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NOVEMBER 2020 events

Q&A: The World’s Biggest Murder Trial: Nuremberg, panel with Director Jenny Ash, Ch5 Commissioning Editor Denise Seneviratne and Archive Producer, Fran Rowlatt-McCormick
Nuremberg Event
Jenny Ash | Director
Denise Seneviratne | Commissioning Editor, Channel 5
Fran Rowlatt-McCormick | Archive Producer 
Emma Bullimore | Entertainment journalist

Join WFTV for a panel discussion with director Jenny Ash, Channel 5 commissioning editor Denise Seneviratne and archive producer Fran Rowlatt-McCormick, the female team behind the new documentary The World’s Biggest Murder Trial: Nuremberg and an exclusive opportunity to watch a preview of the film.

2020 marks 75 years since the biggest murder trial in history took place in Nuremberg, Germany. At a series of military tribunals, leading Nazis were prosecuted for crimes that caused the death of millions during World War II, facing prosecutors from Britain, America, France, and the Soviet Union. Bringing together archive footage from the trials and a wide range of interviewees, the film reveals an insight into the courtroom.

In this event hosted by Emma Bullimore, the panel will be talking about the making of the documentary and the historical significance of Nuremberg trials then and now.

WFTV Q&A: Rocks panel with Director Sarah Gavron, Producers Faye Ward and Ameenah Ayub Allen and Actor Bukky Bakray
Sarah Gavron | Director
Faye Ward | Producer
Ameenah Ayub Allen | Producer
Bukky Bakray | Actor
Sarah Best | Head of Development, Drama at Sugar Films

Join WFTV for panel discussion with the creative team behind the feature film Rocks.

In this event hosted by Sarah Best, director Sarah Gavron, producers Faye Ward and Ameenah Ayub Allen and actor Bukky Bakray will be offering a behind the scenes insight into the making of this unique production and the collaborative filmmaking process.

The film follows teenager Rocks (Bukky Bakray) who fears that she and her little brother Emmanuel (D’angelou Osei Kissiedu) will be forced apart if anyone finds out they are living alone. With the help of her friends, she evades the authorities and navigates the most defining days of her life.

Rocks is currently showing on Netflix. Watch the trailer here.

Rocks event
WFTV Some Like It Short: From Pre-Production to Post-Production
Pre to Post Production
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Rachel Richardson | Producer
Chi Thai | Producer
Jayne Chard | Producer at Hummingbird Films

In the third session in this series, host Jayne Chard and Producers Rachel Richardson Jones and Chi Thai, will be covering the practical processes of making your short film, moving from pre-production to production and postproduction.

The discussion will give advice and tips on creating and managing the budget and schedule; casting; health and safety; crewing up; contracts; hiring kit; locations; creating assets and the role of the producer during the shoot and post production.

WFTV Filmmakers Masterclass: Deeyah Khan,
White Right: Meeting the Enemy
Deeyah Khan | Filmmaker
Barbara Govan | CEO Screenhouse

In this new strand, we will be hearing from renowned filmmakers who will talk about a film they have made that was particularly important to them and take us behind the scenes to talk about the challenges – whether ethical, legal or production-based – that they faced making it.

In this event, host Barbara Govan will be speaking to documentary filmmaker and WFTV’s 2018 BBC News and Factual award winner, Deeyah Khan, about her Emmy-winning documentary White Right: Meeting the Enemy.

White Right: Meeting the Enemy documents Muslim filmmaker Deeyah Khan as she meets U.S neo-Nazis and white nationalists face to face and attends the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville. As she seeks to understand the personal and political motivations behind the resurgence of far-right extremism in the U.S., Deeyah looks for new possibilities for connection and solutions between human beings by speaking with fascists, racists and proponents of alt-right ideologies.

Filmmaker masterclass - Deeyah Khan
WFTV Some Like It Short: Finding and Pitching Your Project
Finding and pitching
Carol Harding | Producer
Jayne Chard | Producer at Hummingbird Films

In the second part of this new strand, host Jayne Chard will be joined by Producer Carol Harding who will be sharing her expertise about finding and pitching your project.

Carol will discuss how to choose the people you want to work with; working collaboratively on the script; creating look books and pitch decks; and where to take projects for finance. She will also be talking about her experience of how making short films can be an effective way into producing and writing feature films.

WFTV writers' group: in conversation with toby bruce and beth warin, dancing ledge productions
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Toby Bruce | Head of Development, Dancing Ledge
Beth Warin | Development Executive, Dancing Ledge
Christina Pickworth | Agent, Imagine Talent

For November’s Writers’ Group, host Christina Pickworth will be in conversation with Toby Bruce, Head of Development and Beth Warin, Development Executive from Dancing Ledge Productions.

Toby and Beth will be sharing their journeys into the industry and offering an insight to Dancing Ledge; how they work with writers and their new talent schemes, including their Writers in Residence Award.

They will also be talking about Dancing Ledge’s most recent productions The Salisbury Poisoning and Delhi Crime Story and creating drama based on real-life events.

Dancing Ledge Productions
WFTV Meet the Commissioner: Discovery
Victoria Noble | Vice President, Original Content, Factual Discovery 
Charlotte Reid | Head of Commissioning, Lifestyle & Entertainment

Have you got a fantastic idea for a ground breaking programme or series? Would you like to find out the best way to get your TV proposal commissioned? 


Then join us for the  latest Meet the Commissioner event, when WFTV Chair, Liz Tucker will be in conversation with Discovery’s Victoria Noble, VP Original Content, Factual Discovery and Charlotte Reid, Head of Commissioning, Lifestyle & Entertainment about what makes great television and what you need to do to get that elusive commission.

WFTV Wellbeing: Building Resilience in Times of Uncertainty
Loma Tai

For many 2020 has been and continues to be a turbulent year. Challenging every area of our lives; career, relationships, family, finances and social.

In this one-hour interactive session Loma Tai will be leading the group through a series of self-reflective exercises to help us explore and identify how we typically deal with adversity and how it’s linked to our thinking style.

To help develop resilience skills, Loma will be sharing a practical set of techniques which can be applied to daily life to help support through challenging times and develop more positive mental habits.

Building resilience
WFTV Q&A: Panel Talk with Director, Ben Wheatley and the Producer Team on Rebecca
Cassandra Sigsgaard | Producer and Founder,
Jeva Films
Ben Wheatley | Director
Nira Park | Producer and Executive Producer
Amelia Granger | Executive Producer

Join WFTV for an exclusive interview with the director, Ben Wheatley (Kill List, High Rise, Sightseers, Doctor Who) and the film’s producer Nira Park (Baby Driver, Him & Her, Friday Night Dinner) and executive producer, Amelia Granger (Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Notting Hill, Love Actually, Bridget Jones), to discuss the feature film, Rebecca.

WFTV host Cassandra Sigsgaard will be talking to our guest speakers about adapting Daphne du Maurier’s classic novel, and the processes involved in the making of the film.

Rebecca tells the story of a young, newlywed woman who arrives at her husband’s imposing family estate on a windswept English coast and finds herself battling the shadow of his first wife, Rebecca, whose legacy lives on in the house, long after her death.

WFTV Q&A: In Conversation with Actor, Naomie Harris and Director, Philippa Lowthorpe
Emma Cox | Journalist
Naomie Harris | Actor
Philippa Lowthorpe | Director

Join WFTV for an exclusive interview with the award-winning actor, Naomie Harris (Black and Blue, Moonlight, Spectre, Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End) and director, Philippa Lowthorpe (Misbehaviour, The Crown, Three Girls) about the psychological thriller, The Third Day.

A Sky original drama, The Third Day consists of three separate but interconnected stories covering Summer’, ‘Autumn’ and ‘Winter’ that all take place on Osea Island, forming a six-part visceral drama and a theatrical event.

Naomie and Philippa will discuss the concept behind the drama, and their work and filming processes on ‘Winter’.

Winter, sees Helen, (Naomie Harris) a headstrong outsider being drawn to the mysterious British island in her pursuit to seek answers. She arrives on Osea with her two daughters as the islanders are battling to secure the future of their community, one they want to save at all costs. As the lines between fantasy and fact are distorted, Helen and her family are caught between the island’s splintered forces, which gives rise to a fractious battle to decide its fate.

The Third Day
WFTV Panel Talk with Producer, Natalie Lehmann
and the Craft Team on His House
The House
Jacqueline Abrahams | Set Designer
Natalie Lehmann | Producer

Join WFTV for an exclusive interview with the producer, Natalie Lehmann, set designer, Jacqueline Abrahams and costume designer, Holly Rebecca, who will be discussing the debut feature film, His House. The panel will cover idea development and production, and the look and design processes involved in the making of the film.

The talk will be followed by an audience Q&A.

His House tells the story of a young refugee couple, who after making a harrowing escape from war-torn South Sudan, struggle to adjust to their new life in a small English town that has an unspeakable evil lurking beneath the surface.

His House is available on Netflix from Friday 30 October and is showing in cinemas across the UK.

WFTV Legal: Ofcom refresher – strong content without the complaint
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Clair Hoban

Clare Hoban returns with an Ofcom refresher session plus Q&A. Content is expected to be delivered to most broadcasters in a form which is ‘Ofcom compliant’. In this talk Clare will focus on key aspects of the Ofcom Broadcasting Code that deal with fairness to contributors, informed consent, not misleading audiences and an update on the key Ofcom privacy rules. This will be a non-legalistic, practical session with plenty of clips and examples to bring the issues to life.


Clare Hoban is a highly experienced television and film content lawyer at specialist content firm Reviewed & Cleared. A trusted advisor to many WFTV members, Clare works with production companies and broadcasters advising on the legal and Ofcom issues affecting content. She has in depth experience advising across every genre from comedy and light entertainment to breaking news and high profile factual documentaries and drama.

WFTV Meet the Commissioner: YouTube
Luke Hyams | Head of Originals, YouTube EMEA
Kelly Sweeney | International Production Lead, YouTube

Have you got a fantastic idea for a ground-breaking project or series? Would you like to find out more about getting your proposal commissioned online?

WFTV Chair, Liz Tucker will be in conversation with YouTube’s Luke Hyams, Head of Originals, YouTube EMEA and Kelly Sweeney, International Production Lead, YouTube. They will be discussing their approach to commissioning, how this differs from the broadcasters and what they are looking for in a YouTube commission.

WFTV Some like it Short - Script and storytelling
with Producer/Writer Daisy Allsop
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Daisy Allsop | Script Editor, Writer and Producer
Keira Malik | Director & Producer

In this new event strand, WFTV Some Like It Short, hosted by producers Jayne Chard and Keira Malik, we will hear from female filmmakers who will be sharing their knowledge and experience on how to make an effective and compelling short film. Through this five-part series, every stage of the film making process will be covered from script development to the final production of your film.

In the first session, script editor, writer and producer Daily Allsop will be talking about her experience in the industry and sharing her expertise on scriptwriting and story development.

Daisy will discuss the basic structure of good storytelling, how to work with producers and directors, what to expect when you get notes and share her tips on how to implement them.

Storytelling and Script Development
WFTV Q&A: tin star: Liverpool, panel talk with executive
producer alison jackson and actors tim roth &
genevieve o'reilly
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Alison Jackson| Executive Producer
Tim Roth | Actor 
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Genevieve O’Reilly | Actor
Rhianna Dhillon | Film and TV Critic 

Watch this interview with executive producer Alison Jackson and lead actors Tim Roth and Genevieve O’Reilly, to discuss the third and final series of Sky Original Tin Star, co-produced by Gaumont UK and Kudos.

In this event hosted by Rhianna Dhillon, the panel will be sharing a behind the scenes insight into creating a British drama for a global audience, reflecting on how it has evolved over three series taking Tin Star from Canada to Liverpool, and revealing what it was like working on the show.

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