In order to help in the sifting of applications and identification of the most promising proposals, the UK Cinema Association has assembled an expert panel. The panel will offer input at every stage of the process.

The panel comprises a range of experienced professionals from across the wider cinema sector – exhibition, distribution, technical, access specialists as well as representatives from the British Film Institute (BFI) and people with hearing loss.

The panel will help guide and provide input at every stage of the Fund to ensure that the chosen solution meets the following criteria, specifically that it:

  • allows people who are deaf or have some hearing loss to enjoy an integrated cinema experience with the wider audience;
  • is straightforward to use for both the cinema and audience member;
  • is financially viable for cinemas to purchase and install; and
  • is or can be made compatible with existing cinema technology.

Meet the Panel

Ed Rex Patron Action On Hearing Loss
Ben Luxford Head of UK Audiences British Film Institute
Jerry Murdoch Country Manager UK & Ireland Cinema Next
Rick Williams Access Specialist Freeney Williams
Stephane Zamparo Subtitling Manager Motion Picture Solutions
Mark Barlow General Manager UK Theatres NATL Amusements (UK) Ltd
Calum Corser Central Operations Support ODEON Cinemas
Leah Byrne Audience Development Manager Picturehouse Cinemas
Paul Willmott Technical Director Saffron Screen
Gráinne Peat Policy Executive UK Cinema Association
Demir Yavuz Head of Technical Operations Universal Pictures