The Grey Hill was founded by Barry Robertson, an entrepreneur who founded Capall Dorcha Theatre Company. After five years working in the sector, The Grey Hill was formed after a feasibility study supported by Scottish Enterprise on the question 'What does theatre look like without a building'? In 2019 he worked in London with different media advisors on this plan, and the outcome was 'The Grey Hill' a multi-media theatre company.
The organisation has three primary customers Consumers, Creatives and Creative Businesses.
We work with Playwrights to take new and existing work and transform it into the digital market, making it available to international consumers. We licence our content to venues, supporting their digital content for local audiences allowing more people to take part in theatre and making it more accessible to a broader audience.
We support academia and have a working partnership with The Highlands and Islands University in which we support the creative industries departments allowing original writing and production to be supported through our organisation.
As an organisation, we have experience in producing theatre, publishing books and audiobooks as well as the distribution films and live theatre recording.
Our content is Scottish or UK based for international audiences and businesses to access our work.
Importantly when traditional theatre companies closed their doors during the pandemic we launched our company during it.
Theatre needs to adapt to change and we are a company based in Scotland at the forefront of that new way of working.
Mike trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse and worked as the Group Accountant for Thames Television PLC, F.D. of Majestic Films & TV, F.D. of British Screen Group, Head of Finance of the UK Film Council and V.P. Finance & Production E.M.E.A. & Asia for Warner Bros. before establishing Northern Alliance. In addition to his involvement in the financing, development, production or distribution of hundreds of titles ranging from ‘Shifty’ to ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone’, Northern Alliance has provided business advice to clients as diverse as Aardman Animations, Royal And Derngate Theatres and Octopus Investments, the largest Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) provider in the UK. A NESTA creative business mentor, Mike has also helped deliver teaching, training and industry development programmes across the UK and overseas, including as a visiting lecturer at Cass Business School.
Lesley Anne Rose
Lesley Anne has worked in the cultural sector across various regions of the UK for over two decades. Most recently as Director of Creative Development at the Traverse, Scotland’s new writing theatre, where she leads on environmental, digital, talent development and community engagement strategies.
Lesley Anne also runs her own producing company, Open Road, through which she produces new work inspired by real-life stories and histories. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, a member of Scottish Pen - a not-for-profit organisation which champions freedom of speech and literature across borders - and sits on the Board of Directors of Magnetic North Theatre Productions Ltd.
As a playwright, Lesley Anne has had work commissioned and produced in regional theatre, literature festivals and pub theatre. As a travel writer, her published and commissioned work includes guidebooks, articles and travel columns covering independent, off the beaten track travel and eco-tourism.
Jen has over 16 years’ experience of business, commercial and editorial management for TV broadcasters, publishers, games and tech companies.
She specialises in strategy and management of digital content propositions for traditional media businesses covering P&L management, editorial and creative leadership, strategy definition and implementation, commercial planning, complex partnership management, talent development, operational and cultural change. Jen is also experienced in business development and defining investment opportunities for growth.
Her most recent role was EVP of Digital for Beano Studios. Reporting to the CEO, Jen was responsible for defining and executing the strategy to build a global digital content network designed specifically for children.
She is an MBA graduate with a background in BBC journalism. Jen was vice-chair of BIMA from 2013 to 2016, the trade body for the British digital industry.
Jo is an expert in audio publishing with 20 years’ experience - from corporate to start-up, retail to publisher and agent. She has worked for HarperCollins, Bloomsbury, to name a few. During this time, she has reinvented the medium, introducing new business models, increased product ranges and instigated new production processes to maximise efficiency.
As a consultant, Jo supports new publishers and traditional businesses to transform their digital distribution in the online market. Jo has won Publisher of Audiobook of the Year at the National Book Awards in 2011 and 2014. She has also chaired the Audio Publishing Association trade body for two years.
Jezz Vernon is a London based distribution, sales and production executive with over 15 years of experience within the film industry. He has been a member of the Film London board since 2015 and runs two production outfits – Port Royal London and Old Grog Films, as well as consulting on distribution and sales for the industry. He has also lectured at Bath Spa University, Met Film School and Norwich University of the Arts.
Over the years Jezz and his distribution teams have won more than 25 awards for marketing, design, PR and release strategy and he has been a mentor, lecturer and regular panellist for Film London, Film Agency Wales, EIFF talent lab, BFI, Screen Ireland, Creative Scotland and Creative England amongst others. He was also selected as a member of the BFI UK film delegation to Beijing in 2016.
Jezz has produced, co-produced and exec produced a highly profitable slate of films ranging from documentaries to narrative features. He is also a scriptwriter and experienced poster designer who’s designed and art directed hundreds of campaigns including multiple award winners. In 2015 his poster design for the feature film The Falling was featured in A Good Look - The Guardian’s monthly review of global pop culture visuals.
Oliver is a solicitor and notary public (registered with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), specialising in advising clients on contentious, commercial and advisory work across all intellectual property rights, including trademarks and passing off, designs, copyright and patents. He has advised clients from a variety of industry sectors, including high-end fashion brands, electronic musical device manufacturers, video game publishers, furniture and homeware designers, software development companies, food franchises and start-ups. He particularly enjoys helping clients protect and add value to their business.
Oliver’s commercial and advisory experience includes assisting with international licensing and sponsorship agreements, advising on brand clearance issues and drafting terms and conditions of use for various online products.
His contentious experience includes acting for clients in contested registry proceedings before the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO), the Appointed Person and the EU IPO, including appeals to the General Court. Oliver also has experience acting for clients in litigation before the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC) and the High Court in London.
'The vision of The Grey Hill is to be one of the worlds leading theatre producers providing quality entertainment and information, using a diverse portfolio of brands to differentiate our content, services, and products for our audiences. We want to develop the most creative and innovative and profitable theatre experiences and related products in the world'.
Create theatre that encourages audience participation and reaches them in new ways. Promote collaboration, sharing of ideas that support traditional theatres and audiences that deliver financial returns to our company.
We strive for growth that benefits everyone that takes part in the company. The more creatives that work with us, the more consumers that enjoy our content the more support for our long-term sustainability, that creates opportunities and benefits everyone.
We are accountable for our responsibilities to support everyone in our wider community. From freelance artists to Theatre Venues to audiences that purchase our products. We strive to create theatre that is diverse and supportive that represents the masses and not the few. Becoming a force of good in the creation of theatre.
We want to build and nurture our customers, associates, suppliers and our online community based on open and mutual benefits to each other.
We believe that theatre is the heart of community. Working internationally we create an inclusive and diverse community that supports arts participation. Making theatre accessible to all.
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