Anna has been making films for over 20 years. She's been nominated for 5 BAFTAS in the last 4 years and is the only woman ever to be nominated in two consecutive years for the BAFTA CRAFT Best Factual Director Award. She's best known for her 17 year enquiry into gang grooming and broke the CSE story in 2004 with her first feature length doc 'Edge of the City' for Channel 4. Since then she's made a further two films on the subject for Channel 4 and won the hugely prestigious Women in Film & TV Best Factual award and the RTS Journalism Award for "The Hunt for Britain's Sex Gangs" in 2013. She has gone on to make films about forced marriage and honour based abuse; domestic violence; coercive control and her most recent film looks at the subject of domestic violence through its hidden victims: the children living in abusive households.
Anna is Creative Director of Candour Productions and sees the company as fulfilling her life-long dream of providing a home for film-makers in the north. She has three kids, a husband and a dog - and absolutely no spare time!
Head of Production
Julie has spent all her TV life working in Leeds based Indies.
After 8 years as Production Manager at Chameleon TV, she moved across to a new up & coming Company named True North where she initially took on the roles of Production Manager, stepping up to Head of Production as the Indie grew and then finally taking responsibility for both the Production & Business Finances of the Company. During her 17-year stint, she saw the Company through two major shifts in Shareholders and evolve into one of the biggest Indies outside of London.
She left True North to join Candour to get back into the variety & chaos of Production and enjoys the diversity her new role as Head of Production brings.
Outside of work life, Julie enjoys all things outdoorsy. She loves to travel and explore new places and is in her happy place, clocking up long trail running miles around the stunning Yorkshire Dales & North Yorkshire Moors.
Sophie is a Factual Television producer born and bred in Leeds. While she’s worked on productions for the majority of the major broadcasters, and about a diverse range of subjects - from criminal law to acid attacks, preventable illness in children to the first all Muslim girls cricket team in Bradford - but development is her passion. After stints in London and Manchester, and having gained the wisdom of the C4 Commissioning Mentorship Scheme, Sophie has returned to her northern homeland and documentary heartland at Candour. When she’s not scouring the news for the next blockbuster doc, she loves listening to podcasts, watching period dramas and eating pies.
Producer / Director
Sally Ogden has worked for Candour since the beginning. She is both a Shooting Producer and Development Producer for the company.
Sally has recently spent 2 years developing and producing The Truth about Muslim Marriage for Channel 4 and she is also an ongoing shooting PD for our Bafta nominated series Catching a killer. Sally is now working as a Series Producer for a new prime time series we are currently making for Channel 4 as well developing new projects for BBC 3 and Channel 4. Sally has just Directed her first film for Guardian Documentaries Called Fighting Shame.
Sally is also a juggling working Mum and loves chasing sunsets, canal walks and writing in her spare time.
Harry started at Candour doing work experience alongside studying Filmmaking at Leeds Beckett University. He then joined the company on a 6 month scholarship in which time he filmed and edited his first film, Fighting Shame.
He won the RTS Yorkshire 'One to Watch' award at the 2019 awards.
Harry is originally from Ashby-de-la-Zouch where they have a castle and drive-thru Greggs.----------
Lydia joined Candour in July 2019 on a 6 month apprenticeship scheme after she was paired with Anna as her mentor through The Royal Television Society Bursary Scheme. Before True Vision, she produced her own documentary short on Organ Donation, a subject close to her heart. Lydia can't wait to get her teeth into the 'world of television.'
Carrie has worked at Candour for over two years and is our Production Co-ordinator. Before joining TVY Carrie was working as an artist and running community groups. In her spare time Carrie likes to run, knit, watch documentaries and create art. Carrie was born and raised in Leeds and is proud to be from Yorkshire! Carrie has two sons who are her pride and joy!---
Supervising Executive Producer
Brian went to Cambridge and studied Psychology for three years, from whence (to the surprise of everyone) he graduated with a First.
He tries to give the impression that he doesn't like people to know this, but its inclusion here is obvious evidence that that is a pile of tosh.
His first job was as an account manager for a top London Advertising Agency, managing brands such as Honeywell, Mazda and Holsten Pils. However that job lasted less than a year before he was unceremoniously sacked, enabling him to realise the truth that he, in fact, hated working in an advertising agency. Through sheer perseverance (i.e. writing hundreds of letters) he managed to get a six week job in a corporate video production company, where he stayed for the next five years. He quietly sneaked through various jobs including researcher, set designer, floor manager, and writer to eventually emerge as a producer (at least that's what it said on the business card). He finally reached the dizzy heights of an 8 x 30 minute infotainment show for Ulster Television called Green Pages, during which he met his wife, and co-founder of True Vision, Deborah. In 1993 he started his first independent production company that evolved into True Vision in the fullness of time.
For a long time, Jezza Neumann has had to deal with life in the shadow of Brian Woods. As a film-maker for True Vision, he accepted it as inevitable and hoped things would improve after he started winning awards. For a long time, it didn’t.
His directorial debut, China’s Stolen Children, won a Bafta – although when Channel 4 ordered the doc, it was Woods’ expertise they initially thought they were getting. Neumann was sent into the country as production manager, but after “unravelling” stories of child trafficking and meeting sources, he ended up taking charge of a doc that became a two-hour film in C4 primetime.
Ashley is a former detective sergeant with Northants Police who spent 14 years investigating complex criminality.
Within the police his areas of expertise were in child protection, safeguarding and covert intelligence. During his service Ashley received four policing commendations and was named community police officer of the year.
He joined Candour Productions in 2018 via the converted C4 Dispatches, Investigative Journalism Scheme.
Aside from investigating crime he is a professional magician having performed on live on ITV and also BBC3. Some say Ashley used his powers of suggestion to convince Anna Hall to give him a job.
In 2019 Ashley won the BBC3 Northern Talent pitch at Sheffield Docfest with his idea 'The School of Hard Tricks' which went into production in later that year.
Ashley is also the designated live fire BBQ chef for all of Candour Production's social events as he is a self confessed BBQ addict.
His chocolate of choice is a Freddo and he loves a Christmas Market.