WFTV News

17th December 2014
Ofcom has appointed Sharon White, a senior Treasury official overseeing the UK’s spending cuts, as its new chief executive. The appointment of White, who will become the first black woman to lead the media industry regulator when she takes charge in March, was approved by the culture secretary, Sajid Javid. Waiting in White’s inbox will be the inquiry into the auction process for Premier League broadcasting rights and a market-impact assessment into the proposed closure of BBC3.
17th December 2014
This year has seen a variety of events to mark the birth centenary of British animator Joy Batchelor (1914-1991), and in my role of Curator of Animation at the BFI National Archive I have been fortunate to be involved in a number of them. The first goal has simply been to bring attention to her work, and with a CV like hers, reeling off accomplishments is relatively straightforward:
15th December 2014
Sheffield Doc/Fest has announced the appointment of Claire Aguilar as Director of Programming and Industry Engagement. Claire, who brings a wealth of experience from a background in public media where she has worked as a curator, funder and commissioning editor, will have dual responsibilities for curating the film programme and industry training and mentoring as part of Doc/Fest’s year-round training workshops.
15th December 2014
Agnès Varda, the veteran French film director best known as the mother of the new wave, has made an impassioned plea to see more women celebrated across cinema. Accepting a lifetime achievement award at the European film awards, Varda, 86, who has been an outspoken feminist throughout her six-decade career and created some of the most interesting female protagonists in 20th-century cinema, said she was honoured to receive the award but was disappointed by the lack of women being recognised alongside her.
12th December 2014
This year, LSFF received an unprecedented number of submissions – 1500 in total, including international submissions for the first time – via their new submissions platform FLOCK, developed by LSFF’s strategic partner, SHOOTING PEOPLE. For the 2015 festival, taking place from 9-18th January, LSFF is working principally with PICTUREHOUSE CINEMAS as a venue partner, streamlining the programmed events to the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) and Hackney Picturehouse. 
12th December 2014
Sara Geater beat Nine Lives Media boss Cat Lewis and Outline Productions managing director Laura Mansfield to the role in the first contested election in more than 20 years. Both will remain council members. McVay said Geater won “unequivocally” and has a “clear and explicit mandate” from Pact members to help with the organisation’s input into issues including BBC charter renewal and terms of trade negotiations. “She’s seen the industry from every side,” he added, pointing to her experience at Channel 4, ITV, the BBC and Fremantle.
9th December 2014
As winner, Mayer received £10,000 and a film commission for Channel 4’s short-form arts strand, Random Acts. The winner was announced this evening in a special awards ceremony held at Whitechapel Gallery last night. On presenting the Award this evening, the jury said: "from digital abstraction to documentary, gallery installations, performance documentation and dream-like film ‘poems’, the breadth and range of this year’s Jarman Award showcases an exciting diversity in the realm of artists working with the moving image."
9th December 2014
At the London Film School’s Annual Show on 8 December, Mike Leigh, LFS Chairman and 1964 graduate, and new LFS director Jane Roscoe presented Honorary Associateships to director Richard Linklater (BOYHOOD, BEFORE SUNRISE, DAZED AND CONFUSED, FAST FOOD NATION), actor and director Ralph Fiennes (THE ENGLISH PATIENT, SCHINDLER’S LIST, THE INVISIBLE WOMAN, CORIOLANUS) and Chief Executive of Women in Film and TV Kate Kinninmont MBE.
3rd December 2014
The broadcaster has lined up the remake of the contemporary novel, published by Hamish Hamilton in 2012, for BBC2. NW is set in north west London and follows four characters with very different backgrounds - Natalie, a barrister married to a handsome socialite, Leah, who lives in a council flat, Felix, a recovering addict, and shady character Nathan. Smith’s debut novel, White Teeth, was adapted by Company Pictures for Channel 4 in 2002.
3rd December 2014
The female winner of the Georgina Henry Women in Journalism Award for Innovation will receive £4,000 either to fund a project or pay for living expenses during work experience at two or more major national news organisations to be arranged by the organisers.

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