Century Films creative Katie Bailiff was this week named chief executive of Women in Film and TV. The Talent Manager profiles the documentary maker.
Over more than two decades, Katie Bailiff and Brian Hill have pioneered a huge variety of innovative, provocative and hard-hitting documentaries at London-based Century Films.
Bailiff was an assistant producer on Hill’s breakthrough RTS award-winning 1998 doc Drinking for England, which looked at our relationship with alcohol through its subjects speaking the poetry of Simon Armitage.
Bailiff has produced and executive produced more than 30 documentary singles and series for Century since then, include BBC2’s RTS and Grierson Award-winning series The Secret History of Our Streets, feature doc The Confessions of Thomas Quick, BBC3’s Abused By My Girlfriend, last year’s Channel 5 four-parter Bouncers. In the past year, she has produced BBC4 lockdown series Unprecedented and YouTube original feature Terms and Conditions: A UK Drill Story, which won a 'highly commended' at this year's Griersons.
She is also a champion of new talent, with Century delivering many films for Channel 4’s new documentary director strand First Cut and nurturing the early careers of Morgan Matthews, Amy Flanaghan and Zac Beattie.
WFTV has been hunting for a chief executive for almost two years, with previous incumbent Kate Kinnimont stepping down in December 2018 after 11 years in the role.
In the interim, the organisation has managed to grow membership by 30% and increase turnover by 40%, while launching the Pat Llewellyn Bursary Fund and adding three new mentoring schemes, a series of online events, diversity initiatives and its #forgottenfreelancers campaign.