The Team

Anya Noakes  

 

After graduating from Bristol University with a degree in Modern Languages (French and Italian), Anya joined the BBC Drama Department as a Trainee Assistant Floor Manager on EastEnders, followed by a number of period drama series.  She then joined Zakiya & Associates, a film and TV PR company, where she worked on a wide variety of feature films and TV dramas and documentaries from unit publicity through to release.  Projects and clients included Roald's Dahl's Danny The Champion of The World starring Jeremy Irons, The BFG, John Schlesinger's Madame Sousatzka starring Shirley MacLaine, Galahad of Everest with Brian Blessed for BBC TV, Jekyll & Hyde starring Michael Caine for ITV and Henry V starring Kenneth Branagh.  During this time Anya attended the Cannes Film Festival on numerous occasions, was twice Head of International Press for the San Sebastian Film Festival and for two years acted as personal publicist to Sir Ben Kingsley.  

 

Anya next joined Granada Television as Senior Publicist on such seminal programmes as Prime Suspect 1 & 2 starring Helen Mirren, Maigret starring Michael Gambon, Fay Weldon's The Cloning of Joanna May starring Patricia Hodge, the documentary 35UP directed by Michael Apted, Jeeves and Wooster starring Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry and two seasons of World in Action.  

 

Anya and her assistant were unexpectedly poached by Carlton TV when they won the franchise from Thames TV.  As Publicity Manager, Drama, she worked as part of the Press Office team responsible for the launch of Carlton TV, and on a wide variety of independent productions including Body & Soul starring Kristin Scott Thomas, A Woman's Guide to Adultery starring Sean Bean, Class Act starring Joanna Lumley, Frank Stubbs starring Timothy Spall, 99-1 starring Leslie Grantham, Bramwell starring Jemma Redgrave, The Turnaround starring Clive Owen and Beyond Reason starring Jennifer Ehle. She also worked with director Sam Mendes on Carlton's sponsorship of the Donmar Warehouse.  

 

Anya then decided to go freelance, and has never looked back.  Clients include Hat Trick Productions, Hartswood Films, Plum Pictures, Angst Productions, Rollem Productions and The Hairy Bikers

 

Films include: The Wee Man starring Martin Compston and John Hannah, A Lonely Place to Die starring Melissa George and Ed Speelers, The Rise of the Foot SoldierThe Flying Scotsman starring Jonny Lee Miller and Brian Cox, The Aryan Couple starring Martin Landau, Five Children and It starring Freddie Highmore, Kenneth Branagh and Eddie Izzard, Spivs starring Ken Stott and Dominic Monaghan, Wondrous OblivionI am David starring Jim Caviezel, Rua Alguem starring Charlton Heston (his last project, shot in Brazil), Thomas Kretschmann and F Murray Abraham, The Good Thief starring Nick Nolte, The End of the Affair starring Ralph Fiennes and Julianne Moore, Sliding Doors starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Simon Magus starring Noah Taylor, Ian Holm and Rutger Hauer, If Only starring Douglas Henshall, Lena Headey and Penelope Cruz, True Blue starring Dominic West and Tom Hollander, Alive and Kicking starring Sir Antony Sher and Jason Flemyng, Beautiful Thing starring Meera Syal, The Secret Agent starring Bob Hoskins, Gerard Depardieu, Robin Williams, Christian Bale and Jim Broadbent and Ken Loach's Land and Freedom.

 

TV includes: BoomersHave I Got News For You, Outnumbered, Sherlock 1 and 2, Episodes, The Revolution Will Be Televised, Spy, The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, James May's Man Lab, Room 101, The Hairy Bikers (all their TV projects, books and national theatre tours), Mock The Week, Case SensitiveFacejacker, Dinner Date, Mutual Friends, God On Trial, The Armstrong & Miller Show, Jekyll, The Kumars at No 42, Bodies, The Worst Week Of My Life, Coupling, Boudica, Green-Eyed Monster, Men Behaving Badly and all of Louis Theroux's Weird Weekends.

 

Anya has also been Head of Press for the London Film Festival and twice for the Edinburgh International Television Festival, as well as working at the Berlin Film Festival and the Cannes Film Festival on many occasions.  She worked with writer Simon Beaufoy on itsyourmovie.com, the world's first interactive feature film.  She is a Trustee of The Comedy School.  

Kat Blair

 

On graduating from Swansea University in 1999 with a BA Hons degree in Classics, Kat was champing at the bit to embark on her media career.  After a series of work placements with various broadcasters she secured a contract with the BBC where she stayed for four years working across a variety of programmes: from Watchdog and Rogue Traders in the Consumer Unit to Horizon and Journeys From The Centre Of The Earth in Specialist Factual as a Researcher and Assistant Producer, to Newsnight as a Broadcast Journalist. 

 

Whilst Kat's background is in television production, she joined Anya at PR Matters in 2008 and together they handle all aspects of unit and release publicity for top independent production companies including Hat Trick (Boomers, Have I Got News For You, Outnumbered, Room 101, The Revolution Will Be Televised, The Suspicions of Mr Whicher)Plum Pictures (James May's Man Lab, George Clarke's Amazing Spaces, Trevor McDonald's Inside Death Row), Angst (Mock The Week), Rollem Productions (The Syndicate Series 3) The Hairy Bikers and Carnaby International.

 

Films include: Angel starring Jenn Murray, Margo Stilley and John Hannah; The Wee Man starring Martin Compston and John Hannah; A Lonely Place To Die starring Melissa George and Ed Speelers and Doghouse starring Danny Dyer and Noel Clarke.

 

Kat also worked as Anya's assistant during her time as Head of Press at The Edinburgh International Television Festival.