MEET OUR TEAM

 
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SARAH MACDONALD

FOUNDING DIRECTOR

An award-winning investigative journalist, Sarah has conceived and produced documentaries for, among others, the BBC, CNN, CNA and Channel 4 Dispatches. Renowned for making hard-hitting films that have significant social impact, her undercover investigation into familial child abuse in Liverpool lead to three men being jailed for 100 years and subsequently won her a BAFTA (Best New Director).

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SIAN KEVILL

FOUNDING DIRECTOR

Sian is a highly successful creative business leader in the field of television news and current affairs, recently conducting a pioneering report published by the RISJ, which assessed audience responses to branded TV content in Hong Kong, the US and the UK. Before this, she was an award-winning editor of BBC current affairs programmes and the successful head of the BBC’s commercial international news division, leading the company to its first operating profit in its 19-year history.

 
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LEO GIZZI

SERIES PRODUCER/DIRECTOR

Leo is an award-winning television producer with experience across a wide range of genres from investigative documentary, current affairs, business and art. His films have covered topics including the Erawan Shrine bombing in Bangkok in 2015, child MMA fighters in London and a behind-the-scenes look at the rise of Lego. Leo’s work has broadcast on Channel 4, Channel 5, Bloomberg and Channel News Asia.

 
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OLIVE FAURE

ASSISTANT PRODUCER

 Olive started out at MAKE as an intern working on China on Film. She has spent the last nine months as an assistant producer on the feature-length documentary The Great Green Wall, where she travelled to Niger as part of the five-week shoot. She has also worked on investigative documentaries for Undercover Asia, as well as HBO’s The Talwars: Behind Closed Doors. She has recently produced 10 short-films for BBC World News, as well as forthe United Nations and Channel News Asia. 

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Hoe Yeen Nie

PRODUCER/DIRECTOR

Hoe Yeen Nie is an award-winning producer-director with over a decade’s experience in journalism and factual programme-making. She has made films across Asia for Channel NewsAsia and the Discovery Channel, covering social issues, current affairs, and history. These include documentaries on North Korean defectors in South Korea, factory safety in Bangladesh, and disabled orphans in China.

 
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MARCOS I. O'DONNELL

PRODUCTION MANAGER

Marcos joined MAKE in 2017. He has since worked on award-winning productions including The Talwars: Behind Closed Doors, a four-part docu-drama series for HBO, and the upcoming feature-length documentary The Great Green Wall. Prior to MAKE, Marcos freelanced on different international feature films, including American, Hong Kong, and Bollywood productions.

 
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CARLO MOLE

ASSISTANT PRODUCER

While at McGill University in Montréal, Carlo won a short-documentary competition to direct a film on the rise of Quebec’s far-right groups which was screened throughout Canada during “Democracy Week”. Carlo then joined MAKE as an intern to work on a four-part docu-drama series for HBO. He has since worked as an assistant producer on Channel 5’s two-part series − Edwardian Britain in Colour and an upcoming Korean murder mystery. He is currently working on a 3X60 history documentary for Channel 5.

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Martina Chignell-Stapleton

production coordinator

Martina joined MAKE in 2019 and is currently working on a 3-part, history docu-series for Channel 5. Previously, she production managed the creation of online and social media content for a sports charity and at a major golf tournament. She also directed a feature-length film adaption of the play, Devils on Horseback, which deals with the secret conscientious objector trials that took place in Deptford during the First World War.