Grain Media was started in 2006 by Jon Drever and Orlando von Einsiedel, two chaps from extreme sports backgrounds. They threw themsleves in to the deep end by winning a 14 part TV series in their mid twenties. Since those exciting (and scary) early days, Grain has grown into a genre-spanning production company, winning over 70 international awards, including a Peabody, as well as Oscar, BAFTA and Royal Television Society nominations.

Grain’s output is incredibly diverse. Our time is split fairly evenly between documentary and commercial work for a huge variety of clients. We occasionally (at special times, like the equinox) combine those genres into branded content docs.

We also make feature films, which means we can strut around the office pulling at our braces, smoking big cigars and shouting “It’s the movies, baby!” in American accents.

We try not to be too serious about stuff, and we always make sure our work is of the highest possible standard. We are bloody brilliant, and if you don’t believe us, just ask our Mums. They proper love us.


Grain Media Ltd
Unit 1, 1st Floor
Gladiator Works
Gladiator St
SE23 1NA

+44 (0)208-690-1010

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Nice things people say about us

“The team at Grain are the best in the business. Reliable, flexible, always able to deliver whatever the budget and timescale. They’ve got a great attitude and are willing to get stuck in creatively.”

Tom Winterton, Senior Account Director, Citizen Relations


“Grain Media are an absolute joy to work with. They’ve produced a huge number of films for Al Jazeera English from every corner of the globe, and have done so to the highest standards. They approach each job with creativity and the utmost professionalism, winning awards for Al Jazeera in the process.”
Neil Cairns, Series Producer, Al Jazeera English


“It’s been a pleasure working with the folks at Grain Media. Tenacious in finding stories, true to their values and to their protagonists, and a fantastically collaborative team. Couldn’t be prouder of them for their work on Virunga.”
Maxyne Franklin, Director, BRITDOC Foundation

Production Contacts

  • Andrea “Green Light” Cornwell

    Head of Grain Labs

    Andrea heads up Grain Labs, our feature film development wing. She’s got more experience in the movie business than anyone we know. And we once met a guy who’s uncle was an extra in “Carry on up the Khyber!”. She knows what’s what and who’s who. We’re very lucky to have her on our team.

    Get in touch with her for Grain Labs

  • Adam “Mitch Buchannon” Mitchenall

    Head of Production

    Adam occasionally calls himself “the poor man’s Stephen Merchant”, but we think Merchant is a poor Mitchenell. A relatively new member of the team, Adam is here to streamline our productions and make sure everything runs smoothly. He’s the Black Beard of our mighty ship. But slightly more ginger. He’s the Auburn Beard of our mighty ship.

    Get in touch with him for commercials enquiries.

  • Amelia “High Horse” Franklin

    Head of Post-Production

    Winner of Brixton’s “Owner Who Looks Most Like Their Dog” contest 1990, Amelia is the bedrock of Grain, and by that we don’t just mean rock hard and craggy. She’s the one person who really knows what’s going on round here, always first in and last to leave (like that bloke you didn’t realise you’d invited to your party) she’s the glue of Team Grain. She has a heart of gold, she just keeps it in the freezer to make it last longer.

    Get in touch for Post-Production enquiries.

  • Richard “Ricky Ticky Tarvy” Jephcote

    Cinematographer / Facilites Manager

    Not many people have their own theme tune. Ricky Ticky Tarvey has two. RTT runs our kit hire business and is also a dab hand behind the lens. He can take a camera apart, rebuild it using gaffa tape and old cabbages, and escape from enemy hands whilst delivering an important moral message. If you’ve got a tech question, give him a call. If you have a Dr Who question, give him a call. If you want someone to make you tea, best not to call.

    Get in touch for kit enquiries

  • Josie “Road Rage” Wicks

    Portrait of the monkey

    Mad Max is a film based on Josie’s commute from Brighton. An intrepid producer and journalist, Josie’s always telling us how she needs to get ‘the scoop’ and every Friday shouts ‘HOLD THE PRESS!’ Whatever that means. Always on the hunt for a story and she knows how to blow her own trumpet.

    Get in touch with her for our Al Jazeera series, The Cure.

  • Nick “Team Tall” Rowley


    Nick is Grain’s mild mannered production hero, and third leg of the impressive trio of giants that makes up Grain’s Team Tall. If there’s a story lurking, he’ll sniff it out, and if he doesn’t, the story stinks. Looks like a hipster, tastes like a poet, smells like a champion.

    Get in touch with Nick for documentary projects.