Content Advisory Board
Samantha Perahia MBE
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Head of Production UK, British Film Commission
Samantha worked in theatre stage management and in film and television production, post production and locations before joining the British Film Commission (BFC) in 2004.
Samantha worked closely with Government and industry in developing the UK’s Creative Sector Tax Reliefs and was seconded to run the Certification Unit at the UK Film Council overseeing British qualification for the Film Tax Relief.
As Head of Production UK, Samantha leads the UK team, providing tailored production support, guidance and troubleshooting to major international film and television projects from development through to delivery. She additionally oversees the BFC’s work supporting and promoting the UK film and television infrastructure globally and is responsible for liaising between the industry and Government to secure and maintain production-friendly policies.
She was instrumental in the creation of the BFC’s Working Safely During COVID-19 in Film and High-end TV Drama Production guidance which was launched in June 2020.
Samantha has assisted on many high profile projects for international film and television clients including A+E, Amazon, Amblin, AMC, Apple TV+, Disney, HBO, Lionsgate, Lucasfilm, Marvel, MRC, Netflix, Paramount, Sony, Starz, Twentieth Century Studios, Universal and Warner Media.
Samantha was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours List 2019 for services to the film and TV industry.
Dawn McCarthy-Simpson MBE
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Managing Director of Global Strategy, Pact
Dawn McCarthy-Simpson MBE is an international development expert with over 20 years of experience in the broadcast industry (television and radio); This includes Managing Director, Commercial Director and Broadcast Development Director roles at local, national and international television channels. She is also thought leader and expert speaker on the broadcast industry.
Dawn has had a varied media career which spans over 25 years, which started with five years working for one of the UK’s largest radio groups before launching her career in TV.
She has produced and directed 100’s of hours of live entertainment shows, including brand integrated programmes and 100’s of hours of factual and documentaries.
As a pioneer of local TV, she launched one of the first local terrestrial TV channel in the UK, where she remained for a further two years as Managing Director. Dawn then went on to be involved with the launch of a second channel, which was the UK’s first short film channel which aired on the Sky platform. In her final year she successfully launched the channel into a further seven European countries.
Not satisfied with having experienced both in TV & Radio, Dawn also ventured into the literary world when she became a published author with her best selling non fiction book in June 2006.
Dawn is currently the Managing Director of Global Strategy at Pact, working with industry and government to develop a robust export strategy.
Pact (Producers Alliance for Cinema & Television) – the UK’s trade association that represents and promotes the commercial interests of independent feature film, television, animation and interactive media companies. Pact represents over 500 companies across the UK who are known for some of the world’s most iconic TV shows, such as Sherlock, Downton Abbey, X-Factor, award winning documentaries and natural history.
Lyndsay DuthieRead more
CEO - The Production Guild of Great Britain
Lyndsay Duthie is an award winning film and television expert with over 25 years experience in the media industry: as an educator, television executive producer and broadcaster – with credits for BBC, ITV, C4, C5, SKY and Discovery. Lyndsay’s academic career led her to become Professor of Media Education and Head of School for Film, Media and Performing Arts at the University for the Creative Arts and retains a visiting professorship here. Lyndsay has regularly appeared on SKY News, ITV and BBC as a media commentator. She is also the co-author of The TV Studio Production Handbook (Bloomsbury). Lyndsay has served on the board for Women in Film and Television (WFTV) and has judged for the International Emmys, Royal Television Society and BAFTA Awards. She is currently on the committee for the Royal Television Society (TVC) and on the National Advisory Board for the British Film Commission and member of BAFTA.
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Sara PuttRead more
Managing Director, Sara Putt Associates
For 30 years Sara has run Sara Putt Associates, an agency for freelance technicians and production personnel based at Shepperton Studios. The company represents some of the finest freelancers both in the UK and internationally, working in all areas of film and TV.
Sara Putt Associates also runs an in-house Trainee Scheme and Foundation supporting the next generation of freelance talent including those entrants from less traditional backgrounds.
Sara is a BAFTA Trustee, & is Deputy Chair of the BAFTA TV Committee. She is also a Trustee of the Film and TV Charity and Deputy Chair of Women in Film and Television.
Anna MansiRead more
Head of Certification, BFI
As Head of Certification, Anna works closely with key stakeholders in government and across the Screen Sectors to provide advice and guidance on the application processes for all of the cultural tests, co-production treaties and policies relating to all of the Creative Sector tax reliefs for film, High-end, Animation Television, Children’s Television and Video Games. Anna regularly speaks on panels at conferences and events to promote the tax reliefs such as the Children’s Media Conference, the Develop Games conference and many others. In addition Anna has organised BFI led seminars and events for all the Screen Sectors.
Anna is a Board member for the Content Board of the FOCUS Conference. She is in the GI Biz 100 women in the UK Games Industry and Anna is a trustee for the Video Games industry’s charity ‘Games Aid’and an ambassador for AutisticaPlay the video games arm of the charity Autistica, She is also a Patron for Safe in Our World, the video games industry mental health charity. She is a member of BAFTA, the Production Guild of Great Britain and Women in Film and TV.
Kaye ElliottRead more
Director of High-end Television, ScreenSkills
Kaye Elliott is Director of High-end Television (HETV) at ScreenSkills, setting the strategy and overseeing all aspects of HETV industry investment in skills support for UK freelancers and production companies. The Director reports directly to the High-End TV Council made up of every UK broadcaster and UK based streamers as well as representatives of independent production companies, Pact and Bectu.
Previously Kaye was Deputy Director of Partnerships and Head of Production Services at Creative England where she was responsible for developing partnerships with national and international industry, as well as overseeing the delivery of a suite of support services to film and TV production across the English regions.
Neil HattonRead more
Chief Executive, UK Screen Alliance
Neil Hatton is Chief Executive of the UK Screen Alliance and a non-executive director of Access:VFX which champions inclusion and diversity and strives to improve socio-economic opportunity via an outreach programme to schools and colleges outside of the usual demographic catchment profile for the sector.
Neil’s background is in broadcast post-production where he was an editor/MD/owner for 20 years and he was a pioneer of non-linear editing. He was appointed CEO in 2016 and is the organisation’s principle spokesperson and policy advocate.
Steve DaviesRead more
Chief Executive, APA
Steve is a lawyer and advises on any issues of concern for APA members; particularly complex contractual, copyright or insurance issues. Alongside this he oversees all APA events and serves as an ambassador for the industry.
As a member of the APA Council, which meets monthly to review objectives and strategy, Steve is focused on the APA’s main objective of creating the best possible business environment for its members.
Steve is also a member of the board of the Advertising Association, Executive Vice President of the CFPE and one of the founders of the World Producers Summit in Cannes.
Andrea CorbettRead more
Head of Career Development and Skills, Directors UK
Andrea joined Directors UK in Spring 2016 and is responsible for all career development initiatives and skills development. She has a background in training and development within the UK film and TV industries, having previously managed the Creative Skillset Film Academy at the London Film School. Other previous roles include Skills Manager at Film London, Training and Events Officer at UK MEDIA desk, BFI, and training and development within the regions and nations at Pact, where she began her career. Andrea also worked in Ireland for three years as Head of Festivals at the Arts Council of Ireland and Executive Director at the Dublin Film Festival.
Michael FrenchRead more
Head of Games, Games London
Michael runs Games London and is responsible for a programme of activity that covers the annual London Games Festival, of which he is also festival director, inbound and outbound trade missions, a training programme and year-round work connecting games studios with investors.
Nahrein KempRead more
Creative Diversity Partner, ITV
Nahrein is Creative Diversity Partner at ITV working with commissioners and producers to help diversify ITV programmes both on and off screen and delivering ITV’s Diversity Acceleration Plan.
In her previous role as Film & TV Executive at Film London, she founded and ran the Equal Access Network (EAN) with support from the Mayor of London, HBO and UKTV.
Under her leadership, over 390+ jobs were found for those from diverse backgrounds on productions for Netflix, Apple TV, Warner Bros, Marvel, Disney, HBO (amongst others) as well as in in-house roles at companies including Green Door Pictures, Two Brothers Pictures and Pathé. She also created the first ever Return to Work Scheme for Parents/carers in TV (now in its’ third iteration) where Returners are ‘retrained’ and placed in paid Returnships (companies who have taken a Returner on the three schemes include Carnival Films, Molinare, Tiger Aspect and Cuba Pictures to name a few). She also created Breaking the Glass Ceiling, a Leadership programme for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic professionals who received coaching and mentoring as well as access to top industry speakers as well as a Getting Into Film and TV, a new entrants programme which culminated in placements for participants at companies including Altitude, Heyday Pictures and Number 9 Films.
She has more than 20 years’ industry experience across genres, in development and as a producer. In recognition of her diversity and inclusion expertise in film and TV, she joined BAFTA’s Diversity Steering Group which met with over 450+ professionals from all backgrounds and disciplines to conduct a major review to improve representation in BAFTA’s film awards.
Nahrein is also a member of the Mayor of London’s Skills for Londoners Business Partnership Group, BAFTA’s Learning, Inclusion and New Talent Committee and SIGN and XR Stories EDI Advisory Board.