ALASTAIR COOK

CO-FOUNDER & OWNER

Alastair directed his award winning, graduation film (MA Visual Anthropology) among the freedom fighters in Eritrea. In 1996 he began directing and shooting deep access documentaries for the BBC – his debut being a story of an armed robber trying to go straight. In 1997 he joined forces with Rob Davis and they spent the next decade making some of the most talked about shows on British TV. Recently, Alastair has been successfully developing Double Act’s business in the US. His adventure series, Game of Stones, became essential Saturday night viewing on US Discovery Channel. Alastair followed this with Animal Planet’s Dr Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet. Alastair is currently developing more shows for several US channels.

ROB DAVIS

CO-FOUNDER & OWNER

At 28, Rob became one of BBC Modern Times‘ youngest directors where he gained a reputation for films with edge, humour and visual flair. For over 20 years he has worked alongside Alastair to create critically acclaimed television – including the cult TV format, Lost; the ultimate shock doc, Fat Girls & Feeders; and the base-jumping classic, The Men Who Jump Off Buildings. Recently, Rob directed C4’s highly controversial science series, Dead Famous DNA, and Channel 4’s feature-length special, Prison Night. Rob’s currently focusing on developing documentary series and TV formats for British broadcasters.

LAWRENCE WALFORD

CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Larry joined Double Act as creative director in August 2018. He was previously head of documentaries at Darlow Smithson Productions, and before that headed up factual development at Tiger Aspect. His program credits include Catching The Tax Dodgers, Ill Gotten Gains, How To Start An Airline, Ross Kemp’s Britain, Restoration Man, Twitchers – A Very British Obsession and his RTS award winning series The Boats That Built Britain. He first trained as an editor and then moved into directing, winning commissions with his own ideas. His programs have been described by critics as hard hitting, sensitive, fascinating, and revealing.

KATHRYN JOHNSON

HEAD OF DEVELOPMENT

Kathryn has been directing and producing since 2007, working on films for both UK and US broadcasters. Since then she has also successfully developed films on both sides of the Atlantic, for broadcasters across many genres, including amongst others the BBC, Channel 4, SKY, National Geographic, Discovery and HGTV.

MIKE DAVIS

DEVELOPMENT PRODUCER

Mike first worked for Double Act as a Spanish speaking investigative researcher while living in southern Spain. After moving back to the UK in 2012 he officially joined their development team with a focus on both UK and US broadcasters. He’s since had big wins on both sides of the pond with Animal Planet’s current number one show, Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet and a prime time food format for Channel 4.

ROS BOMFORD

DEVELOPMENT PRODUCER

Former Broadcast Hotshot Ros has worked on everything from documentaries to quiz shows, but is most at home developing Fact Ent formats. Experienced in both development and production - she started out as a Camera Op/ VT Editor in online branded content, before deciding to make the leap to TV in 2015. Prior to joining Double Act she worked at Expectation and Studio Lambert and has helped create content for BBC, ITV, C4, C5, W, Sky1, & Red Bull. Most notably ITV2’s Release The Hounds, BBC3’s Things Not To Say To A…, C5’s Dale’s Florida Flydrive and ITV’s Sunday night prime time show Big Heads.

JAMES BURROUGH

DEVELOPMENT PRODUCER

Starting out as an editor before moving into development, James’ big break in TV came at KEO Films, where he helped the team win a number of high-profile commissions, including Eden for Channel 4, Reggie Yates: The Insider for BBC Three and Urbex for Red Bull TV. Since leaving KEO, he went on to work for BBC Three, where he produced and developed documentaries and formats for the channel during its first year online, including Queer Britain, A Tattoo to Change Your Life and the BAFTA-nominated Britain’s Forgotten Men, and Idris Elba’s production company, Green Door Pictures, before joining Double Act in February 2019.

JOSH PITT

HEAD OF PRODUCTION

Josh began in TV in 2000 progressing quickly to line producer in documentaries and drama. He then travelled the world working on award-winning productions for Channel 4, BBC, ITV, Discovery and Nat Geo. In 2007, Josh joined Partizan to produce a documentary feature about break dancing, whilst developing his skills as a commercials producer.

He then joined Discovery in 2013 as a Director of Production Management helping to oversee their slate of commissions, and in early 2016, became Red Bull's Head of Production helping to launch their UK TV business.

At the start of 2018, Josh joined Double Act to oversee production and delivery of all output.

NATASHA JALONEN

PRODUCTION ASSISTANT

After graduating in TV and Film production at the University of Westminster in 2017, Natasha joined Double Act and has worked across several productions, including The Robot Will See You Now (C4) and Pooches in Paradise (Facebook).

PENNY FEARON

SHOWRUNNER

Penny has produced independent feature films and directed television programming for over 25 years. She began her career in Paris where she worked for six years producing award-winning programs for French, British, American, and Canadian television. After returning to the States, she produced three independent films that premiered at Sundance, Tribeca and Taos Film Festivals. Her director credits include award-winning documentaries and unscripted television programs for HBO, The History Channel, PBS, ABC, A&E, Tru TV, Channel 4, BBC 2, and France 2.

Penny joined Double Act 3 years ago as Showrunner of their top-rated series for Animal Planet, “Dr Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet.” She lives in Connecticut with her 15-year-old son.

NELIO DA SILVA

JUNIOR PRODUCTION MANAGER

Nelio moved to London from South Africa with experience in both TV and film. He joined Double Act in December 2016 as a Production Assistant on Dr Jeff Rocky Mountain Vet Season 3 and is now Junior Production Manager on Season 5. Nelio is now assisting in setting up filming for other Double Act Productions all around the world.

CALLIE ZANANDRIE

SUPERVISING PRODUCER

Callie Zanandrie is a supervising producer with recent credits on Animal Planet’s Dr. Jeff Rocky Mountain Vet.

Callie earned her Bachelor’s Degree from University of Colorado in Broadcast Journalism. Before joining Double Act, Callie began her career in news. She worked as a weather anchor, reporter and producer for ABC, NBC and CBS. After leaving the news business, Callie shifted gears into non-scripted and cut her teeth as a producer at High New Entertainment. Her strong background in storytelling, writing, and shooting allowed for a seamless transition from news into the world of unscripted television.

Callie has produced and directed various projects for Travel Channel, Discovery, Weather Channel, HGTV, DIY and Altitude Sports. She also has experience in a wide variety of genres: from documentary to competition shows. Whatever the project, she is committed to telling impactful stories that touch the audience.