UK TV executive Linda Agran will receive the Television Pioneer Award on Dec 7 at the first ever Women's International Film & Television Showcase in Los Angeles.

Agran started her career working in the UK offices of Columbia Pictures, Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros before joing Euston Films, a subsidiary of Thames Television, as director of development. There she steered a string of popular series including The Wimbledon Poisoner, London's Burning, Agatha Christie's Poirot and Minder. She received two BAFTA nominations for the miniseries Widows.

'Linda has had a remarkable career in television and, although now retired, she continues to be passionate about broadcasting,' a statement from WIFTS said. 'She is presently advising young filmmakers and writers, and serves on the BFI Production Board. We are delighted to present her our first Television Pioneer Award.'