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Fatima Shafiq

Head of Development

With 15 years 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. She thrives on gaining access to institutions and is passionate about telling factual stories with a nod to diversity. Most recently the former Broadcast Hot Shot headed the development team at ITN Productions, where over 800 hours were produced across the year. Over her career, she’s been instrumental in securing commissions for BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, Paramount Plus, Peacock, and A+E Networks amongst others. Fatima has held senior development roles at Studio 71, Crackit Productions, and Pi Productions.

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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