Docs

Wall To Wall’s Graham to chair Sheffield Doc/Fest

Sheffield Doc/Fest, which wrapped its first June edition earlier this month, has named Wall To Wall Productions CEO Alex Graham (pictured, right) as its new chairman, taking over from Steve Hewlett.
June 20, 2011

Sheffield Doc/Fest, which wrapped its first June edition earlier this month, has named Wall To Wall Productions CEO Alex Graham as its new chairman, taking over from Steve Hewlett.

Hewlett will continue to serve on the UK festival’s board of governors. Since taking over as chair in 2004, Doc/Fest has grown from a festival attended by 500 UK-based delegates to an event which this year attracted more than 2,310 international attendees.

In 2006, Hewlett poached Heather Croall (pictured above, with Graham on the right) from the Australian International Documentary Conference to become Sheffield Doc/Fest’s director.

“Steve Hewlett and director Heather Croall have built Doc/Fest into what is acknowledged to be one of the most important documentary festivals in Europe,” said Graham. “The festival has grown exponentially in size and reputation in the past few years and the team put together by Heather is world class. The move to June looks like it has been an unqualified success.

“My job is to take those achievements and build on them. My ambition is to make Doc/Fest one of the leading film festivals in the world. With the backing of our many stakeholders including Sheffield City Council, the BFI, Documentary Campus, and the European Broadcasting Union, we are well on our way to achieving that.”

Croall added: “Steve has been a huge support for me in implementing change at the festival. Some of the new elements – like embracing the digital world and engaging with the international industry – took some time to deliver benefits, but they have all paid off and I could only have done it with the strong chairmanship of Steve Hewlett.”

 

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

Menu

Search