28 September 07
Featuring some of the best talents in British television the Television Committee are vital to the running of the Television and Television Craft Awards and play a crucial role in the Academy throughout the year.
The Television committee is not only involved in the content and presentation of the annual Television Awards
and Television Craft Awards
(considering categories, chairing juries, providing key editorial advice, recommending Gift of Council awards) but is also involved in producing membership events throughout the year. The committee's credits include some of the very best in British television.
Barbara Benedek is a film and television consultant focussing on commercial and business affairs, co-production and rights management strategy. Her clients include Endemol International and a number of UK independent producers. She also works as a consultant for US cable channel A&E Television. She teaches a course on TV financing for PACT and the NFTS producer's programme, and was recently an advisor on Skillset's Indie Development Scheme. Barbara is on the board of East Midlands Media and on the Women in Film and Television policy group.
Prior to setting up her own business in 1998, Barbara was Head of Commercial Affairs for BBC Films where she and her team handled the financing, distribution and marketing for the BBC's feature film productions. Before that she was Head of Drama Co-Productions for BBC Television with responsibility for all co-production finance for TV series, mini-series and movies. Born in Los Angeles, Barbara started her career in documentaries, news and current affairs working for WGBH Boston, on the award winning US science series NOVA, for BBC News & Current Affairs and for CBS News.
Richard Broke is a Drama producer, whose many credits include Churchill, The Wilderness Years, The Monocled Mutineer and Tumbledown. Richard was the first Executive Producer of Screen One for the BBC, with responsibility for around fifty films, culminating in Cold Comfort Farm directed by John Schlesinger. More recently, he produced Where The Heart Is and then A&E for Granada. He has previous experience of serving on the BAFTA Council and was also the first-ever Chair of the Interactive Committee.
On leaving Bristol University Tim Corrie was a founder member of the The Drama Department. He went straight to work for John Boorman as his assistant/researcher in BBC Bristol, subsequently working in various capacities on a number of films including Isadora Duncan (Karel Reisz) and The Adventurers (Lewis Gilbert). This was followed by a short period at Paramount Pictures in London working alongside Max Setton. On leaving Paramount, he was invited to join Fraser and Dunlop Scripts , as it then was, to help develop that Agency in the realms of film and television. More than thirty years on, and after six years as Co-Chairman - a role he recently stepped down from - he is still there (although the company is now PFD).
Krishnendu has been uniquely trained on both the prestigious BBC Production Trainee scheme and the highly selective ITN News Trainee scheme. At the BBC he worked on a range of output including Watchdog, Newsnight Review, Art That Shook The World and at BBC Films and BBC Radio Drama. At ITN he worked as a producer across all of the output - ITV News, Channel 4 News and Five News. Films produced and directed include: Michael Howard: No More Mr Nasty; Coked Up Britain and the BAFTA-nominated Who you callin' a Nigger?. He is currently developing authored drama with Tony Garnett at World Productions, Ruth Caleb at the BBC and Kate Ogborn at Revolution Films / C4. Described by Screen International as "one of the British film industry's brightest hopes" in their 'Stars of Tomorrow' list.
Peter Salmon is a former Controller of BBC One, BBC Director of Sport, Director of Programmes at Granada TV and Controller of Factual Programmes at Channel 4.
He was Chief Executive at The Television Corporation from 2005-2006. While at Granada, Peter's teams were responsible for output ranging from World in Action to Cold Feet. While at the BBC he commissioned projects as various as Clocking Off, Waking the Dead, dinnerladies, and Walking with Beasts. As BBC Director of Sport he oversaw the Athens Olympics and successive World Cup and European football campaigns. He helped pioneer interactive television at Wimbledon and The Manchester Commonwealth Games as well as the development of BBC Sport online. As a programme maker his credits include several environmental series with BBC Bristol's Natural History Unit and Crimewatch UK, as well as being co-creator of Sport Relief, the BBC-wide campaign to combine fitness, entertainment and fund-raising.
Julian Scott runs Coolabi Productions, a division of Coolabi plc; a public traded company focussing on the ownership and exploitation of high quality intellectual property assets.
Prior to Coolabi Julian ran Zenith Entertainment's children's division where he oversaw over 100 episodes of live action drama series Byker Grove and Out There for CBBC and animation such as King Arthur's Disasters for CiTV. Prior to Zenith, Julian worked in New York for Sesame Workshop, most recently as Group Vice President, European Operations and prior to that as Group Vice President, Creative Development. During this time he was credited with creating the most active development slate in the history of the company and built strategic partnerships and relationships for the Workshop around the world. Before locating to the US, Julian was Head of Production and Operations at Walt Disney Television International in London, overseeing 33 branded productions across the world.
Jocelyn has written, produced and created a number of television series for young children including; Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock, Jim Henson's Ghost Of Faffner Hall, The Animal Show With Stinky And Jake, The Secret Lives Of Toys, Charlie Chalk, The Magic School Bus, Mopatop's Shop, The Hoobs. She has an Emmy and several Emmy and BAFTA nominations. Until the end of last year, she was Chief Creative Officer for HIT Entertainment PLC and in this capacity was responsible for all creative output, including Bob The Builder, Barney & Friends, Angelina Ballerina, Thomas & Friends, Rubbadubbers and Pingu.
Sue Thexton is a convergence consultant bringing together extensive experience in the media and technology sectors. She was Managing Director of ITN Source - one of the biggest archive film footage collections in the world representing British Pathe, Channel 4, Granada, Reuters and Fox Movietone. She was previously Vice President for Macromedia Europe, the multimedia internet software company, for 10 years and she also set up and built Adobe UK, the company responsible for Photoshop.
Sue is Visiting Professor at Middlesex University and Trustee of NESTA Furturelab, and has been the Chairman of the British Interactive Multimedia Association, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and also a Governor of Thames Valley University. Well known in the new media industry, she speaks regularly at conferences. Sue has been an active member of the BAFTA Interactive Entertainment Committee since its inception in September 1997 (Chair between 1999 and 2004) and a member of BAFTA Council since 1999.
John Willis is Chief Executive of Mentorn Media and Group Creative Director of Tinopolis plc. John started his career at Yorkshire Television where he directed a string of award winning documentaries including Johnny Go Home and Alice - A Fight for Life. In 1988 he moved to Channel 4 as Controller of Factual Programmes before being promoted to Director of Programmes in 1993. During his time at Channel 4 successes included Trainspotting, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Cutting Edge, Father Ted, Big Breakfast and True Stories. After Channel 4 he moved to United Productions as Chief Executive where United made Hornblower, Paul Watson's Wedding in the Family and Alan Bleasdale's Oliver Twist. He represented United on the Boards of both Channel 5 and ITN broadcaster WGBH. He returned to England in 2003 to join the BBC as Director of Factual and Learning programmes which included The Secret Policeman and Planet Earth. He was a member of the BBC Executive Committee. In late 2006 he joined Mentorn, producers of Question Time for the BBC as well as factual drama like The Government Inspector and A Very Social Secretary.