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Samantha Perahia MBE

Head of Production UK
British Film Commission
Samantha Perahia MBE
  • Samantha Perahia MBE

    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.

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Dawn McCarthy-Simpson MBE

Managing Director of Global Strategy
Dawn McCarthy-Simpson MBE
  • Dawn McCarthy-Simpson MBE

    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 in 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 channels 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 experience 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.

    About Pact
    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 that 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.


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Lyndsay Duthie

The Production Guild of Great Britain
Lyndsay Duthie
  • Lyndsay Duthie

    CEO, The Production Guild of Great Britain

    Lyndsay Duthie is CEO of The Production Guild of Great Britain. She has over 25 years experience  as a senior leader in the creative industries. With a background in television production (credits for BBC, ITV, C4 & SKY) and education. Lyndsay’s academic career led her to become Professor of Media and the Head of School for Film, Media and Performing Arts at the University for the Creative Arts, as well as the co-author of (Bloomsbury’s) The TV Studio Production Handbook. She has appeared on SKY, ITV and BBC news as a media expert. Lyndsay has also held numerous board positions including Women in Film and Television and is currently on the National Advisory Board for the British Film Commission.

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Sara Putt

Managing Director
Sara Putt Associates
Sara Putt
  • Sara Putt

    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.

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Anna Mansi

Head of Certification
British Film Institute
Anna Mansi
  • Anna Mansi

    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.

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Kaye Elliott

Director of High-end Television
Kaye Elliott
  • Kaye Elliott

    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.

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Neil Hatton

Chief Executive
UK Screen Alliance
Neil Hatton
  • Neil Hatton

    CEO, UK Screen Alliance

    Neil Hatton was appointed Chief Executive of the UK Screen Alliance in February 2016 after a lengthy career in post-production stretching back to the early 1980s.

    The UK Screen Alliance is the trade association for companies providing services, infrastructure and expertise to the film, TV and commercials industries in the UK. It represents the business interests of Visual Effects, Animation, Audio & Video Post-Production, Special Effects, and Freelance Editor Agencies as well as Film & TV production studios.

    Neil was a prime mover in the setting up of the post-production trade body in 2004 and in 2017, as CEO, he forged an amalgamation of the UK Screen Association with Animation UK into a single body now renamed, the UK Screen Alliance, bringing the animation studios, producers and distributors into the portfolio as well as facilities. There are now over 80 companies in the UK Screen Alliance, including Pinewood, Double Negative, Framestore, MPC, Industrial Light and Magic UK, Cinesite, The Mill, Aardman, BlueZoo, Jellyfish, Locksmith, Lupus, Molinare, Encore and Technicolor.

    The UK Screen Alliance’s primary function is advocacy and much of Neil’s role is dedicated to lobbying government and its agencies to improve and optimise the business environment for its members. He participates in Creative Skillset’s Film Skills and HETV Councils, The BFC’s National Advisory Board as well as BFI steering groups. He is a founder partner in Access: VFX, which champions inclusion and diversity.

    For more than 20 years, he worked at MD/CEO or owner level within post-production houses in Soho like Frontier Post and Azimuth. In 1992, he pioneered non-linear editing and became the first person to cut a long-form documentary on an NLE in the UK. Over the years, he has gained many primetime editing credits on all the mainstream channels for programmes like QED, Horizon, Arena, The Grierson Documentary Awards and Ground Force. He was also post-production supervisor on the platinum-selling DVD En Vivo for the legendary rock band, Iron Maiden.

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Steve Davies

Chief Executive
Steve Davies
  • Steve Davies

    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.

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Andrea Corbett

Head of Career Development and Skills
Directors UK
Andrea Corbett
  • Andrea Corbett

    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.

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Michael French

Head of Games
Games London
Michael French
  • Michael French

    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.

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Nahrein Kemp

Creative Diversity Partner
Nahrein Kemp
  • Nahrein Kemp

    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.

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