Tina joined Optomen as the Co-CEO in September 2016 responsible for developing new talent and creating factual, factual entertainment and features shows.
Before that she spent 4 years as a commissioning editor at Channel 4 overseeing a range of factual entertainment shows including Gadget Man with Stephen Fry, The Hoarder Next Door, 16 Kids and Counting, Naked Attraction, What Happens in Kavos, Travel Man with Richard Ayoade and magic series Troy for E4.
Nick joined Optomen in September 2016, and together with Tina Flintoff oversees the creative and commercial direction of the company, with particular emphasis on programme delivery.
Nick previously spent two years at Blast! Films as Head of Programmes where he was responsible for the first series of The Catch and Secret Life of the Zoo as well as Exec’ing across the range of the indie’s returning factual series. He previously spent three years at Channel 4 as a Commissioning Editor in Factual Entertainment and Features. Nick started his career as a researcher in Specialist Factual, and believes that TV can make a difference.
Chief Operating Officer
With 25 years of TV experience, Sophy is responsible for Production, Legal and Finance. She manages commercial negotiation, risk and fiscal management ensuring successful UK origination and international rights exploitation.
Previously Sophy was Chief Operating Officer at award winning indie betty. As a founder member Sophy spent 13 years building and managing this successful production company, being instrumental in the selling of the company to Discovery in 2011.
Sophy believes in creating a company where staff can do their best work.
Mum, dog walker, yogi and wine drinker.
Verity Sutton Barrow
Head of Production
As Head of Production Verity is responsible for overseeing the smooth running of all output. Since 2007 She has held Head of Production roles at Leopard Films, Victory and betty and Production Executive roles at Shine and ITV Studios. Prior to joining Optomen she was the senior Production Executive at Objective Media Group managing a portfolio of start-up companies including Studio Ramsay.
Verity enjoys all genres of production most notably Factual, Factual Entertainment and Entertainment and programme highlights over the years include Jamie’s Kitchen, Cash in the Attic, Come Dine with me, The Biggest Loser, Who Wants to be a Millionaire, Heston’s Great British Food, Bear Grylls: Mission Survive, The Undateables and Gordon, Gino and Fred: The Ultimate Roadtrip.
Head of Casting
Demi has been with Optomen since 2016. She specialises in securing access, finding amazing characters and producing compelling content.
Recently she been responsible for creating Tyson Fury: The Gypsy King for ITV1 and ITVBe’s hit reality show Absolutely Ascot.
In the past she has worked on high profile shows including The Secret Life of 4 Year Olds, Big Brother, Educating Cardiff, The Apprentice and Gogglesprogs.
When not making television, Demi loves to travel and does more internet shopping than she likes to admit.
Sarah joined Optomen in 2018 to set up a regional office in Birmingham. From there she Exec Produces Great British Menu for BBC2, Snackmasters for C4 and from Manchester, the documentary series, Breaking Fashion for the BBC.
Prior to this, Sarah worked with startup indies to help develop and produce new commissions and was part of a BAFTA winning team at Maverick working on Embarrassing Bodies and Live from The Clinic as Executive Producer. She began her career with the BBC and won awards for investigative journalism but now her recent proudest moments are designing a fully functioning professional kitchen and studio for Great British Menu and encouraging Fred Sirieix to say “wa-fer” with a French accent, when recording his voice over for Snackmasters.
Series Editor & Director
Jamie is a new addition to Optomen for 2020. He is an RTS award-winning director, who specialises in access-led documentaries. After 10 years in ITV factual, he went on to direct various one-offs and series including The Murder of Sadie Hartley, Gordon Ramsay on Cocaine and Inside Prison: Britain Behind Bars; amongst other notable productions. He is also a MAMIL (a middle aged man in lycra).
Tom is an Executive Producer with over 20 years of TV experience here in the UK and in the US. He’s worked on projects as diverse as Hunted, The Island with Bear Grylls, Gold Rush, Panorama and Top Gear. Starting out as an editor Tom earned an ACE award and an Oscar nomination for his work on Banksy’s documentary, Exit Through The Gift Shop. He likes kimchi, bikes and whistling, in that order.
Head of Development
Eliana Capitani joined Optomen as a Development Executive in September 2016.
Before joining Optomen she held development roles at a number of leading indies including Twenty Twenty Television, Mentorn Media and Studio Lambert. Her production credits include The Secret Millionaire, Seven Days and The Fairy Job Mother.
Matthew joined Optomen in late 2019, after a successful stint running development at Boomerang. Prior to that he created formats for ITV Studios down under. Plays a lot of football. Michael B. Jordan stunt double. Ghanaian Prince.
Michael joined Optomen in 2018 and since then has been involved in the development for Crazy Delicious. When not attempting to break television, Michael likes to obsess over a new hobby each week and is currently quite into theme parks.
Emily joined Optomen as Production Manager on the original series of Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares and Mary, Queen of Shops before progressing to Production Executive. She is responsible for production planning, budgeting and negotiating deals with broadcasters, and ensuring smooth running of productions.
Other credits for Optomen include Great British Menu, Kevin McCloud’s Manmade Home, Heston’s Feasts and Undercover Doctor.
Prior to joining Optomen Emily was Production Manager in BBC Specialist Factual, working across landmark series including Auschwitz, Leonardo and the Horizon series.
Anthony joined Optomen in 2018 as Production Manager on Call The Cops. Before his time at Optomen he worked on a number of large scale shows including 24 Hours in A&E, 24 Hours in Police Custody & The Posh Frock Shop. Anthony has a proven track record of managing complex shoots, large crews & post production for UK & International transmission. His other Optomen credit so far includes Page 3 at Fifty (w/t)
Jacob joined Optomen as Junior Production Manager on Great British Menu when it moved to a new home in the Midlands. He then moved on to Snackmasters as Production Manager and stayed with Optomen to PM GBM15 and series 2 of Snackmasters. Before joining Optomen Jacob worked as JPM on ‘Back In Time For The Factory’, ‘Garden Rescue’, Let’s Get A Good Thing Going’ and ‘ Steph and Dom’s 1 star to 5 star. He also worked as Production Manager on the regional segment of the Sunday Politics show which included setting up ‘as live’ and ‘live’ OB broadcasts.
Legal and Business Affairs Executive
Media Lawyer with a specific interest in the weird and unusual, came to Optomen via BBC, Ch4, Ch5, Arrow Media and Firecracker.
Scouser, Equestrian, Audiophile, photo taking cat lady. Loves gin.
Nikola Beckles- Davis
Nikola studied Television Production at Ravensbourne and decided that it wasn’t for her so went on to study her AAT. From this she became a Purchase Ledger Administrator for just over a year at an electrical wholesalers to gain experience, adamant to get back into media, she then became our first Finance Assistant here at Optomen in August 2019.
Netflix binger, Rum drinker.
Leanne joined Optomen in March 2018 as a freelance Production Coordinator, having previously worked at companies such as ITV, Endemol, and Channel 5, working mostly on Entertainment and Factual Entertainment programming.
Leanne has recently been appointed Staff at Optomen, where she will be training towards production management and working across a number of projects.
Editor & Graphic Designer
Michael joined Optomen in 2003 to run their newly formed offline edit suites. Over the years he has edited for various productions including Man Made Home, Employable Me, and What Would Be Your Miracle? and has also provided graphics for a variety of Optomen shows including Matilda and the Ramsay Bunch, Heston’s Feasts and Escape to the Wild. He also contributes graphics and editing for the Optomen development team.
PA & Office Coordinator