2015 Festival Guest Speakers

Al Clarkaclark

Wellington Films – Multi award-winning feature film production company

Wellington Films was founded in 2000 by producers Rachel Robey and Alastair Clark. In 2005 they were cited by Screen International as Stars of Tomorrow in their annual feature. They were later joined by producers Tom Wood and Anna Griffin.

Their BAFTA nominated debut feature, LONDON TO BRIGHTON (Edinburgh International Film Festival 2006, Toronto International Film Festival 2006) earned them the Best Achievement in Production award at the 2006 British Independent Film Awards and a nomination at the London Critics Circle Film Awards for British Film Producers of the Year. It was released to widespread critical acclaim by Vertigo Films and has since been named by TimeOut London as one of the top 100 British films of all time.

Other credits include BETTER THINGS, the critically acclaimed debut feature film by Duane Hopkins (Cannes Film Festival – Critics Week 2008, Toronto International Film Festival 2008); Alexis Dos Santos’ UNMADE BEDS, (Sundance Film Festival – World Cinema section 2009, Berlinale – Generations section 2009); Justin Molotnikov’s CRYING WITH LAUGHTER (SXSW 2009, Best Film at BAFTA Scotland 2009); and Varon Bonicos’ feature documentary A MAN’S STORY (Sheffield Doc/Fest 2011).

They have also produced over 30 short films for festivals and TV, including ROYALTY by Paul Andrew Williams,THE GAS MAN by Matt Palmer for Rankin Films’ Collabor8te and THE DARK by Tom Hemmings starring Toby Jones.

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Head of Talent Development, Confetti Media Group

Alison acts as a conduit between Confetti Media Group’s creative businesses and external companies to develop and produce work briefs and create industry work experiences for Confetti’s current students and recent graduates, including production and technical roles on a number of Notts TV shows which she production manages.

Before this, Alison was Skills and Training Exec at regional film support screen agency EM Media, having previously worked in a number of production and post-production roles for over a decade at the BBC in London on programmes ranging from documentary to live studio entertainment.


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Director, Centre for Broadcasting and Journalism, Nottingham Trent University

Carole Fleming is Director of the Centre for Broadcasting and Journalism at Nottingham Trent University. A former print and broadcast journalist, her role at CBJ involves developing undergraduate and postgraduate journalism courses, ensuring they provide students with the skills and knowledge for successful careers in journalism. She was closely involved in the launch of Notts TV, and helped to develop a unique scheme that allows students to work with professional broadcasters on work placements and as volunteers. Her publications include The Radio Handbook (Routledge 2010), An Introduction to Journalism (Sage 2006), and Women in Journalism (Routledge 2004).


Dan LawsonDan Lawson

Creative and Digital Media, Creative Skillset

For Creative Skillset, Dan helps talent and businesses across film, TV, animation, VFX and games to develop their skills and careers, accessing training and development support and connecting talent to industry. Setting up new training programmes, running events to connect talent with industry, advising local and national policy makers and conducting labour market research all come under Dan’s remit covering the Midlands’ creative and digital media sectors.

Previously Dan has run multimillion-pound film and TV investment funds supporting both production and development garnering BAFTAs, Golden Globes and many more awards; and delivered major creative industries projects including Film Nation: Shorts, the official, UK-wide young people’s filmmaking competition of the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games. He still advises creative content funds on prospective investments, and is a trustee of Flatpack Film Festival.

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David graduated from Film Studies at Staffordshire University, UK in 1996. Since then he’s been producing self funded low budget shorts and music videos that have had worldwide screenings at such places as Cannes Film Festival, Raindance, ITV, Channel 4 and MTV2.  David has acted as Jury member for several film festivals, most notably the Leeds International Film Festival and he is also actively involved in several film networking nights in the Nottingham area.  In 2014 David directed ‘Shiner’ as part of the Creative England iShorts scheme.  Shiner has to date received numerous screenings and picked up the Best Comedy Short at the Ha! Comedy Festival and Best Foreign Fantasy Short at the Fantasmagorical Film Festival.  In 2014 David launched Short Stack, a Nottingham based short film night which shows the best shorts from the local area and further afield.


Denise MannDenise Mann

Head of the leading UCLA School of Theatre, Film and Television’s Producers Program, author of several books and a world authority on digital filmmaking and transmedia

Denise Mann is a Professor in the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television and Head of the UCLA Producers Program (1996-present).  Mann’s recent books include Wired TV: Laboring over an Interactive Future (2014) and Hollywood Independents — The Postwar Talent Takeover (2008. She serves on the editorial board of Media Industries Journal (2014-present). With Professor Henry Jenkins, Mann co-chairs the annual “Transforming Hollywood” conference (2010-present), which brings together scholars, industry professionals, and creators to debate the future of entertainment. Mann is the principal investigator of the UCLA TFT Digital Incubator and Thinktank (DIT) funded by the Paris-based global media company Havas Media.


Giles HarveyGiles

Director of Photography – Luttrell Productions

With a degree in photography from the London School of Music and Media and BBC trained in cinematography, I spent the last 15 years working at the highest level of broadcast television. In 2004 I set up Luttrell Productions. Luttrell has become a main supplier to the largest broadcasters both in the UK and worldwide and has gone on to be a part of Bafta winning productions.
Over the last 5 years I have concentrated on 35mm film cameras. In my role as Director of Photography I have created the look and feel for film, promos and adverts as well as applying these skills to documentary and high level corporate. This dedication to my craft has gained me a Promax award for cinematography alongside several world firsts including the integration of 5k resolution film into live broadcast.

Gianluca Sergi

Director of the Institute for Screen Industries, University of Nottingham

Gianluca Sergi teaches film and television at the University of Nottingham, where he is the director of the Institute for Screen Industries Research. He is also the founder and first chair of the Nottingham Screen Partnership. As a scholar, Sergi’s primary interest and work has focused on the film industry, especially in the US. He has worked in the areas of film production and filmmaking practices, film sound, and studio and labour organisations.  He has published books, industry white papers and articles on all of these subjects.


Dr Yang MingDr Yang Ming

President of Xinhua Net Future Media Convergence Institute

Dr Yang Ming is Dean of the School of Media and Communication, Jinling College, Nanjing University, as well as associate professor.

Dr Yang has been key in developing media convergence since 2005 within the media industry and in 2012, created China’s first micro-film and creative media department and held the First Chinese College Student Micro-film Festival. The School of Media and Communication, Jinling College, Nanjing University is the only university that has the abilities of image creation and production, new media technology research and provides all media platforms of experimental education in China.

Ming Yang is a senior journalist and producer of documentary. He is writer, editor, director & producer of “Sun Mingjing, Pioneer of China’s Film Education.” This documentary film won the Best Documentary Gold Award in the 8th Paris Chinese Film Festival in France. He is involved in shooting “My Chinese Acquaintances” which has won the Gold Remi Award for Documentaries at Houston International Film Festival & Magnolia Award for Chinese International Documentary. He has played an active role in shooting “Masters”, a series of 10 documentaries.  He is producer of micro films for documentary, drama and advertising, including “Looking for Pan Deming,” “2013: Headline Crisis to Save the Planet,” “Li Baogen series” and “10 years:Modern Animal Research Center of Nanjing University.”


Francine Marchetti

Executive Producer, member of the Producers Guild of America, the Visual Effects Society in Hollywood and of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences of America.

Francine Marchetti is an accomplished senior executive and producer with extensive experience in film, television and digital media production, including scripted and non- scripted content creation, production and post-production management, and production pipelines in visual effects, animation and stereoscopic 3D for global entertainment.  Ms. Marchetti has managed complex production and client portfolios with experience doing so for more than 40 fortune 500 companies within the entertainment and broadcast industries including Disney Feature Films & Animation, DreamWorks Feature Films & Animation, Nickelodeon, Warner Brothers, Paramount, Universal Pictures, Hanna Barbera, Lionsgate, Lifetime Television, ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, Industrial Light & Magic, PDI, Rhythm & Hues and The Cartoon Network.
Throughout her career, she has been responsible for driving innovative processes and procedures, effective financial planning and administration of multi-million dollar production budgets utilizing emerging technologies to fuel revenue growth worldwide.  Presently, Ms. Marchetti is Executive Producer at SYNAPTIC STUDIOS in Burbank, CA and New Orleans, LA, and has held positions at CINEMAWORKS as Executive Producer of Visual Effects, Animation, Stereoscopic 3D & Digital Media, DREAMWORKS ANIMATION as Executive Producer and OGILVY & MATHER WORLDWIDE as Partner/Vice President, Executive Producer of Visual Effects & Animation for Film, Broadcast & Digital Media Production in Los Angeles and New York.  Ms. Marchetti is an active member of The Producers Guild of America, The Visual Effects Society, The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, The Sundance Institute, The International 3D & Advanced Imaging Society and The Joint Technology Committee on Virtual Production in Los Angeles, CA.  Ms. Marchetti has produced projects in The United States, Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, France, Italy, Brazil, Japan and India.


Glenn KiserKiser

Director of the Dolby Institute, formerly General manager of Skywalker Sound, Lucasfilm.

Glenn Kiser is the Director of the Dolby Institute, Dolby’s initiative to bring education and inspiration to filmmakers and content creators about the creative use of sound and picture in storytelling. Previously, Kiser was the VP & General Manager of Lucasfilm’s Skywalker Sound, where he oversaw sound work on film projects such as Avatar, The Incredibles, Million Dollar Baby, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and Fahrenheit 9/11. Before joining Skywalker, Kiser was a post-production executive at Propaganda Films, where he worked with directors including David Fincher, Spike Jonze, Jane Campion, and Neil LaBute.


Iain SimonsISimons

Director, GameCity and the National Videogame Arcade, Nottingham




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Dolby Laboratories

James Shannon is a Senior Sound Consultant for Dolby. He graduated from the University of Surrey Tonmeister course, where he later became an associate lecturer, and won the AMS Neve recording prize. After graduation James worked for CTS-Lansdowne Recording Studios, as technical manager, before leaving to become a freelance sound engineer for 4 years. He joined Dolby in 2008 where he works on film mix mastering, film premiere support and broadcasts.


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Jeanie is a British artist and filmmaker who creates intimate, funny and personal documentary films and artworks. Her focus is on creating compelling portraits and is obsessed with telling other people’s stories. Her work is known for its innovative approach to engaging with audiences in meaningful ways.

Her work includes ORION: The Man Who Would Be King (87 mins, World Premiere – Tribeca, BBC Storyville, Creative England, Ffilm Cymru Wales and Broadway) The project was awarded a Future documentary innovation award from React Lab to create a wraparound artwork – I am Orion. Panto! (71 mins) a co production with Met Film Production for BBC Storyville, The Great Hip Hop Hoax (88 mins, World Premiere – SXSW) for BBC Scotland and BBC Storyville (Grierson nominated – Most entertaining documentary. Bifa nominated – Best documentary), Sound It Out (75 mins, World Premiere – SXSW) (winner – Cinema Versa – Best documentary) a documentary portrait of the the very last vinyl record shop in Teesside (official film of Record Store Day), feature documentary Goth Cruise for the Independent Film Channel (USA,75 min) which became the most downloaded title ever on IFC, critically acclaimed doc Teenland (BBC4 60 min) and award winning interactive documentary Home-Maker.

Jeanie was named an Inspiration award winner by Sheffield Doc/ Fest as someone who has been an inspiration to filmmakers and inspired audiences around the world to engage in documentary. She was named a “Star of Tomorrow” in Screen International’s prestigious yearly review of new filmmakers and was a director of Nottingham’s flagship cinema and media centre, Broadway for many years.

She set up Glimmer Films in 2008 to deliver ambitious, engaging and empathetic work for cinema, broadcast and exhibition.


Dr Julian StringerJulian Stringer

Associate Professor in Film and Television Studies, University of Nottingham

Julian Stringer studied film as an undergraduate student at the Polytechnic of North London and as a graduate student at Indiana University-Bloomington. Currently Associate Professor in Film and Television Studies at the University of Nottingham, he has published widely on film festivals, East Asian cinema, Hollywood and transnational filmmaking. His books include The Korean Cinema Book (co-eds, British Film Institute/Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming), Japanese Cinema (co-eds, Routledge, 4 vols, 2015), New Korean Cinema (co-eds, Edinburgh University Press, 2005), and Movie Blockbusters (ed., Routledge, 2003).



Maggie MurphyMaggie Murphy

Maggie Murphy is the Head of Shaftesbury U.S., the company’s newly launched division located in Los Angeles and focused on development for the U.S., Canadian and International markets. Shaftesbury US has a dozen projects currently in development with projects set up at the major networks in the US, Canada, as well as the one hour drama HOUDINI & DOYLE, picked up to series for ITV in London, FOX in the US, and SHAW in Canada – with David Shore, the creator of HOUSE. With more than 20 years’ experience in television development and production, Shaftesbury U.S. Maggie Murphy most recently served as Senior Vice President of Development for Cookie Jar Entertainment.  Prior to that, she served as President of Kiefer Sutherland’s Eastside Entertainment, part of 20th Century Fox, where she oversaw development of comedy and drama for television, film and digital media and brokered deals for property acquisition and Emmy award-winning writer Michael Caleo (THE SOPRANOS) and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Lucinda Franks, among others.

Before that, Murphy served as Senior Vice President of Drama Development for UPN/CW.  She also supervised the creation, from inception to series, for a variety of shows including VERONICA MARS.  While there she developed the USA Networks hit IN PLAIN SIGHT with Mary McCormick and helped develop shows with SEX IN THE CITY executive producer Darren Star, BLACK HAWK DOWN director Simon West, VAMPIRE DIARIES writer Kevin Williamson and Academy Award winner Diablo Cody, (JUNO).  Before CW, Murphy served as Senior Vice President during the inception of Regency TV. During her six-year tenure there, she helped create and develop top-rated series including ROSWELL, BERNIE MAC, and MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE. Murphy also worked in development early in her career at 20th Century Fox where she was involved in the development of X-FILES and THE SIMPSONS. Ms. Murphy also served as the development executive for David Kelley.  While there, she developed ALLY MCBEAL, THE PRACTICE and CHICAGO HOPE. Ms. Murphy is also an associate professor at UCLA in the graduate TV film and digital department.


Michael EatonMEaton

Award winning dramatist who has worked across film, television, theatre and radio and broadcast through BBC, BFI, Channel 4 and ITV.

Michael Eaton is an award-winning dramatist who writes for cinema, television, radio and the theatre.  His script for Fellow Traveller won Best Screenplay at the British Film Awards in 1989.   He has written four plays for Nottingham Playhouse of which the last was Charlie Peace – His Amazing Life and Astounding Legend.  His latest play is All Schools Should Be Art Schools, commissioned for the 170th anniversary of the Nottingham School of Art.  He has adapted several works of Charles Dickens for BBC Radio and is currently working on a theatrical adaptation of Great Expectations.  He studied Social Anthropology as a Senior Scholar at King’s College, Cambridge and, thirty five years later, made The Masks of Mer, a documentary about Alfred Haddon and the making of the first ethnographic films in the Torres Straits in 1898.  He was awarded the M.B.E. for Services to Film in the 1999 New Year’s honours list and was visiting professor in the School of Creative Writing at Nottingham Trent University.


Mike BlairMike Blair

Shiver – an ITV company

Mike Blair works for Shiver, the factual arm of ITV Studios running programming teams in London and Media City Salford. He is Executive Producer of much of the ITV’s current affairs, looking after the Tonight programme, The Martin Lewis Money Show and Real Stories with Ranvir Singh. He’s also responsible for the critically acclaimed School Swap series. He has made programmes for most UK broadcasters as well as for several in the US. He started his television career with Central Television and lives in Nottingham.


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Rumpus Animation – Award winning animation studio, Bristol

Seb Burnett and Joe Wood formed Rumpus Animation in 2011 as a way for them to make fun, original character-driven content. Producing short films, music videos and commercials they have worked for clients such as CBeebies, CBBC and Google Japan. Now they are creating and publishing games and apps, but always with character and fun at their core.


Stuart LoganLogan

CEO of Clowdy

Stuart founded Clowdy, a professional network for people in the creative industry in 2013. He graduated from the University of Manchester with a BSc in Computer Science and went on to found his first company in the advertising space. After building this, Stuart wanted to do something he was more passionate about, so he created Clowdy. Clowdy solves issues that creatives have when showcasing their work and with getting accreditation for projects. They’ve worked with a number of industry experts when growing the platform, and now have over 100,000 registered users.



William CreberCreber

Production Designer

William Creber is one of Hollywood most  production designers. An award-winning filmmaker and Lifetime Achievement Award honouree (Art Directors Guild of America), during his 50 years career he received  three Academy Award (Oscars) nominations for The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965, with Richard Day), The Poseidon Adventure (1972) and The Towering Inferno (1974) as well as three Emmy nominations for Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1964), Lost In Space (1965) and The Time Tunnel (1966).

He is credited with pioneering the genre of “disaster films” with legendary showman and producer, Irwin Allen. As well as his film and TV work, Creber has designed the backlot streets for the Disney-MGM studio in Orlando and for the Hollywood Backlot attraction at Disneyland’s California Adventure.

In his own words: “I can’t recall a time in my life I haven’t had a pencil in my hand”