Co-Founder and Creative Director
Since starting Blink with Justine, Dan has Executive Produced a range of productions. Factual specials: Woman Raised By Monkeys, Real Noah’s Ark, Titanic: The New Evidence, The Lion Cub From Harrods, The Last Days of Jesus, When Boris Met Dave, Milliband of Brothers, The Sliver Pharaoh, Nazi Titanic, The World’s Biggest Beasts. Factual series: four seasons of Treasures Decoded (also known as Secrets), five series of Real Stories, two series of Raised Human, Monty Don’s Italian and Paradise Gardens, Super Skyscrapers, Nazi Secrets Files, two series of World’s Top 5, Volatile Earth, Missing Evidence, and Ancients Behaving Badly. Documentaries: Britain’s Fattest Women, Britain’s Biggest Hoarders. Cookery series: Mexican Food Made Simple, Chinese Food In Minutes, and two series of Korean Food Made Simple. Factual entertainment series: The Joy of Techs, and Driving Wars. And Wildlife: Meet The Sloths, Meet Orangutans, Meet The Penguins, Wild in Australia (20 hours), Arabian Inferno (10 hours).
Before forming Blink, Dan was Channel 5’s Director of Programmes from 2003 to 2006 where he was responsible for all the channel’s output including Banged Up Abroad, The Gadget Show, The Hotel Inspector, The Farm, Suburban Shootout, Build A New Life In the Country, and Cosmetic Surgery Live.
From 2001 to 2003, he was C5’s Controller of Factual where he created the RTS award-winning history strand, Revealed, and commissioned World War I in Colour, Pompeii Live, Kings & Queens, and feature shows Britain’s Worst Driver, and Dream Holiday Home From 1997 to 2001 he was Science Commissioner at C4 where he created the long running strand Secrets of the Dead, and commissioned Escape from Colditz. Private Lives of the Pharaohs, and the reality show Lost. He was also the co-commissioner of the first series of Big Brother. Dan graduated from Oxford University in 1991, and began in TV as a researcher on current affairs shows including Panorama and Dispatches. He went on to direct films for the Channel 4 science strand Equinox, including Sun Storm and Russian Roulette. He is a Governor of the London Film School.
Co-Founder and Creative Director
After leaving Oxford University Justine started her career in television news, working in Romania, Moscow, Turkey, Slovenia and The Gulf. In 1992 she traded warzones for wildlife at the BBC’s Natural History Unit, where she produced a range of popular and blue-chip documentaries. Justine went on to direct and produce on the celebrity wildlife series ‘In the Wild’ for PBS, working with John Cleese, Ewan McGregor, Holly Hunter, Whoopi Goldberg and Richard Dreyfus. She also devised, directed and series produced the hit wildlife soap Monkey Business for ITV’s Granada and Executive Produced programmes for Channel 4, Natgeo, Discovery and PBS including Journey of Man and Secrets of The Dead. In 2002 Justine made a foray into broadcasting as commissioning editor of factual programming and was responsible for over 200 hours of programming including Extraordinary People, The Gadget Show, and The Big Question.
Group Finance Director
Matt joined Blink Films as Group Finance Director in January 2018, having spent the previous three years as Head of Finance at Dragonfly Film and Television productions. Matt has overall responsibility for all financial matters at Blink Films and the other companies within the Tin Roof Media group, working closely with the Group Operations Director to maximise profitability and provide the commercial support that the business needs to make continued award-winning programming.Qualifying as a chartered accountant in 2007, Matt previously worked in the audit and commercial property sectors before moving into broadcast media.
Andra started her telly career as a BBC Production Trainee before going on to spend three years as a journalist and editor in a TV newsroom. After deciding there was more variety in Production, she became Central TV’s youngest-ever Series Producer and has since produced shows in every genre for a wide-range of Broadcasters from raucous late night live debates to the (slightly) more sedate This Morning, the wonders of Tomorrow’s World to TLC’s Half Ton Hospital. In 2010 Andra joined the Blink team as an Executive Producer looking after a range of shows including World’s Top 5, Real Stories and Meet the Orangutans before heading off for a two-year stint as Channel 5’s Head of Programmes. She’s now happily Blinking again exec-ing everything from Dave’s Joy of Techs to Smithsonian’s Secrets.
Head of Development
James has 7 years’ experience developing and producing specialist factual and documentary television. After graduating from Imperial College’s science communication program, he joined Darlow Smithson, where he helped build a Grierson and Realscreen Award-winning prosthetic robot for Channel 4’s ‘How to Build a Bionic Man’, developed shows including ‘Britain’s Killer Storms’ for Channel 4 and ‘North Pole Ice Airport’ for Channel 5, and directed online shorts for Channel 4’s ‘The Mill’. Since joining Blink in 2016, he has developed more than 50 hours of commissioned television for Channel 4, Channel 5, PBS, Discovery Channel, Smithsonian, UKTV, and NGCI.
Lesley joined Blink as Development Assistant Producer in 2016, working to advance the company’s factual slate. Since then she has developed commissioned series ‘Raised Human’ and ‘Secrets of Tutankhamun’s Treasures’, as well as Channel 4’s one-off special ‘Dunkirk: The New Evidence’. Previously Lesley has worked in both Production and Development for a wide-range of companies and broadcasters including the BBC, ITV, Wall to Wall, Twenty Twenty and October Films. Her credits include the BAFTA-nominated ‘Back In Time For Dinner’, International Emmy-nominated ‘The Big Performance 3’ and landmark science-adventure series ‘Trailblazers’. Career highlights include dodging the Jeremy Kyle Show cameras at Granada Studios, walking away unscathed from exploding liquid nitrogen and braving the jungles of Papua New Guinea searching for life-saving bats.
Tony did his BA in Accounting and Finance at De Montfort University. He has been an Accounts Assistant at Blink since October 2018.
Libby started her career in Television in 2008 at Monkey Kingdom. In 2009 she joined Blink initially as Office Coordinator working directly with Sarah Sapper, Dan Chambers and Justine Kershaw. As the company grew, Libby developed her role and became Production Coordinator supporting many of the smaller productions and Blink’s development team. Productions included Mummifying Alan, The Schoolboy Who Sailed the World and 6 Going on 60. In 2015, Libby became one of Blink’s Production Managers and since has worked across a variety of productions and formats including Impossible Builds (5×1 hr, PBS, Discovery and France TV); The Queen of Kew (specialist factual, BBC 4, Smithsonian); Titanic: The New Evidence (specialist factual, Channel 4); Last Days of Jesus (2 x hr special, Channel); Monty Don’s Paradise Gardens (2 x 1hrs, BBC 2)
Simon received his BA in Film at the University of Greenwich before working freelance as a runner across London until he joined Blink in February 2018. As the Technical Runner, he is responsible for maintaining the office tech, as well as data wrangling and archiving finished productions. He also manages the edit suite.