In June 2016, Marie-Claire Isaaman was named as the new chief executive of non-profit WIG and is working on many initiatives to promote the group along with David Smith. Lindsay Watson, chair of AWUK said they were proud to partner with this successful event, which hosts hundreds of women annually. WIG secured Europe's leading speakers for the event including Anne Morrison (BAFTA Chair), Terry Reintke (German MEP) and Jessica Curry (The Chinese Room) along with many others.
alongside Angela Salt, Dr Maria Stukoff, Juliet Tzabar, Lindsay Watson and Una Marzorati.
Lindsay Watson, Founder of AWUK introduced herself and they then discussed various questions.
Fun Crew - Co-Founder
Independent content creator based in Liverpool. Author of the graphic novel "Spooky Skaters", illustrator and educator. Recently wrote, co-produced and launched an adorable, new pre-school animated comedy show, 'Bear, Bud & Boo'.
UCLAN - Senior Lecturer, Games Design
Bev Bush is a Senior lecturer in Games Design at Uclan. She has credits on many published games and BAFTA award-winning titles in games and ChildrensTV from Cosgrove Hall Films for Thames TV and Travellers Tales Ltd. Bev has worked with many large publishers, including BBC, ITV, Disney Interactive, Sony, Jim Henson Interactive, on games such as Mickey Mania, Crash Bandicoot and Lego Starwars.Prior to that she worked within the Animation Industry as a Background Artist and has credits on titles in animation for childrens TV such as DangerMouse, Duckula and Wind in the Willows and HRH Prince Charles film of his book, Legend of Lochnagar.
Dr Maria Stukoff
BBC Academy - Head of Digital
Strong strategic head with creative vision to make projects happen. Experienced programme curator able to schedule projects to fit business direction.
CEO & Owner
Oversees Plug-in’s growth and success since 2006, and most recently have been driving its strategy into original IP development, capitalising on the company’s experience within the kids content sector to originate, produce and publish original IP across multiple platforms from mobile to online, TV to physical products. Speaks internationally about Plug-in’s work and recent engagements have included. Serves on the advisory committee for the Children’s Media Conference and am on the board of Wired Sussex. Was a finalist in the Women in Technology Entrepreneur of the Year award 2011.
Animated Women UK - Founder & Chair (animation)
The mission of Animated Women UK is to positively support, represent, celebrate and encourage women in the animation and visual effects (VFX) industries in the UK. We now consist of a volunteer board of women from a healthy mix of backgrounds; animation and VFX production, finance, legal, festival, educational and career development. Our 5 key aims are: Mentoring, Networking, Showcasing, Recruitment and Education. In November 2015 we had around 1000 women on our newsletter list; around 70% of women in Britain’s’ animation and VFX industries.
SEGA Europe - Video editor, Designer & Animator
Video suite assistant at Sega Europe. Designer, Storyboarder and Animator (TV series, documentaries, Internet). Lecturer in Computer Games Design. 3D Artist with a Degree in Computer Science.
Bev Bush also lead a Workshop during the conference with Animated Women UK.
Each of us have an important career path to take and whether in games, animation or VFX, we can use our passion for what we do to help each other.
In this interactive 40-minute session participants were asked to use 'Dixit' game cards and 'Rory's Story Cubes' to help share ideas when asked:
'How can we use visual story-telling techniques to help our career progression?'
The focus was on moving forward with your own development whatever stage of work you are at. Participants were encouraged to work in groups, recording their own thoughts and discussing with others as part of a directed framework.
Also, during the conference, winners of the Student Competition were awarded by Debbie Bestwick MBE along with Helen Kennedy, Head of the School of Media, at the University of Brighton:
Congratulations must go to our recent graduate, Steph McStea MA Game Design, University of Central Lancashire – for being amongst the winners.