We have completed a range of projects where we take on Executive or Associate Producer roles, sometimes formally, sometimes not. We fund our own work and then distribute it. We have tended to want more creative freedom than is possible with commissions.
We favour fact-based stories and especially those with an historical element. Our slate current slate includes No Hillside Without a Grave a feature Documentary about the Anglo Zulu Wars of 1879. This will complete in 2021.
We are also in pre-production for Battle of Imphal which is currently a book being written.
I had three related careers: military engineer/intelligence analyst, entrepreneur and finally film maker. My time as a political intelligence analyst is firmly behind me but rather than shout at the TV I write this. Sometimes, I write film reviews like this one on Death of Stalin. There are some history blogs on Medium.
Between 2002 and 2012 I founded and grew Exclusive Analysis (EA) a B -to-B publishing company which forecast and numerated political risks. EA's niche was very specific forecasts about world events. Client value came from data-rich pricing models for the insurance industry to which EA was the biggest provider of political intelligence. In 2012 Exclusive Analysis was acquired by IHS (now IHS/Markit who also own the Jane's brand) and I spent a happy year, splendidly titled, as The Senior Intelligence Advisor.
In 2013 I founded Bandoola Productions to make independent films. In addition to running Bandoola Productions, I am a Non-Executive Director at Lowe and Fletcher. I invest in and/or advise, pro bono, a range of companies with digital offerings with scalable subscription models (like EA). Some of what I say about SME growth companies is here.
I take this blog more seriously. It covers what I learned on my rather interesting journey and it seems odd not to share. The issues I cover are commercial, including sales, marketing, business model to create equity value, when and how to raise capital (mostly don’t). Also differentiating leadership and management. Our two animated characters, Bandoola and Frog now help make bits of the blog more fun.
I have degrees from RMCS (Maths and Physics); MA in War Studies from the University of Baluchistan (Pakistan where I lived for a year) and an MPhil from Downing College, Cambridge in International Relations.
Present hobbies include riding a BMW 1200 GS motorbike, cross country skiing and sculling. I split my time between Hereford and Chelsea. My Club is Sohohouse.