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

UK based feature film production company, Footprint Films, is owned and run by producing partners Mark Blaney and Jackie Sheppard.

Since its inception in 1994, Footprint has worked exclusively with emerging filmmakers, giving feature directorial debuts to, amongst others, Simon Beaufoy (The Darkest Light), Bille Eltringham (This is Not a Love Song), Debs Paterson (Africa United), Francis Annan (Escape from Pretoria), and Kurdish writer/director Kae Bahar with his international, multi-award winning short I Am Sami, shot on location in Kurdistan, Iraq.

Underlining Footprint’s commitment to nurturing new talent, Mark & Jackie are long standing consultants to the UK’s ‘Pitch Film Fund’ for which they have produced numerous short films, including the BAFTA Cymru nominated Only Child. It was through the 2012 edition of The Pitch that Mark & Jackie forged a partnership with Pitch entrant and aspiring film maker, Francis Annan, which led to the 2019 Daniel Radcliffe, Daniel Webber, Ian Hart, Mark Leonard Winter starrer, Escape from Pretoria.

Currently in development is British Comedy Just the Way You Are (aka Sumo Girls), teenage road-trip-on-the-high-seas Eric & The Greyhounds, and several adaptations of remarkable true stories as multi-episode dramas for broadcast.


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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