Peter Maniura is the Director of the IMZ Academy, which runs professional development courses for the Arts and Media sector. He is an award-winning tv producer and director with more than twenty years experience in music and arts broadcasting at the BBC and the EBU. He is also a digital media consultant and guest lecturer.

His most recent role at the BBC was Project Director, Classical Archive and Orchestras Digital Strategy for BBC Music, which he began in April 2018. Prior to this, he was Head of Digital Development for BBC Arts covering festivals, events and performance across the art forms. He was also Commissioner for BBC Arts Online, which he launched in May 2014. Previously he was Creative Director and Curator of the new experimental BBC/Arts Council England digital online arts service ‘The Space’ which launched in May 2012 and which ended its pilot phase in October 2013. It promoted digital innovation and creativity in the arts.

Passion and professionalism are the hallmarks of Peter's approach to the arts and to his own work. He strives to bring the widest possible audience to the arts, as a director and producer of documentary and live event programmes as well as though digital media. Many of his programmes have won major awards, including a Bafta and an International Emmy in 2006 for ‘Holocaust: a music memorial film from Auschwitz’, which he produced for BBC 2. He has had a long association with the EBU and directed Eurovision Choir from Gothenburg this summer.

He is a member of the Royal Victorian Order – which was bestowed on him in the Queen’s Jubilee Honours in 2003 in recognition his work as Producer of ‘Prom at the Palace’ which marked Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee.

He is also a member of the Board of Opera North, which he joined in September 2013.