Mentors

WFTV has an extensive database of past and potential mentors who are keen to pass on their skills and experience to the next generation. Once mentees have been selected for the scheme they are hand-matched with an experienced industry figure who commits to spending at least six hours with their mentee over six months. Mentors are drawn from across the film and TV industry and have so far included: 

André Singer – MD, Spring Films
Christopher Figg – Film Producer/ CEO, Piccadilly Pictures / Magna Films
Debbie Vertue – General Manager, Hartswood Films
Dorothy Byrne – Head of News and Current Affairs, Channel 4
Christopher Hird – MD, Dartmouth Films
Natascha Cadle – Founder and Facility Director, Envy Post Production
Sara Putt – MD, Sara Putt Associates


Mentee and Mentor

Here’s what the mentors say about the scheme:
 
This was the first time I had been a mentor on a formally arranged mentoring scheme. The mentee was perfectly chosen, the induction gave some clear and sound advice and I found being a mentor rewarding and interesting.”
- Christopher Hird, Executive Producer, Dartmouth Films
 
I can recommend the scheme. It's always useful and enjoyable to see the world from the perspective of someone starting out and to see what value you can contribute.
- Jill Offman, MD Comedy Central

I much enjoyed the process of helping a young producer beginning her career and wished that similar schemes had operated when I was starting out.
- Christopher Figg, Film Producer/Financier (We Need to Talk About Kevin)
 
Nothing is more effective in our fraught industry than the marriage of experience to aspiration. Linking mentees with passion and drive to industry veterans prepared to guide them is a great way to help remove some of the many hurdles ahead.” - André Singer, MD Spring Films

If you are interested in becoming a mentor for the WFTV Mentoring Scheme, please e-mail Nicola Lees via nicola@wftv.org.uk