Adam joined October in 1990. As Managing Director he oversees the company’s business strategy, strategic alliances and rights management, in conjunction with Jane Manning.
His core focus is to maximise the commercial potential of October’s creative vision and core editorial talent. He remains an integral part of the company’s development and creative team under Matt Robins, developing and executive producing projects though to commissioning, in particular the major international co-productions for which October is renowned.
Productions include: Eight Days That Made Rome (Channel 5), David Jason's Secret Service (More4), Walking The Nile, Walking The Himalayas, Walking The Americas (C4 & GroupM), Operation Stonehenge (BBC2, CBC, Smithsonian, France 5, ORF and ZDF), World War II From Space (History), Rude Tube (C4), The Man Who Killed Michael Jackson (C4, Zodiak, ABC and MSNBC) and Spying on Hitler’s Army (C4, PBS and Foxtel).
“There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing” - Aristotle.
As Director, Production & Operations, Jane is integral to the company’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 leads budget and contract settlement with broadcasters, and negotiates rights deals for October content. She pursues new funder relationships, and together with the Managing Director, develops investment and business opportunities across the entire range of the company’s work.
Jane is passionate about finding and working with great people and is central to the strategy for building October into an indy capable of flourishing in a challenging and changing landscape while retaining its founding principles of quality delivery.
Matt leads October's creative strategy, overseeing relationships with broadcasters, producers, partners and talent. Since joining in 2004 Matt has expanded October’s slate from a blue-chip documentary base to the full spectrum of factual content, creating and executive producing across diverse genres.
Matt was integral to shows that transformed perceptions of October, such as Rude Tube (Channel 4) and Obsession (Investigation Discovery). The critically acclaimed Hunt for Britain’s Sex Traffickers (Channel 4), World War Two From Space (History), and Kris: Dying to Live (BBC) reflect Matt's commitment to the highest standards of production and a vibrant stylistic range.
Most recently Matt has overseen October’s US growth, founding a base in New York to enable innovative and incendiary ideas to reach ever broader commercial landscapes.
Nathan oversees the full range of October’s financial activities in the UK and US. He evaluates commercial and investment opportunities and helps develop October’s strategy. Nathan has overall responsibility for the group’s financial planning and reporting. Nathan joined October’s board in 2017, having gained extensive prior experience in the television production sector. Nathan is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Saira joined October Films in April 2018 having spent her career working in various streams of the media industry, ranging from newspapers to marketing.
October Films is Saira’s first venture into TV production where, as Financial Controller she is responsible for looking after the finance department and ensuring everyone is well equipped to service our productions. She is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.
Mike joined us after spending six successful years at Firecracker Films, where he was Head of US Productions, running My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding for five seasons, Gypsy Sisters for Four, and many other shows including Apocalypse Preppers, Preachers Wives, Clash of the Collectors and personal favourite Sinister Ministers, in which he played a priest or a cop in every episode.
Prior to this, he produced and directed for some of UK television’s most talked about factual series including Faking It, Perfect Match, Beyond Boundaries, Bear Grylls: Man v Wild, lots of Uncovered's, numerous From Hells and many, many shows ending with Wars.
“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind” - Dr. Seuss
Chris is highly experienced in developing and producing television sizzles, pilots and premiere episodes that ensure the success of top-rating hit series for the US, UK and global markets. He combines expert editorial skills with strong leadership, dynamic creativity and professional drive.
Chris started his freelance career cutting music videos, commercials and film trailers. He fused these skills with gifted storytelling to shape outstanding factual programming for the BBC (Top Gear), Channel 4 (The Madness Of Boy George), National Geographic (Locked Up Abroad) and over 80 hours of programming for the Discovery Channel, including top-rated hits Jungle Gold,Shackleton: Death or Glory, Dangerous Persuasions, The Unexplained Files and Gold Rush.
Matt heads up October Films’ UK development team. He is responsible for driving October’s slate of UK ideas, pitching to broadcasters and securing access and talent.
In his time at October, Matt has secured commissions for series including Dangerous Borders: A Journey Across India and Pakistan and Caravanner of the Year, as well as stand-out singles such as Annie: Out of the Ashes, The Big Spring Clean and For Richer, For Poorer.
Matt joined October in July 2012, after a spell working in development in house at the BBC. Previously he worked for Waddell Media in Belfast, producing the first series of the innovative year-long Channel 4 series 4thought.tv, and in the development teams of various London-based indies.