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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).
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.
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.
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.
Alison is a highly experienced film-maker. She's created series and documentaries for all the main channels, BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Sky Arts. She specialises in History, Arts and Event Television but enjoys the challenge of telling a story that will engage viewers from the beginning right to the end. For Make Waves, Alison has series produced and directed Singapore on Film for Channel NewsAsia, Edwardian Britain in Colour for Channel 5 and is currently in production on Thirties in Colour: Countdown to War and Victorian Britain on Film.
MARCOS I. O'DONNELL
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.
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.
After graduating from Edinburgh University in History and Classics, Max joined MAKE in 2019 as an intern to investigate true crime stories from across the world. Max has since been hired as a researcher for a series of short films made for BBC World News about ‘wellness’ shot across South-East Asia and for Channel 5’s upcoming three-part series − 30s In Colour Countdown To War.