Leading international television executive Jane Root will be a Keynote Speaker at the upcoming Screen Producer’s Conference, to be held in Sydney in November.
Root is the CEO of UK based Nutopia, an independent TV production company with a focus on factual series and factually inspired drama. She is responsible for the US hit 12-hour drama-documentary, America: The Story of Us, which premiered in April on the History Channel. She persuaded Barack Obama to deliver a presidential introduction to the history series.
She was also head of the BBC’s Independent Commissioning Group, responsible for hits like Jamie Oliver’s, The Naked Chef.
In 1999, she became Controller for BBC2, the first woman controller of a BBC television channel, responsible for commissioning the original British series of The Office as well as The Weakest Link, Top Gear, What Not to Wear, and Who Do You Think You Are? She later joined the Discovery Networks.
At SPAA she will join other Keynote Speakers including Lord David Puttnam and Michael Carrington.