ConnectED 2021

2021 delegates will be able to request speed meetings with another stellar line-up of hosts later this year.

Once again ConnectED will offer delegates the opportunity to connect with commissioners from the BBC, Channel 4, Sky, ITV, YouTube and more across genres spanning drama, documentary, factual entertainment and popular factual, short-form, daytime and early peak and comedy.

Our speed meetings are 10 minutes long and are scheduled according to the host’s availability so please ensure you will be available during their one hour slot before requesting meetings. We will do our best to confirm at least one of your requests but cannot guarantee that you will secure a meeting.

When applications open our online database of hosts will be available for you to select the meetings most relevant to you, and there is no limit to the number of requests you can submit.

Applications are currently closed, take a look at the 2020 host line-up below.


ConnectED Speed Meeting Hosts 2020

Ben Powell-Jones

Head of Programming


Carl Callum

Commissioning Editor, Documentaries


Carla-Maria Lawson

Head of Daytime & Early Peak Commissioning


Catherine Catton

Head of Popular Factual & Factual Entertainment BBC


Clare Sillery

Head of Docs, History & Religion


Dan Grabiner

Head of Unscripted

Amazon Studios

Daniel Pearl

Commissioning Editor, Factual

Channel 5, ViacomCBS

Danny Horan

Head of Factual

Channel 4

Fiona McDermott

Head of Comedy

Channel 4

Huw Kennair-Jones

Drama Commissioner


Jeff Cooke

VP International Programming


Kate Teckman

Head of Development & Commissioning Editor, Factual Entertainment


Laura Luckenbaugh

Manager, International Co-Productions & Acquisitions

AMC & SundanceTV at AMC Networks

Luke Hyams

Head of Originals EMEA


Mark Iddon

Commissioning Editor, Comedy Entertainment


Meghan Lyvers

SVP, Co-Production & Development

CBS International

Mona Qureshi

Commissioning Editor, Drama, England


Nancy Cotton

EVP, Original Programming


Navi Lamba

Digital Executive

Channel 4

Tilusha Ghelani

Commissioning Editor, Comedy

Sky UK

Pre-Festival ConnectED


Louise Thornton, Commissioning Editor, Digital, Social & Youth BBC

Thursday 30 July | 15.00 - 16.00

To find out more about commissioning requirements across comedy, factual, arts, music and podcasts visit the BBC Scotland website.


Screen Scotland – Executive Team & Screen Commission

Thursday 6 August | 15.00 – 16.00

Screen Scotland works across all genres – scripted, unscripted, live action, animated, children’s content.

Members of the Screen Scotland executive team (funding, development, skills, audiences) and screen commission team (locations, crew, studio space, filming in Scotland) are here to discuss queries from producers and production companies, about developing new projects, facilitating co-productions, bringing a project to film in Scotland, and companies outside Scotland looking to connect with producers in Scotland.
Our strategic capacity is expanding, with new team members Dani Carlaw as Head of Unscripted, Kieran Hannigan as Head of Scripted and Steven Little as Head of Production, joining recent appointments Louise Acheson as Head of Business and Market Development and Sambrooke Scott as Head of Audience Development.

Depending on the nature of your query, an appropriate member of the Screen Scotland team will be happy to meet you.


- Simon Nelson, Development Executive, BBC Writersroom
- Adam Barker, Channel Executive BBC TWO
- Charlotte Reid, Head of Commissioning, L&E, Discovery UK
- Emma Westcott, Commissioning Editor, Factual, Channel 5
- Paul Hembury & Helen O’Donnell, TalentWorks BBC Studios
- Daniel Korn,VP Programming, A+E Networks UK
- Romy Page, Commissioning Executive, Discovery
- Helen Nightingale, Senior Commissioning Editor, UKTV
- Gabriel Silver, Commissioning Editor, Drama, Sky
- Kevin O'Brien, Commissioning Editor, Entertainment, ITV
- Luke Hyams, Head of Originals EMEA, Youtube
- Fozia Khan, Commissioning Editor, Documentaries, Channel 4
- Chloe Tucker, Commissioning Editor, ITV
- Syeda Irtizaali, Commissioning Editor, Entertainment, BBC
- Carolyn Payne, Commissioning Editor, National Geographic

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