The Team

Sam Branson - Founder & Chairman

Sam Branson

Founder & Chairman

Sam Branson is the founder of Sundog Pictures. He is a social entrepreneur, adventurer and philanthropist. Sam has over six years experience in broadcast media, developing and producing stories from around the globe. Sam is passionate about the medium of film and the potential it has for positive impact on the planet.

Johnny Webb - Co-Founder & CEO

Johnny Webb

Co-Founder & CEO

Johnny has over 16 years of broadcast experience, including as Director of Programmes at Flextech TV and Managing Director of Living TV Group and Virgin Media TV. He has commissioned programmes and digital content across a suite of channels, including Living and Virgin 1. Johnny co-founded Sundog Pictures in 2012 with Sam Branson.

Katie Buchanan - Creative Director

Katie Buchanan

Creative Director

Katie joined Sundog as Creative Director in March 2018.  An award-winning executive producer responsible for more than 50 hours of primetime documentaries, Buchanan’s credits include Channel 4′s real-world experiment Living with the Amish and award-winning The Romanians Are Coming; BBC2′s Absolutely Fashion: Inside British Vogue; and BBC3′s Excluded: Kicked Out Of School.

Claire Featherstone - COO

Claire Featherstone


Claire is a senior TV Executive with over 20 years’ experience, combining strong production skills with commercial and strategic expertise. She was Managing Director of Flame TV and led the successful sale of the company to the Avalon Entertainment Group in 2013. She has consulted for a variety of companies and joined Sundog in March 2017.

Nicky Huggett - Head of Development

Nicky Huggett

Head of Development

Nicky has been running Development teams for over six years at companies such as Rare Day, Popkorn TV and Windfall Films, covering neuroscience and animal autopsies to pest control and policing. Her true love is documentaries; as a Producer she was responsible for films such as The Murder Workers on Channel 4, which was nominated for a Grierson Award.

Dov Freedman - Head of Documentaries

Dov Freedman

Head of Documentaries

Dov has over 15 years’ production experience as a director and producer across documentaries, drama docs and specialist factual television. Recent credits include: The Island with Bear Grylls (Channel 4), An Hour to Save Your Life (BBC2), The Last Nazis (BBC2), Young Soldiers (BBC3) and The Real Argo (National Geographic Channel).

Anna Cowdry - Production Executive

Anna Cowdry

Production Executive

Before joining Sundog in July 2017, Anna had several years’ experience as a Production Manager across a range of genres, particularly in Arts and archive programming including ‘The Beatles, Hippies and Hells Angels’ and ‘The South Bank Show’ for Sky Arts, and ‘Dancing Cheek to Cheek’ for BBC 4. She is now working as Production Executive across all of Sundog Pictures programming.

Denise Barren - Company Coordinator

Denise Barren

Company Coordinator

Denise has spent her career as an EA and Events Manager for several high profile media companies. She has worked for Harvey Goldsmith, Virgin Media and Virgin Unite before joining Sundog Pictures as Company Coordinator in the summer of 2015 to help with the smooth-running and rapid growth of the independent production company.

Katharine Fish - Development Producer

Katharine Fish

Development Producer

Katharine began her career in feature film and scripted television, before a stint in arts development at the BBC introduced her to the world of documentary. Since then she has worked in both production and development across a range of films, covering subjects from A.I. to rural ravers and Relief Chefs. She was a Development Producer at Double Act TV before joining Sundog in October 2017.