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Meet the 2024 Mentors

We have 10 amazing mentors who have volunteered across the audio visual industry based in the UK and internationally.

You can read more about them below.

Jim Anderson

Archive Producer and Film Researcher

Jim Anderson is an experienced archive producer and film researcher who has worked on a wide range of acclaimed feature films, TV programmes and commercials. Since the 1990s he has been employed by the BBC, as a freelancer for all the major UK TV channels, many of the top independent production companies and for many renowned film directors.

He is perhaps best known for working on the Oscar winning The Imitation Game and on films directed by Terence Davies including the international award-winning archive film Of Time and the City (a eulogy to his native city of Liverpool which premiered to a standing ovation in Cannes). This was voted best non-fiction film by the New York Film Critics Circle as well as featuring in Time Magazine’ s top ten films of the 2009.

Other career highlights include:

Sir Alex Ferguson: Never Give In documentary feature film. | Bobby Robson: More than a Manager directed by Gabriel Clarke | The Spirit of '45 directed by Ken Loach. | Seat at the Table 12 climate change videos commissioned by YouTube shown at COP26 in Glasgow featuring Sir David Attenborough and Jack Harries. | Luke Fowler’s Turner Prize nominated All Divided Selves | Trust (drama series starring Donald Sutherland as Paul Getty) directed by Danny Boyle | Amazon’s All or Nothing: Manchester City. Netflix 2019 series: The Last Czars | BBC’s The Conspiracy Files (9/11 & Oklahoma Bomb docs) Torvill and Dean’s: Perfect Day | C4’s Boris v Dave: The Battle for Europe, and How to be Queen: 63 Years and Counting | The Times: Cut Through the Noise and Nike’s Courage Olympics adverts

A sport, culture, science and history/social history specialist, Jim has worked on topics including The Rio Olympics to women in pop art and for clients ranging from the Co-op to Ringo Starr

Favourite archive series: The World at War

For more info go to www.jimanderson.tv

Geoff Walton

Archive Producer

Geoff Walton is a London-based Archive Producer working mainly in feature-length documentaries; most recently for MGM's 'Sounds of 007' and the upcoming Abbey Road Studios anniversary documentary 'If These Walls Could Sing'. Geoff is also currently branching out to drama, working on series 6 of The Crown.

Jeremy Shields

Jeremy Shields has worked for BBC Northern Ireland for over 20 years, working on mainly current affairs and political programmes within Television Current Affairs, but also working on archive based projects like “A State Apart”. Jeremy has also worked on independent productions such as Lyra and was part of the team that won a Focal Award for the Ian Paisley biography.

Sheila Maniar

Archival Producer/Producer

Denis Karam

Archive Producer

After a long run as an International TV Marketing and Advertising Manager for embedded marketing formats including a F1 sponsorship for a Swiss company based in London and a short spell with a few of the UK based Indie TV companies, Denis joined Zig Zag Productions in 2005. An award winning archive producer with over 200 hours of unscripted programmes made, Denis is a member of the Training Committee at the Federation of Commercial Audio-Visual Libraries and part of the FOCAL Annual Awards jury in London as well as an archive producer expert panellist and a guest speaker at London’s University of Westminster, FOCAL Annual Training Seminars, Broadcast TECH events, New European Market speaker and the jury member for the NEM Zagreb TV Writing Contests Awards. A few of the recent archive produced titles; “John Lennon; Let Me Take You Down”, “Secrets of the Interrogation Room”, “Seve; Artist, Fighter, Legend”, “Killing Michael Jackson”, “Raise Your Game With Gareth Southgate”

Graham Relton

Archive Manager, Yorkshire and North East Film Archives

Graham is the Archive Manager at the Yorkshire and North East Film Archives. Winners of the ‘Footage Company of the Year’ at the 2022 FOCAL International Awards, the Archive is a registered charity, who work to collect, preserve, and make their extraordinary collections accessible for everyone. The Archive operates from two bases (York and Middlesbrough), both with specialist vaults facilities and expertise to ensure the highest standards of care for their collections.

Graham leads on commercial services as well as managing major public delivery programmes across Yorkshire and the North East. He has extensive knowledge of the collections, and works with researchers and clients on end-to-end delivery of content, from delving deeper into the collections to find new unseen content, to licensing and supply of footage. From education and Museum exhibition to in house productions he also project manages a range of access programmes, he also regularly curates and presents archive screenings as part of his commitment to connecting with and delivering a fantastic service to audiences across the regions.

In recent years Graham has been the archive producer on collaborative projects such as ‘Seen to be Believed’, ‘Echoes of the North’ and the 2021 ‘Lost Connections’ short film which draws on a century of archive footage from the 12 UK regional and national film archives and was winner of the ‘Best Use of Footage in a Short Film’ at the 2022 FOCAL International Awards. The Yorkshire and North East Film Archive’s latest production ‘Cost of Living’ is a timely short film, commissioned by York St John University’s Cinema and Social Justice Project, that reflects on the pandemic cycles of boom and bust that continue to affect us.


Kay Page

Head of Rights & Policy, All3Media
Co-Managing Director, Northbound TV

Kay Page is the Head of Rights and Policy at All3Media, the largest independent television production business in Britain. She represents commercial clip sales for the All3Media Group. Through her consultancy business, Northbound TV, Kay provides advice on television rights management and how to unlock value from media collections. Kay is a member of the FIAT/IFTA Media Management Commission and FOCAL International, serving not only as a mentor but also contributing to the Events and Training Committees. Before All3Media, Kay spent over 20 years at ITV in various senior roles in rights management and the ITV Archive.

Chris Fossey

Senior Business Development Manager, IMES

Chris has a 20+ year career working in Content Services and Post Production facilities in London. A large amount of Chris's career was spent at the BBC working across many archive projects, Post Producer on many BBC programmes including Strictly Come Dancing, Children in Need and Pointless.

Since 2020 Chris has worked at Iron Mountain Media & Archive Services as a Senior Business Development Manager, a role that allows him to work with Broadcasters, Distributors and Sports Associations to name a few to help preserve and protect their historic archives.

Chris is a keen sportsman and is looking to complete his 4th London Marathon in 2023.

James Macmillan

Head of UK Operations, Prime Focus Technologies

James has over 20 years’ experience in the film and television industry, covering Post Production, Broadcast Operations, Access Services, Archive Digitisation and Restoration, and Content Operations.

After nearly 2 decades at ITV, James moved to Prime Focus Technologies in 2022 as Head Of UK Operations, working closely with Channel 4.

James is passionate about archive preservation and access services, and has a keen interest in film and music.

Paul McClintock

Archive Project Coordinator, Northern Ireland Screen

Paul joined Northern Ireland Screen in March 2020 as Digitisation Project Coordinator, tasked with digitising the early years of UTV’s cine film collection. Since then Paul has moved on to become Archive Project Coordinator, working across many varied projects within the Digital Film Archive.

Previously Paul has over a decade’s experience working in the film and television industry, primarily as an editor, for various clients globally including BBC, ITV, RTE and Disney. His most recent role was as the animatics and offline editor on the Broadcast Award-winning series Pablo.