Managing Partner - Ed Hall

Ed is one of the UK's most experienced television entrepreneurs and advisers, and he has been working in broadcasting since 1991 when he produced award-winning news programmes and documentaries for the BBC, ITV and Channel 4. He has advised or managed projects for most broadcasters in the UK and many others around the world. He has an unusual breadth of expertise that encompasses managing both creative and technical projects which have included multiple channel launches in the UK, Europe and further afield, and the design and launch of a national DTT terrestrial multiplex for the UK.

Ed has made high-profile investigative radio and television programmes, winning a Sony Radio Award for the BBC, and designed and launched news channels and entertainment channels, and designed and launched 'red button' and OTT interactive television services. He developed the UK market in the sale and purchase of channel positions on the Sky digital satellite platform, and has managed more than 120 EPG transactions.

In 2013, as founder and interim CEO of Comux UK, Ed built the UK's £25M DTT local news television network after the company he formed won the licence against competition from the BBC and others. He is a creative, expert and energetic management addition to any broadcast project.

Managing Partner - Fergus Lawson

Fergus has a successful track record in supplying services on a consultancy or special advisory basis to a number of companies in the broadcast, media and media-tech space. Fergus started his media career in airtime sales at ITV, and afterwards gained experience in both the production and the commercial side of television when, with funding from BT, he co-founded and launched a production company specialising in producing live participation entertainment formats. The company supplied programming to ITV, and also launched its own TV channel on Sky and Virgin in the UK.

Having worked with bigger corporate organisations, either directly or via his own consultancy business, Fergus then broadened his range of experience and skills at one of the UK's leading broadcast services companies.

Fergus has deep experience in areas including business start-up, business turnaround, business development, sales and marketing, business planning and commercial modelling, fund raising, building management teams, identifying and delivering strategic partnerships and project management.

Fergus is one of the most commercially effective operators in the media space, and provides strategic advice and hands on expertise to assist new and established media companies.

James Carter - Commercial Director

James began his media career in 2001 working in events, organising film premieres and award ceremonies and moved into TV and film production where he worked for Millennium FX and then Talkback Thames working on prime time shows for broadcasters such as the BBC, ITV and Channel 4.

In 2011, James started working for Ed and Fergus as a Commercial Manager launching new TV channels for the UK market and brokering Sky EPG deals, and assisting in the sale and re-sale of Freeview (DTT) capacity. In multiple deals he has sourced DTT capacity for premium broadcasters and successfully brokered 60+ EPG sales. James now works as Commercial Director at Expert Media Partners.

James has helped major UK broadcasters add new channels to their existing portfolios, advised on UK channel start ups, and helped international channels launch in the UK. James has a thorough understanding and appreciation of how the television industry works from production work through to broadcast.

Simon Callisto - Commercial Executive

Simon is a Media & Communications graduate who started working in the recruitment advertising industry in early 2016. In that role he worked with a number of public sector organisations to provide digital resourcing and account management services.  EMP tracked him down to add more experience and capacity to our growing commercial team.

When not in the office Simon is most likely reading comics or visiting the cinema; which is convenient as EMP's offices are in Leicester Square.  He also writes a blog on personal and political topics which doesn't in any way reflect the views of his employer! 

Bronwen Davies - Commercial Executive

Bronwen is an English Literature and Theatre Graduate with a background in media sales. In her role as Commercial Executive at EMP, she has been helping to co-ordinate the creation and development of EMP’s Brexit Directory. She has also taken a hands-on approach in supporting EMP’s senior management in providing  marketing services to EU/EEA jurisdictions. She is currently studying towards the CIM Certificate in Professional Marketing and hopes to bring these skills to her additional role at EMP as Head of Social Networking and Website Development at EMP and can offer advice to clients in these areas too. 

Omar Butt - Finance Manager

Omar began his career in finance working in the insurance sector in the City of London. Having made the leap from insurance into broadcast and media by joining EMP, he is now learning all about the commercial side of television, and is managing the financial side of running a growing business with a rapidly expanding team of expert consultants. He also has responsibility as EMP's Data Controller for ensuring that we are compliant with the new GDPR rules.

Outside work, he keeps one eye on the financial markets and enjoys spending time with his family, especially his son Isaac. Indeed, as a Chelsea fan, he is looking forward to taking Isaac to Stamford Bridge in the very near future.

Heather Landy - Administrative Assistant

Heather is a recent graduate of Sheffield Hallam University where she studied Sociology.  She has joined the EMP team as an Administrative Assistant and is already deeply involved in our Brexit project, offering much needed support to the team as the launch date for EMP’s Brexit Directory draws closer.

In her spare time, Heather takes a keen interest in history and politics and like to visit the British and Natural History Museums. She is also an avid rugby supporter and Wasps fan, and yes, she assures us that you can actually be both! 

Elizabeth Diaferia - Head of Brexit Media Policy

After a career in international financial markets and politics, Elizabeth has worked more recently advising in tech, media, public affairs and with entrepreneurs. She is Advocacy Director for London Tech Week. She has specialised in international promotion and policy for the government-backed Tech City UK promoting UK digital businesses. She led a delegation of UK digital businesses to the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting and regularly promotes the UK digital economy and ecosystem via international and local engagement. She is particularly interested in the Edtech, Fintech and Smart cities sectors, having been involved in her own EdTech start up.

Elizabeth was previously Head of New Business for the Conservative Party, and worked closely with senior parliamentarians, SMEs and entrepreneurs. Her first career in investment banking spanned senior positions within major US, UK, Japanese and European banks, specialising in Fixed Income, where she held positions in sales and fund management.

She is a Mentor for Commonwealth First, a programme developed by the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council, and sits on the Advisory Board of ADA, the National College for Digital Skills, Finito Education and Kuorum. She is a political columnist and regular contributor for The Fintech Times Newspaper, and Disrupts publications, and a frequent and popular speaker on policy issues.

Emma Beaumont - Senior Partner: Brexit, Regulatory and Compliance

Emma is a respected Regulatory Compliance expert. She’s worked in broadcasting for 15 years and set up her consultancy, Emma Beaumont Broadcast Consulting, in 2016. Emma offers a variety of services, focussed mainly on broadcast regulations and editorial compliance including the ongoing and imminent impact of Brexit. From new business initiatives, content compliance advice and bespoke compliance training, to liaison with regulators, conducting regulatory, process and policy reviews and revisions, and setting up new services and or systems, Emma has a deep understanding of how broadcasters work and need to adapt in an evolving and changeable regulatory and technological environment. 

Prior to this, Emma spent 10 years at A+E Networks UK, where she headed up Reversioning and Compliance for their EMEA portfolio which spanned over 100 countries and 35 channels. 

David McMunn - Senior Partner Legal and Regulatory Affairs

David is a communications/media professional with 20 years of legal, regulatory, corporate and commercial experience.  He has extensive knowledge of the Irish, EU and UK regulatory and legal frameworks for the broadcast/ telecommunication sector and is a qualified Solicitor and Mediator in both the Republic of Ireland and the UK (England and Wales). 

David started his communications/media career as a lawyer in 1998 in Unipalm Pipex/UUNET UK, one of the UK’s first indigenous Internet Service Providers. He initially worked on significant commercial deals, providing legal and corporate support to several multi-million pound deals between UUNET and companies such as The London Stock exchange, Shell and BP.  

In 2002 David returned to Ireland to a senior management position at TV3 (the then sole Irish commercial terrestrial broadcaster) and he has worked exclusively in the broadcast/digital media environment since. He has significant experience of broadcast regulation in both Ireland, the EU and the UK having worked for Irish and UK companies since then including UTV and ITV.  

In his career David has worked for commercial broadcasters and private equity companies which have all been complex, multi-jurisdictional organisations with multiple shareholder/stakeholder engagement. He has been a senior executive director of a number of companies advising on all aspects of corporate activity including employment, public policy and communications strategy.  

When not in an office, David spends most of his time up mountains hiking and walking two crazy rescue dogs!

Chris Parsons - Senior Operational and Technical Consultant

Chris has worked all over the world for a wide range of new media, TV and broadcast clients. Whether he is launching TV channels in New Zealand, offering strategic advice to the board of a major media group in Canada, launching a TV-shopping business in the Ukraine, or restructuring a terrestrial broadcaster in Greece, he is at home in all broadcast environments.

Chris has project managed the launch and ongoing operation of numerous TV channels in the UK and overseas, and he has also launched a pay DTT platform. He understands the issues surrounding complicated technical operations and takes a hands on approach to resolve them. His core expertise is in the operational, technical and commercial areas of the broadcast chain. He runs his own broadcast consultancy, MediaPaedia, and its subsidiary, MediaPaedia Broadcast, both of which offer operational support services to a range of UK TV channels. 

When Chris isn’t working on broadcast projects, he likes playing darts and jumping out of aeroplanes, but not at the same time. 

Rob Beynon - Senior News Consultant

Rob is the Chief Executive of DMA, a global news-focused digital media and television company based in London. Working closely with the team at EMP, Rob Beynon and his team have worked on channel launches in the UK and around the world.

DMA has worked on projects from television channels in Africa, Europe and Kurdistan to digital projects in the UK and elsewhere, and provides deep credible knowledge of newsrooms, news channels and multi-channel digital distribution of news content.

Working with the team at EMP, Rob recently delivered a plan for a new national newsroom and programming strategy.

Marc Watson - Senior Commercial Advisor

Marc is the former Chief Executive of BT Television, and a lawyer by training. He has negotiated international rights deals as both buyer and seller worth many billions of pounds, including as part of the team managing the sale and purchase of UK Premier League rights. Marc brings an understanding of the commercial realities of international broadcasting negotiations and has a expert knowledge of sport and sports broadcasting.

Marc has worked with Ed and the team at EMP on a wide range of projects for many years, and is a a great addition to any strategic or corporate conversation.

Richard Young - Senior Commercial Consultant

Richard Young has a proven track record in the launch and distribution of TV channels, digital entertainment propositions, OTT services and new platforms. Most recently, Richard worked on a major DTT business strategy and due diligence project with EMP, and he has been working with Magine TV a cloud based OTT TV service with B2C services in Germany, Sweden and the UK. Richard has been involved in a number of areas of the business including negotiating content licensing agreements, strategy and proposition development and business development across all its territories.

Formerly Commercial Director at BT Consumer, he oversaw teams responsible for content licensing for BT TV, Sports rights acquisition for BT Sport, advertising partnerships, and business development. Richard joined BT prior to the launch of BT's move into television and played key roles in the development of BT Vision, formation of Youview, Launch of BT Sport and partnership deals such as Netflix and AMC, he has a varied and extensive understanding of the media landscape and the opportunities within it. 

Previous to his almost 9 years at BT, Richard also spent 4 years at Channel 4 where he handled the assessment, development and negotiation of a range of business and investment opportunities in channels, new media and rights investments. He started his career as a strategy consultant at Arthur Andersen Business Consulting where he was involved in a range of strategic and due diligence projects.

Jane Mote - Senior Programming Consultant

Jane Mote, Director of her own consultancy beechtobeach, is a programming and branding expert who has launched, re-branded and revamped TV channels across the world. Clients have included BBC Worldwide, Discovery, Turner Broadcasting, ESi media and The Africa Channel, and she has worked with the team at EMP on a range of interesting projects from brand extension feasibility studies, to planning the programming for a new European terrestrial broadcast network.

She created BBC London across radio, TV and on-line, was Director of Factual and Lifestyle channels for UKTV, and the UK Managing Director for Al Gore's documentary channel Current TV.

Scott Solder - Consultant and Training Partner

Scott is a media and communications consultant, seasoned speaker and practised moderator who provides PR and executive coaching services to senior leaders to help them leverage their influence and communicate persuasively on TV, on the radio and in public.

Scott works with EMP as an expert on training and communications, and as a senior project manager. He has assisted with EMP projects including DTT business planning in EU countries, and our recent Brexit research publications. He has led EMP teams on detailed business planning and due diligence exercises for clients and projects in the Middle East and Africa.

Scott is a former editor at BBC News & Current Affairs, a licensed instructor in Neuro-Linguistic Programming and author of the internationally successful influence and persuasion title 'You Need This Book To Get What You Want'. 

His clients have included large UK and global firms, advertising agencies, digital media, 10 Downing Street and HM Treasury. 

Kate Levy - Senior Creative Consultant

Kate Levy and her team at Mindplan Productions have worked together with the team at EMP for nearly ten years, launching channels, producing large volumes of content in complex regulatory areas, and drafting detailed business plans and feasibility studies for a wide range of clients.

EMP and Kate's creative team are currently working on the support and creative services offering for a new on-line television advertising business scheduled for launch in late 2016.

Other Partners

EMP has a discreet global team of expert partners with experience in a wide range of broadcast disciplines, and with many years experience working with each other on delivering flexible and tailored projects for our clients. The skills available in our partners include:
  • Large-scale technical and IT project management
  • Broadcast infrastructure design and delivery
  • Broadcasting and related software development
  • Airtime sales management and audience measurement
  • Commercial analysis and business recovery
  • Content acquisition and rights negotiation
  • Asset valuation and disposal

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