Stories that have the power to endure.

Who we are

We are an independent podcast company

Blanchard House is an enticing labyrinth, packed to the brim with infinite knowledge and potential. We faithfully wade through the mass of volumes to bring to light the most captivating non-fiction stories you need to hear. These are stories of universal intrigue, both relevant to today and timeless in their value, re-presented in immersive audio form.

 

Good stories never die.

Meet our team

Kimberly Jung

Kimberly Jung

Founder, CEO

Kim is a former US Army engineer officer, educated at Harvard Business School, MIT, and the US Military Academy at West Point. After her deployments in Afghanistan, she co-founded and led Rumi Spice as their CEO, employing over 4,000 Afghan women and partnering with over 300 Afghan farmers.

Rosie Pye

Rosie Pye

Founder, Creative Director

Rosie is an audio producer, editor and multimedia producer with 15 years of experience at BBC programmes. She led the team making one of the BBC’s early experimental podcasts, iPM, for which she won a Radio Academy Award. Rosie joined The Economist to produce their flagship podcast, Economist Asks, leaving in 2020 to create Blanchard House. Here, she leads the development team creating original content for clients including Google Ventures and Google Research.

Alex Wiltschko

Alex Wiltschko

Founder, Host, Partnerships

Alex hosts Google Ventures’ podcast, Theory & Practice. He is a research scientist at Google Brain, and his work focuses on building more flexible machine learning software systems and applying machine learning to biology. Alex loves the science and psychology behind telling stories, both in written and verbal form. He completed his PhD in Neurobiology at Harvard.

Joe Nocera

Joe Nocera

Presenter

Joe is the writer, reporter and presenter of the popular podcast, “The Shrink Next Door.” A long-time print journalist in the U.S., Joe was the editorial director of Fortune magazine, and spent a dozen years as a columnist for the New York Times. Joe’s written four books, including the New York Times best-seller, “All The Devils are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis” with Bethany McLean.

Laurence Grissell

Laurence Grissell

Head of Content

Laurence Grissell is a visionary audio creator who helped to shape and define audio storytelling on the BBC for over 15 years. As a multi award-winning producer in the BBC’s Documentaries Unit, he earned a reputation for crafting stories in bold and exciting new ways – as well as pushing boundaries in the use of music and sound. His shows include The Californian Century, Wireless Nights and The Untold. He’s a winner of the Prix Italia, as well as the recipient of two awards from the Third Coast International Audio Festival, alongside many other honors.

 

Duncan Barber

Duncan Barber

Head of Development

Duncan is an award-winning audio producer with nearly a decade’s experience in podcasts and public radio. He started his career on BBC Radio 4’s flagship news programmes; Today, the World at One and PM. Later he helped to develop and launch the BBC’s award-winning podcast Beyond Today. He joined the Economist as a senior producer on its daily news podcast, The Intelligence. In 2021 he launched the newspaper’s first stand-alone podcast series, The Jab, on the global vaccination campaign for covid-19.

Seren Jones

Seren Jones

Senior Audio Producer

Seren is a BAFTA nominated Welsh, Zimbabwean journalist shortlisted by the Radio Academy as one of their 30 Under 30 finalists in 2020. Seren was one of the founding producers of the BBC’s Beyond Today podcast before going on to produce the award-winning Newscast and launching R1Xtra’s If You Don’t Know podcast. In 2022, Seren was nominated for the Audio and Radio Industry Awards’ best factual series, Brixton: Flames on the Frontline. Seren also co-founded the Black Swimming Association (the BSA), a charity set up to encourage more people from African, Caribbean and Asian communities to engage in aquatics.

Poppy Damon

Poppy Damon

Senior Narrative Podcast Producer

Poppy is an award-winning executive podcast producer and investigative radio journalist, previously at The Times and The Sunday Times. Her work includes The Full Fact 2015 election podcast, The Next Episode, Brexicast and Americast at the BBC and Stories of our times at the Times of London. She is also the co-creator of Murderabilia, Blood Ties and Pseudocide. As a screenwriter she is represented by Independent Talent.

Becky Milligan

Becky Milligan

Presenter

Becky is a multi award-winning journalist joining Blanchard House from the BBC. She presents the Radio 4 documentary Profile and created, produced and presented one of the first podcasts for the BBC, “At Lunch with…” Her podcast series The Home Babies was awarded Gold at the New York Festivals Radio Awards.

Daniel Lloyd-Evans

Daniel Lloyd-Evans

Head of Sound & Music

Daniel is a composer and sound designer who has worked on podcasts such as The Intelligence, Google Ventures’ Theory & Practice, London School of Economics, and TV including the BBC’s Cities: Nature’s New Wild and National Geographic’s Primal Survivor.

Ben Crighton

Ben Crighton

Senior Audio Producer

Ben Crighton joins Blanchard House from the BBC, where he spent two decades as a journalist in Radio Current Affairs. He produced single documentaries and multipart series for Radio 4 and World Service, including Profile, Chinese Characters and both series of the hugely successful 50 Things That Made the Modern Economy which won Silver at the British Podcast Awards. Most recently he produced Bad Cops, a true crime podcast for the BBC World Service.

Himmat Shaligram

Himmat Shaligram

Assistant Producer

Himmat is an experienced journalist and podcaster based in India who has worked previously with The Quint and New Delhi Television (NDTV). His work includes hosting and producing The Big Story an award-winning daily news analysis podcast, with end-to-end production of over 200 episodes. He has also produced an independent podcast series Developing, from Papua New Guinea, focusing on the country’s media freedom.

Volkan Kiziltug

Volkan Kiziltug

Lead Sound Designer

Volkan is a sound designer and field recordist who brings a wealth of experience in sound arts and broadcast audio. Previously he has worked with Bloomberg Television, Somethin’ Else, The Times and The Sunday Times. He has worked on podcasts such as Stories of Our Times, Thinking Straight, Out To Lunch with Jay Rayner, Katy Brand and Katherine Parkinson’s Women Like Us and The Penguin Podcast from Penguin Random House.

Louis Nanke-Mannell

Louis Nanke-Mannell

Deputy Head of Sound & Music

Louis is an experienced composer, musician and producer. He has written music for The Economist, Google, LSE, Aston Martin and many more. In addition to his commercial work he has worked in the charity sector, helping disadvantaged individuals find their voice.

Toby Matimong

Toby Matimong

Assistant Audio Engineer

As a freelance editor, Toby has produced contemporary classical music for Hyperion and Naxos record labels, as well as recitals for broadcast by Classic FM and BBC Radio 3. He was previously an arts administrator in schools and universities. He is a professional singer and won the Sheila Mossman Memorial Prize for piano in 2013.

James Peake

James Peake

Head of Rights

James has over fifteen years’ experience in trade publishing and has worked in Contracts and Business Affairs for 3 of the “Big 5” publishers in the UK, as well as freelancing for literary agencies and independents. In that time he has supported more than 30 market-leading imprints including Jonathan Cape, BBC Books, Macmillan Children’s Books, Hodder & Stoughton, Headline and Picador.

Jessica Weiss

Jessica Weiss

Head of Brand, Marketing & Communications

Jess is a brand strategist and communications specialist with 10 years of experience applying her extensive knowledge of contemporary culture and trends in commercial settings. She’s worked with agencies including Ragged Edge, Design Studio, DLMDD, and Here Design, as well as directly with brands including Bombay Sapphire, Logitech, V&A, British Journal of Photography, Brighton Festival and Studio Voltaire. She’s also a musician and songwriter, represented by Domino Publishing.

Soraya Shockley

Soraya Shockley

Consulting Executive Producer

Soraya creates compelling audio stories. She joins the team with a background as Narrative Audio Producer at The New York Times and Gimlet. She is currently Editor on two NPR podcasts, Louder Than A Riot and School Colors.

Hanifa Khabab

Hanifa Khabab

Executive & Production Assistant

Hanifa graduated from MSU Science Education in 2020. She joins Blanchard House with 5 years experience as a researcher and writer, and 2 years as an Executive Assistant. She’s based in the Philippines.

Charlie Bell

Charlie Bell

Executive Producer

Charlie is an Award Winning audio Producer and Editor. For over 15 years he worked for the BBC  in London, Brussels and Washington DC. He has worked extensively in the field and has led teams making news and current affairs programmes for BBC Radio 4 and BBC World Service, covering some of the biggest news events of the last decade. He was the Executive Producer of the podcast series Brexit: A Love Story?; Anatomy of a Stabbing and My Deutschland Dilemma.

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