National campaigning organisation, Women in Film and TV UK (WFTV), has now launched a Northern Ireland network WFTV NI which will be chaired by Jannine Waddell, Managing Director of Waddell Media.
WFTV is the leading membership organisation for women working in creative media in the UK and part of an international network of more than 13,000 women. Members come from a broad range of professions spanning the entire creative-media industry.
WFTV campaign for women’s interests in the industry as well as hosting a variety of events throughout the year. Current campaign involvements include #MeToo, which was set up on social media to help demonstrate the widespread prevalence of sexual assault and harassment in the workplace, Gender Pay Equality, and Time’s Up, which is a unified call for change from women working in entertainment for women everywhere.
Jannine Waddell, Chair of WFTV NI said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for women working in the growing creative industry sector in Northern Ireland to come together as one voice and make that voice heard under the auspices of a hugely respected national organisation.
“It is a privilege for me to take on the role of Chair of WFTV NI and along with the committee we look forward to putting in place an exciting programme of events for women working in the creative industries in Northern Ireland.”
Kate Kinninmont MBE, CEO of WFTV UK: “We are delighted to launch a branch of WFTV in Northern Ireland. This is such a great time of growth in the industry in Northern Ireland, and I know that Jannine Waddell and her committee of high-powered women have plenty of terrific ideas for the way ahead”.
In Northern Ireland, events planned include: a one to one with Bernie Caulfield, Executive Producer of Game of Thrones, workshops on funding opportunities within the sector and demystifying post production work flow.
The Northern Ireland Committee of WFTV includes:
Prof. Sian Barber, Queens University Belfast
Stacey Burns, RTS Futures NI
Prof. Sarah Edge, University of Ulster
Dee Harvey, Cloud Rupture
Olivia O’Kane, Partner, Carson McDowell
Kelda McCann, Crawford McCann
Sarah McCaffrey, Game of Thrones
Orla McGreevy, Influence NI Communications
Christine Morrow, Northern Ireland Screen
Jannine Waddell, Waddell Media – Chair