Katie Derham: Co-Founder
Katie Derham has been the face of the BBC Proms since 2010. Previously she was at ITV News for 12 years, first as Media & Arts correspondent then as the anchor of ITV News and ITV London Tonight. As one colleague memorably put it… ” Prime Ministers, Archbishops, Movie Stars.. she’s had them all”. Which is not exactly the way she remembers it.
Music has always been a big part of Katie’s life. Presenting the Classical Brits, Classic FM, taking part in the BBC2 reality show Maestro and now presenting on Radio 3 is an absolute joy. She was even persuaded to dust off her violin a few years ago for a Sky Arts documentary “First Love”. It was an epic experience not just because of the nerve wracking performance at Kings Place, but because the Series Producer was Jane Gerber – and you know what happened next.
Over the years Katie has presented documentaries and current affairs shows for TV and radio. That, combined with her early experience as a business journalist and an economics degree, has made her a frequently requested moderator for corporate events and conferences.
Katie is extremely proud to be involved with a number of charities; as an ambassador for the Prince’s Trust and Leonard Cheshire Disability, and a Patron of Arts 4 Dementia, Dementia UK, Music in Hospitals, the Eastside Educational Trust and the St Peter and St James Hospice. She’s also a member of the Cambridge University Alumni Advisory Board and on their Communications Committee. And she’s quite good at synchronised swimming.
Jane Gerber: Co-founder
Jane Gerber’s love of creating pretty pictures started at an early age when her painting skills got a special mention at nursery school. A future in the Arts beckoned and inspired by a French Cinema course at university, Jane dived into the world of film. She started her career working for Granada Television in Manchester as a Production Secretary then climbed an entertaining broadcast ladder to Executive Producer.
Along the way she gained BAFTA & RTS nominations and won a coveted Broadcast Award, producing and directing series for BBC, Channel 4, ITV, Sky as well as international broadcasters across subject areas ranging from architecture to fashion, music to food.
These included BBC1’s What Not To Wear, Channel 4’s Risking it All and Sky Arts’ First Love which featured celebrities like Sue Perkins, Lenny Henry – and one Katie Derham – retraining in instruments they played in their youth. Jane made Katie pick up her old violin, endure a tough retraining bootcamp and play the fiddle in front of hundreds of people at London’s Kings Place – but friendship triumphed through adversity.
Jane then moved from broadcast to corporate, developing creative solutions and client relationships for digital branded content across public and private sector organisations.
Katie lives in the country. As does Jane. They share a star sign, both like a good dance and even sailing. Katie is a handy crew member, while Jane is (honestly) a Rear Commodore at her club.
Peanut and Crumb love sitting around the kitchen table coming up with ideas for their favourite brands to tell their story better. For companies and people to realise how good they are.
Joanna Riding: Head of Production
Starting her career in sports programming after university, Joanna rose through the ranks from PA to Production Manager, then decided her heart was in factual television. Her first factual series saw her travel the world in the series ‘Chasing Churchill’, creating a desire to work in international production.
At Big Earth she worked on the award winning series and book, Long Way Down and has since gone on to organise filming all over the world, including most of Africa and remote China. Joanna loves a colour coordinated spread sheet which have helped her manage all sorts of productions, from factual to 3D to high end content for the likes of WWF and GE.
In her spare time, she loves to organise social occasions, faffing about with interiors and hanging out with her family.
Faye Nickolds: Media Training & Strategy Partner
Faye Nickolds spent more than a decade at ITN & ITV News. In that time she edited all ITV Network news programmes as well as leading coverage of General Elections, Mayoral elections and major global news events.
She led that programme to ratings success as well as a Royal Television Society Award and two consecutive Amnesty International Media Awards.
Her corporate experience has seen her consulting for CEOs, Founders and Chairs of businesses such as Grey London, National Express, HAVAS and British Business Bank.