A very Accomplished Bunch
We number sixteen people across four offices and two continents, with producers, production co-ordinators, accommodation specialists, location managers, marketing gurus and business development whizz kids. There’s masses of talent here with years of experience to call upon. And we’ve got even more enthusiasm.
We Think Differently
We’re proud to be part of putting our country and, more importantly, our client’s brands on a global map. We do it by thinking differently, working bloody hard and enjoying every second. Whatever we do, we pay fair rates (our APA and Living Wage memberships ensure it) and consider the local economy. As the first Scottish company to join AdGreen, we’re already working on being as sustainable and low impact on the environment as possible. Hey, it’s a beautiful place; and we’d quite like it to stay that way.
"A great service company with fantastic knowledge, great resources and an amazing team."
Alex Fielding, Producer
"Our team is a family and we work incredibly hard to deliver every aspect."
Marie Owen, CEO
Marie founded LS Productions (then Location Scotland) in 2006. As CEO, Marie sees her role as one of maximising talent and results. “I describe myself as a conductor of a world-class orchestra,” she says. “It’s my job to set the tone and culture of the business… I aim to be ambitious, realistic and honest and keep my focus on the bigger picture.” Out-with of LS, Marie is guaranteed to love anything with flamingos, skulls (a la Alexander McQueen) and has a shoe collection to rival SJP’s. At the weekend, you’ll find her on the coast at Pease Bay, glass of wine in hand, setting the world to rights.
Stuart joined LS back in 2011, bringing his decades worth of experience in business and finance, and a different viewpoint, to the company still in its relatively young years. Now our Company Director (as well as for a few other interesting companies - he's a multi-talented man!), Stuart works closely with Marie to develop the company’s short and long term business plans, each year inching the goal posts that little bit closer to world domination. Stuart spends his weekends with his wife Judy, on the golf course, visiting his kids, drinking gin or working on his famous tan. Not necessarily in that order!
Our BAFTA winning Executive Producer, Sarah, is a force of nature. Since joining LS in late 2013 – and founding our motion department in early 2014 – she has thrown her 20+ years of industry experience into making us the big-budget friendly, TV commercial producing juggernaut that we are today. With her pixie crop, love of a chunky heel, and mad budgeting skills, she’s a whirlwind of Vivienne Westwood clad production knowledge around our Edinburgh HQ. At the weekends, you’ll find her eating sushi at Kampai, photo-boothing at The Street and juggling her two kids (not physically, we should add).
Head of Production
With a long background in commercials, Wendy has been with LS since 2014 – first as a Sr. Producer on jobs with clients like Peugeot, Johnnie Walker, Mathematic, Stink Paris and CZAR, and now as our self-titled Head of Happiness. In this role, Wendy has a handle on all HR and Ops, IT, production and the LS staff, ensuring we all do our best (and don’t bunk off on über sunny days). With her ever-changing hair colour, large collection of Doc Martens, impressive vocal chords and magpie ways (really, anything sparkly), Wendy is our resident song bird. Just don’t let her see a raw onion…
As our Senior Producer, Michelle works predominantly in stills, having produced editorials and campaigns for Stella McCartney, Barbour, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Boden and Cyrillus, as well as a broad range of stills advertising. With her twenty-year career in photography and production (and her 10+ years at LS), Michelle’s knowledge of shooting in Scotland is incredibly impressive, if not unparalleled. She knows our location database like the back of her hand! At the weekend, you’ll find her flying her kite at Portobello beach, tending to her allotment (kale, wonderful kale) and doing fun city activities with her resident German.
Manchester based - with thirteen years in feature films and TV drama under her belt and a strong grasp of the Northern accent, Abi was the only one fit to take the helm at our new Manchester office. Not one to hang around, she’s only already gone and made her debut at LS with Hurts’ new single ‘Ready to Go’ followed by a whisky shoot up North. Did we mention she’s also worked with Sam Smith and Tom Hardy? She’s definitely a gal with both feet on the ground – unless of course she’s horse-riding or dangling from a hoop in her aerial circus class.
In the years that Jennifer has been with the company, she has worked her production know-how on shoots with CZAR, Martin Garrix, Park Pictures, Florence + the Machine, Somesuch and 02. Having worked in the industry since she was 16, Jen is a wonderfully positive and dynamic influence on every shoot. Her work in short film has been nominated for several BAFTA New Talent Awards (winning one). She spends her weekends watching the newest releases, dining at Edinburgh’s finest brunch spots, and shaking her newly-trained dance moves at Garibaldis. Oh, and learning to ski (did someone say 2020 Olympics?).
Emma has been making films since she was a wee mite with her dad’s camcorder, rounding up the local kids and her neighbours to make short films. From a young age, she has clearly loved bringing creative people together! Her passion took her to university, where she studied a BA (Hons) in Film & Media. Approaching everything with a positive, hard-working attitude and a big smile, Emma makes a great addition to the team. Just don’t be alarmed if you find her bin diving on set – it’s always with recycling in mind! At the weekends, you’ll find her in full active beast-mode, whether it’s doing cycling, yoga, ballet or at a circus class.
As our Location Manager and resident Londoner, Amy spends her days planning and managing the location requirements of all our shoots, be it from the office or on set. Location packages for clients, recces, meeting location owners and architects and – in between all that – looking after our vast location library; it’s a tough job, but she does it with aplomb (and looks stylish whilst she’s at it. We mean, great hair.) A keen explorer and photographer, her weekends are spent coastal road-tripping, ransacking Edinburgh’s vintage and charity shops, brunch clubbing with Jen and practising her best Scottish accent.
After an apprenticeship at the BBC, Melissa began her LS career in production before realising that her dreams lay in the location department (that or Amy lured her in with biscuits, we’re still unclear). Now the right-hand locations gal for all our shoots, Melissa provides valuable support both in the office and on set, and is a key member of the team. Her happy-go-lucky personality, funny stories and love of a good Thursday night pamper session keep the team entertained, earning her the affectionate moniker “Moo”. At weekends, you’ll find her roaming the farm in Dumfries with a great tan and drinking cocktails with her pals.
Having discovered LS through her love of our work with Pringle of Scotland, Meriel initially joined the company as a freelance consultant. Since 2013 she has headed up Creative and Business Development for the company, travelling around the globe for client meetings, tradeshows and events. Her keen eye for photographers, directors, campaigns and trends, make her a fountain of industry knowledge and a damn great brand ambassador. With her warm smile and fab lipstick collection, Meriel is the first you’ll meet at any party. Now based out of our London office, she spends her weekends drinking tequila cocktails, at galleries or striding through the Heath.
Marketing & Communications Manager
With a background in creative business both in the UK and abroad, Katy has been with LS Productions since 2012. In that time, she has seen the company through two successful re-brandings, re-envisioning our aesthetic and global message and selling Scotland and the UK as a top shoot destination. Her clear instincts with style, colour and interiors make her a natural brand guru and #fashioninspo for all she works with. At the weekend, you’ll find her whizzing around town on her bike, in Downward Dog (at yoga), planning her next exotic adventure, or cooking at home with the log fire on, G&T in hand.
With years of experience in retail merchandising, Laura is LS’ most meticulous organiser and general right hand lady to, well, everyone. A god send to the LS office, Laura ensures everything from the fridge to the stationery cupboard to the production kit room is well stocked and in mint condition. At the weekends, she can be found cooking up a storm in her kitchen, walking around Edinburgh with a camera in hand or spotted in a craft beer pub or gin bar sampling the latest on offer. And if you don’t find her there then it’s most likely that she and her partner, Doug, will be planning their next adventure in Scotland or further afield.
With over 20years experience of finance in advertising, PR and creative agencies – and her own financial and operational consultancy, Purple Sapphire Ltd – Gail is full of knowledge from a broad range of different interesting sectors. An advocator of female entrepreneurship and women in business – and a fellow sparkle and fairy lights fiend – Gail found a home in the LS team in February 2017. When not financial directing, she spends her time volunteering with two different charities, keeping fit with anything yoga or dance and planning holidays anywhere there’s guaranteed sun (Bali is a favourite).
Jennie’s worked in accounts for the last 15 years, starting off in construction, before switching to the slightly more glamorous world of advertising. Running after her 8-year-old son means she doesn’t get a huge amount of time to herself (especially now he has access to a hoverboard), but what little time she has she uses wisely, setting up her own hair business earlier this year. Edinburgh can get a little too tame for Jennie, so you'll find her heading off to the bright lights of Newcastle or London for a weekend with pals whenever she gets the chance.
Alongside our in-house team we have a core UK-wide freelance production network. We work with these Producers and PA's throughout the year, and as corny as it sounds they're family to us!
Born in India, and raised in the slightly less exotic Scottish Borders, there really is no one quite like Deva. After seven years working in TV commercials, he took the plunge and went freelance to pursue his lifelong dream of working in feature films. And he’s doing a damn good job too. His first feature ‘Seat in Shadow’ premiered at last year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival and went on to win awards across the world. It’s definitely fair to say he’s earning a bit of a name for himself round here, with even our local deli selling a customised wrap coined “The Deva” in his honour.
It’s not often we need our spirits lifted at LS, but when we do, Julia’s infectious smile and bubbly personality always does the trick. Starting out in post production, she moved agency side and spent over 12 years producing campaigns for a host of fashion and lifestyle brands before joining the team at LS back in 2015. Since then, she’s produced stills and motion shoots for the likes of Pringle, Mr Porter, Hobbs, Prana and Laphroaig. Julia also loves animals more than anyone else we know. From tracking wild elephants in Sri Lanka, to strolls along Cramond Beach with her dogs, she’s always guaranteed to have a four-legged friend by her side.
About 4 years ago, Sophie knocked on the LS door and she's been working both full-time and freelance with us ever since. She's our resident outdoors woman – no peak is too high, trail too long or water too cold. An avid traveller, Soph has lived and worked in the likes of New Zealand and Germany. When she's not cycling the length of Europe with her new husband, rock climbing, snowboarding or planting veggies in her garden she can be found on set producing for the likes of Bear Grylls, Peugeot or Stella McCartney. Bringing a relaxed and experienced energy to each and every shoot, Sophie is always keen to get out and discover hidden location gems in the UK.
Pip studied animation, before realising her true calling lay in the animated world of production. She’s never looked back, producing late night shows for Channel 4 and working on LS shoots for the likes of Stella McCartney, M&S and Mimco. When she’s not on set, you’ll find Pip painting in her Glasgow studio, working out as a newly qualified personal trainer or spreading the word about healthy eating and veganism. Whether you’re in need of a majestic problem solver for that luxury shoot, or just an enlightening chat about dairy free alternatives, Pip is your woman.
Paul has been part of the LS freelance team for two years now, working on shoots for big names like Jacob’s Creek, Burberry and Volvo. He’s got some great memories of being out on set with the crew, but his favourite has to be the time his van broke down, leaving him stranded at a Llama Café. That’s right, such a place exists! When he’s not working in production, you’ll find Paul at a European music festival, watching old films, or taking the love of his life (by which we mean his dog) for a long seaside walk.