Alistair has over 35 years experience in the media and latterly finance sector. He started his career in the entertainment business as a Trainee Clapper Loader (Junior Camera Assistant) working on films including the Pink Panther movies, Superman II and Bond film Octopussy. He then moved into the Advertising business as a Producer with agencies Allen Brady & Marsh and was then headhunted to join Ogilvy & Mather, before moving into an independent production company physically producing television and radio commercials for clients including Guinness, Ford, British Airways and Nestle. After 3 years Alistair left to Produce for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group.
Alistair then moved to Disney to be the MD of Buena Vista Productions , overseeing all European Production and Programming, initially based in LA and then in London. During his almost 7 year tenure Alistair managed a team of over 90 production personnel and oversaw the production budgets of all European shows, developed creative formats for international sales, oversaw the launch and management of the breakfast franchise, GMTV (in which Disney was a 25% partner), developed and co- produced TV specials including the Opening of the Disney MGM Theme Park and the Opening of EuroDisney, and Disney’s drama slate.
Alistair moved to LA in 1996 to set up his own business, which focused on raising finance for the development and production of film and television content. Over the following 20 years through the Harvest Pictures brand Alistair raised £10m to finance this venture as well as structuring and sourcing the investment for the first private investment deal with BBC Films. He has developed, financed and produced ten feature films with budgets of up to $50m and one television series over the past 20 years. Most recently Alistair was an Executive Producer on the feature film, The Rhythm Section starring Blake Lively and Jude Law.
(Alistair also works closely with Larry Barker through their joint production company, Reservoir Road)