The Grierson Trust – the agency named after the ‘father of the documentary,’ Scottish filmmaker John Grierson – has appointed three new Trustees to its Board: BBC head of talent, Donna Taberer; managing director of Naked Television, Fatima Salaria; and, Sky UK’s director of documentaries and factual, Poppy Dixon.
Taberer offers more than 35 years experience in TV production, management and commissioning. In her current role as BBC Content’s head of talent, the executive heads up the Commissioner Development Programme and BBC Elevate for mid-career disabled talent, as well as other diversity interventions.
Salaria joined Naked Television this year to help guide a slate that stretches the gamut from hit entertainment franchises to high-end factual and specialist factual programs. (She joined from Channel 4, where she was head of Specialist factual.)
Meanwhile, Dixon’s remit as director of documentaries and factual for Sky UK includes the recently launched factual channels Sky Documentaries, Sky Crime and Sky Nature.
“I’m delighted to welcome Donna, Fatima and Poppy to The Grierson Trust Board,” said chair of the board, Lorraine Heggessey, in a statement. “Each of them has already made a significant impact in the world of documentary programming as well as showing a demonstrable commitment to advancing diversity. Their wide ranging skills and experience will be invaluable to the Trust, particularly as we are about to expand our DocLab training programmes, providing a route into the industry that many find impenetrable, especially those from diverse backgrounds.”