WHO WE ARE

Made in Manchester is an award-winning international production company founded in 2005 by presenter and journalist Ashley Byrne and 5 Times World Butterfly Swimming Champion James Hickman. The company’s first productions included the RTS nominated ITV doc Cartoon Kings (about Cosgrove Hall Films) and From Bomb To Boom (an ITV documentary about Manchester 10 years after the IRA bomb). The company has produced hundreds of programmes and series for the BBC’s main radio networks including Radio 1, Radio 2, Radio 3, Radio 4, 5Live, 6Music and the BBC World Service. MIM also produces programmes for BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Scotland and BBC English Regions. In addition the company is also a regular producer of features for international networks in Europe and the United States. MIM produces in all genres (including documentaries, drama, comedy and childrens) and across all continents with presenters and producers based around the world. The company has a particularly strong track record in history programme-making and a major commitment to producing programmes that are both diverse in creativity and people. Presenters currently working with MIM include Aasmah Mir, Dan Snow, Helen Castor, Stephen Tompkinson, Benjamin Zephaniah, Stephen Sackur, Paul O’Grady and Ana Matronic.

James Hickman

MIM Joint-Founder

Ashley Byrne - Creative Director and Founder

Ashley has produced hundreds of MIM’s programmes for the BBC and other broadcasters over the years and remains one of the company’s main producers. Credits include Kim Phuc: The Girl in the Picture for Radio 4, James Dean: The Last Ten Weeks for Radio 2, Wilde’s West Coast Collection for Radio 3 and Lloyd George’s War – a docu-drama for Radio Wales. When not producing, he’s exec’ing programmes and leading the team in ideas generation. Ashley began his career as a newspaper journalist in 1992 before becoming News Editor at several radio stations across the UK and eventually a Programme Controller in commercial radio. Ashley is also a newscaster and presenter. He can regularly be heard hosting the BBC’s long running World Service history programmes Witness and Sporting Witness.

Iain Mackness - Head of Production

Iain heads MIM’s production department. It’s Iain’s job to ensure delivery of programmes. He produces everything from documentaries to children’s and has a special interest in drama production. Iain produced MIM’s award winning online drama Rock (about Hollywood actor Rock Hudson) as well as Death in Genoa (about the last days of Oscar Wilde and starring Simon Callow) and Dreaming of Foxes (about the late poet laureate Ted Hughes). Iain has also produced children’s comedy and drama too including Sounds Like This for CBeebies Radio and Suzie Pugh and a Monster Too which aired on RTE jnr in Ireland and Fun Kids radio in London. Iain works closely with Ashley Byrne in overseeing the company’s ideas generation and is part of the core production team on MIM’s regular Witness and Sporting Witness programmes for the BBC World Service. Iain’s background is in radio production and theatre.

Freddy Chick - Senior Producer

Freddy Chick is Senior Producer at MIM. His role includes identifying international projects/ideas. He has most recently spent several days in New York investigating the life and work of the homeless blind musician Moondog. Freddy is also co-producer of a special online series by MIM called BRIC Talk, a hard hitting conversation programme about the BRIC economies with Stephen Sackur. Later this year, Freddy will produce a special show about the popularity of snooker among young people in China. Freddy’s background includes making programmes for other independent production companies and experience in the international publishing sector.

Andrew Edwards - Head of Research

Andrew Edwards is MIM’s fixer – the person who regularly gets us access and arranges all the main interviews and logistics of programme-making. He is also a producer and his credits include: Walking With Whitman for BBC Radio 4 and Hello Good Evening and Welcome: The David Frost Story for Radio 2. Andrew leads a team of researchers with a particular emphasis on history research. Andrew is also a presenter and can be heard presenting some of MIM’s features on different networks. Away from MIM Andrew Edwards hosts his own radio shows on several stations and has a keen interest in the arts.

Kurt Brookes - Head of Development

Kurt Brookes is one of MIM’s key team of producers and researchers. He researches programmes across all genres from drama to history to sport and comedy. Most recently Kurt’s credits include programmes as diverse as e-sports in Korea, black history and sumo wrestling in Japan. Kurt regularly works on MIM’s output for the BBC World Service and is part of the ideas generation team at the company. He is also a writer, specialising in comedy and is the co-creator of the online comedy Barry Pigeon Protects. Later this year, Kurt will co-produce with Ashley Byrne MIM’s new music series for Radio 2 Marc Almond’s Torch Song Trilogy.

OTHER MEMBERS OF THE MIM TEAM

Alex Brooke - Producer/Presenter

Credits include:

The Bradford Fire: A Day That Will Live With Me Forever

MIM for BBC Radio 4

Maya Mitter - Researcher

Credits include: 

Witness: The Birth of Rolling Stone Magazine

MIM for BBC World Service

Rebecca Applin - Composer/Musician

Credits include: 

Hedd Wyn: The Poet and the Hero

MIM for BBC Radio Wales

Europe’s Drugs Wars

MIM for BBC World Service

Richard Murie - Presenter/Producer

Credits include:

 Many of MIM’s DW features

Richard Higgins - Researcher/Archivist

Credits include:

 Pandemic

MIM for BBC World Service

Robert Shore - Producer/Writer

Credits include: 

England - Made in the Middle

MIM for BBC Radio 4

The First English Opera

MIM for BBC Radio 3

Caroline Barlow - Reporter/Producer based in London

Credits include: 

The Story of the Light 

MIM for BBC Radio 2

Witness - The Sale of London Bridge 

MIM for BBC World Service 

Tom Farthing - Assistant Producer 

Credits include: 

The Lost World of the Suffragettes

MIM for BBC Radio 4

One Week in August

MIM for BBC Radio 5Live 

Maria Weisner - Correspondent/Producer based in Frankfurt, Germany 

Credits include: 

Red Lights and Reds Lines:

Prostitution in Europe

Europe’s Drugs Wars

MIM for BBC World Service

Derek Webster - Producer/Presenter

Credits include:

The Story of the Light

MIM for BBC Radio 2

Marverine Cole - Presenter/Producer

Credits include: 

Black Girls Don't Cry

MIM for BBC Radio 4

Ladies with Lyrics

MIM for BBC Radio 1Xtra

Nichi Hodgson - Presenter/Producer

Credits include:

Can Porn Be Ethical?

MIM for BBC Radio 4

Being Bisexual

MIM for BBC World Service

Clare Bend - Producer/Researcher

Credits include:

Witness: The Birth of Weight Watchers

MIM for BBC World Service

Yoshie Matsumoto - Reporter/Presenter based in Japan

Credits include:

 Shine Like Toyko: Northern Soul Goes East

MIM for BBC Radio 4

Kiron Reid - Lawyer / Specialist legal researcher

Credits include: 

What Point Prison? The Big Debate 

MIM for BBC Radio 4

Ian McCormick - Producer/Creator of Day I Met strand 

Credits include: 

The Day I Met The Queen

The Day I Met Mandela 

MIM for BBC Radio 5Live

Phil Collinge - Executive Producer

Phil is one of MIM’s key team. He produces across all genres with notable success in social affairs programme making, history, music and comedy. His credits include Radio 2’s mammoth A History of British Comedy which was presented by David Mitchell, Sculptress of Sound: The Lost Works of Delia Derbyshire for Radio 4 and a plethora of comedy documentary credits including All Round Bob Monkhouse, Just Like This: The Tommy Cooper Story and Barbara Windsor’s Funny Girls (all for Radio 2). Phil is also one of MIM’s executive producers and overseas much of the company’s output on most of the BBC networks. Phil is a writer by profession with particular success in comedy where he has contributed to many shows over the years. He is the creator and writer of MIM’s children’s comedy drama, Suzie Pugh and a Monster Too.

James Brown - Producer/Editor

James Brown is a producer and audio editor with MIM. James works on a variety of projects aimed at different markets. Most recently he worked on the company’s series for Radio 2 on the History of the Light programme (presented by Paul O’Grady) as well the three part Marc Almond’s Torch Song Trilogy music series. James also presents for MIM and recently presented a short programme on Christmas in Barbados. Later this year, he will make his debut on the World Service history series Witness. James is also assisting Creative Director Ashley Byrne and Head of Production Iain Mackness on plans for an exclusive online MIM programming platform.

Wendy Tang - Reporter/Presenter based in Hong Kong/China 

Credits include: 

Sporting Witness:

5:19 Football Riots in China

MIM for BBC World Service

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