The Judges & Host


Tom MacRae is the BAFTA and Olivier nominated writer of the acclaimed West End musical, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. As a screenwriter, he was instrumental in reviving Doctor Who on BBC One.

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is currently running at Apollo Theatre in London’s West End, with recent guest stars including Shane Ritchie (EastEnders) Shobna Gulati (Coronation Street), Michelle Visage (RuPaul’s Drag Race) and Bianca Del Rio (RuPaul’s Drag Race winner). It has won multiple WhatsOnStage Awards as well as the Attitude Culture Award, and received five Olivier nominations in its first year.

Tom was commissioned to adapt his original book and lyrics to create the screenplay for the Everybody’s Talking About Jamie movie – starring Richard E. Grant (Withnail and I). The movie is currently being filmed in Sheffield with a scheduled release date for 2020.


Nikesh Shukla is and author and diversity activist, who conceived and edited the award-winning essay collection, The Good Immigrantwhere 21 British writers of colour discuss race and immigration in the UK. The Good Immigrant won the reader’s choice at the Books Are My Bag Awards and was shortlisted for Book of the Year at the British Book Awards in 2016.

Nikesh has been shortlisted for the Liberty Human Rights Arts Award and named as one of Foreign Policy’s 100 Global Thinkers 2016 and most recently named by Time Magazine as one of the ‘12 Leaders Who Are Shaping the Next Generation of Artists’. He is also the author of several books for teenagers and adults including, Coconut Unlimited which was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award in 2010, the young adult book Run Riot (2018), and The One Who Wrote Destiny (2018). Nikesh is also the founder of the Good Literary Agency, which focuses on discovering, developing and launching the careers of writers of colour, disability, working class, LGBTQ+ and anyone who feels their story is not being told in the mainstream.


Emma Gannon is a Sunday Times Bestselling author, podcaster-creator-curator but she’d rather not be boxed in. She began working life as social media editor at Condé Nast before going freelance and writing for titles like The Telegraph, Guardian and ELLE and collaborating with brands including Google, Bumble Bizz and Prince’s Trust. She’s written two non-fiction books, including The Multi-Hyphen Method published in 2018, the same year she was included on the Forbes 30 under 30 list in media. Her debut novel Olive – which follows a protagonist asking the big questions about motherhood – will be published by HarperCollins in June 2020. Emma’s podcast Ctrl, Alt, Delete is an insight into people who’ve looked at their interests to shape the work they do. It was nominated for a Webby Award in 2018 and won Best Business Podcast at the Vuelio Awards in 2019 and has had nearly 6 million downloads, with guests including the philosopher Alain de Botton, activist Rachel Cargle and cleaning guru Mrs Hinch. For Emma, following interests where they lead doesn’t make millennials flakey or indecisive; it makes us hungry for opportunities to grow.


Boyd Hilton is a journalist, author, critic and broadcaster. As well as his two day jobs of Entertainment Director of Heat magazine, where he has worked since its launch in 1999, and Deputy Editor of Pilot TV magazine, which launched last year, Boyd also wrote the book ‘Inside Little Britain’ with Matt Lucas and David Walliams.

He has been a weekly contributor to BBC Radio 5 Live, reviewing television, books and films for over a decade. He is also a regular TV critic on Radio 4’s Front Row, has written for The Guardian and Observer, hosts the weekly Arsenal Podcast and the Pilot TV podcast. He also frequently hosts events for Bafta, the RTS and the BFI, among many others.


Be Manzini is a poet, filmmaker and spoken word artist. Manzini was the first Writer In Residence for Sundance Film Festival: London 2019, poet-on-tour with film charity Birds’ Eye View, poet on Mark Kermode MK3D live and writing facilitator for Virgin Sport. Known for her ability to create universal and nurturing spaces as a workshop facilitator she teaches adults and children alike. A writer and speaker who has been resident at the Southbank Centre, is a regular panellist for film, Manzini is also the Director of Caramel Film Club spotlighting Black talent and supporting diversity. Manzini’s poetry-films have screened at the Royal Festival Hall, ICA, BFI and various cinemas and film festivals in the UK and abroad.

Music Editor

Camilla Pia is Music Editor at Apple Music in the UK. Drawing from years of experience in various sectors of the music industry, Camilla works with artists, managers, labels and creatives to deliver projects of outstanding quality so that Apple Music subscribers can experience music as the artist intended.

Prior to joining Apple, Camilla was a Producer at BBC Radio 6 Music, a talent booker for various TV shows including Blue Peter, has DJ-d and booked bands for various London club nights and written for NME, Q, Kerrang!, Mojo, The Line Of Best Fit and Dazed and Confused

Brenda Emmanus

Arts Correspondent

Brenda Emmanus is the Arts, Culture and Entertainment Correspondent for BBC London News. Previously, Brenda had made her mark as one of the main presenters on BBC 1’s The Clothes Show, which she hosted for five years. She increased her profile hosting the BBC’S Midweek National Lottery, and interior design programme The Terrace.

She was also a regular face on Granada Television’s This Morning, as their fashion and entertainment reporter. As a freelance presenter Brenda worked as an arts and entertainment reporter for Channel Four News, travel reporter on BBC’s Holiday programme and as a main presenter on Healthy Holidays and Money Matters for Granada Television.

Arts writer and editor

Emily Jupp is the editor of Visionary Arts. She is an arts writer and editor, TV writer and award-nominated playwright. She has a decade of experience writing for newspapers, websites and magazines including The Independent, The Stage, The Telegraph, Evening Standard, Wired, the Times, the Pool and WhatsonStage. She is currently writing her first novel.

Joanna Abeyie

Diversity & Inclusion Specialist

The go-getting 32 year-old has blazed a trail as a multi-award-winning social impact entrepreneur, champion of diversity, inclusion and equality as well as making a mark as an award winning journalist and broadcaster.

Joanna has spent the last 12 years increasing the employment of diverse talent, launching her first charity Elevation Networks Charitable Trust at 18 alongside six colleagues, in 2008 Joanna went on to launch her own Social Enterprise Shine Media, where she placed over 3000 people from diverse backgrounds into work within the creative industries.

Joanna’s latest enterprise is founding Blue Moon, a flagship inclusive Executive Search Business and Diversity and Inclusion Consultancy Practice. Before BM, Joanna founded Hyden, part of FTSE 250 Global Recruiter SThree an executive search and consultancy business.