Jamie Balment

Founder & Creative Director

Jamie started out as a runner before working with Patrick Holland and Charlotte Moore on Channel 4’s documentary strand The Other Side. He went on to make his first documentary Break In Make My Day (Century Films/Channel 4) about home security enthusiasts, receiving critical acclaim.

Moving to Indus Films, Jamie worked closely with founder and mentor Steve Robinson producing The Fisherman’s Apprentice, Grierson-nominated The London Markets: Inside Billingsgate and Hunters of the South Seas (all BBC).

As Commissioning Editor for Documentaries at the BBC his projects included the Bafta-nominated series Life and Death Row and Drugsland; the Bafta-nominated single Driven: The Billy Monger Story and feature documentaries Bill Cosby: Fall of an American Icon and George Best: All by Himself. Other projects included The Ganges with Sue Perkins, The Insider with Reggie Yates, Flatpack Empire: Inside IKEA, The Army: Behind the New Front Lines and Zoe Ball’s Hardest Road Home.

As a teenager, Jamie lost his brother and a friend in a surfing accident. A subsequent BBC documentary about this life-changing event helped improve life-guarding practice across England and sowed the seed for a career in filmmaking.

Jamie lives on Dartmoor with his partner Tessa, daughters Eliza and Nell, and dog Ronnie. When not making television, he is outside or lost in a book or a map.

Frank Films was established in Bristol and Cardiff in 2019.

Val Croft

Head of Production

Val has been with Frank from the beginning. As Head of Production she has steered Trawlermen: Hunting the Catch; How to Live to 100; Cornwall: This Fishing Life and A Paedophile in my Family: Surviving Dad.

She previously worked at Folk Films and Indus Films overseeing Channel 4’s Millionaire Mansions and World’s Most Expensive Foods and BBC projects The Ganges with Sue Perkins and Kolkata with Sue Perkins, Nomads with Kate Humble as well as multiple series for BBC Wales.

Prior to that Val was Head of Production for Channel 4’s Time Team. With 25 years’ production managing experience, Val has worked on a very wide range of television genres from arts, history and factual to natural history, delivering to all UK broadcasters.

Alice Henley

Series Producer

Alice is a Series Producer with over 10 years’ experience of working in documentaries. She joined Frank after a long stint at Keo Films, where she worked across a wide range of series for national and international broadcasters.

Alice has a particular interest in telling stories that explore societal and environmental issues, and her credits include The Great Climate Fight (Channel 4), Pandemic 2020 (BBC TWO/Frontline PBS), Inside Extinction Rebellion (Channel 5), Gathering Storm (National Geographic) and Hugh’s War on Waste (BBC ONE).

Will Lorimer

Head of Development

Will started out his television career as a Trainee Camera Assistant on Footballers Wives Extra Time. After four months of carrying lens caps and charging batterhttps://frank-films.co.uk/wp-admin/post.php?post=842&action=edit&kinsta-cache-cleared=true#ies he jumped across to Factual TV and found himself sitting next to Jamie developing documentary ideas.

Since then he has directed anthropological and environmental films including Hunters of the South Seas (BBC2) and Mad Cow Disease (both Grierson-nominated) and numerous high-profile projects for Channel 4 and the BBC.

He joins Frank Films after three years as an Executive Producer and Head of Development at BBC Studios Documentary Unit, where he originated the multi-award winning Chris Packham: Inside the Autistic Mind (BBC2), The Rise of Bolsonaro’s, as well as Tommy Jessop Goes to Hollywood (BBC2) and the award-winning The Great Rhino Robbery (Sky Documentaries), both of which he served as executive producer.

Jessica Howe


Jessica is an award-winning producer with over 10 years’ experience in factual television.

Her credits include producing and directing the Bafta Cymru-winning Critical: Inside Intensive Care (BBC Wales) and Trawlermen: Hunting the Catch (BBC One). Jessica was the Series Producer on How to Live to 100 with Jon Snow (Channel 4).

Specialising in sensitive operational documentaries, Jessica has worked in many challenging environments such as hospital Accident and Emergency departments, Police Detective Units and Asian LGBT nightclubs.

Outside of work she is a keen cyclist and climber and enjoys spending time in the countryside of Wales and Somerset.

Amy Ferrier

Production Manager

Beginning her career at the BBC in London, Amy has worked on some truly iconic productions including; Strictly Come Dancing, The One Show, Comic Relief, Jools Holland, Glastonbury Festival and the Royal Wedding of William and Catherine. Leaving sequins and shiny floors behind, Amy moved to Bristol to explore the challenges of high-risk international filming, creating blue chip natural history content for a variety of broadcasters including Netflix, Disney and the BBC.

Amy has a passion for growing Bristol production management talent and is proud to work with Frank Films to help support new starters in the industry. Outside of work, Amy is a keen foodie.

Hannah Stansbridge

Production Manager

Hannah began her television career as a runner in 2009, pounding the streets of Soho and finessing her coffee-making skills. With a natural instinct for making things happen, she soon began her journey in Production Management.

Since then Hannah has worked on a wide variety of Documentary, Factual-Entertainment, Drama-Documentary and Natural History programming for companies including Wall to Wall, Raw TV, Love Productions, Plimsoll Productions & Icon Films. Credits include The Great British Bake Off, Wild Dogs: Running with the Pack, Chasing Ocean Giants, Race for the Whitehouse and Bear Grylls: Escape from Hell.

Hannah lives in Bristol with her husband, Mark and her children, Louis and Kit, and enjoys live comedy & theatre.

Clara Shuma

Production Coordinater

Clara is an experienced Production Coordinator with credits in Wildlife, Factual Entertainment and Documentary genres.

Dora Baker

Assistant Producer

Dora is an Assistant Producer who has worked on documentaries for a variety of national and international broadcasters. She is experienced in casting contributors and developing narratives on a wide range of subjects. She has good edit experience handling sensitive, complex and sometimes controversial subject matters.

Before moving to Frank, Dora worked at Keo Films on The Small Boats (Channel 4), the multi-award winning series Once Upon a Time in Northern Ireland (BBC TWO & PBS) and Pandemic 2020 (BBC TWO & PBS), a 3 part series shot in 21 countries telling the global story of the Covid-19 pandemic as it happened.

Dora started working at Frank Films in January 2024.

Safia Gregory


Safia joined the Frank Films team in January 2024 as a Runner/Development Researcher. Safia is a newbie to the industry, having graduated from Cardiff School of Journalism and Communications in 2022.

Working in development allows her to implement her journalist skills by scouting out and delving deep into stories – which is everything that she loves.

Safia lives in Bristol with her boyfriend Dan. They love cooking all different types of food together, having learnt many of their cooking skills whilst travelling around Southeast Asia.