Meet the Team
John Adams (CEO) – is a film entrepreneur whose focus is primarily on the business side of the industry. An ex-Army Officer, he launched the first agency in the UK to provide military advice and support to the entertainment industry and has acted as a consultant to Hollywood blockbusters including Steven Spielberg’s Band of Brothers, The Queen, Doom and X-Men. Over the last 15 years, John has amassed 79 production credits (27 as a producer) on projects with budgets ranging from under £50k to over £100m. According to a recently published study, he produced two of the top 50 grossing British films made for under £500k during the period 2008-2014 in terms of world box office revenues. He has also delivered several seasons of flagship television shows to major US broadcaster Discovery Channel for syndication around the world. John’s career spans development, finance, production, sales and distribution: he has closed the funding for numerous feature films, launched and managed production companies, filmed in locations around the globe including places as remote as the west African jungle and icy tundra of Siberia, acted as a supervising producer for an established television company and taken on principal roles at global sales agencies including representing them at major international markets and securing distribution advances.
Diane Shorthouse (Managing Director) – is highly experienced across the independent film and TV sectors and has line produced several acclaimed television shows including the BAFTA Nominated Cyberbully for Channel 4 starring Maisie Williams from Game of Thrones, Miracle Landing on Hudson for US network National Geographic, and the highly controversial 100 Days of UKIP for Channel 4. She also has extensive experience in the British independent film industry as line producer on theatrically released features working with stars including Sheridan Smith, Jaime Winstone, Jonathan Hyde and Sir Geoff Hurst, and was the line producer on Powder Room for Damian Jones and Pinewood Films. Diane has worked in the development department of a major television corporation across a number of projects simultaneously developing, budgeting, scheduling, casting and packaging episodic and one off dramas and drama documentaries. She is highly capable of planning and managing drama shoots on location and in the studio, supporting the creative vision, and is a member of the Production Guild.
Ross Boyask (Sales Executive & Director) – is the epitome of knowing and understanding your product. In addition to his six years experience working for an international sales agency on titles including the critically acclaimed Margin Call and cult international hit Iron Sky, he is also an award winning genre filmmaker whose films have been released in more than 20 countries around the world and whose fan base continues to grow. His micro-budget action feature Ten Dead Men, which Ross edited and directed, has sold over 40,000 copies in the UK alone and has been re-released numerous times across several territories. Currently Ross has three features as director on wide release and a huge library of over 40 short films to his name including Pure Vengeance, which was selected by the film critic Jonathan Ross to be featured on his television series Stop! Kung Fu, and Salvation which has recently screened in official selection at numerous international film festivals. Ross studied Media Production at the prestigious Bournemouth University and has an impressive and extensive knowledge of all things film, especially genre and action movies. He is well known on the film festival circuit and has strong relationships with international buyers.
Alistair Audsley (Marketing Director) – is a respected international marketing consultant who has developed a global reputation as a marketing focused executive producer in music and film. He is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Marketing and an Incorporated Practitioner in Advertising whose own boutique brand agency has worked with diverse international clients in Singapore, Panama, London, Moscow, Dubai and Finland. Alistair has executive produced for major Russian pop artists Emin and Victoria Daineko, achieving the first ever ‘Record of the Week’ accolade from BBC Radio 2 for an Eastern European artist, as well as brokering global major label record deals. In 2012, Alistair co-produced the showpiece interval performance for Eurovision in Baku, watched by a live television audience of over 300 million people.
Ildi Toth Davy (EVP, Sales & Acquisitions) – Ex-Warner Brothers and Disney movie sales veteran Ildi Toth Davy is known for her work on First Blood, the first in the Rambo series, and for her involvement in international sales projects including Able Gance’s Napoleon, Terminator, Platoon, Metropolitan and Maniac Cop. As well as establishing her own boutique film sales company Altadena Films, Ildi has worked for independents First Look and as SVP sales and acquisitions for Odin’s Eye. She is based in Los Angeles.