The Producers' Forum is delighted to announce the special guest for the launch of 2Weeks2Make It Midlands 2017 on 2nd June. Veteran DJ and long-time supporter of new music, Janice Long, will chair the guest panel of music video experts and will oversee the crucial draw where filmmakers and artists will be paired up. Janice said: "I am thrilled to be involved in this in a city known for great music and film makers. The meeting of two creative worlds can only be exciting and productive."
Janice Long became a national broadcaster when she joined BBC Radio One in 1983. With a trunk full of records she headed to London and became the first woman to have her own daily show on Radio 1. Her passion for discovering new talent and current affairs made the award winning Janice Long show a must listen for youths across Great Britain.
Summed up recently The Radio Times quoted "This woman has made a seamless segue from Radio 1 to Top of the Pops to a late-night slot on Radio 2 without any dampening of her passionate fire for music, old and new. Her knowledge of music is encyclopedic; audience engagement remains her motivation. And, lest we forget, it was Janice who championed Primal Scream and was the DJ who gave Amy Winehouse her first radio session."
Career highlights for Janice must be being the first female presenter of Top of The Pops in the 80's and a main host presenter for Live Aid. Janice's dedication to promoting new talent was recognized when she was presented with Woman of the Year for her outstanding contribution to the music industry. Other bands & artists she has given a first break to include The Smiths, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Primal Scream, Amy Winehouse, Adele, Amy MacDonald, Scouting for Girls, Richard Hawley.
We are delighted to welcome Janice to the launch to share her thoughts on the world of music video. With a week to go there's still time to book your place at the event by registering for the competition below.