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Two new appointments at Jist to mark fifth anniversary

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Jist Studios is celebrating its fifth year in business and making two senior hires, with Ash Durrant joining as Account Director, and Matthew Littleford becoming non-executive director.

Manchester-based Jist delivers broadcast, commercial and learning content, working directly with brands as well as with marketing, PR and creative agencies. Clients include Weetabix, Currys PC World, and Kraft Heinz.

Ash Durrant joins having spent more than 10 years working with some of London’s biggest agencies, including Iris and Adam&EveDDB. As Account Director, Durrant will manage new and existing client relationships, working closely with both agencies and brands. 

Matthew Littleford come’s on-board in a non-executive role, bringing a wealth of experience in broadcast. He has been MD at Betty, Editorial Director of Digital at BBC Worldwide, and the Controller of UKTV. In his role, he’ll help guide Jist as it works on strengthening its position in factual broadcast.

Jon Stroud, Founder and Creative Director of Jist, said: “Our combined expertise means we have a multi-skilled team of directors, camera operators, scriptwriters, drone pilots, animators and creatives who are passionate about helping brands and agencies tell stories that matter. Ash and Matthew bring huge strengths to the team and I’m incredibly excited to see where the next few years will take us.” 

Durrant said: “In a world which is constantly evolving, so should the creative industry. Working for a company who sees change as a playground to try something new, learn from mistakes, but most importantly have fun, is exactly why I signed up. Jist Studios is the future of content with bag-loads of personality.” 

Littleford said: “I’m delighted to be joining Jist at an exciting time in its growth, and supporting Jon as he steers the company forward. I’m really looking forward to helping him, and the rest of the team, achieve our vision of being a leading production company for the future of broadcast.”

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