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Danny Horan

Head of Factual, Channel 4

Before joining Channel 4 as Head of Factual, Danny was Commissioning Editor for Documentaries at the BBC He has commissioned the award-winning Hospital, Louis Theroux’s Dark States, Ambulance, Generation Gifted and Murdered For Being Different, amongst many other series and single films across BBC one, TWO and three. Prior to joining the BBC Horan was an executive producer at Voltage TV and The Garden. His documentary credits include; The Audience, Louis Theroux: America’s Medicated Kids, Inside Tatler, The Tube and Benefit Busters.

Louise Thornton

Commissioning Executive for Digital, Social and Youth, BBC Scotland

Louise Thornton is Commissioning Executive for Digital, Social and Youth. Louise has a background in television and interactive production with a particular interest in developing innovative content for young audiences. She ran Bitesize in Scotland for many years, commissioning and producing games and programmes for kids and teenagers and she is one of the creators of BBC The Social, where she developed new fresh talent and commissioned innovative short-form content across comedy, drama and factual.

Louise is interested in new talent and new voices, younger skewing formats for BBC Scotland’s new television channel and digital-first content for social channels and BBC online.

Simon Dickson

Creative Director, Label1 TV

Recognised as one of the industry's most mercurial and provocative creative thinkers, Simon is best known for taking a left field approach to mainstream popular factual subjects. BAFTA-nominated for Discovery/Channel 4's The Plane Crash, his credits include stints at the helm of Bear Grylls' Wild Weekends, as well as multi-camera 'rig' shows One Born Every Minute and The Hotel, both of which he also commissioned during his time as deputy head of documentaries at Channel 4. Former MD of Dragonfly Film & Television Productions, Simon is a co-creator of 24 Hours in A&E and in 2015 led the team that refreshed and relaunched First Dates. His most recent credit is as one of the executive producers of BBC Two's Hospital.

Lara Akeju

Commissioning Editor Daytime, ITV

Lara is part of the team responsible for 12 hours per day of popular television –from 6am to 6pm, Monday to Friday. Key titles include Good Morning Britain, This Morning, Judge Rinder, Tenableand The Chase, as well James Martin’s Saturday Morning. Prior to joining ITV, Lara was Commissioning Executive at Channel 5, where she commissioned British Airways: 100 Years in the Sky and looked after 5 News, The Wright Stuff and The Dog Rescuers with Alan Davies.Previously, Lara was in Commissioning at Channel 4,where she supported regional and cultural diversity and oversaw the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games.

Lara’s production credits include Heir Hunters(BBC1, Flame TV), Beauty and Beauty and The Beast: The Ugly Face of Prejudice(Channel 4, Betty), The World’s Strictest Parents(BBC3, Twenty Twenty) and Panorama(BBC1, Films of Record).

Steve Carson

Head of Multiplatform Commissioning, BBC Scotland

Steve began his career with the BBC’s Youth and Entertainment Features department and went on to become a producer/ director on Current Affairs programmes including Newsnight and Panorama.

In 1997 he returned to Ireland and went on to set up Mint Productions. Mint became one of Ireland’s most high profile indies, As a programme-maker, he has won awards from the Royal Television Society and the Irish Film and Television Academy.

Steve returned to the BBC at the end of 2013 as Head of BBC Northern Ireland Productions, covering local and network in-house production and the development of the wider creative economy in Northern Ireland. During his time in Belfast, the BBC negotiated two successful partnerships with Northern Ireland Screen.  In October 2017, Steve was appointed Head of Multiplatform Commissioning for BBC Scotland, working across Radio, Television and Digital.

Muslim Alim

Assistant Commissioner Daytime, BBC

Muslim joined the BBC sixteen years ago and has produced content for TV, Radio and Online.

Starting as a Researcher in TV Ents he moved to Radio as a Producer for Radio 1 and was part of the launch team for BBC Introducing.  After eight years in Radio he spent two years in HR as Project Lead on strategic initiatives and returned to production by co-creating the RTS award-winning BBC The Social, a new youth brand delivered via social platforms for BBC Scotland and aimed at 18-34s.

Since joining BBC Daytime he has developed a strategy on re-versioning and optimising daytime content for social media to reach younger audiences and now oversees the delivery of this initiative for Dan McGolpin (ContrWoller) along with a portfolio of established shows including Antiques Road Trip, Celebrity Antiques Road Trip, Homes Under The Hammer, Money For Nothing, Impossible and Eggheads. Ensuring the future of the BBC is something Muslim feels very passionately about and wants to effect change through bringing more diversity to air and to production, to better serve and reflect modern Britain.

Ramy El-Bergamy

Commissioning Executive Daytime, Channel 4

Ramy is a Commissioning Executive in Daytime where he looks after some of Channel 4’s biggest brands such as A Place in the Sun and Four in a Bed. He also takes pitches for new formats and ideas from companies and producers all over the UK that could work in the space. Prior to this, he was the On Screen Diversity Executive at Channel 4. His focus was on delivering on the commitments in Channel 4’s 360 ̊ Diversity Charter. He worked in partnership with Commissioning at C4, the independent sector and talent to ensure the best people were seen onscreen from the widest possible pool. He also oversaw Channel 4’s Onscreen Year of Disability, helping double disabled representation in over 20 of Channel 4’s biggest shows.

Prior to joining Channel 4, Ramy worked in the independent sector for 10 years. He has experience working across a broad range of programmes and genres, and most recent credits of his time in the sector include hit shows such as Big Brother and The Voice

Eloise King

Freelance Executive Producer and Director

King is an award-winning Director and Executive Producer. Her body of work, noted for its "curation and fluency in the subversive" – has a focus on telling powerful human stories that foreground marginalised voices. Previous titles include: 'Kids Behind Bars' (ITV ), Divorce Clinic (BBC), Acid Attacks (VICE) and 'JME x Corbyn' and 'Gurls Talk with Adwoa Aboah' (i-D).

King’s work has garnered over 100 million views and crossed digital and all major terrestrial platforms including BBC, Channel 4, ITV, MTV, A&E and Al Jazeera English -exhibiting in The ICA, Tate Britain and MoAD.

Also an alumni of the Edinburgh television festivals’ Ones to Watch scheme and selected for Sheffield Documentary Festival ‘Future Producers’. In 2018 King was recognised for ‘Outstanding achievement’ in Campaign magazine's list of female leaders defining creativity.

King co-founded Women on Docs, a screening collective and event network celebrating the contribution of women to documentary film and is developing her first documentary feature.

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