THE TEAM

CEO

Dave Bishop

Prior to becoming CEO in 2017, Dave started his Protagonist adventure five years earlier as Director of sales, before then assuming the position of Head of Worldwide Acquisitions.

Dave’s early career saw him hold senior acquisitions and distribution roles at Sony Pictures Entertainment where he worked for over ten years. This was followed by the role of Head of Acquisitions at Revolver Entertainment.

Managing Director, Sales & Distribution

Vanessa Saal

Vanessa began her career at New York based Focus Features International in 2005. In 2008, she moved to Paris to work at Kinology as an International Sales and Acquisitions Executive at its inception.

She then joined Studiocanal in 2010 as VP of International Sales, and was promoted to SVP in 2012 before joining Protagonist in 2014 as Head of Worldwide Sales.

INTERNATIONAL SALES DIRECTOR

George Hamilton

Before joining Protagonist in 2013, George produced and directed digital content for a wide range of brands and agencies, as well as a number of short films.

INTERNATIONAL SALES MANAGER

Charlotte Lopez

Charlotte joined Protagonist from the Seville International sales team at eOne having previously worked at Picturehouse Entertainment and Studiocanal.

Sales Executive

Tom Chesover

Tom joins Protagonist from AMC, where he worked on the Acquisitions team for streaming services Sundance Now and Shudder.

He previously spent 3 years at the BBC, working for BBC Drama, BBC One, and BBC Films.

Sales Assistant

Elvire Audi

Before joining Protagonist, Elvire has previously interned at Archer Gray, Tribeca and Jigsaw Productions in New York.

DIRECTOR OF MARKETING

David Bartholomew

David previously worked for Metrodome, Icon and TV Loonland, joining Protagonist at its inception in 2008.

Director of Publicity & PR

Sanam Jehanfard

Sanam Jehanfard is Director of Publicity & PR. She joined the company from entertainment communications agency Premier PR, having worked as part of the Film team for several years, handling UK film releases and launches at international film festivals.

HEAD OF ACQUISITIONS

Isabelle Stewart

Isabelle joined Protagonist from Focus Features where she was Director of Acquisitions and Production.

HEAD OF DEVELOPMENT

Len Rowles

Len joined Protagonist from Wildgaze Films where she was Head of Development across Film & TV.
She previously worked in development at Pathé Productions, prior to which she was an independent producer working across live action and animation.

DEVELOPMENT & ACQUISITIONS ASSISTANT

Marielle Membreno

Marielle has worked in various coordinating and production roles in both Los Angeles and London.

HEAD OF LEGAL & BUSINESS AFFAIRS

James Pugh

James joined in 2017 from Studiocanal UK.
Prior to that, he worked in business affairs at Curzon Artificial Eye and Revolver Entertainment.

Legal and Business Affairs Executive

Coline Moret

Coline joins Protagonist Pictures after two years at SACEM (French Society of Authors, Composers and Publisher of Music ) in the Audiovisual and Private Copying Department.

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

Anne-Lise Fernandez

Anne-Lise started her career at Gaumont and previously worked at eOne as well as Studiocanal in Paris, before joining the UK team.

Office Manager

Yashi Woodburn

Yashi is the office manager and has previously worked in many creative fields including Motion Content Group and UStwo. Yashi was once on TV.

FINANCIAL CONTROLLER

Henry Law

Henry joined Protagonist from BDO UK LLP

ASSISTANT ACCOUNTANT

Sharoon Budhani

Sharoon joins us having previously gained experience at the BBC in similar capacity, and starting his career at the Bank of New York Mellon.