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Screen South Board:
Graham Benson, Chairman
Graham Benson has been actively involved in film and television production for more than 30 years. He has produced and/or executive produced over 1,000 hours of programming and has won many domestic and international awards.
As well as chairing Screen South he Chairs sports publishing and event management company Trinorth. He sits on the industry/government Film Export Group and is a consultant/advisor to the Monte Carlo International Television Festival and RomaFiction (Italy), an executive consultant to the Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival and to Lamu Entertainment Group, a Bombay based animation/CGI studio. He is a former commissioner at the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission, currently serving as Chairman as their Audit & Risk Management Commission.
He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the Royal Television Society and is an Honorary Doctor of Letters (Southampton Institute / Nottingham Trent University). He Chairs Blue Heaven Productions Limited where his wife Christine is managing director.
Anna Home OBE has worked in television and the film industry since the sixties, specialising in programming for children and young people, her commissions ranged from
. She was part of the TVS Franchise bid in 1980 and Head of Children's Television at the BBC from 1986 to 1997.
She is currently Chief Executive of the Children's Film and Television Foundation and a consultant to various other companies. She chairs The Showcommotion children’s media conference and The Campaign to Save Kid’s TV.
She is a fellow of the RSA and RTS and sits on a number of boards of media companies working in the children's field. She has received special awards from BAFTA, RTS and Women in Film and Television.
Linda is an award-winning independent producer/executive producer of over 20 drama series, 5 TV movies and 10 feature films. Co-founder of Red Rooster Film and Television Entertainment (which she sold to Chrysalis Plc) and Alibi Communications (which was floated on AIM), she now jointly owns and runs Sly Fox Films with director/producer Stephen Bayly. Additionally, since April 2005 she has been fund managing the Welsh Assembly’s new £7m Creative IP Fund, investing in film, television and new media properties.
Linda is on the boards of the UK Film Council’s regional film agency, Screen South, and on the South East Media Network (SEMN) for SEEDA (the South East Economic Development Agency) and sits on the Welsh Assembly Government’s Advisory Panel for the Creative Industries. She is also a non-executive director of Coolabi Plc and Boomerang Plc.
Linda is Chair of the Children’s Film and Television Foundation (CFTF) and a Trustee of the National Film and Television School (NFTS). Linda has been Honorary Chair of the Edinburgh International Television Festival, a Governor of the British Film Institute (BFI), a Governor and of the National Film and Television School (NFTS), a member of the British Screen Advisory Council (BSAC), as well as sitting on the Independent Production Training Fund (IPTF) for PACT.
Nigel Hartnell is an Executive Director of FFastFill plc, an AIM-listed application services company serving the capital markets. Prior to this he was a Director at ICL (now Fujitsu Services), where he was a member of ICL's Operating Board.
Nigel is Chairman of South East Media Network (SEMN), a company established with the support of the South East England Development Agency (SEEDA) to lead the development of digital content companies in the South East of England. Nigel is also a Director of Screen South, the screen agency for the South East of England.
Nigel has been President of the CSSA (the Computer Services and Software Association, now a part of Intellect) and Chairman of the DTI's e-commerce Working Group. He is currently a member of the Intellect Board and Chair of Intellect’s Software Group. He is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists and has an MA in Mathematics.
Anthony graduated from The London International Film School and then in 1999 won The Independent on Sunday Short film Script award which he turned into a 35mm film, The Booth. The Booth later went on to win Best Screenplay at BFM International Film Festival and also Best Short Film at the Hollywood Black Film Festival (2001). In 2000 Anthony won the TAPS Writer of the Year Award (shorts) for his script Nightstorm after attending a weekend workshop at the Maidstone Studios earlier in the year.
Since then Anthony has had a series in development with the BBC and completed several feature film rewrites in the UK and abroad.
In 2004 Anthony set up Rebel State Films with producer Rachel McClelland with a view to producing European and International based feature films. The first films from this venture, Charisma and Vigilance are currently casting, with shoot dates set for mid and late 2008.
Anthony is also currently developing Uprising, a historical martial arts film set in Brazil, based on his original script, with Fernando Meirelles attached as co-producer, as well as Billy’s Log a romantic comedy which has received development assistance from a UK Regional Screen Agency.
Anthony is represented as a writer/director by The Dench Arnold Agency in London. He is also a member of BAFTA.
Grace Carley started her career in film in 1982 as Marketing Director for the newly formed Irish Film Board. In 1988 she established her own international sales agency, Stranger Than Fiction, providing finance and distribution for a range of independent feature films, including the early films of New Zealand director, Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings) and American director Bryan Singer (Usual Suspects, X Men). The company was sold to Philip Knatchbull in 2000 and she remained as Managing Director until 2002 when she took up a position as a senior civil servant at the Department for Culture Media and Sport. Her roles there included Head of Arts Funding for England, with special responsibility for the Arts Council and the national companies including the Royal Opera House and the National Theatre. She left the DCMS in 2008 to become Managing Director of All Industry Marketing for Cinema, a national organisation backed by all the UK cinema chains. Here she was responsible for a variety of generic cinema promotions, including the highly successful Orange Wednesdays campaign. She left AIM in June 2009 to pursue other interests and is currently a consultant to the Arts Council on business sponsorship opportunities and to a leading brand agency with regard to cinema promotions.
Grace Carley holds an MBA from London Business School and is a fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts.
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