Launch event for Women in Film & TV North. MediaCityUK Tuesday 20 October 2015 | 18:30 – 20:30 | University of Salford, MediaCityUK

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This month sees the launch of the Women in Film & TV North network at The University of Salford, MediaCityUK

The event, which is run in association with The University of Salford, is free to attend and open to WFTV members and non-members alike. I’ll be chairing the panel on Skills Shortages and Opportunities in the North of England.

Women in Film & TV (UK) is the leading membership organisation for women working in creative media in the UK, and part of an international network of over 10,000 women worldwide. Members of our organisation come from a broad range of professions spanning the entire creative media industry. This is an exciting time for the network and for the University of Salford to be involved in such a vital and vibrant organisation.

Event Producer: Janet Harrison, founder and director of Cofilmic, and WFTV Events Co-ordinator North of England. Kate Kinninmont, CEO of WFTV will introduce the panel.

Chair: Dr Kirsty Fairclough-Isaacs, Senior Lecturer in Media and Performance, University of Salford
Cat Lewis, CEO & Exec Producer, Nine Lives Media
Joanna Blake, Development Producer, BBC Writersroom
Bekki Wray-Rogers, Producer, Duck Soup Films
Caroline Cooper Charles, Head Of Film, Creative England

History of WIFTV

In 1989, a group of women came together for the first official WFTV (UK) meeting. They were a mix of business executives, creatives and performers, including Linda La Plante, Dawn French, and Janet Street Porter. These were successful women who were fed up with the still male-dominated industry which demanded they be engaged in a constant struggle to be heard and respected.

They resolved to take positive action and follow in the footsteps of organisations in LA and New York, which had been established in the 70s, to support women working in the film and TV industries. They did this by creating a network of members and organising workshops, events, mentoring and awards to help them progress in their careers.

In 1990 the first Women in Film and Television Awards ceremony was held to recognise the achievements of some of the most successful women the industry could boast. 24 years on, the Awards is the largest annual celebration of women working in film, TV and digital media in the UK and has become a ‘must attend’ event.

Details of the event can be found here:

http://www.wftv.org.uk/event/women-film-tv-event-mediacityuk

Published by kirstyfairclough

Kirsty Fairclough is Associate Dean: Research and Innovation in the School of Arts and Media at the University of Salford, UK and Chair of the University Women’s Voice Network. She has published widely on popular culture and am the co-editor of The Music Documentary: Acid Rock to Electropop (Routledge), The Arena Concert: Music, Media and Mass Entertainment (Bloomsbury) and Music/Video: Forms, Aesthetics, Media. New York, (Bloomsbury) and author of the forthcoming Beyoncé: Celebrity Feminism and Popular Culture (I.B Tauris) and co-author of American Cinema: A Contemporary Introduction (Palgrave). Her work has been published in Senses of Cinema, Feminist Media Studies, SERIES and Celebrity Studies journals and she has made several television and radio appearances. Kirsty has lectured internationally on popular culture, feminism and representations of women most notably at The Royal College of Music, Stockholm, The University of Copenhagen, Second City, Chicago, Columbia College Chicago, Middle Tennessee State University, Unisinos Brazil and Bucknell University, Pennsylvania. She has significant experience in international partnership development, particularly in North America and developed the Salford Popular Culture Conference series with international partner universities, including I’ll See You Again in 25 Years, Twin Peaks and Generations of Cult Television: A Two Day International Conference (University of Salford, May 2015) and Mad Men: The Conference (Middle Tennessee State University, May 2016) and Purple Reign: An interdisciplinary conference on the life and legacy of Prince, a three day international academic conference hosted by the School of Arts and Media, University of Salford, UK and the Department of Recording Industry, Middle Tennessee State University, USA.

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