The Producers' Forum
Supporting the Midlands film-making creative community


Training. Lobbying. Networking.


Welcome to The Producers’ Forum website.  We are an independent organisation serving the vibrant community of filmmakers and content producers, in Birmingham, the West Midlands and beyond for over 14 years. Fully independent, not-for-profit and run by a band of volunteer Board members, The Producers' Forum aims to support  creative producers of all types of artistic content from film and TV, to animation, games and new media.

Our membership includes Producers, Writers and Directors as well as a good mix of DOPs, Editors, Art Directors, and Composers as well as lots of others! We began as just a handful of producers trying to help each other out back in 2003 and have grown to a much wider group with a strong regional and national influence that helps us develop our careers, connect with others, have a voice and grow our creative endeavours.

We aim to be at the forefront of film and media related issues. We provide training, networking, master classes and mentoring via peer to peer and leading figures in the industry. In an industry currently undergoing profound change, we provide a unified lobbying voice. TOGETHER we believe we can make a real difference to our own and other members' creative endeavours, and our industry.


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With over 100 members, The Producers' Forum is the largest member-supported creative support organ isatin in the Midlands. Join today and become part of a network with 14 years experience and commitment to helping regional film makers succeed.

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Our Board

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Pip Piper

I have been making films since 1994. I co founded One Small Barking Dog Media (OSBD) as a charity back in 2001 after several years of creating films under that name. OSBD, whist developing young filmmakers and engaging contemporary culture, made numerous short films, as well some longer form documentaries that took us as far afield as Peru and Ukraine.

In 2006 Blue Hippo Media (BHM) was formed as a more commercial film company to enable us to make bigger films for the bigger screen. I produced "The Insatiable Moon" feature film in 2009/10 with a producer of the Lord of the Rings; the film was released in cinemas in NZ and UK and won best foreign film at the Moondance Film Festival in the US and Best Actor and Supporting Actor at the NZ Film Awards.

"Last Shop Standing", a feature doc which Ii directed was global film for record store day in 2013 and gained 5 stars and top 10 films for 2012 in Q magazine. It airs on Sky Arts regularly.

Over the past few years BHM have made a number of high profile feature length documentaries for both cinema and TV intentionally. We have an active slate of several film projects.

I am the CEO of regional filmmaking organization The Producers Forum and co founder and Visiting Tutor on the MA in Film marketing and distribution at Birmingham City University.


Specialism and Interests

  • Producer/Executive Producer
  • Documentary and Feature Films

Activities & Affiliations

•CEO of the Producers' Forum
•Board of the Screen Bureau
•Owner of Blue Hippo Medi
•Visiting Tutor - MA (Film Marketing) - BCU Universit




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Board Member

Carl Timms

Carl Timms has twenty years experience as an independent indie film-maker, having produced and directed a number of documentaries, including World War II story In Toni's Footsteps about the Occupation of the Channel Islands by German Forces, and the popular DVD paintball sports series Pressure DVD.  He's been involved in short films and music videos, winning the Audience Award for the 2Weeks2Make It music video competition in 2006. In 2016 he completed his fiction directorial debut, the horror short, STILL, which went on to play 22 festivals, picking up 9 awards as well as a digital TV deal through Hewes Pictures PLC in New York. The same year he established Dark Matter Films, a partnership with writer Mark Brendan, aiming to specialise in genre films including next short film OFF GRID. 

Carl also previously worked for for BBC-owned digital art commissioning fund The Space as Head of Production and is a Senior Digital Consultant with award-winning digital design agency, IE Digital. Carl joined the board in January 2016 and runs the popular 2Weeks 2Make It Midlands music video competition.


Specialisms and Interests

  • Director/Producer/Editor
  • Sci-fi/Fantasy/Horror

Activities & Affiliations

•Board member, Producers' Forum
•Owner, Dark Matter Films
•Senior Digital Consultant, IE Digital



Board Member

Drew Roper

Drew Roper is a multi-award winning animation director/producer and the founder of Yamination Studios – an animation company specialising in stop-frame animation, based in Birmingham, UK.

Taking its name from yam yam, a term referring to Black Country folk and their crazily cryptic vernacular, the studios are the embodiment of founder Drew Roper. A proud yam yam. 

Since it’s creation (2009) Drew and his team have been up to their ears in developing shorts, pilots/promos and TV commercials for clients including Roald Dahl, Coca-Cola and Walt Disney to name but a few. In fact, when it comes to bringing little things to life, Yamination does it with buckets of passion, character and – most of the time – plasticine. 

Drew’s earlier industry experiences range from Hollywood blockbusters such as ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’ (2009) directed by Wes Anderson and Walt Disney’s ‘Frankenweenie’ (2012) directed by Tim Burton to children’s TV series such as the renowned ‘Shaun the Sheep’ Aardman Animations Ltd (2012).


Specialisms and Interests

  • Stop-motion animation
  • Traditional animation
  • Director

Activities & Affiliations

•Advisor, Producers' Forum
•Owner, Yamination Studios


Board Member

Lee Kemp

In 2003, while serving in Afghanistan, Lee was handed a video camera and asked to produce a short film explaining an ongoing operation that was later used in a Prime Ministerial briefing. Lee left the Army and became a filmmaker. He’s now a producer/director of commercials and documentary features and the Managing Director of successful production company Vermillion Films.

In the past few years Lee has produced and directed promos for global brands all over the world. Lee has Executive Producer credits on feature docs Bicycle, War of Words and A Queer Country, about cycling, the British battle rap scene and the gay scene in Palestine, respectively.

He has directed promos all over the world including Oregon, Cape Town, Barcelona and San Francisco and has produced work for Polar, Team Sky, Chivas Regal, Jaguar Land Rover and Fruit of the Loom.

He sits on the board of the West Midlands Producers Forum and Flatpack Film Festival.

His army career included operational tours of Bosnia, Kosovo and Afghanistan and he’s a keen snowboarder, qualified BSAC and PADI SCUBA diver, RYA powerboat driver, squash player and unrepentant movie bore. He’s completed numerous endurance events, including marathons, Tough Mudder, Tough Guy and in 2014 made a really, really unsuccessful attempt at the 156-mile Marathon Des Sables across the Sahara desert.


Specialisms and Interests

  • Documentary
  • Corporates
  • Producer/Executive Producer

Activities & Affiliations

•Board member, Producers' Forum
•Board member, Flat Pack Festival
•Owner, Vermillion Films