Tom Gutteridge (Chair)

Tom is one of the UK’s most distinguished television producers, primarily based in Los Angeles as an international broadcast consultant and executive producer.  He is currently international executive producer for the hit ABC primetime series BattleBots, now in its second season.

Alison Clark

Arts Council Director in North West/National Director Combined Arts.

Alan Fairholm

Alan Fairholm began his television career in October 1983 when he joined Tyne Tees Television on a Youth Training Scheme; in June 1990 he left to join Zenith North as the Assistant Accountant on Byker Grove. He was part of the team that worked on the ITV Factual show Blues and Twos, the first show of its kind to use mini-cam technology. He also helped to launch the hugely successful Smtv/Cduk, the Saturday morning show that changed the face of children’s television in the UK.

In 2009, Alan was approached by the BBC to set up Tracy Beaker Returns which was to be shot in the North East, three years on, a BAFTA award and ratings success the series evolved into the Dumping Ground and has continued to attract record audiences and awards in equal measure. As a measure of the success of the series the BBC developed Wolfblood. The series along with The Dumping Ground has become a key BBC brand and both continue to show-case the region.

Jamie Hutchinson

Jamie has worked in the Film and TV industry for 18 years - he's experienced in TV, Drama, Broadcast, Commercials, Features and high end Corporate film making.  He was the winner of the Royal Television Society NETB Centre Award 2014 and is also a member of RTS board.

Beginning as a runner on Sky TV's Dream Team, he then worked for Picture Canning in London for 6 years at first in the kit room and progressing to being the Bookings Manager.

In 2004 Jamie decided to open Picture Canning North, based in Newcastle Upon Tyne and in 2015 the London branch of Picture Canning in Park Royal. Clients include BBC, Carnival Pictures, Lime Pictures, ITV, BabyCow, Rough Cut TV, Channel 4, Green Screen Productions, Burberry, Red Bee, Cravens, The Edge Picture Company, Company Pictures, Dixon Baxi, Mallinson TV and many more.

Ivana Mackinnon

After seven years working for Celador Films as Head of Development and Associate Producer on The Descent, Eden Lake and Slumdog Millionaire, in 2008 Ivana produced two features. The Descent 2  was released by Pathe in the UK and Lionsgate in the US; The Scouting Book for Boys won the 'Best Newcomer' award at the London Film Festival and was released in the UK in 2010. 

Will Nicholson

Line Producer, Beowulf, ITV Studios

John Tulip

Managing Director of Northern Film & Media since June 2012, John was previously Finance Director, appointed soon after the company’s formation in 2003. John leads the NFM team and has been instrumental in developing a first class finance structure and driving innovative public-private partnerships.  An Associate member of CIMA of 25 years, John has worked in senior roles in a number of private, public and third sector companies in the North East.

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