A new group aimed at women working in broadcast has just launched. Females in the Broadcast Industry (FBI) brings together the industry's top women and associations to create thought-provoking panel discussions and networking events.
The group takes specific aim at women in non-craft roles such as sales, operations, marketing, engineering and business.
“After the great success of the two events that we have already held at IBC and the discussion and coverage that this generated we decided to formalise the group and open up membership,” comments Sadie Groom, founder of the FBI initiative and managing director of Bubble & Squeak. “We hope that women, and men, will join us to start a real discussion on the issues involved and come to our events with ideas for what the broadcast industry can be doing better to encourage women to come into this sector. In addition, we hope this will result in more women holding senior positions across the industry.”
The advisory panel includes:
Sadie Groom, managing director, Bubble & Squeak
Lesley Johnson, operations director, BBC Worldwide
David Dowling, vice president of sales for EMEA and APAC, Ross Video
Nicki Fisher, EMEA sales director, Clear-Com
Samantha Arlow, area sales manager, Five Arrows Media Finance
Charlotte Wheeler, event director, Media Business Insight
Anne-Louise Buick, head of TV compression portfolio marketing, Ericsson
Molly Connolly, WW strategist for media & entertainment, Dell
Stephanie Genin, vice president of global field marketing technology, Avid
Jessica Hawkes, account manager, Bubble & Squeak
After successful panels at industry events throughout the year in 2015 including IBC and BVE, the initiative plans on hosting another roster of successful events in 2016 such as CABSAT and NAB.
Membership is free and open to all men and women within the industry.