Who are we?

Peter, Simon and Jim formed Deadline in 2004, to help business clients harness the power of film. Since then, we’ve created “moving communication” for a host of different organisations, including household brands, small businesses and various public sector bodies.

For us, film is more than just a business – it’s our passion. That’s why we’ve always got other projects on the go too, from documentaries to short films and music videos. Check out some recent examples of our work.

What our clients say about us

Featured Case Study

The Arms Deal

This footage was originally commissioned by a major international bank, as part of a hard-hitting film about the continuing fight against global money laundering and covert transactions. We enjoyed creating the arms deal and terrorist cell sequences so much that we cut them into this short film. (Director Simon J Frith; Cinematography Peter Curtis)

Explore more examples of our work.

Latest News

Creating a series of 5 mini dramas to support Fire Service training

18th January 2018

We’ve just completed work on a joint project with Public Health and Essex County Fire & Rescue Service to create a series of five scripted dramas that will be used for training Fire Service employees. The films are designed to work alongside other training materials and show how you can Make Every Contact Count, and cover topics including smoking, alcohol, hoarding, dementia, and exercise. The Deadline team undertook all aspects of production, including writing the scripts, shooting, direction and post production.

You can see one of the 5 films here:

Essex Means Business

26th June 2015

Watch our brand new promo, Essex Means Business, and see exactly what makes this vibrant, beautiful county such an economic powerhouse, and a great place for start-ups and global giants alike. Commissioned by Essex County Council as part of an international enterprise campaign.

First #SteppingUp film ready!

15th January 2015

Take a look at the first of a series of 6 films we created for the #SteppingUp campaign.
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Meet the team


Simon J Frith - Producer/Director

A multi award-winning filmmaker, Simon has a true passion for the moving image.

With over 20 years’ experience he’s produced and directed dramas, documentaries and music videos alongside a wide range of corporate and industrial films for clients such as Barclays, Coutts, Vopak, the NHS and various public sector organisations.

Simon has a unique creative take on every story and his sensitive approach and engaging personality are much valued by clients. He holds a professional project management qualification from University College London and is a full member of the Association of Project Managers – skills that really come into their own on larger projects.


Jim Cogan - Screenwriter/Director

Scriptwriter, copywriter, short fiction writer and all-round story obsessive, Jim develops dramas, promos, animations and documentaries for Deadline plus a wide range of press ads, web copy, brochures, sales letters and customer emails for international clients like Visa, Citibank and Advent software.

In addition to his script and story work, Jim also directs on a regular basis for Deadline clients including Neopost and Essex County Council. His favourite films are Leone’s Once Upon A Time In The West, Lindsay Anderson’s If… and the seminal Lifting Large Objects Safely (Hiram N. Firam Logistix, 1999). He has a distinction in Creative Writing from Birkbeck College and an MA in Modern languages from Oxford University.


Peter Curtis - Director of Photography

Peter has worked in corporate video production for over 20 years. A member of the Guild of Television Cameramen, his experience and creative editing skills ensure every piece of work looks and sounds fantastic.

Peter’s work has taken him to Europe and the USA and he has produced videos for a wide range of sectors, including Medical, Construction, Banking, Ports, Market Research, Utilities, High Court Enforcement, Health, Local Government, The Emergency Services and Schools.