The Grierson Trust, a registered charity in the UK to promote documentary film, has announced two new members of its Board of Trustees. Emily Bell, Guardian News and Media’s director of digital content and Jill Franklin, managing director of Franklin Rae Communications are the new members of the board. Bell has worked at the Guardian for the past 18 years where she helped to set up mediaguardian.co.uk. As director of digital content Bell has won a Webby for best newspaper in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009. Franklin is MD of Franklin Rae, a leading media PR agency which she set up in 2003 after working for years at the BBC where she was responsible for the PR for a variety of programs and strands including ‘Storyville.’ In 2009 Franklin Rae was awarded the PR industry’s gold standard by the Public Relations Consultants Association. ‘The Grierson Trust is one of the content industry’s most iconic and influential bodies and being asked to become a Trustee is a huge privilege,’ says Franklin. ‘This is a very exciting moment for documentary and factual programming generally, with the growth of 3D content, the rise of mobile delivery, changes to funding models, and the emergence of new partnerships and collaborations. I’m delighted to be joining Grierson at such a pivotal time for the industry, and am looking forward to helping grow Grierson’s reach and reputation even further.’ A full list of the Grierson Trustees can be found here.
- RS West ’18