The first GTC roundtable event, hosted by GTC Chair Graham Maunder, was a fascinating discussion between leading UK industry professionals about the current and future state of the broadcasting world, in particular through the lens of COVID.

If you weren't able to catch the live event on Thursday 4 February, you can watch recordings of the discussion, which was in two parts:

Part 1

Part 2

 

State of the Industry roundtable contributors

Host:
Graham Maunder – GTC Chair

Graham is a DoP specialising in travel-based documentaries and factual entertainment programmes in the UK and beyond. Graham started his life in TV at the BBC, before progressing to running his own company. Graham is currently Chair of the GTC, a role he has held for four years

Olly Wiggins

Olly has been a Cinematographer for more than 25 years. Starting out in single-camera PSC entertainment TV, he has continued to develop his skills and now spreads his time between commercials, comedy and music videos. Within the entertainment world he still likes to camera supervise and lighting direct new TV formats. Twenty years ago, he set up the camera hire and crewing company, S+O, with co-owner Stephanie Keelan. He was recently awarded a GTC Award for Excellence for his work on the BBC series, I’ll Get This.

Marcus Liversedge

Marcus started directing and writing in TV for the BBC and won an International Emmy in 2007. He moved into commercials in 2009 and has directed more than 100 in the UK, US and Asia – the majority scripted – and has worked with Olly Wiggins for many years.

Recently he directed a scripted drama promo for Amazon Prime for the American Gods series launch, receiving much critical acclaim. He directed series 1 and 2 of comedies Almost Royal, for BBC America, and I’ll Get This, for BBC2.

Hannah Demidowicz

Hannah is a Consultant working with producers, distributors and broadcasters globally to develop, finance and produce factual content. Previously, she was a Commissioning Editor at National Geographic Channels International and BBC Global Channels. At TCB Media Rights she was the first Commissioning Editor hired within a distributor, pioneering ‘distributor-led commissioning’.

Will Churchill

Will is a DoP and GTC member, based in London. He works mainly in documentary and entertainment but is also experienced in drama and corporate. His career has taken him to every corner of the globe, working in the most dangerous and hostile environments, as well as many dynamic and more conservative locations. He is used to dealing with clients from the UK, Europe and US, with each country having its individual way of approaching things. Will has over 25 years in the industry, recently working with Netflix, Amazon, ITV, Channel 4, Discovery, Disney, and the BBC NHU.

Laura Offer

Laura is a Series Producer with 15 years cross-genre TV experience, including crime, science, stunts and engineering. She is currently working on the third series of Body Cam for Discovery ID, which has continued production throughout the pandemic. Laura has experience working with US and UK broadcasters, from development through to final post.

Nick Hutchings

Nick is a Series Producer with 25 years television experience, on shows such as Big Brother, Gordon Ramsay's F Word and Alan Carr's Grand National Spectacular.
He's a kids' TV specialist, winning a BAFTA for the series Help! My Supply Teacher is Still Magic and has been nominated for Art Ninja.

Matt Graff

Matt is the MD of Zig Zag and manages commercial opportunities, off-air rights and the management and creation of new content for e.g. Zig Zag’s YouTube channels. He is also responsible for brand-funded content and leads the company’s international opportunities and a number of co-production relationships.
From 2009–2012, Matt was Senior Director at Viacom International Media Networks, overseeing the content output of the CEEMEA music brands. He also managed MTV International's interests in Israel, working with licensee partners to launch the local MTV, Comedy Central and Nick Jnr channels.

Claus Frederiksen

Claus is a freelance cameraman and new member of the GTC, based in Denmark and, years back, London. He has been in the industry for almost 30 years as a Lighting Cameraman and now lives on an island near Copenhagen with his wife and two kids.
Documentary, features and sports have been his main focus over the years, with the speciality of shooting abroad in small crews. Claus has a full camera kit, put together to service jobs as a one-man band for clients and projects, from NatGeo to Discovery, local rights-holders of football in Denmark and clients in the UK and US.

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