Alison Grade – business development and commercial strategy
Alison describes her key skill as transforming creative ideas into a business reality. She accomplishes this with the films she produces, the creative entrepreneurs she mentors, SMEs and freelancers she advises and, in her Penguin published book, The Freelance Bible. Alison has an unique skillset in that she has formal academic training (INSEAD MBA); has worked at senior level in many media companies; is an entrepreneur who has established several businesses and is a Nesta accredited Creative Enterprise trainer and mentor. She has recently joined the Digital Leadership Board for the Centre for New Midlands and is a member of Creative Industries Federation UK Council.
She brings her passion, knowledge, and experience with her in all the work she does.
Sophie Morgan – creative development and pitching
Sophie is a BAFTA nominated and RTS award-winning film and TV producer and commissioning editor. As Head of Development for international production companies like September Films, Cineflix and World of Wonder she has developed, pitched and exec produced hundreds of hours of TV content for all major broadcasters across all genres including Channel 4 Fact Ent, Documentaries and Digital, BBC 1 daytime, BBC 3, ITV and ITV2, Channel Five, Sky One, MTV, Living tv, UKTV, Discovery, Discovery US, WE & FYI US and Lifetime and Discovery Canada. She also set up and ran September Films’ Los Angeles Development Department and ran LA-based indie World of Wonder’s (Ru Paul’s Drag Race) UK division. As Commissioning Editor for Living TV, she commissioned and Exec Produced the channel’s highest rating series of Britain’s Next Top Model and the channel’s highest ever rating series Jade and Jade: With Love following Jade Goody’s battle with cancer. Sophie also commissioned and Exec Produced Ibiza, the channel’s first multi-platform series.
Sophie has recently set up her own Development Consultancy focussing on supporting indies with developing unscripted shows. She is also a ScreenSkills mentor for neurodiverse talent and a vocal advocate for DDND talent in the industry.