The Sheffield Doc/Fest Board, chaired by Alex Graham, announces today that Liz McIntyre has been appointed as CEO and Festival Director.
McIntyre, who will take up the position on September 1 2015, joins from the Discovery Channel where she is VP Production and Development responsible for commissioning original Factual content for the global market, as well heading up Factual commissions for Discovery UK and Quest.
McIntyre is additionally Head of Masterschool for Documentary Campus, leading its pan-European mentoring and training programme until the end of this year. Documentary Campus has co-presented the Industry Conference Sessions at Sheffield Doc/Fest since 2011. She is also a supporter of the British Science Association, focusing on women scientists in the media.
A member of the Advisory Committee for Sheffield Doc/Fest, McIntyre’s long-term collaboration with the Festival includes chairing the University of Sheffield’s Meet the Academics session, actively participating in MeetMarket, as well as Executive Producing the annual Commissioner Panels. She is a member of the Editorial Committee for World Congress of Science and Factual Producers, and is chair for the Documentary category, One World Media Awards 2015.
Says Alex Graham, Chair of Sheffield Doc/Fest: “Liz’s commitment and enthusiasm for Sheffield Doc/Fest is self-evident and extraordinary. She impressed us with her clear-eyed vision for the Festival’s future and this together with her professionalism and wealth of experience as a commissioning editor at Discovery gives me huge confidence in her ability to lead Doc/Fest to even greater heights. We look forward to welcoming her into the Doc/Fest family later this year.”
Says Liz McIntyre: “As a passionate supporter of Sheffield Doc/Fest for many years, I’m delighted to take up the position of CEO and Festival Director and lead the festival as it embarks on its exciting next chapter. Doc/Fest is the beating heart of the documentary and non-fiction content business across all platforms, and it is an absolute privilege to have the opportunity now to build on its impressive UK and international success. I look forward to drawing on my programme maker, broadcaster and training roots to welcome both emerging and established creative talents and global industry decision makers to a vibrant, engaging and dynamic Doc/Fest 2016”.
Sheffield Doc/Fest 2015 runs from 5-10 June and is headed by Acting Festival Director Mark Atkin, together with Deputy Director Melanie Iredale, Director of Programming and Industry Engagement Claire Aguilar, Business and Marketing Director Sylvia Wroblewska, and Marketplace Manager Anna Parker. The full festival line-up is announced on 7 May 2015.