Associates

We are very proud to work with a wide range of Associates and are always looking for new qualified Consultants across a wide range of disciplines. If you would like to register your details with us please send an email to jbancroft@media-asset-capital.com being sure to include your full contact details, qualifications, areas of expertise and a CV.

Introducing some of our key Associates…..

Russel Grute

Russell is a senior MAC associate with over 25 years of global media industry experience.

He has led on media technology strategy and broadcast business transformation for over 20 broadcasters and service providers in Europe, Scandinavia and Asia. These include Canal+, TWI Mediahouse, Red Bee Media, BskyB, ESPN Star Sports, NRK, BBC Scotland, CNBC, MTV, HBO Asia, Globecast, Disney Asia and SBS Networks.

Russell has held senior positions on the technology supply side with manufactures Sony and Harris, systems integrator TSL and software developer Pharos (recently acquired by Evertz).

Russell specialises in scheduling, media management and content preparation, play out automation, channel‐in‐a‐box solutions and channel branding graphics workflow.

Matt Aitchison

Matt is a MAC associate with 20 years of broadcast experience. Matt started his career as a VT operator with Carlton, and went on to be Head of Operations at Showtime, where he played a pivotal role in the successful launch of Showtime’s broadcast centre in Dubai.

Matt was also Technical Director for the FIFA world Cup in 2006 for ART Egypt, and Integration Director for MTV Networks Europe.

Matt has been a consultant since 2005, has worked with leading broadcasters around the World and has worked with MAC on several projects in Europe.

Michele Romaine

Michele Romaine is a MAC associate with extensive board level experience in strategy, change and operational and editorial management.

She has held a number of senior roles in the media industry, and was the BBC’s Director of Production responsible for a £700 million business.  She set the vision for the technology, people and process change necessary to modernise the BBC’s Production capabilities.

She was also a member of the BBC HR Board, and maintains an interest in strategic human resources and the link with organisational effectiveness.  Michele has substantial experience of managing large and diverse teams.

Michele has designed and implemented news workflows at a number of broadcasters around the world, and she has recently completed an assignment as Interim Head of News and Current Affairs at TVNZ.

David McNicol

David is a MAC associate, Australian but based in the UK, and has worked as an IT and media consultant for over 20 years.

David specialises in system architecture, application design and enhancement across the spectrum of systems supporting the key business processes driving media companies.

He has spent twenty two years working exclusively in the media sector and in that time he has worked in 26 countries with 40 media companies implementing channel management systems, providing consultancy, project management, integration and software development services.

David assisted the BBC implement their Channel Management system. Within this project he was managing the design authority activities for the second phase of implementation.

Charles Bebert

Charles is a senior MAC associate with over 20 years of global media industry experience.

Charles has a background in engineering and software design. He Graduated as a mining engineer from the Paris School of Mines and has worked as a Media Consultant since 1992. He has provided strategy advise to many of the largest broadcasters in Europe including Babelsberg Studios (Vivendi-Universal), France Televisions, ARD, RTL, BBC, RTBF, ORF, TSR, TF1 and Canal+.

Charles specialises in data driven analytics such as best practice benchmarking and market sizing studies, having created the market sizing methodology used by almost all of the large manufacturers including Sun, Apple, Avid, Harris, IBM, Sony, Thomson Grass Valley and Siemens.

Charles is currently working as a consultant in the USA, Asia-Pacific and Europe.

Simon Andrewes

Simon Andrewes is a MAC associate with extensive media experience, especially improving newsroom workflows, multimedia working and efficiency. He also has experience as a change programme/project director, leader and manager.

He worked as Head of Development and change – BBC Newsroom, as well as Head of Development, Senior Producer, Output Editor and Assignment Editor at BBC News & Current Affairs, and has held a range of editorial positions in BBC Radio, TV and Newsgathering. He has worked on programmes including Newsnight, the World at One and the main BBC1 news bulletins

Simon has specific knowledge of content and Media Asset Management, and combines technology with business and culture change. He is known as “the business guy who speaks the technologists’ language”.

Ian Bowker

Ian Bowker is a MAC associate with over 20 years of broadcast experience.

Ian is baed in the USA and works predominantly within the sports mobile facilities sector; designing HD production vehicles and playout facilities for broadcast customers.

He has worked as a broadcast technology consultant for WWE and WNET, and has recently managed the integration of 8 Mobile HD Production Units for Game Creek Video.

Ian has previously held senior management positions for broadcast vendors Harris, Grass Valley and Avid.

Michael McEwen

Michael McEwen

Michael advises on Media, Strategy, Policy and Broadcast Digital Technologies, and is President of Canadian Digital Television (CDTV)

Michael served in a number of senior positions at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) including; Deputy Head of Radio Current Affairs, Director of Radio and Senior Vice-President Media – responsible for all French and English TV and Radio services. Michael was named Vice President and Senior Advisor to the President and CEO of the CBC, in November 1995.

Michael was President of CDTV from 1998 to 2007, a Canadian industry association mandated to guide the transition from analogue to digital high definition television.

Michael is also former Secretary General of the North America Broadcasters Association (NABA) where he represented the interests of North American Broadcasters to international forums and institutions from 2001 to 2005, and has also been a member of the European Broadcasting Union Program Council.

Benco Van Der Meulen

Benco is a MAC associate, based in the Netherlands,  and has worked as an IT and broadcast consultant for over 20 years.

Benco joined IT consultancy CMG (now part of Logica) in 1987. Whilst at CMG, he managed the DDV (Digital Facility) project for the Dutch Public broadcasters on behalf of Sony Professional services. The project resulted in a ‘Tapeless’ production environment for 26 Dutch Public Broadcasters.

He has also been acting Director of Global Project Strategy for Technicolor Broadcast services in the London Chiswick Park facility, Project Manager of the Multi Channel Platform project for the Dutch Public Broadcasters, Programme Manager at Technicolor Digital Content Delivery in Hilversum, and Lead System Integrator Programme Manager in BSkyB’s Harlequin 1 Technical Fit-out programme.

Tabitha Elwes

Tabby is a senior MAC associate and former consulting partner in Spectrum Strategy and Value Partners.Tabby has 20 years experience as a management consultant in media, telecoms and technology with particular expertise in broadcasting, digital media, changing consumer behaviour, advertising dynamics and PSB issues.

She has advised leading broadcasters, producers and regulators in Europe, Asia and South Africa in corporate strategy, business development, regulation, governance and public policy.

Tabby also has a strong track record of working with banks and private equity players on media transactions having advised on deals totalling over €6 billion over the past five years.

Neil Grant

Neil has been the Managing Director of specialist acoustic design company Harris Grant Associates for 28 years. He is also a MAC associate and has worked with MAC on projects.Neil is a renowned world expert in the specification and modelling of acoustic design and treatment for performance spaces including TV studios, recording studios, concert halls and super yachts.

Harris Grant’s global reputation has been founded on groundbreaking acoustic techniques. These range from pioneering use of Time Delay Spectrometry to the development of diffractal glass and custom diffusers that precisely control the sonic signature of any architectural space.

Ian Duddridge

Ian is a MAC associate with over 30 years of broadcast experience, and particular expertise in designing radio production and playout facilities in Asia.Ian started his career as a Project Engineer with Pye TVT in the UK, and moved to Singapore in 1998 with IPK Broadcast, working as a Project Manager. He was subsequently appointed as Engineering Director – Asia Pacific for NTL Singapore.Ian became a consultant in 2004, and moved to Perth Australia, and has provided consultancy and project management services for clients in Australia, Brunei, Nigeria, Singapore, Thailand, India and the UAE.

John Wigglesworth

John is a MAC associate with over 25 years of broadcast experience. He is currently based in Singapore as a consultant, and has worked as a Director of Creative Services and Senior Vice President for Ascent Media Singapore, and as a Senior Editor and Head of Production & Post Production in Hong Kong.

John has cross functional business, technology and operations experience including a strong appreciation of the people and creative skills required to bring ideas to reality.

Martin Drake

Martin is a MAC associate with over 20 years of experience working with broadcasters and production companies. Martin is a qualified accountant (CIMA) and unusually for a finance person holds a degree in Physics.

Martin has been CFO of Viasat Broadcasting and Managing Director of start up TV station Channel 6 in Ireland. He has also held senior finance positions with Hat Trick ProductionS, Discovery Networks Europe, Orbit Rome and BBC Television.

Martin has experience in management, financial analysis, Joint Ventures and Mergers & Acquisitions.

Mark Hill

Mark Hill has over 20 years experience in the television and radio production and broadcasting industry.  During this time he has held posts with BBC, Central TV and Carlton TV.

Mark has worked in various operational programme making, engineering and technical projects roles.  His duties have included technical support of film and video post-production, outside broadcast (OB) and news facilities and design and installation of several news and regional programme, static and mobile, videotape editing facilities.

Mark became an independent consultant in 1997, and since has completed well over 50 media technology and management projects in countries including Germany, Holland, Spain and Malaysia.

Mark holds a PRINCE2® Project Management Practitioner qualification and is member of the Royal Television Society.

Tom Wragg

Tom is a senior MAC associate with over 25 years of global media industry experience.

Tom spent many years at the BBC, culminating in a role as Head of Production for TV News and Current Affairs with responsibility for the production department and programme production quality throughout News and Current Affairs. He has also directed many well known programmes such as Tomorrow’s World, Breakfast Time, Newsnight, Panorama and the Money Programme.

Following his 21 years at the BBC, Tom held main board positions with Autocue Ltd, as Executive Vice President & Director of Product management, and Omnibus Systems Ltd as Operations Director. Tom has also held non-executive directorships with Prime TV International, a company specialising in the supply of field facilities, staff and programme content to television productions, and with Platform PR, a market communications and PR company with clients from the telecommunication and media infrastructure sectors.

Jonathan Higgins

Jonathan is a MAC associate with over 25 years of global media industry experience. He is also the Managing Director of BeaconSeek Ltd

Jonathan was Head of BBC News Location Facilities Unit, the newsgathering engineering unit of BBC News, operating fast-response satellite uplinks and terrestrial microwave links in the UK and around the world. Jonathan led the way in the development of both truck-based and flyaway satellite newsgathering (SNG) uplinks for BBC News.

As the author of Satellite Newsgathering, the seminal book on the subject first published by Focal Press in 2000 (the second edition was published in 2007), he has sought to educate as wide an audience as possible on the workings of SNG. His second book, Introduction to SNG & ENG Microwave, was also published by Focal Press in 2003.

Jonathan has given various seminars and lectures around the world on the technical aspects of satellite technology and broadcasting, and delivered papers and moderated panels at numerous international conferences in the field.

Adrian Scott

Adrian is a highly experienced senior executive in the media technology sector. Adrian’s career began in broadcast journalism: he worked for Radio Clyde, IRN and LBC.

He then moved to ITN and his career took a new path when ITN as Adrian became Head of Sales and Marketing at BASYS, Adrian was an evangelist for change in the industry, responsible for helping to introduce IT-based newsroom systems, along with non-linear editing and server-based production and playout into many broadcasters around the world.

After a period as a director of Autocue, Adrian founded his own consultancy and has since been engaged by numerous broadcasters and manufacturers throughout the industry to carry out a wide variety of assignments.