Tom Lawes - Managing Director


In total Tom has over 70 TV, Film and Game credits to his name - in direction, composing, sound mixing and cinematography for every major UK broadcaster.

Starting his career as a musician, Tom Lawes composed the score for 90s BBC primetime drama All Quiet On The Preston Front. Tom’s first commercial release as a director was in 1997 with the cult horror Demagogue, and soon after, he was contracted by SEGA to write music for video games. His extensive knowledge of both visual and audio technologies led to him co-design and direct the touch screen games of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, The Weakest Link and many more titles combining more than £40m in global sales.

Founding his own company in 2001, Tom left SEGA to return to work on films & TV full time. The business soon expanded beyond the confines of his home and new premises beckoned. The derelict Electric Cinema came up for auction in 2004 and was bought and restored by 2005, and is now one of the leading independent cinemas in the country.

Tom wrote, directed, scored and DP’d the upcoming feature film Monochrome; The Last Projectionist, the award-winning and critically acclaimed feature length documentary on the history of cinemas during the digital switchover; Southside Stories, a series of award-winning short documentaries.

Awards, nominations and accolades:

RTS Midlands 2012 - Best Production Craft Skills
RTS Midlands 2012 - Best Promotional Programme ‘Southside Stories’
BAFTA 2012 Long List - The Last Projectionist Bfi
2012 - The Last Projectionist selected for official Bfi archive.
Midlands Insider Magazine 2009 - Top 42 business people under 42 Creative City Awards 2008 - Outstanding Business Development Award
RTS Midlands 2007 – Best Drama Nominee ‘The Salesman’ - (Director)
RTS Midlands 2006 – Best Drama Winner ‘Special People’ – (Dubbing Mixer)
RTS 2005 – Best Drama Winner ‘Cathy and I’ – (Dubbing Mixer) Arena Magazine / O2 phones X Club Regional Winner - Entrepreneur of the Year 2005
TIC film festival 2004 - Best Drama and Best Film awards – ‘The Fanatic’ (DM & Composer)
Manchester Fantastic Film Festival – Special commendation award 1998 – ‘Demagogue’


Tom Lawes - Managing Director


Suzie Norton has 18 years experience working in senior positions in the film and TV industry. She started her media career as a researcher for Peter Bazalgette’s Sunday Programme, then moved up the ranks in GMTV to producer where she oversaw the political output of Europe’s biggest breakfast show broadcasting live to 6 million viewers daily.

Since then Suzie has worked as a Senior Broadcast Journalist for the BBC, producing and directing current affairs output. Then as the inaugural Director of Film Birmingham, she was responsible for establishing the UK’s second city’s film office including its first online locations service, working with film and TV productions from around the world.

As the CEO of Screen WM, one of nine regional screen agencies set up by the UK Film Council, Suzie had overall responsibility for a £5m film equity investment fund, executive producing numerous feature films and TV shows including Hustle, Toast and Clubbed. Most recently Suzie has been working as a creative industries consultant and independent producer, working with Electric Flix on the short film 3 Sides of The Coin and the upcoming feature film Monochrome.




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