October Films

october is an acclaimed and independent producer of premium content for global broadcast platforms

The Story

Founded in London in 1989, October is one of the most dynamic, imaginative and respected brands in the documentary sector.

Truly independent and employee-owned, with offices in London, Los Angeles and New York, and a burgeoning regional studio facility in the UK, October harnesses an unrivalled community of producers and partners.

Our passion for storytelling and commitment to excellence have been recognised with over 100 prestige awards, including EMMY, Prix Italia and BAFTA.

Our Team

Adam Bullmore
Joint Owner and Managing Director
Jane Manning
Joint Owner and Director, Production and Operations
Matt Robins
Joint Owner and Creative Director
Nathan Peachey
Director of Finance and Business Affairs
Maddy Allen
Production Executive
Adrian Bell
Head of Post-Production Facilities
Neil Breakwell
Senior Executive Producer
Meagan Burel
Lead Development Producer, US
Jesse Clegg
Office Manager
Jos Cushing
Head of Factual, UK
Stewart Daniels
Post Technical Manager
Matt Dewar
Head of development UK
Ian Douglas
Production Executive
Becky Haward
Development Executive
Becky Morris
Production Executive
Chris Muckle
Head of Factual, US
Lloyd Owusu
Runner
Gillian Pachter
Executive Producer
Joe Racanelli
Financial Controller, US
Sonia Said
Financial Controller
Mike Warner
Senior Executive Producer
Adam Bullmore
Joint Owner and Managing Director

Adam focuses on the commercial potential of October’s creative vision and talent partnerships.

At the heart of October’s leadership since its founding, Adam develops and executive produces projects from commissioning through to delivery, in particular major international Co-Productions.

Recent and notable productions for Adam and October include This Is Football (Amazon), Walking with Elephants (Channel 4 & Animal Planet), The End of The Storm (Sky Docs, Altitude, Discovery EMEA, Paramount+ and DAZN), Eight Days That Made Rome (Channel 5), Operation Stonehenge (BBC2, CBC, Smithsonian, France 5, ORF and ZDF) and The Mum Who Got Tourette’s (C4).

Jane Manning
Joint Owner and Director, Production and Operations

Jane is integral to October’s creative, strategic, and commercial planning. She is responsible for the day to day running of the company and has managerial oversight of all productions through to Delivery.

Jane oversees budget and contract settlement, negotiations with outside partners, and new business opportunities across the entire range of the company’s work.

She is passionate about retaining and working with great people, seeing the potential in everyone, and growing October’s talent base.

Matt Robins
Joint Owner and Creative Director

Matt oversees October’s creative strategy, forging partnerships to produce premium documentary content and drive growth.

Since joining October in 2004, Matt has transformed its brand by nurturing new and lasting relationships with broadcasters, producers, and talent, while enhancing its prestigious and award-winning core.

Matt personally led October’s expansion into the US in 2013, building a creative hub first in New York and subsequently Los Angeles.

Significant milestones in Matt and October’s evolution include The Hunt for Britain’s Sex Traffickers (Channel 4), World War Two from Space (History), Jesy Nelson: Odd One Out (BBC1), First Ladies (CNN) and Beanie Mania (HBO Max).

Nathan Peachey
Director of Finance and Business Affairs

Nathan is a member of October’s board, and he oversees all financial operations across the UK and the US.

With responsibility for October’s business affairs, he manages broadcaster and distributor contracts and other commercial negotiations including raising production finance. Nathan is a qualified chartered accountant.

Maddy Allen
Production Executive

Maddy first came to work for October Films as a Production Manager in 2002. After a few years, she moved on to gain experience as a Line Producer and Head of Production at a variety of companies and returned to October Films in 2018 as a Production Executive. Maddy is working across several productions, genres, and broadcasters, from single docs for BBC3 through to ground-breaking series for US Networks.

Adrian Bell
Head of Post-Production Facilities

Adrian leads October’s in-house post-production facility, bringing over 20 years of experience to the edit support team.

Since joining in 2021, Adrian has been instrumental in transforming workflow and media management processes and further advancing October’s standards of Postproduction and final delivery.

Prior to his arrival at October Films Adrian worked at Twofour in London heading up their in-house edit facility and post producing all throughput for a variety of broadcasters. Prior to this Adrian was a leading figure for Evolutions delivering some of their largest and most demanding productions such as the early series’ of The Only Way Is Essex for ITVBe and Channel 4’s The Plane Crash on location in Mexico.

Neil Breakwell
Senior Executive Producer

Neil joined October Films in 2018 and is an executive producer across a range of October’s documentary and factual series.

Having previously held senior editorial roles at VICE and BBC Newsnight, Neil has a particular focus on producing topical and fast-turnaround content.

Neil has developed and produced numerous acclaimed and popular documentaries for October, including The Brexit Storm: Laura Kuenssberg’s Inside Story (BBC2), Deliveroo, Secrets of Your Takeaway (C4), Lighthouses: Building the Impossible, and The Dambusters (Channel Five).

Meagan Burel
Lead Development Producer, US

Meagan is the lead development producer for October’s U.S. slate. Since joining October in 2016, Meagan has won several notable commissions including First Ladies and Diana for CNN, Beanie Mania for HBO Max, and Hiroshima:75 Years Later for History Channel.

Jesse Clegg
Office Manager

With a demonstrated history of working in the Media industry, Jesse was hired by October to maintain the day-to-day running of the busy office. Now Office Manager, Jesse oversees the daily operation of four fully fitted offices and liaises with external partners whilst representing the October brand.

Jos Cushing
Head of Factual, UK

Jos heads up October’s factual department in London where he’s responsible for overseeing and producing core productions for US and international networks and taking ambitious developments from inception to greenlight.

Jos began his career working in live sports production before transitioning into both British and American factual programming. At Raw Television he made the first 3 seasons of Discovery’s smash hit Gold Rush before executive producing Jungle Gold and Siberian Cut.

In 2014 he moved to October where he has executive produced many of the company’s landmark shows, including award-winning and prestigious series such as Walking The Nile (Channel 4 & Animal Planet), Mygrations (Nat Geo) The Bulger killers: Was Justice Done? (Channel 4), Barbarians Rising (HISTORY) and This is Football (Amazon Prime).

Stewart Daniels
Post Technical Manager

Stewart is responsible for the running and maintenance of the Postproduction edit machines, software, networking and edit workflows supporting Production and troubleshooting day-to-day issues.

Since joining October in 2021 Stewart has implemented an update of workflow systems to increase organisation and streamline efficiencies.

Matt Dewar
Head of development UK

Matt oversees October’s UK development effort – originating, developing, and pitching programmes to UK terrestrial and SVOD broadcasters.

Since joining October in 2012, Matt has broken new-to-TV talent, secured privileged access, and built new relationships with channels and commissioners.

Key commissions include the Broadcast-nominated The Bulger Killers: Was Justice Done? (Channel 4), Dangerous Borders (BBC Two), Annie: Out of the Ashes (BBC Three) and Caravanner of the Year (BBC Two).

Ian Douglas
Production Executive

Ian started at October Films as a Production Executive in 2022, having worked in TV Production Management for over 20 years across a variety of genres including Factual, Factual Entertainment, Drama, Sport/Motorsport, Live Studio and Outside Broadcast.

Ian is working across several productions and genres, from single documentaries through to large series for both UK and US broadcasters.

Becky Haward
Development Executive

Becky joined October Films in 2015 on the Channel 4 series ‘Walking the Himalayas’. She relocated to New York in 2016, joining October’s US development team. Here she crafted multiple noteworthy true crime series and gained exclusive access into standout cases. Since returning to the UK in 2020, Becky has produced fast turnaround topical discussion shows, secured A-list attachments to premium documentary series and as Executive Development Producer, creates formats across all genres for multiple US networks.

Becky Morris
Production Executive

Becky joined October in 2000 and gained extensive experience as production manager and line producer across a variety of factual and award-winning documentary series. In 2013 she became a Production Exec and continues to work across a varied slate for both UK and US networks and streamers.

Chris Muckle
Head of Factual, US

Chris drives the development and production of October’s premium content in the US.

Since joining October in 2014, Chris has shaped its American operation into an award-winning, creative powerhouse, known for bold, innovative storytelling and strong partnerships with leading producers, talent, and broadcasters across both linear and streaming platforms.

Highlights of Chris’ tenure include First Ladies for CNN and the DGA award-winning Getaway Driver with Michelle Rodriguez for Discovery+.

Lloyd Owusu
Runner

Lloyd handles the vital day-to-day running tasks at October’s dynamic London hub.

Upon finishing university Lloyd joined the Kickstarter scheme which helps to launch the careers of young people in the field of television. After his placement at October, Lloyd was offered the position of Runner.

Lloyd enjoys assisting in the company’s creative development and gaining production experience.

Gillian Pachter
Executive Producer

Gillian joined October in 2022 to oversee the production of two premium true crime series and to contribute to the development of new projects in the UK and US.

Gillian has worked as a director and showrunner across many factual genres. Having started her career directing observational documentaries for Channel 4 and the BBC, she moved on to directing docu-dramas for US broadcasters. In recent years, she has specialised in true crime and revisionist history. She was nominated for an RTS award for The Ruth Ellis Files, and her podcast Killer Book Club was the #1 download on Audible.

Gillian’s credits for October include the hit HBO Max film Beanie Mania, and Impact of Murder for Investigation Discovery.

Joe Racanelli
Financial Controller, US

Joe joined October in 2016, bringing 20 years of experience in the television and media industries. As Financial Controller for the US office, he is responsible for its financial reporting and analysis, accounting, tax, and day-to-day financial operations.

Prior to joining October, Joe spent 13 years with Atlas Media Corp, overseeing the financial production of projects such as Hotel Impossible, Dr G. Medical Examiner, and Meat Loaf: In Search of Paradise. Joe earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Pace University.

Sonia Said
Financial Controller

Sonia joined October Films in November 2020 with an audit and TV industry background. Sonia manages and develops the accounting and finance function of the UK group companies. Sonia’s team supports the efficient and smooth running of October’s productions.

Mike Warner
Senior Executive Producer

Mike is a creative leader at October, overseeing vital series from greenlight to delivery and harnessing a stellar network of talent on and off camera in the UK and US.

Joining October after six successful years at Firecracker Films, where he was Head of US Productions, running franchises such as My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding and Gypsy Sisters, Mike brings deep experience and insight to his role.

Mike continues to make talked-about shows in the US, including Roswell: The Final Verdict, Cold Blooded Alaska, Valley of the Damned and prestige documentaries in the UK, such as The Bulger Killers: Was Justice Done (C4), The Mum Who Got Tourette’s (C4) and David Jason’s Secret Service (C4).