Former Film London commissioner, director of the Edinburgh TV Festival, producer and journalist Sue Hayes has passed away of cancer at age 69.
The Location Guide (TLG) — where she previously worked as a content producer for the company’s FOCUS event — paid tribute to the industry veteran Tuesday (April 27).
“A true force of nature, Sue was instrumental in growing TLG as a business, helping to launch and develop the FOCUS show, makers magazine and the makers & shakers Awards,” the letter — signed by “her friends and colleagues at the TLG, FOCUS, makers and makers & shakers Awards team,” stated. “For us all, Sue was a total joy to work with.
“Passionate, positive, creative and always curious, she fizzed with ideas – and shared her knowledge and experience so openly and generously. If things needed to happen or a problem needed to be solved, Sue always knew what to do or who to speak to.”
Hayes worked for a variety of clients for more than a decade as an independent advisor, writer, researcher and producer. She held the title of commissioner at Film London from 2000 to 2010, and took up her role at TLG in 2017.
Adrian Wootton OBE, chief executive of Film London and the British Film Commission, said in a statement: “Sue worked with us for more than six years as a crucial member of the senior management team in the very earliest days of Film London. She was a phenomenal champion of our industry and a much respected and loved colleague. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. I know I speak for our Board, Senior Management, staff past and present, as well as our stakeholders and partners, in expressing how truly saddened we are by her passing, and extending our thoughts and deepest condolences to her family and friends. We look forward to a moment where we can celebrate her life and contribution more appropriately.”
Over the course of her career, she produced programs for A+E Networks and History, Channel 4, ITV and Granada TV (now ITV Granada) across entertainment, factual, documentaries and drama.
Hayes served as director of the Edinburgh International TV Festival beginning in 1979.
“It’s fair to say Sue has made a massive impact on everybody’s lives at TLG, and on thousands of people in the wider industry. Sue was truly a mighty woman,” the letter said.
She is survived by her husband Rod, and her sons Charlie and Luke.
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