Nick Hornby and Tina Flintoff lead the creative and commercial direction of the company and remain closely involved in programme-making.
Eliana CapitaniHead 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.
Demi DoyleHead 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.
Charlotte BrookesExecutive Producer
Charlotte has over 15 years experience producing Entertainment Television. She has worked on major formats including The Voice, The Apprentice and Strictly Come Dancing. At Optomen Charlotte has overseen some of their biggest shows, from Crazy Delicious for Netflix to Sort Your Life Out for BBC One. At work, Charlotte is happiest running a large gallery team making sure she can be heard over everyone’s headsets. At home, Charlotte is happiest running her somewhat smaller team making sure she can be heard over Peppa Pig.
Verity Sutton BarrowDirector of Production and Operations
As Director of Production and Operations Verity is responsible for overseeing the smooth running of the company and all production output. Since 2007 She has held Head of Production roles at betty, Victory and Leopard 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.
Emily BrownridgeProduction Executive
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.
Tracey WilliamsProduction Manager
Tracey joined Optomen in early 2018 as Staff Production Manager. She has worked across a number of productions including Eight Go Rallying: The Road to Saigon (BBC), When I Grow Up (C4), In the Style (BBC 3) and Tyson Fury: The Gypsy King (ITV). She is also responsible for overseeing development projects and the start up of new productions.
During her 12 years in TV, Tracey has gained a variety of experience working across Entertainment, Factual and Shiny Floor programming.
Nicola WiddowsonFinance Director
Nicola joined Optomen in May 2022 to oversee all things Finance. She learned her trade in the City and defected to television in 2011 where she discovered her spiritual homeland. During her time in the industry she’s worked across distribution, operational finance, and production, and she loves nothing more than wrangling a giant spreadsheet.
Adilah RojhaFinance Manager
Adilah who is passionate for the media industry has joined OTV in July 2020 as Finance Manager.
She is responsible for the production of Management Accounts, month end reporting and assisting the Financial Controller.
Adilah has previously worked for Zinc Media and Icon Film where bafta winning films and programs were produced. She is always up for new challenges and endeavour to learn and grow at all time.
Out of work I like to squeeze in for a catnap whenever possible, Cooking and is always ready for a voyage.
Sam PirieManagement Accountant
Sam joined Optomen in May 2022 in the Management Accountant role. Before joining Optomen he worked at All3Media in the Corporate Head Office securing a full time position after completing a successful placement year in 2019. He loves finance and has a passion for Film & Television. Sam has a number of TV credits to his name including hit dramas White House Farm and Feel Good. He is loving life in the production industry and looks forward to bringing his experience to Optomen Television.
Mike PipkinEditor & 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.
Sarah EglinExecutive Producer
Sarah joined Optomen in 2018 to set up a regional base in the Midlands. From there, she Exec Produces Great British Menu for BBC2 and made BAFTA nominated Snackmasters for C4. From Manchester, she produced Optomen’s BBC documentary series, Breaking Fashion. She is currently working on the documentary series X vs Y for Discovery Plus which has covered the trials of Johnny Vs Amber, the Wagatha court case, Britney Spears’ legal battles and the divorce of Kim Kardashian from Kanye West, with more in production.
Prior to this, Sarah worked with startup Indies on new commissions and was part of the BAFTA winning team working on Embarrassing Bodies and Live From The Clinic as Executive Producer for C4. She began her career with the BBC and won awards for investigative journalism but her recent proudest moments are designing a professional kitchen and studio for Great British Menu and encouraging Fred Sirieix to say, “wa-fer” with a French accent when recording the voice over for Snackmasters.
Jacob MooreProduction Manager
Jacob joined Optomen in 2018 on Great British Menu when it moved to a new home in the Midlands. He has worked across a range of genres including current affairs, documentary, reality, and factual entertainment. Jacob’s experience also includes international filming, Live TV and outside broadcasts. Alongside GBM, his credits with Optomen also include Snackmasters, Manhunt, Highlife, Richard Hammond’s Crazy Contraptions, Johnny vs Amber, Vardy vs Rooney, Jamie vs Britney and At Home With The Furys.
Hannah McLaughlinProduction Coordinator
Hannah has worked at Optomen since 2019 and in that time has made herself indispensable to all.
She has worked across almost all of the most popular series made by Optomen as well as overseeing the near-impossible task of managing Tina’s diary alongside her Production Coordinator roles.
Always the first to suggest Thursday drinks, Hannah is a keen member of the Optomen wine appreciation society and is a central member of the social hub!
No one enters or leaves Optomen without Hannah knowing about it and it’s safe to say, Hannah is to Optomen what the ravens are to the Tower of London.