Sunday, November 30, 2014


Dear gorgeous person you,

I have been a member of The TV Collective (TVC) for a while now. If you have never heard of the TV Collective, literally drag yourself out from under that rock and lend me your ears... erm, I mean please :)

TVC is the genius brain-child of the amazing Simone Pennant who up until 2008 when TVC was born, had spent fifteen years working in the industry. Simone started as a BBC Researcher and worked her way across TV, Radio and digital media in all areas of production for Channel 4, BBC, ITV and Channel 5.

TVC is a now an enviable resource with a principal commitment to diversity. They provide access to the latest industry news and events, where little people like me can have an intimate lunch or breakfast with the likes of Derren Lawford (Commissioning Executive at London Live), Lara Akeju (Development Manager for Creative Diversity at Channel 4), Patrick Younge (Former Chief Creative Officer at the BBC), Sagina Shabaya (Commissioning Editor at Channel4) and Daniel Isaacs (Chief Operating Officer at KUDOS).

Okay I totally apologise for name-dropping there but hey – when you're lucky enough to be a TVC member (and you, yes - you can be too), then of course you can be forgiven for proudly talking about the people you’ve met in the industry that you may have never met otherwise.

Not only am I a proud member of TVC, I have managed to bag myself the previously non-existent role of TVC Roving Reporter. This means I get invited to awesomely cool events, to cover them – in a written format as a blog or on-screen.

So on Tuesday last week, I got a lovely email from zee beautiful Catherine Ezekpo who has recently joined the TVC team, working alongside Simone as the Interim Marketing and Client Liaison Manager.  Gotta take the opportunity to say Catherine is a great addition to the team as having spent time with both her and Simone, not only do their personalities complement each other, so do their methods of working.

The email from Catherine asked if I would like to cover one of two events for TVC - last Friday the 21st Nov – A private screening of two films shortlisted for The British Urban Film Festival (BUFF Africa) held at The Africa Channel near Tottenham Court Road and then on Saturday the 22nd Nov - Triforce Short Film Festival which was held at the BAFTA building in Piccadilly.

Although it was pretty short notice, I was extremely excited to be asked, so much so, I jumped at the opportunity and said I had the capacity to cover both events. I sent my reply to Catherine totally out of excitement and it wasn’t until I started looking into both events that I realized how big of a deal they both were and what I had let myself into. I got nervous straight away as I was worried I wanted to do a great job on my first official assignments for TVC.

The main dates to note for BUFF this year are Friday the 5th to Sunday the 7th of December. It is on these dates that the actual premieres take place. BUFF Africa Season is the newest addition to the BUFF annual portfolio. The event I attended on the 21st was a private screening of two shortlisted films – 'Mum, Dad Meet Sam' and 'Maasai: The 10th lost tribe of Israel'. It was a very intimate event with the directors and writers of each film as well as sponsors such as Premae Skincare. Also in attendance was Emmanuel Anyiam-Osigwe, founder and director of BUFF. I have written a blog on the TVC website giving dishing all the dirt. I will post the link here on my blog once it’s live on the TVC website.

Jenni Steele - Broadcast Journalist

L&R: Edith Nwekenta & Segilola Ogidan - both actors,producers and co-writers of Mum, Dad, Meet Sam. Middle: Pauline Long - TV Presenter

With Claire Eluka - Founder of Primae Skincare - Proud sponsor of BUFF

With BUFF Founder Emmanuel Anyiam-Osigwe


This event was co-founded by Jimmy Akingbola - he's a huge deal yes! It was my very first time in the BAFTA building and I was absolutely amazed and excited to be attending the TFSFF. I met Jimmy for the first time and he is such a gent. This is the third year running for TFSFF whose primary aim is to create a platform for short-film makers with the intention of increasing diversity in the short-film production industry. They have an open door policy and consider all short films submitted. Again, I have written a separate blog for my TRIFORCE/BAFTA experience for TVC so will put the link up here once it’s live and ready on the TVC website!

With Triforce Co-Founder & award winning actor Jimmy Akingbola

With Bob Clarke - CEO MYP - Makers of Sky One's Youth Culture Show 'What's Up'

With Director of shortlisted Short Film & winner of Audience choice award - 'Eddie and Terra' - Ben Williams

#BothLookingGorgeousInTheSameDress #GirlPower

With broadcast journalist Jenni Steele

So say HELLO to your new TVC roving reporter. Here’s another very exciting news – my brain child ‘Career Profiles’ has been scooped up by TVC and so January 2015 will see us launch. I’m very excited that Simone has taken an interest in this. If you’re new to my blog, 'Career Profiles' simply involves me interviewing big shots in TV and quizzing them about how they managed to get there.

I am looking forward to sharing more exciting news with you as they come through. Happy Sunday y'all.

Lots of Love,

xo xo

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