• Specialist Media Advisers


The film images above show a selection of productions worked on by our Advisers and Operating Partners.


Sarah Golding

Sarah is a freelance script consultant with a depth of experience in feature films. As Head of Development for Rainy Day Films she worked on a slate of screenplays for directors including Marc Evans and Sam Fell and with writers including Lucy Moore, Brian Fillis, Juliette Towhidi and Alex Rose. She was Head of Development for Potboiler Productions (2001-7) where projects developed included The Constant Gardener (Academy Award and BAFTA-nominated screenplay) and Brothers of the Head. She has also been Head of Development for Skreba Films, Development Manager at Zenith Entertainment and Script Consultant for Yorkshire Television, Pagoda Films and Fair Game Films. Recent features on which she has worked include Lady Macbeth, Another Me (Isabel Coixet), Neuf Mois Ferme (Albert Dupontel) and Exit Marrakech (Caroline Link). She is a tutor on the MA Producing and Screenwriting courses at the National Film and Television School, has script edited for the Film Agency for Wales’ Cinematic scheme and all three iFeatures programmes and has mentored on Film London’s Microwave training programme.


Nicki Hattingh

Nicki Hattingh acts as a consultant for a number of clients in the creative arts industry, with a particular expertise in film.  She was a founder of New Sparta Films and as MD of the company, Nicki was responsible for the establishment, management and strategic direction of the business and led the company to finance several international feature films, including Tale of Tales, Miss You Already, Brimstone, The Limehouse Golem and The Killing of a Sacred Deer.  Under Nicki’s leadership, the company also established an eclectic slate of international feature films for in-house development and production, demonstrating a flair for recognising distinctive and creatively exceptional films with commercial potential.  Nicki also established the wider film group of companies for the New Sparta Holdings group, including the acquisition of Icon UK Film Distribution.  With a background in finance and management consultancy, Nicki’s early career began in the City with Deloitte, Haskins & Sells and The Corporate Consulting Group, followed by several years in a business management role at a Premiership football club before establishing a private Angel Investor Network for the creative arts. Nicki also sat on the Board of Icon UK Film Distribution for the last three years.


James Kay

James Kay is a Partner at Sheridans, heading the Media Finance team at the firm. James’ practice centres around the monetisation of intellectual property, and he specialises in all aspects of the financing, production and distribution of content with a particular focus on cross border transactions, and complex multi-party structured finance arrangements. His finance clients include investment funds, banks and government institutions. He also represents Oscar-winning producers, rights owners and talent. James is currently undertaking a part-time three year graduate course at Harvard University, Harvard Extension School, in Strategic Management and Economics.


Ray Maguire

Ray is an experienced digital technology professional of 30 years. He has led a diverse career with significant impact on digital technology in the arts, games industry, and now the education space. Having originally trained as an Avionics engineer at British Airways, Ray re-applied his engineering and electronics skills to his love of film and theatre, forming Fast Forward Video Productions running the ground breaking Video installations on the West End musical “Chess” in the mid 80’s – one of the first theatre productions to incorporate multimedia and video walls into a stage show.

In 1989, he joined the burgeoning Games industry at Virgin Mastertronic, and with the formation of SEGA UK, helped introduce the Mega Drive and the world of Sonic the Hedgehog to UK gamers. Sony Computer Entertainment was formed in 1994, and Ray subsequently became Managing Director of the UK to manage the launch of PlayStation. Ultimately, as Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Ray oversaw the sales and marketing activities for UK, Ireland, the Nordics, and Benelux.

During his 18 years at PlayStation, leading the launches of PS2 and PS3 and countless groundbreaking games, Ray instigated many Education outreach programs, and it was this that prompted him to be a founding partner in Digital Learning Delivery. DLD strives to de-mystify the use of video in Schools with its’ SchoolVID platform.

Ray has served/serves on the following committees:

  • BAFTA Games Committee – 2006 to 2016, (as Chair and Trustee 2008 – 2012).
  • Power To The Pixel advisory board – 2010 to present
  • Childrens Media Conference advisory board – Current


Anne Sheehan

Anne Sheehan acts as a finance and business affairs consultant for a number of media clients. She has executive produced and structured the financial investment for a number of films, including Chef, Tale of Tales, Miss You Already, Eye in the Sky, Brimstone, The Limehouse Golem and the upcoming The Killing of a Sacred Deer. In 2013 she created a 15-year, £55m business plan and co-wrote the Investment Memorandum for Locksmith Animation, which resulted in backing from Elizabeth Murdoch and Double Negative and its launch in April 2014. From 2009 to 2013 she was Director of Film Finance for Prescience responsible for the financial appraisal and business affairs of 17 of their films, including The Guard, The King’s Speech and Madame Bovary. Having qualified as a UK chartered accountant, she began her film career as an international operational auditor for Warner Bros, and was subsequently financial controller for Palace Pictures, BBC Films, PolyGram Film International and FilmFour.



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