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 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.
Co-Founder & CEO
Johnny has 16 years of broadcast experience, including Director of Programmes and MD of Virgin Media TV. He has commissioned programmes and digital content across a suite of channels, including Living and Virgin 1.
Sam has been an executive producer at RDF Media, ITV Studios, Shine, Renegade Pictures and Nutopia; as well as working for three years at the BBC in factual commissioning.
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).
Head of Development
Nicky has been running development for over six years at companies such as Rare Day, Popkorn TV and Windfall Films, covering everything from neuroscience and animal autopsies to pest control and policing. Her true love though is documentaries – and as a Producer she was responsible for films such as The Murder Workers on Channel 4, which was nominated for a Grierson Award.
Head of Production
Val has over 20 year’s production experience and was previously Head of Production at Ronachan Films. She has managed programmes across a range of genres from 12 part series to one-off documentaries for major broadcasters including BBC, Channel 4, C5, HBO, WGBH, Discovery and Smithsonian. Her credits include the BAFTA award-winning series National Trust and Restoration.
Deputy Head of Production
Kerstin is an experienced production manager who worked on some high profile factual productions including the latest ‘Reggie Yates: Extreme UK’ series at Sundog. She also worked as facilities manager in post-production and as production manager in corporate production.
Denise has spent her career as EA and events manager for several media companies. She has worked for Harvey Goldsmith, Virgin Media and Virgin Unite before joining Sundog Pictures in the summer of 2015 to help with the smooth-running of the company.
Development Assistant Producer
With a background in writing and literature, Adriana has been working in Factual and Drama development for 4 years. Starting her career in-house at the BBC, she has worked on the BBC ONE Truth About series, developed various big BBC TWO science landmark shows, and created a slew of digital shorts for BBC Three. She joined Sundog Pictures in March 2016 and has been enjoying coming up with ideas for a range of genres, including specialist factual, features, arts, science and docs.
Jack is an experienced Media Manager and Edit Assistant and has also worked in production with a background in factual entertainment and documentary. Joining Sundog in October 2016, he manages the in-house media content and production deliverables, provides technical support for the Edit and works closely with the Development team to cut tasters for Commissioners.