mentor. We ask you to support them by sharing advice and contacts. Previous years’ mentors include ITV Creative Director of Programming, Mark Robinson, Sky Head of Comedy, Jon Montague, Channel 4 Deputy Director of Programmes Ralph Lee, Wall to Wall MD, Richard Thompson, PACT Chief Executive, John McVay, Channel 4 Commissioner Michelle Chappell, BBC Commissioner Catherine Catton and Nat Geo Commissioner Carolyn Payne among a brilliant array of execs from across the board in TV. The experience is highly rewarding on both sides.

We screen and check references before offering companies a choice of candidates.

6 Media Parents Back to Work Scheme winners attended the Guardian Edinburgh International TV Festival in 2014, seen here with Media Parents Director Amy Walker.

Applicants for the scheme are required to send an Back to Work Scheme form 2017, plus 300 word précis outlining their ambitions upon returning to TV and a CVs complete with dates and referees to by August 11th at 6pm. Candidates must have at least 3 years’ experience in TV and should not have worked in TV for more than 12 consecutive weeks since their career break. Applications are now open.

Ali McBride, Harriet Wallace, Kirsty Smith and Sidra Khan, media parents delegates waiting for Kevin Spacey's MacTaggart Speech at GEITF 2013.

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July 25, 2017 @ 7:48 am Posted in News Comments Off

Media Parents Summer Drinks

by Amy Walker

We hope to see you this evening if you’re on the esteemed guestlist below for the Media Parents Summer Drinks. Held in a Bloomsbury garden, fear not there is also wet weather cover!

Media Parents Summer drinks will be attended by more than 30 companies!

An informal affair, Media Parents Summer Drinks are hosted by Clear Cut Pictures and sponsored by Cornish Insurance. Here’s some info about their company, thank you Cornish for enabling the event to go ahead!

With over 35 years broking experience providing advice to the Film, Media and International Transport Insurance sector, Cornish Insurance have built an enviable reputation for the development of innovative bespoke insurance products.  As Lloyd’s Coverholders we are able to discuss our customer’s requirements direct with the underwriters themselves.

In a rapidly changing world it is important that cover can be adapted to encompass areas of conflict; Cornish Insurance have proved, time and again, that speed of response is the key to a successful partnership with its clients, leaving You, the customer free to fulfil your commitments.

We are currently developing a streamlined media product designed to let YOU choose what cover is and is not required.   Unlike many of the existing bulky contracts you will pay for, and receive, only the covers you really require.   Any changes of cover, documents, account queries and claims processing will be handled by an online App providing worldwide access 24/7 but all backed by your account handler’s mobile telephone number and live chat, ensuring you have full underwriting advice and support when it is needed.

Enquire within :

Guestlist for tonight :

Agata Mastalerz

Production Manager Shearwater Media

alison martin

Series Producer Freelance

Andrew Lawrence

Lighting Camera / PD drew lawrence

Anne Bond

Preditor Freelance

Alex Sunderland

Series Producer Freelance

Amy Walker

Director Media Parents

Andy Wells

PD / Exec Foss Films

Bea Buck

Group Head of Facilities Warner Bros

Becky Sharpe

Self-Shooting PD ADN Digital

Claire Seeber

Producer / Writer Freelance


Editor DT Editing

Ed Nissen

Head of Business Clear Story

Bettina Smith

JPM / AP Avalon

Danny Leitch

Production Coordinator Twenty Twenty

Debbie Lowe

Producer Filmsof Record

Elena Andreicheva

Producer / Director Freelance

Emily Fielden

Head of Talent Studio Lambert

Emma Ibbetson

EP / VFX Producer & Manager Emma Ibbetson

Emma Riley

Head of Production Aurora Media

Helen Williamson

Series Producer Pioneer Productions

Emily Freshwater

Production Exec Freelance

Emma Parkin

Edit Producer / P/D Freenlance

Gaby Koppel

Series/ Edit Producer Bergholt Brown

Holly Lubran

Development Researcher Renegade Pictures

Ilya Colak-Antic

Writer / Exec. Prod. / Development Exec. / Commiss Freelance

jane Liscombe

Producer Jane Says

Joanna Gretton

Producer Media Parents

Jon Nicholls

Jon Nicholls music

Isobel Williams

Series Producer/Exec Producer Freelance

Jo Tracy

Drama / Features Producer Freelance

Jon Coutts

Editor Freelance

Jonathan Schütz

Series Producer / Edit Producer / PD Curly Lizard Films Ltd.

Josephine Besbrode

ProducerDirector/Edit Producer Freelance

Julie Scott

Production Executive Firecracker / Tinopolis

Katharine Robson

Researcher Wall to Wall

Kaye Godleman

Series Producer King Bert

Judith Bantock

HoP Baby Cow

Kalpna Patel-Knight

BBC Entertainment Commissioning Editor BBC

Katy Ferguson

Series / Edit Producer Freelance

Kirsty Garland

Talent Exec Raw TV

liz foley

Series Editor Keo Films

Maria Valente

Editor Freelance

Matt Currington

PD freelance

Megan Gerrie

Series Producer / Director Freelance

Maddy Addy

Head of Development King Bert

Marta Aliaga

AP Raw

Matt Holden

Exec Producer Endemol Shine

Megan Macqueen

Producer Spun Gold

Michaela Hennessy-Vass

Executive Producer DLT Entertainment

Michelle Brooks

Producer/ Director Showpatrol

Morgan Phillips

Producer/Director Freelance

Nico Byron

Snr Resourcing Manager, UK Studios ITV

Michele D’Acosta

Producer Icosta Media

Michelle Heeley

Executive Producer Freelance

Naoma Nagahawatte

Talent Coordinator Nutopia

Nicola Waddell

EP-SP Freelance

Patrick Keely

Series / Edit Producer Potato

Phil Stein

Producer Director Freelance

Renata Pavelka

Production Coordinator Wall to Wall

Ros Edwards

Director n/a

Peter Demetris

Director Little Gem

Rebecca Dale-Everett

Production Coordinator Wall to Wall

Richard Hughes

Shooting Director Freelance

Sabine Pusch

Edit producer Freelance

Sacha Grimsditch

Head of Development OMTV

Samantha Williams

Producer Drama Freelance

Sarah Lavender

Production Coordinator Freelance

soul Nazemi


Sam Bailey

Production Assistant Twenty Twenty / Warner Bros

Sara Hegarty

Editor Freelance

Sarah Patten

PD Media Parents

stephen lennhoff

Director Producer freelance

Sunita Shroff

Presenter Freelance

Tamara Durnford

Talent Manager Maverick Television

Tina Lohmann

Production Executive Raw cut TV

Uli Kress

PM Freelance

Susanna Thornton

Researcher Freelance

Tania Mckeown

Develop producer Optomen

Tom Collinson

Producer/Director/Writer Freelance

Will Jessop

Shooting PD Century Films

Yvonne Alexander

Executive Producer Jet TV Ltd

Zara Bellos

Production Secretary Wall to Wall Media

See you there!

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July 19, 2017 @ 2:34 pm Posted in News Comments Off