Britdoc recruits Whipham for director role

Independent producer and former Channel 4 commissioner Sandra Whipham (pictured) has joined the British documentary funding body, working alongside its existing four foundation directors on film slates for its four funds.
January 12, 2012

Independent producer Sandra Whipham has joined UK documentary funding body The Channel 4 Britdoc Foundation as a foundation director.

Whipham is the head of indie prodco London Fields Pictures and was previously deputy commissioning editor at UK terrestrial Channel 4, working on the ‘True Stories’ strand.

She will work alongside Beadie Finzi, Maxyne Franklin and founding director Jess Search across the foundation’s output, including film slates for its four funds. Her first official engagement will be at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival later this month. Britdoc gives financing to independent producers working on films that have been rejected by UK broadcasters.

“Sandra has a solid and enviable reputation in the international documentary industry, the result of her eye for great projects,” said Britdoc chief executive Search. “She has achieved both critical success and festival exposure with the projects she has worked on as an independent producer and at Channel 4. We are delighted to be able to expand our team to include a foundation director with her artistic and professional integrity as well as her extensive experience.”

Whipham added: “Setting up my own company has been an incredibly rewarding experience but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to join such a dynamic and innovative organization. The next few years are going to be very exciting for Britdoc as it grows into its next phase and I’m really looking forward to working across the broad spectrum of its activity and planning for the future.”

In November last year, C4 renewed its support of the organization, increasing its funding by one third and extending the sponsorship deal to the end of 2013. Later the same month, the Foundation announced a major partnership with the Bertha Foundation including the launch of two new international funds for documentary filmmakers.

Whipham’s executive producer credits at London Fields Pictures include the features¬†Road to Las Vegas and Enemies of the People. She also produced¬†Despicable Dick and Righteous Richard, which premiered in competition at Tribeca 2011 and later aired on BBC ‘Storyville’.

At Channel 4, she brought Afghan Star, Burma VJ and Last Train Home to the broadcaster’s ‘True Stories’ strand.

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