About Us


Protagonist Pictures is an international finance, production and sales company which has a proven track record in outstanding films and commercial successes. Based in the UK, the company handles films from around the world, always maintaining a strong focus on filmmakers with exceptional vision and storytelling skills.

Our shareholders include Film4, Vertigo Films and Ingenious Media.


Mike Goodridge joined Protagonist as CEO in Summer 2012. He was previously editor of trade publication Screen International. He spent 19 years at Screen, including 12 years as the Los Angeles-based US editor.

Dimitra Tsingou is Chief Operating Officer. Dimitra previously worked as Senior Business Affairs Executive at Future Films and Aramid Capital Partners before moving to the role of Head of Production and Business Affairs at Swarovski Entertainment in 2010. Most recently Tsingou was at Film4 in a senior legal and business affairs position working on projects including Protagonist titles The Lobster and Dark Horse.

Dave Bishop is Head of Worldwide Acquisitions. He joined Protagonist from Revolver Entertainment where he was Head of Acquisitions, and has previously worked with Sony Pictures Entertainment and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group.

Vanessa Saal is Head of Worldwide Sales. She joins Protagonist from Paris-based Studiocanal where she was Senior Vice President. Vanessa previously worked at Kinology and started her career at Focus Features International in New York.

Jennifer Fattell is International Sales Director, having joined Protagonist from A+E Television Networks. Previous companies include Exclusive Films International in London and EuropaCorp in Paris.

Bridget Pedgrift - Head of Marketing. Bridget returned to film after a career break, having previously headed the Publicity and Marketing department for Film4 International.

Simon Osborn is Head of Legal and Business Affairs and has previously worked at Pathé Pictures, FremantleMedia and the BBC.

Michael Colbert is the Financial Controller, having joined Protagonist from Deloitte UK.

David Bartholomew is Marketing Executive. David previously worked for Metrodome, Icon and TV Loonland, joining Protagonist at its inception in 2008.

Emily Gotto is Acquisitions Executive. She has worked in production and distribution in both LA and Dublin for companies such as Occupant Entertainment and Wildcard Distribution. 

George Hamilton is International Sales Manager. Before joining Protagonist in 2013 George produced and directed digital content for a wide range of brands and agencies, as well as a number of short films.

Hashim Alsaraf is Operations Manager. He previously worked at Arts Alliance Media as Account Executive.

Fred Jacobsen is Special Projects & Sales Co-ordinator, having had a successful stint as Protagonist / Creative Skillset International Film Sales Trainee. Before joining Protagonist for this four month scheme Fred lived in South America working for an advertising festival and spent time in film development. 

Marta Ravani-Lorber is Director of Video, Digital and TV Sales. Marta joins the Protagonist team from TF1 International where she was International Sales Manager.

Protagonist in the US.

Eddie Vaisman is our US Consultant. Based in Los Angeles, Vaisman most recently spent 5 years as Head of Production at 3311 Productions. Prior to this Eddie spent 6 years in production and development roles at First Light and Avenue Pictures.


FILM4 has been the driving force behind a renaissance of British cinema, producing some of the most acclaimed movies in the last 25 years of British cinema history and attracting some of the world's most exciting international talent. Recent and upcoming Film4 titles include Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave, Yann Demange's '71, David Mackenzie's Starred Up, Mike Leigh's Mr Turner, Alex Garland's Ex Machina, Kevin Macdonald's Black Sea & Yorgos Lanthimos's The Lobster.

VERTIGO FILMS is a UK production house and distributor boasting a string of successes such as the StreetDance films, Bronson, The Sweeney and Walking on Sunshine alongside critical hits that include Spring Breakers, Humpday & Valhalla Rising. Upcoming titles include Sword Of Vengeance, American Hero, Monsters Dark Continent and Kill Command. Vertigo has a strong rapport with the best of UK and International talent. 

INGENIOUS MEDIA work with the UK's leading independent producers and the US studios to produce and distribute films in the global marketplace. Engaging in all aspects of film, from development and production to rights acquisitions and distribution Ingenious back everything from low-budget British pictures to Hollywood blockbusters.