Sacha Mirzoeff, Founder and Creative Director
Sacha is a multi-award winning filmmaker who pushes the boundaries of factual television, specialising in both social issues and natural history documentaries. A former Executive Producer at BBC Bristol overseeing their documentary output in Bristol, he has consistently worked at the highest level of broadcast for 20 years. Starting on a highly competitive management-training scheme at the BBC, he worked on multiple arts series including The Late Show. Shooting his own material when traveling in South America, he retrained as a documentary filmmaker in Bristol, after studying Visual Anthropology at Manchester University.
Today Sacha successfully engages with a wide range of professionals and vulnerable people in challenging situations where there are rarely easy answers. A board member of the trauma awareness charity DART Europe, he also sits on the committee of the Royal Television Society West of England.
Winner of multiple awards - Grierson, RTS, Wildscreen, Jackson Hole, IWFF, Eurovision TV Summit, Japan Wildlife Film Festival, Bulldog, Deutsche Fernsehpreis and Indie Awards. He has been nominated for multiple BAFTAs and the Banff World Television Prize.
Award winning films include: Drugsland (a multi perspective look at the drug world of one city) Protecting our Children (about child protection social workers); Charles Darwin and The Tree of Life (David Attenborough); Elsa, the Lioness that Saved the World (Natural World for BBC); Shooting Under Fire (feature doc about photographers working in Israel and the Palestinian territories).
Iris Maor, COO
Iris is a senior media executive and consultant specialising in factual content productions for cinema TV and digital platforms. She has been working in the independent production sector for the past 20 years as a Director of Production Producer and Executive Producer. She specialises in set up operational overview and management and growth strategy for creative businesses.
Iris started her career at October Films before establishing Ronachan Films with award winning director Angus Macqueen. Since then she has held Director of Production positions at several companies including Yipp Films, Minnow Films, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, Sundog Pictures and Raydar Media. In addition she has been advising NGOs on operational issues and media development. Films she has worked on have won numerous awards and have been shown all over the world in festivals and on various TV channels. Feature documentaries she has produced were premiered at Sundance and Tribeca festivals.
Iris has been a production consultant for Channel 4 as well as Guest Lecturer in production at Goldsmiths College Middlesex University and London Metropolitan University. She is also a trustee for Blast Theory, a world renowned artists group.
Jane Zurakowski, Production and Talent Manager
Jane combines an expertise in production management and talent management.
With over 20 years’ experience in the industry, she has production managed in both commercial and public sector broadcasting, from ITV’s flagship current affairs series, World In Action, to BBC1’s primetime shows such as The ONE Show, Crimewatch, and Watchdog. The majority of her career has been at the BBC, working across a variety of genres, such as high-risk documentaries, complex live OBs, Features and Consumer output (unscripted series) within the Factual Department.
As a Talent Manager at the BBC, she worked in docs, features and live output, sourcing external and internal staff, as well as managing and recruiting staff for the production management community. In 2014 she moved to BBC Bristol where she worked with Sacha in the docs department before taking a 2 year sabbatical to help set up her husband’s new osteopathic clinic. Jane is passionate about training, having recently been a guest lecturer at Bournemouth University, running a production management workshop for the undergraduate media students. She’s also a full time mum.
Xavier Alford, Producer/Director
Xavier is an award winning and multiple BAFTA nominated documentary director with a passion for observational documentary and self-shooting. Xavier was nominated at the BAFTA craft awards, in the best factual director category, for his work on the critically acclaimed, Drugsland series for BBC3. He has had an 18 year long career, self- shooting a range of critically acclaimed, broadcast series, singles and shorts including The Call Centre,
Wonderland and Life in Debt Valley. 10 years ago Xavier was diagnosed with a chronic illness, that is the subject of his latest project and his first venture into feature documentaries, Locked In.
Poppy Goodheart, Associate Producer
Poppy has worked on various award-winning factual programmes for BBC1, BBC2, BBC Three and Radio 4. Between 2011 and 2013 she worked for BBC Radio 4 on a variety of programmes, having taken part at a Graduate Journalism Internship. In 2013 she gained a place on the prestigious Grierson Trust Documentary trainee scheme, which involved practical and theoretical industry training in factual TV/Film production. She moved to Bristol in 2013 and spent several years working mainly for the BBC in-house Documentaries department before joining Marble Films.