ANGRY WHITE AND PROUD SHORTLISTED FOR GRIERSON AWARDS

Mentorn Media’s documentary, Angry, White and Proud, directed by Jamie Roberts, has been nominated in both the Best Documentary on a Contemporary Theme — Domestic and Best Newcomer Documentary categories for The Grierson Trust’s 2015 British Documentary Awards, it was announced today (TUES).

 Angry, White and Proud aired on Channel 4 in January 2015. The powerful and shocking documentary delved into the world of the far-right in the UK.

 In his first full length film, director Jamie Roberts spent a year getting to know members of the far-right: men who called themselves “patriots” but included some who openly admitted to being racist and hating Muslims. With unprecedented access Jamie captured all aspects of their lives: from violent street protests and dramatic police arrests, to the surprising reality of their domestic lives. It gave an unflinching look at their extreme views on religion, race and immigration. The documentary also gave us an insight into the hidden agendas, and motivations of the men who have dedicated themselves to the far right.

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TINOPOLIS GROUP APPOINTS WALL TO WALL’S JONATHAN HEWES AS CEO OF MENTORN MEDIA & PIONEER PRODUCTIONS

The fast growing super indie Tinopolis Group announces today that it has appointed Wall to Wall’s, Jonathan Hewes as CEO of Mentorn Media and Pioneer Productions.

Hewes, one of British television’s most respected and successful executives, will be responsible for the day to day running of both production companies and will report jointly to Arwel Rees, CEO of the Tinopolis Group and John Willis, Creative Director of the Tinopolis Group and Chairman of Mentorn Media. Stuart Carter, founder of Pioneer Productions, is also stepping down from his role as Chairman of the company.

Hewes has worked at Wall to Wall for 20 years, where he held senior roles as Head of Factual Programmes, Creative Director, Deputy Chief Executive and most recently Head of International. Jonathan was involved in the development and production of a wide range of the company’s programming for broadcasters around the world, including all of the major UK broadcasters, National Geographic Channel, PBS, HBO and Discovery. Jonathan also initiated Wall to Wall’s move into theatrical documentaries with Oscar and BAFTA-winning Man On Wire, which he executive produced. Hewes began his broadcasting career as a journalist with BBC’s Nationwide before moving on to be a producer of Britain’s legendary rock show The Tube, prior to joining Wall to Wall in 1995.

Arwel Rees says, “Jonathan brings with him a wealth of industry knowledge and award winning programming experience on the international stage, so we are delighted to welcome him to the Tinopolis Group. Both companies are renowned for producing great content for broadcasters around the world, and Jonathan has all the skills to guide them to the exciting next stage of their development.”

Jonathan Hewes, says, “It was going to take something special to tempt me away from Wall to Wall after 20 years, but the opportunity at Mentorn Media and Pioneer Productions, two more great names in UK factual production, is just that. Both companies have outstanding reputations both in the UK and internationally, and I’m excited to work with both teams to help them continue to build on their success.”

Jonathan will commence his role as CEO of Mentorn Media and Pioneer Productions on 24 August. Mentorn Media’s existing catalogue of factual programming includes Question Time (BBC One), Fried Chicken Shop (Channel 4) and An Idiot Abroad (Sky1). Pioneer Productions’ key shows include Treasures of the Earth (NOVA and KBS Korea), How the Universe Works (Discovery Science), How the Earth Works (Channel 4), Monsters Behind the Iron Curtain (NGCI and Animal Planet) and Mail Order Murder (Investigation Discovery).   

The Tinopolis Group is a world-class international media producer and distributor of factual, entertainment, sport, drama, reality and branded content. It is one of the largest remaining independent television producers with significant business bases in London, Wales, Glasgow and LA, producing high quality content for all key networks in both the US and the UK and for a fast-growing stable of brands and agencies.

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Question Time Comes from Sheffield Tonight

BBC One’s political debate programme, Question Time, is being hosted from Sheffield on Thursday, 9th July 2015.

David Dimbleby chairs the programme from Sheffield, where Conservative Minister for Small Business, Anna Soubry MP; Labour’s Shadow Business Secretary, Chuka Umunna MP; the SNP’s Tommy Sheppard MP; UKIP’s Louise Bours MEP, and journalist and author Rachel Johnson, face questions from the audience.

Question Time transmits live on Thursday evening on BBC One at 10.35pm and will be available on BBC iPlayer after transmission.

To apply for a seat in the audience you can register your question at www.bbc.co.uk/questiontime

For further information please contact Effie Dufu on 020 8995 3945 or effie@plankpr.com

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Question Time Comes from Grays Tonight

BBC One’s political debate programme, Question Time, is being hosted from Grays on Thursday, 2nd July 2015.

David Dimbleby chairs the programme from Grays, Essex, where Conservative Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt MP; Labour leadership candidate, Jeremy Corbyn MP; Anne McElvoy of The Economist; comedian Shappi Khorsandi, and Douglas Murray of The Spectator, face questions from the audience.  

Question Time transmits live on Thursday evening on BBC One at 10.35pm and will be available on BBC iPlayer after transmission.

To apply for a seat in the audience you can register your question at www.bbc.co.uk/questiontime

For further information please contact Effie Dufu on 020 8995 3945 or effie@plankpr.com

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Question Time Comes from Southampton Tonight

BBC One’s political debate programme, Question Time, is being hosted from Southampton on Thursday, 25th June 2015.

David Dimbleby chairs the programme from Southampton, where Conservative Energy Secretary, Amber Rudd MP; Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, Andy Burnham MP; Deputy Chairman of UKIP, Suzanne Evans; Editor of The Spectator, Fraser Nelson, and the parish priest and Guardian columnist, Giles Fraser, face questions from the audience.  

Question Time transmits live on Thursday evening on BBC One at 10.35pm and will be available on BBC iPlayer after transmission.

To apply for a seat in the audience you can register your question at www.bbc.co.uk/questiontime

For further information please contact Effie Dufu on 020 8995 3945 or effie@plankpr.com

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Question Time Comes from High Wycombe Tonight

Question Time Comes from High Wycombe Tonight

BBC One’s political debate programme, Question Time, is being hosted from High Wycombe on Thursday, 18th June 2015.

David Dimbleby chairs the programme from High Wycombe, where former leader of the SNP, Alex Salmond MP; Conservative former Shadow Home Secretary, David Davis MP; Labour’s Shadow Energy Secretary, Caroline Flint MP; Editor of the Financial Times, Lionel Barber, and columnist, Melanie Phillips, face questions from the audience.  

Question Time transmits live on Thursday evening on BBC One at 10.35pm and will be available on BBC iPlayer after transmission.

To apply for a seat in the audience you can register your question at www.bbc.co.uk/questiontime

For further information please contact Effie Dufu on 020 8995 3945 or effie@plankpr.com

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What would happen if Katie Hopkins Ruled the World?TLC orders prime-time entertainment series featuring Britain’s most outspoken personality and special guests

TLC, the UK’s fastest growing pay TV entertainment channel for women, has commissioned IF KATIE HOPKINS RULED THE WORLD, a (7x60) prime-time entertainment series that invites celebrities, comedians, experts and a studio audience to take on Britain’s most outspoken personality: Katie Hopkins.

Katie and panelists battle it out to defend or deny the proposed rules in an irreverent and intelligent new studio format devised by IP creators Big Minded, the originators of Celebrity Juice, and Mentorn Media, a part of the Tinopolis Group, producers of Question Time, Free Speech and The Big Questions.

Katie Hopkins said, “People often tell me that I say the things they think but don’t have the courage to say. In this new show I’ll be the little voice inside their heads!  Join me, and let's see what would happen If Katie Hopkins Ruled the World. It could get messy.”

Each episode is presided over by a guest moderator who joins Katie Hopkins and well-known celebrities, comedians and high profile experts who each present and argue the case for a rule on everyday life before the studio audience has the final say and decide whether the rule is passed or thrown out. These rules give a voice to the real issues being debated by people across Britain – from weight, class, money and benefits to family, sex, relationships and education.

Clare Laycock, Head of TLC, UK & Ireland, said: “The show is a unique forum to thrash out the issues being ranted about in pubs, on Twitter and in living rooms across Britain. Views will be questioned, rules will be disputed and opinions will be opposed in what promises to be an exhilarating watch – perfect for TLC.”

The series was commissioned by Sarah Thornton, VP of Production and Development, Factual Entertainment at TLC who said: “Love her or loathe her, everyone has an opinion on Katie Hopkins. Her points of view get us all talking. I’m looking forward to working with Katie, Big Minded and Mentorn Media on what will no doubt be a bold and lively debate where Katie’s claims can finally be challenged in a comedic, cheeky and brilliantly fun format.”

The series will air on TLC in the UK and Ireland in August. Sarah Thornton commissioned the series for Clare Laycock. Mark Procter is the Executive Producer for TLC, and Creative Director Mark Roberts will oversee the series for Mentorn Media.

 TLC is available on Sky 125, Virgin 167, BT TV 323, Talk Talk 323

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Question Time Comes from Gateshead Tonight

BBC One’s political debate programme, Question Time, is being hosted from Gateshead on Thursday, 11th June 2015.

David Dimbleby chairs the programme from Gateshead, where Conservative Cabinet Office Minister, Matthew Hancock MP; Labour’s Shadow Culture Secretary, Chris Bryant MP; SNP MP, Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh; UKIP MP, Douglas Carswell, and Daily Telegraph columnist, Cristina Odone, face questions from the audience.  

Question Time transmits live on Thursday evening on BBC One at 10.35pm and will be available on BBC iPlayer after transmission.

To apply for a seat in the audience you can register your question at www.bbc.co.uk/questiontime

For further information please contact Effie Dufu on 020 8995 3945 or effie@plankpr.com

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Question Time Comes from Plymouth Tomorrow Night

BBC One’s political debate programme, Question Time, is being hosted from Plymouth on Thursday, 4th June 2015.

David Dimbleby chairs the programme from Plymouth, where Conservative International Development Secretary, Justine Greening MP; Labour leadership contender and Shadow International Development Secretary, Mary Creagh MP; Liberal Democrat leadership contender, Norman Lamb MP; Daily Mirror columnist and  'Fleet Street Fox' blogger, Susie Boniface, and former Director of the Centre for Policy Studies, Jill Kirby, face questions from the audience.  

Question Time transmits live on Thursday evening on BBC One at 10.45pm and will be available on BBC iPlayer after transmission.

To apply for a seat in the audience you can register your question at www.bbc.co.uk/questiontime

For further information please contact Effie Dufu on 020 8995 3945 or effie@plankpr.com

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Question Time Comes from Aberdeen Tomorrow Night

BBC One’s political debate programme, Question Time, is being hosted from Aberdeen on Thursday, 28th May 2015.

David Dimbleby chairs the programme from Aberdeen, where Leader of the Scottish Conservatives, Ruth Davidson MSP; Labour’s Shadow Justice Secretary, Lord Falconer; newly elected SNP MP, John Nicolson; Scotsman columnist, Lesley Riddoch, and Scotland Editor of The Spectator, Alex Massie face questions from the audience.  

Question Time transmits live on Thursday evening on BBC One at 10.45pm and will be available on BBC iPlayer after transmission.

To apply for a seat in the audience you can register your question at www.bbc.co.uk/questiontime

For further information please contact Effie Dufu on 020 8995 3945 or effie@plankpr.com

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