K7 Media

K7 Media

Meet our team

The K7 board

Keri Lewis Brown

CEO & Founder

Keri founded K7 Media in 1998 as an independent organisation providing media intelligence to broadcasters, producers, distributors and advertisers. Keri has driven the company’s growth from breakaway startup to a leading media consultancy providing insights to an 80-strong client base across the world.

Before founding K7 Media, Keri was Head of International Sales for production company, Action Time, where she led the rapid expansion of international format sales, making her one of the first to explore the potential of global programming. Keri is based at K7 Media’s headquarters in Manchester and since March 2015 has served on the board of FRAPA (Format Recognition and Protection Association), which aims to protect the intellectual property of television formats across the globe.

Contact Keri via keri.lewisbrown@k7.media.

Clare Thompson

Non-executive Director

Clare is a non-Exec Director on the K7 board, and regularly writes and presents on global content trends for K7’s international clients, and at TV Festivals from Copenhagen to Tel Aviv.
 
Her background is in entertainment and factual entertainment development: as Head of Entertainment Development at ITV from 2000 - 2008, she steered work on international formats including Saturday Night Takeaway, Gameshow Marathon and Celebrities Under Pressure for ITV, Brainiac for Sky and American Princess for NBC in the US. 

After a stint running ITV's internal innovation unit Imagine, she set up her own consultancy, running development workshops, training sessions and channel / commissioning strategy projects for clients including the BBC, Channel 4, ITV Studios (UK & US), EndemolShine, All3Media, MTV, RTL/ UFA (Germany), Warner Brothers, Lagardère Sports and Chinese broadcasters including CCTV, Jiangsu and Shanghai Media Group; alongside advising on the development slates of several smaller indies in France, Ireland and the UK.
 
Sometimes she even still makes shows!  Girls With Autism - an Emmy, BAFTA and RTS-shortlisted access doc for ITV - was the most recent.

Gary Carter

Non-executive Director

Described by C21's David Jenkinson as 'one of the most influential players in the formats business', Gary Carter has previously been presented with the Formats Gold Award at MipFormats for his outstanding contribution to the industry.

Carter is regarded as a pioneer of the Reality TV genre. He is a former Co-CEO of International Operations at production giant Endemol Shine Group, and former COO of FremantleMedia Group. His extensive work in the television industry, on numerous high-profile projects, includes overseeing the early roll-out of ‘Survivor’, ‘Big Brother’ and ‘The X Factor’.

The Management Team

Ella Turner

Client Manager

Ella graduated with a Masters degree in Translation and Interpreting Studies from the University of Manchester in 2015.

Ella is responsible for managing client relationships, acting as first point of contact for research requests as well as delivering trends presentations for K7's international client base. Additionally, Ella edits K7's weekly European Report, and monthly Latin America report.

Ella loves experiencing new cultures and languages, she speaks Spanish and is currently learning Portuguese. Alongside this, Ella likes to keep active and plays netball for a local team.

David Ciaramella

Communications Manager

David is K7's communications manager and has been with the company since graduating in 2013 with a degree in Journalism from Sheffield Hallam University. 

As well as helping to introduce new subscribers to K7's services, David provides additional support to existing clients with updates on developments across the TV and video landscape and aids the K7 team on client research tasks.

David regularly travels to markets and to visit clients around the world, presenting on trends with a focus on unscripted formats, factual programming, and digital platforms.

Richard O’Meara

Insight Manager

Richard graduated from the University of Manchester with a degree in History in 2013, and also has a post-graduate diploma in Journalism.

At K7 Media he heads up the scripted team, as well as ensuring K7's wider output offers as much insight as possible. He also edits the World Drama, Latin American, UK Comedy and Drama and North American Scripted Reports, as well as the Scriptlist showreel.

Outside of work, Richard loves traveling, checking out live music and keeping active - at the minute through cycling and indoor climbing.

Michelle Lin

Asia Pacific Manager

Born and raised in Taiwan, Michelle (PeiHua) Lin came to Manchester in 2016 to pursue a Master’s degree in translation and interpreting between Mandarin Chinese and English. 

Michelle has international experience and brings a new perspective to the office, having worked both in the US and Thailand.

Michelle Lin heads up the APAC department of K7 Media since 2017. Michelle is experienced in format analysis, multi-genre programme research and territory study on Asia-Pacific countries. Michelle has also led the business growth in the Asia Pacific territory and represented K7 Media at various events around the world such as ATF, BCWW, TIFFCOM, MIP Formats, Shanghai TV Festival, and so on.

Michelle also enjoys outdoor pursuits; she possesses a scuba diving licence and is currently developing her rock climbing skills.

The Team

Niki Page

Factual Consultant

With over 20 years’ industry experience, Niki has held roles within Channel 4, Fremantle and spent six years as Head of Factual and Factual Entertainment Acquisitions at Sky Vision. Most recently, she was VP of Factual Acquisitions at Red Arrow Studios and managed non-scripted acquisitions outside of North America. At K7, Niki uses her extensive knowledge of non-scripted programming to help develop our insight at a time of great interest in this genre.

Victoria De Kerdrel

Asia Pacific Consultant

Victoria has spent 10 years in Asia working on numerous co-production projects with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications of Japan, the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union and the National Film Development Corporation of Malaysia (FINAS). Prior to this, she had a number of roles at BBC Studios in key European territories including a stint in the Paris office where she ran the factual co-production business in France.

Victoria joined K7 in October 2019 and is based in Singapore.

Hannah Barnes

Australasian Consultant

Hannah joined K7 in June 2020 from Australian channel group Foxtel, where she was the Group General Manager for Foxtel's linear, SVOD, BVOD and digital platforms.

With over 20 years’ industry experience, Barnes has enjoyed an extensive career working across the UK, US, and Australian media markets, including time spent working for Sky and Channel 5 in London.

Based in Melbourne, Hannah is fundamental to K7's offering across the Australasia region.

Alice Hinett

Head of Unscripted Research

Alice joined K7 Media in 2016 as a researcher after graduating with a degree in History from Manchester Metropolitan University. Specialising in unscripted developments across the TV landscape, Alice edits K7's weekly UK and North America unscripted reports, curates the Entertainment Quicklist and leads on bespoke research requests. She also delivers monthly webinars on a range of unscripted trends, as well as thoroughly enjoying pulling together K7's Catalogue Highlights ahead of each MIP market.

Outside of K7, Alice loves travelling to new places and hiking in Manchester's surrounding countryside with her dog, Dobby.

James Conibear

Senior Researcher

K7's Senior Researcher James is focused on developments across the areas of digital video and children's TV. As well as contributing to bespoke research, he oversees our Digital Daily Seven newsletter, and writes the weekly Australasian Report and monthly Children's Update. He also curates our Digital Quicklist and Kidslist showreels.

In 2014 James graduated from Edge Hill University, where he studied Film & Television Production. With that knowledge, you'll be unsurprised to hear that he's a keen cinema goer, but also an avid gamer, tennis player and practising aquarist. Sounds fishy if you ask us...

Trang Nguyen

Researcher

Born and raised in Vietnam, Trang came to the University of Manchester to pursue a master's degree in Business Psychology in 2018. Now working in K7's Asia Pacific team, Trang tracks the evolution of TV and entertainment trends across the South East Asia territory.

Outside of work, Trang enjoys watching Asian dramas and variety shows.

Patti Linnett

Researcher

Patti joined K7 in the spring of 2019 after graduating from the University of Leeds with a degree in History. As a researcher, Patti works closely on both the weekly European and North American Scripted reports as well as helping curate K7's monthly Scriptlist and contributing to bespoke projects for clients across both the scripted and unscripted space.

Outside of K7, Patti enjoys a good book, hiking in the lakes, socialising with friends and of course getting into the latest drama TV has to offer!

Trudy Akobeng

Researcher

Trudy studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Goldsmiths, University Of London and started at K7 in December 2018. Trudy compiles bespoke reports, client specific reports and assists with the weekly UK & Australia Unscripted report.

Outside of work, Trudy plays the piano and loves to visit new places.

John Brown

Researcher

John has always had a keen eye for all things media, graduating from Edge Hill University in 2014 with a degree in Film and Television Production. He joined the K7 team in 2017 to oversee the company’s video archive; enabling colleagues and clients to access a rich variety of global TV and digital content. Now he oversees both the monthly VOD Watch report and curates the Factual Quicklist.

Originally from Southport, John’s passion for all things music means he’s often on the road, tracking down the latest gig or festival. Whilst not a professional performer himself, he proudly holds the title of K7’s Karaoke King, at least for now.

Dean Thornhill

Researcher

Dean joined K7 after graduating from the University of Chester with a degree in Sociology and Criminology.

Dean specialises in digital research, co-curating K7’s monthly Digital Quicklist showreel as well as writing the Creators Corner section of the VOD Watch report, tracking the YouTube talent making waves on the platform with anything from innovative formats, to trend-setting viral videos. His other tasks include overseeing K7’s extensive internal database and providing bespoke reports for clients.

Niamh Frain

Executive Administrator

Niamh graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2017 where she studied English Literature. She started working at K7 in November 2019 after returning from 15 months working and travelling abroad. Niamh is executive assistant to the CEO and Management Board, charged with the smooth running of K7 behind the scenes.

Outside of work, Niamh enjoys gardening, cooking and keeping active.

Ben O’Meara

Video Researcher

Ben graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2015, after studying Philosophy. As well as working with the research team Ben heads up K7's screener service - providing episodes of the hottest and most interesting new shows from around the world to our client base.

Outside of work Ben loves skateboarding and snowboarding.

Jamie Brown

Researcher

Jamie graduated from University College London in 2014 with a degree in French and Russian. He then moved to Saint Petersburg, Russia, where he worked as a translator for two years.

At K7, Jamie edits the CEE Report and the French section of the European Report, as well as subtitling showreel clips from French and Russian.

Outside of his work Jamie spends a lot of time listening to and thinking about music.

Maria Salling

Student Intern

Maria contributes to K7’s European Report, with a particular focus on Denmark, Sweden and Norway. She is currently studying English Literature and Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University, where she also writes for the university paper.

Born in Denmark, Maria is also fluent in English, Swedish and Norwegian. She also reads and writes academic Latin.

Kael Onion Oakley

Design Associate

Originally from Manchester, Kael studied Graphic Design at the University of Edinburgh before graduating in 2017. 

Kael has been working at K7 since 2014, and is responsible for overseeing in-house design alongside completing general research requests.

Outside of his work at K7, Kael also runs freelance design agency Onion Oakley. When not working, he enjoys a good web series or relaxing to a record.

Rosie Halsall

Consultant, Vietnam

Rosie studied Classics at University College London and started at K7 after graduating in 2017. Rosie is now K7's consultant on Vietnam, having moved there to work in 2019.

Outside of work, Rosie loves travelling, reading and going to gigs.