INFINITY TEAM

SENIOR MANAGEMENT TEAMBOARD & SHAREHOLDERSIFTV PRODUCERS & DIRECTORSADVISORS

 

SENIOR MANAGEMENT TEAM

RussLindsay

Russ Lindsay – Founder

Russ co-founded James Grant Media and over the last 30 years has managed many of the UK’s top media and sports personalities including Phillip Schofield, Ant & Dec, Simon Cowell, Piers Morgan, Clare Balding, Holly Willoughby, Davina McCall, Richard & Judy, Fearne Cotton and England Rugby Captain Lawrence Dallaglio. During his time at James Grant, Russ was the Creative Director of the Group and produced the majority of its productions in music, theatre & TV.

Since leaving James Grant in April 2013, Russ set up Infinity Creative Media Ltd, where he is the Executive Producer for each of the investor funded television strands as well as The Celebrity Cup. Russ sits on the committee of the British Inspiration Awards and chairs the media sector of Debretts People of Today.

RossWestgate

Ross Westgate - CEO

Ross has over 22 years in the global broadcast business, helping to launch the European TV operations of Dow Jones and CNBC. He developed the world’s first tri-anchored, transcontinental daily live newscast programme Worldwide Exchange, a show he hosted from inception in 2006 until leaving to help build Infinity, where he is also Executive Producer across the IFTV series.

Whilst at CNBC Ross additionally became the face of the channel’s media coverage, presenting ‘Media Talk’ as well as hosting panels and broadcasting from MIPCOM, the Cannes Lions Advertising Festival and Mobile World Congress. Ross is a regular business commentator and has been a frequent moderator at the annual meetings of The World Economic Forum in Davos, The Ambrosetti Forum in Lake Como, the CBI and many one off events including The Future of Digital Media at BAFTA.

Melanie Jappy

Melanie Jappy - Director of Programmes

Melanie began her career as a commercial property lawyer before being seduced into television by her love of food and cooking over 20 years ago. Since then she’s worked with and discovered some of the best talent in the UK. From Raymond Blanc to Mel & Sue, her career has involved making television programmes for every major UK network including a decade at the BBC where she was BAFTA nominated for Heston Blumenthal: In Search of Perfection and received a Royal Television Society Award for her work on Who Do You Think You Are? Melanie joins Infinity as director of programmes having produced The Wine Show and is looking forward to developing a world-class production slate of content for UK, International and Digital distribution.

INFINITY BOARD & SHAREHOLDERS

LordMichaelGrade

Lord Michael Grade - Chairman

Lord Grade has a long history in television, becoming deputy controller of entertainment programmes at London Weekend Television in 1973, before moving eleven years later to become controller of BBC One. He became BBC TV’s Director of Programmes two years later.

In 1988, Michael became chief executive at Channel 4 television bringing the hugely popular American series’ ER and Friends to British TV. He eventually left Channel 4 in 1997 and has been involved in numerous companies including First Leisure, Camelot, Pinewood Studios and Ocado.

His remarkable achievements in broadcasting were recognised by a CBE in 1998 and in 2011 he was created a life peer, as Baron Grade of Yarmouth.

DawnAirey

Dawn Airey

Dawn Airey is CEO of Getty Images, the world’s leading visual communications company.

Previously, Dawn was SVP, EMEA at Yahoo! Before joining Yahoo!, Dawn was President of CLT-UFA UK TV (part of RTL Group). A veteran of the media industry, Dawn had a 30 year career in television, holding senior positions with the majority of the United Kingdom’s commercial broadcasters including, Chairwoman and CEO of Channel 5; MD of Global Content at ITV; and MD, Channels and Services at BSKYB. She has also held senior posts at Channel 4.

Dawn was awarded a Fellowship by the Royal Television Society in June 1998 and is a Vice-President of the RTS. Dawn is also a Senior non-executive Director of Thomas Cook Group plc.

NeilBlackley

Neil Blackley

Neil has an extensive background in media analysis, beginning his career at James Capel, before becoming a leading European Media analyst at Merrill Lynch, where he was the lead analyst on the flotation of BSkyB in 1994.

Neil Blackley is on the advisory board of Ingenious Media, who have raised and invested over $10bn in media & entertainment; a Director of World Archipelago, a Web 2.0 digital marketing agency; Director at Supadü, the SaaS website publishing platform and App toolkit, based in London and New York; and Director at iSat, a specialist in satellite ground station uplinking and downlinking.

Between 2003 and 2009, Neil was Chairman of the Media Advisory Board of Apax Partners, one of the largest and most successful private equity companies in the world, with over $30bn of investment.

DarylFoster

Daryl Foster

Daryl Foster is the former CEO of Addison Lee PLC and still a Non-Executive Director for the company. Having grown with the company over 35 plus years, Daryl was instrumental in developing the business and managing some of the most radical technological changes in the transport industry. Daryl and his former business partner, John Griffin sold the company in 2013 to Carlyle Group for £300 million.

DrJohnnyHon

Dr. Johnny Hon MH, Ph.D.

Dr. Hon has an active interest in the arts - particularly film and television - as both a benefactor and investor. He was Executive Producer of China and Hong Kong's box office hit “Protégé”, starring Andy Lau and Daniel Wu, as well as Executive Producer of the George W. Bush biopic “W”, directed by Oliver Stone. Dr. Hon has also acted as Executive Producer for successful TV series, inducing “Da Ren Wu” (2006-07), one of the most successful TV drama series of its time in China, and “As Time Goes By” (2007-08), another Chinese small-screen success.

Dr. Hon has a strong business background, forming The Global Group, and became Chairman of a group of companies with offices in London, Hong Kong and China. In July 2015, was awarded the Medal of Honour (MH) from the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China for his dedicated community service.

ToddRuppert

Todd Ruppert

Todd is founder and CEO of Ruppert International, a firm with activities in various areas including financial services, disruptive technologies, arts & entertainment, education, publishing, and youth development. He is a member of numerous boards and advisory boards including INSEAD business school, Duke University and The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. UK firms include: Seedrs, Nutmeg, QVentures, Signia Wealth, Investments & Pensions Europe, The Royal Parks Foundation, and The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. He is also a venture partner with Greenspring Associates, a US based venture capital firm, and executive producer of three movies and co-producer of a musical which toured in the UK.

Todd is retired director and CEO of T. Rowe Price Global Investment Services, and director and co-president of T. Rowe Price International. T. Rowe Price is a global asset manager with over £500bn under management.

Phillip Schofield

Phillip Schofield

Phillip Schofield is a British television presenter, currently employed by ITV. He is most recognised for presenting the lifestyle programme This Morning, which he has co-hosted since 2002 alongside Fern Britton, until her departure in 2009, and more recently with Holly Willoughby.

Phillip also currently presents All Star Mr & Mrs; the BAFTA Award winning game show The Cube; Dancing on Ice with Christine Bleakley; as well as the annual British Soap Awards and Text Santa.

Phillip is an avid user of the social networking site Twitter and has over 3.5 million followers. In 2013, Phillip began writing for the Waitrose Weekend newspaper and is the new face of wine in their UK stores.

JonSmith

Jon Smith

Jon Smith has 28 years of experience in the sports and entertainment arena, having founded First Artist, one of the most powerfully positioned management agencies in the industry. From its inception, First Artist represented the England national football team for a decade, was actively involved in the formation of the Premier League and proved instrumental in assisting the Sky launch in 1992.

Jon’s biggest acquisition to date was the purchase of Dewynters, a 102-year-old business, which controls 80% of theatre advertising in the West End and Broadway.

IFTV PRODUCERS & DIRECTORS

THE CLASSIC CAR SHOW – WISE OLD FOX

Jim Wiseman

Jim Wiseman

Jim has two passions in life, all things motoring and filming making. From avidly watching Knight Rider, The Dukes of Hazzard and The A Team as a child to making sure he was in front of the TV at 8:30pm on a Thursday for Top Gear in his early teens. This and other influences meant the Jim went on to study Media and Film at Winchester University.

Once graduated Jim carved out a career in TV working on show’s like They Think it’s all Over. Then one of the show’s from his childhood came calling in the shape of Top Gear. Jim was part of the creative team that put together Top Gear’s current format. From sourcing the programme’s studio and track complex, through formatting the stunts, jumps and races, to filming road tests all over the world.

Having left Top Gear Jim then went on to fulfil his love of motor sport making Lewis Hamilton: Billion Dollar Man for BBC 3 and Exec Producing acclaimed documentary Hammond Meets Moss. With 14 years TV production experience Jim currently directs live events, TV programmes and promos for the likes of Red Bull Racing, BBC F1, Top Gear Live, DTM, Lotus F1, Caterham F1, Pirelli and Casio.

Stephanie Fox

Stephanie Fox

Stephanie has a genuine love for all things motorsport and her specialty is bringing her passion to life whether on screen or through events. Most recently she produced The Classic Car Show, a 13 part series delving into all things classic car. The programme aired on Channel 5 in the UK and is distributed internationally by Sony Pictures Television. She has since worked with Aston Martin and Watchfinder adding a more commercial string to her production bow.

Previous to Stephanie’s foray into the world of classics she spent four years working internationally on Top Gear Live which included launching the first ever Top Gear Festival in South Africa. Stephanie has an impressive live events background, working as Feature-Producer for the launch of BBC Children In Need CarFest alongside Chris Evans, as well as co-producing the inaugural Celebrity Cup at Celtic Manor.

THE WINE SHOW – JURA PRODUCTIONS

Melanie Jappy

Melanie Jappy

Melanie is a BAFTA-nominated Series Producer and Director with over 20 years’ experience in developing high-profile, talent-led, factual entertainment programming for network and international distribution. Melanie specialises in travel, lifestyle and cooking programming. For the BBC, her credits include The Very Hungry Frenchman, Raymond Blanc’s Kitchen Secrets, BBC2’s 2014 summer hit Sweets Made Simple and Heston Blumenthal: In Search of Perfection. Back in the indie sector, she’s produced programmes for the likes of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Gary Rhodes as well as working with many other key figures in the food and hospitality industry. Melanie is also very experienced in developing projects that reach people away from the TV screen. She led the BBC team that won an RTS Award for the multi-platform and outreach content for Who Do You Think You Are? as well as a Learning on Screen Award for The Personality Test. Other brands she has developed or produced include What’s Cooking Live from the Sainsbury Kitchen, Coast, MasterChef, and the launch-pad for Mel & Sue - Light Lunch.

Ed St Giles

Ed St Giles

Ed has worked in Television for 17 years and has directed shows for every major UK terrestrial channel. He is the critically acclaimed director of BBC2’s The Little Paris Kitchen, nominated for the 2012 TV Choice Award; most recent credits include the Hairy Bikers’ Asian Adventure, Simply Italian and The Fabulous Baker Brothers. Ed is also an accomplished Advertising Director, making films for Sainsbury’s, Walkers and ‘Comedy Dad’ for Birds Eye. Specialising in cooking programmes, he has previously directed MasterChef, Celebrity MasterChef and Gordon Ramsay’s Best Restaurant.

Carl Prechezer

Carl Prechezer

Oscar-shortlisted for his first film The Cutter, Carl has worked in every discipline – movies, documentaries, commercials and TV. The youngest ever recipient of the BAFTA Shell Fulbright Scholarship for Film and TV, he directed the British cult movie Blue Juice with Ewan McGregor and Catherine Zeta Jones. His large commercials catalogue includes some of the world’s biggest food brands. In TV he has worked extensively in both the US and UK, directing and writing for the independent sector, US Studios, the BBC and Channel 4.

THE ART SHOW – GREYSTONE TELEVISION

George Carey

George Carey

George Carey is a leading documentary filmmaker, television journalist, director and editor, credited with the creation of BBC’s Newsnight, before going on to become Editor of BBC1’s Panorama during the Falklands War. He left the BBC in 1988 to co-found an independent production company which was subsequently acquired by Mentorn Films. As the Creative Director of what’s now Mentorn Media he secured the contract to produce the BBC’s Question Time as well originating Channel 4’s Unreported World strand. In 2005, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Royal Television Society and in 2007 he returned to film-making with a 5-part BBC series on Russia presented by Jonathan Dimbleby, before shooting and directing three individual documentaries; Close Encounters in Siberia, A Long Weekend with the Son of God – both for Channel 4 – and Knocking on Heaven’s Door for BBC Storyville.

Mike Christie

Mike Christie

Mike Christie is best known for his unique films within arts and sport. His spectacular 2003 Channel 4 film Jump London was finalist for the RTS Best Arts Programme award and a massive international hit. Mike was also a director on Channel 4’s BAFTA and RTS award-winning Big Art. His 2011 feature-length documentary Concrete Circus also on Channel 4 spawned a set of virals collectively viewed 15 million times. He series directed The Art Of China (Andrew Graham-Dixon’s long-running BAFTA nominated strand) and the acclaimed architecture series From Here To Modernity for the BBC. He has also produced films for Apple, London 2012 Ceremonies and Red Bull, including Danny MacAskill’s Imaginate, which has had 40 million views.

Emily Kennedy

Emily Kennedy

Emily has a wide-ranging background with experience in supervising studio shows, live events, documentaries and magazine shows. Best known for her work for The Culture Show, Jamie’s Comfort Food and Jamie’s Money Saving Meals she has nearly 20 years of experience under her belt. Series Developer Emma Cahusac and Emily Kennedy, both worked together for nearly 5 years on BBC’s The Culture Show between them they have produced high quality, highly successful factual entertainment, they have worked with such names as Anish Kapoor, Woody Allen, Grayson Perry, David Hockney and Damon Albarn to name but a few.

Rachel Naughton

Rachel Naughton

Production chief RACHEL NAUGHTON is a line producer who has successfully managed many extremely challenging productions for major production companies and networks, and has worked together with Christie for the last five years. Her most recent work, as head of production at Amos Pictures, garnered an array of awards and nominations: The Paedophile Hunter for Channel 4 won the BAFTA Best Documentary 2015 and the RTS Best Documentary Award. Terror At The Mall, for HBO and BBC, was BAFTA and EMMY nominated.

INFINITY ADVISORS

Simon Danke

Simon Danker

Simon joined the BBC in 2000 from UKTV, with a proven track record as a Commercial Director, managing P&L’s and delivering major sales growth through negotiating complex partnerships in broadcast and online video; and through financing TV shows and taking equity stakes in production companies.

Whilst at the BBC, Simon was Commercial Director for Content & Production where he was responsible for investing in programming from independent producers, with ownership of an 8 figure investment budget. Whilst as Commercial Director, Simon also launched BBC Worldwide’s digital production business. The digital content commissioned included 2 YouTube Channels – “Earth Unplugged” and a science channel with James May.

Simon was promoted to General Manager for BBC Store, Global iPlayer and YouTube Channels. His role included launching BBC Store, leading the operations of BBC’s Global iPlayer subscription services outside the UK across 18 countries, including Western Europe and Australia, as well as lead the BBC’s Global YouTube Network of 10 channels. Simon and the team doubled subscribers from 3m to 6m in 12 months and grew views and advertising revenue by 25%.

Infinity-Andrea

Andrea Jackson

As a formats and distribution specialist for nearly 20 years, Andrea kick started her career as a Formats Pioneer at Action Time, now part of ITV Global. While there, she launched the International Distribution business at British Production House, building the "Robot Wars" brand into a global hit.

In 2000, Andrea launched the production and distribution business, Zeal Entertainment, which she subsequently sold to DRG in 2006. Andrea then joined DRG’s Senior Management Team where she led the company’s Content Acquisitions drive, managing a multi-million pound investment budget. Andrea was part of the Senior Management Team that presented the DRG business for sale, helping facilitate a high profile sale to MTG. Within the new group, she was responsible for managing the relationships with the 28 production companies within the MTG/Nice Group, and working with them to hone and curate their development and production slates for International Distribution.

Andrea has now set up her own company, Magnify Media, which specialises in distribution and rights management, working with producers, rights owners and broadcasters to develop and exploit rights across content platforms on a global basis.

Alison Rayson

Alison has spent over 20 years in the Television Distribution Industry and is the founder and former CEO of Target Entertainment. At Target Entertainment, Alison managed all business rights ranging from traditional television distribution to licensing/merchandising, home entertainment and digital sales.

Alison has managed sales and production teams across diverse revenue streams to create countless global brands, and having founded and built one of the UK’s leading rights management businesses, Alison and her new company, Raydar Media, bring in-depth knowledge to Infinity of the value of rights across all programming genres and how to monetise them globally.

Nicola Ibison

Nicola Ibison

Nicola has been managing celebrity talent since 1998. From 2009-2015, she headed up the Factual, Specialist and Sports Media departments at one of the UK’s leading talent agencies, James Grant Management.

She has excellent contacts in the TV, media and publishing industries and has strong experience in handling contract negotiations and working with digital, social media, brand and legal teams to offer a holistic service. Nicola joined James Grant after selling her own company, NCI management, which she set up in 1998, to First Artist Management.

A newspaper journalist by background, Nicola moved from major regional titles to work at ITN and then GMTV, where she managed live output and produced many of the programme’s overseas and charity specials. That insider knowledge of news and TV production proved invaluable when she went onto manage on-screen talent.

Nicola has recently set up her own consultancy agency offering creative solutions and strategic advice to brands, organisations and events companies.