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Five Minutes with… Hannah Smiles, Photographer

by Amy Walker

Hannah Smiles is a London-based freelance photographer who recently shot the Endemol Meets Media Parents event.  Hannah is an events photographer covering conferences and parties in and around London, and specialises in men’s fashion and portraiture. Hannah can be found in the NETWORK section of

Hannah Smiles photography for Vivienne Westwood. To contact Hannah please use the NETWORK section of

Self-taught, Hannah has been taking photographs for five years and has worked for a variety of clients, including, Jaguar Magazine, Redwood Publishing, Royal Mail, InLondon magazine, Pepsico and De Beers.

Hannah Smiles photography for Rankin

Hannah Smiles : The Horrors

Daisy Dares You by Hannah Smiles

Mr Hudson by Hannah Smiles

Endemol Director of HR Bella Lambourne at the Endemol Meets Media Parents event. Photographed by Hannah Smiles. for great networking, talent, jobs and information. to join us please go to

November 1, 2011 @ 10:55 pm Posted in Events, News Comments Off

Endemol Meets Media Parents – Who’s Coming

by Amy Walker

Tim Hincks, Endemol's Chief Creative Officer will be at the Endemol Meets Media Parents event on October 11th

On Tuesday 11th October, Endemol, Darlow Smithson, Remarkable, Initial etc will open their doors to Media Parents talent.  Here are some of the Execs and Talent Managers from Endemol who will be attending:

Tim Hincks: Chief Executive Officer

Tim Hincks is Chief Executive officer of Endemol UK. Endemol UK is one of the largest independent production companies in Britain and annually produces over 2,000 hours of output. It incorporates a number of production brands including – Remarkable Television, Intial and Zeppotron.Credits include BBC One’s new hit series Total Wipeout, popular factual entertainment series Supersize vs Superskinny (Channel 4); Gok’s Fashion Fix (Channel 4); Coleen’s Real Women (ITV2); and The Sex Education Show (Channel 4) horror series Dead Set (E4, Channel 4); hit game shows Deal Or No Deal (Channel 4); Golden Balls (ITV1) and 1 vs100 (BBC One); reality blockbuster Big Brother (Channel 4; E4); and comedy series  8 Out of 10 Cats (Channel 4); Would I Lie to You? (BBC One); and Charlie Brooker’s Screenwipe (BBC Four; BBC Two)

Tim began his television career in 1990 when he divided his time between producing BBC Two’s Food and Drink programme for Bazal (now a part of Remarkable Television) and working on current affairs programmes such as Newsnight and BBC Westminster.Tim became Creative Director of Endemol UK in 2002 and stepped up to become Chief Creative Officer in January 2005. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer in January 2008.Tim sits on the Endemol International board; He is also the Executive Chair of Media Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival.

Bella Lambourne is Global Head of Human Resources at Endemol, and can be found in the NETWORK section of

Bella Lambourne: Global Head of Human Resources

Bella Lambourne originally joined Endemol UK in 1993 and took responsibility as group Head of Human Resources in 1997. Bella was promoted to Human Resources Director for Endemol UK in 2002 and working with the Director of Operations also oversees the administrative functions of the group.In addition to her UK role, Bella was promoted to Global Head of Human Resources at Endemol Group in March 2011.Bella is a member of PACT Council, chair of the PACT Diversity Committee and she also sits on the Industrial Relations Committee.

Colette Foster, MD, Remarkable

Colette Foster joined Endemol UK in 2007 to executive produce Channel 4’s hit factual entertainment series Supersize vs Superskinny (Channel 4).  She went on to oversee production on the company’s immensely popular run of features series including Gok’s Fashion Fix (Channel 4);  The Sex Education Show (Channel 4) and Extreme Male Beauty (Channel 4).As Joint Managing Director of Remarkable Television, Colette continues to executive produce series as well as developing and overseeing many other factual programmes.

Prior to joining Endemol UK, Colette was behind some of the UK’s most popular and groundbreaking feature programmes including 10 Years Younger, Embarrassing Illnesses and How to Look Good Naked.

Colette started her career at BBC Birmingham, working on flagship programmes for BBC One and BBC Two including The Clothes Show, Tracks, (which launched the career of Ray Mears), The Chelsea Flower Show and Gardener’s World.

Sue King is Head of Production at Remarkable, and will be meeting remarkable Media Parents talent on October 11th

sue king, head of production, remarkable

Sandra Smith is Head of Production at Initial

sandra smith, head of production, initial

Julian Ware, Joint Creative Director for Darlow Smithson Productions

julian ware, joint creative director, darlow smithson productions

Julian Ware is the joint Creative Director for DSP working closely with top broadcasting commissioners in the UK, US and around the world. Credits include The Falling Man, Rome Wasn’t Built in Day, The Beckoning Silence; Blitz: London’s Firestorm.

Julian joined DSP in 2004 as Head of Special Projects and was appointed as Creative Director in 2011. Previously he was Director of Programmes at ITN Factual.

Ben Bowie, Joint Creative Director at Darlow Smithson productions will be meeting Media Parents talent on Tuesday

Ben Bowie, Joint Creative Director, Darlow Smithson Productions

Ben Bowie is the joint Creative Director for DSP working closely with top broadcasting commissioners in the UK, US and around the world. Credits include Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking; Seconds From Disaster; I Shouldn’t Be Alive.

Ben joined DSP in 2001 as a producer becoming Executive Producer in 2005. He was appointed as Creative Director in 2011.

Ulla Streib, Director of Operations at Darlow Smithson Productions will be meeting Media Parents talent on October 11th

ulla streib, director of operations, darlow smithson productions

Ulla Streib manages DSP’s output. Her expertise is in achieving maximum onscreen value and efficient delivery. Ulla joined DSP in 1997 as part of the production team. She became Head of Production in 1998 and Head of Operations in 2002 and was made Director of Operations in 2011. Prior to DSP, Ulla was Staff Production Manager in charge of TV Production at Uden Associates.

Jo McGrath is Head of Factual and Features at Tiger Aspect

Jo McGrath, Head of Factual and Features, Tiger Aspect

Prior to her move to Tiger Aspect, McGrath was Head of Daytime and Features at Channel 4, where she was responsible for commissioning a number of enduring Channel 4 classic brands including, A Place In The Sun and 10 Years Younger. Since her arrival at Tiger Aspect in 2004 McGrath has created a number of hit formats including, three series of Diet Doctors for FIVE (accompanied by two books) and the popular Cook Yourself Thin for Channel 4 which also became a best selling book and one of the Channel’s most successful on-line brands. A second Cook Yourself Thin book was published in January 2009. The Cook Yourself Thin format has also recently been acquired by Lifetime in the US and 20 episodes are currently in production with a TX scheduled for spring 2009.

McGrath’s remit is to focus on winning returning formatted series with domestic and international appeal.

Chloe Samwell-Smith is the Production Talent Manager at Endemol. She is in the Media Parents NETWORK and will be meeting Media Parents talent on Tuesday.

Nyree Clarke is the HR Manager for Endemol UK, Tigress and Darlow Smithson. Nyree is in the NETWORK section of

Also joining us on Tuesday are Nick Mather, Head of Entertainment for Endemol, Nick Metcalfe, Executive Producer from Darlow Smithson, Jo Kay, Production Exec for Comedy, Kitty Walshe, Series Producer for Fact Ent and Features at Endemol, Maria Keaveney, Tiger Aspect’s HR Manager, Nicky Hughes, Head of Research and Development for Endemol, Cat Lynch and PM Sarah Holt, from Endemol Development, Tom Blakeson, LE and Entertainment, JohnPaul Chapple, Consultant Producer at Endemol, Catherine Welton, Executive Producer for Specialist Factual at Endemol, and Annette Clarke, Executive Producer, Remarkable.

To send your CV in to take part in this event please read the info on the watercooler at

October 4, 2011 @ 3:43 pm Posted in Events, News Comments Off

Endemol meets Media Parents

by Amy Walker

I’m delighted to announce our next event –Endemol meets Media Parents.

Tim Hincks, Endemol's Chief Executive Officer will be at the Media Parents networking event on October 11th

This is an exclusive opportunity for Media Parents subscribers to meet Creative Heads, Executive Producers and Talent Managers from Endemol, Darlow Smithson, Initial, Remarkable, Tiger Aspect and Zeppotron  on Tuesday October 11th in West London.  If you work in Kids, Features and Factual Entertainment, Light Entertainment, Comedy, Drama, Reality or Specialist Factual then Endemol would like to meet you…


There are 50 places available for Media Parents talent to meet Endemol Execs both in an informal networking session and a timed appointment set-up on the evening which will run from 6pm to 8pm on October 11th.

What next?

If you would like to attend this event you’ll need to email your CV and covering letter for selection. Your email should be titled with your full name, job title and the genre you work in. Please send to the address on the Media Parents watercooler ASAP.

This event is for subscribers to and Endemol are kindly covering the cost of administration of this event. Endemol are inviting experienced talent from across the board to come and meet them – PMs, PDs,  directors, SPs, execs, production execs, EPs, APs, co-ordinators,  – so please do send a CV marked with your full name, job title and genre to take part in this great event.

Media Parents thanks Endemol for their support for this event – – yeah! for great networking, talent, jobs and information. to join us please go to

September 14, 2011 @ 2:34 pm Posted in Events, News Comments Off

5 minutes with… Tom Lown, Composer / DJ

by Amy Walker

Tom Lown is a Composer in the TALENT section of

Tom Lown is a composer, producer and Dad of Felix (2) and bump (due Nov) in the TALENT section of When his ‘composer’ hat is on he writes music for TV and commercials and when his ‘deep house producer’ hat is on he releases his tracks through labels such as Lost My Dog, Sudup Recordings, KAPA Music, Warmth and 3am Recordings.

This summer sees 3 different EP’s on 3 different labels all see the light of day as they’re released over a period of 3 months. Early August, his Cloud Surfer EP was released and featured 3 original tracks and included 2 remixes by New York producers Woo Hoo and Gaby Dershwin. Late August his track ‘The Short Straw’ will be included on a 5 track label compilation on Lost My Dog Records which has already been played on Ministry of Sound and Proton Radio. And in October, Tom will release his debut EP on 3am Recordings which will include remixes by Mark Jones and Jota Wagner. This has also already had some airplay on the House Sound of Hamburg Radio.

Tom Lown and Felix

Tom will be DJ’ing @ ‘UptownBoogieDown’ at Fluid (next door to Fabric) on September 30th.  If you’d like to get tickets for the reduced price of £6 please add yourself to the Media Parents guestlist on the watercooler at

All these releases mentioned can be previewed here:

Recent guest mix Tom recorded for the Lost My Dog Podcast:

Tom’s music for TV can be previewed here:” and Tom’s profile is at in the TALENT section.

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5 Minutes with… Gladys San Juan, Script Supervisor / Co-Producer

by Amy Walker

Gladys San Juan is in the TALENT section of  Here she writes about the making of her latest short film, and invites you to the screening on Sunday 18th September.

Swoosh screens on Sunday 18th September at Curzon Soho. For more information please contact Gladys San Juan through the TALENT section of

I do get apprehensive when making short films these days and  honestly, it’s about the immense work that goes into planning one – with what money? And, we may wonder, for what reason?  Well, short films are a great way to learn what goes into making movies. Call it a taster teaser if you like for the bigger ones. They still cost money and no one out there will give you the money so you got to put it out there yourself or find some good collaborators that will contribute. People will have to believe in your project.

The production work is equally as hard. I’ve worked on over a dozen short films and I have met a lot of nice people who cared enough to get their dreams made on their credit cards and then send it off to festivals hopeful of recognition.

One interesting short film which I had a lot of fun working on as a Co-Producer and Script Supervisor (two roles I’ll never do at the same time again) will be screened YAY! this Sunday the 18th at the Curzon in Soho from 11am to midday. The short film is called ‘SWOOSH!’ and it’s about  a group of nerdy bogus super heroes who are in a self help group trying to find their way.

The film was written and directed by Sabina Sattar an industry professional for over 15 years. The film was made on a good budget with a great team of collaborators. So, if you fancy coming out this Sunday into London consider yourself invited to this screening at the SOHO Curzon and lets have a chat afterwards about the making of a short film on a shoe string budget. Anyone can do it and it could be loads of fun!  Who knows you might hire us to make your next film? ; )

Gladys San Juan (left) with Sabina Sattar at the Media Parents summer barbecue. For more information about the screening of Swoosh please contact Gladys through the TALENT section of

Gladys’s career her own words:

My versatile career background ranges from Museum Studies, Social Research, Teaching to Office/Project Management to currently Film Production which I enjoy.

I am currently available to work as a freelance Script Supervisor and ideally I am looking to work with a production company in it’s development development. I’d like to know more about commission and sales.

I’m fluent in Italian and Spanish which can help when working on co – productions.

September 13, 2011 @ 11:39 am Posted in Events, News Leave a comment

Media Parents Networking… Bristol

by Amy Walker

Media Parents would like to thank Chris Hutchins and Helen Hagelthorn from BBC Bristol for both meeting talent and hosting this event, Kath Moore from Tigress, Mark Hill and Jane Lomas from RDF West, Julia Waring from RDF Television in London, Angela Oakhill, Steve Rankin and Lucy Carter from Diverse West, Harry Marshall from Icon Films, Ali Bradburn from Parthenon Entertainment, Bernard Walton from Aqua Vita Films, Richard Higgs from Big Squid, Kaia Rose from World of Arthur Cox, Maggie Walsh for hosting the event on behalf of Media Parents, and all of those Media Parents members who came along and made or remade connections – it was great to hear from RDF West that within days of the event they had taken on someone from Media Parents.  Please enjoy the photos below, and for more information on the companies involved see  Media Parents will soon be organising an event in London which gives Media Parents members the chance to meet companies under the Endemol umbrella.

a Media Parents freelancer meets the BBC's helen hagelthorn

When Harry met... Harry Marshall from Icon Films, Kath Moore from Tigress and Kaia Rose from Arthur Cox meet talent from in Bristol

TALENT from Media Parents at the Bristol networking event

Diverse West Exec Producer Steve Rankin

richard higgs from Big Squid and chris hutchins from BBC Bristol amongst Media Parents talent

Nick Shearman, Commissioning Executive from BBC Wales meets Media Parents talent.

chris hutchins, Head of Talent for the NHU and Factual at BBC Bristol (left) meets Media Parents talent

Media Parents networking in Bristol

Mark Hill, Head of RDF West meets Media Parents talent in Bristol

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Executive Producer kath moore from Tigress at Media Parents Bristol networking

RDF Television's Head of Talent Julia Waring talks to a Media Parent in Bristol

Media Parents networking in Bristol

Helen Hagelthorn from BBC Bristol kindly helped to organise this event at BBC Bristol

Media Parents Freelancer Sophie Elwin Harris

a big thank you to everyone who participated in this Media Parents event in Bristol for great networking, talent, jobs and information. to join us please go to

September 10, 2011 @ 2:24 pm Posted in Events, News Comments Off

Media Parents Summer Barbecue at Evolutions

by Amy Walker

Jo Rowan and the team at Evolutions generously hosted the Media Parents Summer Barbecue in June, here are the photos… Thanks to everyone who braved the British summer to attend!

The lovely team at Evolutions : Darren Musgrove and Jo Rowan who can be found in the Media Parents NETWORK section

Media Parents Director, Amy Walker doing some extraordinary networking with Vera's Head of Production Rebecca Parkinson. Rebecca is in the NETWORK section of and Amy Walker is a Series Producer in the TALENT section of Media Parents

Media Parents Director Amy Walker with Maggie Walsh and Alex Evans, all of whom are in the TALENT section of Thanks to all who attended, more captions coming soon... for great networking, talent, jobs and information.

September 1, 2011 @ 1:12 pm Posted in Events, News Comments Off

Event : An Evening with Hayden Turner on Sept 7th

by Amy Walker

Presenter / Producer Hayden Turner is in the TALENT section of

Media Parents TALENT Hayden Turner, Presenter and Producer, invites Media Parents members and their families to hear about his latest Nat Geo series.

I would like to invite you to a talk that I am giving about the series, ‘Hunters of the Lost World’ that we have just had airing on the National Geographic Channel.

Come and join us for an evening of incredible, passionate, inspiring adventure stories from the field with me, Hayden Turner, wildlife specialist and ex-zookeeper.  I’d like to share my adventures and passion for passing on information to the next generation.

I will be sharing some stories about our adventures at
National Geographic Store   83-97, Regent Street, London, W1B 4EW.     RSVP : 4th September 2011  please use the email address on the Media Parents Watercooler
Time:         6.30 – 8pm

I would love to see you there, its open to all – Please feel free to bring any guests, family, kids and interested people.

Please meniton this invite to anyone you know that may be keen to come and RSVP through the Media Parents watercooler so we can cater for a glass of wine or two for everyone.

Really look forward to seeing you if you can make it.



TV Presenter – Producer – Private Safaris

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5 minutes with… Terry Tyldesley, PD/mum/rockstar

by Amy Walker

Instead of buying a Harley Davidson, I started a grrrl band. And yes I’m over 40, and rapidly turning into Cheryl Cole’s worst nightmare, writes TERRY TYLDESLEY.

Pink rocker Terry Tyldesley fronts the band Suburban Mousewife and is a Producer / Director. She can be found in the TALENT section of

Suburban Mousewife are unashamedly lo-fi, political, punky and a bit poppy, and on Friday 6th May we’re playing at Amy Lamé’s Camden Mayoress’ Ball (scroll down for FREE tickets) along with hotly-tipped young bands, and cool DJs.  It’s a world away from PD-ing documentaries and award-winning current affairs, (though there have been a few rock and roll films too).

It’s been a transferrable skillsfest so far. I’ve learned about singing, sound, cabling, new bands, social media and widgets, and making a downloadable EP. My script-writing is being finessed by crafting punchy songs and I’m well on my way to being a Multimedia Parent with a 360º venture, and plenty of programme ideas.

Terry Tyldesley (left) is in the TALENT section of please use the link to book her for your next gig.

The band has had an enormous amount of goodwill, and yes, cheering, and played all kinds of trendy venues and small festivals. We’re not just tolerated, we get invited back. Being outspoken females of a certain age (3/5 of us are parents) is our USP, and we played a riotous gig at star jewellers Tatty Devine’s Xmas party.

My bandmates are 4 gutsy women, including a vivacious physics teacher (I’m determined to get her on TV), an amazing art lecturer, an angel-voiced copyright expert turned professional musician, and a local indie legend.

As for my kids, they think it’s just what mums do. They’ve only seen us once, at the sole venue they could legally get into – a street festival. The older one feigned embarrassment and the younger one came up and kissed me mid-song – very sweet, but a bit distracting. My husband is wonderfully supportive and doubles as photographer and roadie.

Terry Tyldesley: "As for my kids, they think it’s just what mums do... The older one feigned embarrassment and the younger one came up and kissed me mid-song – very sweet, but a bit distracting."

Playing in a band is a refreshingly direct way of communicating – you can see why film stars (hello Hugh Laurie) itch to do it. It’s like having your own TV station and no channel controller.  Our favourite song, My Idol Is Me, is all about airhead culture and older women being banished from TV. Simon Cowell won’t like it, but it’s still catchy.

Not everyone’s impressed though. An AP I worked with was completely unfazed by my secret, (now not so secret) life. Her previous PD was also a burlesque dancer.

*** You can win tickets to the ball by entering a competition on the Tatty Devine website:

Gig details:

EP download: for great talent, networking, jobs and information.

May 6, 2011 @ 9:44 am Posted in Events, News Leave a comment

Channel 4 Diversity Fund & Glasgow Event

by Amy Walker

If you’re a TV professional in Glasgow on May 12th and want to learn more about Channel 4′s Editorial Ethics policies and do a spot of networking then please use the link at the bottom of this page to apply.  UPDATE: THIS EVENT IS NOW AT CAPACITY, SEE YOU THERE IF YOU HAVE A PLACE ALREADY.

Ade Rawcliffe is a Media Project Manager at Channel 4, and as such she is driving the commissioning of content from new, diverse, grassroots talent throughout the UK.


The Creative Diversity team is a first point of contact for new and emergent talent and oversees Channel 4’s commitment to wider diversity of supply. This includes key licence requirements – to reflect diversity of life across the UK and to ensure that at least 35% of original production is commissioned from outside London, with at least 3% of this should be from Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales (the Nations).

What is Creative Diversity?

In his first keynote speech as CEO (search David on the Media Parents blog to read more), David Abraham said “We need to look to support great creative individuals, fund the work of smaller companies and reach those parts of the creative culture that other broadcasters cannot or dare not visit.” Creative Diversity signals an entirely new approach to diversity within Channel 4, focusing on diversity of content and supply, with an emphasis on driving the development and commissioning of content from new, diverse, grassroots talent throughout the UK.

What do you mean by diversity of supply?

In an era in which television has consolidated into a number of powerful companies it is important that Channel 4 keeps refreshing its commissioning culture and who supplies our programmes. Channel 4 has a world-class reputation for innovation and is ready to invest in the next generation of creative content. We seek to connect our viewers with ideas and talent that innovates and stimulates. This means accessing quality ideas from the widest range of content suppliers, our output and the people that shape our shows need to be as diverse as the contemporary UK society that they reflect. Channel 4 has much to be proud of in its programme output, but there is significant work yet to be done to live up to these ambitions.

What role does the Creative Diversity team play in commissioning?

Creative Diversity is principally at the front-end of the system connecting with talent. There is a dedicated team of Media Project Managers who work at the coal-face of commissioning, identifying ideas, strengthening propositions, funding development, and making companies more compelling for the wider commissioning culture to adopt. It’s a role that many other industries take for granted – A&R in music and fashion buyers work in a similar way. It’s about identifying and selecting talent ahead of the system. We also implement Channel 4’s wider plans for producer outreach. In February 2012 Channel 4’s Chief Creative Officer Jay Hunt launched a new era of outreach committing Heads of Department and Commissioning Editors to work with more new and regional companies.

Can you fund projects?

Yes. We have dedicated funds and have already funded a number of projects, some of which are on air. We have been tasked with being closer to grassroots creative communities, often in advance of commissioning editors, to talent spot, to shape smart ideas and to develop them for the wider creative diversity of the company. We have soft-launched the £2m Alpha Fund. Any Media Project Manager in the team is able to support diversity of supply and kick-start original ideas that can grow in scale and ambition. As with all Channel 4 funded projects, these ideas must come from companies, unfortunately we can’t provide assistance to members of the freelance community or individuals who aren’t from a limited independent production company.

What is the Alpha Fund?

The Alpha Fund is a £2m development and production fund available to independent production companies, designed to support ideas, talent and emergent companies and to enrich Channel 4’s reputation for creativity. We describe it as a new grassroots innovation and authorship fund which is intended to fund the very first stages of creative ideas. It is a completely unique annual fund aimed at supporting our diversity of supply by providing outstanding talent with a route of entry into an increasingly competitive commercial media environment. When it was launched in January 2011 it was described as follows: “The Alpha Fund is designed to identify and support creative talent at its earliest stage. Our principles are to make the money count, not to tie it up in process and complex application systems.” We have deliberately avoided web-application systems, complex rules or over-bearing contractual hurdles. We think new companies want creative engagement not hurdles.

Do you have targets and quotas?

The Channel 4 remit requires us to be distinctive and innovative. Our Tier 1 regulatory requirements mean that we have to ensure that, in addition to providing 8 hours of News and Current Affairs programming weekly in primetime, at least 65% of our output must originate in the UK, and 35% of those hours and spend must from outside the M25 – 3% of this must come from the Nations.

We are constantly exceeding our content targets, but we don’t have per capita targets based on nation or region. The emphasis is well and truly on getting the highest quality content from the widest possible range of creative suppliers. In his Salford address David Abraham also outlined Channel 4’s voluntary commitment to match regional targets for online output as well: “Channel 4 is passionate about stimulating next generation creativity and together with the two new funds we have announced, we aim to match or exceed our regional targets online, on digital interactive platforms.  It’s a self-imposed target but one we believe to be in the spirit of our role as a catalyst for creativity and is further evidence of Channel 4 Online’s ongoing integration into a single cross platform content division.”

What do you do for Black and Multi-Ethnic companies?

This is another significant strand of our work. In fact, since the launch of the new team, it has been the area we have invested in the most. To date we have commissioned 8 companies with an ethnically diverse background. Channel 4 believes that this is an area in which we can do significantly more and that reflecting a contemporary and culturally diverse Britain is at the very forefront of our creative reputation. Through our proactive membership of the Cultural Diversity Network, we also seek to influence all our production companies to consider the diversity of their talent base.  (Working with Media Parents is one way that companies can show they are fulfilling the CDN Diversity Pledge – contact us through for more info). We have two dedicated Media Project Managers who are based in our London office, and equipped with the funds and the passion to support that creative community.

What do you do for regional talent?

Regional diversity is one of the key strands of our work. The Creative Diversity team evolved out of Channel 4’s Nations and Regions division, which from 2000 – 2010 had a transformative impact on our regional spend : budgets increased from £55m to £125m annually. But we could do more, and we are doing more. The Media Project Managers are more deeply embedded within the creative communities across the UK and the Creative Diversity Team works across the UK with desks in Channel 4’s London HQ, in our Glasgow Editorial Office and in cities across the UK, where there is a significant independent production base. Inevitably, we cannot be in all places all the time, but if groups or networks of producers are keen on bespoke or specific contact, we will always attend. Channel 4 will hold briefings in up to 10 regional cities in 2011.  (Click on the link below to sign up for the Glasgow event on May 12th).

What kind of projects are you looking for?

The Alpha Fund is about commissioning development based on ideas, first and foremost, rather than a checklist of subjects. Like many of our genre departments we care about the passion that a producer brings with their idea. That means we are less keen on ideas that are derivative of shows and/or international formats that already exist.  It’s important to emphasise that Channel 4 is a contemporary UK broadcaster and more likely to be at the leading edge of our society than other comparable channels. This has a real bearing on the diversity of ideas we are interested in. For our team, it’s probably best to avoid derivative and familiar formats. The only requirement is that ideas are clearly targeted at Channel 4 – its audience, its values, and that they “feel” 4 in ambition and focus. There is no limitation on size or scale, but proposals do need to come from companies, rather than individuals.

You support the Cultural Diversity Network – what role does it play in your work?

Channel 4 is a signatory to the Cultural Diversity Network Pledge and as such, is committed to improving diversity within its own operations and across the industry as a whole. However as a publisher broadcaster, it is the responsibility of each independent company to ensure the diversity of its workforce. We do however encourage all of the independent companies supplying our content to sign up to the CDN Diversity Pledge.

The Cultural Diversity Network Pledge has been a great tool in encouraging our industry to embrace diversity in all its forms. As one of the UK’s major broadcasters, C4 seeks to attract its audience from the broadest range of backgrounds and attitudes, as a reflection of contemporary UK society.  However for Channel 4 content to be diverse, we need to ensure that our suppliers are also embracing the diversity challenge.

Do you fund digital ideas?

Channel 4 has pioneered a number of ways of supporting digital creativity across games, interactive education and cross platform commissioning. After a period of internal change we now have a group of dedicated cross-platform online commissioners – ‘embedded in TV genres’ – who frequently work with new and emergent companies and digital agencies.  Creative Diversity team contribute to this general trend.  The first raft of commissions facilitated by the Creative Diversity team, were in the interactive games and entertainment sector in Dundee, an emergent hotspot of new media production. The Alpha Fund will sit alongside Channel 4’s Convergent Formats Fund, also worth £2 million in 2011.  David Abraham described this investment as follows: “The Convergent Formats Fund will invest in ideas, apps and creative concepts for the next generation of connected TV like YouView.  It will pioneer new ideas for a new generation of broadcast television and the objective is to become the partner of choice for the most imaginative digital media companies in the UK.”

Do you give slate or company development funding?

No, not normally. We are keen to work on the best ideas and try to make them happen, rather than fund the range of a company’s work. We understand that particularly for smaller companies, funding development is expensive, as well as important, but we’d rather focus on the best idea rather than cover the overhead, that’s why funding from the Alpha Fund is on a project by project basis. There is no limit to how many times in a year you can approach the team for funding, you just need to be armed with your best ideas.

Where do I get further information?

Almost all the information you will need is in this document, and anything we haven’t covered, our staff can talk to you about face-to-face. We have a corporate producers’ site at but we believe that face-to-face dialogue is always more effective. Channel 4 runs briefings across the UK, from creative breakfasts to sessions with genre commissioners. If you feel disconnected from one of these networks, then talk to a Media Project Manager.  Channel 4 wants to be the best broadcaster to business with for new, independent creative companies. If you have any thoughts about how we might improve our performance in indie relations or Creative Diversity, please contact the Director of Creative Diversity, Stuart Cosgrove.

Ade Rawcliffe.

Ade Rawcliffe Ade’s role as Media Project Manger at Channel 4 is driving the commissioning of content from new, diverse, grassroots talent throughout the UK. Prior to joining Channel 4, she worked as a Producer across both the BBC and the independent sector with credits including Big Brother, Right to Reply, and The Big Breakfast. She is always looking for ways to develop diverse talent and plays a key part in Channel 4’s ongoing commitment to reflecting the diversity of contemporary Britain in all its variety. Ade is a Nigerian from Macclesfield and has worked in the North West of England, where she maintains close contacts

Caroline Cawley

Caroline Cawley is Creative Diversity’s team co-ordinator leading on all major events for the team along with some brand new projects. She is also working on a new strategy to engage Channel 4 with diverse and isolated groups such as the Trans Community. Her sensitivity and open mind are key in this role.

Caroline gained a wealth of experience in Events and Marketing for a range of luxury Scottish brands, prior to joining Channel 4’s Nations and Regions Department over two years ago.

Charlotte Black is based in Bristol and works across the South West and Wales. She has worked as an Executive Producer and Senior Talent manager at Channel 4 since 1990 when she joined as a Commissioning Executive in the Factual Department. Charlotte is currently on sabbatical and will return to the team later in 2011. Charlotte Black began life in TV as a series producer in the independent sector making docs and features programmes for a variety of companies including Planet 24, Wall to Wall, Wild and Fresh and Diverse and her passion is ensuring creative diversity by casting in a risky way.

Ian MacKenzie Ian is a Media Project Manager for Channel 4’s Creative Diversity team.  Working out of Glasgow; Ian’s portfolio encompasses companies across Scotland, Wales and the West Country.  His previous role at Channel 4 was as Acquisitions Manager for 4DVD, securing commercial hit successes such as Skins, Inbetweeners & Misfits.

Ravi Amaratunga.

Ravi Amaratunga is Creative Diversity Team Assistant working across all Media Project Managers Portfolios and overseeing several projects of his own. Ravi comes from a film and drama background, having previously worked in the independent sector as a development executive and producing several digital and live action short films.

Stuart Cosgrove is the Director of Creative Diversity, he was formerly Channel 4’s Commissioner of Independent Film and Video, Controller of Arts and Entertainment and acts as a senior figure in commissioning, overseeing our activity outside London as Director of Nations and Regions. Stuart also represents Channel 4 as a strategic partnership manager across the UK, and chaired Scotland’s national Digital Media Strategy – Digital Inspiration.

Susie Wright prior to becoming a Media Project Manager, Susie worked in the Channel 4 Commercial Affairs Department having spent 4 years working at the regional screen agency for Northern Ireland putting together funding packages for feature films and TV projects and offering support to the local industry. This experience has been a vital part of her current role which involves in particular, engagement with the NI sector. A graduate of languages and law from Newcastle University, she is perfectly placed to engage with the regional screen industry in the North East of England and beyond.

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April 20, 2011 @ 12:20 pm Posted in Events, News 1 Comment