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July Event: Arrow Media x media parents Online Networking

by Amy Walker

Arrow Media x Media Parents Production Networking
Thursday July 14th 12 – 1:30pm online

Carrie Pennifer meets Media Parents Archivist Tracey Li at Media Parents previous networking

Arrow Media is partnering with Media Parents to meet PRODUCTION TALENT ONLINE on Thursday 14th July from Midday – please come.

If you are a Production Manager, PC, Production Exec or Line Producer in unscripted, available now, soon, or just keen to meet the Arrow team, please RSVP to events@mediaparents.com with your CV and availability by July 13th, the sooner the better, and we will send you zoom details.

Please title your email Arrow Media Parents Networking.

The Arrow team is keen to support flexible working and jobshare on their productions, so this is a great opportunity to discuss that and meet the team including Heads of Production Carrie Pennifer and Stephanie Mavropoulos, Head of Talent Julia Hardwell, Talent Coordinator Emily Charalambides, and Media Parents’ Amy Walker.

Arrow Media's Joint Head of Production Carrie Pennifer

Carrie Pennifer, Head of Production

Carrie joined Arrow in 2012 as Production Manager on the Discovery series Ultimate Warfare. She went on to manage numerous successful series and one-offs including three seasons of the global hit observational documentary Ultimate Airport Dubai for National Geographic before being made Production Executive in 2016.

During her near decade at Arrow, she has worked across Arrow Media and Arrow Picture’s entire slate of projects overseeing up to 70 hours in production simultaneously as well as those in development. These have been for all the major international broadcasters and include such iconic projects as Animal Fight Night, America in Color, See No Evil, Extreme Rescues, Speed, 9/11: Escape from the Towers and I, Sniper. In the run up to being made Co-Head of Production, Carrie has seen several projects successfully through the Pandemic. These include Arrow Media’s Shark Week documentary Rogue Tiger Shark: Hunt for Lagertha; and, for Arrow Pictures, the landmark feature documentary Generation 9/11 and Sky’s upcoming series on HIV/AIDS in Britain, Positive.

Arrow Media's joint Head of Production Stephanie Mavropoulos

Stephanie Mavropoulos, Head of Production

Stephanie Mavropoulos joined Arrow when it was formed by Tom Brisley, Iain Pelling and John Smithson in 2011, and has led its production teams for over a decade. Stephanie leads a project from commission to delivery, ensuring budgets are met while supporting the high editorial ambitions of the company.

She pioneered the production style that delivers returnable high-volume hits like the 20-parters of American MonsterSee No Evil and Body Cam. Stephanie works across Arrow’s flagship feature length crime series, Mind of a Monster and is responsible for their new 3 x60 mini-series brands. She has also worked on notable series including two-hour event doc Live From Space for Channel 4 and National Geographic; and BBC2 and Smithsonian co-production 747: The Plane That Changed The World. In 2020 she was the Co-Producer for Arrow Media’s Emmy-nominated theatrical release feature, Under The Wire.

Head of Talent Julia Hardwell

Julia Hardwell, Head of Talent

Julia started her TV career on Children’s classics such as Art AttackNewsround and Blue Peter. From Production Manager at the BBC, she moved into Talent Management at ITV and then Studio Management where she oversaw studio facilities for shiny floor live and pre-recorded productions such as Later with Jools HollandTake Me Out and Catchphrase. In 2019, Julia joined Arrow as Talent Manager, working closely with Talent Consultant Dawn Beresford  across all aspects of recruitment, training and development. Recently armed with her CIPD HR qualification, Julia aspires to support all levels of talent with their career development at Arrow.

Talent Coordinator Emily Charalambides

Emily Charalambides, Talent Coordinator

Emily began her career in Television for the business news channel, CNBC Africa in South Africa.  The experience fuelled her desire to continue within the TV world and she made her move to London to expand her skillset.  She landed in Specialist Factual/Factual, starting out as an Executive Assistant before moving over to Production. She has experience working on flagship returning formats such as BBC2, Inside the Factory and BAFTA nominated, C4’s The Dog House.  Armed with transferable production skills, she recently joined Arrow International Media as Talent Coordinator and assists the Head of Talent, Julia Hardwell with recruitment across all roles.

Join us for Media Parents events, jobs and training at www.mediaparents.co.uk.

July 6, 2022 @ 6:33 pm Posted in Events, News Comments Off

2022 Looking Glass Survey for better mental health in TV

by Amy Walker

The Film and TV Charity is asking everyone in the industry to act now to support better mental health

The Charity’s brand-new campaign is challenging people working behind the scenes in film, TV, and cinema to show their support for better mental health in the industry by completing the 2022 Looking Glass Survey.

Complete the 2022 Looking Glass Survey here

Taking part in The Looking Glass Survey means you are giving the Charity the insight it needs to continue developing its services to support mental health and wellbeing, commenced due to shocking statistics uncovered by the first Looking Glass in 2019.  Importantly for the survey to be impactful, the Charity encourages those from underrepresented groups within the industry to take part and have their say.

In 2020 the Looking Glass Survey identified that isolation and feelings of loneliness can be an issue for carers in the industry, as one in three (31%) reported feeling isolated, compared with one in four workers without caring responsibilities (23%). This evidence is vital in aiding efforts to galvanise industry change, ensuring all workers are better supported to lead long and fulfilling careers where they are happier and healthier.

Following the first Looking Glass Survey in 2019, The Film and TV Charity bolstered the support it offered through its free, confidential, and completely independent 24/7 Film and TV Support Line with the launch of its Bullying Advice Service, a Freelancer Wellbeing Hub, and a host of practical tools and resources, all available through the Charity’s website.

Since then, the Charity has also launched further support, including its Whole Picture Toolkit, a free online resource providing UK productions with a framework to create a mentally healthy workplace.

The new survey is part of the Charity’s ongoing commitment to supporting mental health, tracking changes in attitudes, and spotting areas of either improvement or decline.

To ensure the survey is representative, the Charity is asking everyone working behind the scenes, from commissioners to camera operators, directors to cinema projectionists, and in every corner of the UK, to complete the survey and share it with their colleagues.

Take up the challenge and complete the 2022 Looking Glass Survey here

Watch our blog for details of our JULY event. Join us for Media Parents events, jobs and training at www.mediaparents.co.uk.

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