Board

John Woodward
Chairman

John Woodward joined the Board of Arts Alliance Media in November 2010. Previously John was the CEO of the UK Film Council, the UK Government’s strategic film body between 2000 and 2011. During this period John oversaw investment of more than £150m into more than 900 films including  Bend it like Beckham, Bright Star, The Constant Gardener, Gosford Park, Happy-Go-Lucky, In the Loop, The King’s Speech, The Last King of Scotland, Made in Dagenham, Man on Wire, Red Road, St Trinian’s, This is England, Touching the Void, Vera Drake ,The Wind That Shakes the Barley, Streetdance 3D and The King’s Speech.

Prior to joining the UK Film Council John was Director of the British Film Institute. Before that, as Chief Executive of the Producers' Alliance for Cinema and Television (PACT), John set up and ran the most successful and influential trade association in the UK film and television industry, representing the commercial interests of some 1,000 film and television companies. 

John is a co-founder of Skillset, the audiovisual industry’s sector skills council. He is a Fellow of the Royal Television Society and a member of the Video Consultative Council of the British Board of Film Classification.

Mel Alcock
Non-Executive Director

Mel Alcock brings over 30 years of experience in the TMT sector to the Arts Alliance Media board.

Renowned for being a successful bridge between creative inspiration and commercial necessity, Mel is currently Chief Operating Officer, Partner and Shareholder of Curzon and owner of the Complete Circle Consultancy Ltd.

Mel has held Senior Management roles at Sky, Disney, i-Crossing, and Fremantle, and has practical experience of many areas, including; Corporate Finance, Shareholder Management, Property Development, IP Management, Rights Acquisition, Exhibition, Venue Management, Ticketing, All VOD Platforms, Film & TV Distribution, Live Events, Licensing, Home Entertainment, Advertising & Sponsorship, Pay & FTA TV Platforms, Archive Sales, Kids Genre, Natural & Paid Search, Social Media, User Experience, Web Development, M&A, Sports Retail, Betting, E-Commerce, Home Shopping, Interactive TV and Channel Management. Central to these skill sets is the commercialisation of Intellectual Properties.

Mel's management experience ranges from large multi territory matrix based organisations through to early second stage high growth businesses. Leaning towards second stage companies, i.e. initial funding completed, proposition tested, that require managed growth, but also just as comfortable with established companies that are challenged with seeking growth through new channels.

Carmen Carey
Non-Executive Director

Carmen is an experienced technology executive whose career to date encompasses leadership roles across multiple functional domains as an executive in fast growing global technology companies. Most recently, Carmen was the CEO of Big Data Partnership, a big data solutions provider, where she successfully concluded the acquisition of the company to Teradata.  Prior to Big Data Partnership, she was the COO of MetaPack, CEO of ControlCircle (acquired by Alternative Networks in 2014), CEO of CopperEye, COO of MessageLabs (now Symantec) and Vice President of Global Services for the Americas at BroadVision (BVSN).

Martine Vice Holter
Non-Executive Director

Martine Vice Holter is Chief Executive Officer of Höegh Capital Partners Limited (HCP), an investment advisory company advising the interests of the Høegh family. Martine manages all aspects of HCP’s investment advisory operations. Martine initially joined HCP as Chief Operating Officer in mid 2004. Previously, she acted as Chief Operating Officer of Arts Alliance Advisors, a venture capital organisation and a division of HCPA, which Martine joined in 2000. Martine is Director of Arts Alliance Media (UK) Limited.

Prior to Arts Alliance, Martine worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company in London. Before McKinsey, she worked in corporate finance at Goldman Sachs in both New York and Hong Kong. Martine received her M.B.A. from INSEAD and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Economics and Political Science from Queen's University in Canada.

Thomas Høegh
Founder

Thomas Høegh combines a creative drive with business skills to form the basis of Arts Alliance Media. Trained as a theatre director at Northwestern University, followed by five years as a director of theatre, television and large scale events in both Norway and the US, Thomas thrives in controlled chaos. He later earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and founded Arts Alliance in 1996 to invest in technology driven media, retail and logistics companies. Arts Alliance has invested in several ventures related to the film distribution space, including City Screen, Smartjog, Atom Shockwave and Hart Sharp Entertainment. Thomas founded Arts Alliance Media in early 2003.