Former BBC Head of Drama, Executive Producer powerhouse, and the new Managing Director of Euston Films, Kate Harwood, will present at SPADA in two weeks.Starting in 1990 as a Script Editor in the BBC Drama Serials Department, Harwood made headway as a Producer and as an Executive Producer. Her 24 year career at the BBC includes a BAFTA win for Charles II: The Power & the Passion, and high-rating shows such as The Last King, Love in a Cold Climate and a boatload of bonnet dramas including Cranford, David Copperfield, Oliver Twist, Tess of the D’Urbervilles and the reboot of Upstairs Downstairs.
In March 2005, Harwood was appointed Executive Producer of EastEnders, which went on to win its own BAFTA and two National TV Awards. Harwood was subsequently promoted to Head of Series and Serials, and in 2012 to BBC Head of Drama Production including continued responsibility for EastEnders.
Recently Harwood moved on to the independent sector, just as her EastEnders charges started getting their kit off for a Calendar Girls-style calendar for charity. Harwood took on the new role of Managing Director of the newly revived FremantleMedia UK drama label, Euston Films.
Euston Films is the production company responsible for a long lists of 1970s and 80s classics. Their best known productions including cop drama, The Sweeney and comedy, Minder. Harwood aims to once again produce new and exciting high profile dramas out of Euston.
SPADA’s Executive Director Sandy Gildea said “We’re thrilled to have been able to secure a speaker of Ms Harwood’s calibre – with the support of Libertine Pictures – for this year’s SPADA Summit. We look forward to welcoming her to Wellington and introducing her to our talented practitioners.”
SPADA’s Screen Industry Summit runs 28 November 2014 at the Mac’s Function Centre in Wellington. Registrations are now open here.