Meet the Team
John Adams (CEO)
John has over twenty years experience in the entertainment industry, with a particular focus on the business of film. Prior to launching Evolutionary Films, John held senior roles at global sales agencies and as supervising producer to Discovery reality television content across Africa and Russia for Raw TV in London, including running productions on the ground in locations as remote as the west African jungle and icy tundra of Siberia. A former British Army Officer, John launched the first agency in the UK to provide military advice and support to the entertainment industry and has acted as a consultant to broadcasters including HBO, ITV, the BBC and Channel 4 as well as working on major Hollywood productions including Steven Spielberg’s BAND OF BROTHERS, THE QUEEN, DOOM and the X-MEN franchise. A prolific writer, director, producer, AD, line producer and executive in the UK independent film sector, John has amassed over 80 film and television credits (more than 30 as a producer) on projects with budgets ranging from under $50k to over $100m.
Diane Shorthouse (Managing Director)
Diane is highly experienced across the 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 THE 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 multiple drama shoots on location and in the studio, supporting the creative vision, and is a member of the Production Guild.
Ross Boyask (Creative Director)
Ross is the epitome of knowing and understanding your product, which is extremely useful in his role that includes acquisitions for Evolutionary Films. In addition to his extensive experience working for an international sales agency on titles including the critically acclaimed MARGIN CALL (starring Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Demi Moore and Stanley Tucci) and cult international hit IRON SKY, he is also an award winning genre filmmaker in his own right, whose films have been released in more than 20 countries around the world and whose fan base continues to grow. Currently Ross has five features as director on wide release (including Evolutionary Films’ own VENGEANCE franchise featuring Stu Bennett, Vinnie Jones and Gary Daniels that is released through Saban Films and Lionsgate in North America) and a huge library of over 40 short films to his name including PURE VENGEANCE (starring Scott Adkins), which was selected by the film critic Jonathan Ross to be featured on his television series STOP! KUNG FU. 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)
Alistair is a highly respected international marketing consultant who has developed a global reputation as a marketing focused executive producer in music and film. A member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and an Incorporated Practitioner in Advertising, prior to joining Evolutionary Films, Alistair’s own boutique brand agency worked with diverse blue-chip and government clients in Singapore, London, Moscow, Dubai and Finland. Initially diversifying into the music and film sectors in 2009, Alistair achieved 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 for UK and Eastern European artists. In 2012, Alistair co-produced the showpiece interval performance for EUROVISION in Baku, watched by a live television audience of over 300 million people. Since 2013, Alistair has advised the UK Government’s GREAT Britain campaign, which is the most ambitious inward investment and trade campaign ever devised by government, operating in 144 countries. Alistair’s work has focused on the luxury and creative sectors. In 2014, he incepted the ‘STAR WARS – Made GREAT in Britain’ campaign, and was key in brokering a joint venture between UK government and Disney. Subsequently, he wrote and produced seven key promotional films to support the release of THE FORCE AWAKENS and, in particular, to celebrate the 40-year partnership between STAR WARS and Britain. The campaign continued with STAR WARS: ROGUE ONE and Alistair also wrote and produced the 2016 cinema ‘gold spot’ commercial for the UK film sector’s Industry Trust with A-list star Felicity Jones, designed to combat film piracy.