The Producers' Forum appoints Alison Grade as new CEO

The representative body for the West Midlands’ thriving community of film, TV, animation, games and new media producers has appointed a new CEO. 

Highly-respected media veteran Alison Grade is to replace Pip Piper who is stepping down after six years in the role in the wake of his upcoming relocation to Devon.

Alison has over 25 years’ film and TV production experience, is also a successful entrepreneur and a Visiting Fellow at Birmingham City University where she lectures in creative entrepreneurship. 

The Producers’ Forum is at the forefront of film and media related issues in the West Midlands and provides training, networking, masterclasses and mentoring from leading figures in an industry currently undergoing profound change ‒ but also offering huge opportunities for Birmingham and the West Midlands. 

Alison said:

“I am delighted and honoured to have been appointed by the board to take the helm at what is a very exciting time for the creative industries in Birmingham and the West Midlands. 

The region is fortunate to have an incredibly vibrant community of talented creatives across film, TV, online and other media and I want to bring more creative opportunities to the region through our training, lobbying and networking efforts.”

Pip Piper added: 

“I am sad to be stepping down but I am in no doubt that I am leaving The Producers’ Forum in very capable hands. Alison is an extremely experienced Producer and entrepreneur. She has a track record of making things happen and also has a strong vision of what the next steps for the Forum are. I know it will continue to go from strength to strength in her hands.”

Chair of the Forum, Carole Manship, adds,“The Producers’ Forum has been blessed with great leadership. Under Pip Piper’s leadership it has become a highly profiled and respected organisation in the regional and national film & TV communities. Pip will be sorely missed, though he will not disappear all together and will become part of a newly established Advisory Board for the Forum.  And we are excited by all that Alison will bring to the Forum with her skills, knowledge, energy and vision.”