Prior to producing Small Island with Vicky, Joanna worked on the creative side of high-end television and film drama for over fourteen years. Starting out in the prestigious BBC Serials department under Michael Wearing, she then left to become Head of Development for major independents such as Red Rooster Film and TV, Ecosse Film and TV and Impossible Pictures. She has also been Senior Development Executive at the UK Film Council. Highly experienced in script, she has worked with leading screenwriters including Andrew Davies, Adrian Hodges, Kevin Hood and Abi Morgan.
Her credits in television include Executive Producer on Pickles (a family film for ITV 1); Co-Producer, The Safe House by Nicci French (a classic thriller for ITV 1); Series Script Executive for the opening series of Primeval (ITV 1); and in film include Associate Producer on Becoming Jane (2007, starring Anne Hathaway); Associate Producer on Faintheart for Slingshot Studios (2008); and Associate Producer on Brideshead Revisited (2008, with Emma Thompson).
Vicky has worked extensively as an actress and presenter as well as producer. As an actress her work on stage included plays at the National, the Young Vic and the Piccadilly Theatre. She presented Saturday Superstore, a three-hour live programme on BBC 1, for two seasons and also guest presented Woman’s Hour (BBC Radio 4).
As a producer Vicky originated Debut on Two with the BBC – a series of eight short multicultural films for writers new to TV. The writers were selected following nationwide workshops with leading television writers including Meera Syal. The films were performed by a rep company of actors including Pete Postlethwaite and Adrian Dunbar. She then went on to produce Goodbye Mr Steadman in 2001, an original comedy drama film for ITV starring Caroline Quentin and Lenny Henry, which became the highest rating independent drama of that year. Following her work as a drama development producer for Talkback Thames and Avalon she formed AL Films with Joanna Anderson.
Gill Johnson is AL Films’ Commercial Director and has worked with the company since 2008, dealing with all commercial aspects of production and exploitation of our television programmes and films including financing and distribution.
Gill qualified as a solicitor in 1992 and worked in-house as a media lawyer for Granada Television and the BBC before taking up the role of Head of Legal and Business Affairs at Tiger Aspect Productions in 2000. Since 2005 she has worked as a freelance consultant advising various television production companies and broadcasters on a range of commercial issues.