Advisory Committee 2022

Passionate and tireless is how you might best describe the incredible team of volunteers on our Advisory Committee.

Individuals from TV and digital content are invited to join the Committee by the Advisory Chair and the Creative Director and they play a key part in creating what is widely regarded as the most important event in the TV calendar. The Festival is billed as ‘by the industry, for the industry’ because it is shaped and produced by these industry professionals alongside their day jobs, ensuring that all of our content is up-to-the-minute, highly relevant and engaging. The Committee meet to discuss ideas and shape sessions.

Being on the committee is hard work but it’s also fun, it’s important and it’s an honour. And it gives everyone involved the chance to give something back. The Festival funds our two talent schemes, Ones to Watch and The Network, helping to support the next generation of new and diverse talent in the industry.

This year’s Advisory Committee Chair is Afua Hirsch, founder of Born in Me Productions, and widely known for her work on black culture, history, identity and culture in the African diaspora and worldwide. She has been senior correspondent at the Guardian Newspaper and Sky News and has presented documentaries including African Renaissance, Enslaved, and podcast series We Need to Talk about the British Empire.

This year’s Festival will examine how those in the TV industry are in a unique position as storytellers who not only reflect change in the world, but also have the power to shape it. It will ask which stories we are telling and which stories we aren’t, how we tell them and if TV can change the world.

Afua Hirsch

Writer & Broadcaster

Born in Me Productions

Alan Holland

Head of the Documentary Unit

BBC Studios

Andrea Hamilton

Managing Director

Modest TV

Anna Hall

Creative Director & Executive Producer

Candour Productions

Arabella Page Croft

Company Director & Producer

Black Camel

Arvand Khosravi

SVP, International Television Production

Endeavour Content

Bryony Arnold

Producer and Co-Director

Deaf & Disabled People in TV

Carlotta Rossi Spencer

Head of Format Acquisitions


Caroline Hollick

Head of Drama

Channel 4

Carolyn Payne

Commissioning Editor

Disney+, Star & National Geographic

Colleen Flynn

Creative Director

Flicker Productions

Daisy Lilley

Unscripted Team

Netflix UK

Daniel Louw

Commissioning Editor

Channel 5

David P. Davis

Founder & Creative Director

5 Acts Productions

David Smith

Director of Screen

Screen Scotland

Deeyah Khan

Founder & CEO

Fuuse Films

Gavin Smith

Commissioner, Scripted & Entertainment

BBC Scotland

Gemma John-Lewis

Entertainment Commissioner


Harjeet Chhokar

Unscripted Executive, Orginals, UK

Amazon Studios

Jago Lee



Jamie Morris

Director of Programmes

Sky UK & Ireland

Kris Smith

Managing Director

Leopard Pictures

Lisa Hazlehurst

Head of Lion Scotland

Lion Television

Lucy Pilkington

Managing Director

Milk and Honey Productions

Mobeen Azhar

Journalist & Broadcaster

Mohammed Adnan

Global Head of Development

Pulse Films

Natalie Humphreys

Executive Producer & Managing Director

Storyboard Studios

Navdip Dhariwal



Nick Smith

Executive Vice President, Formats

All3Media International

Ninder Billing

Creative Director

Darlow Smithson Productions

Robbie Ashcroft

Managing Partner, Development

The Story Lab

Sarah Asante

Commissioning Editor, Scripted


Simon Cheuk Pong-Lee

Commissioning Executive

Channel 4

Surian Fletcher-Jones

Head of Drama

Working Title Films

Syeda Irtizaali

Portfolio Editor


Taf Makopa

Managing Director

Wall of Entertainment

Thom Gulseven

Director of Creative Strategy


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