Matchlight's Creative Director, Ross Wilson, is an exceptionally experienced, multiple award-winning documentary film maker. His CV includes production credits as Executive Producer and Producer/ Director for every major British documentary strand including BBC's One Life, ITVís Network First and Real Lives and Channel 4's Cutting Edge, Dispatches, Equinox and Secret History series.
Known for presenter-led pieces, access-based observational documentaries and investigate journalism, his films are always intelligent, thought-provoking and often explore challenging worlds and subject matters.
Ross has won a raft of awards. His 2006 series Stephen Fry: Secret Life of the Manic Depressive was nominated for both BAFTA and RTS documentary awards and won an International Emmy for Best Documentary and a Broadcast Award and Broadcast Press Guild award in the same category.
His 2007 follow-up BBC series Stephen Fry: HIV & Me was similarly well-received by critics and the audience alike picking up nominations from both the RTS and BAFTA for Best Documentary.
In 1999 Ross received British Television's most prestigious award - the UK BAFTA for Best Documentary - for his film for ITV, After Lockerbie. The year before, he had been nominated for a UK BAFTA, this time for a series of two documentaries that saw him film exclusively behind the scenes with Gordon Brown in the lead-up to the 1997 election and through his first six months in the Treasury.
In 2000 Ross won the Royal Television Society award for Best Documentary for his film on the Scottish Parliamentary elections and in May 2001 won the Royal Television Society's Best Sports Documentary for an observational film on David Elleray, a leading Premiership Football referee.
In 2003 his film Cuba: The Other Side of Armageddon for BBC4 was nominated for the Grierson award for best historical documentary.
Other prizes have included a Gold Award in the San Francisco International Film Festival, Silver and Bronze medals at the New York Television Film Festival and the documentary prize at the Celtic Film Festival. The achievement however for which Ross is most proud came after the showing of one of his films on Channel 4 - the documentary Crimes of War, an investigation into war criminals living in Britain - that led to intense political debate and ultimately a change in British law.
Ross has recently completed Russell Brand: From Addiction to Recovery.
Matchlight's Managing Director, David Smith was formerly Head of Legal & Business Affairs for IWC Media. As Head of Business Affairs for Wark Clements & Company he helped steer that company's merger with Ideal World to form IWC Media, Scotland's largest and most successful independent television production company. David then advised the IWC board during that company's acquisition by RDF Media plc and remained with IWC as part of the indie's managing executive where he was responsible for all of IWC's commercial affairs.
David helped IWC strike a range of deals with on screen talent as diverse as Stephen Fry, Robson Green, Richard Dawkins, Griff Rhys Jones, Stephen Hawking, Robbie Coltrane, Sir David Attenborough and J.K. Rowling.
David is a qualified solicitor. He trained with highly respected Edinburgh law firm Tods Murray where he specialized in media law.
Since 2009 has been a member of the Advisory Group set up by the Scottish Government to advise Scottish Enterprise and Creative Scotland on how best to engage with the television broadcast and production sectors in Scotland.
With production credits covering everything from shiny-floor entertainment to current affairs, taking in religion, quiz shows, drama and documentaries along the way, it was probably inevitable that Jacqui would finally find her niche in the ever-changing world of development.
Before becoming one of the founding directors of Matchlight, Jacqui was Head of Development for IWC Media in Glasgow where she developed an incredibly diverse range of series including Mountain, Lost Kingdoms of Africa, Britain's Last Wilderness and Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive for the BBC and Robbie Coltrane's B-Road Britain for ITV.
Series achievements for Channel 4 include Richard Dawkins: The Genius of Darwin, Stephen Hawking: Master of the Universe. For Five Jacqui developed Extreme Fishing with Robson Green and Paddy & Rory's Great British Adventure. And for Discovery US, a 13-part series called Detonators.
Key single films included Ten Days that Shaped the Queen, Beauty Queens and Bloodshed, Mississippi Burning, The Queen Mother in Love, Key Witness: Joanne Lees and A Mother's Journey.
Jacqui has been based in Scotland since 1998 and lives in Glasgow with her husband Ron.
Chris is one of the most accomplished and sought-after editors in the UK, with 30 years experience. His work, prior to joining Matchlight ranged across drama and factual from Rebus and Taggart to the BAFTA, Flaherty Award winning After Lockerbie and the International Emmy Award winning Stephen Fry: The Secret Diart of the Manic Depressive. Since joining Matchlight Chris has cut See You In Court, At Home with the Georgians, My Boyfriend the War Hero and Taking Away the Keys.
Chris is about to start editing an new project for BBC Three, further details will be announce shortly.
Anne-Claire made her entry into documentary directing by losing her glasses and wondering how she would ever find them again if she didn't have them on. Thus the concept for Specky, an autobiographical film about how short-sighted people survived the Stone Age, was born.
Specky was the Channel 4 British Documentary Film Foundation's first commission and the documentary went on to win two BAFTA Scotland New Talent Awards for Best New Producer and Best New Work. Creative director of Matchlight, Ross Wilson, was Anne-Claire's mentor on the film.
On the back of Specky, Anne-Claire worked her way up the Channel 4 talent ladder, directing a 3MW and Allergic to the 21st Century for the new talent strand First Cut. She subsequently went on to make an access-led arts documentary on Tracey Emin for BBC Scotland's Artworks.
Most recently, Anne-Claire worked on the follow up film to Channel 4's award-winning Meet the Natives. For this series Anne-Claire gained access to this notoriously private Amish community by going tenpin bowling with Amish teenagers. Before she knew it, news of the 'English' girl who could never, no matter how hard she tried, score more than 80 points in a game spread like wildfire round the farms and communities of Amish America.
Following a few months in development at Matchlight Anne-Claire, supported by Matchlight development executive Jacqui Hayden, secured a commission for her first hour-long documentary My Soldier's Story for BBC Three's new director's strand Fresh. She is now directing the documentary.
Anne-Claire speaks fluent French and Spanish and lives in Glasgow with her husband Rab with whom she speaks Glaswegian. She still loses a lot of things, especially her glasses.
Ruth recently completed a 1x60 documentary for BBC Scotland that will transmit in early 2014 and is currently making a 4x30 series for the BBC.
Charlie recently joined us as part of the Channel 4 Dispatches Trainee Scheme. Prior to this he worked as an AP on a Dispatches project for Matchlight. His work has been published by The Guardian, Independent, The Bureau of Investigative Journalism and local and regional papers. In 2012 he won an Amnesty International Media Award for an investigation into deaths in police custody.
Beth recently joined Matchlight through Glasgow's Commonwealth Initiative to lend support to the office and production team. She is particularly fond of British food television, which she specialised in during her final year of an MA Hons. Film & TV degree. Beth also enjoys freelance writing and has previously written articles for film review websites and online food publications.