Documentary filmmaker Annette Porter has a unique blend of artistic and business experience. A Columbia Business School Graduate, she spent nearly twenty years advising some of the world’s most successful companies on strategy and communications before following her passion into the world of photography and documentary filmmaking. The result is a finely tuned instinct for persuasion through pictures.

Work History
Work History
2015 - Present
Co-Founder, Producer and Director
NYLON Films - London

Producer and director of  documentary and promotional films for advertising, broadcast,  internal communications, live streaming and social media.  

  • Work with companies to develop strategy and produce videos to most effectively communicate their message  - creating the right video, for the right platform, for the right audience.
  • Direct and produce long and short form documentary films for broadcast.
  • Select and lead creative crews and manage challenging shoots globally. 
  • Run successful internship/training program in support of London councils  to expand video production opportunities for inexperienced and underprivileged youth.

CLIENTS: Avon, English National Ballet School, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Merlin Entertainment,  Rambert Dance Company, UNESCO, Women's Aid
BROADCASTERS:  BBC, NBC, ITV, Discovery (Fr), NHK (Japan)                                       

1997 - 2007
Strategy Consultant
Middle East Private Equity Group - London, Beirut

Consulted executives on: potential acquisitions; the development and internal communication of strategies for oil and gas and chemicals businesses; external communications; development of system for structuring and evaluating briefs for external service providers. 

1993 - 1996
Partner and Strategy Consultant
Paradigm Consulting Group - Seattle

Founding partner in boutique consulting firm providing strategy and communications consulting services. CLIENTS: American Express, Thrifty PayLess (acquired by Rite Aid),  Frank Russell (Russell Investments) 

1985 - 1993
Management Consultant
Towers, Perrin, Forster & Crosby - Dallas & Seattle

Consultant to senior level executives on strategy development and the creation of systems to link employees with these strategies. Specialized in developing strategies for companies who wanted to reposition their existing businesses and/or to break into new markets and industry segments.  CLIENTS:American Express, Alcan Aluminum (Rio Tinto), American Hospital Association, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Exxon, General Electric,  McKesson Corporation, Medtronic,  Milliken & Company,  Pritzker Group.

1981 - 1983
Commodities Associate
Dean Witter Reynolds - New York

Traded precious metals and foreign currencies for managed accounts. Account management for corporate hedging clients. Prepared and broadcast news related to metals markets and currencies. CFTC licensed trader.

1995 - 1996
MA Near and Middle Eastern Area Studies
SOAS, University of London. London, UK.

With Distinction

1983 - 1985
Columbia University Business School. New York, NY.
1977 - 1981
University of Vermont. Burlington, Vt.

1974 - 1977
Phillips Academy 
Andover, Ma.


Extensive public speaking experience including American Cancer Association, ELLEVATE, Expedition Inspiration, National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, Rhone-Poulenc, Towers, Perrin, Forster & Crosby. 

Hold US and UK citizenship

Fluent in Spanish


  • The Lady Who Flew Africa: The Aviatrix.  Feature Documentary           Director and Producer.               BBC4 (58 mins) and theatrical      release (78 mins). 2015.                Best Film, Explorers Film Festival.  Films with Class, RiverRun Film  Festival.             
  • Rambert.  Short Factual Series  (3x20 minutes)                           Director and Producer. BBC, The Space, 2014.                                              
  • Olympic Tracks.  Short Factual Series (21x12 minutes)                           Director and Producer. BBC, The Space, 2013.    


  • Photography credits include: New York Times, Washington Post, Guardian, Shape, Vanity Fair (It.), Sydney Morning Herald. 
  • Exhibitions: Invasive Art, San Francisco; The Creative Center, New York; PRS Gallery, Baltimore.