Why Under the Moon
At the heart of Under The Moon we're a small team committed to cheerful, intelligent delivery of creative services with extraordinary attention to detail. We chose our name because when we first started out people kept telling us how ‘over the moon’ they were with our work, so (being people who like to think differently) we imagined all those people sitting under the same big kindly moon, mulling over great ideas and finding similarities in all their differences. That made us feel happy, so here we are.
Ruth Pitt, Creative Director
Ruth founded Under The Moon in 2015. She is also director of the Creative Cities Convention and was inaugural chair of Leeds 2023, a multi-million pound festival of culture for the Leeds city region in 2023. Ruth is a former head of factual at Tiger Aspect productions, head of documentaries at Granada Television and creative director of documentaries in BBC Religion and Ethics. She was founding MD of Real Life Productions and executive director of Screen England, and is a trained print and radio journalist and a former presenter and reporter at Yorkshire Television. A specialist in diversity as well as all things nations and regions, Ruth has an extensive consultancy portfolio that includes the successful Leeds bid for Channel 4’s new national HQ, which garnered an RTS award for outstanding contribution to television. Ruth is a regular session chair and political interviewer at festivals and events and works between London and her home in Yorkshire.
Susie Townson, Project Manager/Event Organiser
Susie began her career at the BBC working as a researcher, AP and then producer in the Features and Events Department. She has worked on studio based shows with presenters such as Esther Ranzten, Jill Dando, Nick Ross and Nicky Campbell and produced a live, daily lifestyle show presented by Richard Hammond. She then moved into programme development which she did at both the BBC and Discovery Networks Europe where her role involved looking for new on-screen talent. Before joining Under the Moon Susie ran her own talent management company. She is both project manager and event organiser on all Under The Moon’s projects, which includes Channel 4’s Commissioning Mentor Network, the Creative Cities Convention and the Pact Indie Party: a one-off event to celebrate the UK indie production sector, hosted by Hugh Dennis and Miquita Oliver with Boy George performing and DJ’ing at the after-party.
Laura Burrows, Project and Office Support
Laura has a broad range of business experience including publishing, marketing and housing. Her specialisms include property management, account management and strategic planning. At Under The Moon Laura provides administrative and office support and also PA support for the creative director.