Chief Executive Officer
Before founding Peacock Film Finance Limited’s Corporate Video department in 2010, Tania led an even more glamorous life as an insolvency practitioner. Also a qualified accountant, she worked for thirteen years on a wide range of restructuring, strategic and business development initiatives at firms including Kroll and BDO. She then went on to present various online entertainment features and in-house television channels. She also introduced screenings and cultural events, moderating Q&A sessions with film directors and other high-profile personalities.
Tania is also a STOTT Trained Pilates instructor and founded Peacock Pilates in 2012 teaching a range of private clients. Her many interests include films, devouring literature and frequenting the theatre.
Chief Operating Officer
Upon leaving school, Ian became a computer programmer at International Computers Limited (ICL) but, being technically challenged, his main interest and passion was running the film society. After leaving ICL to play full time bridge for a year, Ian became the youngest person to play for the England team.
He later qualified as a chartered accountant and ran his own practice for about ten years and, following a game of backgammon on an Italian beach, he ended up selling his firm to his opponent.
Ian then qualified as an insolvency practitioner and formed Ian Franses Associates which specialised in rescue work, dealing with a variety of companies and individuals including many in the entertainment business. In June 2014 the practice was sold to Begbies Traynor and Ian agreed to stay on as a partner.
In June 2016 Ian decided that all his business contacts could enable him to finally follow his dream of a career in the film and television business and put him in a strong position not only to source suitable projects but also to raise finance to fund them.
So Ian became the Chief Operating Officer in his daughter Tania’s company, Peacock Film Finance Limited, which originally produced short corporate videos. His elder daughter Laura, a Harvard MBA graduate, agreed to join the Board making the Franses family a formidable team in the film and television world.
Chief Sales Officer
Laura is an experienced entrepreneur and board member, who has set up and run two media businesses. She has most recently held a senior executive position at Channel Four Television as Head of Growth Fund until August 2017. In that role she managed a £20m fund investing in the UK media sector, promoting growth in television, film and online companies. Since 2014 she has invested in 13 companies (Arrow Media, Barcroft Media, Eleven Films, Firecrest Films, Lightbox Entertainment, Parable Ventures, Popkorn Media, Renowned Films, Spelthorne Community Television, True North, TRX, Voltage Films and Whisper Films.)
Laura held board seats in 10 of these companies giving advice on strategic and commercial direction. Board Seats included Lightbox Entertainment, owned by the Oscar winning Simon Chinn, Whisper Films, owned by David Coulthard and a comedy company owned by Sacha Baron Cohen.
Laura has extensive experience in strategy, operations and finance for the creative and broadcasting industries. Laura co-founded the Emmy winning TV production company Nutopia with Jane Root which she ran as Managing Director for four years. Prior to that she worked at Zodiak (RDF) identifying and buying TV companies for the AIM-listed super indie, and before that was a Production Finance Executive UK at Film4, part of Channel 4.
She holds a first class honours degree from Cambridge University and is a graduate of Harvard Business School.
Peacock Film Finance Limited’s associates contribute to our expertise in evaluating potential projects.
Chief Financial Officer
Roger Evans is a film production specialist with extensive experience working on numerous productions, from low-budget independent films to big budget, major studio movies.
His experience as a line producer and 1st Assistant Director on award-winning productions make him an indispensable asset to the team. Currently one of only a few producers trained in the “Screen Advantage” financial tool for film investment, Roger has a skill set which is much in demand. He specialises in creating schedules and budgets for independent film and also advises on funding, tax credits and other financial incentives. His past credits include Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation, Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool, and King Arthur – Legend Of The Sword.
Roger’s background includes working in the music industry as a manager and promoter and he holds a degree in Business Studies.
Dovile obtained an MA in Intercultural Communication from Birkbeck, University of London before starting her career in filmmaking. As an independent producer Dovile has worked in the development of a few international music-themed feature projects including a story about the founders of hip-hop and the history of the electronic music. She has experience working with industry talents in New York City, Los Angeles, and London. Most recently, Dovile has helped production companies to raise funds for projects, and has just completed production of the feature thriller “They’re Outside”.
Airell Anthony Hayles
Airell is a freelance producer focusing heavily on genre titles. Following a theatre/film degree at Goldsmiths University he worked as a story analyst for the Fyzz Faculty, and has helped raise finance for various film production companies. He was invited to be a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts at the age of 19 following his innovative theatre work which he developed into the area of film production and film finance. He is also an accomplished screenwriter/ director with three feature films hitting the market soon. Part of his approach to production and finance is placing an intense focus on troubleshooting at the script stage and finding creative as well as practical solutions at an early stage. Over the last ten years he has forged together a vast network of film professionals, and is working with key figures on block chain initiatives, as well on evolving new systems for the financing of independent film.