BBC Scotland United Kingdom

BBC Scotland is the main public service broadcaster serving Scottish audiences through television, radio and online.  It produces a range of TV programmes for BBC One Scotland and BBC Two Scotland as well as for the BBC's UK network services.

Content Requirements

There is an absolute requirement for some discernible Scottish dimension to any project.  That aside, factual programmes range from observational documentary to specialist factual, particularly history, and the arts.  This includes series, singles and feature docs. 

Looking For

Open to projects on a diverse range of subjects in whatever broadcast configuration is most appropriate.

Ewan Angus
Ewan Angus
TV Commissioning Editor 
Profession
Bio

Ewan Angus, Commissioning Editor Television at BBC Scotland has worked in broadcasting for more than 25 years, across a wide range of programmes for BBC Scotland and the BBC's UK network services. He is responsible for all television output produced for Scottish audiences. This amounts to over 1000 hours a year and an increasing proportion is co-commissioned with BBC network for a UK wide transmission. In the last ten years BBC Scotland has been involved in factual co-productions with ABC, SBS and the History Channel, working with a number of Australian independent production companies.

BBC Television United Kingdom

Website:
bbc.co.uk
Greg Sanderson
Greg Sanderson
Commissioning Editor - Arts, Music and Events 
Profession
Bio

Greg Sanderson is the BBC's Commissioning Editor for Arts, Music and Events, responsible for hundreds of output across four BBC television channels every year. He works across both live events - including the BBC Proms and Glastonbury festival - and documentaries, whose subjects can range from Josiah Wedgwood to Tubular Bells. Greg joined the BBC in 2006 after a spell in the independent sector working for all the major UK broadcasters. He started as a Producer in the Music Department, subsequently becoming Executive Producer of the acclaimed Storyville strand where he commissioned the award-winning film the Marathon Boy, amongst others. He then moved to become Editor of the BBC's flagship topical arts programme The Review Show, before moving to his present role in 2011. Greg has served on many juries, including Royal Television Society, IDFA, ITVS and Sheffield DocFest. His films have won prizes including Prix Italia, FIPA, Grierson and Emmy's.

Bearcage Australia

Bearcage has more than twenty years experience in media production. Its innovative approach blends outstanding projects and teams with the business of production, delivering exceptional creative and commercial results. Compelling stories, high production values and specialist expertise in post-production have brought success with domestic and international audiences.

Recent productions have included: The Story of Australia (2013 CCTV9), Building Australia (2013) for History Channel (nominated for a Screen Producers Association of Australia Award), The Boffin, the Builder & the Bombardier (2013) for ABC TV (nominated for an ATOM Award), New Zealand From Above, (2012) a co-production with Making Movies (NZ), GebruderBeetz (Germany) and broadcasters ARTE/ZDF (Germany), National Geographic (Australia) and Prime (NZ). The feature documentary The Digger (2011, History Channel) received the Gold Dolphin at the Cannes Corporate Media and Television Awards in 2011. 

Bearcage has twice won the ACT Chief Ministers Export Award and was a winner in the Federal Governments inaugural Arts in Asia Awards.

Website:
bearcage.com.au
Harriet Pike
Harriet Pike
Development Producer 
Bio

Harriet is a Senior Producer at Canberra based production Company Bearcage. She joined the Company in 2011 following on from five years experience working as a distributor and producer at Ronin Films where she had responsibility for acquisitions, business development and documentary production. Harriet has a Bachelor of Business from Griffith University and a Masters of Liberal Arts from the Australian National University. In her role as producer, completed documentary projects from her time at Ronin Films include Chinese Australian co-production Across the Plateau (Adelaide Film Festival 2009), The Chifleys of Busby Street (Brisbane International Film Festival 2008) and Emily In Japan (2009, ABC). Since joining Bearcage Harriet has worked as producer on Who We Are In Sport (2012, Bio Channel), Building Australia (2013, History Channel) and The Boffin, the Builder and the Bombardier (2013, ABC).

Michael Tear
Michael Tear
Managing Director 
Bio

Managing Director and co-founder of Bearcage, Michael's credits as Producer and Executive Producer encompass award winning television, government and commercial productions. His notable projects, both one-offs and series, include Building Australia (2013, History Channel), The Boffin, the Builder and the Bombardier (2013, ABC), The Story of Australia (2013, CCTV9), New Zealand From Above (2012, ZDF/ARTE, National Geographic, Prime TV), The Digger (Gold Dolphin at the Cannes Film and Television Awards), Blessed Mary: A Saint for All Australians (2010, History Channel), For Valour (2009, History Channel), and The Strong Men of Nguiu (2007, ABC Television). Michael serves as Chair of the ScreenACT Advisory Board, is a former member of the ACT Cultural Council, and has recently been appointed to the Federal Government's Creative Industry Innovation Centre.

Serge Ou
Serge Ou
Creative Director 
Bio

Serge is Creative Director and co-founder of Bearcage.  He was born in Geneva with parents of French, Armenian, Chinese and Russian background; he was educated in the United States before settling in Australia.

Serge has a diverse and successful career as a director and has received many awards for his work.  Most recently, Serge completed the award winning feature documentary The Digger ? A History. Other projects include Blessed Mary and For Valour, both of which were the History Channels highest rating programs in their year of broadcast and the $1.5m multi-media theatre experience Circa for the National Museum of Australia.  As a drama director, his work includes many award winning shorts including Shockwaves (2008) which was selected in Official Competition in the Tampere, Boston, St Kilda and Revelations International Film Festivals and was nominated for 4 awards including best film and best director at the St Kilda Film Festival.

Beyond Screen Production Australia

Beyond Screen Production is a subsidiary of Beyond Productions. Since its establishment in 1984, Beyond Productions has produced over five thousand hours of global television programs. The company is based in Sydney, Australia, and has development and production offices worldwide. 

Beyond Screen Production has produced or co-produced a range of specialist and popular factual programming including series such as Outback Kids (ABC), The Science of Self Harm (SBS), The Years That Made Us (ABC) and Whitlam: the Power & the Passion (ABC).

In 2013, Beyond West was established in Western Australia to collaborate on local, national and international co-productions with independent producers and to provide executive production services, finance and distribution for productions.

Bardwell Media,  Zinc Finger Films, Factor 30 Films and Spearpoint Productions are  Western Australian production companies working with Beyond West to develop a diverse range of programs with both a national and international focus in key content areas including history, science, contemporary and social issues and factual entertainment.

Website:
beyond.com.au
Ron Saunders
Ron Saunders
General Manager 
Bio

Ron Saunders has been active in film and television production for over 30 years as a writer, director, producer and executive producer. He has worked in Senior Management at the South Australian Film Corporation, Film Australia, Southern Star and Yoram Gross-EM before becoming Head of Television at the ABC. Ron is currently General Manager of Beyond Screen Production which has produced a range of specialist and popular factual programming, including Outback Kids, The Science of Self Harm, and Whitlam: the Power & the Passion. He has an extensive track record in children's programmes and animation, including Milly Molly, Spellbinder, Johnson and Friends, Backyard Science, Quest, LabRats Challenge, Toybox and Pipsqueaks. Ron has been involved in co-productions with Singapore, China, Canada, Poland, Japan, the Philippines and Germany. His latest project has been a co-production in China of Hoopla Doopla, a new children's programme for the ABC.

Harry Bardwell
Harry Bardwell
Executive Producer, Screen West 
Bio

Harry Bardwell is a WA-based executive producer, producer, funder, broadcaster, and documentary maker. He is the principal of Bardwell Media, and executive producer and manager of Beyond West. Following his success with breakthrough documentary Backs to the Blast Harry joined joined ABCTV Science in Sydney in 1983. He subsequently held positions as a factual and documentary producer, commissioning editor, Supervising Producer/EP Four Corners and head of international news production. In 2005 Harry joined ScreenWest where he was responsible for funding the production and development of programs for film, television and digital media production. With Beyond West Harry seeks co-production opportunities with producers wishing to work in WA.

Russell Vines
Russell Vines
Producer/Director, Zinc Finger Films 
Bio

Russell Vines is the founder of Zinc Finger Films. Over the last fifteen years he has either produced and/or directed over 40 hours of television across a wide range of genres including documentaries, factual formats and drama. Recent highlights include producing the critically acclaimed tele-movie, The Great Mint Swindle for the Nine Network, directing the AACTA award winning documentary series Search for Warriors about the SAS regiment and series directing National Geographic's Life On The Edge, a circumnavigation of Australia by land, sea and submarine. Russell is currently directing a documentary for the ABC about the horses and the men of Australia's legendary Light Horse, during WWI.

Carbon Media Australia

We are an award-winning full service media production company, based in the vibrant Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley. 

We develop children’s television shows, documentaries, television commercials, corporate productions, websites and smart phone apps as well as branding, design, motion-graphics, animation, communication and marketing strategies and so much more.

Mr Wayne Denning
Mr Wayne Denning
Executive Producer and Managing Director 
Bio

Wayne Denning is the owner and managing director of Carbon Media, based in Brisbane, Australia. Wayne established Carbon Media in 2006 and has overseen the production, as executive producer, of many television programs and series. Wayne's recent productions include 5 Kangaroos for Sesame Workshop, Handball Heroes for ABC3, children's game shows Go Lingo! and Letterbox for NITV and ABC3, documentaries Intune, Blacktracks, From the Ashes and ProppaNOW. The multiplatform of ground breaking documentary series First Footprints for the ABC. Wayne currently sits on the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia Board, the Brisbane Writers Festival Board and is the Chair of the Brisbane Festivals Indigenous Advisory Group.

Chemical Media Australia

Chemical Media is an independent production company specialising in factual entertainment, travel & lifestyle programming.

Established by the team which successfully brought the Lonely Planet brand to television, Chemical’s founders have made hundreds of hours of programming for broadcasters such as Discovery Channel, National Geographic, Al Jazeera English, Channel 4 and SBS.

Along the way we’ve produced shows on everything from contemporary British gangsters to traditional Chinese medicine, handled location shoots from Alaska to Arnhem Land, been hailed by prime ministers, denounced as people-smugglers, and frequently missed the last bus home.

Focusing on strong storytelling and intelligent entertainment, the Chemical team has created factual documentaries, returnable travel series, break-through social media campaigns and occasionally even impressed our mums.

With Australian roots and a global outlook, we’ve forged strategic film finance relationships with partners around the world and tailored unique content for brands such as Nokia, Tourism Australia and American Express.

Website:
chemicalmedia.tv
Joany Sze
Joany Sze
Head of Production 
Bio

Producer and production guru Joany Sze is a thunderbolt of energy, efficiency and excellence. A logistical nerd at heart, she has managed a dozen shoots in parallel across multiple time zones without even breaking into a sweat. Joany admits that she possibly landed her first TV job in London only because the other guy got drunk at the interview. Since then she has produced countless live action, animation, music and travel TV shows, turned a platoon of writers into filmmakers and sent them into Africa on bicycles, and produced a mountain of short-form content for multi-platform entertainment and corporate partners. She founded Chemical Media in 2011 with David Collins and Tony Jackson.

Tony Jackson
Tony Jackson
Executive Producer 
Bio

Tony Jackson has spent more than 25 years making television, earning his first stripes and frequent flyer miles at the BBC before eventually becoming Executive Producer and Head of Production at Lonely Planet Television. After building his reputation and risking his gonads making docos of career criminals in the East End of London, Tony made his first splash in Australia by spending four months deep in a NSW rainforest armed with several kilometres of internet cabling to make 48 episodes of an interactive reality TV show for UK network Channel Four. He went on to secure one of the best jobs in the world, travelling the globe directing and producing much of Lonely Planet's television output for the next decade. He founded Chemical Media in 2011 with his colleagues David Collins and Joany Sze.

Katy Morrison
Katy Morrison
Multimedia Producer 
Bio

Producer Katy Morrison meandered into factual storytelling via a research degree in history and a minor in medical microbiology - a combination that had nothing to do with film-making and everything to do with the forensic pathologist detective shows that her mother liked to watch on the ABC on a Saturday night. After flexing her muscles with a human rights organisations in South America and moonlighting as a travel writer in Buenos Aires, she has since worked on over 30 hours of broadcast television. Her passion for experimenting with new ways of telling stories has led Katy to working on films about virtual worlds, iPhone docos utilizing Augmented Reality and producing interactive documentaries.

DCD Rights United Kingdom

DCD Rights is one of the UK’s leading independent Television distribution companies.

The brand, built through the merger of NBDtv and September International in 2007, comes with over 25 years international experience in acquiring & distributing multi-genre, high quality programming to all the major broadcasters worldwide.

Our catalogue encompasses 1500 hours of programmes and formats across a broad range of genres from cutting edge factual, high profile drama to the best music acts, but also entertainment, lifestyle, documentary, films and children’s.

We have a long standing client base of top international producers/directors and represent programmes on behalf of companies as diverse as BBC Productions, MTV, Universal Music Group, Sony BMG, EMI, US public groups such as Rainbow Networks (owners of AMC, IFC and Sundance), as well as over 70 independent producers.

Pilar Perez
Pilar Perez
Head of Acquisitions 
Bio

Pilar began her career in television working as a freelancer on various UK productions including Channels 4’s Big Breakfast, Hotel Babylon, after which she spent 10 years at Zenith Entertainment where she grew to become Commercial Director working in all genres including, dramas 2000 Acres of sky, Class of 76, and SMTV:CD:UK, driving the international rollout of the format and licensing the brand and content. 

Pilar joined international distributor DCD Rights in 2009 as Head of Acquisitions and has since contributed to securing a wide range of acquisition totalling over 200 hours.

Working closely with CEO Nicky Davies Williams Pilar has helped secure high profile drama including most recently Mr & Mrs Murder, The Slap, Rake as well as factual series including I Found the Gown, the Coast Guard franchise, and Parole Diaries. Pilar’s network covers in addition to the UK Australia and NZ, USA and Canada, and her expertise encompasses all aspects of the acquisition process from development stage to the point of commission.

Discovery Canada Canada

The world is just awesome! With compelling real-life programming that inspires and entertains, Discovery reveals the world in all its wonder, diversity and amazement. Discovery offers a signature mix of adrenaline-charged stories, larger-than-life personalities and vivid imagery for viewers with curious minds. With the best non-fiction programming from Canada and around the world, Discovery captures the excitement of a passion for life – one lived fully and at its most extreme. Discovery launched in Canada in 1995 and is now available in more than eight million Canadian homes. Discovery is offered in standard definition (SD) and high definition (HD) simulcast – for viewers who want an even bigger and bolder experience. Discovery Canada is a joint venture between Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company, and Discovery Communications Inc. Find more information and interactive online features at Discovery.ca.

Lindsay Cowan Dotchison
Lindsay Cowan Dotchison
Director of Programming 
Profession
Bio

Lindsay Cowan Dotchison, as Director of Programming, is responsible for the acquisition of key content for Discovery's networks, along with the creation, development and execution of the broadcast schedules. Cowan Dotchison also oversees development and production related business and oversees and ensures regulatory compliance. She oversees the management of the programming budgets for the Discovery Networks allowing for strategic placement of content and inventory amortization. Cowan Dotchison joined the BellMedia family in 1989 at TSN Specialty and in 1996 moved to Discovery. Her vast broadcasting experience includes: live-event programming, graphic design, interactive, production, programming and acquisition (plus an early stint at the BBM). Cowan Dotchison has a creative vision, strategic leadership, proven experience and dedication to acquiring and monetizing strong programming.

Discovery Networks Asia Pacific Singapore

The world's number one non-fiction company.

Emile Guertin
Emile Guertin
Executive Producer 
Profession
Bio

As Executive Producer at Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific, Emile oversees production of original content that caters especially to the region. Based out of Discovery's Singapore office, he works closely with producers and production houses in the region to conceptualise new content, ensure creative editorial standards are met, and foster new and emerging production talent. Emile joined Discovery in 2011, but comes from an extensive production background in the UK. He formally trained in documentary editing in London, and then following six years as a documentary editor, he moved into directing and producing, most notably gaining several prime-time credits for History Channel and Crime and Investigation Network. Emile is originally from London, and holds an MA from the National Film & Television School in the UK. He has lived and worked in Manila, Ho Chi Minh City and now resides in Singapore.

Jonathan Rudd
Jonathan Rudd
Programming Director 
Profession
Bio

Jonathan Rudd joined Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific (DNAP) in 2009 as Director of Programming. Jonathan oversees the programming strategy for 6 channels across Australia and New Zealand (Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, TLC, Discovery Turbo MAX, Discovery Home & Health, and Discovery Science). As part of the Discovery Ignite initiative, Jonathan has commissioned several projects across genres that include engineering, leadership, science, innovation and technology. Some of his latest credits include the Screen Australia supported Rocket Compulsion, Storm Surfers, John Eales Reveals, the Ultimate Fish series with Andrew Ettingshausen and the top-rating documentary series, Abalone Wars for Discovery Channel.

DOC3 / RAITRE Italy

DOC3 is a summer slot focused on social issues, narrated through strong individual stories. Stories about problems which are not very present in the daily broadcasting of news programs.

Website:
www.rai.it
Fabio Mancini
Fabio Mancini
Commissioning Editor 
Profession
Bio

Born in Rome in 1970. He worked in RAISAT and, as cowriter, for STORIE MALEDETTE on RAI3. Since 2012, he work as Commissioning Editor for DOC3.