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.

“No matter how good the production design is, if the set is not lit and photographed well then the art department’s work is in vain! Lighting gives life to the scenery and enhances the created environments, whether in a studio or on location. After the director, a designer’s closest relationship is with the lighting camera person.”

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

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James Jackson

Television Editor, The Times

James Jackson is the TV editor of The Times, watching an unhealthy amount of television on the readership’s behalf before advising on what’s worth watching.
Having previously edited the paper’s Saturday entertainment supplement, he also writes regular TV reviews and moonlights as an occasional gig reviewer.

“If today’s prestige dramas use lighting to reflect mood and give a classy sensibility, so too must factual and reality shows in their own ways. And as we hit “peak-TV”, viewers are not just watching on plasma screens at home, but on tablets and phones while on the go. Suffice to say, good lighting is more important than ever.”

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.