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Newton Velji

Executive Producer, for Linear and Digital Content

Newton is an innovative content maker who has produced linear and digital formats. She has a strategic approach to exploiting content and seeks out business opportunities, with brands and content buyers. She is also a highly skilled developer with numerous commissions including, Hot Property and Heartbreak Holiday – and she loves to seek out new talent to front the shows. She has worked in production and development at Fulwell 73, ITV, Fremantle, Endemol, NBC and Monkey Kingdom.

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Nominated by Kat Lennox ,  Head of Development BBC Studios

Newton is a senior team leader with over 16  years in the business. She is a good manager, strategic thinker and people person and leads the development team in the Factual Entertainment team at BBC Studios. She has an extensive career in development and has also worked as an Executive Producer and Supervising Producer  for BBC3 and was an SP for a number of successful shows like Hot Properly. I believe she would benefit from having a mentor to help her progress to the next level. Her aim is to grow into a more senior role and she has shown that she has the potential to do that with the right support around her. I really believe she would benefit and make the most of this opportunity.

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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


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