Edmund CoulthardFounder and Creative Director
Edmund established Blast! Films in 1994 with I’ll Be Your Mirror, a documentary about the photographer Nan Goldin which won Best Documentary at the Montreal and Melbourne film festivals and was nominated for the Prix Italia. He has since been awarded the BAFTA for Best New Director for the BBC TWO drama series Tales from Pleasure Beach, the Grierson Award for Best Drama Documentary for The Year London Blew Up and, in 2007, the BAFTA for Best Director for the BBC TWO feature length thriller, Soundproof.
Claire BosworthHead of Production
Prior to joining Blast in 2004 Claire worked as line producer and production manager on programmes for all the leading broadcasters.
As well as being involved in all the day to day running on Blast’s production output Claire also manages the company’s financial and business affairs.
Alistair PeggHead of Factual
Alistair Pegg joined Blast as Head of Factual in September 2010. He was previously a commissioning editor for three years at Channel 4, greenlighting films ranging from three series of Mark Dolan’s The World’s… and Me to My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding. He has also worked in history and science for the BBC, originating Wonders of the Solar System.
Since joining Blast he has developed and executive produced across the range of Blast’s output, ranging from The Tube for BBC TWO to Treasures of Chinese Porcelain for BBC FOUR to The Truth About Child Brides for BBC THREE.
Simon FordExecutive Producer
Simon spent many years at the BBC working across much of its documentary output, winning two Baftas & three RTS awards. Since leaving the BBC he has made programmes with all major broadcasters.
Recent credits include Coppers series one & two and Fighting on the Frontline for Channel 4, The Big School Lottery and the Secret of Our Streets for BBC TWO, Our Crime and My Brother the Islamist for BBC THREE.
James O'ReillyHead of Development
James joined Blast! in 2010 from a background in newspaper journalism. He has worked across all of Blast’s development slate since then, helping to land commissions including The Plane That Saved Britain, The Wonderful World of Tony Blair, Meet the Landlords, 999: What’s Your Emergency? and The Tube. He became Head of Development in 2012.