The judging is carried out by three panels of industry experts in conjunction with prestigious industry organisations the ALD and the STLD.

Television Judges

Stuart Gain

Chair and Lighting Director, Struck by Lighting

After 20 years at Thames Television, Stuart launched Struck by Lighting. Stuart has been the Chair of the STLD since 2007.

Fleur Whitlock

Art Director & Production Designer

With over thirty years’ experience in the film and TV industry, Fleur’s television credits includes: Inspector Morse The Lakes The Ruth Rendall Mysteries and Poirot.

Her feature film experience includes Churchill: The Hollywood Years, Love and Death on Long Island, 10,000BC, The Libertine. She also designed Butterfly Kisses, an independent feature that won the ‘Crystal Bear – Best Film 14 Plus’ at the 2017 Berlin International Film Festival.

Recent projects include a feature-length drama for BBC, ‘THE Eichmann Show’ and the adaptation of US indie comic The End of The F***ing World for Netflix.

Fleur regularly runs Production Design modules at the London Film School.

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Rachel Cooke

Television Critic, The New Statesman

Rachel Cooke is an award winning journalist. She is a writer and columnist at the The Guardian, and is the television critic of The New Statesman.

Her essays have been broadcast on Radio 3 and her book, Her Brilliant Career: Ten Extraordinary Women of the Fifties, is published by Virago.

Stephen Neal

Live Studio / OB Director, BBC Television

After 10 years as a News Director, Stephen now works as a Studio and Outside Broadcast director on The One Show (since pilots), Film 2010-present, Front Row, Arctic Live, The Queen’s 90th Birthday Weekend, Building Cars Live 2015, World’s Busiest Railway 2015, Rip Off Britain Live, Airport Live, Eurovision 2013-present, Springwatch (3 series), Autumnwatch, Volcano Live, Stargazing Live (3 series), Watchdog (3 series), A Night with the Stars (Prof Brian Cox Lecture) and others.

John O’ Brien

Lighting Director

John trained and worked as a Photographer/ Cameraman in Educational TV and then as a Studio Camera Operator and Lighting Director at Thames Television before going freelance. As well as working in studios, hes worked on outside broadcasts, events, light entertainment, sports and drama. Accolades include an R.T.S. award for Technique and the KOI for Drama in 2009.