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How To Pitch Lineup

Pitching is an art-form and so what better way to find out how to rock pitching than by hearing from those who are good at it. RTS Futures’ How To Pitch is on the 23rd of April at The Electric Cinema, 6.30pm (doors open at 6pm). To register, please go to the RTS Futures website. Panel members include:

Johannah Dyer
Chief Executive, Hotbed Media

Johannah Dyer

Johannah Dyer

Chairing the event is Johannah Dyer. She formed Hotbed Media with Venture Capital investment in March 2000, after 10 years in the broadcast industry. In just 4 years of trading, she’s led the company’s growth to a turnover of £3.5 million and 65 employees. Johannah has extensive editorial experience of network production and is also well-versed in the financial and business affairs of the broadcast industry. As well as managing the company, she also executive-produces Hotbed’s range of award-winning programming. She’s passionate about proving that great programmes can be made from outside London and for a number of years was Chair of Pact’s influential ‘Nations & Regions’ committee. She is involved in several industry bodies including Screen West Midlands, where she was instrumental in securing £3 million of Broadcast Development Funding for the region.

Jonnie Turpie
Head of Digital Media, Maverick TV

Jonnie Turpie

Jonnie Turpie

He has produced and directed drama, documentary and digital media over the last 25 years. Following from his career as an artist in his own right his touchstone has been collaborative film and television.

Acknowledged across the industry as a forward thinker, he has applied new video, technology and electronic techniques to create new styles and approaches to television and media.

Throughout his career he has contributed to the development and delivery of policy across the screen industries and has always had a special focus on young people’s filmmaking and education.

He is Digital Media Director of Maverick Television, which he founded and has become one of the UK’s leading independent production companies. Maverick is now part of the All3Media Group the UK’s largest Independent Production Company.

Aysha Rafaele
Deputy Commissioning Editor Documentaries, Channel 4

Aysha Rafaele

Aysha Rafaele

Aysha Rafaele joined the Channel 4 Documentaries commissioning team in May 2008. She commissions across documentaries output, including single films for Cutting Edge, and is now the Editor of the new talent strand First Cut. Aysha started her career in television as a trainee at the BBC and went onto become a Bafta nominated and RTS award winning documentary maker. Her last directing job was as lead director on Channel 4’s flagship drama series ‘Skins’.

Catherine Elliot-Kemp
Creative Director, ISIS Media

Catherine Elliott-Kemp

Catherine Elliott-Kemp

Catherine began her career making on-air promos for ITV and Channel 4 before moving to the BBC. Here, she produced CBBC’s The Broom Cupboard with Andi Peters and Edd The Duck, children’s pop show The O Zone and BBC2’s daytime series Behind The Screen, as well as producing high profile promotional campaigns for seasonal launches on BBC1 and BBC2.

In 2000, Catherine co-founded Birmingham-based indie Isis Media with Ben Robinson. She has worked across numerous series for channels including ITV1, ITV2, Discovery Networks Europe, UK TV, five and Al-Jazeera English.

Shows range from lifestyle and leisure to factual entertainment, documentary  and religion. Isis Media has won awards and nominations from the RTS and The Commission for Equality and Human Rights.


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