MTP - Key Persons

Ben Liam Jones

Job Titles:
  • Arthritis Research UK - Ray
Ben's career took off when he won ‘Best New Director' at the first ever Shots Awards in 2012. He's been on the up and up since then. His film ‘It Follows Me Around' for ChildLine then went on to pick up ‘Best Short Film' at the CFP-E Shots Young Director Awards, a Cannes Lion, Best New Director at the Kinsale Sharks and inclusion in the Saatchi & Saatchi New Directors Showcase. Known for his emotive brand of storytelling and punchy cinematic style, Ben has gone on to direct work for KFC, Cancer Research UK and Cadbury.

Bobby Farrelly

As one half of the comedic powerhouse the Farrelly Brothers, Bobby Farrelly is responsible for some of the most iconic comedy moments of the last 25 years. ‘Dumb & Dumber' and ‘There's Something About Mary' ring a bell? On top of his feature film work, Bobby's impressive commercials reel is no joke. Directing for brands including Samsung, Dodge and Jeep, Bobby continues to showcase his trademark comedic timing, casting and performances.

Christian Bevilacqua

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  • Virgin Media - Red House
Christian Bevilacqua is a versatile filmmaker and visual storyteller. Thanks to his consistent innovation, stemming from his creative roots as an animator, Christian has a distinctive VFX style that allows him to stay a step ahead of the script. Combining live action with VFX, design and performance, Christian's own style is ever evolving and motivated by his curiosity and passion for technology. He has also has won multiple industry awards, including a pair of Cannes Young Director Award, multiple Creative Circle awards, an ADDY and APA accolades.

Daniel Cook

Job Titles:
  • Artist
Based in Glasgow, Daniel is an artist and filmmaker who immerses himself in the lives of his subjects, creating work that is at once performative, factual and fictional. His debut film ‘The King and I' won multiple awards worldwide, having premiered at the Berlin REC Festival in 2017 and the Buddha International Festival in Pune, India in 2018. He has since been working on an exciting variety of music videos and short films and is keen to cut his teeth on commercial work. Daniel's latest short documentary "The Bayview", has won a slew of awards at prestigious festivals including Best European Film at the Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival along with netting a BAFTA nomination for Best Short Film and a Grierson award nomination for Best Short Doc.

Emma Pais

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Ewan Stewart

Ewan is an award-winning director from Glasgow who graduated from the acclaimed National Film and Television School with an MA in Directing Fiction. His short films have screened at numerous international film festivals and picked up many awards, including a BAFTA for Best Short Film for his drama ‘Getting On'. He has been directing commercials for over 10 years, specialising in documentaries and naturalistic performances in true to life scripts, most recently in a series of films for ‘Visit Scotland'.

Greg Gray

Greg Gray's intuitive understanding of the role of television in brand building and communication is a skill that attracts storyboards from around the world. This has earned him a reputation for absolute attention to detail. His talent for remarkable storytelling and ability to obtain authentic performances from actors is evident in his work and consistently demonstrated in his beautifully crafted pieces for Dialdirect and, most recently, his emotive film 'Nedbank'.

Jack Clough

Job Titles:
  • Director
Jack Clough is a comedy and drama director best known for BBC Three's 'People Just Do Nothing'. Having directed every episode, Jack has overseen the show's phenomenal success, winning numerous awards including a 2017 BAFTA for Best Comedy. During this time he has directed hilarious commercial campaigns for Jaguar, McVities, Microsoft, ASDA and Subway amongst many others. He most recently directed the critically acclaimed feature ‘People Just Do Nothing: Big in Japan'.

Jack Lang

Job Titles:
  • HEAD of POST

James Heath

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Jamie Maule-ffinch

Jamie grew up in thinking he was Marty McFly. When he wasn't able to befriend a strange old man with a time machine he decided to do the next obvious thing: make films. Now he shoots all over the world for huge brands, TV companies and writes TV and film scripts. His focus is on comedy but he also wanders off-piste into the world of kid's stories and dark drama. Yeah sure, he's won awards but he thinks it's uncouth to talk about them. His short film Morning After won Best Comedy in the 2017 Discover Film Festival. He's the proud owner of a D&AD Yellow Pencil, several IVCA Awards and a 5 meter Swimming Badge. In early 2020 he signed a development deal with Gaumont Pictures to co-write his latest sitcom. Above everything he loves to collaborate with friendly people, work with actors and create films that make people smile, which is why we love working with him.

Jon Sykes

Job Titles:
  • Director
  • Scot Gov - Healthier Receptionist
London based director Jon has shot films and commercials for Sony, Zyliss, Nokia, Baileys, Magnum, Tourism Ireland, Black & Decker and Debenhams - to name a few! He's a hands-on and collaborative kinda director, who can self-shoot, grade and animate. His emphasis is on big ideas and striking imagery. And he'll work hard with scalable budgets to achieve them. It's also not a surprise to know he started out as an advertising creative, making him ultra brand aware while honing his ability to sit across all seats at the table - pull up a chair!

Jonathan Jones

Jonathan Jones understands how to tell a story in an original and visually literate way, and he's pretty nifty at it too, working across a range of programme types from challenging, physically testing documentary to beautifully wrought drama and history. His approach is simple. Jonathan thinks through how all of the components of a film will interact to create a compelling whole. He then constructs them in an original yet carefully planned manner. He empowers the crew at every stage of the process and gets the most out of each and every one of them. This incremental lifting of quality shines through in the end product, from Planet Earth II and most recently to Netflix's Tiny Creatures. He is a unique and wonderful addition to the MTP roster.

Jonathan K Harris

Job Titles:
  • Barclays - the Power to Do
  • National Trust
  • Vue Cinema - PSA National Campaign
Jonathan is a focused and astute award-winning director whose work spans across genres including fashion, music and sport. His passion for narrative storytelling combines with his graphic and visual style, to capture emotional stories within an epic cinematic setting. He has been featured by Dazed & Confused, Hunger Magazine and the Berlin Film Festival and has made films for major brands such as Google, Fosters, Magners and Wrangler.

Jonny Campbell

Jonny is well known for directing the first series of Peter Kay's acclaimed comedy ‘Phoenix Nights' and Channel 4 series ‘Shameless' which has won a BAFTA Best Drama Series, the Prix Italia, Indie Awards 2005's Best Drama and a nomination for Best New Programme at the Broadcast Awards 2005. His BBC drama ‘Spooks' was nominated for a BAFTA, an International Emmy, and the Director's Guild of Great Britain nominated him for the Outstanding Direction Award. More recently he has directed for the critically acclaimed and award winning shows ‘Westworld', ‘Informer' and ‘Dracula'. He's also directed some pretty great ads for Microsoft, BT and Morrison's - to name a few.

Kate Cox

Originally from Yorkshire, Kate graduated from Nottingham Trent University with a First-Class Honours in Fine Art, before working as an assistant Art Director in film and TV. After a move to London, Kate began writing and directing her own scripts in 2017. Her first short as writer/director Vert (2019) starred Nick Frost and Nikki Amuka-Bird, winning the SXSW Vimeo Staff Pick award and featuring on Amazon Prime. Her commercial work includes stylised TVC for Durex, Wilkinson Sword and Harrods and Kate's first feature Into The Deep is currently in post-production. Kate's films tackle complex and distinctly human subject matters that are too often underrepresented on screen. Drawn to ideas of gender, the female experience and sexuality, Kate's storytelling is tender and bold, refusing to shy from the emotionally knotty and sensitive themes at its core.

Neil Gorringe

Job Titles:
  • Pillsbury - Give It a Pop
Born and raised in Middlesbrough, Neil spent his early years watching as many films as humanly possible. After graduating with a degree in English Literature, he moved to Hong Kong, where he worked for the music station Channel - writing, directing and editing music shows. Back in England, Neil then enjoyed a stint at MTV UK making award-winning promos, idents and short-form commercials. He then headed to 4Creative, where as Creative Director of E4, he wrote and directed acclaimed spots for shows such as Skins and Black Mirror. As an award winning commercials director, he has made films for - amongst others - McDonald's, Amazon, British Airways, Sony, Cadbury, McCain, John Lewis, Mars, Santander, Bulmers, M&S, BBC, Heinz and Samsung.

Olivia J. Middleton

Driven by relentless perfectionism and an intense visual style, Olivia has wasted no time proving her craft as an exciting emerging talent since graduating from Screen Academy Scotland, from her promo work with artist Becky Sikasa to her award winning debut short film Rosalyn. Already, her filmography consistently displays the stark, immersive and painstakingly crafted philosophy at the heart of her approach. Olivia has taken a great interest in telling stories concerning the female experience and always favours movement over words. If we could make this bio entirely in mime and kinetic dance we would. But we couldn't find that option on WordPress.

Ruth Paxton

Job Titles:
  • Director and Writer
Ruth Paxton is an award-winning Scottish director and writer, whose debut feature film 'A Banquet' releases in the UK on March 11th, starring Sienna Guillory and Lindsay Duncan. The film was Critic's Pick for the New York Times on the weekend of its release. ​Ruth is the winner of Best Woman Director at the 12th London Short Film Festival for her film 'Pulse', and was nominated as one of Canongate Books 40 Scottish Storytellers of The Future (artists anticipated to dominate the next 40 years of creative life in Scotland). In 2019 Screen Daily featured her as one of ‘Six emerging Scotland based Directors you need to know.' Ruth made her early beginnings in the industry as a director of various short films before developing feature screenplays, and directing episodes of the BBC's 'River City'. Additionally, she serves as a mentor and lecturer with Cambridge University, Raindance's International MA program, Screen Academy Scotland and Scottish Screen.

Sam Miller

Sam Miller's commercial work is heavily influenced by his feature film and drama pedigree, utilising his huge talent in the areas of casting and finely tuned performances, coupled with astute and cinematic storytelling. The originating director of the cult drama ‘This Life', Sam received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Director for ‘Luther' starring Idris Elba. Other projects include originating director of Sky Atlantic's ‘Fortitude', US Box Office No. 1 thriller ‘No Good Deed', and RTS award winning BBC drama Good Cop. Most recently, Sam directed the BAFTA and Emmy award winning TV series ‘I May Destroy You', for which he won a BAFTA and was nominated for an Emmy.

Sasha Levinson

Job Titles:
  • Inspira Health - Inspiring
Sasha spent the formative years of her career shooting music videos with such luminaries as Mary J Blige, 50 Cent, Angelique Kidjo, Cake and The Barenaked Ladies. This electric sensibility still informs her aesthetic today. Her short films have premiered at SXSW and Cleveland International Film Festival. Her commercials and music videos have been nominated for MTV and AICP Awards, and been published in the Communication Arts Annual and SHOTS. She currently works with internationally renowned celebrities, brands, and philanthropic organisations, including the Dalai Lama, Oprah Winfrey, Serena Williams, Google, Microsoft and Blockchains. In 2019, her branded short film for Las Vegas tourism went viral with 13,000,000 views and garnered the highest positive comment rate of all time on YouTube for branded entertainment. After seeing the emotional impact her storytelling could have on a global scale, she reset her intentions on her first love; independent film. She went to Sundance in 2020, with the intention of immersing herself in the world of indie film and there she met Creative Producer, Katie White and a spark was ignited. The two formed a partnership and immediately began to gain traction on their developing slate of film projects. Sasha's first feature film, SYLVIE of THE SUNSHINE STATE premiered at SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL in 2022, where she won the Georg Starks Spirit of Slamdance Award. Sasha is in love with both the collaborative film making process and the solitude of writing. The tone of her sets feel like a celebration of filmmaking and this joyful approach is apparent in the material she creates.

Scot Gov

Job Titles:
  • Scot Gov - Healthier Receptionist

Simon Mallinson - Chairman

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