Judges Announced

The list of judges for the 2014 festival have been announced and details can be found here (in no particular order!):

Steve North

General Manager, Dave: Gold and Watch

In 2007 Steve led the highly successful re-brand of UKTV G2 into Dave, the home of witty banter.  He led on highly successful commissions and acquisitions including Red Dwarf , Crackanory, Dave Gorman’s Modern Life is Goodish, Ross Noble Freewheeling, Suits and Storage Hunters. He has also overseen the investment in new content for Gold, the successful comedy channel and his remit has expended to include UKTV’s Entertainment channel Watch.

Jon Mountague, Commissioning Editor, Comedy: Sky 1, Atlantic, Living and Arts

Amongst other projects, Jon has commissioned and execs Stella, Trollied, Mount Pleasant and A Young Doctors Notebook.  Previously he ran BBC Comedy North which created the award winning shows Ideal with Johnny Vegas, I’m With Stupid, Scallywagga and We Are Klang. He is a qualified bus driver and was once re-tweeted by Steve Martin.

Mark Boosey: British Comedy Guide

Mark Boosey is the founder and Editor of The British Comedy Guide, the UK's most visited comedy-related reference website with over 500,000 readers a month.

Celine Coulson, Development Editor: Film4

Prior to Film 4, Celine worked in development at Liberty Films. She has also worked in the production of films such as Skyfall, Warhorse and Beloved. Film4 develops and co-finances films and is known for working with the most innovative talent in the U.K. whether new or established.

Hollie Ebdon: Mike Leigh Associates

Hollie Ebdon is a talent agent specialising in comedy. She represents acts for writing and performing across all medias with the aim to guide and support with an emphasis on longevity and creativity. Hollie currently works at Mike Leigh Associates and her clients have have accrued credits such as Paddington (feature), Survivor (feature), High Rise (Dir. Ben Wheatley, feature) Edge of Heaven (ITV) and many more.

Kristian Brodie, Head of Development: Agile Films

Kristian joined Agile Films in the summer of 2008 to oversee the establishment of their feature film department. With responsibility for Agile's £100,000 annual development fund, he has pulled together a varied slate of feature film projects across all genres, and established Agile's reputation for developing commercially viable, yet culturally valuable projects from emerging writers and directors.  In 2014, he produced Agile's documentary feature, 'NEXT GOAL WINS'.

Steve Oram: Writer, Actor and Film Maker

Steve Oram is the co-writer and co-star of Sightseers, a dark British comedy directed by Ben Wheatley, which won BIFA and Critic’s Circle Awards for best screenplay as well as Empire’s Best British Film Award.  Steve is currently in post-production on his next self-penned feature Aaaaaaaah!, a dystopian comedy in which everyone in the cast speaks like monkeys. He is also soon to be seen in three other feature films, The Greatest Englishman, Altar and The Canal. Steve has a background in live comedy and regularly performs his live show ‘Club Fantastico’ with comedy partner Tom Meeten.

Jesse Cleverly, Creative Director: Wildseed Studios

Before co-founding Wildseed Studios, Jesse ran his own IP development company called Connective Media and during this time created shows with international partners, sold a film script to Hollywood, and worked with major broadcasters and producers all around the world to bring their projects to screens big and small. Before Connective, Jesse was an award winning creative executive at the BBC creating new work for youth audiences and adults in digital, television and film.

Rebecca Papworth,  Excutive Producer: BBC North

Rebecca started her career in Manchester working with Frank Sidebottom, Charlie Chuck and Mark & Lard. She became the first female Producer of Have I Got News For You, then set up Hat Trick North.

An original Exec on The Gemma Factor, she then went to the BBC as a Commissioning Executive for the nations and regions where she oversaw shows including Rab C Nesbitt, The Old Guys, Gavin & Stacey series 3, Lunch Monkeys, The Gemma Factor, Life Of Riley and The Royle Family. She launched the first Salford Sitcom Showcase in 2011 - which spawned Citizen Khan as well as Hebburn.

When she has a minute, she writes and attempts to parent two awesome daughters.

Henry Swindell:  BBC Writersroom North

Henry is Development Producer for BBC Writersroom North where he works across Film, TV and Radio finding and developing writers for the BBC. Henry’s background is as a TV, Film and Theatre Producer. His 2011 award winning film All That Way For Love has been shown at film festivals all over the world.

Dr Kirsty Fairclough-Isaacs,  Associate Director-International, Music and Performance Directorate: University of Salford

Kirsty teaches on the BA (Hons) Comedy Practices programme at Salford and has lectured on comedy and film nationally and internationally, most recently at The Second City, Chicago, Humber College Toronto and Middle Tenneesee State University. Kirsty has published numerous academic articles on comedy, popular film, celebrity and feminism.

Matt Tiller, Director of Programmes: Channel X North

Matt develops and writes television comedy. He has produced or executive produced several sitcoms for television including two series of Hebburn for BBC Two, written by stand up Jason Cook, two series of Lunch Monkeys for BBC Three and three Comedy Labs for Channel 4. He is currently working on a pilot for BBC Radio 4 and several projects in funded development with broadcasters.

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