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From Monday 31st January, join professionals from across the Film & TV industry talking about their roles and careers during this week of virtual events hosted by the British Film Institute.

Careers in Film & TV with the British Film Institute – Daily events January 31st-Feburary 4th

From Monday 31st January, join professionals from across the Film & TV industry talking about their roles and careers during this week of virtual events hosted by the British Film Institute. Speakers from some of biggest names in the industry, such as Netflix and Curzon, will be presenting exclusively to Durham students and giving insights into their careers.

This is a series of online careers focused workshops addressing the film and media industries, helping students to explore future career options. Aimed at all students, but especially those interested in working in the creative industries with an emphasis on film and television. A deep dive into a range of creative and industry roles: what are these roles? who are these people? what do their job titles really mean? What do they do on a day to day basis? How do you get into a specific field? Plus a chance to ask any questions that might help you find the right career path after graduation.

Find out more and book:



Call My Agent: the life of a Talent Agent
31/01/22, 13:00 - 14:00

Elizabeth Fieldhouse is a talent agent at Hamilton Hodell. After several years working in the states Elizabeth began assisting Christian Hodell at Hamilton Hodell and working with clients such as Tom Hiddleston, Emma Thompson and Stephen Fry.*

Netflix – Drama Commissioner
31/01/22, 18:30 - 20:00

Jeremy Ojo is a development consultant for the Drama Commissioning Team at Netflix which he has done since December 2020. Previously, he has worked for production companies in the UK including Roughcut TV, the makers of People Just Do Nothing and DNA Films & TV (Trainspotting, Notes on A Scandal, The Last King of Scotland).**

Film & Television Development – script editing, story editing and the process of developing stories for the screen
01/02/22, 13:00 - 14:00

Jess Jones is a freelance Script Editor & Development Consultant, working across features, shorts, and TV. She is currently working on a number of features, as well as consulting for the Amazon Scripted Originals UK team and for an innovative new audio platform, and works closely with several of the BFI NETWORK hubs. **

Film & Television Producer – the role of the producer
01/02/22, 18:30 - 20:00

Samm Haillay founded Third with Duane Hopkins in 2001. He produced Hopkins’ multi-award winning short films and feature debut Better Things, which premiered to critical acclaim at International Critics Week, Cannes in 2008. Samm is now developing both feature and TV drama with Hopkins as well as producing all of Hopkins’ film and galley work, Samm also produces for a number of other amazing filmmakers.*

Film Hub North talk from a talent executive about regional training and funding opportunities for students
02/02/22, 13:00 - 14:00

Roxy McKenna is one of two BFI NETWORK Talent Executives working across the North of England to fund and develop early career writers, directors and producers. Based in Newcastle, Roxy joined Film Hub North after working as a freelance producer for film and immersive cinema. Prior to that Roxy worked for 12 years across commissioning, talent and audience development at screen agency Northern Film Media.***

Film Programmer & Cinema Exhibition Lydia Penke - Cinemas Programme Manager, Curzon
02/02/22, 18:30 - 20:00

Lydia has worked in the film industry for over 15 years, including Marketing stints at Jetix (now Disney) and the charity Film Education (now Into Film).  She is the Film Curator at Norden Farm Centre For the Arts, and has been working at Curzon since 2014.***

Screen-writer (film & television)
03/02/22 13:00 14:00

Benjamin Bee is a multi-award-winning, twice Bafta long-listed filmmaker who is currently in development on a number of Film and Tv projects. Getting Mortal is a ground-breaking series that was optioned by BBC Studios. Marwell was one of 9 international feature films selected for Venice’s Biennale College Cinema and Edinburgh Film Festival’s Talent Lab Connects. It also recently received a development award from the BFI Film Fund.**

Marketing – Introduction to Marketing a Film 
03/02/22 18:30 20:00

Tom Grievson heads up Marketing and Distribution at HanWay films. He has worked in a senior marketing capacity for Entertainment One, Warner Bros, Metrodome, Fandor and Vice Media and has held key consultancy roles with the likes of Netflix, The BFI and Film London. ***

Press & PR - Mark B Jones Head of Publicity, Altitude 
04/02/22 13:00 14:00

A vastly experienced publicist, distribution executive in the UK film industry and lifelong film fan, Mark has worked on over 250 releases including TITANE, THE FLORIDA PROJECT, ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND, THE BABADOOK, MID90s. MARADONA, LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, CONTROL, SHAME, THE RAID and BAFTA and Oscar winners such as THE KING’S SPEECH, LOST IN TRANSLATION, ROCKS and MINARI. Mark oversees all publicity at Altitude which entails all the company’s film release campaigns, awards campaigns and corporate activity across TV and film.* 


*Hosted by Simone Pyne, New Business - Development & Enterprise at British Film Institute (BFI)

**Hosted by Amy Bryant, Business Development & Projects Coordinator at British Film Institute (BFI)

*** Hosted by Santiago Fouz Hernández, Professor in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, Durham University