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.
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.
Sam has been an executive producer at RDF Media, ITV Studios, Renegade Pictures and Nutopia; as well as working for three years at the BBC in factual commissioning. Formerly, Sam was Creative Director of Factual at Shine, as well as Controller of Factual and Features at Granada Yorkshire. Sam joined Sundog Pictures as Creative Director in 2012.
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).
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.
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.
Deputy Head of Production
Kerstin is an experienced Production Manager and Deputy Head Of Production who has worked on some high profile factual programming including the ‘Reggie Yates: Extreme’ series at Sundog Pictures. She has also worked as a Facilities Manager in post-production and a Production Manager in corporate production and branded content.
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.
Harry was a roving reporter on BBC radio before moving into TV to work on various productions worldwide. Recent credits include Mind Over Marathon on BBC 1 and 24 Hours in Police Custody on Channel 4. He has also developed commissioned ideas at a range of companies, including Renegade Pictures, and for the BBC. He joined Sundog Pictures in May 2017.
Jack is an experienced Media Manager and Edit Assistant and has also worked in production with a background in factual entertainment and documentary. He manages the company media content, production rushes and deliverables, provides technical support for the Edit and works closely with the in-house Development team to cut taster tapes.