Alison Gwynn, formerly Programme and Development Director at Seven Stories, is joining Northern Film & Media as the agency’s new Head of Marketing and Commercial Development.
In the newly created role, Alison will be heading up the outward-facing arm of NFM, responsible for fundraising and identifying new sources of revenue and developing the organisation’s programming activity. NFM is the North East’s creative industries development agency, nurturing talent and driving commercial film and television production in the region.
Alison, who has a diverse commercial and marketing background, has spent the past 13 years at Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children’s Books, where she was responsible for leading the programming and events team. She was part of the executive team who managed the launch of Seven Stories in 2004. At NFM she will be working with Managing Director John Tulip to expand the organisation’s commercial operations and broaden its relationship with potential stakeholders, from local councils and regional businesses, to arts and other media organisations, as well as assisting him with NFM’s strategic development.
Tom Gutteridge, NFM’s Chair, said: “I am absolutely delighted that Alison has agreed to join us. She was born and bred in Newcastle and is committed to the development of talent and business in our region – she brings important new skills to John Tulip’s team and together with the rest of the staff, will strengthen the organisation as it seeks to provide support to filmmakers, television professionals and other media creatives in the North East.”
Alison said: "I am really looking forward to joining the team at Northern Film & Media, where I hope to build on their many achievements and contribute to the organisation’s future development. I chose to join NFM because of the unique role it plays as industry champion and regional specialist and their commitment and passion for supporting growth in the film, TV and digital industries in the North East".
John Tulip, NFM’s Managing Director said, “We are very lucky to have secured Alison’s services. She brings a breadth of experience that will interface perfectly with our existing talented team – we can’t wait for her to join us.”