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BlackRook was formed by Alan Rook in 2011.

He saw an opportunity to bring together a talented group of UK broadcast, communications and digital media professionals.

A group whose combined skills provide a compelling offer to prospective clients.

That’s because their experience is based upon on-going, real world involvement in hands-on, senior roles in broadcasting, journalism and public relations.

Our leadership team has formed alliances with several like-minded businesses internationally to make BlackRook – and this website – a one-stop shop for all of your media needs.


Alan Rook
Managing Director
Mark Southgate
Strategy Lead
Lucy Rook
Managing Director - BlackRook Academy
Emma Dibia
Africa Lead
Adam Rook
Production Editor
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Nicola Butler
Production Editor
Mick Kellie
Technical Lead
Kieron Brennan
Post Production Lead
Neil Stainsby
Development Lead
Philip Gomm
Communications Lead
Sue Kinnear
Presentation Lead
Emily Davies
Social Media Lead
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Oliver Rook
Assistant Producer
Sandy Gwynn
Finance Lead
Ian Mculloch
Ian McCulloch
Founding Director Xsequor Partners and former Commercial Director of ITV Plc

I worked with BlackRook on a challenging development project that involved expert insight but also tactful handling of some of the parties involved. Alan Rook delivered superbly on all counts. I look forward to working with him again.

John Hoy
John Hoy
Chief Executive, Blenheim Palace

Gavin was very attentive to our needs in striking the right balance throughout the filming schedule and he did a great job in keeping everyone happy and in ensuring that everyone stayed ‘on board.

Tony Martin
Tony Martin
Senior Producer, Branded Content, Scripps Networks

I’ve worked with Alan across two of ITV’s flagship shows, This Morning and Daybreak. On each occasion Alan has brought with him a wealth of knowledge and experience which has quickly allowed him to gain the respect of colleagues and staff. This is no easy task on two fast moving shows. On This Morning, Alan’s guidance was invaluable and I consider his support as a key factor to my own development as a team leader within a major broadcasting and production company.

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Mike Dolan
Programme Editor, ITV

Alan Rook is a leader who inspires others and encourages excellence among his colleagues. He is passionate, driven and generous with his time – always keen to bring out the best in others and encouraging them to succeed. He has helped many journalists improve their skill set and advance their careers.

Rob Beynon
Rob Beynon

Alan Rook provided world class leadership during the pre-launch project phase of the Arise network, which is a global TV and mutimedia service focusing on parts of the world which do not receive the attentions of traditional media. Alan’s media experience and his excellent communications skills allowed him to create and manage a team which laid the foundations for the network’s successful launch. He was able to take the original vision of the service, add to it and turn it into a practical media product. He was involved in the selection of the senior management team, whom he trained and guided. He co-ordinated inputs from Arise offices in Africa, Asia and the USA. His contribution was pivotal in the development of the network.

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Dare Lawson
Entrepreneur and Content Developer – Nigeria

Alan is an exceptional business consultant with vast knowledge & multimedia experience.
His entrepreneurial skill is an added value that positions him well in proffering quality advise that helps in making timely decisions. Launching our revolutionary RefPredictor on web and mobile, he was able to see through our vision, interrogate our product & advised us choosing the right business model that made an impact in our market. Today, we are proud to tell our story.

Eve Jackson
Eve Jackson
Culture Editor at France 24

I’ve been a journalist for the BBC, ITV and now France 24 in Paris. Over my 11 years of experience, I always refer to Alan Rook as the best manager I’ve ever had and think back to him as a reference to what is good leadership. He always had a clear vision and was decisive and fair. He was also very approachable and respected

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Nick Pollard
Former Head of Sky News and Chief Executive of the British Forces Broadcasting Service

I recommend Alan Rook 100%. He did a superb job for us as Head of News at British Forces Broadcasting and helped to raise the quality of all our news output. He’s an excellent journalist and a great people person.

Ian Rumsey
Ian Rumsey
Director of Television Production, ITN Productions - and BAFTA winner as Programme Editor of ITV's News at Ten

For expert training, for quality production support, for first class experience right across the media industry, BlackRook is a genuinely big hitter.