about media co-op

what we do

media co-op helps you communicate through film and video production, animation, digital and social media, branding and graphic design, photography, media training, broadcast television and cinema.

We’re a team of multi-award-winning professionals with a huge range of media skills, and our hearts set on social change. We’ve chosen to work exclusively with the public sector, charities and social enterprises, harnessing the power of effective communication for social good.

We specialise in participation and co-production, supporting people to create their own media.

As a not-for-profit workers’ co-operative and a social enterprise, we are ethical, sustainable and collaborative.

our approach

We’ll combine your expertise with ours, working together to get your message across in a fresh, clear, and compelling way.

With an open and honest approach and regular, friendly communication we’ll make it happen together, and the results will be powerful.

media co-op’s speciality is participatory media with service users taking an active role in producing their own films or graphics.

media co-op delivers creativity, commitment and quality, on time and on budget.

our ethics

media co-op is a workers’ co-operative and a social enterprise. Unlike most digital agencies, we’re driven by ethics, not profit.

We’re a democratic business, owned by the workers, true to the values of the co-operative movement. Our belief in social justice shines through in everything we do.

People we work with often comment on our shared values, our level of engagement, and our respect for the individuals involved in every project.

We cycle, we re-cycle, we buy from ethical suppliers.

Our prices are fair, with no outside shareholders raking off profit.

 

reviews

  • “media co-op is very professional with a human touch…very adaptable and you really did develop the project towards the needs of the group. Really inspiring”.

    A Strong Man
  • “media co-op’s creative thinking made a big difference. I was impressed with media co-op’s structured approach, and appreciated the added value we got from their advice. The team at media co-op guided us through the process and kept everything clear and free from jargon. Their wireframe diagrams were the best any of us have ever seen”.

    Public Affairs Co-op
  • “The animation was a brilliant idea. It deals with a sensitive subject very effectively using survivors’ own words but allowing them to retain anonymity”.

    Sara’s Story
  • “Making this film was fun. There was a lot of energy and excitement, which came through in the final film”.

    Woodcraft Folk Archive Film
  • “Even taking aside your knowledge and experience, you knew what we wanted better than we could have envisioned. You were with us every step of the way. Everyone has really been delighted”.

    Going on to Happy
  • “media co-op’s understanding of the context, their willingness to listen, and their adaptability have been as important as their professional skills. The result is a website which is making a real difference for people who are looking for support. Working with media co-op has been a very positive partnership”.

    Over the Fence
  • “media co-op works at such a high level of professional quality, it’s awe-inspiring. The finished animation is excellent, engaging, more creatively clever than I thought it could ever be – that’s the skill that media co-op brings to the party.” NHS Lanarkshire.

    “Absolutely fantastic. Accessible without being condescending and brief but still including relevant info. Really, really worth getting while you can.” National Violence Against Women Network.

    “For me it was one of the lightbulb moments in my career. Such a simple but effective video. I can see why it’s such a good training tool for Police but has wider application.” Feedback from trainer who uses the film.

     

    Trauma and the Brain
  • “Working with media co-op is just easy. Not only do they ‘get’ us as a charity and believe whole heartedly in our cause but they offer something completely unique; a truly collaborative process. The end result was genuinely better than we ever imagined.” Girlguiding Scotland.

    Girlguiding Scotland Annual Report
  • “Working with media co-op is a wonderfully dynamic co-design experience. From initial concept they are able to help the project leads to drill down into the nub of the messages that will form the brief. The range of skills, imaginative methods of engaging participants and speed and quality of the production they deliver is extremely impressive. And most importantly, it’s underpinned by worthy social values and principles.” Roar Connections For Life.

    “I never thought I would be behind a camera. One for the books for me. Put your best foot forward and it will surprise you just how much everything’s possible.” Betty, participant, age 80. 

    A Real Eye-Opener
  • “I’m delighted. I think the films are high quality, engaging, and totally meet the brief we came to you with. That’s a particular skill of media co-op – being able to take a complex issue and portray it in a way that is accessible”.

    I Just Froze
  • “A cleverly-constructed documentary… laced with twinkly-eyed islander mischief, derived from Ealing comedy.” Sunday Herald.

    “The Bridge Rising is a revealing bittersweet documentary about one of the longest-running uprisings in modern Scottish history.” Third Force News.

    “If you like humour, rebellion, mischief or social conscience you will enjoy this.” Lesley Riddoch, Columnist and Broadcaster.

     

    An Drochaid / The Bridge Rising

our work

our awards

Royal Television Society Scotland Award for Best Short Form Content and for Best Animation

ECHO Human Rights Award

Winner at The Herald Society Awards

Torc Award for Best Educational Film at Celtic Media Festival

Two BAFTA Scotland nominations

Royal Television Society Scotland Best Editor nomination

Two Public Service Communications Award nominations

Two Gold Plaque awards at Chicago International Film Festival

Oxfam/Amnesty/NUJ Positive Images of Asylum Award

Jackie Forster Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Media

Award of Merit from Accolade (USA)

Achievement Award at Superfest International Disability Film Festival

Scottish Design Award

Commendation from the British Medical Council

Silver at CHINH Kids Film Festival in India

Silver at Worldfest Festival in Houston

Inspirational Co-operative of the year nomination

Two Herald Digital Business Awards (winner of both Charity and Public Sector categories)

Best Film Award at the Haelo Film Festival

SCVO Charity Awards ‘Cracking Campaign’ finalist

Safer Communities Award (Innovative Media)

 

BAFTA Scotland logo black and gold

our team

Lucinda Broadbent

Lucinda Broadbent

Director & Executive Producer

Vilte Vaitkute

Vilte Vaitkute

Video Director and Editor

Claire Dean

Claire Dean

Director

Louise Scott

Louise Scott

Producer & General Manager

Colin Chaloner

Colin Chaloner

Designer

Neil Scott

Neil Scott

UX Designer and Frontend Developer

Robin Mitchell

Robin Mitchell

Photographer

Kate Kirton

Kate Kirton

Production Manager

Ian Reid

Ian Reid

Finance Manager

Catherine Newman

Catherine Newman

Office Manager

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