Overview and Experience
Before Being a Breakthrough Leader
Series Producer, Director
Vanessa Van-Yeboah has a prolific career producing and directing in Factual, Music and Entertainment. In 2022 she Executive Produced the documentary film, ‘Troy Deeney – Where’s My History’ for Channel 4, which led to a nationwide campaign to diversify the National Curriculum. Working with Anthony Joshua and SBX, Vanessa Executive Produced an 8 part series for Snap Originals, ‘A Fighting Chance’, whereby the Champion Boxer provided life changing experiences for 8 young people in his local community of Watford. Vanessa also Series Produced ‘Afro Nation Portugal’, a Live OB of the spectacular music event featuring the likes of Burna Boy, Wiz Kid and Davido for YouTube Originals.
Nominated by Harjeet Chhokar, Commissioning Editor Channel 4
Vanessa is great. Hugely passionate and creative, hard working and tenacious. She has a great CV – a real range of obs docs to to Factual Entertainment to Specialist Factual. She was at the birth of the rig and also has a fantastic CV – to be honest, she should have been an Exec now if she had been given a break or was a white man who went to Eton. She deserves a chance. She has worked twice for Channel 4 this year – she did the development on Is Co-Vid Racist? And then directed the Mo Gilligan film about black comedy. Through her, we gave Dr Ronx their first C4 film. Vanessa spots and nurters talent – both on and off screen. Everyone loves Vanessa – talent, execs and her team. She cares about what she does and lives and breathes diversity. She is a natural born leader and I feel she would excel on a course like this – she has the ingredients to succeed and having the 1-2-1 mentorship and support will really help elevate her and realise that potential.