Pact has appointed Outline Productions’ Laura Mansfield as Vice Chair of Pact Council.
Mansfield co-founded Outline Productions in 1999 and is its md. Outline was voted in the top 10 of all UK independent production companies by its peers in Televisual’s 2014 Production 100 survey and has series under its belt for BBC1, 2 and 3, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, Sky 1, Sky Living, Good Food, UKTV, TLC and Discovery.
She has developed and executive produced over 200 hours of Outline’s output, including formats and series Show Me Your Garden (Sky 1), Go Greek for a Week (Channel 4), Emergency with Angela Griffin (Sky 1), Fat Families (Sky 1), Guinness World Records Smashed (Sky 1) and The House of Tiny Tearaways (four series for BBC 3).
In addition to spearheading the strategy of the company, she directly manages the distribution slate for Outline, working closely with global partners. A BAFTA, WFTV and RTS member, Mansfield sits on the Advisory Board of the Indie Training Fund, and regularly acts as a mentor, both to emerging talent as well as to a production company MD (on the recent Skillset-backed year-long CCTV scheme to boost senior skills in the industry).
She began her career at BBC Manchester’s Youth and Entertainment department, working on series including Reportage, The Travel Show and Rough Guides before moving to the indie sector, working for Rapido TV and Watchmaker on a wide range of prime time series such as Eurotrash, and The Clive James Show.
She became a member of Pact Council in January 2013.
Commenting on her appointment, Laura said: “I’m delighted to have been appointed as Vice Chair of Pact and to be able to support Sara Geater in her role as Chair. We’re in a broadcast climate which is fast changing, with new opportunities and considerable threats to the survival and growth of British independent production companies, and I’m passionate about enabling Pact to do its vital work”.
Pact Chair, Sara Geater, added: “I’m really pleased that Laura has been elected Vice Chair. She is incredibly well respected in the industry as co-founder of a very successful indie, and she is also brings creativity and a strategic viewpoint to Pact Council. I look forward to working closely with Laura to help Pact in enabling the indie sector to thrive and grow”.
Laura will take up her post with immediate effect and her term will run until December 2016.
The Pact Council oversees the work of the trade body, signing off budgets and financial plans, as well as agreeing the organisation’s policies, campaigns, terms of trade and collective agreements.