Tolu Stedford

Executive Producer/Co-Founder of Story Compounds
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Tolu Stedford, Executive Producer/Co-Founder of Story Compounds, has over 20 years of industry experience and has produced, written and associate director credits encompassing television, film, and stage.

As the former CEO of the Independent Film Trust, she has supported and developed  BAFTA-winning and Oscar-nominated talent and projects created by marginalised creatives. Tolu is a co-founder of Story Compounds, a dynamic film, TV, and immersive media production company and consultancy with a particular emphasis on sharing the untold stories of the global majority that resonate globally.

It has several projects in commissioned development. She recently completed her debut documentary, “THE MEDALLION,” commissioned by BFI DOC SOCIETY. This compelling documentary has noteworthy official selections and has been acquired by the renowned The NEW YORKER Magazine (Conde Nast Entertainment for worldwide distribution. She also pioneered the Creative Corridor programme sponsored by SONY Entertainment Television, developing international co-pro opportunities for BGM writers from the US and UK.

FILM LONDON has recognised Tolu as a promising industry leader as part of the Breaking Glass Ceiling 23 cohort and has been partnered with JAY HUNT (APPLE TV Creative Director) and EVA YATES (Director of the film).

Tolu is also a thought leader in the area of advocacy for better representation and access for underrepresented creatives, a BAFTA Connect member, British Screen Forum’s FUTURE LEADER, Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre ‘INDUSTRY CHAMPION’, Film and TV Charity IPP panel member, RECLAIM the FRAME Advisory board member, KIFF Film Festival jury member, COMIC RELIEF Pop Culture Funding Body Member as well as a member of the ScreenSkills Film Council.

Tolu has worked with many global studios, including SKY, SONY Entertainment TV, Warner Brothers, YouTube and Universal Studios, and British industry bodies such as BFI and BBC.

Through her work, she has advocated for improved representation and accessibility for underrepresented creatives and the privilege of hosting and speaking on policy matters.

Her work has been featured in various esteemed publications such as BRITISH CINEMATOGRAPHER, SCREEN DAILY, VARIETY, DEADLINE, and BROADCAST MAGAZINE, where she shared insights and contributions to industry solutions.

Tolu Stedford is appearing at the following sessions:

1530 to 1630 Finding Representation in the UK and USA

1530 to 1630 Finding Representation in the UK and USA

Joey Tuccio brings his experience finding representation for hundreds of writers to show you how to position yourself on both sides of the pond.