What is the Creative Committee?
Fabelizer has created a pioneering process in the way films are made. By setting up a Creative Committee that is responsible for rating all scripts before they go into production, Fabelizer has streamlined the selection process and removed inefficiencies brought on by subjective decision making. All films are selected through a simple scoring method and averaged out across the Creative Committee members. The members meet regularly via an e-forum to score the scripts and a script is only considered for production if it receives a ‘Good For Production’ score.
The Creative Committee is comprised of industry veterans, child specialists and content experts. They add tremendous value to all of our films, bringing with them fresh creative ideas, technical feedback and a deeper understanding of what children like. Their combined experience and expertise will ensure that all films produced by Fabelizer are coherent with its brand philosophy of creating value-rich entertainment for children.
Andy Jacobs is a creator of TV channels, a producer, director, writer, media executive, educator, entrepreneur, and technologist. For the first ten years of his career, he produced video programs including TV channel KidVid for a large early education research institute in America. He has ideated many TV channels, including one dedicated to original programming made by children. He is the co-founder, Executive Producer and CTO of Voyages TV. In 2011, in response to the Arab Spring, Andy created the TV show Success Xpress to encourage small business development in MENA. Currently, he is COO of a global communications start-up codenamed Global Stealthco, which will launch late 2014 in 189 countries in 62 languages.
Alex Barrett is an independent filmmaker whose films have been screened at over 60 international festivals and garnered ten awards. His debut feature, LIFE JUST IS, was released theatrically in the UK in December 2012. Sight & Sound contributor Brad Stevens called it "one of the most promising debuts in contemporary cinema", while Mark Kermode acclaimed it as 'DVD of the Week'. The feature was nominated for the Michael Powell Award for Best British Film at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in June 2012, where it was also selected for the 'Best of the Fest' screenings.
BR Sharan has successfully traversed the full spectrum of communications, media and entertainment. He worked at Lintas as Creative Director for ten years. Later, he was Group Creative Director with United Television (UTV), working on India’s first Teleshopping Network. He also acted as Chief Creative Officer with the B4U Channels, Creative Consultant with Metalight Films and Story Writer for Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahin (Hindi adaptation of Ugly Betty). He was Chief Creative Officer-Feature Films with Saregama India Ltd. where he worked on Chain Kulli Ki Main Kulli, a hit Children’s Film. Most recently, he was Creative Supervisor on the Anil Kapoor TV Show ‘24’.
Christine studied law at the University of Wales and completed her postgraduate diploma at the Inns of Court School of Law before pursuing a career in film and television. She started her career at the BBC and co-founded Tread Softly Films. Christine completed her first feature film, Lovelorn, with writer/director Becky Preston. The film went on to win 29 international awards and was released through FilmWorks Entertainment. Christine is an alumni on a number of industry backed programmes; Creative England's Talent Centre, NETWORK where she was mentored by Tristan Goligher (the Bureau Film Company), BFI's Think-Shoot-Distribute, Edinburgh International Film Festival's Talent Lab, Sky and Loco's mentoring programme where she was mentored by Ben Boyer (Head of Development, Sky Comedy). Christine has also been a panel speaker on events including the BAFTA Rushes, Bird's Eye View Women's Film Festival, Raindance's Live Ammunition and the London Film Academy. Her recent short, Woodhouse, won the Best of Boroughs Jury Award and premiered at the 57th BFI London Film Festival. The film was supported by Film London and Kevin Spacey Foundation, and made Vimeo's Staff Pick after receiving over fifty thousand views within a week of its release. It is currently doing the festivals circuit and has been selected for festivals including Palm Springs, Leeds International Film Festival and Atlantic Film Festival. She is currently developing a slate of features and working with exciting new talent.
After producing several successful and award winning short films, Christine produced her first feature film, WMD (2009), one of the first British films to follow a reverse distribution strategy. She Executive Produced award winning debut features Verity's Summer by Palme d'Or Nominee Ben Crowe and Life Just Is by Alex Barrett (nominated for the Michael Powell Award at the Edinburgh Film Festival), which both had UK theatrical releases (2012/2013). Patchwork Productions, set up by Christine in 2004, also received MEDIA development fund for her feature Nitrate presently undergoing development. Currently Patchwork Productions, in association with Bright Cold Day, is in post-production with the debut thriller Containment written by David Lemon and directed by Neil Mcenery-West. As part of Guiding Lights mentoring scheme in 2009, Christine was mentored by Producer Damian Jones (Oscar Winning The Iron Lady, Belle).
Manish Porwal is a marketing executive with over 20 years of experience in the industry. He is the Managing Director of Alchemist Marketing and Talent Solutions. He was Advisor to the Board at Gammon India, a top infrastructure company. He acted as CEO at Percept Talent Management. He was acting CEO at Bollywood Corporation and Managing Director at Starcom MediaVest Group and Starcom Worldwide. As Regional Manager (West & East) at BBC, he was responsible for the revenue function. He has also worked with Vijay Television Ltd., Everest Integrated Communications and FCB-Ulka.
Monica Wahi is the Founder-Director of Southasian Children’s Cinema Forum – a network of film specialists from 8 countries committed to nurturing a commercially viable and socially relevant children’s film industry in the region. Previously, she was the Creative Head of Lennep Media which promotes differentiated programming for young audiences in India. She has also served as the Creative Head of Children’s Film Society India. She was the Curator of the International Children’s Film Festival India in 2013 and Artistic Head of the same festival in 2011. Till 2009, she was the Creative Director of Going to School India that produces films, books and radio series for children.
Over the past 17 years, Murat Kebir has worked on a wide range of projects, including documentaries, light entertainment and drama. He has worked as an offline / online editor, motion graphic designer, producer, director and writer. As an independent filmmaker his films have collectively been selected for over 23 International festivals including festivals in the USA, UK, Turkey, Italy, Germany, France, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Australia, Chile and Canada. His short films The Chocolate Wrapper and My Dad & Spike both won Best Foreign Short Drama Award 2011/2014 at Family Film Festival USA and were nominated for awards at numerous other festivals. Murat currently works as a senior editor/motion graphics artist at Sky Television in London.
Pat Wintersgill graduated with an MA in Film and TV Production from Bristol University, and joined the Moving Picture Company at a time of great change in the film industry. Digital workflows were starting to replace laboratory processes, and Pat was involved in one of the first Digital Intermediate departments in the UK, working on high end feature films such as Slumdog Millionaire, Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit, and Elizabeth: Golden Age. After six years Pat moved to global industry leader Technicolor, handling studio clients such as Warner Bros and colour grading award-winning independent feature films. Pat was then headhunted to set up the Picture Department at boutique post house Creativity Media. There he colour graded over twenty feature films and established a digital cinema department, creating hundreds of globally distributed DCPs. At the start of 2015, Pat started his own postproduction company, Film Shed, offering world class picture and sound post production, and innovative film finance solutions.
With 38 years of experience in the education business, Rita Wittke previously taught at Methodist High School, Kanpur and now sets-up pre-schools in different pockets of Kanpur with Wendy’s, an educational institute. Between the years of 1987 and 1990, she helped set-up four pre-schools around Kanpur. Realising her entrepreneurial knack and her love for toddlers, she branched out in 1990 to set up her own 'Little Kingdom'. She has a deep understanding of the psyche of a 2-5 year old and has invested 24 years in reinventing teaching methodologies for children.
Siobhan Callus is a professional script reader with experience assessing screenplays for a number of independent UK production companies, writers and film makers, including Film London's Microwave, Canyon Creek Films, 10Ten Films, Mammoth Screen and the UK Film Festival Guild. Siobhan has also worked as an on-set script supervisor on a variety of films including psychological thriller Still starring Game of Thrones star Aiden Gillen, sci-fi film UFO featuring Jean Claude Van Damme, and music video Heart of Nowhere by Noah and the Whale. As well as working in film, Siobhan also has spent the last few years acting as Editor-in-Chief of the British film website Britflicks.
Venita Coelho is a television writer/director from Mumbai. She has authored several books including Dungeon Tales (for children), SOAP! Writing and Surviving Television, the Washer of the Dead: A Collection of Ghost Stories and Tiger by the Tail. She has also written children’s plays, documentaries, ad films and multimedia stage shows. Venita had begun her career with UTV on DD. She wrote the award-winning soap Trikaal and the script for Dharma Productions' ‘We are Family’. She has also worked in the capacity of head of programming for Sony Television. Along with this, she is an activist battling to keep mega-projects out of Goa.