Our origins with the British Army’s Combat Camera Team, telling stripped-back stories in conflict zones, have informed much of our work since. Raw, often starkly beautiful, and always with a compelling human experience at the centre of it.
Our aim is to tell those stories that are hard to get to. Stories that other companies either won’t, or simply can’t make. The ones in remote and often hostile places, with people going through life-changing experiences.
We find them, we get to know them, and we live the experience alongside them to make their stories as authentic as possible – whether that’s through long-form documentary films, shorter-form branded content, or podcasts.
Mau is a multidisciplinary storyteller, his work having appeared on Netflix, Channel 4, the BBC and PBS as well as Radio 1 and 4. His directorial debut Frontline Fighting: The Brits Battling Isis, was long-listed for a BAFTA. He directed one of the most watched episodes of Unreported World ever.
Mau has been a High Risk advisor for the BBC as well as guest lecturer on filmmaking in hostile environments for the Fondazione Prada. He cut his directorial teeth in the Combat Camera Team of the British Military. He served 7 years in the military and did three tours of Afghanistan.
Alex started her career in financial PR telling the stories of some of the biggest companies in the world, before she fell in love with documentary and co-founded Thread Studios.
Alex has led the Thread team through projects across four continents, covering everything from tattoos in the British military to Ukrainian EOD volunteers to Afghan Special Forces. She is Thread’s unofficial translator from military jargon to civvy speak (and speaks French and Spanish too).
Alex was selected for the prestigious Creative England Female Founders Scale Up Programme, 2021-2022. She has a Masters in International Relations from the University of Nottingham Ningbo, China.
Siobhan is a producer and creative project manager with 15 years’ experience working for global broadcasters, youth brands and non-profits. Siobhan started her career at MTV Networks International developing integrated mass-media campaigns for the organization’s social and behavior change charity. She was then Global Production Director for the Nike Foundation’s ‘Girl Effect’ developing branded media programming for adolescent girls across East Africa and India. Siobhan has also worked agency-side producing marketing, brand and digital products for the BBC, BBC Worldwide, Fremantle Media, and Sony Music.
Ash Alexander-Cooper OBE
Ash Alexander-Cooper OBE is a former specialist military unit Colonel in the British Army, world-championship athlete and award-winning international musician. During a diverse 22-year regular career, Ash worked as an airborne and jungle warfare specialist with the Gurkhas, an operational helicopter pilot and a counter-terrorist specialist, having spent 82 months deployed leading British and NATO forces. Wounded both in Iraq and Afghanistan, Ash is passionate about ‘giving back’ and is proud to support a number of international charities. Since retirement, Ash has been a Senior Partner at McChrystal Group, led strategic partnerships at Palantir, is now Chief Commercial Officer at a cutting-edge technology firm and advises several technology companies. Recognising that companies today experience parallels to what he and his colleagues faced in combat, Ash helps businesses and leaders develop the necessary mindset, behaviours and skills to adapt and win in today’s increasingly complex world.
Ash is a former specialist military unit commander, world-championship athlete and international musician. During a diverse 22-year regular career, Ash served as an airborne soldier, operational helicopter pilot, jungle warfare and counter-terrorist specialist, spending 82 months deployed. Since retirement, Ash has been a Senior Partner at McChrystal Group, led international business development at Palantir Technologies, runs a Leadership Development firm and is Chief Commercial Officer at General System as well as supporting other tech start-ups. Wounded multiple times, Ash is proud to support several international veteran and mental health charities.
Fiona started her career as a consultant at EY working with global banks to solve their compliance and financial crime concerns. She found her passion for startups and has spent the last 4yrs working with early stage businesses to help them scale. Fiona is now the Global Head of Customer Success at an high-growth start-up working with mid-size and enterprise customers, whilst developing a high-performing, rapidly scaling team. Fiona’s focus is on delivering customer value and acting as their advocate with the ultimate aim of driving revenue growth and retention.
Fiona is a qualified accountant (ACCA) and completed her MBA at the University of Manchester where she was awarded a Forte Women in Leadership scholarship.
Laura Petch started her legal career in 2009 at Bray & Krais, a niche media and entertainment firm in Chelsea, with an outstanding reputation in music, sports and entertainment.
Laura is now Head of Legal for Commercial, Brands & Entertainment at Global, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment groups, which is home to many well-known commercial radio stations such as Heart, Capital, Capital Xtra, LBC, Classic FM, Smooth, Gold and Radio X. Laura leads a sub-team to provide day-to-day advice to Global’s commercial and branded events businesses and manages its portfolio of brands.
Laura is an experienced leader who specialises in finding creative solutions to difficult problems.
Nathan Jones is the co-founder of the social enterprise Peak State: Mental Fitness, an organisation seeking to build a global community that understands the importance of mental fitness and that feels empowered to attain it.
Nathan joined the Royal Air Force in 2005 as a pilot. In 2014, Nathan was involved in a flying incident in which he broke his back in multiple places. After multiple surgeries and years of rehabilitation, Nathan competed in both the Orlando and Toronto Invictus Games in cycling and swimming, winning medals in both. But more importantly managed to regain his flying medical.
Whilst recovering from his third spinal surgery, Nathan went on secondment with the Royal Foundation and ran Special Projects for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Nathan is also the co-founder of the Declassified Network, which is an award-winning podcast and content creator that promotes human performance through adventure and develops resilience in hard to reach communities. In 2021, he broke the world record for swimming 26.2 miles down the River Thames in support of CALM.
Simon was a founding partner and Chief Executive of 3BM Television and is former Vice-Chair of Directors UK.
Among his award-winning television productions are Nuremberg: Goering’s Last Stand (BAFTA Huw Wheldon award winner), The Ascent of Money (International Emmy winner for Documentary), Age of Terror (Broadcast Award), The Big Story (Premier Ondas, Barcelona) and World in Action (Gold Hugo, Chicago). His programmes have crossed many genres – history, science, religion, current affairs, arts and drama-documentary.
At 3BM Television, where he was Chief Executive (2001-2004) and Executive Chair (2004-2007), Simon doubled 3BM’s turnover during his tenure as CE and oversaw its successful sale in 2004 to Ten Alps plc.
As Vice-Chair of Directors UK from 2007-2011, Simon was the key architect in changing it from a purely rights collecting society to a dynamic membership body for British screen directors.
Simon has written three non-fiction books to tie in with his award-winning television programmes and has published three novels.
Selected for the Creative UK
Evolve Programme 2022-2023
Supported by the
DCMS Create Growth Fund 2023
Signatories to the
Armed Forces Covenant
Proudly part of the Creative England
Female Founders Scale Up Programme
Award For Social Impact:
Monaco Streaming Film Festival