We have experienced a significant growth spurt over the past year, more than doubling in size. Since January 2018, we’ve welcomed 10 new faces to Team Joi Polloi, and we’re really happy that six of these are brand new positions.
Amongst the appointments is Robin Cramp, who joined us last autumn as Client Partner Lead. Robin previously worked at the BBC and brings a huge amount of broadcast and media insight. Kim Davies is the newest addition to the team, joining Joi Polloi this month as our new Operations Manager. Kim will oversee the day to day running of the studio, contracts and supplier relationships.
We welcomed Sian Gilbert last summer as a Junior Producer and, at the start of 2019, Alexis Baker joined as our Project Manager.
Our development team has continued to grow, as we welcomed Lawrence Goldstein, Matthew Haynes and Josh Kalsi in 2018. So far in 2019 we’ve taken on two experienced full stack developers, Andrew Bills and Brad Beatson, to build a wide range of creative digital platforms and products. Nigel Speight fills a brand-new role in the team as a specialist App Developer. Experienced across both iOS and Android platforms, Nigel will be leading on an ever-growing portfolio of mobile products.
The growth of the team is closely aligned to a big step we took last year, when we ‘announced’ our specialism in digital services to the television, media and cultural industries.We had built long standing relationships with many clients in the broadcast and museums sector, including the BBC, Channel 4, Studio Lambert and the National History Museum. So, defining our sector specialisms was a natural progression. We wanted to focus on attracting the most challenging and exciting digital commissions in the television, media and cultural industries.
One such commission was Channel 4 and Studio Lambert’s The Circle, for which we built the production technology platform that contestants used to communicate and compete, as well as the mobile app. This was possibly our most pioneering project to date, with the entire success of the show resting on the technology.
The Circle has been commissioned by Channel 4 for a second series, and the format has been bought by Netflix, with three global versions being translated into more than 60 languages. The show was undoubtedly a success and our part in this has given us confidence and ambition to continue working at the forefront of the digital landscape in the television, media and cultural sectors.
We have invested in talent to make our creative and operational systems even more robust, efficient and to the highest technical standards. Now, we are excited to continue building our team and to embark on some very big projects in 2019.