Simon Kreitem



Simon is a co-founder and the business brain of Lonelyleap. He comes from the explicit world of photojournalism and documentary filmmaking, and brings with him an ability to cut through to the core of any story.

Simon Waldron

Creative Director


Simon is a co-founder and Creative Director of our London studio. His strong vision, passion for film, intuitive sense of the best approach for each project and relentless perfectionism drive the creative thinking on all of our independent and corporate work.

Gill Hadley



Here from the beginning, Gill is the glue that holds Lonelyleap together and oversees operations and business development. A trained designer, Gill spent over fifteen years producing award-winning film and photography projects for some of the world's largest brands.

Jeff Taylor


New York

Jeff is a Partner in the New York office and an accomplished Director of Photography. His dedicated team service the largest of our multi-national client base, while he focuses his craft on capturing cinematic visuals from across the globe.

Sophie Bell

Managing Director


Sophie joined Lonelyleap in 2011 with experience in feature films, investigative journalism and branded content. Initially working across production and strategy, Sophie became Managing Director in 2017. Her commercial and editorial acumen sees her well-suited to managing the complexities of running an international storytelling business.

Fiz Olajide

Managing Director

New York

Fiz leads our New York office as Managing Director and is responsible for the daily operations of the company and its next phase of growth across the US. With over a decade of experience across advertising, broadcast and media in New York and London, she brings a vital combination of commercial and brand strategy to build our reputation in our approach to creating cinematic, meaningful work.

Anne Hollowday

Executive Creative Director

New York

As ECD, Anne leads the creative team in our New York office. With an eye for aesthetics as well as strategy, she partners with brands to push the boundaries of storytelling and create compelling, impactful work. An award winning filmmaker by background, she has directed projects all over the world - from global campaigns to short docs and branded content series.

Joey Mastrangelo

Finance & Operations Director

New York

Joey is at the helm of our Accounts Team in New York. He's a firm believer in the balance of creativity and financials required by a company like Lonelyleap and enjoys keeping us on track. Joining us from one of New York's largest set design companies where he headed the accounting department, he brings a wealth of experience to the role.

Joakim Olsson

Technical Director


With his eye firmly on the latest technologies and trends, Joakim manages the technical side of the business. Aside from the hugely demanding role of handling all our technical systems and equipment, he also directs, shoots and edits, making full use of his background in photography, media production and graphic design.

Jo Priest

Senior Creative / Director


Jo has an ability to see any story from the public's perspective, learned while working in broadcast journalism before joining Lonelyleap. Quite how the second tallest member of our team managed to produce an undercover shoot in Mexico for Al-Jazeera in those days is quite beyond us, but it's a huge testament to Jo's desire to unearth the truth of a story.

Amy Conner

Production Manager


After a year travelling the world, Production Manager Amy joined Lonelyleap in 2018 after 7 years at IMG Productions where she specialised in documentaries, and branded content distribution across both broadcast and digital platforms. She’s responsible for the smooth running of Lonelyleap’s production team ensuring we are on time and on budget on all projects.

Letisha Tate-Dunning

Senior Producer


A native of New Zealand, Letisha joined Lonelyleap in 2014 after swapping the “coolest capital in the world" for plain old Blighty. Her experience of working across print, digital and film for various advertising and design clients means she brings a brilliant balance of business and creativity to her work.

Ben New

Post-Production Manager


An experienced editor and post-production manager, Ben's assisted across primetime TV shows including ‘Planet Earth’ and ‘Master Chef’ as well as cutting, in his own words, “tons of music videos". That experience - coupled with his musical prowess - has instilled in him a creative and lyrical editing style that he brings to projects across the company.

Nicole Perry

Head of Post Production

New York

Nicole joined Lonelyleap in early 2016 as our Post-Production Manager, bringing over ten years of editing and post management experience from a variety of production companies in New York and Colorado to the role. She works tirelessly to grow the team and keep our post department running smoothly and efficiently.

Mike Forshaw



Prior to joining Lonelyleap, several of Mike’s independent films were screened at international film festivals. Now a Creative Lead, he provides a total overview of each project, from conception and development, right through to final cut and delivery.

Ben Hickson

Technical Manager / Creative

New York

Ben Hickson is a cringing cameraman who hates website bio jargon. He would rather die than have someone refer to him as a “whizz kid".

Cassandra Evanisko

Creative Producer

New York

Cassandra Evanisko is a Creative Producer and Director with a background in live-action commercial production and experimental cinema studies. Having worked with clients like JWT, Wilson, BBDO, Coach, Filippo Berio and Powerbar, Cassandra joined Lonelyleap intent on pushing the boundaries of storytelling and creating films that thrive within varying degrees of financial and logistical constraints.

Michael McCabe

Editor / Camera


Armed with a strong West Yorkshire accent, Michael's calm and considered approach to work makes him the perfect person to support the Lonelyleap post-production team, yielding excellent results. He also brings his formal training in photography and a keen eye for detail to his camerawork on set.

Stevie Rappa

Line Producer

New York

One of only two born-and-bred New Yorkers in the office, and native of self-confessed “the best borough” Queens, Stevie brings an infectious enthusiasm to her work at Lonelyleap. After learning the ropes with a BA in Arts Management and Film Studies, Stevie has cut her teeth in film production and is now an invaluable part of our team.

James Varley



James brings his well-grounded, expansive knowledge to the editing suite as a fully-fledged editor. To say that James is passionate about film is an understatement: his encyclopaedic knowledge of cinema is something to be reckoned with.

Roger Moran


New York

Before landing at Lonelyleap, Roger worked in Post Production at Open Road Films in Los Angeles. There he worked on films such as the Amazon Studios documentary "Gleason", Oliver Stone's "Snowden", and Academy Award Winner "Spotlight". He's passionate about films/documentaries and is excited to work on compelling stories at Lonelyleap.

Sara Archer



Sara started out in TV and film in her home city of Bristol as a researcher creating social history documentaries for Channel 4 and the BBC. She then moved to London to work at Across The Pond in house at Google producing their online content. After freelancing for two years across branded content, commercial production and feature documentary development, Sara joined the Lonelyleap team in 2017.

Rebecca Hodson

Production Accountant


Rebecca joined in 2018 and come with over 10 years’ experience in PR, events & cinema finance. She works closely with the producers at Lonelyleap as well as keeping the day to day accounts ticking over. Away from being an excel wizard, Rebecca spends time training to become a Yoga teacher and considers herself a coffee connoisseur.

Nicola Harris

Assistant Producer


Nicola joined Lonelyleap as a Development Researcher after spending three years working in various production & development roles at the BBC. Her degree in Broadcast Journalism equips her with a strong editorial eye. She enjoys digging into all aspects of research and works hard to unearth the most compelling stories and characters.

Rachel Weinberg

Associate Producer

New York

Rachel is a graduate of the Documentary Studies and Production program at Ithaca College, and has a background in documentary and corporate film production. She loves the thrill of being on the road and uses documentary and media to raise awareness of social issues and to tell the untold stories of many.

Sara Ickow

Studio Manager

New York

Sara comes to us from the art world, where she most recently spent two years at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, following the completion of her MA in Art History. She is the New York Studio Manager, lending a hand wherever needed in addition to ensuring that we never run out of coffee.

Emma Little

Production/Office Coordinator


Managing our often-hectic London office is no mean feat but if anyone can do it, it’s Emma. A self-confessed lover of planning and making lists, with a degree in Film and Television Documentary Production and an impressive 7-year run as a cheerleader, Emma keeps us shipshape and in high spirits.

Molly Brass


New York

Molly is a Creative, working to develop briefs and conduct in-depth research to discover the best stories for our clients. Both her parents are engineers which accounts for how her ordered, systems-oriented brain works; but she's also an art history graduate so can approach projects with both a creative and strategic lens.

Adam Norfolk



Adam’s list of interests bring a fresh and varied approach to his design work. When he’s not in the great outdoors rock climbing or skating, you’ll find him working on his web comic at home with Baron (his cat). With heaps of creative inspiration and experience of working in print and digital formats, Adam’s a versatile and valued member of the design team.

Nathaniel Vidal

Post / Camera

New York

Brooklyn-native Nathaniel came to Lonelyleap by way of SUNY Purchase, where he majored in Cinema Studies. Whilst at college he managed the student-run TV station and interned on a string of TV shows, including 'Last Week Tonight with John Oliver'. Now he provides invaluable support across the Studio, from processing kit to assistant editing and editing.

Rob Colquhoun

Technical Production Assistant


Working within our tech department, Rob holds the most extensive knowledge of our kit and equipment. Hugely adaptable, he can turn his hand to any task, from research and camera assisting to using his experience in sound design to support the sound department – a perfect place for someone with a passion for modular synths!