Anna Patching is a sound engineer currently working for OBStv, part of the NEP Group. Anna graduated from Ravensbourne in 2012 with a BSc (Hons) in broadcast technology. During her studies she regularly freelanced for outside broadcast providers, which led to a traineeship with SIS Live’s Outside Broadcast division. Spending two years working for the BBC on their graduate traineeship, Anna completed placements in newsgathering, project engineering, and spent time with the radio technology team looking at future standards and technology for the radio studios of tomorrow. The BBC sponsored Anna’s MSc in broadcast technology, as well as providing thorough training at BBC Wood Norton. Anna was the recipient of the 2015 Royal Television Society’s Coffey Award for Excellence in Technology – part of the Young Technologist of the year. She volunteers as a STEM Ambassador and has been a panellist on various industry talks on Women in STEM. She wishes to thank RISE for selecting her to be part of the inaugural mentoring scheme, and cannot wait to meet both her mentor and her fellow mentees.
Carys graduated from the Media Technology: Operational Engineering and Systems Design course at Salford University in 2014 and began her career on shift, supporting Sky’s media management systems and the many content workflows that encompass them. Carys joined Sky UK’s Broadcast Design department as an Associate in 2016 and is now a Design Engineer in the Emerging Technologies team. Her role is varied, from assessing picture quality, contributing to projects and driving POCs, to authoring guidelines, sharing knowledge and nerding out over standards documents. It’s not all UHD and Atmos - the team also work hard to help address more traditional problems, such as lip-sync management. Carys is passionate about delivering excellent pictures and is excited to be exploring all of the challenges that are involved in delivering the best possible visual and audio experiences to the people at home. Working hard to better understand the technologies that make up our ever changing industry continues to be both challenging and rewarding - but Carys also loves going home to North Wales to visit her parents, soak up the views and fresh air and speak the most beautiful language in the world with some of her favourite people.
Christina Kassabian is a Principal Expert for Customer Care at Avid, providing high-level technical support for Avid Media Composer alongside its shared storage solutions and collaborative workflows. For the past 5 years, she has provided support for major broadcasters, large post facilities, Avid resellers and end users, ensuring their success, every time. Prior to her involvement with Avid, Christina studied Video Technology and Editing at Conservatoire Libre du Cinema Francais in Paris, learning about non-linear digital editing workflows, as well as the use of traditional film, negative cutters and colour correction techniques. She used her knowledge and passion for film to produce short documentaries and as well as freelancing as an Editor, she has also travelled extensively and in the process gained knowledge of other cultures, viewpoints and perspectives. She has used this experience to enhance her professional ability to communicate with a worldwide customer base, which led to the start of her career at Avid.
Danielle is delighted to be invited to participate in the Rise Women in Broadcast Industry Scheme. Born in Wokingham, Berkshire, Danielle embarked upon a marketing career ten years ago after a trying out a variety of different jobs. She joined EditShare as Channel Partner & Events Manager just over 2 and a half years ago. “I studied business but never knew what I wanted to do with my qualifications beyond getting a job. I fell into marketing and quickly found it ticked all the right boxes in terms of challenge, skill and being an integral part of dynamic, creative teams who like to work hard and play hard,” said Danielle, who travels to Europe and the USA in her current role. “In the ten years I’ve been involved in marketing, it has changed out of all recognition. Companies like EditShare work really closely with channel partners and our success depends upon the strength of these relationships.” “I can see clearly where I add value to EditShare and my involvement in Rise will further enhance my skills. Organisation and a meticulous attention to detail are core strengths and I want to build on these. I am really looking forward to gaining valuable knowledge and experience from a top female professional in the industry.” In an industry dependent upon networking and communication skills, Danielle has succeeded despite being deaf (she had a cochlear implant fitted 7 years ago). “I don’t dwell on my deafness as I don’t want it to define me. However, it does show that strong minded women can overcome adversity and succeed. I am interested in making a difference and helping to support equal opportunities in the future, to give back the support I have gained through organisations such as Rise.” In her free time Danielle channels her energies into Oscar, her Peek-a-Pom dog, who is as demanding as any client or internal member of the marketing team. She enjoys music and is a self-confessed shopaholic.
Kate began her career at post-production house Splice in 2013. Starting out as a runner she worked her way up quickly to receptionist and then office manager. Following a business acquisition in April 2014, Splice doubled in size overnight, with a new 10,000 sq ft premises which required extensive cosmetic refurbishment and technical refit, as well as communications and operational integration, not to mention a raft of complex HR implications. Kate was promoted to facilities manager and given carte blanche to ‘make it happen’. Kate now oversees and manages day-to-day operations of two busy facilities with over sixty suites, a staff of 70 and serviced production offices. She was named Facilities Director in April 2017 at the age of just 27. Kate was recently made an ambassador of Albert (BAFTA’s sustainability scheme for the screen arts industry) in recognition of her efforts to reduce the company’s carbon footprint; Splice runs on 100% renewable energy, are plastic-free and almost entirely paperless. In November 2017, Kate was awarded the Broadcast TECH Young Talent Award for Women in Tech. Outside of work, Kate is a mentor herself as part of the Meet a Mentor scheme aimed at increasing diversity in the creative industries.
Sophie graduated from Durham University with a Natural Sciences Degree. She spent some time working in market research before taking up unpaid roles in the media industry. This enabled her to gain a position as a runner at Technicolor Creative Services. After 14 months Sophie was able to step into a trainee IO operator role, and her time in this position gave her a foundation of technical knowledge that she was able to build on going forward. This included broadcast and theatrical specs and workflows, as well as a solid grounding in data operations and encoding. During this time she worked on TV shows such as Lewis, Endeavour, Black Mirror, and features including Jupiter Ascending and The Theory of Everything. From this role, Sophie went on to edit trailers for Warner Brothers and later for Disney Games. She also functioned as a Digital Cinema Mastering Operator, creating the Digital Cinema packages for features such as Tarzan, King Arthur, Pan and In the Heart of the Sea. Following her time at Technicolor, Sophie moved on to Deluxe Digital Cinema, where she currently works. Here she operates as a Senior Content Services Technician, helping to train operators, troubleshoot issues and manage workload for processes such as Debut trailers, downstream archiving and audio/visual work for the Mastering department.
With over 15 years experience in the broadcast industry, Vikki's career has focused on operations, production, people and process. After studying Broadcasting at Leeds University she worked in factual production at Carlton Television before moving to LWT/Granada/ITV as a production manager on programmes including Airline, Hell’s Kitchen and I’m A Celebrity. From 2009 Vikki focused on people management and resourcing. As a Talent Executive she led the ITV Studios Talent Team before gaining experience in scripted talent management at BBC Drama. Since 2014 Vikki has consolidated her experience into operations management to manage and lead business operations whilst supporting and facilitating teams. Her focus has been on driving high standards, nurturing positive and productive working environments and delivering end-to-end solutions through operational leadership. Vikki recently started a maternity cover as Head of Operations and Client Services at Green Rock, a digital-first content and post-production company working with brands and broadcasters. Leading day-to-day operations to drive efficiency across all business functions she is also tasked to support and deliver a 12-month growth plan to see the business and team grow to satisfy increasing demands for content production. Previously Vikki worked as an Operations Manager at 42 before joining Green Door Pictures, a start-up production company working across Scripted and Non-Scripted for film and TV. As Head of Operations she was instrumental in setting up and establishing business operations seeing the company grow from a team of 5 to 12, and produce the BBC3 ‘Idris Takeover’, a series of short films which resulted in being shortlisted for the Grierson Awards Best Documentary Short.
From the tender age of sixteen, Zoe ignited her passion for marketing and began her career at one of the largest UK job boards, CV-Library. She later went on to study BA (Hons) Marketing Communications at Bournemouth University, graduating in June 2017 with First Class Honours and winning three faculty awards, including Best Dissertation. During her degree, Zoe completed a placement year in the automotive industry, working for luxury manufacturer Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. Post-graduation, Zoe is currently leading the global B2B and B2C marketing activity at Rotolight, a pioneering British technology company who specialise in creating award-winning LED lighting products for broadcast, film and photography. Rotolight have rapidly become known for constantly pushing the boundaries of innovation and have developed countless industry first features, which have been widely recognized with numerous global awards for its innovation, technical excellence and product quality.
Ewa is a 24-year-old Key Account Manager at a tech temp-staffing start-up Staff Heroes, where she maintains and develops new and existing partnerships and coordinates new business integration. Originally from Poland, Ewa moved to Aberdeen, Scotland where she received a 1st class honours degree in Tourism and Management. Ewa was selected as one of the few successful entrepreneurial students to represent Robert Gordon University at a COEUR Business Idea Generation Workshop hosted by Haaga-Helia University in Helsinki where she became a finalist with her innovative proposition value for the European Market. After graduating university, Ewa began her professional career at a temp-staffing tech start-up where she joined the three founders and was responsible for handling operations. As she learned every aspect of the business, within nine months she was promoted to a Key Partnerships Manager acting as the main point of contact for businesses, workers and internal employees. Ewa completed the Miller Heiman Group’s Large Account Management Process training and works with big brands such as Hilton Hotels, the Marriott Group, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, ISS Hospitality and Aramark. Following online self-study in Film & TV business and completing Runners Bootcamp training, Ewa assisted with medical broadcasts organised by Trickbox TV and other media projects with clients such as MTV or Old El Paso and is extremely keen to continue exploring the business side of broadcast and media industry. Ewa wanted to leave you with this - “In 1968 Tony Benn famously argued that “broadcasting is really too important to be left to the broadcasters” - TV, as a business, is in boom in the UK but I believe for the industry to keep evolving, it is vital to attract people with different points of view and experiences. I hope to be one of those individuals”.
Calina currently works as a Project Manager at Sohonet and is responsible for delivering and managing the end to end delivery of Sohonet Services to new and existing clients. She joined Sohonet from Discovery Communications holding roles in the VOD department as well as Media operations. Calina started off in the industry at Ascent Media/Encompass accumulating 10 years of experience within various departments in key service provider roles. Calina promotes enthusiasm and positivity in all aspects of work and personal life and is thoroughly looking forward in taking part in the mentoring scheme and working with inspiring women to build new connections as well as gain invaluable insight into the higher levels of the Broadcast Industry. When not at work, Calina enjoys holidaying, exploring other cultures, spending time with friends over a drink or two and is always partial to a good (bad) joke.
Ella is from East Yorkshire and works for Timeline Television training to be a Broadcast Sound Engineer. She graduated in 2017 from Huddersfield University studying Music Technology and Audio Systems and has now been living in London for 6 months. Throughout her final years at university she worked freelance as a Sound Engineer at venues, outdoor events and festivals. Her choice to go down the Music Tech route was fueled by a love of music and going to gigs. She found the science and technical side to music really interesting, which lead her to picking the course she did. She hadn’t considered a career in broadcasting until she came across this job opportunity. She's very glad that she did though – when she came for the interview she loved the environment and atmosphere, so was absolutely thrilled to be offered the job. The work is technical & challenging but she is finding it rewarding and has quickly realised there are lots of ways to develop her career. Friends would probably describe her as friendly and fun. Outside of work she enjoys going to gigs & festivals whenever she can, playing drums (badly), visiting new places and climbing mountains! Over the last few years she has climbed Ben Nevis, Great Gable and just recently Snowdon.
Jasmine is currently working in Edit Operations on a six month secondment at Sky’s Head Office. The position is a new, exciting challenge bringing Jasmine closer to the end goal of working in a technical career in television production. The course of the secondment will involve learning the fundamentals of editing content. This will include gaining experience in Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects to name some. Prior to this, Jasmine worked for three years as an Ingest Operator for Sky. The position was initially technical. It later involved standing in as a Go-to manager on a regular basis, and completing daily managerial duties. In addition to these responsibilities, being an Ingest Operator included recording HD and SD content onto Media Asset Management, and quality checking content before its Live TX. Workflows involved ingesting commercials and promos as well, and ensuring that Sky Sports footage was correctly edited on a fast turnaround.
Kate is part of a team of business analysts at UKTV with specific responsibilities for managing the test process as Test Supervisor. After joining UKTV in 2014 as an Operations Assistant, Kate quickly moved into an Operations Co-ordinator role and was then selected to be the VOD Operations product owner during UKTV’s change of broadcast management system from OnAir to Whats’On during 2016. This tough but fun secondment provided loads of valuable experience of working under pressure as part of a project team - gathering requirements, designing solutions, managing stakeholder expectations, and carrying out end to end system testing with multiple third parties. After successful completion of the project the Operations team reluctantly allowed the Technology team to borrow Kate for another years’ secondment, with this move being made permanent early in 2018. Before joining UKTV, Kate completed a Film Production degree at Roehampton in 2011, then joined one of Red Bee’s busy playout suites as a Transmission Controller, spending the next three years looking after varied clients such as Disney Scandinavia, NBCU and Chart Show. Her six years’ experience at the sharp end of linear and VOD has given Kate a wide view of end to end broadcast workflows, and the kind of invaluable insights needed to successfully analyse, design and test broadcast solutions. She’s now using those insights as part of the team looking at the future of UKTVs media supply chain.
Nicki Werner works for dock10 at MediacityUK as Bookings manager. In her current role she works closely with the commercial team managing the studio diary to ensure the right show takes place at the right time in the right studio. She is also responsible for a talented scheduling team providing the kit, crew and engineers to the studios 24/7. dock10 is home to a variety of shows from The Voice, to Watchdog and BBC Sport’s Focus Score and MOTD as well as Cbeebies, CBBC and Blue Peter to name a few. No one day is the same and the diversity and creativity she finds stimulating and enthralling. Previously to working at dock10 she worked in hospitality, event management and corporate brand deployment. She is originally from South Africa where she lived for 21 years before coming to UK on a scholarship to complete BA (hons) in business management. Her mother and twin sister still live in Cape Town where her kids, husband and her enjoy sunny holidays with good food and wine annually! During her maternity leave she arranged and shipped almost 2 tonnes of preloved baby clothes to vulnerable mums. She is a strong believer in woman’s equality and empowerment. In March 2013, she was awarded Shining stars award by UK screens and continues to enjoy working in the media industry where the sky is the limit. She is really looking forward to meeting more ambitious ladies in the industry on this exciting programme.
Sarah-Jane Jones: Client Services and Rise: Women Mentoring Group Sarah-Jane (SJ) joined Deluxe straight after her Film degree in 2010, since then she has moved through various positions within the distribution division of the company working with a number of major Studios. She has been in her current position as Bookings Executive for the past three years and co-manages a 4-strong client services team. The team coordinate foreign language mastering and service global platform deliveries of a major US studio’s content to platforms such as iTunes, Google, Amazon and Microsoft. SJ focuses on project managing large and complex projects which involve several departments such as transcode, subtitling, content mastering and digital media. In her spare time, she enjoys live music, annoying her cat Lilly, weekend cycles around East London and spending too much time on ASOS. When she's not adhering to Lilly's every beck and call, she likes to adorn colourful outfits and travel to vibrant corners of the world, next stop Miami. To have been chosen for the Rise Programme means a huge amount to SJ, ‘Rise is driving the broadcast sector to elevate and recognise women, and it's time to break through in the industry’.
Stefanie Heinzel is a Services Manager at Vubiquity, the leading global provider of Premium Content Services, where she oversees 3 operational teams responsible for the processing and delivery of VOD content for clients in LATAM, Africa and the UK. Stefanie joined Vubiquity 8 years ago as a Service Delivery Coordinator in the German team and has since become a VOD expert, having worked in various roles within the operational department. Prior to joining Vubiquity, Stefanie worked at Red Bee Media as a German Listings Writer, providing EPG metadata for several German channels. Moving to London from Germany in 2008, Stefanie started her career in media with an internship at the European Captioning Institute (now part of Deluxe), translating and subtitling films and TV series from English into German. Stefanie studied Translation and Intercultural Communication in Cologne, Germany, including an exchange year at Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne.
Claire is Founder and Managing Director of WilkieTV, a digital live broadcast company tailored for the growing onlineTV and social streaming market. Whilst studying for a BA in English Literature at the University of Surrey, Claire founded and ran the Student Television Station, where she unearthed her love for live TV. Discovering that immersive and interactive live was a niche but growing market, Claire experimented with inventive and ambitious live projects throughout her time as station manager. Aged 23, Claire founded WilkieTV after travelling the UK filming and cutting highlights for the UK’s top national sports teams, building their social media following. She went on to join BBC Events in 2011, BBC Entertainment in 2012 and worked across the London 2012 Olympics. In 2014, she decided to go “all in” and see where her entrepreneurial journey would take her. Seizing every opportunity, hard work has led to the company’s growth and the forging of a solid reputation. Designing and building their first Outside Broadcast vehicle in 2017, Claire’s team have taken on bigger challenges, and pushed hard against the status quo. Claire is delighted to be part of Rise, and wishes to encourage young women and girls into Tech. “Don’t be afraid of the tech, don’t let others belittle your ideas. Ask the questions, be curious, don’t take no for an answer. Make it happen.” - Claire