MediaNet Event: Stories from the Lion’s Den [Bristol Edition]

Life in Babylon: Stories from the Lion’s Den

Hosted by the MediaNet and Together4Bristol

Growing public distrust in the media, fake news and clickbait, crushing deadlines, family and friends we don’t spend enough time with.

Life for a committed Christian working in the media industry can take its toll.

Join us and Together4Bristol on Monday 3rd July as we host an evening of networking and sharing stories, with a panel – chaired by sitcom writer James Cary – who will share their own personal stories and challenges as a Christian working in the media industry, and answer your questions from the floor.

Our panel of Daniels include filmmaker David Neal, communications expert and former BBC journalist Sarah Pinch,  News UK legal counsel Justin Walford and editor of Christian Today Mark Woods, and vlogger, musician and filmmaker Jay Moussa-Mann.

Join us from 6pm at The Square Club for a welcome drink and canapes, followed by the panel discussion. Networking, drinks and more food to follow.

Tickets cost £8, purchased through Eventbrite here, and include a welcome drink and canapes throughout, with a cash bar after the panel event.


James Cary is a comedy writer for BBC TV and Radio. His latest series is Bluestone 42 for BBC3, which he co-created and wrote with Richard Hurst. He met Richard working on series 1 & 2 of BBC’s award-winning sitcom, Miranda. He also co-wrote Miranda Hart’s Jokeshop for BBC Radio 2. James has also written episodes of My Hero and My Family for BBC1. His radio credits include three series of Hut 33, four series of Think the Unthinkable, and sketch show, Concrete Cow. He has also written four series of Another Case of Milton Jones for BBC Radio 4.

David Neal has worked as a practitioner filmmaker in Film & Television since 1995.  He currently teaches Cinematography & Postproduction at the University of the West of England and is also a Media Trust & BAFTA Mentor.  David served on the Royal Television Society committee in the West of England for five years and helped with its rebranding.  He is married to a children’s pastor and has three children.

Sarah Pinch is MD of Pinch Point Communications. She started her career as a journalist with the BBC, leaving in 2000 to work in PR, she has worked in international development, public transport and the NHS. In 2011 she won the inaugural Institute of Directors and Chartered Institute of Public Relations PR Director of the Year award for her work with the board at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust. In 2013 she founded Pinch Point Communications, an agency working across all sectors on a range of internal and external communications initiatives.

Justin Walford‘s role at News UK involves advising The Sun and Sun on Sunday and associated website. He has been at News UK for over 10 years. For 20 years previously he worked as an in house lawyer at Express Newspapers, covering the Daily Express, Sunday Express, Daily Star and Daily Star Sunday. Justin was called to the Bar in 1981 and practised in defamation chambers for 3 years. He was one of the co-founders of a Christian Fellowship at News UK.

Mark Woods is a Baptist minister who has worked in religious journalism for over 15 years, now as managing editor of the online news magazine Christian Today.

Jay Moussa-Mann has been making video content professionally since 2008. She wrote and directed TV programmes and music videos for a Turkish Christian satellite channel up until June 2015. Her short film “You Can Always Do Something” won an award in 2010. She graduated from Teesside University with a 1st in Film and TV Production and then set up The Director’s Logbook, making promotional videos for charities, companies and musicians. Her YouTube channel is aimed at encouraging beginner filmmakers. Jay also teaches Film and TV part time at PQA Academy. She is currently in development for a musical feature film based on the story of Ruth in the Bible.