WHAT WE DO
Braintrust is a London-based independent production company focussed on developing high-end television series, features and documentary projects. With partnerships with both UK and US agencies and access to top British talent, Braintrust acts as a new breed of creative company aimed at bridging the transatlantic gap between the world's two largest entertainment industries.
Sam Bank - Producer/Managing Director
Sam Bank is a 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, where he got master's 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 his spare time, Sam DJ's and produces face-melting drum and bass for European and American record labels under the handle 'Bank.' Sam also consults as a Story Producer on behalf of Fifty Fathoms Productions (Guerrilla , Fortitude, The A-Word).
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 was also fortunate to work with Jack Thorne in the early development stages of The Eddy - a series directed by Damien Chazelle for Netflix. Clare is thrilled to join Braintrust as a Development Executive where she hopes to discover new and exciting writers, develop unique stories and contribute to the future of film in television both in the UK and abroad.
Hélène Sifre - Development Executive (Film)
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. In 2017, she produced BAFTA-winner Caroline Bartleet's second short film, The Bind, for BBC Films. Hélene also worked as an assistant script editor for Pinewood TV/Twelve Town and has been providing coverage for the BFI, BBC Films, StudioCanal, Working Title, Anton Capital, STX Entertainment as well as French companies Quad films and Page 114. She was selected to read on the 2017 4Screenwriting Course.