Speaker Derren Lawford

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Derren Lawford


Woodcut Media

As Creative Director at Woodcut Media, Derren Lawford is responsible for the development and editorial strategy, securing commissions as well as working with Kate to drive co-production and programme finance opportunities across the company’s slate. Since joining in 2014 Derren has also played a pivotal role as Executive Producer working alongside film and TV talent on shows such as Football: A Brief History by Alfie Allen, Jo Frost on Britain’s Killer Kids, Fiennes: Return To The Nile and the Idris Elba documentaries Cut From A Different Cloth and Mandela, My Dad and Me. Other key productions include the BFI supported feature documentary, Generation Revolution which premiered at Sheffield Doc/Fest and had a theatrical release in Picturehouse Cinemas.

Before joining Woodcut, Derren was a commissioner at London Live, Head of Content for youth media agency Livity and Editorial Advisor to multi-millionaire You Tuber Jamal Edwards.  Prior to that Derren had a long-standing career in various roles at the BBC including among others Global iPlayer’s Head of Programming and Scheduling, Panorama’s first Multiplatform Editor and Multiplatform Executive Producer for the award-winning BBC Three series Our War.
Derren is also a Board Director for Sheffield Doc/Fest, a Trustee for One World Media and a Mentor for international filmmakers at Documentary Campus and recipients of the Hot Docs Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund.

Speaking on: Reelworld Partner Presentation: Enriching the Production Landscape with Diversity and Inclusion Through Co-Productions and Partnerships

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