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I am an award-winning practitioner and educator with 25+ years of experience in film and television. I have worked with the BBC, ITV, Channel4, Nickelodeon, and Disney, earning multiple BAFTA and RTS credits. I am a passionate advocate of inclusivity. I am the Founder of Women in Screen and sit on the editorial board for Representology, The Journal of Media and Diversity. I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Executive Board member of the National Association for Higher Education in the Moving Image, Royal Television Society London Board member and co-author of The TV Studio Production Handbook.
As Professor and Head of Film, I lead a dedicated team of academics and a range of courses from apprenticeships through to postgrad and the flagship BA in Film and Television Practice within the School of Arts and Creative industries. My expertise in film and television has led me to speak at prestigious events such as South by Southwest (SXSW), the BFI, the International Media Education Summit, ScreenSkills Congress and the British Council.
I am an active member of the screen industries and education sector, serving on several boards, committees and working groups such as Royal Television Society London, to bridge industry and education and the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) Subject Advisory Group to lead on the development of the new subject benchmark for Communication, Media, Film and Cultural Studies. Other recent positions include being the external expert for the validation of 17 MA Courses at the revered National Film and Television School (NFTS).
I am the Founder of Women in Screen, advocating for gender equity in the industry and convenor of the Trailblazing Women On and Off Screen conference, a forum, bringing scholars, industry practitioners and students together to amplify the voices of women. Additionally, I sit on the Editorial Board for Representology, The Journal of Media and Diversity, working with Sir Lenny Henry and the Centre for Media Diversity to promote inclusive practices and Chair NAHEMI's Media Education Diversity Group.
I am published by Bloomsbury Academic and Palgrave and my co-authored book The TV Studio Production Handbook is a core part of the media curriculum and can be found on university reading lists internationally and in library collections such as the British Library, the New York Public Library, and the National Library of China, contributing to shaping the education of future media practitioners.
My documentary on Thelma and Louise, exploring themes of friendship and sexual violence has screened at leading festivals across 6 continents, winning Best Short at Cine Paris, and the African International Smartphone Film Festival, and the Royal Society of Television and Motion Picture Award for Best Film by a Woman. I have also received Excellence in Education Awards for Innovation in Teaching, Excellence in Engagement: Business, Industry & the Professions and International Engagement and am the recipient of an International Lifetime Membership Award from the Asian Academy of Film and Television.
Film and Television Practice - BA (Hons)
A journal for research and best practice in how to make UK media more representative of all sections of society.
BA (Hons) Digital Film
BA (Hons) Film Production
BSc (Hons) Film Production Technology (Top-Up Year)
BSc (Hons) Television Production Technology (Top-up Year)
FdSc Film Production Technology
FdSc Television Production Technology
Subject Expert for Programme Approval & Review
BA H Media Communications
BA H Advertising & Media Communications
BA H Advertising & Digital Marketing Communications
BA H Business Management
External Advisor for Validation
MA Film and Television
Honorary Professor at one of India's leading film schools. Whistling Woods is a member of CILECT, the International Association of Film and Television Schools and regularly featured by The Hollywood Reporter as one of the Best Film Schools in the world.
Women in film and television, addressing inequality and providing sessions on producing, pitching and filmmaking.
External Panel Expert for the Periodic Review of a Portfolio of 17 MA Courses
Directing & Producing Science & Natural History
Directing & Producing TV Entertainment
Digital Effects (DFX)
Games Design & Development
Marketing, Distribution, Sales & Exhibition (MDSE)
Film Studies, Programming & Curation (FSPC)
Sound Design for Film & TV
Composing for Film & TV
University Partnership, offering BFI Player, talks and work placements for our students
Negotiated Exclusive London University Partnership, offering bespoke mentorship and training for our students
Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) Subject Advisory Group member, appointed to lead on the development of the new subject benchmark for Communication, Media, Film and Cultural Studies
Prizes, awards, and accolades
Most Innovative Teacher - Winner (Mar 2018)
Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Humanities, University of Greenwich
Outstanding Contribution and Positive Impact - Nominee (Mar 2016)
University of Greenwich
Excellence in Engagement with Business, Industry and the Professions - Vice-Chancellor’s Award Winner - BA (Hons) Film and TV Team (Jun 2015)
University of Hertfordshire
Tutor of the Year - Vice-Chancellor’s Award Nominee (May 2015)
University of Hertfordshire
International Journalism Lifetime Membership Award (Feb 2014)
Asian Academy of Film & Television (AAFT), India
Excellence in International Engagement - Vice-Chancellor’s Award Winner (Jun 2013)
University of Hertfordshire
Recognising and addressing unconscious bias and structural inequalities
Brown, L., Davies, R. and Oyebanjo, F. (2022). Recognising and addressing unconscious bias and structural inequalities. Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media. https://doi.org/10.33178/alpha.24.06
Working together: Uniting screen educators and industry to support gender equality inside the academy and beyond
Brown, L. (2022). Working together: Uniting screen educators and industry to support gender equality inside the academy and beyond. Non Traditional Research Outcomes. (40), p. Models of creative arts leadership.
Script Development on Unscripted Television: Grand Designs & The Spectacle of the Reveal
Brown, L. (2021). Script Development on Unscripted Television: Grand Designs & The Spectacle of the Reveal. in: Taylor, S. & Batty, C. (ed.) The Palgrave Handbook of Script Development Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 71-86
Memory, gender and filmmaking: Exploring Thelma & Louise
Brown, L. Memory, gender and filmmaking: Exploring Thelma & Louise. Viewfinder. (118). https://doi.org/2634-8179
BFF THELMA & LOUISE: TANYA & LUCY REVISIT 30 YEARS ON
Brown, L. (2021). BFF THELMA & LOUISE: TANYA & LUCY REVISIT 30 YEARS ON. London
Teaching Media Production: Understanding Unconscious Bias in Creative Idea Development
Brown, L., Oyebanjo, F and Davies, R (2021). Teaching Media Production: Understanding Unconscious Bias in Creative Idea Development. Media Education Research Journal. 10. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.5763747
Media Making Out of the Classroom – Best Practice in a Pandemic
Brown, L. (2021). Media Making Out of the Classroom – Best Practice in a Pandemic. The Media Education Association
The Legacy of Thelma & Louise - A Panel Discussion
Brown, L. (2021). The Legacy of Thelma & Louise - A Panel Discussion. Trailblazing Women On and Off Screen. London Jun - Jul 2021
Lockdown in London – COVID reflections
Brown, L. (2021). Lockdown in London – COVID reflections. Non Traditional Research Outcomes. Edition 34 (April 2021).
Sound and Cinema: Past, Present and Future
Brown, L. (2020). Sound and Cinema: Past, Present and Future. London 22 Jan - 13 Feb 2020
Live from the 2019 Edinburgh TV Festival - C21 Podcast
Brown, L. (2019). Live from the 2019 Edinburgh TV Festival - C21 Podcast. Edinburgh
Taking the Lead: Why we need more female bosses in the film & TV industries to close the real-life gender gap
Brown, L. (2019). Taking the Lead: Why we need more female bosses in the film & TV industries to close the real-life gender gap. Edge. Yule (12), p. 12.
Trailblazing Women On & Off Screen International Conference Series
Brown, L. (2018). Trailblazing Women On & Off Screen International Conference Series.
How to Make the Next Big Global TV Studio Hit
Brown, L. (2017). How to Make the Next Big Global TV Studio Hit. South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference and Festivals. Austin Texas, USA 10 - 17 Mar 2017
Teaching TV studio production
Brown, L. and Duthie, L. (2017). Teaching TV studio production. BFI Media Conference. British Film Institute, London 01 - 30 Jul 2016 BFI.
The TV Studio Production Handbook
Brown, L. and Duthie, L. (2016). The TV Studio Production Handbook. London Bloomsbury Academic.
Creating Reality Television - The Programme Maker Viewpoint
Brown, L. and Duthie, L. (2016). Creating Reality Television - The Programme Maker Viewpoint. Kimposium! A Symposium about all things Kardashian, . Brunel University 26 Nov 2015
TV Production in the Academy: Bringing Commercial Practices into the Classroom
Brown, L. (2015). TV Production in the Academy: Bringing Commercial Practices into the Classroom. New Directions in Film & TV Production Studies for University of West of England & Royal Television Society Bristol. Watershed, UWE Brisol, UK 14 - 15 Apr 2015
Studio Television Production – How to make programmes within a Commercial and Academic Context
Brown, L. (2014). Studio Television Production – How to make programmes within a Commercial and Academic Context. Sightlines: Filmmaking in the Academy. Melbourne, Australia 24 - 25 Nov 2014
Brown, L. (2014). Mother's Day. Sightlines: Filmmaking in the Academy conference. Melbourne 24 - 25 Nov 2014
The Ultimate Event TV: How Happy Valley Defies Ageism and Sexism in the Television Industry
Brown, L. (2023). The Ultimate Event TV: How Happy Valley Defies Ageism and Sexism in the Television Industry. Reflections: A TV Foundation Review. 1 (1).
Female Editors - a New Frontier
Brown, L. (2022). Female Editors - a New Frontier. Online
Women in Film: The Changing Landscape
Brown, L. (2021). Women in Film: The Changing Landscape. online