Edmund CoulthardFounder & CEO
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 2 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 2 feature length thriller, Soundproof. He has Executive Produced a wide range of Blast’s output, from Steve McQueen’s Hunger through to Jade:The Reality Star Who Changed Britain, including a wide range of returning series such as The Secret Life of The Zoo, 999:What’s Your Emergency? and Reported Missing.
Claire BosworthManaging Director
Claire joined Blast! Films in 2004, having previously worked as a line producer and production manager on programmes for all the leading broadcasters. As Managing Director of Blast, Claire manages the company’s financial and business affairs, as well as being the main contractual negotiator with broadcasters. Prior to becoming Managing Director, Claire was Head of Production where she worked across many of our most successful programmes, including The Tube (BBC 2), Coppers (Channel 4) and dramas such as Hunger and Lennon Naked. Claire oversees and is involved in both the financial and editorial aspects of all Blast’s production output.
Graeme McAulayCreative Director
Graeme is a BAFTA, Emmy and RTS award-winning documentary-maker with over 20 years experience making some of the most popular and acclaimed factual series on television. Prior to joining Blast! Films, Graeme worked on hit shows including 24 Hours In Police Custody (Channel 4), Hospital (BBC Two), Life And Death Row (BBC Three), Real PD (Discovery ID) and Space Dive (BBC/Nat Geo). At Blast! he oversees a broad slate of projects in production and development for BBC, Channel 4, Sky Docs, Netflix and other major broadcasters and SVODs.
Tanya WinstonCreative Director
Tanya joined Blast! Films in 2017. She has directed and produced a wide range of documentaries over the years, specialising mainly in observational films, but also working across high-profile and award-winning, specialist factual & factual entertainment series, from Your Life In Their Hands and The Hospital, to 16 Kids and Counting. She developed her skills as a core team member on the BBC’s long running observational documentary strand, One Life, including directing one of the highest rating films in the strand, and its resulting spin off series. More recently she was Series Editor on Blast’s The Secret Life of the Zoo (Channel 4), setting the tone and style in the edit. Her series Three Wives, One Husband, has also been critically acclaimed. Tanya became Creative Director in 2020.
Sharon FoleyHead of UK Development
Having spent several years in production as a producer in Ireland, Australia and the UK,
Sharon moved to the Blast! development team in 2019. Since then, she’s been helping drive the development slate at Blast! and has secured several commissions with major UK broadcasters over the last two years. Having worked in documentaries, specialist factual and factual entertainment, she brings a multi-genre approach to the slate and has a keen focus on the UK and SVOD markets.
Gilberte PhanorDevelopment Executive
Gilberte is an American with more than 20 years broadcast experience. She joined Blast! in February 2021, working across the development slate with a particular focus on US and SVOD programmes. Before joining Blast! Gilberte was a journalist with Sky News and produced a wide range of documentaries for various Sky channels including the award-winning The Struggle Is My Life: Nelson Mandela 1918-2013.
Sarah SpencerHead of Popular Factual
Sarah joined Blast! Films in 2016 and is based out of our Brighton office ‘Blast! by the Sea’. Sarah has over 15 years’ experience of producing and directing series’, and executive producing a wide range of popular documentaries, formats and series’ across all major channels, including BAFTA nominated The Undateables and Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners (Channel 4), and Normal for Norfolk (BBC TWO).
Alex SutherlandExecutive Producer
Alex Sutherland is a former commissioning editor for both Channel 4 and Channel 5, with experience of overseeing a huge range of popular and award-winning, specialist factual and fact ent programming. Alex joined Blast! in 2015, and runs one of the company’s most successful returning series, The Supervet (Channel 4). She has also executive produced a range of other Blast! shows, including Inside the National Crime Agency (Channel 4); Double Decker Driving School (ITV); My Online Nightmare (Channel 4); and Puppy Days (National Geographic Wild).
Sacha BaveystockExecutive Producer
Sacha is an Emmy award winning and Bafta nominated executive producer with extensive experience delivering observational, popular and specialist factual documentaries across all the major broadcasters. Past credits include Little Angels, Can’t Take it With You, Horizon, Child of our Time Turning Twenty, The Prosecutors: Real Crime and Punishment and Climate Change: The Facts. She has worked at Blast since 2017, looking after successful returning series Reported Missing, as well as executive producing Generation Gifted, 999 What’s Your Emergency? and Secrets of the Museum.
Poonam OdedraExecutive Producer
Poonam has produced some of the most successful and critically acclaimed factual series on British television and has a reputation for navigating sensitive stories in difficult areas of access. Her credits include Ambulance (BBC One), 24 hours in A&E (Channel 4), 24 Hours In Police Custody (Channel 4) and The Met: Policing London (BBC One). At Blast, she oversees the award-winning Forensics: The Real CSI (BBC Two) and other projects for British broadcasters and SVODs.
Vicki BaxHead of Production
Vicki first joined Blast! Films back in 2011 as a Production Manager, before returning in 2015 as Unit Manager. Prior to her returning, she worked at several Indies where she organised and ran international shoots across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, which included hostile environments such as Afghanistan, Somalia, and Palestine. She’s since managed a wide variety of content across a range of genres for both UK and US broadcasters. Vicki was made Head of Production in 2020 to oversee the development, management and delivery of all Blast projects.
Dominic BoltonProduction Executive
Dominic joined Blast! Films in August 2021 as Production Executive and works across all of Blast’s output. He is currently overseeing productions with Netflix, Sky, Channel 4 & the BBC. Prior to working at Blast! Dominic worked at Zinc Media on a range of projects. Organising shoots in hostile environments such as North East Nigeria for the Emmy award winning ‘Stolen Daughters: Kidnapped by Boko Haram’ HBO feature doc to liasing with the RAF for the ITV obs doc series ‘Fighter Pilot: The Real Top Gun’’.
Tricia WilsonHead of Creative Talent
Tricia Wilson joined Blast! Films as Head of Creative Talent in 2014. Prior to that she held the same position at Twenty Twenty and Shed Media. She has senior programme making experience in several genres. During her career she has worked on feature films, arts and factual programming. She has worked with some of the UK’s leading production companies and broadcasters, including the BBC and Channel 4.
She continues to develop and maintain relationships with senior off-screen talent, and will build on the company’s reputation of working with the best producer/directors, series producers and executives in the industry.
Jules WilsonTalent Executive
Jules has 25 years’ experience in the TV industry and was a senior programme maker across factual, features and arts for the major broadcasters before moving into talent management. Prior to joining Blast! in 2017 she looked after talent for Mentorn Media, Pioneer Productions and Firecracker Films.
Working alongside Tricia Wilson, Jules will continue to develop relationships with the best producers, directors, SPs and executives in the industry and is Blast’s first point of contact for production talent at all levels.
Lewis HarradineHead of Finance
Lewis qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2011 having gained experience working across a range of industries. Now Head of Finance at Blast, Lewis has also worked with Zodiak Media, Minnow Films, Blink Films and Bwark Productions, controlling the finances behind The Inbetweeners 2 movie. At Blast, Lewis oversees the finance function and leads the management reporting process, working closely with our Managing Director to ensure financial support backs strategic decisions.
Emma ClearyFinance Manager
Emma has worked in finance departments within media, corporate and start-up companies. She joined Blast! Films in 2014, and works closely with Production Managers across all projects.
Tom HayesProduction Accountant
After studying at Bournemouth University, Tom joined Blast! Films in 2015 and supports the Production Accountants and Head of Finance in their roles.
Ellen ArnoldSenior Producer
Since joining in 2013 Ellen has produced many of Blast’s most successful drama-documentary series including Web of Lies, Blood Runs Cold and Forbidden: Dying for Love.
As well as her work on productions she has also developed a number of high-profile series including Reported Missing (BBC One), Brain Surgeons: Between Life and Death (Channel 4), and Expedition Mungo (Animal Planet).
Christina MerzeOffice Manager
Having previously worked in production across feature films such as Paddington, The Two Faces of January and Avengers: Age of Ultron, Christina took up the mantle of Office Manager in 2015 and now overlooks the daily running of the offices.
Nancy RushforthProduction Manager
Nancy joined Blast! Films in 2017 to work on 999: What’s Your Emergency? (Channel 4). Nancy has since gone on to production manage some of Blast’s most popular series including Reported Missing, The Big Hospital Experiment and Forensics: The Real CSI (BBC).
Regie GardenerProduction Manager
Regie joined Blast! Films in 2012 as Office Manager, but it quickly became apparent that she had a knack for production. She’s since gone on to production manage several returning drama-documentary series’, programmes for the BBC, Channel 4 and Discovery, along with overseeing a new ambitious BBC series being shot across 3 years.
Paul EvansProduction Manager
Paul joined Blast! Films in 2013 to work on 999: What’s Your Emergency? (Channel 4). Paul has since production managed some of Blast’s most popular fixed-rig series’, including The Night Bus, The Supervet and The Secret Life of the Zoo (Channel 4). More recently, Paul has worked on our first series of Forensics: The Real CSI (BBC), Growing up Gifted (BBC) and also our first Netflix documentary series currently in production.
Mark SmithProduction Manager
Mark joined Blast! Films as a Production Coordinator in 2019 to work on Saving Lives at Sea (BBC Two) and Secret Safari: Into the Wild (Channel 4), before being made a Junior Production Manager in 2021. Since then, he has worked on the latest series of Reported Missing (BBC One) and is now overseeing a new Channel 4 blue-light series currently in production. Mark manages productions at Blast! By the Sea, our Brighton office.
Abigail FarrensProduction Manager
Abigail joined Blast! Films as a coordinator in 2016 to work on Forbidden: Dying for love (Discovery) but quickly went on to manage some of Blast’s biggest productions including The Secret Life of the Zoo (Channel 4) and 999: What’s Your Emergency? (Channel 4). More recently Abi has worked on the first series of Freeze: Skating on the Edge (BBC3).
Megan TaylorProduction Manager
Megan joined Blast! Films in 2011 for the first series of 999: What’s Your Emergency? (Channel 4). After furthering her career at various production companies, Megan returned to Blast in 2013. She has since overseen Blast’s UK & US development slates, along with working across some of Blast’s biggest series’, including The Secret Life of the Zoo, The Catch and The Supervet (C4).