CEO of Women in Film and Television (UK), an organisation that supports women in creative media
Kate Kinninmont is CEO of Women in Film and Television (UK), an organisation that supports women in creative media. She has been an active member of WFTV for over 20 years: as a volunteer, she was very involved in events and lobbying, was voted onto the WFTV Board of Directors, and then elected as WFTV Chair for two consecutive terms. Prior to taking on the full-time role of Chief Executive, Kate was an award-winning TV producer and director for almost 30 years and filmed all over the world from San Francisco to Singapore. She is a member of BAFTA, NUJ, Directors UK, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Mainstream cinema has an incredible power to influence, particularly in young people's formative years. With a close, emotional connection to the characters on our screens, girls often learn about femininity through these constructed portrayals of womanhood. The media industry, therefore, has a crucial responsibility to provide a range of truthful depictions of women.
We have our place in history. During last year's awards Helen Boaden, BBC Head of News, approached soon-to-be BBC Director-General George Entwistle to warn him about an up-coming <em>Newsnight</em> film about Jimmy Savile. If he'd picked up on that, he'd probably still be director general.
07/12/2012 15:48 GMT
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