We are experts at finding and telling great stories.
We understand viewers and how to engage them emotionally. Translating the message you want to tell into a story that people want to watch.
The human mind processes story before logic. A good story connects, it resonates, engages and stays with the viewer.
We cut our teeth in the high stakes world of television where every minute of content is designed and built to engage the audience or you fail.
Our founders have over 30 years experience producing and directing television for the UK and American TV industries. They have spent their careers travelling the globe finding interesting people, building relationships and capturing exhilarating, heartwarming and emotional moments on camera.
Jonny - Co-founder & Creative Director
Jonny has produced and directed shows for BBC, ITV, C4, Sky One & Discovery. Specialising in sensitive-access documentaries he has spent time filming in some of the world’s toughest environments; be it sharing a trawler with fishermen in the Atlantic, shadowing doctors in the emergency department of an inner city hospital, or joining RAF Paratroopers on a Hercules as they jump to earn their wings, he knows what it takes to find and tell a great story. Jonny is also a professional photographer and experienced DOP.
James - Co-founder & Creative Director
James is a Producer and Director of multi award-winning films and documentaries for major broadcasters around the world including BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Discovery, Quest, TLC, MTV. He has extensive foreign filming experience in places as diverse as Brazil, Colombia, India, Russia, China, Australia, the Middle East, Asia, and all across Europe and the USA. James is also a Civil Aviation Authority licensed aerial drone operator. He’s won two British Academy Awards (BAFTAs) for his work in documentary and factual television and is a full BAFTA voting member.
Jim Sayer - Non-Executive Director
An award-winning creative and content media executive. Jim was formerly the Global Head of Content for Red Bull – responsible for devising and delivering the content strategy for the business.
Before joining Red Bull, Jim was Chief Executive Officer of Maverick Television – a multi-award-winning television production company with offices in London and Los Angeles. Under his tenure, Maverick enjoyed a golden period of recognition for its creative work across broadcast television and digital content, including an Emmy, BAFTAs, Royal Television Awards and a BIMA.
Derek Drennan - Head of Production
With nearly 20 years experience in the industry Derek has worked across all genres in TV and branded content.
He was previously the Head of Production for Lime Pictures where he ran the company from a commercial perspective as well as managing huge teams of freelancers across the non-scripted slate.
Some of his Previous credits include The Only Way is Essex (ITVBe) , Celebs Go Dating (E4) True Love or True Lies (MTV) Made in Chelsea (E4) Comedy Roast (C4) Coach Trip (C4) Soccer Aid (ITV) Tonight’s The Night (BBC) Storyville (BBC).
Jane - Producer & Director
Sophie - Production Manager
Sophie has delivered programmes to a broad range of broadcasters including ITV, Channel 4, the BBC and Discovery. She started her TV journey working on entertainment and youth programming such as the weekly live children’s show ‘SMTV: CDUK’ and T4 Music and Movie Specials, before eventually settling into managing documentaries: most recently Series 2 and 3 of ‘Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest Airport’ for ITV1.
We build our teams around the projects, not the other way round. The makeup of the team is crucial. It’s the difference between good and great. At The Village we understand that a deeply personal passion piece needs a different set of skills from, say, a vast-scale multicam stunt. And so The Village is home to a range of talents, from directors of photography and sound-people to graphic designers and editors, each with many years experience in their specialist fields. It means we cherry pick our teams specifically for each project, and purely based on the needs of the video.