an independent television production company
Founded in 2020 by Lindsey Douglas and Ali Ellam, Rooster is an ambitious new indie set up to deliver authentic and compelling content that engages, entertains and inspires.
As passionate about people and stories as they are about television, their curiosity, interest in others and a real integrity runs through them like rock.
With careers spanning most genres, and awards gained from BAFTA, RTS and an International Emmy for Best Documentary, Rooster's current focus sits across Documentaries, Factual, Factual Entertainment and Daytime.
Glasgow based, with proud northern roots and a global outlook, they have consistently developed and delivered returning hit series for network and international broadcasters from their homes in the nations and regions.
Perfectly placed therefore to deliver compelling stories and authentic voices in all senses, they are committed to diversity, and to identifying and nurturing new talent, on and off screen.
Skilled at access, putting collaboration at the heart of all, has earned them trust on both sides of the camera. Helping open doors into privileged worlds and institutions, often to explore sensitive subjects, their ethos is to bring people along with them on ideas, producing content everyone can be proud of having played a part in shaping.
With a name derived from early morning starts and the team's bright, communicative outlook, Rooster is all about striving to 'wake the world up every day to clucking great content.'
Having spent more than 20 years developing and delivering a wide range of factual content for the UK and international markets, Lindsey is all about ideas, building relationships and finding compelling new ways into subjects she knows commissioners and audiences will want.
Skilled at access, putting collaboration, earned trust and a real lightness of touch at the heart of all, she has helped secure routes into major institutions including hospitals, mental health units, courts, prisons and social work teams.
With series including Stephen Fry: Secret Life of The Manic Depressive which won awards including an International Emmy for Best Documentary to then be followed by Stephen Fry: HIV & Me, Lindsey relishes making big and important subjects accessible.
From Inside The Superhospital to See You In Court following the legally complex caseloads of defamation and then criminal defence lawyers, Lindsey has also worked across landmark factual series including the BAFTA award-winning Coast, Restoration and This Farming Life.
With a love of history and arts, presenter-led pieces include Michael Palin on The Scottish Colourists, the Imagine strand and Modern Masters with Alastair Sooke. Developing and directing across the artist-led What Do Artists Do All Day? strand, she also originated The Story of Women & Art three part series and helped shape The Victorian House of Arts & Crafts.
Running development at various large indies, Lindsey loves the thrill that any greenlight brings for a team, always recognising the importance of everyone who will have inevitably helped to get those ideas over the line.
Often as much about timing as well as the idea and approach, she looks forward to it now being Rooster's time with their mantra of striving each day to awaken the world with clucking great content.
As a highly experienced Series Producer and Director, Ali has helped develop and deliver many high volume, returning series. Consistently bringing them in on time and on budget, she relishes shaping first time series and new formats.
Always delivering network content from her home in the nations and regions, the joy for Ali is having worked across a variety of genres with her CV a rich and varied celebration of that.
As a Director, Ali cut her teeth making factual entertainment series for BBC3 including Sex With Mum & Dad and Honey, We're Killing The Kids to the juggernaut series that is Channel 4's Location, Location, Location and Street Doctor for the BBC.
Alongside factual entertainment and features, Ali has also worked across current affairs, making impactful programmes for ITV Tonight and leading The One Show's current affairs team in Salford.
With a love of leading teams and nurturing talent, Ali became a trusted SP. Working with some of Britain's best loved talent, she delivered BBC classics including Rip Off Britain and Call The Council, going on to establish the first series of Casualty 24/7 for Channel 5 which became a returnable hit.
Entertainment featuring also with ITV's Dress To Impress, the lockdown archive series Emmerdale Family Trees, she also worked across the upcoming Channel 4 series A Lake District Farm Shop.
In history, another passion, she made Britain's Heritage Heroes and Women At War marking 100 years of women's service which, as a daughter of a Wren & granddaughter of a WW2 ambulance driver, brought a particular pride.
All that said, with a love of the past, what excites Ali the most is the next programme - the one she is yet to make.
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April 29, 2021
Delighted to share the exciting news that Rooster has been selected to take part in Indielab Accelerator 2021.
Selected in a year which saw a record number of applicants, and their most diverse cohort chosen yet, you could say we are Cock-A-Hoop!
Thrilled to be joining such a fantastic and dynamic group of companies, it really means so much to a new company like us, with HUGE thanks to Indielab, Screen Scotland and the broadcasters for this backing.
Indielab Accelerator has announced the 2021 cohort for the sixth edition of its growth programme for independent TV production companies looking to achieve scale and develop their businesses.
The applications process brought in a record number of responses with the indies selected considered by the Indielab stakeholders, including broadcasters and platforms to be ones to watch and those that will most benefit from the programme. They are; Big Little Fish Television, Black Camel Pictures, Blazing Griffin Pictures, ClearStory, Freedom Scripted Entertainment, Kailash Films, King of Sunshine Productions, Little Bird Films, Nuwave Pictures, Rare TV, Rooster TV, Strident Media, Triongl, Vox Pictures and Wall of Entertainment.
The 15 participants selected to take part in the 2021 programme reflect the most diverse cohort yet in terms of gender, ethnicity, genre and geographical location of the founders and companies.
The scheme benefits again this year from three bursary schemes: the first, a diversity scheme for three indies run by founders from diverse backgrounds, sponsored by Sony Pictures Television and further bursaries for Welsh independent production companies with support from Welsh Government funding through Creative Wales and Scottish companies funded by Screen Scotland.
The programme is also supported by its long-term partners Channel 4 and the BBC.
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