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Roy Ackerman
Managing Director of Fresh One Productions, UK

Roy Ackerman is Managing Director of Fresh One Productions, the campaigning, multi-genre company founded by Jamie Oliver.   Recent output includes Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution (ABC);   God Bless You? Barak Obama (BBC);  Jamie’s American Roadtrip (Channel 4); a major talent-led series An African Journey (BBC),  Jamie Does… (Channel 4), The Delicious Miss Dahl (with Sophie Dahl, BBC),  Flying Saucer (Tabak Al Ta’er – an Arabic-language kids’ show mixing science fiction and food for Al-Jazeera Children’s Channel, JCC) and Black Beach: Simon Mann’s African Coup (BBC)  a feature documentary on the extraordinary coup in Equatorial Guinea (BBC and PBS). Previously, Roy was Creative Director at Diverse Productions.  His scripted films include the acclaimed Mrs Mandela a drama portrait of Winnie Mandela (BBC/France 2/SBS); the RTS Shortlisted docu-drama Killing Hitler (BBC2/History Channel); the Grierson shortlisted star-studded drama Our Hidden Lives (BBC). He has two major international series and two big single films – in development with the BBC.  Factual output includes Fat Man in a White Hat with Bill Buford, the acclaimed New Yorker editor/author goes on an immersive journey – sometimes literally – into Haute Cuisine; award-winning  documentaries such as Sundance entry  Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson; Sundance Grand Jury Award and Peabody winner  Why We Fight;  BAFTA-winning epic Tsunami: 7 Hours on Boxing Day (BBC). Seven Sins of England (Channel 4, in association with Halcyons Heart Films, winner of the Royal Television Society: Educational Television Award);  the RTS and Banff award-winning feature-length documentary After The War: Conquering Germany (BBC2); the RTS award-winning Not Cricket (BBC4/2); the multi-award winning US theatrical documentary hit The Trials of Henry Kissinger (BBC 4/ BBC 2/ Arte/ History Television/SBS television (Australian)/TV2 (Denmark); the Broadcast and RTS winning film for House of War (Channel 4 and CNN); BAFTA, RTS and Broadcast Award winning 100% White (Channel 4); BAFTA shortlisted Battlecentre (Channel 4); International Emmy-winning The Phil (Channel 4, a year in the life of the Philharmonia orchestra). Series successes includes BAFTA Kids winner Election, where children embarked on a series of challenges that tested their leadership skills; hit format and winner of RTS Broadcast Prix Italia and other awards Operatunity;  its award-winning follow up  Musicality; and equally acclaimed Ballet Changed My Life: Ballet Hoo!;  Play It Again¸ a major series where leading celebrities learn a musical instrument; and  Rocket Science, an inspirational science series.     Other major shows included:  Britain’s Rich List: Give It Away (ITV);  Last Chance Kids (part of Channel 4’s “Lost for Words” strand, a `Jamie’s Kitchen’ for kids who can’t read);  Sacred Voyager: Jerusalem (Travel Channel Media);  Calais: The Last Border (BBC, winner of Best Documentary at the Berlin Film Festival. Who Wrote the Bible (C4); Seconds to Impact, Playing for England, The Builders Are Coming; Mind Your F-king Language (Cutting Edge – Channel Four); Not Cricket 2: The Captain & The Bookmaker (BBC4 ) and  JD Salinger Doesn’t Want to Talk (BBC2) . As a director his films include the award-winning or shortlisted Secret Life of Jeremy Thorpe; Volvo City; Enigma – Adventures of a Hardback Hero; Lifers – The Rise and Rise of the Literary Biographer. Roy is on the TV Committee of BAFTA, writes occasionally for the Guardian and other newspapers. He sings in a performing choir, plays saxophone in a rock band and plays bridge competitively and football, very uncompetitively.