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Annabelle Waller

Annabelle Waller is an award winning television Producer and Director and Series Producer with 18 years experience as a programme maker in television and radio for the BBC and also for one of the UK’s leading commercial TV stations, ITV. Her expertise is in documentary film, news and current affairs, factual entertainment formats and TV studio shows. She ran the programme development department at the BBC in Manchester and is now Director of Media Broadcast at MediaCityUK.

Ric Michael

Ric Michael is an innovative and experienced media writer, producer and media trainer with a successful track record of ground-breaking work in music, live literature, comedy and television. As Head of Development at leading UK TV production company ,Baby Cow, he established a reputation for bringing through and nurturing new talent – skills he uses in delivering creative media modules at Salford University’s digital MediaCityUK campus.

Julia Berg

Julia Berg is an Emmy award winning Producer and Director of documentary programmes for the BBC, and leading UK commercial channels ITV and Channel 4. She has 20 years’ experience in delivering demanding and engaging factual films covering a huge range of subjects from investigative documentaries to promotional videos and she now teaches video production, and production management at Salford University.

Andrew Lindsay

Andrew Lindsay is a writer and broadcaster with 15 years experience who has worked at network and international level for the BBC and ITV.

For the BBC he is a  TV sports news presenter working for the  BBC News Channel and BBC World News plus work on BBC One and BBC Two. He has presented from major events including the Champions League and the 2012 London Olympic Games.

He is also a freelance presenter for a range of programmes on MUTV ( Manchester United TV)  including United In Press and Scouting Mission. He is based in Manchester and London.

Debra Prinselaar

Debra Prinselaar has been a Producer, Director, Series Producer and Executive Producer for a range of high profile TV series for BBC and the UK’s leading commercial TV channels ITV and Channel 4. She has extensive experience built up over 20 years in developing programme ideas into ratings winners on screen and has expertise in both single camera location and multi camera TV studio formats and now teaches modules in these areas at MediaCityUK.

Maire Tracey

Maire Tracey is an award-winning Producer and Director working for the UK national broadcasters, BBC and ITV for the past 20 years. She has produced programmes internationally in China and America and has expertise in a wide range of programming from interviews with Stephen Hawking to history, science and entertainment programmes. She teaches a range of modules at Salford University.

Caroline Cheetham

Caroline Cheetham has been a journalist for almost 20 years. She worked in local and regional papers for ten years, before moving to BBC Radio 5 live as an investigative reporter. She is also a writer, working on news and features for the national press, in particular the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday and the Daily Telegraph. She has worked on several national, high profile stories including the Greyrigg train crash, Harold Shipman murders. She is a Visiting Fellow at the University of Salford where she lectures in Journalism and Creative Media.

Marek Bekerman

Marek Bekerman has worked for 25 years in public service broadcasting and international media development. Between 1990 and 2011, he worked as a journalist, producer and editor for BBC News in London, and has travelled extensively in the former Soviet Union countries and the Middle East on media development and journalism training assignments. He was a journalism education expert for a BBC-led project to modernise media education in Ukraine in 2005-2007. Marek is the University's Programme Leader in MA International Journalism.

Ian Wood

Ian Wood is an experienced journalist and media manager. After working as a news reporter, he went on to become the news editor and then deputy editor of the Manchester daily newspaper, the Evening News. He was subsequently appointed editor of Plymouth’s daily newspaper and website, The Herald. He now lectures in print and online journalism.As a senior journalist Ian has taken a leading role in the successful design of multimedia newsrooms within a challenging commercial environment. He has used these skills to work alongside The Guardian Foundation and the BBC World Service Trust to assist the development of emerging media industries in countries including Egypt, Montenegro, Ukraine and Slovenia.

Andrew Fletcher

Andrew Fletcher is one of the UK’s most experienced BBC news reporters and presenters. Specialising in breaking major stories from the field and investigative journalism, Andrew presents BBC Radio 5 live news programmes and provides live news reports and packages across the BBC network. He specialises in investigative journalism and using creative production techniques to bring stories to life. Original investigations undertaken by Andrew include probing the lack of regulation of adventure travel abroad, and uncovering an attempt by two London councils to manipulate the figures for rough sleepers. He teaches radio and TV journalism at the University of Salford.

Martin Hamer

Martin Hamer has 32 years broadcasting and online journalism experience. He worked as a senior journalists for the BBC Sport website, and is the former digital editor of the Lancashire Evening Post. He has worked for regional and national newspapers and spent 12 years with the Press Association, the UK’s national news agency. At Salford University he teaches sport, online and print journalism at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Fraser Durie

Fraser Durie has a background in post production and new media technologies for media production. He is the programme leader for the MA Wildlife Documentary Production – one of two only such MA’s in the UK. Working within companies over the last twenty years has enabled him to witness the transition from analogue to digital technologies and the challenges that brings to the broadcast industry. He has worked in a number of media production and post production companies before taking up his current post in the University in 2010. He has taught internationally at the International Film and TV School (EICTV) in Cuba.

Laurence Murphy

Laurence Murphy is an active researcher in Ultra high definition implementation and mobile and internet broadcast systems, High Definition and 3D systems for both television and digital cinema. A former studio and outside broadcast technical manager, he is an active engineering consultant for a number of broadcast manufacturers and standards bodies. He is an active coordinator for the Institute of Engineers Multimedia Network and he is the Society of Motion Picture Television Engineers coordinator outside London. He designed the first undergraduate technology degree in the UK to focus on mobile and internet television - the fastest expanding area of broadcast media. Laurence has been directly involved with the design specification and completion of Salford Universities building and facilities at MediaCityUK. He is a senior lecturer in Media Technology and programme leader for the BSc Media Technology Pathway programme at MediaCityUK.

Industry Professional Masterclass Speakers

Steve Boulton

Steve Boulton is an award-winning producer of factual programmes. A former editor of ITV’s much-garlanded investigative series, World In Action, he has won the TV industry’s highest accolade, a BAFTA, and a raft of other awards . Steve works on a wide variety of projects, including Oscar-nominated “Virunga”. He makes major observational, authored and popular documentaries supplying to Channel 4’s flagship factual series, Dispatches, and also ITN, ITV, Five TV and Al Jazeera English.

Dan Cooper

Dan Cooper is a Development Producer for CBBC Interactive – the BBC’s online children’s channel. He is a digital creative with over a decade's experience producing exciting projects for TV, online and handheld devices. As a producer he has trialled innovative uses of technology to meet challenges for changing audiences. He has been joint-led for BBC Children's in a strategic partnership with BBC Research & Development establishing more effective ways of collaborating on technical and editorial innovation that could impact on audiences in the future. He has producing HTML5 games and interactive experiences aimed at getting audiences more hands on and immersed.

Katherine Beacon

Katherine Beacon is Head of Development for Jellylegs Productions Ltd. where she works with major TV creatives to develop new comedy and drama for Television. From 2005 to 2010, she was Project Manager for BBC Writersroom North, responsible for writer development across drama, comedy and children’s programmes for TV and radio. Katherine has helped to identify and develop writer talent and produced and directed new radio drama, comedy and animated drama for national BBC networks. Katherine’s production credits include the multi-award winning, The Royle Family.

Jim Poyser

Jim Poyser is a writer and director with a string of national TV credits. He has previously worked for the BBC as a producer for BBC comedy working with top of the UK’s top comedic talent including Alison Steadman and Johnny Vegas .He was script editor for the BAFTA nominated TV programme, Shameless, and has also produced and directed across all BBC network radio. He is currently producing a new comedy for the BBC starring Henry Winkler.

Connal Orton

Connal Orton is currently Executive Producer for the CBBC In-House drama team. As well as developing a slate of new projects for CBBC, he developed and has executive produced four series of 4 O’CLOCK CLUB, which has been nominated four times for a BAFTA. He was Script Executive for STRANGE HILL HIGH, which was nominated for an International Emmy and a BAFTA and which won Best Animation in the Kidscreen Awards. The film he executive produced for CBBC/BBC One starring Eddie Izzard, LOST CHRISTMAS, won an International Emmy for Best Children’s Drama. Before joining the BBC, Connal was Executive Producer for The Cartoon Network and ITV and has exec produced international co-productions.

Ruth Gray

Ruth Gray is a Series Producer at Shiver- ITVs factual production arm. As a Producer working across every factual entertainment genre, from daytime studio shows like This Morning to 9pm documentary series, Ruth has produced hundreds of hours of popular programming with peak time ratings of up to 6 million. A former Senior Producer of current affairs and documentaries her film, Return to the Falklands, was shortlisted for a BAFTA. Her years working on ITVs flagship current affairs series, Tonight, led to nominations for several national and regional RTS awards as well as awards from RIMA (Race in Media). Ruth now looks after a range of series’ from Countrywise to Ray Mears Wild Britain and Animal Births and is currently expanding ITVs wildlife portfolio.


Andy Griffee

Andy Griffee has advised a large number of international media companies about their moves into new broadcasting centres. These have included CCTV, NHK, RTE and MBC. As the director of the BBC’s W1 Programme, Griffee was responsible for the planning and delivery of the BBC's largest ever capital project to redevelop Broadcasting House in London and migrate more than 5,500 programme staff into it in a way which maximised financial and creative benefits. His team won the Association of Project Management’s UK Programme of the Year Award for 2012. He was previously controller of BBC English Regions and head of BBC Birmingham between 2002-2009.

Emma Clifford

Emma Clifford was previously head of technology business change at ITV Plc and has 25 years’ experience in the broadcast and media industry. She is experienced in delivering multi-million pound benefits via change projects and is particularly skilled in stakeholder engagement, people development and influencing large teams at all levels in complex media environments. A qualified executive coach and two-time National Training Award winner, Emma also held senior operational roles at ITV News Group and the BBC.

Krishna Stott

Krishna Stott is an award winning story and technology pioneer with a 20 year track record of pushing creative boundaries and developing new business models in the media industry. Over that time he has continued to teach and train whilst also building an international client base for his consultancy work. Specialisms: multiplatform, interactive, digital and social media.

Addie Orfila

Addie Orfila has worked in television drama production for over twenty years and is the former Head of Production for Hollyoaks, a role she took up after a very successful tenure as Coronation Street’s Production Manager. At Hollyoaks, Addie was in charge of two of the show’s most ambitious stunts to date as well as the daily task of overseeing 260 episodes of top notch award-winning serial drama.

Beginning with work experience as a trainee continuity announcer, Addie moved into production by running on various shows including Sunday Live, The Richard Whitely Show, A Touch of Frost, Through the Keyhole and Big Bang. 3rd AD work followed and Addie then trained as a 1st AD working on shows such as Heartbeat, My Parents are Aliens, Coronation Street, Barking and Emmerdale.

Freelance work for the BBC and various indies followed and led to her further training as a Production Manager. Having a large wealth of experience to draw from, Addie is currently a member of Channel 4’s Mentoring Diversity Network as well as trainer on the pan-industry Project Diamond Diversity monitoring scheme. 

Christine Pyke

Christine Pyke has been involved in the creative media industry for over 20 years as a producer in newspapers, radio and television. She has set up two award winning independent production companies where she produced documentary series and entertainment programmes for the BBC, ITV and Channel 4. She delivered the 4-day training course Production Guru across the UK with over 40 media professionals gaining 30 post-graduate credits to put towards a bespoke MA. She has been a part time tutor for 15 years delivering to under and post-graduate students. She continues to develop and deliver CPD courses to a range of media professionals supported by Creative Skillset, Creative England, BECTU, ITV and the BBC Academy.

Lynne McCadden

Lynne McCadden is a former BBC producer and presenter with more than 25 years senior professional and executive experience across a wide range of media and digital environments. She was Sony-award nominated for her radio documentary work whilst at the BBC where she spent 10 years as a presenter, producer and reporter working in both TV and radio on a range of current affairs and documentary programmes including Panorama and File on 4. A trained journalist, she began her career as a reporter with a daily newspaper in Northern Ireland - The Belfast Telegraph – and has also produced for ITV and C4, working on a range of live and recorded programmes with several independent TV companies in England. She has spoken at international media conferences including at the Global Media Convention for KOCCA (Korean Creative Content Agency) in Seoul and at the Calvert Forum Creative Industries conference at Voronezh, near Moscow.

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