LUKE & NIC

Zebra was founded by Luke Hammersley and Nic Franklin in May 2005. Over a rather warm and very busy summer they came up with the idea that a Management Consultant and a Creative Director / Writer could build a new kind of media business. 

Now, with offices on four continents, a multinational client list and established delivery partnerships with leading creative agencies, the Zebra herd has grown and our service offer broadened. A lot. So, It seems they may have been right.

 

HOW DID YOU TWO MEET?

LH> Through a mutual friend who now happens to be our CTO. Nic was directing a film and I got involved with the soundscape and composition – I am a musician in my spare time.  I was looking to apply my consulting background in a new space and Nic was keen to move from his job agency side. We set up Zebra.

 

TELL US ABOUT THE GOD SUIT STORY…

NF> I received a gift of an Egyptian type of male dress a few years back and it became my outfit of choice at Glastonbury for many years, accompanied with massive sunglasses and cowboy hat. I once bumped into Batman and Superman in a beer tent, they looked up and said “There’s God” I gave them a cursory glance tipped my hat, saying, “Morning boys”  on route to the bar. Luke tells this story more than I do. 

LH> Creativity and personality is baked into everything we do, just as much as being driven to be professional and successful – that’s why I like that story. Our first few board meetings took place wandering about at Glastonbury, brainstorming what we could achieve… that’s how obsessed with making this company brilliant we were, and still are.

 

DID YOU IMAGINE ZEBRA WOULD TURN OUT THE WAY IT HAS?

LH> Yes and no, we started as a pure production company then built edit suites whilst we also advised clients on how to buy production services smarter and then helped them choose technology and run it. People said you couldn’t do all that together, but we never saw why not. We thought that consulting with clients to understand their needs then going on to deliver against them just made sense… question, review, design, build, run.

NF> Technology changed the way people got things done and we were at the cutting edge of that. We started the business in a recession and so we had to be lean, fast and never invest in ‘old’ technology. We went tapeless at a time when others were still buying expensive decks and we pushed ourselves to offer a better, more cost effective solutions. That resonated well for some (others hated it) and from the moment we hired our CTO Wade Ridgway, we have become more and more refined and skilled in creating content and pushing it around the world without playing by the standard rules technology-wise. 

 

WHAT’S BEEN THE GROWTH STRATEGY?

LH> Hire people who are smarter than we are and encourage them to challenge us (and each other) every day.  That has led to us always improving and creating diversity in our offer, for example the amazing job Nicola Martin has done in launching our production company, Stripey Horse which produces short and long form content and our FD, Sarah Rose who has introduced all manner of reporting and analytics solutions that are blowing client’s socks off. It’s always about our people and our hiring standards are very high which means we have to look far and wide (80% of our people are not British) and beyond the advertising & production industry.

NF> Luke’s right – it’s always been about the challenge – to create better, faster, smarter more resonant content for clients (without ignoring cost) and to treat every localised master as the most important piece of communication we have ever worked on. I hate that localisation is excluded from most agency’s thinking until after the master is created. As a production company, post-house and a localisation company we know with good planning you can make it work so much better if you plan right.

 

NIC, YOU ARE NOW BASED MOSTLY IN SA – WHY THERE?

NF> Yes it’s been great to expand and ultimately have the chance to move to my home country after 16 years in the UK. Cape Town is such a great city, with so much to offer our international clients in production and through our post / CGI unit… and of course the exchange rate! That was more of a CEO thing to say wasn’t it.

LH> You’re learning mate!

NIC & LUKE
Laura Frischke

Senior Producer
London

Brett Gurney

Managing Producer
London

Laura Irvine

Global Solutions & Delivery Lead
Paris

Sarah Rose

Finance Director
London

Luke Hammersley

CEO & Founding Partner
London

Wade Ridgway

Chief Technical Officer
London

Nic Franklin

CCO & Founding Partner
Cape Town

Martin Witts

Managing Producer
London

Russell Perry

Managing Director
London

Nicola Martin

Stripey Horse
London

Phoebe Brown

Office Assistant
London

Joe Goddard

Senior Account Manager
London

Ruth Daniel

Accounts Assistant
London

Sheldon Lottering

Editor & VFX Artist

Cape Town

Hardus De Lange

Finance Manager
Cape Town

Jon Phillips

Traffic & Central Resource Manager
London

Tallulah Birchenough

Producer
London

Steph Oddy

Graphic Designer
London

Alex Russell-Bates

Librarian
London

Sabrina Belaiba

Producer
London

Ruan Lotter

Editor & VFX Artist
Cape Town

Retief Scholtz

Head of Development
Cape Town

Nuna Costa

Editor
London

Stephanie Hernandez

Adaptation Producer
London

Katerina Krimitsou

Account Director
London

Jason Fox

Editor
London

Marian Popescu

Editor
London

Lula Florez

Senior Producer
Spain

Alberto Boldini

Assistant Producer
London

Liezl Stander

Office Manager
Cape Town

Mikhail Pimenov

Managing Director
Kiev

Jeevan Kailey

Management Accountant
London

Justin Louw

IT & QC

Harry Rich

Editor & VFX Artist
Cape Town

Farah Targino

Producer
Cape Town

Emily Keller

Librarian
London

Emily Gill

Stripey Horse
London

El Wolf

Facilities Manager
Cape Town

Dirk Van Den Berg

Production Studio Manager
Cape Town

Dave Smith

Editor & VFX artist
Cape Town

Hannah Gardiner

Junior Producer
London

Cayleigh Klinkhamer

QC Operator
Cape Town

Joginder Gahir

IT Administrator
London

Claudia Niubu

Junior Producer
Spain

Andrei Cebotari

Producer
London

Chris MacGregor

Editor & VFX Artist

Cape Town

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CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

We’re always on the look out for talented Zebras to join the herd.

Check out the roles we are trying to fill at the Careers page and apply using the contact form or alternatively send your CV to: careers@zebra-worldwide.com and tell us why you think you’d  be an amazing fit.

Our criteria: Smart, driven, hard working people who get excited about creating brilliant content, having fun and always going the extra mile to make the thing they are working on special.

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