Ed Hall, Chairman and Chief Executive
Ed is Chairman and Chief Executive of the Canis Media Group, and an active investor in digital television businesses in the UK and overseas. He has launched, bought or sold more channels in the UK than anyone else.
Prior to founding Canis in 2001, Ed founded and ran Invest TV, the company that launched the Simply group of channels. Ed formerly worked as a consultant for a number of companies, including Northern and Shell and Channel 4. Before moving into the business side of broadcasting Ed was a reporter and producer for the BBC, Channel 4, Thames Television and various newspapers and magazines. He won a SONY Radio Award in 1998 for a programme in the series Ed Hall Investigates… for BBC Radio 5 Live.
Ed is well known on the conference circuit both here in the UK and abroad and is also a regular contributor to television and broadcast trade magazines. His views and commentaries on the issues currently facing the television industry are widely respected and he is a valuable adviser to any newcomer to the UK television market
Fergus Lawson, Managing Director
Highly experienced in the broadcast arena, Fergus has worked in both production and advertising in the UK television industry. He started in media sales working for ITV where he negotiated airtime with media buying agencies and clients.
Fergus then co-founded, launched and managed a production company specialising in participation entertainment game shows which supplied both ITV and Hallmark Television.
Fergus’ experience in launching television channels and his knowledge of the UK’s TV airtime market makes him uniquely qualified to assist any new entrants to the UK TV market.
Helena Brewer, Broadcast Services Manager
As Broadcast Services Manager, Helena brings a wealth of experience to Canis having worked in the broadcast industry for 12 years.
Her specialist area is broadcast compliance and licensing, her area of focus when she worked for TV regulator Ofcom and Red Bee Media. This is invaluable to new entrants to the UK TV market, in explaining what they are permitted to broadcast. Similarly, existing channels will benefit from her experience in all areas of compliance relating to programming, advertising, sponsorship, interactive and VOD.
In addition, knowledge gained whilst working as a consultant in launching new channels both in the UK and abroad, means that she has a sound understanding of how television works from a technical perspective.
Helena is responsible for the management of Canis’ in house scheduling and broadcast services team who look after a growing number of channels, and is therefore critical to Canis in ensuring new channels not only get on air, but stay on air.
Hannah Aarons, Finance Manager
Hannah has been with Canis since 2002 and works with our Financial Assistant Valery to ensure that our financial reporting and management is accurate and up-to-date. From a client perspective, she is the main point of contact and the person to whom any invoice queries or payment issues should be raised.
Tina has over 20 years experience in the European media industry, including business 2 business and direct to consumer sales. Tina has held roles in sales, marketing, acquisitions, production and distribution.
With almost 3 decades of global broadcast media and communications experience, Clare is responsible for Canis Local TV Services. Clare was BT Head of Media Industry Marketing where she conceived and co-founded the hugely successful participation media venture BT agilemedia, before becoming an independent broadcast media consultant.
Now an Emmy award-winning TV producer and former COO of Vintage TV, Fitness TV, SA Direct TV and Horse & Country TV, Clare offers unparalleled operational, commercial and management expertise to Canis Media’s channel start up clients, in particular to those wishing to capitalise on the UK Government’s Local TV initiative.
Steph joined Canis in 2007, straight out of university, and started her career as a scheduler for Film 24. After 18 months working on the channel she was the promoted to Head of Scheduling, looking after the day to day running of several channels across various platforms. In 2009 she had the opportunity to assist in the launch of Fitness TV which she then managed and is now looking forward to developing her role as a crucial part of the Canis channel launch team.
Neil Coles, Commercial Services Associate
Neil has over fifteen years experience in the Broadcast industry and has worked across some of the biggest entertainment shows of the last decade.
Beginning with Account Managing the Virgin Records worldwide video distribution on behalf of a facility company, he has since worked across Post Production, Studios and Outside Broadcasts and therefore knows how to get a show to air with tight deadlines. Well known to the Production community, he has won many commercial contracts and has worked on some of the decades biggest entertainment formats. Commercially savy, he has worked for companies such as Pinewood Studios, Roll to Record and Prime Focus.
James began his career in early 2000 in events & celebrity booking working on film premieres, charity events and various award ceremonies. Pursuing ambitions he moved into TV & film as Production Coordinator for leading special FX creators, Millennium FX working on various Hollywood films and major TV shows. Moving to Talkback Thames as Location Coordinator & Researcher James gained most of his TV experience on various prime time shows for the BBC and Channel 4. In the summer of 2011 James joined Canis Media as Broadcast and Commercial Services Coordinator where he excells in conducting extensive research for various projects and his main focus is brokering EPG sales and managing EPG transfers. Having successfully brokered 20+ EPG sales and helping international channels launch in the UK James has a thorough understanding and appreciation of how the industry works.
Valery Yost, Finance Executive
Her range of experience varies from engineering to the TV Industry at Pinewood Studios. From a client perspective, Valery is the main point of contact and the person to whom any invoice queries or payment issues should be raised.
With a background in marketing and PR, and having worked in events management, Susie has all the organisational skills required to manage a busy office and look after the diaries of the Chief Executive and MD here at Canis.
Kelly started working for Canis Media in 2004 as a Customer Service agent, since then she has gone on to do many different roles within the Company including, Scheduler, VOD Manager, Editor and Channel Management working with various Clients across the Broadcast spectrum, she hopes to be involved with more projects in this ever changing exciting environment in the future.