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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

2015Present

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)                                       

19972007

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. 

19931996

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) 

19851993

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.

19811983

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.

Education

19951996

MA Near and Middle Eastern Area Studies

SOAS, University of London. London, UK.

With Distinction

19831985

MBA   

Columbia University Business School. New York, NY.
19771981

BA

University of Vermont. Burlington, Vt.


19741977

Phillips Academy 

Andover, Ma.

Other

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

FILMOGRAPHY

  • 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 

  • 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.