Laura oversees Bristol City Council’s film strategy to promote Bristol as an outstanding filming location to the creative industries, creating work for local crews, supply chains and partner businesses, thereby stimulating the local and regional economy. She is responsible for the management of The Bottle Yard Studios and Bristol Film Office and oversees all financial, administrative and operational areas of the business. Laura joined the team in 2020 bringing more than 25 years’ industry experience gained throughout past roles which have included Head of Production at Mustang Films and BBC Earth Productions (BBC Worldwide).
Katherine NashBusiness Operations Manager
Kat oversees the day to day running of The Bottle Yard and plays a central role in operational and strategic planning for the Studios. She manages the contracting of all tenant and client licenses and leads on all procurement-related matters. Kat is also the Studios’ official Carbon Literacy representative. Kat joined the Bottle Yard in 2011 as Site Coordinator after gaining eight years’ locations experience working in HETV. She became Business & Finance Coordinator in 2014 and Business Manager in 2018.
Dan WatsonBuilding Manager
Dan is responsible for keeping the site’s buildings and grounds maintained to the highest standard, ensuring employees, tenants and contractors are working in a safe and compliant manner and that all maintenance is completed efficiently with minimal impact to site users. Dan joined the team in 2020 bringing with him 15 years’ experience in Facilities Management gained across the private and public sector, working with the likes of Pirate Studios and Aardman Animations.
Emma ReidStudio Manager
Emma oversees the day-to-day management of the Studios, assisting productions and tenants from initial induction to final wind up, handling all filming requirements, overseeing site maintenance and playing a crucial role in ensuring clients have a positive experience on-site. Emma is also The Bottle Yard’s Covid-19 Supervisor. Emma joined the Studios as Site Coordinator in 2012.
Tara MilnePR & Marketing Consultant
Tara raises the profile of The Bottle Yard Studios, Bristol Film Office and Bristol’s UNESCO City of Film status in the West of England, across the UK and overseas. She manages press, marketing and digital media, communicating news of productions, partnerships and sector developments to media and industry. Tara has worked with the Studios since it opened in 2010 and has 13 years experience delivering film/TV comms for organisations including the UK Film Council, South West Screen, Creative England and The Production Guild of Great Britain.
John HynanSite Electrician
John joined the Studios team in 2021. He takes care of The Bottle Yard’s electrical infrastructure, ensuring safety and compliance whilst carrying out project works to support daily operations and advising clients undertaking complex temporary electrical installations. John has almost 20 years’ electrical experience, which has included stage electrics for a range of performance spaces.
Rebecca OldStudio Coordinator
Working closely with the Studios management team, Rebecca coordinates everyday operations across the site, liaising with productions and tenants and carrying out wide-ranging administration and project-based duties. Following work experience at the Studios in 2014, Rebecca worked as a runner on a casual basis whilst studying at Bath Spa University. After graduating in 2015, Rebecca entered the industry as a freelance Production Assistant before joining The Bottle Yard team as Studios Management Assistant in 2016. She became Studio Coordinator in 2021.
Kelly DaviesStudio Management Assistant
Kelly plays an integral role in supporting the team with office duties, tenant and visitor liaison and site management. Kelly joined the Studio team in 2017 on a two-year Office Runner Apprenticeship which became a permanent placement in 2019. She became Studio Management Assistant in 2021.
Jack PriceKickstart Scheme Studios Runner
Jack joined the Studios team in May 2021 on a six-month placement under the Government’s Kickstart Scheme. He provides a customer service role with day-to-day office duties and helps meet the needs of visiting productions and permanent tenants on-site, whilst also assisting other members of the team in their work. Jack graduated from Arts University Bournemouth in 2019.