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In May 2014 King was appointed CEO of O&M UK; exactly two years on from her previous promotion to CEO of OgilvyOne EMEA. Outside of O&M she is a member of WACL and the IPA Council; and a non-executive director of London First. She was ranked Campaign's 'No 1 Female Advertising Suit' 2014.
Van Essen joined digital production agency MediaMonks 4 years ago as client services director at its Amsterdam HQ. She became MD of MediaMonks UK in October 2013, growing the unit to exceed a quarter of global revenue. Van Essen has featured in the BIMA Hot 100 for the past two years.
Turner cofounded her London-based digital communications agency in 2012. In the short time since CultLDN has won a Clio Award, been commended by The Drum Network for 'Social Media Agency of the Year' and built a global client list that includes Marc Jacobs, Calvin Klein and Lady Gaga.
Wilson was a copywriter at The Leith Agency before joining Blink as a music video and commercials director. MONTY’S CHRISTMAS (2014) for John Lewis won two 'Gold Arrows' and a 'Silver Arrow'. ADVENTURE AWAITS (2014) for Lurpak won “Grand Prix” at 2014 Ciclope Craft Awards and 3 “Gold Arrows”.
Prest is a former ECD at R/GA London. During his time with R/GA, the agency was named Campaign's "Innovation Agency of the Year", Creative Review's "Creative Agency of the Year", and Creativity's second most "Creative Innovator". Recently George produced award-winning work for Beats by Dr Dre and Heineken. Prest is a D&AD board member and regular conference speaker.
Paddy Power's mischief champion has turned pranks into an artform. For the 2014 FIFA World Cup, PR stunts included enlisting Professor Stephen Hawking to help England score penalties; and releasing hoax photos of slogans carved into the Brazilian rainforest. The result: Paddy Power was the tournament's 7th most mentioned brand on social media.
In September 2014 following a two-year stint at Google Creative Labs, Tait returned to W+K becoming ECD of the London office. He first joined W+K as global interactive creative director in 2010; moving from Poke, the digital agency he cofounded 9 years earlier. W+K London’s clients include Honda, Nike and Procter & Gamble.
Dolukhanov cofounded mobile specialist Nice Agency with Ryan Hall in 2009, growing a client roster that includes FlyBE, Ticketmaster and The Independent; and winning accolades including 'Top 10 Agency' status in The Drum's Digital Census. In August 2014 the agency was acquired by Karmarama with Dolukhanov becoming CTO of the new parent.
Chan (art director) and Cenamor (copywriter) are the creative team behind Sport England's multi-award-winning THIS GIRL CAN (2015) campaign. Slogans like 'Sweating like a pig, feeling like a fox’ and ‘I jiggle therefore I am’ are used in TV spots and posters that celebrate participation and star ordinary women of all body shapes.
Wood is cofounder, COO and CMO of Unruly. The London-headquartered company helps over 80% of Ad Age 100 brands get their online video campaigns watched and shared; and now employs over 200 people across 15 offices worldwide. Wood is also an associate lecturer and course convenor at University of Cambridge.
Following trailblazer commissions from Gorillaz (2005), Ennio Morricone (2006) and Steve McQueen (2007); MIF launched in 2007. The biennial event has featured the likes of Björk, Sir Kenneth Branagh and Professor Brian Cox. In 2015 Poots, the founding artistic director, was awarded a CBE prior to moving to Culture Shed in New York.
Parker is one of the UK’s most celebrated artists. MAGNA CARTA (AN EMBROIDERY) (2015) replicates the entire Wikipedia article on the Magna Carta as it appeared on the 799th anniversary of the historic document. Parker invited 200 people to hand-stitch portions of the work including prisoners, MPs, lawyers and artists.
Shaw is head of creative programming at Historic Royal Palaces, working with artists to unlock the stories of our past. Recent commissions include the multi-award-winning BLOOD SWEPT LANDS AND SEAS OF RED (2014) at the Tower of London; and recreating Handel's MUSIC FOR THE ROYAL FIREWORKS (1749) with original fireworks at Hampton Court.
Wilcox works between the worlds of art, design, craft and technology to create innovative, thought provoking objects. His recent projects include a pair of shoes with inbuilt GPS to guide the wearer home, a Binaudios device for listening to the sounds of a city; and a stained glass driverless car of the future.
Hauser & Wirth built its name attracting wealthy buyers to metropolitan galleries; but when a derelict farm became available close to their rural home, the Wirths saw an opportunity. Hauser & Wirth Somerset opened in July 2014; hosting 10 exhibitions and 130,000 visitors in 12 months. Hauser & Wirth LA opens in 2016.
Basford is a Scottish illustrator; working with pens and pencils, and predominately in black and white. She has designed for Nike, Sony, Absolut and Starbucks; but is best known for her colouring-in books for adults. She has sold over one million copies of SECRET GARDEN (2013). Her follow up is ENCHANTED FOREST (2015).
Kampfner is the founding CEO of the Creative Industries Federation, a national membership organisation that has become a formidable voice for the arts, creative industries and cultural education since launching less than a year ago. He is also an author and chair of Turner Contemporary in Margate.
Turner Prize nominated artist Yiadom-Boakye is known for creating striking figurative paintings of imagined characters. She typically completes each piece in a day to best capture a single moment or stream of consciousness. In 2015 she staged her first major London show: VERSUS AFTER DUSK at the Serpentine Gallery.
Balshaw is director of the Whitworth, Manchester. During 2014 while the gallery closed for redevelopment her team delivered citywide pop-up events and exhibitions to maintain and build audiences. The newly reopened gallery attracted 200,000 visitors in 5 months; won Art Fund’s “Museum of the Year 2015”; and made the Stirling Prize shortlist.
Heatherwick's studio works across art, architecture and product design; and is known for iconic projects including the OLYMPIC CAULDRON (2012). The team recently completed work for Bombay Sapphire at its distillery creating beautiful bell jar glasshouses. Live projects include developing Google Mountain View Campus and the GARDEN BRIDGE (planned for 2018).
After a career in advertising, web and commercial production, Williams founded multi-award-winning children’s TV company Sixteen South in Northern Ireland in 2008. Sixteen South’s first animated series, LILY’S DRIFTWOOD BAY (2014-), won “Best Pre-School Programme” at Broadcast Awards 2015; and has been sold to leading broadcasters in over 30 countries.
Reed is a director-producer whose works includes CLOSURE (2007), TERROR IN MUMBAI (2009), THE VALLEY (2000) and TERROR AT THE MALL (2014). THE PAEDOPHILE HUNTER (2014), a documentary about Stinson Hunter whose gang pose as underage girls in order to catch pedophiles, won “Best Single Documentary” at both the RTS and BAFTA Awards.
Clews is creative director at Twofour. He series directed EDUCATING ESSEX (2011) winning the BAFTA “Television Craft Award” for his work; executive produced fixed rig documentaries EDUCATING YORKSHIRE (2013), HAPPY FAMILIES (2013) and THE MAGALUF WEEKENDER (2013-14); and executive produced More 4's live broadcast of THE VOTE (2015) from the Donmar Warehouse.
Campbell is best known for her television roles in ONE NIGHT (2012) and MURDERED BY MY BOYFRIEND (2014), for which she won the BAFTA for “Best Actress”. She has acted in THE ARK (2015), TRIPPED (2015) and BROTHERHOOD (2015); and appears in Guy Richie’s KNIGHTS OF THE ROUNDTABLE: KING ARTHUR (2016).
Elba’s breakthrough role came in THE WIRE (2002-04). He has starred in LUTHER since 2010 for which he won a Golden Globe in 2012 and the RTS Award for “Best Actor” 2014. His films include PROMETHEUS (2012), PACIFIC RIM (2013), and forthcoming releases THE JUNGLE BOOK (2016) and STAR TREK BEYOND (2016).
Watkins won the BAFTA for “Best Actor” 2015 for THE LOST HONOUR OF CHRISTOPHER JEFFERIES (2014). His other TV work includes W1A (2004-) and TROLLIED (2011-). On stage he was Olivier Award nominated for SERVANT TO TWO MASTERS (2000). His films include TOMORROW NEVER DIES (1997) and THE COMPASS (2007).
Parsons is series director of STRICTLY COME DANCING (2004-) overseeing more than 150 episodes since joining the show in 2006. In 2014 STRICTLY won its second consecutive “Most Popular Talent Show” at the NTAs; and a “Special Award” for outstanding creative and technical achievements at the BAFTA Television Craft Awards.
Ranganathan is a stand-up comedian and actor. He regular appears on MOCK THE WEEK (2013-15), THE APPRENTICE: YOU’RE FIRED! (2014) and TASKMASTER (2015); is a team member on PLAY TO THE WHISTLE (2015); and wrote and stars in FUNNY VALENTINE (2015). He was nominated for “Best Newcomer” at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards 2013.
Horgan is an English-Irish actress, writer, director and producer best known for the comedy series PULLING (2006-2009) - which was nominated for two BAFTAs and won two British Comedy Awards - and CATASTROPHE (2015-). CATASTROPHE is co-written by and co-stars American comic Rob Delaney, whom Horgan first met on Twitter.
As head of TV content, Jaye is transforming BBC iPlayer from a catch-up TV service into a primary entertainment destination, not only premiering TV content and introducing archive collections but also commissioning exclusive content. Examples include ORIGINAL DRAMA SHORTS (2014-), LONDON FASHION WEEK (2014) and PRIVATE VIEW: TINIE TEMPAH ON ALEXANDER MCQUEEN (2015).
Williams is promising young designer best known for her signature graphic prints and tongue-in-cheek designs. She showed her first collection in 2013 at Fashion East. She made her NEWGEN debut in SS15. Her critically-acclaimed collection combined Asian-inspired silhouettes with school notebook scrawls and skater prints.
Tilbury has worked in fashion and beauty for two decades, launching a make-up line in 2013 to instant international success. She has worked with photographers Mario Testino and Terry Richardson; designers Tom Ford and Stella McCartney; and stars Kate Moss and Rihanna. In 2014/15 she has featured in Vogue UK and Vanity Fair.
Wilcox is senior curator of fashion at the V&A. In 2015 she worked alongside the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Andrew Bolton to produced the critically-acclaimed ALEXANDER MCQUEEN: SAVAGE BEAUTY. Demand for tickets to the exhibition was so high that V&A opened overnight for the final two weekends of its run.
Weir graduated from CSM in 2010; and from an obscure Tumblr page has risen to become the UK fashion industry’s most in-demand young photographers. In 2014 she secured back-to-back commissions from AnOther, i-D, Pop, Arena Homme+, Dazed & Confused, Bottega Veneta, Armani and Maison Martin Margiela.
Holland rose to prominence in 2006 through his FASHION GROUPIES designs, launching his House of Holland label two years later. In 2014 - to mark Magnum’s 25th birthday - he produced a 60s inspired dress creating the illusion of cracking chocolate with layers of fabric and sequins.
Amed launched BoF in 2007, growing it into the top online destination for the global fashion industry. As editor-in-chief he has interviewed Karl Lagerfeld, Dolce & Gabbana and CEOs of Chanel and Marc Jacobs. In 2014 BoF launched a subscription-based marketplace for creative talent used by LVMH and Net-A-Porter.
In 2007 Neves combined his interest in fashion and technology to launch Farfetch. The integrated online marketplace curates product from over 250 independent fashion boutiques around the world. In 2015 Farfetch acquired Browns to begin and test an omni-channel growth strategy. Neves’ awards include E&Y UK “Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year” 2013.
Stoppard has been SHOWstudio’s editor since 2012 and is also a regular contributor to ELLE UK, i-D and The Financial Times. She has interviewed Sir Paul Smith, Jeremy Scott and Bryan Ferry. She collaborated on V&A CONNECTS and TALKING FASHION. Her first book TOGETHER (2016) is about creative partnerships in fashion.
Firth is a Kenyan-born British fashion model. In 2013 she became the first black model to appear in Prada advertising since Naomi Campbell 19 years earlier. Since then she has become the face of Burberry, Marc Jacob’s Daisy fragrance and Valentino; challenging the lack of racial diversity in the industry.
Over the past decade Beckham has become recognised as a global style icon and critically-acclaimed fashion designer. She launched her eponymous label in 2008 and diffusion line 3 years later. In September 2014 she opened her first store on Dover Street. She won the BFA for “Brand of the Year” 2014.
Asante is a screenwriter, film director, and former actress. She won BAFTA's 'Carl Foreman Award' for outstanding debut by a British filmmaker for A WAY OF LIFE (2004), which she also wrote. Her second feature as director was BELLE (2013); and she directs Rosamund Pike and David Oyelowo in A UNITED KINGDOM.
Haigh achieved critical acclaim with his second feature WEEKEND (2011), which won him the London Film Critics' Circle award for “Breakthrough British Filmmaker”. His next film 45 YEARS (2015) premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival winning “Silver Bears” for co-stars Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtney.
Binns has worked in film for 3 decades. Having joined Picturehouse in 2003 she is now director of programming and acquisitions. She drives programming policy for the entire group including at the newly opened Picturehouse Central. She also sits the London Film Festival Industry Liaison Committee and BAFTA Learning and Events Committee.
Stewart was appointed BFI's inaugural head of exhibition in 2011, having directed Sydney Film Festival for the previous 5 years. She is responsible for the cultural and commercial performance of BFI Southbank, BFI Imax and BFI Festival. She directs London Film Festival, which opens with SUFFRAGETTE and closes with STEVE JOBS in 2015.
Perkins began his career at the Feature Film Company before joining Optimum (now StudioCanal UK) at its inception in 1999. He became CEO in 2010. Recent releases include ALAN PARTRIDGE: ALPHA PAPA (2013), PADDINGTON (2014) and SHAUN THE SHEEP (2015). Perkins sits on Creative England’s board. He has lectured at NFTS and BFI.
Karlsen cofounded Number 9 Films in 2003 with her husband Stephen Woolley. The pair previously worked together at Palace Pictures; co-producing THE CRYING GAME (1992), which received 6 OSCAR nominations including for “Best Film”. Her recent productions include YOUTH (2015) and the “Palme d’Or” shortlisted CAROL (2015). She is current chair of WFTV.
Longinotto is an acclaimed documentary filmmaker. She won the “World Cinema Directing Award” for documentaries at Sundance 2015 for DREAMCATCHER (2015). The film follows Brenda Myers-Powell, a former prostitute who helps Chicago sex workers escape the industry. For LOVE IS ALL (2014) she used archive footage to explore depictions of courtship over time.
King is a writer-director working in comedy. He was Perrier Award nominated for GARTH MARENGHI’S FRIGHTKNIGHT (2000); and received a BAFTA nomination for “Best New Director” for THE MIGHTY BOOSH (1998-) on 2004. Having written and directed his first feature film, BUNNY AND THE BULL (2009), he co-wrote and directed PADDINGTON (2014).
Beresford is a writer and occasional actor, best known for THE LAST OF THE HAUSSMANS (produced by the NT in 2012) and the 2014 film PRIDE. For PRIDE he won the “Queer Palm” at Cannes, and the BAFTA for “Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer”.
Hardy made his feature film debut in Ridley Scott’s BLACK HAWK DOWN (2001). He won 'BAFTA Rising Star” for INCEPTION (2010). He was critically praised for his performance in the title role for MAX: FURY ROLE (2015). His other 2015 film appearances are CHILD 44, LONDON ROAD, LEGEND and THE REVENANT.
Hope has been with Creative Assembly since 1998 rising to creative director in 10 years. He directed ALIEN: ISOLATION (2014) for Sega. The game was met with critical acclaim winning several year-end awards including PC Gamer’s “Game of the Year”. It received 6 BAFTA nominations, winning for “Audio Achievement”.
Livingstone is one of the founding fathers of the UK games industry. He cofounded Games Workshop in 1975; designed EUREKA! (1984), Domark’s first video game; and was part of Eidos’ founding team, launching franchises including TOMB RAIDER (1996-). In 2014 he opened the Livingstone school and was appointed Creative Industries Champion for BIS.
Boneloaf was setup in 2011 by 3 brothers. In late 2013 they experimented with adding a punching mechanic to a high fantasy game prototype to test if the procedural animation system could be modified for a mêlée fighting game. From this GANG BEASTS (2015), the studio’s critically acclaimed debut release, was developed.
Founded in 2012 by former employees from EA, Playfish and Mind Candy, Space Ape is the mobile games developer behind the hugely popular SAMURAI SIEGE (2013-). In December 2014 they closed a $7m round of funding. They won the Develop Industry Excellence Award for “New Studio” 2014.
Bidwell and Whittaker are cofounders of State of Play Games, which specialises in developing hand-crafted games, often using pencils, papercraft and laser cutting in game art. For BAFTA-winning puzzle adventure LUMINO CITY (2014) the team created a miniature city out of paper and cardboard complete with including working lights and electric motors.
Wong is lead designer at ustwo. He took inspiration from Japanese prints and minimalist sculpture when developing the visual style for puzzle game MONUMENT VALLEY (2014). The game won a 2014 “Apple Design Award” and was named Apple’s “Best Game of 2014”. It also won BAFTAs for best “British Game” and “Mobile/Handheld Game”.
Jacobson is studio director of Sports Interactive, the team behind FOOTBALL MANAGER (2005-) and CHAMPIONSHIP MANAGER (1992). In 2014 they entered a partnership with performance analysts Prozone for game data to be used in real-world player recruitment. Jacobson is a UKIE board member and NESTA mentor. He was awarded an OBE in 2010.
PewDiePie is a Swedish-born, Brighton-based comedian and producer best known for his Let’s Play commentaries and vlogs, which gain over 250m views on YouTube per month. In August 2014 Maker Studios released an official PewDiePie app for iPhone. PewDiePie's first book THIS BOOK LOVE YOU (2015) is published by Penguin imprint Razorbill.
Loman is cofounder and CEO of Gamer Network, launched in 1999 when he was still a school student. Its websites include Eurogamer, USGamer, GamesIndustry.biz and the new experimental portal MetaBomb. Gamer Network launched Eurogamer Expo (EGX) in 2008, which moved to the NEC in 2015; and introduced a sister event, REZZED, in 2014.
Reddy relocated from Australia to England aged 18; working at Perfect Entertainment and Criterion Games before cofounding Media Molecule in 2006. After the success of LITTLEBIGPLANET (2008-) the studio was acquired by Sony Computer Entertainment. TEARAWAY UNFOLDED (2015) follows up the platform game TEARAWAY (2013). Reddy is a member of BAFTA's Games Committee.
Shennan has been controller of Radio 2 and Radio 6 Music since 2009. In 2014 he was additionally appointed director of music to coordinate music output across the BBC. The umbrella brand BBC Music launched with a simulcast of The Impossible Orchestra’s cover of GOD ONLY KNOWS (1966) that October.
In May 2015 Amfo became the new host of Radio 1’s mid-morning show; having previously presented 1Xtra’s weekend breakfast show. Amfo began her career as a marketing intern at Kiss FM in 2009, climbing through the ranks to win the Sony Radio Awards “Rising Star Award” 2012. She joined 1Xtra in 2013.
In December 2014 Village and Gossa signed a global deal with Sony Music UK for Black Butter Records to become a standalone label at the major. The pair started Black Butter in 2010, launching the careers of Rudimental, Clean Bandit and Jess Glynne; and subsequently added a management arm and publishing company.
Tempest is a spoken word artist, poet and playwright. Her debut album EVERYBODY DOWN (2014) was nominated for the Mercury Prize. She won the “Ted Hughes Award” 2013 for the Battersea Arts Centre co-production BRAND NEW ANCIENTS (2012-2013); and was selected as a “Next Generation Poet” by the Poetry Society in 2014.
Davyd and Whitrick founded The Music Venue Trust in 2014 to protect and champion grassroots live music venues. Since then the charity has launched the Venues Day initiative; delivered the UNDERSTANDING SMALL VENUES (2015) report to parliament; chaired the Mayor of London’s Music Venues Taskforce; and saved at least 6 venues from closure.
Rob Da Bank is a DJ, record label owner and cofounder of music festivals Bestival and Camp Bestival. At the 2014 AIF Festival Congress Awards he won the “Outstanding Contribution Award” and the record-breaking Bestival Disco Ball was named “Smart Marketing Campaign of the Year”. In 2015 Bestival Toronto was launched.
Ames and Brunt have established the LCO as one of the most dynamic orchestral groups in the UK; winning the RPS Music Award for “Ensemble” 2015. They have collaborated with Johnny Greenwood, Secret Cinema, Vivienne Westwood and Nike. Their soundtrack output includes THE MASTER (2012), SLOW WEST (2015) and MACBETH (2015).
Stormzy is a hip-hop and grime MC. In 2014 he became the first unsigned rapper to appear on LATER… WITH JOOLS HOLLAND, released his debut EP DREAMERS DISEASE, and won the MOBO for “Best Grime Act”. He came 3rd in the BBC's “Sound Of 2015”, and charted with KNOW ME FROM (2015).
Tim & Danny Music is a full service entertainment group comprising a publishing company, record label and artist Management. Its roster includes Sam Smith, Emeli Sandé, Naughty Boy and Labrinth. Over the past year the cofounders have also worked as executive producers on releases by Maroon 5, Selena Gomez and Iggy Azalea.
Kennard is one half of electronic music production duo Chase & Status, and co-owner of independent record label MTA Records. In September 2014 he launched East London Arts and Music, an industry academy for 16-19 year olds, which aims to develop the next generation of young creative and business talent.
Headley is founder and MD of Goldsboro Books, which sells signed first editions from its central London bookshop and online store. He recently expanded the bookshop into adjacent premises to increase shelf space by 30%. Today Goldsboro stocks over 25,000 first editions. Headly set up D H H Literary Agency in 2008.
Woodward started her healthy eating blog DeliciouslyElla.com as a way of dealing with a rare illness, Postural Tachycardia Syndrome, which she was diagnosed with in 2011. It now attracts 2.5 million hits a month from all over the world. DELICIOUSLY ELLA (2015) was the fastest selling debut recipe collection of all time.
Byng is MD of independent publishing house Canongate. In December 2013 he launched Letters Live, an event dedicated to the art and ethos of letter, crowdfunded by Unbound. In 2015 Canongate spun off a standalone company to run the shows moving forward; partnering with Benedict Cumberbatch’s production company SunnyMarch.
Dobrin was appointed CEO of Creative Access in 2013 and has driven forward its agenda: opening doors for young people from ethnic backgrounds in the creative industries. As well as supporting paid internships, Creative Access runs CV surgeries, and masterclasses and showcases (recent participants include Random House, Hearst Magazines, HarperCollins and The Times).
Grant has been director of World Book Day (UK&I) since 2011. WBD takes place each March and sees every child in full-time education given a book voucher. In 2015 it generated a 24% week-on-week increase in sales of children’s books. Grant recently introduced the “WBD Award for School Libraries” and online festival TeenFest.
Radio 6 Music host Laverne and former Red Editor Sam Baker launched online platform The Pool in March 2015. The Pool has a unique publishing format, running drops of new material to a schedule like a traditional radio or TV channel. Contributors include Sali Hughes, Thomasina Miers, Viv Groskop and Laura Craik.
Mann is MD of Blink Publishing, launched in 2013 by Bonnier with an adult non-fiction focus. Its biggest success to date is vlogger Alfie Deyes' bestseller THE POINTLESS BOOK (2014). Blink is noted for innovating in products and marketing. Most of its books contain augmented reality technology. In 2015 it launched Blink Reality.
Florence is director of Hay Festival, founded in 1988 with his father Norman. The 2015 festival included Kazuo Ishiguro, David Mitchell and Irvine Welsh; and a tribute from Neil Gaiman to Sir Terry Pratchett. In 2014 Florence agreed a 3-year global broadcast partnership with the BBC. He runs sister festivals around the world.
McIntyre is a British-American illustrator and writer of children’s books and comics. Her recent work includes JAMPIRES (2014), CAKES IN SPACE (2014) and THERE’S A SHARK IN THE BATH (2014). In 2014 she launched #PicturesMeanBusiness, a campaign seeking proper recognition for illustrators’ work, which has been supported by Malorie Blackman and Chris Riddell.
As UK head of entertainment partnerships at Twitter, Singhvi has played a crucial role in enabling publishers to exploit social media channel to market and engagement audiences at authors’ events. He was recently promoted to director of music, moving to Twitter’s US office.
Nominated for “Best Newcomer” at the WhatsOnStage Awards 2013 for SOUTH DOWNS (2011-12), Lawther has more recently been seen on stage in THE GLASS SUPPER (2014-). He played the young Alan Turing in THE IMITATION GAME (2014) winning the London Film Critics' Circle Award for “Young British Performer of the Year”.
Woodford turned his passion for music and gaming into a business when he founded NoCopyrightSounds, which supplies content creators with free, copyright-safe music. NoCopyrightSounds recently became an official Twitch music partner. Woodford was named as on the “15 young entrepreneurs to watch in 2015” by Startups.co.uk.
Rodger is a writer and performer. Her one woman show LONDONMATTER (2015) is staged at the Roundhouse and The Albany. She has featured in WOMEN WHO SPIT (2015) and WORDS FIRST (2015). She teaches with Benjamin Zephaniah at Brunel; and has been lead facilitator on the Roundhouse’s poetry film project TALKING DOORSTEPS.
Eyre rose to fame collaborating with Rudimental on WAITING ALL NIGHT (2013), which won the Brit Award for “British Single of the Year” 2014. She came second in the BBC “Sound of 2014” and won the MOBO Award for “Best Newcomer” 2014. She released her debut album - FELINE - in August 2015.
Henderson was a finalist in the 9th series of THE X FACTOR (2004-) before signing to Simon Cowell’s Syco Music. She had UK number 1s with both her debut album CHAPTER ONE (2014) and her debut single GHOST (2014). GHOST was certified platinum in the UK, the US, Australia and New Zealand.
Motto is a bright young artist exuding an infectious enthusiasm across disciplines of sculpture, installation and drawing. In 2014 she completed her BA at The Ruskin School of Drawing & Fine Art; and won The Clyde & Co “Blank Canvas Art Commissioning Prize” and “The Red Mansion Art Prize”.
Hayward trained at The Royal Ballet School, winning the “Lynn Seymour Prize” 2009 and “Young British Dancer of the Year” 2010 before graduating into the company in 2011. She became first artist in 2013, soloist in 2014 and first soloist in 2015. She has created roles in UNTOUCHABLE (2015) and WOOLF WORKS (2015).
George the Poet is the stage name of spoken word artist George Mpanga. He contributed to a lobbying campaign about public services by Which? through the release IT’S YOURS (2014). His EP THE CHICKEN AND THE EGG (2014) is about premature parenthood and fatherlessness. Mpanga was shortlisted for the BBC “Sound of 2015”.
Boyega made his film debut in the cult British sci-fi comedy ATTACK THE BLOCK (2011) and was chosen as one of the Screen International’s “UK Stars of Tomorrow 2011”. He starred in MY MURDER (2012) and IMPERIAL DREAMS (2014). He plays the lead character of Finn in STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS (2015).
MNEK is the stage name of singer, songwriter, producer and remixer Uzo Emenike. He has written and produced for Kylie Minogue and Naughty Boy; and remixed Duran Duran and Bastille. He contributed vocals to Madonna's LIVING FOR LOVE (2015). He was Grammy nominated for co-writing Duke Dumont's NEED U 100% (2013).
Knight is a multi-award-winning singer-songwriter. In 2013 she made her musical theatre debut playing the lead character in THE BODYGUARD, for which she was nominated for “Best Takeover in a Role” at the Whatsonstage.com Awards. She earned rave reviews for her performance in MEMPHIS (2014-15). She plays Grizabella in CATS (2015-16).
McOnie made headlines in late 2014 when he was nominated for a National Dance Award - an accolade that normally eludes musical theatre choreographers - for his surprise hit DRUNK (2014). His 2015 projects include THE SOUND OF MUSIC (Leicester Curve), OKLAHOMA (UK Tour), HAIRSPRAY(UK Tour) and BUGSY MALONE (Lyric Hammersmith).
Devlin is a set designer working across opera, dance, theatre, film, television and concerts. Her stage productions include CHIMERICA (2014), THE NETHER (2015) and LIGHT SHINING (2015). She won consecutive Olivier awards for “Best Set Design” for the former two of these. She was appointed OBE in the 2015 New Year Honours.
Graham wrote THE VOTE (2015) a play set in a fictitious London polling station on election night 2015. The play received its world premiere at the Donmar Warehouse as part of its spring 2015 season, directed by Josie Rourke. It was broadcast live on More4 on the night of the General Election.
Co-artistic directors Grieve and Perrin recently commissioned a new pop-up theatre - Roundabout - to help address the challenges of mid-scale touring. Developed with theatre designer Lucy Osbourne and lighting designer Emma Laxton, they tested prototypes at the 2014 Edinburgh Festival before locating the theatre at the Southbank, and taking it on tour.
Thomas is a multi-award winning film and stage actor. She has been nominated for 5 Olivier awards for “Best Actress”; most recently for ELECTRA (2014); and winning in 2008 for THE SEAGULL (2007). She plays Queen Elizabeth II in THE AUDIENCE (2015) at Apollo Theatre. She was Oscar-nominated for THE ENGLISH PATIENT (1996).
Edwards cofounded and produces for Tooting Arts Club, which opened in 2011. In the winter 2014 they staged Sondheim’s SWEENEY TODD at Harrington’s of Tooting, London’s oldest pie and mash shop. After rave reviews and attendance from the writer himself, they transferred to a disused nightclub on Shaftesbury Avenue recreating the Harrington’s setting.
Sickels drew on her personal experience of brain injury and recovery to create the performance piece REASSEMBLED, SLIGHTLY ASKEW (2015). The groundbreaking work breaks down the boundaries between art forms, and between art, science and medicine. It premiered at Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, before touring venues around Northern Ireland.
Haworth and Tompkins opened their eponymous architecture studio in 1991. They have a long-standing relationship with the NT delivering the NT Studio in 2007, and leading the NT Future project from 2013. In 2014 they completed redevelopment of Chichester Festival Theatre and won the RIBA “Stirling Prize” for their work on Liverpool Everyman.
Stone’s work crosses the boundaries of music, theatre and comedy. In 2015 she appeared in the JOHN BISHOP SHOW (BBC One); THE NOW SHOW (Radio 4); and TITCH AND TED (CBBC), for which she scores the music. She is the first musical comedian to become an associate of the Royal Academy of Music.
From being the performer behind Gollum in Lord of the Rings, to directing Warner Bros $200m Jungle Book production, Andy and the Imaginarium is a great example of a small UK creative business that has developed into a significant global player in a short time. Andy has been instrumental in re-imagining acting, pushing the innovative use of new technologies to deliver the UK’s premier Performance Capture studio for film, television and video games.
Wac Arts was founded by Celia Greenwood in 1978 to support gifted young people who face exceptional challenges and hardship to expand their life opportunities and aspirations through arts and media. Over the past 37 years, they have worked with more than 30,000 talented young people, harnessing their extraordinary potential and equipping them to make positive choices.