Advisory Committee 2021

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

Up to 40 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, before rolling up their sleeves at Edinburgh to produce the sessions they have championed, with the help of some very willing and able APs.  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.

Director of European Originals for Amazon Studios, Georgia Brown, is to be the Advisory Chair for the 2021 Festival.

Brown will work with the Festival team to spearhead a group of cross-genre industry executives to help curate the programme and lead the Advisory Committee.

Brown will be the first Advisory Chair from a streaming service; a recognition of how the TV industry is evolving. As an alumna of the TV Foundation’s Ones To Watch scheme, Brown is passionate about the future direction of the industry.

In fact, Accelerating Change will be the theme of this year’s Festival, playing out across the various events and sessions, focusing on what and how change is happening in the TV business at every level, what can and does happen as a result of the issues being highlighted and discussed at the Festival and the need to make positive change happen.


Alex Marshall

Chief Operating Officer

Archery Pictures

Ben Farrell

Chief Creative Officer

Objective Fiction

Caroline O’Neill

Series Producer, Development Executive

Naked Television, Deaf & Disabled People in TV

Caroline Stone

Director of Independent Drama

BBC Studios

Claire Mundell

Managing Director, Creative Director

Synchronicity Films

Dan Grabiner

Head of Unscripted

Amazon Studios

Dan Jones

Chief Executive Officer

Little Dot Studios

David Smith

Director of Screen

Screen Scotland

Dom Wilkins

Head of Scheduling

A+E Networks UK

Emma Ayech

Channel Director for Drama and Alibi


Emma-Rosa Dias

Managing Director

Afro-Mic Productions

Faraz Osman

Managing Director

Gold Wala

Fozia Khan

Commissioning Editor, Documentaries

Channel 4

Fraser Ayres

Chief Executive Officer

TriForce Creative Network

Geoffrey Goodwin

Deputy Head, Studios UK

Verizon Media

Georgia Brown

Director European Originals

Amazon Studios

Harjeet Chhokar

Commissioning Editor

Channel 4

Ian Lamarra

Creative Director and Co-Founder

Alaska TV

Kiran Nataraja

Director of Content Strategy and Planning

Channel 4

Lisa Perrin

Managing Director, International Production

ITV Studios

Louise Thornton

Head of Multiplatform Commissioning

BBC Scotland

Lucas Green

Global Head of Content Operations


Lucy Leveugle

Director for Nonfiction for EMEA


Lucy Pilkington

Managing Director

Milk and Honey Productions

Lucy Willis

Commissioning Editor, Factual

Channel 5

Luke Hyams

Head of Originals EMEA


Mel Bezalel

Director of Development


Melissa Myers


New Kinetic

Mike Benson

Co-founder and Managing Director


Mirella Breda

Two Rivers

Head of Entertainment

Neil Price

Strategic Partner Manager


Patrick McMahon

Commissioning Editor, Popular Factual and Factual Entertainment


Poppy Dixon

Director, Documentaries and Factual

Sky UK

Rubina Pabani

Head of Short Form

ITN Productions

Satmohan Panesar

Commissioning Editor, Factual Entertainment


Sean Doyle

Director of Original Production for Unscripted General Entertainment


Shona Baldwin

Creative Director


Tan France

Fashion Designer, Presenter

Tara Magan

TV Editor

Apple TV

Yinka Bokinni

Host, Presenter, DJ

Zeinab Badawi

Journalist, Broadcaster

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