Simon Glass: Writer, Director, Producer
Having graduated from the School of Media and Communication in 2007, Simon’s career in film began with a succession of internships, reading scripts and boiling kettles for such prestigious filmmakers as Anthony Minghella, John Madden and Andrea Arnold, before taking the role of Assistant Producer on the Sundance-nominated, Berlinale award-winning film ‘Son of Babylon’ in 2009. In 2012, Simon was awarded a Special Mention by Film4 for his short parody ‘Dogspotting’, which was entered into their 30th anniversary Scene Stealer competition for young film makers. His first feature documentary ‘The Last Tribe’ was selected for the BFI’s Mediatheque Yorkshire Collection, as one of 100 key films made in Yorkshire over the past century. Combining satire with half a cantaloupe, Simon uses a surrealist style of humour with relevant social subtexts to create entertaining and relevant films.
Robert Silva: Big Talk Productions
After graduating in 2007 from University of Leeds, Rob moved to Los Angeles to work for respected talent and literary agent, Wendi Niad. During his time in LA, Rob spent his free time volunteering on sets to gain further production experience. Once returning to the UK, following stints working on ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’ and ITV’s ‘Lewis’, Rob joined Working Title Films in 2009 where he would go on to work as Assistant to producer Lindsay Doran on ‘Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang’. Rob first worked with Big Talk Productions in 2010 as a freelancer on ‘Rev.’ and ‘Him & Her’ before going on to join indie production company Film and Music Entertainment as an Associate Producer, working on feature documentary ‘StreetKids United’ as well as projects with Peter Greenaway, Julien Temple and Dominic Murphy. Returning to Big Talk Productions in 2011, Rob took up a position as the in-house Production Co-ordinator and has since moved across into Business Affairs.
Alex Smith: Lionsgate
Alex graduated in 2008, and after a brief and unhappy career as a Soho Post-Production runner he jumped at the chance to join indie studio/distributor Lionsgate UK, where he started at the very bottom – making tea and manning reception. His first proper role was ‘Assistant to the Director’ on the Lionsgate film ‘Blitz’ starring Jason Statham. When he returned to the London office he became more aligned with senior management and carved out his current role of ‘Film Planning and Business Analysis’. He has worked on Lionsgate’s deals with game-changing SVOD provider Netflix and the film-slate acquisition from Icon Entertainment. He also helped develop Lionsgate content in-house.
Kay Brown: Leeds International Film Festival
Kay Brown began gaining crucial work experience in her first term of university in 2007 with a local PR company and later, paid marketing positions with two regional theatres, Theatre Royal Wakefield and The Carriageworks. Subsequently, Kay was promoted to Communications Manager at Leeds Film (who present the Leeds International Film Festival and Leeds Young People’s Film Festival) following her successful first year with the organisation as Communications Coordinator in 2010. As well as her role at Leeds Film, Kay actively works with influential organisations in the city such as Cultivate, Hebe Media, Marketing Leeds and Visit Leeds to develop the promotion of Leeds as an emerging cultural destination.