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November & December 2023 events

Stamped from the Beginning: Q&A with The Producers
Speakers:
Mara Brock Akil | Executive Producer
Alisa Payne | Producer
Olivette Otele | Historian 

Watch back this online discussion with executive producer and producer of the Netflix documentary Stamped from the Beginning, Mara Brock Akil and Alisa Payne, in conversation with historian Olivette Otele


Oscar-winning director Roger Ross Williams brings Dr. Ibram X. Kendi’s best-selling book Stamped from the Beginning to life, using vivid animations and leading female scholars to explore the history of anti-Black racist ideas.

Barbie: In Conversation with Sarah Greenwood, Production Designer and Katie Spencer, Set Decorator

Watch back this online Q&A with Sarah Greenwood, Production Designer and Katie Spencer, Set Decorator, two of the creative team behind the smash hit of the year: Barbie.


Long time collaborators, Katie and Sarah’s notable shared credits include the Academy nominated films Darkest Hour, Beauty & the Beast, Anna Karenina, Atonement, Pride & Prejudice and Cyrano. Their work on Barbie, partly filmed on soundstages at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden in 2022, plays a key part in the story and includes Barbie DreamHouses over 25 feet high, hand-painted skies, mountains and palm trees and hundreds of original objects used to create Barbie’s world.


The conversation was moderated by Anna Smith, broadcaster and film critic

Meet the Commissioner (Scripted): Laura Riseam, Commissioning Editor, Channel 4 Comedy

Meet Commissioning Editor for Channel 4 Comedy, Laura Riseam in  conversation with host Meriel Beale, Laura discussed the current landscape of scripted comedy in TV, her thoughts on what makes a great show and sharing insights on how to get a project commissioned.


Recent Channel 4 Comedy commissions include Big Mood, Disability Benefits and Everyone Else Burns.

Meet the Producer: TV Dramas with Frith Tiplady

This session featured our host and fellow producer Michelle Stein in conversation with Executive Producer for TV Dramas, Frith Tiplady.


Michelle and Frith discussed Frith’s career path, along with any current trends she’s noticing within the industry, and insights on funding and developing projects.

Coleen Rooney: The Real Wagatha Story: Q&A

Watch this online discussion for the upcoming Disney+ series; Coleen Rooney: The Real Wagatha Story, with series Director Lucy Bowden and Executive Producer Julia Nottingham

Meet the Producer Masterclass: Sky Peals

In this special edition of our WFTV strand of Meet the Producer events, members were invited to this producer masterclass. This special session featured our host and fellow producer Michelle Stein in conversation with her business partner producer Jennifer Monks.


Michelle and Jennifer discussed their upcoming feature Sky Peals as a case study, exploring its development, how it was funded and produced, along with its festival journey. Sky Peals premiered at Venice Film Festival earlier in the year and at this year’s London Film Festival.

The Deepest Breath: Q&A with the Filmmakers

WFTV members were invited to this online discussion with some of the filmmakers behind the Netflix hit, The Deepest Breath. 


The story of a champion freediver and expert safety diver, whose lives seemed fated to converge at the height of their careers. A look at the thrilling rewards, and inescapable risks, of chasing dreams through the depths of the ocean.


The panel included writer and director Laura McGann, producer Sarah Thomson and composer Nainita Desai. The panel was moderated by Wendy Mitchell.

WRITERS' GROUP: In Conversation with Louise doughty

Known for crafting tense and gripping stories, author and screenwriter Louise Doughty’s work includes bestselling novel Apple Tree Yard which was adapted for screens in 2017, and her original drama Crossfire.


In this WFTV event, Louise discussed the art of crafting psychological thrillers and the adaptation of her latest novel Platform 7 for screens by ITV and Dancing Ledge Productions. Adapted by award-winning screenwriter Paula Milne (Him, The Politicians Husband and White Heat), the drama is a haunting thriller following central character Lisa who, after witnessing a cataclysmic event on platform 7 of a railway station, finds her own fragmented memory jogged to reveal a connection between her own life and that of the event she has just witnessed.


Louise shared insight to her creative writing process and working with Paula to adapt the story for screen as well as discussing her career to date and writing for different mediums including books, screen, and radio.

Britain’s Human Zoos: Q&A with Nadifa Mohamed and Yasmin Hai

WFTV members were invited to this online panel discussion for the Channel 4 documentary, Britain’s Human Zoos.


The panel included the documentary’s presenter Nadifa Mohamed, and producer and director Yasmin Hai
In this session, Yasmin and Nadifa discussed the journey of discovery they undertook making the film, the revelations the team uncovered and the wider conversation it opens about how (and why it's important) that we understand and face our history; and what place our cultural archives have in modern-day Britain.

Understanding Your Audience with Greenlit AND Q&A

The traditional systems of funding and distribution have often failed marginalised filmmakers, but there are ways of empowering yourself and creating work without relying on the old ways of doing things.

 

WFTV members can watch back this online panel discussion with Grace O’Keefe and Peter Storey from Greenlit.com. 
Grace and Peter explored ways of building your audience, and working with your community to raise funding, develop ideas and launch your work into the world. Themes discussed included pitching and promoting your work in different contexts, understanding your audience, and how to maximise your impact when raising funding.

Fast Track to Fearless with Tracy Forsyth: Stop Comparing Yourself to Others & Own Who You Are

Calling all self-critical over-achievers (and if you are thinking, ‘I’m not an over-achiever’ and you are working in this industry, you’ve just proved my point)!  It’s time to stop comparing yourself negatively to others and beating yourself up and own who YOU are.  Often times, we judge ourselves against other’s standards or society’s metrics and find ourselves wanting.  This leads to us ignoring all the many talents, skills and achievements we have and completely missing what we have to celebrate, promote and sell.  This in turn affects self-belief and holds us back.  True confidence starts from knowing who you are, what you want and how you operate.  How do we even begin to know this?  


Watch this third session out of ten 'Fast Track to Fearless' online events with Tracy Forsyth. The focus of this session was on Stop Comparing Yourself to Others & Own Who You Are.

007: Road To A Million: Q&A with the Producers

Watch back this panel discussion for the Amazon Series, 007: Road To A Million, with female producers Dominique Foster and Karen Hudson.


In this session, Dominique and Karen discussed their journey into the making of the series, along with their roles throughout the production.

Watch previous WFTV online webinars here

Writers’ Group: In Conversation with Kat Sadler, Creator of Such Brave Girls

JWatch back this conversation with writer, actor and comedian Kat Sadler.


Hosted by Christina Pickworth, Kat discussed her journey into the industry and career so far and creating her new BBC Three comedy Such Brave Girls. Kat offered a behind the scenes insight to the making of the series, sharing her experience of writing and starring in the show.

Meet the Producer: Feature Films with Faye Ward

This session will featured the award-winning film Producer, Faye Ward, who discussed her career path, along with any current trends she’s noticing within the industry, and insights on funding and developing projects.

Girl: Q&A with Writer & Director Adura Onashile & Producer Ciara Barry

Watch this online discussion with director Adura Onashile and producer Ciara Barry on their upcoming feature film, 'Girl.' The Q&A was moderated by Simran Hans.

One Life: Q&A with Producer Joanna Laurie and Writer Lucinda Coxon

WFTV members were invited to this online discussion with Producer Joanna Laurie and Writer Lucinda Coxon about their new film One Life, which tells the true story of Sir Nicholas ‘Nicky’ Winton, a young London broker who, in the months leading up to World War II, rescued 669 children from the Nazis. 


Joanna and Lucinda were in conversation with Wendy Mitchell, sharing behind the scenes insight to the development and making of One Life, from developing the story to the creative and editorial decisions they took in their roles to produce this powerful film.

The Eternal Memory: Q&A with the Filmmakers

This online discussion featured filmmakers and subject of documentary, The Eternal Memory


The panel included producers Julie Goldman and Rocío Jadue, along with subject of the documentary Paulina Urrutia in conversation. This Q&A was hosted by Wendy Mitchell. 

WRITERS' GROUP: In Conversation with Louise doughty

Known for crafting tense and gripping stories, author and screenwriter Louise Doughty’s work includes bestselling novel Apple Tree Yard which was adapted for screens in 2017, and her original drama Crossfire.


In this WFTV event, Louise discussed the art of crafting psychological thrillers and the adaptation of her latest novel Platform 7 for screens by ITV and Dancing Ledge Productions. Adapted by award-winning screenwriter Paula Milne (Him, The Politicians Husband and White Heat), the drama is a haunting thriller following central character Lisa who, after witnessing a cataclysmic event on platform 7 of a railway station, finds her own fragmented memory jogged to reveal a connection between her own life and that of the event she has just witnessed.


Louise shared insight to her creative writing process and working with Paula to adapt the story for screen as well as discussing her career to date and writing for different mediums including books, screen, and radio.

Britain’s Human Zoos: Q&A with Nadifa Mohamed and Yasmin Hai

WFTV members were invited to this online panel discussion for the Channel 4 documentary, Britain’s Human Zoos.


The panel included the documentary’s presenter Nadifa Mohamed, and producer and director Yasmin Hai
In this session, Yasmin and Nadifa discussed the journey of discovery they undertook making the film, the revelations the team uncovered and the wider conversation it opens about how (and why it's important) that we understand and face our history; and what place our cultural archives have in modern-day Britain.

Understanding Your Audience with Greenlit AND Q&A

The traditional systems of funding and distribution have often failed marginalised filmmakers, but there are ways of empowering yourself and creating work without relying on the old ways of doing things.

 

WFTV members can watch back this online panel discussion with Grace O’Keefe and Peter Storey from Greenlit.com. 
Grace and Peter explored ways of building your audience, and working with your community to raise funding, develop ideas and launch your work into the world. Themes discussed included pitching and promoting your work in different contexts, understanding your audience, and how to maximise your impact when raising funding.

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