RTS Student Masterclasses

RTS Student Masterclasses

Thursday, 5 November, 2020


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RTS masterclasses offer insights into the inner workings of the television industry, from presenting to camerawork. The masterclasses will be live streamed on the links below.


10.00am – 11.00amJournalism Masterclass


Speaker: Mobeen Azhar, Journalist and Film Maker (Hometown, A Black and White Killing: The Case that Shook America, Webcam Boys, Muslims Like Us)

(Chair: Ruth Pitt, Director, Creative Cities Convention)

Mobeen Azhar makes access-based documentaries across television and radio. He has produced and presented content across BBC Television, Radio and Online for over 15 years.  

In 2019 Mobeen fronted 12 hours of output across BBC Two and BBC Three including A Black and White Killing: The Case that Shook AmericaThe Satanic Verses: 30 Years On, Plastic Surgery Undressed, The Best Pakistani Transgender Retirement Home and Hometown: A Killing.

He also hosts a nightly live debate show on the BBC Asian Network.  

Mobeen is a Bafta, Grierson and Royal Television Society award winner, most recently receiving the RTS Presenter of the Year Award 2020 for the BBC Three series Hometown: A Killing.

Mobeen's specialist areas include religion, extremism and counter extremism, drugs, addiction, sex work, Prince and Pakistan. 


12.00pm – 1.00pmDrama Masterclass


Speaker: Lisa Holdsworth, TV and Theatre Writer and Chair of the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain (New Tricks, Midsomer Murders, Ackley Bridge, All Creatures Great and Small)

(Chair: Carolyn Reynolds, Media Consultant)

Lisa has been writing professionally since 2001. Her first commission was an episode of the ITV series Fat Friends. She went on to Emmerdale where she spent three years, before writing for New Tricks, the top-rated BBC police series. She won the RTS Yorkshire Best Writer award for one of her episodes.

She also wrote extensively for Waterloo Road and on the final series of the BBC’s Robin Hood. She moved on to write ITV’s perennial Midsomer Murders including the fan favourite “Death by Cheese” episode.  Recently she has written episodes of Ackley Bridge, Call The Midwife and All Creatures Great & Small. She will be Lead Writer on the third series of A Discovery Of Witches for Sky. She is also developing a screen version of her sell-out play, Black Teeth & A Brilliant Smile about the Bradford writer, Andrea Dunbar.

Lisa has recently been elected as the Chair of the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain.


2.00pm – 3.00pm: Daytime and Entertainment Masterclass


Speaker: Emma Gormley, Managing Director, Daytime, ITV Studios

(Chair: Matt Pritchard, EVP Unscripted Television, Entertainment One)

Emma runs Daytime for ITV. She is responsible for four ITV Studios Daytime shows from 6am to 1.30pm; Good Morning Britain, Lorraine, This Morning and Loose Women.

This is 7.5 hours per day, around 2000 hours a year. Emma has been in this role for six years and is responsible for re-launching all of the above four shows and closing the gap to extend the shows, earlier this year.

Before this, Emma was Editor of the Lorraine show and Deputy Editor of GMTV.

She trained as a journalist and worked as a Radio Journalist and Television Researcher for the BBC.


4.00pm – 5.00pmVFX Masterclass


Speaker: Russell Dodgson, Creative Director, Television, Framestore (His Dark Materials)

(Chair: Helen Scott)

Russell Dodgson joined Framestore in 2009 and in that time has worked across the highest-profile film, TV and advertising projects.

His credits list includes work on the James Bond and Harry Potter franchises, VFX heavy Black Mirror episode ‘USS Callister’ and National Geographic’s visually-stunning series MARS as well as a wide range of high end Commercials.

Most recently Russell took on the role of Overall VFX Supervisor for the long awaited His Dark Materials. After winning the VFX BAFTA for his work on series one, he is now leading his team as they put the final brush strokes on series two.

As the Creative Director within Framestore’s television department, Russell was key in reinvigorating the company’s episodic offering and is now applying his skillset to the development of large scale projects, creating the highest-calibre VFX for the world’s leading at-home entertainment brands.


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RTS masterclasses offer insights into the inner workings of the television industry, from presenting to camerawork. The masterclasses will be live streamed on the links below.