Pearl Works is an award-winning media production and training company based in the UK, with clients across the globe. We produce film, multi-media, audio and print stories for broadcast, commercial and online media organisations. Powerful storytelling and outstanding journalism are at the heart of what we do.
We run courses in film-making, radio and online production. We also specialise in media training.
Pearl Works Productions was founded in Yorkshire. Our name was inspired by The Pearl Works, a tiny factory built in Victorian times in Sheffield, which used to make goods out of mother of pearl, including cutlery handles, penknives, buttons, shoe buckles and jewellery.
We love collaboration and we love brave, bold ideas. We believe we can reach a wider audience when we work together with you to research, write and strategise from the start of a project.
We are proud of our reputation for consistently excellent programme-making, outstanding journalism and top-quality training.
Who we are
Angela Robson is an award-winning writer, broadcaster and film-maker and the creative director of Pearl Works. She has worked internationally as a film and documentary maker for the BBC, Aljazeera and the Guardian and as a presenter, producer and reporter for BBC Radio 4, the World Service and BBC World, reporting from over fifty countries. Angela’s awards and nominations include the European Commission’s Natali Lorenzo Prize for Journalism, the Guardian International Development Journalism Prize and the British Media and Environment Prize. Prior to moving into the media, Angela spent seven years working for Amnesty International where she was the founding editor of their international magazine and project managed Amnesty’s work on FGM. She has worked as a media trainer for a number of charities, research, public sector and corporate agencies and has lectured in journalism and media production at Sheffield University and Sheffield Hallam University. Angela graduated in English Literature from the University of York and has a Master’s degree in English from the University of Toronto.
Frederic Courbet is a corporate and documentary filmmaker and photographer, working between Australia and East Africa. His film and photography work have defined the visual profile of many commercial, philanthropic and international development organisations, including Discovery Channel, National Geographic Channel, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Nike Foundation, MasterCard Foundation, IBM, Sygenta, WaterAid, UNHCR and GHR Foundation. Frederic’s style is unique yet versatile and he is able to find solutions for successful images under diverse and sometimes challenging conditions. This has been shaped by long experience internationally in roles ranging from producer of high-end commercial images for advertising; assistant director on movie sets; to reporting social, political and environmental issues in the developing world.www.fredericcourbet.com
Lucy Wilson is a producer and digital media manager for Pearl Works. She has a passion for solo travel and global development. A burns survivor, she is the founder of ScarGlobal.org which has been long-listed for the One World Media Awards. Lucy has recently completed a three-year degree in journalism at Sheffield Hallam University, where she was given the prestigious ‘inspirational woman of the year’ award.
Brigitte Sossou Perenyi
Brigitte is an international activist, researcher and the producer of Katsotso, a citizen journalist-led multi-media project and SMS advocacy system we are developing in Ghana with On our Radar. Brigitte, who was born in Togo, is a survivor of the trokosi practice, a form of ritual and sexual servitude, practised in communities in Ghana, Togo, Benin and Nigeria. She has dedicated her life to using her personal story and experience to end the trokosi practice and empower marginalised communities.
Anna Ridout is a producer, writer and media relations project manager. For ten years, she has been telling stories and managing media projects from around the world. After studying her postgrad at Cardiff School of Journalism, Anna lived in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo covering the conflict and humanitarian crisis. She has since filed for the BBC’s From Our Own Correspondent, for CNN and has reported from South Sudan, Kenya, Haiti, the Philippines and Lebanon. When working from Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya, she spoke on behalf of Oxfam live from the camp, making the top story on ITV’s Ten O’Clock News. Anna has project managed Millionaires’ Mission, a four-part Channel 4 series based in a Ugandan village, and a media celebrity trip to Honduras with the singer-songwriter Paloma Faith. Anna produced our Syrian film documentary project, ‘Art out of Ashes, broadcast on BBC Newsnight and BBC Online.’
Suzanne Pearson is an undergraduate at the University of York studying towards a BSc in film and television production. She secured a place in 2013 at the NFTS and BFI talent campus as editor and script supervisor for the short film ‘The Other Side of the Wall’ which premiered at the BFI Southbank and was then shown at the British Film Festival and the Portobello Film Festival. She has assistant directed a music video for musicians Ato X Eden for their song ‘Notion’ and acted as assistant director and producer for ‘Birdwatching’ a short film commissioned by Exeter Phoenix Digital which premiered at 2 Short Nights Film Festival in Exeter. Suzanne is an experienced sound recordist, most recently for ‘The Unveiling’, which won Best Yorkshire Student Drama from the Royal Television Society Student Awards and ‘Best Horror’ in the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards. Suzanne is fortunate to be one of the first Royal Television Society bursary recipients. She speaks fluent Spanish and English.
Séverine Dieudonné, is an award-winning producer and director with over ten years’ experience in TV and radio. She began her reporting career in 2004 with Belgium’s public service broadcaster, RTBF. After winning the prestigious Prince Phillipe of Belgium Prize for Journalism for a series of features from Russia, she travelled to Sierra Leone to report on the aftermath of the civil war. Séverine worked for France 3 Television, Télé Bruxelles and was a presenter on Radio Habana in Cuba before she joined the BBC as a producer in 2006, specializing in arts, current affairs, music and sport. She has a Master’s degree in journalism from the Institute for the Higher Study of Social Communication, Bruxelles and is fluent in four languages.