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Posted on: September 1st, 2020

Our MD, Sarah Cunliffe is one of the mentors on an exciting new initiative launched by National Geographic called the ‘Field Ready Program’.  https://realscreen.com/2020/08/03/exclusive-nat-geo-unveils-inaugural-cohort-for-its-field-ready-program/

The program, in partnership with the National Geographic Society,  looks to promote diversity and inclusion in global television production. The first class of the Field Ready Program has 10 filmmakers from across the globe who have been paired with some of our amazing colleagues from across the natural history genre.

Mentors in the program’s inaugural year include Wildstar’s Vanessa Berlowitz, Talesmith’s Ruth Roberts, Nutopia’s Luke Wiles, Wall to Wall Television’s Dominic Weston, The Best Production Company’s Jeff Garcia, Icon Films’ Laura Marshall, Red Rock Films’ Brian Armstrong, Plimsoll Productions’ Martha Holmes, and Brian and Mandy Leith of Brian Leith Productions.


Our Mentee is Tessa “Ellie” Eleonore Schmidt from Alaska. She is an underwater photographer and filmmaker, fine artist, sailor and fisherwoman who is telling documentary-style stories of the wildlife management, salmon forests and fish nurseries of southeast Alaska to advocate for their conservation. “ The images Ellie is filming, and how she captures the essence of life and the traditions of the Sitka people are remarkable. We’re excited at the potential of working together” says Sarah.