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About WFTV

Women in Film & TV (UK) is the leading membership organisation for women working in creative media in the UK and as proud members of Women in Film & Television International we are part of a global network of over 12,000 women. Members of our organisation come from a broad range of professions spanning the entire film and television industry. 

​We host a variety of online and in-person events throughout the year, present a prestigious awards ceremony every December and run a four nations mid-career mentoring programme for women. We also run a leadership initiative and a screenwriters' lab, collaborate with industry bodies and promote women’s interests.
 

Katie Bailiff, WFTV CEO

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CEO

Claudia Merhej

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Head of Awards, Events and Partnerships

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SCARLET BREARLEY

Senior Awards and

Events Producer

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MONTANA WOODRUFF

London Events and Awards Producer

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NINA BHALLA

Marketing and Communications Manager

Rachel Williams, WFTV Project Manager

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Project Manager

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JESSICA
AYRE

Membership and Office Coordinator

MEET THE TEAM

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SARAH WRIGHT

Director of Mentoring

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Helen Bullough

Mentoring Producer, 

North of England

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Sarah McCaffrey

Mentoring Producer, 

Northern Ireland

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KAReN KELLY

Mentoring Producer, Scotland

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Hannah Corneck

Mentoring Producer, Wales

MENTORING TEAM

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Isabel Begg 

Senior Business exec in Film, TV, Music and Radio

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Mel RodrigueS

CEO and Founder of Gritty Talent

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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EMILY
TINGEY

Chartered Accountant 

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KARMJIT KAUR

Founder, The Lowdown Mentoring

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Emily Feller

Chief Creative Officer, Warp Films

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Josephine BrasseY

Creative Director, International Development STV Studios

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JACQUI FARNHAM

Journalist, Filmmaker and Writer

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CHERYLEE HOUSTON

Actor

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ALISON MILLAR

Director,

Erica Starling Productions

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JANE PRESTON

Director, Producer and Journalist

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GURINDER CHADHA OBE

Director

PATRONS

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ELIZABETH KARLSEN 

Producer

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SANDI TOKSVIG OBE

Writer and Broadcaster

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DAWN AIREY

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DAME JOAN
BAKEWELL

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BARBARA
BROCCOLI CBE

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ANDREW
DAVIES

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MICHAEL
GRADE CBE

HONORARY MEMBERS

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SIR STEPHEN
FREARS

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BARONESS JAY OF PADDINGTON PC

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BARONESS HELENA KENNEDY QC, FRSA

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DAME HELEN MIRREN

THE HISTORY OF WFTV

In 1989, a group of women came together for the first WFTV (UK) meeting. A mix of executives, creatives and performers, they included Lynda La Plante, Norma Heyman, Jenne Casarotto, Dawn French, Joan Collins and Janet Street-Porter. These were all women who enjoyed career success but knew that the male-dominated industry needed to fundamentally change if women were to be truly equal. They resolved to take positive action and follow in the footsteps of organisations in Los Angeles and New York City established in the ’70s to support women working in the film and TV industries. They did this by creating a network of members and organising workshops, events, and mentoring to help them progress in their careers. 

 

In 1990, the first Women in Film awards ceremony was held to recognise the achievements of some of the most successful women the industry could boast. Thirty years on, the WFTV Awards is the largest annual celebration of women working in film, TV and digital media in the UK – tickets to the prestigious event sell out in minutes.

 

Today, WFTV (UK) continues to expand and build upon the vital work of that original group of women. Over the years we have seen improvements within the industry but there’s still a long way to go. We hope that you will become a part of our organisation’s history and help us to make the creative-media industries’ future fairer for all. 

Above: Some of the original Board of Directors for WFTV UK, 1990.

 

L-R: (Back row) Maj-Britt Kirchner, Jenne Cassarotto, Brenda Reid, Ginger Corbett. (Middle row) Norma Heyman, Lynda Myles, Lindsey Posner, Nicley Davies. (Bottom row) Zelda Barron, Sophie Balhetchet, Amanda Goodrich.

FRIENDS OF WFTV

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