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Vanessa Van-Yeboah

Series Producer, Director

Vanessa Van-Yeboah has a prolific career producing and directing in Factual programming.

In 2021 -2022 Vanessa Series Produced Street Dance: Against The Odds (E4/Channel 4), a brave new 5-part documentary series. She also developed and Executive Produced, A History Untold (Channel 4), a 1 x 60-minute film featuring footballer Troy Deeney and his journey to diversify the National Curriculum.

Vanessa is currently a Series Producer and Director on a yet to be announced documentary series with a high profile talent. She has ambitions of launching her label, Kingmakers, which will focus on feature length documentary films and branded digital content later this year.

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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.

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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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