Meet the Team
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.
Producer and Editor
Eloise is an Editor and Producer at Empress Films and has worked alongside Emma for five years. Most recently, she Edited the final episode of the three part-series, Depp V. Heard, which she also Produced. Eloise Co-Produced and was Assistant Editor on the Feature Doc The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe: The Unheard Tapes, having cut the original rough cut.
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 is involved throughout the productions from development, through to post. She has cut a multitude of development tapes, many of 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 DIANA, The Black Cop, The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann, Bikram, No Greater Law.
Director and Series Producer
Alana is a Director and Series Producer specialising in both talent-led and access-driven films. She is a highly adaptable filmmaker with ten years’ experience making documentaries in genres as varied as true crime, travelogue and sport for broadcasters including Disney+, National Geographic and the BBC.
Before joining Empress, Alana made programmes with Twenty Twenty, Nutopia and The Garden. Credit highlights include the Grierson award winning The Football Club: Artist in Residence, the Emmy nominated The World According to Jeff Goldblum and the ground-breaking medical series Emergency.
Born and raised in the United States, Alana is drawn to projects with an international scope and outspoken characters. Despite industry colleagues recommending against it, she loves working with animals.
Greg Sanderson is an experienced and award-winning freelance Executive Producer, specialising in premium documentary content for the UK and US markets. Most recently Greg Exec’ed Depp V. Heard at Empress. Greg has been working in documentary for over twenty years, with high-level experience in both production and commissioning. His work in docs includes five years as Commissioning Editor of the renowned Storyville documentary strand, where he worked extremely closely with Nick Fraser on a string of acclaimed films; Academy Award winning ‘Man on Wire’, the Emmy Award winning. ‘The English Surgeon’, the Grierson winning ‘Out of the Ashes’, and the Prix Italia winning "‘The Father, The Son and The Housekeeper’.
Storyville also gave Greg considerable experience and expertise in the complicated world of the international documentary, and he’s worked closely with HBO, CNN, PBS, Showtime and many others. In more recent years, I’ve also pitched to, and worked with, Apple, Netflix, Disney+. and Discovery+.
Outside the BBC, Greg also spent 6 years at UK super-indie Zinc Media, initially as Managing Director of the high-end Brook Lapping label, and then as Director of Television across their London and Manchester TV labels - Brook Lapping, Blakeway, Films of Record, Red Sauce and SuperCollider.
Samia is an experienced development exec with a background in documentaries, specialist factual and factual entertainment.
She started in production, working on a weekly arts and travel series for CNN, before joining the BBC where she worked on the One Life strand, the Louis Theroux series and formats including What Not To Wear and The Week the Women Went. She then trained in development at the BBC, working across genres and channels.
Samia went on to work in development at Diverse, Dragonfly, Watershed and Lion, with commissions including: Handmade (BBC Four); Life and Death Row; Extreme Beauty Queens; My Hometown Fanatics (BBC Three) Human Zoo; Extreme A&E; Show Me Your Money; The Secret Life of the Holiday Resort and The Hunt for The Arctic Ghost Ship (Channel 4 and Nat Geo)
She joined the development team at Wonderhood when it was founded, and recently worked as a project-manager on the ground-breaking series Super Surgeons for Channel 4, before joining Empress Films.
Samia first worked with Emma in development at the BBC, but their working relationship was cemented on a recce in Kansas when they were forced to take shelter from a tornado on the highway just one hour after landing.
Producer and Edit Producer
Kristina is a Producer and Edit Producer working across access-driven documentaries in both production and development as well as occasionally dipping her toe into scripted. A creative and passionate producer, Kristina has been in the industry for 7 years with her experience spanning a wide range of genres, including investigative true-crime, social history and the arts, for broadcasters including, BBC, Sky Documentaries, Sky Arts, Hulu, ITV and Channel 4.
Having started her career in development at Fremantle Media, Kristina went on to freelance at Pulse Films for 2 years working on various developments and productions including critically acclaimed Hair Power: Me and My Afro (C4). Tempted by the glamour of scripted, Kristina found herself producing a handful of short-form films for Dazed Magazine/BBC, including Money Up, a tender portrayal of love, friendship and boyhood in the city. She then went on to work at Blink Films for 2 years where she built up access for a new 6 part criminal justice series for Hulu called Web of Death. Whilst at Blink, she helped develop the true-crime slate for the US market, with stories ranging from unsolved homicides within the southern Hip Hop scene, to femicide in indigenous communities.
Now at Empress, Kristina is excited to be focusing on premium storytelling that challenges documentary form as we know it, alongside a team of passionate and like minded filmmakers.
Other credits include: Positive (Sky Documentaries), Statues Redressed (Sky Arts), Lenny Henry: One Of A Kind (ITV), and 24 Hours In A&E (Channel 4).
Alice is an Associate Producer working at Empress Films. She spent two formative years at The Farm Group, working as a Librarian and Bookings Producer, getting to grips with post-production whilst trying to get a break into documentaries. Raw TV gave her a break, and she slotted into the Development team for a couple of very happy years, working on developments for Netflix, CNN, HBO and Channel 4.
At Raw TV, she developed the idea for THE MOST HATED MAN ON THE INTERNET (Netflix) and then worked on the three-part series as Assistant Producer, seeing it through from the very beginning to end. After three and a half years at Raw TV, she went on to Produce a two-part series, GONE: VANISHING TRIANGLE (Sky) at Five Mile Films.
Now at Empress, Alice is excited to work on and develop projects which combine her love of deeply personal stories and investigative research.
Kiyomi is a Line Manager at Empress Films. Coming from a predominantly Non-Fiction background, she has worked across many high end documentary productions including Dead Asleep (Hulu), Beastie Boys Story (AppleTV), The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann (Netflix) & Hair Power (Channel 4)
Prior to Empress Films, Kiyomi has worked at multiple Independent Production Companies including Pulse Films, Monkey Kingdom & Avalon.
Suzannah is responsible for business affairs at
Her most recent project was 'The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe'. Suzannah joined Empress in 2019 after a long career in the fashion industry working with brands such as Burberry, Jigsaw and Gap
Archive Producer & Producer
Emily is an Archive Producer and Producer specializing in historical and archive-led documentaries. She has a decade of experience in factual television working on productions for broadcasters including Netflix, BBC, ITV and Channel 4.
Her recent work includes Emmy award-winning current affairs documentary IN COLD BLOOD (ITV) and critically acclaimed feature HAWKING: CAN YOU HEAR ME? (Sky Docs/NBC).
Thea is a Production Coordinator at Empress Films. Having graduated from Ravensbourne University in 2021, she swiftly moved to working in production. Starting as a Production Assistant and Coordinator in Pulse Films’ Non-Fiction department working on multiple projects such as The Harry Potter Reunion (HBO Max), Lewis Capaldi: How I’m Feeling Now (Netflix) and many more.
Starting at Empress in late 2022, Thea has enjoyed working on exciting new projects and helping the team where she can.
Production Assistant/Junior Researcher
Aaron is a Production Assistant at Empress Films and is currently finishing his studies at Columbia University in the City of New York.
During his time at Empress he has worked on the Netflix Original The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe: The Unheard Tapes as well as the development of numerous other projects.
Before his time at Empress Aaron had produced, written and starred in numerous student short films with one of his films being shown in the Eton Film Festival.
Aaron has also interned at 42 Management & Production in which he worked a part of the scripted development as well as the talent & literary management team
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.