RTS Wales and Media Academy event: breaking into factual TV and film
Zen Room, ATRiuM, Cardiff
Breaking into Media (RTS Wales Event)
Students, graduates and tutors, and individuals outside of the Academy are invited to get a flavour of what its like to work in documentary and factual media production at this event.
Chaired by Tim Hartley, RTS Wales
Paul Islwyn Thomas, Producer/Director Bulb Films
Samantha Rosie, BBC Wales
6.30pm start with brief explanation from each of the panellists of how they got that all important foot in the door, followed by questions from the floor.
At 8pm the audience will be divided up into five groups and the panellists move around to each of the groups, giving about twenty minutes to each.
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Biogs of panelists
Paul Islwyn Thomas
Paul has worked in the broadcast industry for over 25 years as an award winning director, producer, BBC executive producer and creative director.
Following an initial period as a music producer at the BBC in Cardiff where he produced programmes such as BBC Singer of the World and the Proms, Paul left to focus on arts & music documentary projects.
Paul has received many award nominations and BAFTA Wales Awards for his work including Best Director, Best Documentary, and Best Short-film and has also been presented twice with the prestigious Gwyn Alf Williams Bafta Award for his contribution to the understanding of Welsh history. Paul’s living history projects Coal House, Coal House at War and Snowdonia 1890 became the most watched factual programmes ever on the BBC in Wales and received national and international acclaim.
In 2000 he was appointed as Head of Arts, BBC Wales, working on local and network productions principally in the arts genre. Projects included: Private Life of a Masterpiece - Michelangelo's David BBC2, Painting the Weather BBC4/2 in collaboration with Neil MacGregor and the National Gallery London, President Clinton at Hay for BBC World speaking about conflict resolution, and Painting Flowers with Monty Don for BBC4/2.
In his role as Head of Arts for the BBC in Cardiff Paul was responsible for the overall broadcast management of several major cultural festivals including: The National Eisteddfod, Hay Literary Festival and Brecon Jazz Festival. He was also a founder and Trustee of Artes Mundi the international Arts Prize featuring the best young artists from across the globe. Artes Mundi offers £40,000 to the wining young artist, the largest art prize in the creative industry.
Recently, Paul was commissioned to produce a major BBC1 Panorama investigative project which explored the exploitation of child labour in the production of chocolate by the major manufacturers. This Panorama Special was shot in West Africa. Also, commissioned by BBC Worldwide, Paul produced an international documentary about the role of the photographer in the theatre of war called Images of Conflict. This project has been seen by audiences across the world.
Leaving the BBC in 2004 Paul became founder and Managing Director of multi-award winning Indus Films (2004-2010). Indus Films brought major specialist factual projects to our UK screens such as Bafta winning Amazon and Arctic with Bruce Parry for BBC2 and Everest ER exploring the science of altitude for BBC1 narrated by David Tennant.
In 2011 Paul established a new television production division called Bulb Films under the newly formed Boom Pictures Group. As Creative Director Paul now oversees the content and talent aspects of the division under the Group business umbrella and works as an executive producer across a wide range of programming. He has produced literally hundreds of hours of factual programming for UK and international audiences and has become a highly respected and influential broadcast professional based in Wales.
Current productions include: the European Premiere of The Mandela Trilogy (an opera based on the life of Nelson Mandela) with Cape Town Opera, a moving new series called Peace of Mind (a project looking to address issues of stigma for those people suffering from mental illness ) and a new BBC series focusing on some of our great writers including Philip Pullman (The Golden Compass), Ken Follet (Pillars of the Earth) and Leslie Thomas ( Virgin Soldiers).
In 2013 Paul received a prestigious Gold Award at the New York Film & Television for his film ‘Fy Chawer a Fi/My Sister and Me’, a Celtic media Documentary Award and was also an RTS Finalist in the best documentary category for the same film.
After working as Producer/Director, Series Producer, Executive Producer and Head of Development at the BBC, Deborah Perkin left to make Bastards, her first feature-length film, in association with the Film Agency for Wales. An award-winning documentary maker,
Deborah specialises in accessible and entertaining films of substance. From criminal psychology in My Son the Killer, to archaeology in China’s Terracotta Army, to music in Quincy Jones: the Many Lives of Q, she embraces the quick, the dead and the quirky. Alongside her professional life, she has always made time for voluntary work in education and equality. She is a Governor of the University of South Wales, and a fundraiser for The Prince’s Trust Fairbridge Programme, through Mega Messiah, an annual mass choral concert she created in partnership with Wales Millennium Centre.
Phil was executive producer of ‘The Story of Wales', Green Bay's epic television history of the nation presented by Huw Edwards and commissioned by BBC Wales and The Open University.
Phil, as Head of Arts, Music and Features, led the BBC's centre of excellence in classical music. He developed a landscape franchise with hit series Visions of Snowdonia and This Land. Phil made his reputation for producing intelligent television about major world issues with Michael Ignatieff's Blood and Belonging, an international co-production on resurgent
As well as executive producing series and singles for Green Bay, including acclaimed network documentaries such as ‘Shakespeare: the King's Playwright', Phil has presented 150 half-hour Value Judgement interviews for BBC Radio Wales.
Phil George is the founding Chair of National Theatre Wales which completed its hugely successful launch year in 2011 with Michael Sheen's Passion in Port Talbot and continues to break new ground in Welsh theatre.
Samantha Rosie is a Series Producer with BBC Wales. She has been making observational documentaries for over 18 years. Samantha won the Royal Television Society Award for Best Documentary in 1997 for ‘The Doctor's Story’, and the BAFTA CYMRU Award for Best Director of a Documentary for ‘Hospital’ in 2003.
Samantha was born in Australia, and has lived in Wales since coming to work for the BBC on the Garden Festival daytime network show for BBC1, ‘Summer Scene’, from Ebbw Vale in 1992. She has recently spent the last 5 years running a large team on the observational documentary strand ‘24/7’ – a series shot in real time - for BBC Wales. The format has been used to make the popular series ‘Hospital 24/7’, ‘Tenby 24/7’, ‘Vets 24/7’ and in 2013 ‘Police 24/7’ will transmit. She is currently working on developing new ‘24/7’ series and Executive Producing for BBC Wales.