Neil Blair is the Chairman of the Board and a Director of Pottermore as well as the Founding Partner of The Blair Partnership, a London-based literary agency and business management company that represents several leading authors including J.K. Rowling. Until 2011, he worked as a partner at the Christopher Little Literary Agency, which he joined in 2001.
Before his career in the literary world, Blair was Warner Bros.’ European Head of Business Affairs, Europe, working in the film and TV arena on productions like Band of Brothers and Eyes Wide Shut. He also helped to acquire the film rights for J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. Prior to his career in the entertainment business, Blair trained and qualified into the litigation team at the global law firm Linklaters & Paines (now rebranded as Linklaters) after graduating in law from Exeter College, Oxford University.
Blair is active in a number of charities including Lumos, J.K. Rowling's charity, which works towards the deinstitutionalisation of children in East Europe.
RUTH KENLEY LETTS
HEAD OF DRAMA
Ruth trained as an actress at E.15 working in the theatre before moving across into production.
After winning an Academy Award and a BAFTA for the short film Franz Kafka’s It’s A Wonderful Life alongside writer/director Peter Capaldi, she went on to produce Peter’s first feature, Strictly Sinatra for which she was nominated for a Carl Foreman BAFTA for Most Promising Newcomer in Feature Films. Another BAFTA nomination followed for The Tale of the Rat that Wrote, written and directed by Billy O’Brien, with whom she went on to work with on his first feature, the horror film Isolation, produced alongside Bertrand Faivre of The Bureau.
Ruth’s most recent producer credits include Silent Witness (BBC), C4’s modern retelling of Exodus, Tony Jordan’s The Nativity, for both Kudos & Red Planet Productions and for Kudos, Series 1 & 2 of Abi Morgan’s multi award winning series The Hour and for Sky Atlantic the award winning The Tunnel. She produced The Casual Vacancy for Brontë before joining as Head of Drama for both Brontë & Snowed-In Productions. She recently Executive Produced on Strike for Bronte, and Mrs Wilson for Snowed-In.
HEAD OF LEGAL AND BUSINESS AFFAIRS
Jonathan is also partner at the media law firm Michael Simkins LLP. He has longstanding experience in the film and TV sector and has advised on a number of high profile television and film projects for some of the UK leading producers as well as US studios.
JENNY VAN DER LANDE
Jenny’s been Head of Development at Brontë & Snowed-In Productions since 2015 where she developed Strike, based on the novels by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling) and The Wilsons.
Previously she worked on the BAFTA nominated London Spy and You, Me and the Apocalypse. Before that, Jenny spent over a decade at the BBC; initially in development, and then in production.
HEAD OF PRODUCTION
Jess first worked with Ruth as assistant co-ordinator on series 1 & 2 of The Hour.
After working on several other dramas including Call The Midwife, and Death In Paradise, Jess went on to co-ordinate The Tunnel and was then given the opportunity to work with Ruth once more as supervising co-ordinator on The Casual Vacancy, before joining Brontë & Snowed-In Productions full time.
HEAD OF FINANCE
Jim has a wealth of experience in production finance with a background as a Director at Grant Thornton and as Finance Director to a number of television production companies in his native Dublin.
More recently Jim oversaw the finances of a live action events business through the origination and touring phases of the show. He looks after the day-to-day financial running of Bronte.
IN-HOUSE PRODUCTION MANAGER
Katie has worked as a freelancer in TV and Film since 2004, starting off as a PTA in the BBC Birmingham Factual department before moving to BBC Drama as a Floor Runner in 2005. After working as a Floor Runner for 2 years, Katie decided to move into Production and has made her way up, working on a variety of TV dramas and films, including ‘Holby City’ (BBC), ‘Endeavour’ (ITV) and ‘Close’ (Netflix) most recently working as a Production Manager on the ITV series ‘Doc Martin’ and ‘Manhunt’.
Katie joined the Brontë and Snowed-In team in September 2019 as their In-House Production Manager.
Amy joined the team in February 2017 and works across all Brontë and Snowed-In projects from development, right through into production, post-production and beyond. She also looks after the day-to-day running of the office and the team diary.
Before joining the team, Amy worked as a script and book reader for several production companies, and came up through the script team of ‘Holby City’. She is also a writer herself, most recently writing a play for the Vault Festival 2019 and for ‘Doctors’ on BBC1.
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT TO RUTH KENLEY-LETTS
Ali joined the team in September 2019 as Executive Assistant to Ruth.
She has worked at many companies including Warner Bros, Sky, CNN, Universal Pictures and Decca Records. Prior to her working life she trained as a professional actress and even did a stint on the London comedy circuit doing stand up!
Roxanne joined us in 2018 and will primarily work on the adaptation of the next Strike novel – Lethal White. She also assists Jenny in developing new TV projects.
Most recently she worked for the BBC as Story Producer on Casualty, creating over 40 hours of TV drama a year. Prior to that she script edited prime time ITV dramas: The Bill, Footballers’ Wives and Bad Girls, also writing several episodes of the latter two series.