Meet the Team

Having worked together since 2008 on projects across all genres, we feel like a true “family” – check out our snapshot profiles below for more information, and feel free to contact any member of the team via email by clicking the envelope.

IMG_8499FRANK McGOWAN – CEO/EXECUTIVE PRODUCER:

Frank is a multi-award-winning producer/director/editor and entrepreneur, forming “Bad Pony Productions” in 2008 with best friend Michelle while in his final year at college.  A lover of 80’s cinema and classic TV, his favourite film is “Night of the Living Dead”, with his work as a producer including the BAFTA celebrated LOOKING AFTER MUM and biopic WAITING FOR LIZ which received a Special Recognition for “Outstanding Achievement to British Cinema”. He spends his weekends watching reruns of “The Munsters“, and new episodes of new Netflix original “The Good Place” starring Ted Danson.

michelleMICHELLE MARTIN – CEO/EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Michelle is an award-winning writer/producer and author, recently publishing the sequel to her gothic family novel ‘EVIL IS…’ to critical acclaim. A lover of psychological horror and criminology, her notable film and TV work includes the award-winning 10:48 (aka “My Secret Smile”), TOP HATS (set for theatrical release in 2019) and short film AVA. Her current projects include hotly tipped TV drama NINETY EIGHT PERCENT – where she is creator/writer and show-runner/producer, and comedy series IDIOTS GUIDE TO BECOMING A FILMMAKER.

100_1283MAUREEN SOMERVILLE – PRODUCER/FIRST ASSISTANT DIRECTOR:

Maureen has been with BAD PONY MEDIA since the very beginning, currently working on projects including new series drama NINETY EIGHT PERCENT, and feature film EVENING OF THE DEAD. Nominated for the inaugural Production Base “Freelancer of the Year” awards, her stamina and determination make every project she is part of a creative success, with recent kudos coming from BAFTA Scotland, British Film Makers Alliance and Women in Film and Television. Her passions are baking for the production team, watching murder mystery and whodunnits, and writing scripts.

studio (26)CHERYL HOWARTH – CAMERA OPERATOR/SOUND ENGINEER/PRODUCER:

Cheryl is another longstanding award-winning member of the BAD PONY MEDIA production team, joining as a camera operator, and later expanding her skills to music production, sound engineering, film scoring and sound design. Her notable work includes recently completed TOP HATS – where she worked as both director of photography and composer, the new NINETY EIGHT PERCENT series and upcoming feature film EVENING OF THE DEAD.

Geo Wright - Bad Pony MediaGEO WRIGHT – PRODUCER/ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

During his former career as Picture Editor at News international, Geo worked with some of the biggest names in entertainment – bringing extensive amounts of experience to his role as an associate producer for BAD PONY MEDIA. With a passion for true crime – Geo’s specialism is in hard-hitting journalistic documentary, although he lends a hand now and then to many softer genre projects, including children’s entertainment and comedy.

JOHN-BADPONYJOHN MCEACHRAN – DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY / DIGITAL AND DESIGN:

John is a powerhouse of energy and enthusiasm for genre film – and a skilled director of photography on drama, comedy and factual entertainment, bringing over 8 years of experience to the team, with recent nominations for “Outstanding Individual of the Year” in the Publicity Base TV Awards 2018. His recent work with Bad Pony Media includes edgy horror TOPHATS, which recently completed production in October 2018, and saw him work not only on the production itself as DOP, but as director on the accompanying “behind the scenes” featurette, produced in collaboration with RODE.

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