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ICE Archive: 2011/2012 – Sarah Tierney

“I was drawn to the International Creative Entrepreneurs Programme as a supported, immersive programme of internationally-focussed professional development.  Understanding foreign markets, distribution paths and cultural sensitivities are key to doing work internationally and central to my career ambitions, as much of my work to date has been international in scope, context or funding.”


Sarah Tierney is a mid-career digital creative, merging experience of corporate governance, creative leadership and diverse production expertise across digital platforms. A former Company Director, she has worked as Producer and Executive Producer across a diverse slate of award-winning drama, live-broadcast and factual production for the UK and international TV, film and online sectors.  Her work has included Oscar®-nominated, BIFA-nominated, Grierson-shortlisted and twice BAFTA Scotland-winning productions, ranging from short-form broadcast series to feature documentary to multiplatform slates.  In 2011, she was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

From 2004-2010, Sarah founded and ran Clarity Productions producing award-winning, issue-driven documentary from around the world.  From 2010-2012, Sarah was Head of Content at digital education innovator Twig.  Launched to market in January 2011, Twig announced major international partnerships within its first year, with products now sold into more than 20 countries and territories.  In 2012, Twig was named Best Secondary Digital Content provider at The BETT Awards, considered to be the most prestigious awards in the digital education sector.

Sarah was hosted by FORM in Perth, Australia.

About Sarah’s mentor

Jonnie Turpie founded Maverick Television in 1994 and now heads up the company’s ambitious digital media business, always looking ahead to the opportunities new technologies create.  He has initiated many of the company’s digital and online projects including Embarrassing Bodies,  Ideasfactory, 4Talent and Teachers TV. Maverick joined All3Media in 2008 and has gone from strength to strength with many industry awards including RTS’s,  BAFTA’s and most recently an EMMY for Live From the Clinic.


Latest Updates

In August 2012, Sarah Tierney wrote a piece about her time in Australia for Sync Tank, a new magazine about the arts and digital technology. You can read Culture in the Cloud here, exploring whether digital technologies hold the key to preserving cultural heritage while empowering traditional owners.