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Women in Film and TV (UK) is launching its 10th mentoring scheme for film and TV workers, led by mentors including Apple’s Jay Hunt and Netflix’s Sam Doyle. 

The scheme is run in association with ScreenSkills and supported by Avid, the BBC, Channel4, EON Productions, Lionsgate, Panalux; Panavision, Twickenham Studios and UKTV.

Twenty women working at the mid-career level have been selected as mentees (full list below). They are working across directing, producing, script editing and development.

WFTV’s mentoring producer Tracy Forsyth, who is also a Creative Mentor at Channel 4 Indie Growth Fund, and an executive coach, leads the programme.

WFTV Chair Liz Tucker said: “We only have to look at the career paths of previous mentees to know our scheme really works. Over 108 women have now taken part in the scheme and previous mentees have landed jobs at Amazon, the BBC and Channel 4. Our scheme genuinely changes lives and careers”.

The Scheme runs for six months, during which the participants receive six hours of mentoring contact with an experienced industry figure alongside peer-to-peer training and seminars, WFTV member events and industry networking opportunities.

The mentors for 2020 are:

  • Zeb Achonu, film editor
  • Lindsay Bradbury, commissioning editor, daytime, BBC
  • Sumi Connock, creative director of formats, BBC Studios
  • Catherine Catton, head of popular factual and factual entertainment, BBC
  • Danny Cohen, president, Access Entertainment
  • Sam Doyle, executive producer, Netflix
  • Loran Dunn, film droducer, Delaval Films
  • Jocelyn Jee Esien, writer and actor
  • David Glover, founder, 72 Films
  • Lorraine Heggessey, chair, Grierson Trust
  • Tamara Howe, managing director, Vice TV EMEA
  • Jay Hunt, chief creative officer, Apple
  • Rachel Job, SVP unscripted content, ALL3Media
  • Sam Jukes Adams, executive coach & TV production consultant
  • Laura Lankester, creative director, Lookout Point
  • Addie Orfila, founder, Addie Orfila Training
  • Harriet Pennington Legh, agent, Troika Talent
  • Ade Rawcliffe, head of diversity for ITV commissioning
  • Hilary Rosen, deputy head of commissioning, UKTV
  • Norma Wisnevitz, COO, True North

The 20 mentees are:

  • Claire Bachelor, composer
  • Kate Bennetts, investment director
  • Mel Bezalel, director of development, RDF
  • Rebecca Brown, commercial manager
  • Factual Bruna Capozzoli, online media producer
  • Samantha Fray, programme manager, Beyond Bronte
  • Serena Lloyd-Smith, diversity & inclusion networks specialist
  • Cat Marshall, production supervisor, WARP Films
  • Ruth Mayer, documentary producer/director
  • Zoe McGivern, head of development/series producer
  • Helen O Donnell, head of development, BBC Studios Talentworks
  • Janice Okoh, scriptwriter
  • Jemma Parish, senior AP, TravelMan
  • Gilberte Phanor, graphics editor/news producer, Sky
  • Alice Ramsey, BBC Writers Room development producer
  • Jenny Stimpson, documentary producer
  • Vavthana Suganya Suppiah, film editor
  • Editor Ruchika Tagore, development executive
  • Sian Whomes, head of talent, Sony Pictures
  • Emma Yap, scripted development executive
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