Sonita Alleyne OBE
Sonita founded the multimedia production company Somethin’ Else in 1991 and was CEO until 2007. She was a member of The BBC Trust for five years and Chair of the BBFC. She has been a non-executive at public and private sector companies such as the Local Radio Company, Archant, the London Legacy Development Corporation and the DCMS. Sonita is Director of The Cultural Capital Fund and Master of Jesus College, Cambridge. In 2002 she received an OBE for services to broadcasting.
Damian Paul Daniel
Damian is a cinematographer who shoots documentary films, series dramas, broadcast television and commercials. He was selected as a BAFTA Brit To Watch in 2011. His TV credits include Later With Jools Holland, Idris Elba’s In The Long Run, Call The Midwife and Reinventing The Orchestra with Charles Hazlewood. He shot the acclaimed Black Hollywood: They’ve Gotta Have Us for the BBC and the documentary feature, Against The Tides, which is on Sky Docs. Damian was DoP on the 2022, BAFTA winning short - The Black Cop. He is currently working on the feature documentaries: The First And Only about footballer Geoff Hurst and For The Money, a film about international art fraud.
Noella has worked in the creative industry for twenty years. She's written and directed the short films, Forgotten and When I Was A Younger. She also wrote the short drama elephant which has been accepted into sixteen festivals including two BAFTA and three Academy Award qualifiers. elephant is currently available to view on AppleTV. Forgotten has been selected for eight international film festivals and won Best Picture at IBDFF 2021. When I Was A Younger screened at the BFI in July 2021 and has been selected for eight international festivals. Noella's first documentary feature, Fearless is on the festival circuit and she is in production on a second called, Impact.
James is a screenwriter who has worked with Working Title, Element Pictures, MRC, Celador, Warner Bros International TV as well as the multi-award winning producer James Gay-Rees. His latest work is on a major TV drama series currently in post-production. He won BAFTA’s Carl Foreman Scholarship, studied screenwriting at Cal State, Long Beach and is a member of the Writers Guild of America.