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Emile Nawagamuwa

Series Producer

Emile is a Series Producer and Grierson nominated Director with over 15 years experience of making documentaries and prime time factual programmes for both UK and US networks.

He is currently Series Producing the latest series of BBC2’s award winning observational documentary ‘Hospital’, filmed during Covid’s second wave.

Previously he has series produced ‘My Brave Face’ for Discovery, charting the journeys of 6 people undergoing life-changing facial surgery – including the first African American face transplant and ‘Homestead Rescue’ following families facing life or death scenarios in the American wilderness.

As a self-shooting director he is responsible for more than 30 hours of critically acclaimed factual programmes including ‘Phil Spencer: History of Britain in 100 Homes’, ‘Rich House, Poor House’ and ‘Gibraltar: Britain in the Sun’.

Emile has also developed several courses with Screenskills to deliver storytelling training to the next generation of producers and directors.

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Nominated by Abdullai Adejumo, Series Director

I would like to nominate Emile Nawagamuwa for the Breakthrough Leaders Scheme. I have known Emile for the last 10 years, since we made our first steps as PD’s. He always struck me as a talented, articulate and hard working producer/director.

In the decade that followed he has become an accomplished producer with a sharp editorial mind who always makes time to help his peers and advise up and coming talent. Over the last few years he has spent a lot of time sharing his knowledge by developing and presenting courses to nurture the next generation of PDs.

He has long since outgrown PD roles but has had to work extremely hard for the handful of senior positions he has won. I would like to see him get the senior opportunities his leadership qualities deserve. It would be nice to see the Future Breakthrough Leaders scheme change that.


Dr Mena Fombo is a global speaker, diversity and inclusion facilitator, coach and consultant. She is the co founder of Blak Wave Productions, an indie TV/Film company where she recently directed short doc Home Carnival Queen for the BBC. She is the founder and director of Black Girl Convention, the South West’s largest event for women and girls of African

Emile’s mentor