WHAT WE DO
Braintrust is a London-based independent production company focussed on developing and packaging high-end television series, features, and animated series. We are fortunate to work with an impressive roster of emerging British talent and established partnerships with agencies and co-production partners in London, Canada, South Africa, and Los Angeles.
BREAD + BUTTER
Film and TV Development
Packaging and Fundraising
Sam Bank - Producer/Managing Director
Sam Bank is a BIFA-nominated film and music producer from Baltimore, Maryland. After graduating from Syracuse University, Sam moved to Los Angeles and got his start in the mailroom at UTA. Sam then worked in development and production at Discovery Networks and yU+co, a commercial VFX company, before his love of warm beer and average food drove him to London, earning his masters degree at the National Film and Television School as a producer. In his independent work, Sam secured representation for screenwriting, including a TV pilot and feature he co-wrote and developed with two major studios. His animated short film, The Wrong End of the Stick, has screened at 78 international film festivals, including being nominated for ‘Best British Short’ at the BIFA awards and a separate nomination for the Annie Awards in Los Angeles. In 2016, Sam founded Braintrust, which quickly expanded with additional team members, projects, talent, and partnerships abroad.
Ian Loizeaux - Financial Director
Ian Loizeaux is an investor and entrepreneur from Baltimore, Maryland. After studying engineering and economics at the University of Pennsylvania, he moved to San Francisco, where he was an investment banker in the technology sector. He left California to get his MBA at the London Business School and subsequently spent five years in the hedge fund industry, most recently as a Partner at New Peak Capital in London. In addition to his role at Braintrust, Ian is a Director at LeafLink, Co-Founder of Bottleshot Brew, and an advisor to several other early-stage businesses.
Clare Dodkins - Development Executive (TV)
Clare began her career at Casarotto Ramsay after graduating from the University of Birmingham with a First Class Honours Degree in Drama and Theatre Arts. She joined Casarotto as a graduate and progressed to an Associate Agent within two years, representing some of the best HODs across the UK film and television industry. In March 2016, she joined Fifty Fathoms as an Executive Assistant to Patrick Spence and Katie Swinden. During her time at Fifty Fathoms, Clare worked on a number of productions including; John Ridley's Guerrilla for Sky Atlantic, Pete Bowker's second series of The A Word for the BBC and the final series of Simon Donald's Fortitude. She also worked with Jack Thorne in the early development stages of his Netflix series The Eddy.
Hélène Sifre - Development Executive (Film and Animation)
Following a BA in Political Science and an MA in Communications in Paris, and two-years working in development for Fulldawa Films (My Old Lady), Hélene joined the Producing MA at the NFTS. There, she assisted Christine Vachon during the 2015 Cannes Film Festival; and produced three short films that competed at Festivals worldwide. Fishwitch earned a nomination at the 44th Annie Awards and won the Verna Fields award at the Golden Reels; whilst Ferris & The Fancy Pigeon won the 2017 RTS Award for Best Postgraduate Drama. Hélene worked as an executive assistant/junior business & production executive at Filmwave (Sing Street). She then started her own company Kleio Films, under which she’s been developing a wide-ranging slate of film and TV projects, including a George Orwell biopic and an animated feature in coproduction with Valérie Schermann (The Red Turtle). In 2017, she produced BAFTA-winner Caroline Bartleet’s second short film, The Bind, for BBC Films. And earlier this year, she was selected to take part in the UK’s premier development lab, iFeatures, run by BBC Films, the BFI and Creative England, with a project written & directed by Georgia Oakley, Blue Jean. Hélene also worked as an assistant script editor for Pinewood TV/Twelve Town and has been providing coverage for various companies including the BFI, BBC Films, StudioCanal, Working Title, STX Entertainment and French company Quad Films.