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
Ruth trained and worked as an actress before moving across into production.
She produced several television dramas for BBC Wales before winning an Academy Award and a BAFTA for the short film Franz Kafka's A Wonderful Life alongside writer/director Peter Capaldi. She went on to produce his 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 then worked on his first feature, horror film Isolation, produced alongside Bertrand Faivre of The Bureau.
Ruth then moved back into TV where she produced Exodus (C4 Silent Witness (BBC),), The Nativity (BBC), The Hour Series 1 & 2 (multi-award winner for BBC), The Tunnel Series 1 (multi-award winner for Sky) and The Casual Vacancy (BBC).
In 2015 she became Head of TV for Bronte Film and TV, and established Snowed-In Productions. She has Executive Produced Strike: The Cuckoo’s Calling, The Silkworm, Career of Evil and Lethal White (for BBC One and HBO), Mrs Wilson (BAFTA nominated, BBC One and PBS Masterpiece), Too Close (ITV), You Don’t Know Me (BBC) and The Midwich Cuckoos (Sky).
IN-HOUSE PRODUCTION COORDINATOR
Benjamin joined the Brontë and Snowed-In team in April 2021, and works across all Brontë and Snowed-In projects.
Before this, he worked as a freelancer in the film and TV industry since 2014. Benjamin has held many positions across the industry, ranging from In-House Business Affairs Associate to Producer’s Assistant for a number of well-known executives and creatives. In the last few years Benjamin has worked as a Production Coordinator and Assistant Production Coordinator on a number of high-profile projects including: ‘Black Narcissus’ (BBC), 'Batman' (WB) and Altered Carbon (Netflix). Most recently Benjamin worked as the Production Coordinator on the hit Netflix series ‘Top Boy’.
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.
JENNY VAN DER LANDE
In 2015 Jenny joined Ruth Kenley-Letts to lead the editorial side of Bronte and Snowed-In. Jenny Story Produced Strike: The Cuckoo’s Calling, The Silkworm, Career of Evil, and Lethal White, and set up the Snowed-In slate. She developed and Story Produced Mrs Wilson (BAFTA nominated), Too Close and You Don’t Know Me, sourcing the latter two at manuscript stage. She is particularly proud of helping two brilliant female writers secure their first greenlight.
Before that, she spent three years as a Development Executive at Working Title TV where she developed London Spy (BBC Two, BAFTA nominated) and You, Me and the Apocalypse (Sky One). Again, it was particularly exciting to support a writer to their first greenlight and great to work with other formidably talented writers such as Emma Frost, Shawn Slovo, Steve Lightfoot, Sarah Dollard, Cat Jones, Pete McTighe and Mickey Down.
From 2000-2011, Jenny worked at the BBC. She started in Development in BBC Drama Series and BBC Wales and then moved on to Casualty where she worked on hundreds of hours of TV and was Series Editor on a BAFTA winning run.
She has also worked as a freelance script consultant/script doctor.
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.
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.
DIRECTOR OF FINANCE
Simon joined the Bronte and Snowed-In team in June 2021 and leads the finance team.
Having spent more than 15 years in the TV industry Simon has a wealth of production finance experience working in multiple finance roles across several high-profile media companies. Most recently Simon was Financial Controller at Studio Lambert (part of the All3Media group) where he managed the finances and production margins across several factual entertainment formats and scripted shows. Prior to this Simon was Group Financial Controller at Zinc Media Group plc, an award-winning television and content creation group working across hundreds of hours of unscripted specialist factual and documentary content. Simon started his financial career at the BBC where he trained inhouse and gained the ACCA qualification. As well as overseeing the day-to-day financial running of Bronte and Snowed-In Simon also provides business partnering and strategic direction for the companies.
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.
Adam joined the team in October 2019 after predominantly working in theatre; starting out as the Almeida Theatre’s Outreach Coordinator, he later moved into script development, joining the Royal Court Theatre’s Literary Department before becoming Literary Associate with Out of Joint. He then transitioned into television development, working as a freelancer with Channel 4.
Adam assists Jenny and Roxanne in creating new ideas for projects as well as finessing working ones. Other day to day duties include discovering new writers for the team to work with, researching, and Assistant Script Editing on Snowed-In Productions.