Ike is a founding member of NKM Media and is extensively involved in the development and production of new film and television projects. He has enjoyed a long and varied career in media. A former architect, he became a stage actor in the 90s, receiving a Best Actor award in 1996. After moving into film and TV, he shied away from the camera, turning down television roles and shifting his focus to writing, directing and producing. He has previously been involved in developing and designing graphics for computer games in the ’80s and as a videographer, shooting his first event video in 1982. Ike is an alumnus of the University of Westminster.
Journalist and mother to 2 boys and 2 girls, Judy Broadbent has written for national newspapers and magazines for almost 25 years. Well respected by editors in the UK, Europe, Australia and the USA, she is regularly commissioned to write articles on their behalf. In addition to working with NKM Media and writing on a daily basis for the national press Judy is involved in PR with her own firm which she formed a decade ago and she has worked with several household names, facilitating the publishing and publicising of many books along the way.
“My bow does have a few strings but my greatest achievement by far is raising my four children. I am extremely proud of them all. With many life lessons learnt along the way, both good and bad, what I bring to NKM Media is a wealth of experience across many areas.”
“The adrenalin buzz is priceless – it means you’re getting it right”
Rob has worked in the film industry for nearly 20 years. He began his career on the Isle of Man, where credits included ”Hound of the Baskervilles”(BBC) , “Talk to Me”, “A Bunch of Amateurs” (Royal Film Performance 2008, official selection) and “ The Disappearance of Alice Creed”, co produced by Isle of Man Film and CinemaNX. Since moving to London in 2012, Rob’s activity has branched into many areas including script analysis, package consultation, associations in film sales/distribution, and investor relations. Recently Rob and Zoe Solanki were Executive Producers on the Blue Shadows production “Butterfly Kisses” which received its World Premiere at Berlinale 2017, winning the Youth Jury’s Crystal Bear for Best Film. It has subsequently won awards at the Lucca Film Festival, Italy, and the Netia Off Camera Film Festival in Krakow, Poland. Rob joined NKM Media in 2016.
After graduating, Tessa was recruited as a script and creative consultant for a variety of feature film production companies and studios, including MGM and Framestore. She now works as a creative consultant and PR Agent for NKM Media & Peacock Film Finance, as well as serving in Narrative Development with The Little Mermaid (2018) director Chris Bouchard. Tessa has written, directed and co-produced her own short films, which have enjoyed a strong festival response as well as international distribution deals, screening at Cannes, Switzerland, LA, and BAFTA (UK). Tessa is at-present working on her debut feature film, set in Montreal. In addition, she has guest lectured at the University of Nottingham on screenwriting, courtesy of Academy Award advisor Gianluca Sergei.
Roger Evans is a film production specialist with extensive experience working on numerous productions, from low-budget independent films to big budget, major studio movies.
His experience as a line producer and 1st Assistant Director on award-winning productions make him an indispensable asset to the team. Currently one of only a few producers trained in the “Screen Advantage” financial tool for film investment, Roger has a skill set which is much in demand. He specialises in creating schedules and budgets for independent film and also advises on funding, tax credits and other financial incentives. His past credits include Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation, Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool and King Arthur – Legend Of The Sword. Roger’s background includes working in the music industry as a manager and promoter and he holds a degree in Business Studies.
Nika is our L.A. based producer. Having formally trained in theatre performance in London, she also holds a Design degree from the prestigious Central Saint Martins. With her extensive experience in film, TV and theatre, Nika maintains a parallel career as an actor and is well known for her regular role in Showtime’s series Submission. Other credits include My Crazy Ex, The Evil Things as well as award winning independent films such as Headshots, Goldman, The Case of The Missing Case and The Abolisher. A co-founder of the acclaimed Second Skin Theatre, Nika also runs acting classes as well as social media strategies for actors and film & theatre producers. Originally born in Moscow, Nika is a fluent Russian speaker.
A former student of the London Film Academy, Ben initially worked as a corporate web designer, specialising in visual effects and 3D. Soon becoming an expert in visual effects, Ben wrote many articles on the subject and regularly published software reviews. He also provided free tutorials via his website www.effectsportal.net. Following his passion for film he directed and produced several short films and soon found his services in demand for shooting and editing commercials. Ben is a founding partner of NKM Media.
As a former external advisor to NKM Media, Zee recently joined the team to focus on the creation of investment materials, developing investor relations and event coordination. Starting her career at a firm of Solicitors in Bath her experience includes trading endowment polices with Europe, working for a San Francisco based boutique investment bank as well as founding Innovation hubs. Since helming her own production company, Zee found herself in demand as an expert in crowdfunding. She also runs film & music industry professional events with over 8,000 people in her London network alone. As a director of Fundsurfer, she has been involved in finance for film & TV projects as well as funding tech startups, scale-ups and property development and is due to launch a £100M film fund in the third quarter of 2018.
After graduating in Business Studies, Bharat completed his accountancy qualifications and since then has accrued over 20 years experience as financial controller. Additional experience in financial consultancy and property investment has given him a broad outlook in the world of investment and he brings this experience to NKM Media as Manager of Film Investment. His passion for the world of film has also lead him to work in front of the camera for TV, commercials and films. He is keen supporter of charities and his charitable work includes promoting fund raising for St Luke’s Hospice. He is also a member of the London branch of the global charity institute, Lions Club International.
Born into an artistic and culturally diverse family, Ana developed a unique perspective and a keen interest in the visual arts from an early age. Her passions include cinema, photography, theatre and art. Graduating from East 15 with a BA in Acting, Ana has since worked on both sides of the camera, and has directed and performed in several productions in both film and theatre. Ana has also run her own theatre company and recently worked as Movement Director at Voices of the Holocaust theatre. She is an accomplished photographer and oil painter in her own right and continues to develop her extensive portfolio. As a fitness enthusiast Ana also finds time to instruct fitness classes.
One eye on journalism, the other on the film industry. Alexander James is one of the small percentage of the UK’s accredited journalists working to industry standards (PTC and NCTJ). His career begun at Haymarket Publishing, and after, the booming men’s magazine market working with Esquire, FHM, Loaded and as an editor on Men’s Health, scooping many industry awards. More recently he’s worked on video, radio and print journalism in travel, health and men’s issues for titles such as Channel 4, Time Out, The Times, The Guardian, The Mirror, Metro, Sunday Times Travel, The Sunday Express, Harrods private jet magazine (Halcyon), Italia! Magazine, Hunger, Speciality Food Magazine, Square Meal, Conference and Incentive Travel, ABTA Travel Magazine and is a co-author on two books World Atlas of Street Food (Quarto Publishing) and Marathons of The World (New Holland/Fox). In addition to being a proud member of the NKM Media team, he is set to launch online interactive magazine, World Ambassadors, embracing the creative industries. More here: realexjames.wordpress.com
Eilera’s relationship with camera began when she deviated from fine art into film five years ago. While studying a BA in Film production & French in Dublin, she discovered the power of storytelling through moving image in front of, as well as behind the lens, working on TV series for clients such as CBS reality, TV3, the History Channel, national television, award winning feature films, short films and commercials.
Her well rounded understanding of each department, love of networking and detailed organisation skills place her into the role of a 1st Assistant Director, and at times a Producer, for most of the projects. Meanwhile her passion for bringing together and inspiring a team to construct new worlds manifests in her own work as a Director through her short films, music videos and social media content. She hopes to move into directing bigger projects in the near future.
In between productions, Eilera edits, and also joins official judging panels of film festivals. Her knowledge of the dramatic structure, character, plot development and marketing potential of new films was most recently used at the Lift-Off International Film Festival, as well as Jameson International First Shot competition, where she worked as the head judge at the panel, as well as the manager of the judging stage, in collaboration with Dana Brunetti.
Eilera’s personal world is centered around living each day to the fullest, daringly facing all challenges and searching for magic while globetrotting. In her spare time, she continues modeling, advocating empathy, and hopefully inspiring some to be audacious and fearless in their own lives.
Peacock Film Finance
Peacock is a UK-based film and television finance company with diverse experience in producing quality content. We love film and we are looking for both producers and investors who share our passion.
We believe there has never been a more exciting time to become involved with film and television production. The ever-growing multi-platform distribution universe is hungry for programming. Our goal is to acquaint investors with the film financing process and offer carefully vetted projects with financial potential, an identifiable audience and a committed distribution outlet.
We want to turn great stories into greater returns for our investors.
Upon leaving school, Ian became a computer programmer at International Computers Limited (ICL) but, being technically challenged, his main interest and passion was running the film society. After leaving ICL to play full time bridge for a year, Ian became the youngest person to play for the England team.
He later qualified as a chartered accountant and ran his own practice for about ten years and, following a game of backgammon on an Italian beach, he ended up selling his firm to his opponent.
Ian then qualified as an insolvency practitioner and formed Ian Franses Associates which specialised in rescue work, dealing with a variety of companies and individuals including many in the entertainment business. In June 2014 the practice was sold to Begbies Traynor and Ian agreed to stay on as a partner.
In June 2016 Ian decided that all his business contacts could enable him to finally follow his dream of a career in the film and television business and put him in a strong position not only to source suitable projects but also to raise finance to fund them.
So Ian became the Chief Operating Officer in his daughter Tania’s company, Peacock Film Finance Limited, which originally produced short corporate videos. His elder daughter Laura, a Harvard MBA graduate, agreed to join the Board making the Franses family a formidable team in the film and television world.
London Media Group
London Media Group is a corporate partnership between production companies NKM Media and Storm in Motion Pictures, together with Peacock Film Finance. Formed in 2019, it coalesces a formidable team and harnesses the myriad possibilities for cross-pollination. It also brings a host of new on-screen talent and access to A-list stars in Hollywood and across the globe via talent agencies MAA and CCA.
Keely Cat Wells
Keely is a producer at NKM’s partner organisation, London Media Group. She is also the CEO of C Talent, a talent management company representing D/deaf and disabled artists, and also the founder of CCA, a UK based talent agency.
A strong advocate for the equality and promotion of actors with disabilities, Keely serves on the Equity UK Deaf and Disabled Committee and on the BFI Advisory Board.
In addition to her business activities Keely is also an actress and has appeared in many TV shows. She has worked with many greats during her career so far such as Michael Caine, Cameron Mackintosh, James Marsh, Crispin Reece, Rupert Gould to name a few.
Keely is also is a producing partner at MAA, London Digital Studios and Storm In Motion Pictures.
Her focus is creating to create change, removing stigmas, increasing inclusion and creating true equality, both in front and behind the screen through incredible content.
Andrea Gottardo has enjoyed over 40 years of experience working in the music industry as an established music producer and composer. Early years were spent in the 80’s UK music scene as a member of pop band On-On, signed to Red Rose Records. He then moved on to production and engineering duties for major London recording studios and record labels such as London Records, Polydor Geffen Music, EMI, Universal Music, Abbey Road, Townhouse, Trident, Sarm West, Chipping Norton, Roundhouse and Maison Rouge Studios. Mentored by Colin Thurston, Andrea assisted in the development and production of many well known pop acts such as Duran Duran, Aha, The Human League and Howard Jones. A move to South Africa in the late 90’s to manage Digital Forest Studios, widely regarded as the most prestigious recording studio in the southern hemisphere, saw a diversification into film and advertising. Andrea has also worked with international brands such as Coca Cola, Iron Brew, Engen Petroleum, Sony, and recording artists like Redd Angel, and been responsible for several movie soundtracks. Now responsible for managing several emerging UK and South African singing stars, he continues to develop and nurture new acts, bringing his many years of experience to the fore, in the ever changing and diversifying music scene.
Ronny has worked in the UK music industry for over 35 years, specialising in International Licensing and music publishing. He has particular experience in setting up and negotiated Single, Album and Compilation licensing deals across the USA, Japan, Europe and Australia. He also negotiated an exclusive deal for music to be used in a 26-part Television Series in South Africa and signed a worldwide audio book publishing deal with Hodder Headline / Hachette in the UK on behalf of a client. Began his career with PRT (formally PYE Records) in 1985 and liaised with Licensees such as BMG/Ariola Germany, PolyGram Australia, MCA USA (KINKS) about releases and new releases of artists such as Sandie Shaw, Petula Clark, The Searchers, Mungo Gerry and The Real Thing across the world.Also initiated a licensing deal for the PYE back catalogue to Matsushita/National Panasonic in Japan. He has retained and strengthened his network throughout the years.