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Thursday 16th June 2022

How Green is Scotland’s Screen Economy?

11:15am - 12:15pm

Sunny and Cher. Tea and biscuits. Storytelling and sustainability - two words, in the not so distant future, that will be paired together as naturally as any other kindred pairing. Join Mairi Claire Boswer (Screen Sustainability Manager, BECTU), Jenni Steele ( Film & Creative Industries Manager at VisitScotland) and more to be announced as they offer real talk about the challenges facing productions and can we make a green future for Scotland’s screen economy a reality.


    Jenni Steele
    Film & Creative Industries Manager at VisitScotland

    Jenni Steele is Film & Creative Industries Manager at VisitScotland. She has over 20 years’ experience in tourism and public relations, event planning and corporate communications. She has developed screen tourism activity within the organisation over the last 15 years and has led significant campaigns with studios including Sony Pictures International, Lionsgate, Studio Canal and Disney Pixar. Jenni has recently worked with Netflix on The Outlaw King and Universal Pictures on the release of Mary Queen of Scots, as well as ongoing work with Sony Pictures Television on the promotion of the hit TV series Outlander. As well as working directly with film distributors, one of Jenni’s key roles is to ensure screen tourism is promoted positively within Scotland, creating platforms for tourism businesses to reap the benefits of this growing trend.

    Mairi Claire Bowser
    Screen Sustainability Manager BECTU

    Mairi Claire is a Dundee born Set Decorator, with an MSc in Environmental Management. She has worked in the film and tv industries across the UK over the past 10 years, and has been actively engaged with the environmental movements relating to the screen sector during that time. In 2019 / 2020, Mairi Claire lead the industry research of Creative Carbon Scotland’s report “Greening Scotland’s Screen Industry” for Screen Scotland, and in the summer of 2020, helped to start the unionisation of environmental issues in the screen sector through BECTU LPD by setting up a Sustainability Sub Committee within it.

    Mairi Claire is the newly appointed Screen Sustainability Manager for Scotland, looking at the intersections of opportunity that the screen sector holds in reducing its impact in each of production processes, studio infrastructure, and screen content, to help bring about a net zero film & tv industry in Scotland.

    Caris Pittendreigh

    Caris started her film and television journey working behind the desk of the Video Drive Inn as a teenager in Stonehaven. She has since collected a wide variety of roles and experience across productions, genres and departments before settling into the realm of locations 7 years ago.

    She started at Screen Scotland in 2018, joining the Screen Commission team to support projects of all shapes and sizes throughout their development and production, promote Scotland’s industry and locations to the global production industry, and help develop initiatives in sustainability, equality/diversity/inclusion, and education.


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