Denman joined October Films in 1995 as a director. Over the next nine years he originated, directed and executive produced a wide range of films, from observational documentaries to science, history and current affairs programmes. In 2004 he became the company’s Managing Director, and continued to executive produce many of October’s award-winning programmes.
In 2014 following a period of significant growth the senior management team was expanded and Denman was appointed Executive Chairman. He continues to develop and produce October productions and together with the rest of the four-member October board sets and implements the company’s direction and strategy.
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.
“Do one thing every day that scares you.” Eleanor Roosevelt
Kathy oversees business and legal affairs in the UK and the US, bringing over 10 years of experience in scripted and non-scripted programming. A UK qualified lawyer, she is responsible for advising and negotiating on all commercial and legal aspects of October’s development, production and distribution. Kathy oversees regulatory and compliance matters for the business and assists in managing October’s rights catalogue.
Prior to joining October, Kathy held positions with NBC Universal, ITV Studios and Film4. She is passionate about responding to the changing demands of our buyers and consumers, whilst supporting the creative challenges of production. Kathy was invited to be speaker at CEDR’s 25th anniversary forum: ‘Emerging Leaders: Women in Negotiation’.
Sophie has been working at October Films since late 2015 as part of the Production Executive team. Sophie oversees the budgeting, staffing and day to day running of several October productions for both US and UK broadcasters which have included; Barbarians Rising, Motorheads, The Big Spring Clean, Annie out of the Ashes and more recently Dangerous Borders, David Jason’s Secret Service, Carry On Brussels: Inside the EU and How The Victorians Built Britain.
Sophie started her career in the Entertainment & Features department at BBC Manchester before the bright lights of London beckoned her south. She has since worked for a handful of indies of varying sizes in both Head of Production and Production Executive roles. Despite her move from north to south she still pronounces ‘bath’ and ‘grass’ in the correct (northern) way.
Over the last three and a half years Gareth has overseen October’s hit US Discovery Science show Outrageous Acts of Science and created the DNI commission Deadly Dilemmas. He’s exec’d over 70 hours of content that has reached a global audience of over 140 million viewers.
Starting out in Entertainment Gareth worked his way up through Channel 4’s legendary Big Breakfast on to the Fact Ent of Channel 4’s Richard and Judy and BBC’s The One Show. Having produced and directed a diverse range of UK primetime shows Gareth fell back on his Physics teacher background to help launch the first ever BBC Stargazing Live. Determined to make science TV that’s fun to watch Gareth is developing new shows for October across all of the main global factual channels.
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.
Charlie is responsible for the strategic UK and USA casting at October Films; leading the in-house casting team through dynamic casting, robust storytelling and collaborating with the best emerging and established talent out there. Believing diversity is vital for innovation and creativity; he strives to ensure that our programs continue to represent all parts of British and American society.
Charlie has cast across all major genres; from survival to bridal, property to pets, food to substance abuse. UK and US shows such as Mygrations, Life on Marbs, Secret Eaters, Mail Order Husband, Don’t Tell The Bride, The Room, The Big Allotment Challenge, The Magaluf Weekender, Britain’s Best Dish, Trailblazers, At Home with Steph and Dom, Come Dine With Me, Build A New Life In The Country and countless others.
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.
After joining October Films as a researcher, Louis Mole has become a key figure in October’s New York office and an integral part of October’s recent expansion into the North American market. As Head of US Development, he is responsible for managing October’s US slate, producing sizzle reels, pitching original ideas for television series and documentaries, and maintaining strong working relationships with all of the major US networks.
Over the past couple of years, Louis has been a development producer on the History Channel’s Pirate Treasure Of The Knights Templar, Discovery Channel’s Trailblazers, National Geographic’s Mygrations and an eight-part Lifetime series.
Prior to October, Louis was trained at the prestigious ‘New York Film Academy’ documentary film school in Manhattan. Upon graduating, he was hired as a producer to work on the outreach campaign for the Sundance-winning, Oscar shortlisted documentary ‘The House I Live In.’
Suzy joined October Films in 2015. As Production Manager for the development department she oversees the UK & US development projects through to commission, most recently David Jason’s Secret Service (C4), Journey in the Danger Zone: Iraq (BBC2), The Bulger Killers: Was Justice Done? (C4) and Motorheads (BBC WW).
In addition to development, Suzy has production managed 3-part Channel 4 series, Carry On Brussels: Inside the EU and BBC3 documentary, Annie: Out of the Ashes.
Before October, Suzy worked in the world of online, live multi-cam & music including projects such as: Paul McCartney In Concert (BBC4), 6Music Live at Maida Vale (BBC R6), Hugh Laurie Blues Changes (BBC R2) and Kraftwerk at Latitude Festival (BBC R6).
Anke is responsible for managing October’s HR functions. She supports Productions with their recruitment, contracting and any people-related matters. She crucially ensures all October policies and procedures are up to date and in line with current employment law and ensures all line managers are aware of any change in policy. She also advises on and maintains October’s employee benefits programmes. Anke started her HR career at MGM/United Artists before joining October at the beginning of 2017.