Meet the Team


Emma Cooper

Film-maker, Producer and Founder

Cooper is an independent film-maker and Executive Producer recently founding Empress Films. Prior to this she was the Global President of Non-Scripted Television at Pulse Films. Delivering a strong slate of highly regarded non-fiction films and series which have won accolades at Sundance, Tribeca and Toronto Film Festivals and premiered on Netflix and other UK and US broadcasters and streamers. 

Emma has most recently directed the feature doc, 'The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe; The Unheard Tapes', for Netflix. Emma’s other credits include: The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann (series Netflix) Bikram (feature Netflix) Rock and Roll (series SKY) No Greater Law (A&E Indie Films) The Deal (series BBC 2) with a number of projects currently in production launching in 2020/2021.

Having previously held the position of Commissioning Editor in Documentaries at Channel 4, Cooper has a track record for developing award-winning, innovative and trend-setting non-fiction that encouraged discussion within her strand Cutting Edge. Titles include The Fried Chicken Shop, Teens, Freshers, Going To The Dogs, Tattoos, The Jihadi Next Door, The Murder Workers, Ian Brady: Endgames of a Psychopath and Meet the Police Commissioner. 

Prior to Channel 4, Emma directed and produced films for the BBC including Louis Theroux: A Place for Paedophiles, Miami Mega-Jail and America’s Most Hated Family.

Eloise Vanstone

Producer and Editor

Eloise is an Editor and Producer at Empress Films, who has worked with Emma for four years. Most recently, she Co-Produced the Feature Doc The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe: The Unheard Tapes, which she was also Assistant Editor on. 

Eloise has worked at Empress Films since it was founded in 2019, across both the Production and Development slate. She is involved in the majority of every development and Production at Empress, and helped develop CNN's Diana. She has cut a variety of rough cuts for films in production, and numerous development tapes which have gone on to be commissioned.

Eloise previously worked at Pulse Films; from Cooper’s Assistant, to Production Assistant, to Casting Researcher, to Development Researcher. 

Eloise has previously worked on projects such as The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann, Bikram, No Greater Law, Inside Missguided.


Macy Byfield

Junior Researcher

Macy is a Junior Researcher at Empress Films and is currently finishing her studies in Filmmaking at Manchester School of Art. 

Having previously interned at Pulse Films in Factual Entertainment with Eloise and developing the Channel 4 special ‘Hair Power’ (2020), Macy has since worked on a number of BBC New Creatives Shorts in Manchester as well as working in the roles of Director and Cinematographer in a number of small budget shorts.

Kate Glover

Executive Assistant

Kate joined Empress Films in April 2021. Prior to that, she has been an Executive Assistant in music and broadcast companies for many years, working for organisations such as FremantleMedia, National Geographic & Universal Music Group. 

Starting with a temp role at FremantleMedia and staying for 8 years, ending as EA to the Global CEO until 2014. She then worked for National Geographic for 2 years, picking up lots of useful information about commissioning and the greenlight process, along the way, before moving to work for the CEO of a division of Universal Music Group called Universal Advanced Media, which was responsible for the production of music events (BTS, concerts, music videos, etc.) for any artist/label under the Universal umbrella.

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