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Changing Perspectives: Reframing Neurodivergence in Film and TV

WFTV invite members to a discussion on neurodiversity in the film and TV industry. Our panel will be discussing different experiences of neurodivergence, how to thrive as a neurodivergent person in our industry, as well as considering how the industry can be more inclusive.

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Changing Perspectives: Reframing Neurodivergence in Film and TV
Changing Perspectives: Reframing Neurodivergence in Film and TV

Time & Location

10 Jun 2024, 18:30 – 20:30 BST

The Garden Cinema, Parker St, London WC2B 5PQ, UK

About the Event

WFTV invite members to a discussion on neurodiversity in the film and TV industry. Our panel will be discussing different experiences of neurodivergence, including different presentations, neurodivergent strengths and how to thrive as a neurodivergent person in our industry, as well as considering how the industry can be more inclusive.

Moderated by Carrie Wootten, CEO and Co-founder of the Global Media and Entertainment Talent Manifesto, we will be joined by a panel of industry experts including Sam Margaritis, industry leader, neurodivergence advocate and partner of Thrive, an innovative executive search and talent strategy company specialising in the creative industries and Value Squared, a boutique consultancy that boosts the value of businesses and brands, Robyn Ramsden-Wilde, Head of Production for The Bureau and Aaliya Khan, Technical Operator.

The panel will explore different types of neurodivergences from both a personal and industry perspective. The session will be followed by networking drinks.

Event Schedule

18:30 - Arrivals and drinks

19:00 - Panel and audience Q&A

20:00 - Networking

20:30 - Event ends

Aaliya Khan

Although having ADHD and dyslexia, this did not stop Aaliya from attending one of the country's best super selective grammar schools and achieving good exam results. After graduating with a first in BSc Creative Computing. Aaliya remained true to her passion for film and cinema, and ways to combine both her technical and creative skills.

She was motivated to work hard and join the industry at a technical level. She landed her perfect first role as a trainee Technical Operator at Digital Orchard in Feb 2023 and has subsequently trained in many aspects of post production. She has consistently inspired children and parents alike with her tenacity and work ethic.

Carrie Wootten

Carrie is the CEO and Co-founder of the Global Media and Entertainment Talent Manifesto, which is working to address the skills crisis in engineering and technical roles across the media technology landscape. Founding Members and Sponsors of the Manifestos work are Vizrt and Deluxe and there is a global network of companies supporting and driving this work forwards. Carrie was previously the MD and Co-Founder of Rise, a membership organisation working to address gender diversity across the industry and was also the Head of Industry Partnerships at Ravensbourne University.

Robyn Ramsden-Wilde

Head of Production: Robyn has a law degree, and having worked as a Production Executive for Sky Studios, is now the Head of Production for The Bureau ("45 Years", "After Love", “Supernova”), working alongside producer Tristan Golligher. Line producer: Robyn has also worked in production on feature films, recently completing Joanna Hogg’s 'The Souvenir'; a BFI/BBC film with Executive Producer Martin Scorsese, Gurinder Chadha's 'Beecham House' for ITV and Steve McQueen’s “Small Axe” for BBC & Amazon. She also co-produced Romola Garai's directorial debut “Amulet” alongside producer Matthew Wilkinson of Stigma Films. Producer: Robyn’s debut feature is in post- production, which she is producing with Serena Armitage (Oscar winning 'The Stutterer'), and is directed by David Luke Rees. The Executive Producer is Bennett McGhee ('VS', 'Brooklyn'). Robyn was selected for the Edinburgh International Film Festival talent lab 2018, and was nominated as Best Producer at the Underwire Film Festival in 2017 & 2018. She has now produced 8 short films, screening at BFI, Palm Springs, Aesthetica, Underwire and many others. Teaching: Robyn has taught line producing and production management for NFTS, Screenskills & DV talent.

Sam Margaritis

Sam is an entrepreneurial leader, former MD and partner of a successful B-corp on-set and post-production services company, with deep expertise in production, post-production and technology for film, high-end TV and branded entertainment. Sam now partners with Thrive (https://www.thr-v.com) and Value Squared (https://www.valuesquared.io) to provide strategic consultancy and specialist advice that aligns leaders and teams to a common company purpose, and fosters positive and inclusive organisational cultures in order to scale.

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At WFTV, we want our events to be accessible for everyone. If you have any access requirements, please let us know in advance and we will do our best to accommodate you. Please contact admin@wftv.org.uk and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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