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Meet the Founder and CEO

Natalie Edwards-Yesufu

Natalie is an award-winning creative entrepreneur and has an international career of more than a decade in visual arts and motion pictures. She is a film producer and the founder of the award-winning Transition Stage Company, specialising in film and factual entertainment. Natalie also created a Script Development department with a digital database for writers' intellectual property, and is the creative director of the prestigious scriptwriting competitions 'Enter.Stage.Write' and 'Amplified'. The Enter.Stage.Write franchise is a screenwriting competition gala held biannually in Birmingham involving more than 1000 people nationwide from inception to end.

Natalie has received awards for her impact on storytelling and creating equality of opportunity within the creative sector. Seeing a deficit of diversity in the UK with stories and screenwriting that reflected the UK's black, brown, and regional experiences, she has platformed writers from diverse backgrounds through her prestigious scriptwriting competitions, with support from broadcasters such as Channel 4 and UKTV (BBC). Platforming these writers also allows her to find excellent stories to produce and monetise.

Natalie is an advocate for neurodiversity as she also has dyslexia. She feels that having some form of neurodiversity has allowed her to see the world differently, making her more creative and exceptionally good at problem-solving.

Natalie has a big vision for Transition Stage Company's working projects via co-productions and her in house team, seeking to create world-class factual entertainment and film production while also amplifying diverse storytellers and regional voices in the UK.

Meet the Team

Anna Southgate - Script & Development Consultant

Anna is an award-winning writer-director who has worked with BAFTA and Oscar-winning talent as well as the National Youth Theatre. As a Script Development Consultant, she has partnered with the BFI and international TV and film producers and supported a diverse range of writing talent – from Nicholl Fellowship award-winning screenwriters to best-selling authors. In 2021 she was a script consultant for BFI Network's 'New Voices' initiative, collaborating with Blak Wave Productions.

Tonia Daley-Campbell - Director of Writing Initiatives and Co-Creative Director of 'Enter.Stage.Write' franchise.

A multi-award-winning writer/creative director with a wealth of experience within the creative arts, Tonia has been working in the business for over 22 years - first as a theatre director and, more recently, for film and TV.

Vanessa Longshaw - Factual and Documentary Division

Vanessa Longshaw is a senior content marketing specialist at the London Stock Exchange in New York City. Her passion is in storytelling and bringing those stories to life through beautiful visuals. Previously she worked as a branded content producer for the Financial Times in London, filming mini-docs and features in countries like China, India and Kazakhstan. In addition, she has worked at CNN and Al Jazeera and helps fledgling companies start their branding journey during her pass time. An avid writer, Vanessa is also bilingual in French and English.

Marta

Marta Deneva - Executive Legal Admin Assistant

Marta Deneva is a legal assistant working towards becoming a lawyer. Marta is now a part-time MA Law student at The University of Law. Marta did a year abroad at Kyoto Sangyo University in Japan, studying International Law and Japanese. She speaks fluent English and Bulgarian and is studying business-level Japanese. As a hobby, Marta has been teaching dance to high school and university students for the past ten years, winning dance competitions in Bulgaria, the UK and Japan.

Molly Bruton - Head of Social Media Content Creation and Digital Content Editor

Molly Bruton is our head of social media and in-house video editor. She has always had a passion for creativity, and once she found editing, there was no going back with work ranging from webinars to online events and short films. In addition, Molly has a strong dedication to telling the generally not seen stories and hopes to give opportunities to voices that are generally not heard.

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Phone:
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