Why ‘Under the Moon’?
We chose the title Under The Moon because when we started running creative mentoring programmes people kept saying how ‘over the moon’ they were with the results, so (being people who like to think differently) we turned that on its head and instead of offering our services to everyone ‘under the sun’ we imagined all the people in the world sitting under the same big kindly moon, mulling over great ideas and finding similarities in all their differences. That made us feel happy, so here we are.See how we can help you
Ruth founded Under The Moon in 2015. She is also director of the Creative Cities Convention and chair of Leeds 2023, a multi-million pound festival of culture for the Leeds city region in 2023. Ruth is a former head of factual at Tiger Aspect productions, head of documentaries at Granada Television and creative director of documentaries in BBC Religion and Ethics. She was founding MD of Real Life Productions and executive director of Screen England, and is a trained print and radio journalist and former presenter and reporter at Yorkshire Television. A specialist in diversity as well as all things nations and regions, she has an extensive consultancy portfolio that includes the successful Leeds bid for Channel 4’s new national HQ, for which she won an RTS award for outstanding contribution to television. Ruth is a regular session chair and political interviewer at festivals and events and works between London and her home in Yorkshire.
Susie began her career at the BBC working as a researcher, AP and then producer in the Features and Events Department. She worked on discussion shows with Esther Ranzten, Jill Dando, Nick Ross and Nicky Campbell and produced a live, daily, lifestyle show presented by Richard Hammond. She then moved into programme development which she did at both the BBC and Discovery Networks Europe where her role involved looking for new on-screen talent. Before joining Under the Moon Susie ran her own talent management company. Susie is both project manager and event organiser on any of the projects we run which includes Channel 4’s Commissioning Mentor Network, the Creative Cities Convention and the Pact Indie Party: a one-off event to celebrate the UK indie production sector, hosted by Hugh Dennis and Miquita Oliver and an after-party with Boy George performing and DJ’ing.
Laura has a broad range of business experience including publishing, marketing and housing. Her specialisms include property management, account management and strategic planning. At Under The Moon Laura provides administrative and office support and also PA support for the creative director.