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Fatima Shafiq

Development Executive Producer

With over a decade of experience devising award-winning factual formats, returning series, and documentary singles; Fatima is one of the most sought-after development brains in the industry. 
Most recently the former Broadcast Hot Shot has been instrumental in securing over 60 hours of commissions for BBC, ITV, Channel 4, and Channel 5. Fatima has held senior development roles at Studio 71, Crackit Productions, and Pi Productions amongst others. 

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Nominated by Derren Lawford,  Creative Director Derren Lawford, WoodCut Productions

Whether it’s drinking tea in the living room of a well-known celeb, self-shooting a taster tape following surgeons at work, or brainstorming titles with department heads – where there is a commission to be had, you’ll find Fatima.  
Brimming with new ideas and a killer business instinct, she is an up-and-coming leader of unscripted television.


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

Fatima’s mentor

Chief Executive Production, BBC Studios