About

We inspire brand and broadcast audiences through pioneering content

Captive Minds help innovative ideas and forward thinking brands to prosper and grow.

We set out to:

Create one-of-a-kind video content for any platform, digital or traditional.

Provide industry-leading strategic production services for brands and broadcasters.

Develop Smart Cities content platforms, bringing communities together across the globe.

Our Company

Content x Software:

Established in 2003, Captive Minds has generated in excess of $30M in brand sponsorships, delivered over $300M in media coverage and over 6BN in audited reach. We have helped to break more than 20 World Records and have undertaken live broadcasts from the North Pole, South Pole and Everest.

During this time, we have managed and activated partnerships with over 60 brands and have worked with all major global news broadcasters and factual commissioners for channels such as BBC, ITV, BT Sport, ABC, Discovery and National Geographic.

Whilst we have helped to achieve some incredible feats of human endurance and award-winning brand campaigns, we are particularly proud of our work that has created media discourse and debate on social issues. In recent years, these issues have included disability, climate change and women in sport.

What Sets Us Apart
Making History
Delivering famous projects that have created globally renown brands for over a decade.
Global Focus
Proven delivery in locations around the world.
Strategic Capability
Advisory services to board-level.
Brand & Broadcast Under One Roof
Creating innovative partnerships that realise ideas.
Technology Leadership
World first remote broadcasts and event software solutions.
Trusted Client Relationships
Managing multinational corporate reputations and budgets.

 

Our Rights

We make big ideas happen by backing visionaries

 

Our strength comes from being able to think strategically and creatively for our partners, tailoring our concepts to their requirements so that we deliver exceptional results through media and TV coverage, dedicated content, internal communications, bespoke activation events, social channels and brand positioning.

 

Our Team

Marcus Chidgey

CEO & Founder

Marcus Chidgey
Marcus Chidgey

Marcus Chidgey

CEO & Founder

Marcus Chidgey has led Captive Minds as CEO since founding the agency eleven years ago.

Upon graduation from the University of Exeter, Marcus lived and taught English in Japan for a year, before returning to work for Apple in 2001 where he helped to launch the iPod and Mac OSX as a marketing assistant.

Inspired by his time at Apple, Marcus sought out other creative opportunities and became involved in successfully marketing a film which premiered at BAFTA and the Cannes Film Festival. It was on this project that he met long term business partner, Alex Rayner.

With demand from potential clients, Marcus teamed up with Alex and established Captive Minds at the age of 23 in Battersea, London in July 2003.

Since then, Marcus has been responsible for the strategic direction of numerous ground-breaking and influential brand campaigns with Captive Minds.

A creative and an innovator, Marcus seeks to set new standards in communication through unique content, high-profile ideas and pioneering digital platforms.

Marcus is the strategic force behind Captive Minds, shaping the agency’s offering around content, personalisation, insights and campaign measurement.

He’s passionate about building the profile of inspirational people and brands, particularly when there’s an opportunity to have a positive social impact.

Alongside his role as CEO at Captive Minds, Marcus is an Executive Director of the Global Partnerships Forum and Chair of Trustees for Commando 999. He also sits on the advisory board of the International Academic Forum.

Marcus is married and lives in South London.

Liz Mills

Head of Content

Liz Mills
Liz Mills

Liz Mills

Head of Content

Liz has a wealth of experience having made programmes for all the major TV Broadcasters in the UK.

Liz started her career at the BBC where she worked on news and current affairs, documentaries and features. She was then Executive Producer on Crimewatch, running the award-winning programme for five years, and Head of the Crime Unit before moving to Endemol UK.

As Head of Reality Programming for Endemol UK Liz developed and ran a host of major new formats across all Channels, with such successes as The Salon and Big Brother.

As Head of Content for Captive Minds Liz develops a wide range of factual, entertainment and drama content for both digital and broadcast delivery.

Ross Haley

Series Producer & Director

Ross Haley

Series Producer & Director

Ross is an experienced series producer, having trekked the Amazon for content with James Cracknell as well as making programmes closer to home like The Secret Life of Four and Five Year Olds for Channel 4.

Jacob King

Designer

Jacob King

Designer

Jake is the master of all things motion, with over ten years experience in graphics, animation, 2D design and web design. He brings life to any project, with any brief, and in his spare time, he even makes fonts.

Mitch Wood

Creative Director

Mitch Wood

Creative Director

Mitch has worked for Captive Minds for over 7 years, beginning as a mid-weight designer, he now leads as Creative Director.

Throughout this time Mitch has played a part in all the company’s projects from supporting royalty to the South Pole to leading UX on our Smart City solution, Loqiva.

Prior to this, Mitch has worked at several media agencies in and around London. He started his career in 1999 in an analogue world focusing on paper not pixels. He is an ardent Typophile that now loves the precision of pixels.

Mitch lives in East London with his Girlfriend and Daughter.

Sarah Little

Producer

Sarah Little

Producer

Starting her career with Captive Minds in communications, Sarah took creative lead on a variety of social media projects from expeditions to the South Pole to National Half Marathons.

These days she’s a producer, focussing on vibrant storytelling and all kinds of video content.

In 2016, she undertook an adventure that saw her travel all 48 mainland US states over 5 months without spending a single cent. Sometimes you can hear her speak about it at charity events.

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