Phelim McAleer is the joint managing director of New Bera Media,
an independent documentary production company. Phelim McAleer directed,
produced and wrote "Mine Your Own Business" (2006) the world's
first anti-environmentalist documentary. The documentary hacks away at
the cosy image of environmentalists as well meaning, harmless activists.
McAleer was an Associate Producer, second unit director and researcher
on the documentary "Return to Sender" which aired on Canada's
CBC in February 2005.
From 2000 to 2003 he was the Romania/Bulgaria Correspondent for the Financial
Times. He has also written for the Economist from the region. Previously
from 1998 to 2000 he worked for the UK Sunday Times in their Dublin office.
McAleer started his career as a journalist working for a local newspaper
in Crossmaglen, Co. Armagh known as Bandit country for the ferocity of
the IRA campaign in the area. He then moved to the Irish News in Belfast.
At the Irish News, Northern Ireland’s largest selling daily news
paper worked as a journalist covering the Northern Ireland troubles and
peace process before becoming night editor.
He devised and co-produced "The Search for Tristan's Mum" which
was broadcast on RTE 1, the Irish State television station, in 2005. It
featured the case of Tristan Dowse, who was adopted by an Irish couple
at birth and then abandoned in an Indonesian orphanage two years later.
The Search for Tristan's Mum was selected for and shown at Input 2006,
a showcase for the best programmes from national public broadcasters from
around the world, the programme was selected by fellow industry professionals
and showcased at Input 2006 in Taiwan in May.
He has been a regular contributor to RTE and BBC radio and television.
Ann McElhinney is a journalist, broadcaster and producer and joint managing
director of New Bera Media, an independent documentary production company.
Ann McElhinney directed and produced "Mine Your Own Business"
(2006).She is a co-producer and presenter of "The Search for Tristan's
Mum" (2005) an hour long documentary for RTE. The documentary featured
the case of Tristan Dowse, who was adopted by an Irish couple at birth
and then abandoned in an Indonesian orphanage two years later. Tristan's
plight provoked a wave of sympathy and outrage in Ireland and "The
Search for Tristan's Mum" followed journalist Ann McElhinney in a
search to find his natural mother in Indonesia.
As a result of McElhinney's undercover investigations into Tristan's case
where she posed as a woman hoping to adopt she revealed an illegal baby
selling ring. Further investigations by the Indonesian police saw the
leaders of the ring sentenced to nine and eight years in prison.
"The Search for Tristan's Mum" was selected by fellow industry
professionals from across the globe and showcased at Input 2006 in Taiwan
in May 2006.
McElhinney was an Assistant Producer on the BBC Spotlight documentary
"Romanian Twins" (2004) and featured in CBC's "Return to
Sender" (2005) as the investigative reporter who discovered the story
of Alexandra Austin. McElhinney also worked with CBC as an associate producer
and researcher on "Return to Sender". Previously McElhinney
worked as a journalist with the BBC, Irish Times, RTE, Sunday Times and
Sunday Tribune. She has regularly contributed reports and analysis for
RTE's Six One News, Morning Ireland and World Report and has been a regular
contributor to Orla Barry's show on Newstalk 106 and Today FM's The Last