The Pitch Team

Competition Production

Project Director
Luke Walton

Project Manager
Beth Openshaw

Press and Media

Bridget Batty
Rachel Rounds
Richard Franklin

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Consultants: Film

Footprint Films Ltd – Mark Blaney & Jackie Sheppard

The Pitch has had a long and close association with Footprint Films, an independent British film production company that develops and produces films for a broad mainstream audience which combine commercial appeal and viability with inspiring, entertaining and engaging story-lines. Co-directors and producers Jackie Sheppard and Mark Blaney produced the Footprint feature and international co-production Africa United (Pathe, BBC Films, UK Film council/BFI, in association with Warner Bros Pictures, Canal+, Cine-Cinema & Rwanda Film commission - director Debs Gardner-Paterson). Jackie Sheppard has co-produced with Luke Walton on three of The Pitch winning projects, Derelict, Rahab and The Black Scholes Conspiracy. Full biographies are available on both producers here and further information on the company in general can be found on their website:

Judges, Coaches and previous judges

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Consultants: Theology

Paula Gooder

Dr Paula Gooder is a freelance writer and lecturer in Biblical Studies. Her research areas are the writings of Paul the Apostle (with a particular focus on 2 Corinthians), New Testament Interpretation and the development of Ministry in the New Testament Period.

She is Canon Theologian of Birmingham and Guildford Cathedrals, Lay Canon at Salisbury Cathedral, a Six preacher of Canterbury Cathedral, Vice president of the Bible Society, Visiting lecturer at King's College, London, and Associate lecturer at St Mellitus College, London. She is a Reader in the Church of England and a member of General Synod. Paula attended the finals for The Pitch in January 2013, is particularly interested in story form and keen to help the theological development of the competition.

Hollywood Contacts

Bart Gavigan

Bart is a writer and film-maker who runs clinics for major European and Hollywood screenwriters with his creative partner, Martina Nagel. He is an advisor to Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute, and he acted as advisor to Equinox and British Screen in Europe.

Ralph Winter

Ralph Winter is a Hollywood film producer who has helped to produce blockbuster movies such as Adrift (2018), the X-Men, Fantastic Four and Star Trek series as well as I, Robot and the first remake of Planet of the Apes. His films have grossed collectively over $2 billion.

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