Rising Stars

Louise Thornton

I have come to the world of commissioning through a slightly unusual route. I studied mathematics at university, which doesn’t immediately make you think of working in tv but it was working on a PhD in digital compression that lead me towards a career in media. I started at the BBC in a technical project management role and quickly realised I was more interested in the pictures and words than the algorithms. So I managed to get a researcher job on a maths programme for kids and from there, I moved into production with a particular focus on developing innovative content for young audiences. I ran Bitesize in Scotland for many years, commissioning and producing games and programmes for kids and teenagers. I am one of the creators of BBC The Social, specially commended for innovation by PRIX EUROPA in 2016. In my current role as Commissioning Executive, my main priorities are developing new talent and youth formats for BBC Scotland’s TV and digital platforms, including iPlayer, BBC Sounds and social.

Sarita Sharma

I am a film/interactive producer and distribution consultant based in Berlin and I am passionate about innovative storytelling After studying Musicology and History at the University of Bonn, I graduated in Law from the University of Hamburg and in Media Management from Bournemouth University, UK as well as from Atelier Ludwigsburg-Paris (La F.mis/Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg). In recent years I have been producing and distributing web series, films and interactive content with a wide variety of partners from the film and cultural sector like Arte, MDR, Goethe-Institut, Creative Europe, Ars Baltica, Medienboard Berlin- Brandenburg, Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Altana Kulturstiftung, Estonian Film Institute, to name only a few. Since 2017, I have been responsible for Multiplatform Strategy & Distribution at the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF.

Frédéric Dubois

'In Europe, like elsewhere in our networked era, social transformation can come about with the help of genuine media innovation. Media genres that make space for dialogue and public participation will be the facilitators of change. Critical media innovators is what Europe is currently in big need of, in order, to take Paolo Freire‘s words, to bring to fruition - in Paulo Freire‘s words - critical consciousness.’

Frédéric Dubois is a journalist and maker of interactive documentaries. He is themanaging editor of Internet Policy Review - an open access journal on Internet regulation. He is currently completing a doctorate in film production at the Film University Babelsberg, Potsdam. He is a seasoned organiser of journalism hackathons and conferences, and a trainer and coach for digital storytelling.