Sarah started her digital media career in the early 90s while studying for an MSc in Information Systems. In 1993 she joined Maxim Training, pioneers in the use of digital media to deliver communication and change management solutions to various clients. As head of multimedia, she was responsible for 30 staff, strategy and financial management of the department. She also featured in a BBC programme (“This Multimedia Business”) just when the corporation was starting to establish its own online presence.
In 1997 Sarah left Maxim to become Managing Director of Wired Sussex, a groundbreaking regional networking and venture group for digital media companies. While there she co-founded TIGA, the trade body for videogame developers and was seconded to the Foreign Office for 3 months to explore opportunities for UK digital media companies in Hong Kong and China, culminating in a trade mission led by Patricia Hewitt, then e-Commerce and Small Business Minister.
Sarah then embarked on a series of Government advisory roles, first with the DTI (now BIS) and later with UKTI. These have resulted in international technology collaborations between partners including including BBC, Microsoft, Apple, Disney, Samsung, Warner Bros, HBO and Turner Broadcasting.
In 2007, Sarah started Double Shot Consulting with Simon Hopkins (re-named Turner Hopkins in 2012) to concentrate on strategic projects for clients in technology, media, culture and entertainment.
In 2013 Sarah set up Angel Academe, a pro-women angel investment group, to encourage more senior professional women to support women-led tech startups as mentors, non-execs and angel investors. She is a BAFTA member and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
After training as a musician in the and graduating from Los Angeles’ Musicians’ Institute, Simon began working at Virgin Records (later EMI Virgin) in 1987. Over the subsequent ten years Simon worked in a variety of roles and departments including A&R, Commercial Marketing, International Production and Press & Marketing. A career highlight in this period was curating the 25+ series of compilations known collectively by their “AMBT” catalogue number prefix and which set a new standard for both archival and contemporary music compilation in specialist music.
Simon left Virgin in 1997 to enter the fledgling New Media sector, working as a consultant with the pioneering UK internet outfit state51, for whom Simon liaised with the record industry, led the launch of the websites Playlouder and Motion (now Sonomu) and oversaw the very first live video webcast from Glastonbury (in 2000!) During this time he pursued parallel careers as a music journalist (writing extensively for The Wire magazine, amongst others), “talent” manager and musician.
From state 51, Simon moved to the BBC as Head of Music Interactive, where he had strategic oversight of all the corporation’s online and mobile content and services related to music, including Radio 3 and the Proms, the BBC Orchestras, Music Learning, Music Events, Classical Music TV and the generic pan-BBC music portal. Simon was responsible for a core team of thirty, with dotted line responsibility for a wider network of nearly 120, and an annual budget of £1.5 million.
In 2005 Simon joined the leading cross-media production company Somethin’ Else, where, as Head of Interactive, he built and led a multi-disciplinary team that created interactive content and services for, among others, Orange, The BBC, 02, COI, Audi, Hit40UK, Sony Entertainment and the Local Radio Company.
Turning 40 in 2007, Simon began a new life as an independent consultant, founding first Double Shot Consulting with Sarah Turner. In June 2012, Double Shot became Turner Hopkins; we now concentrate on strategic projects for clients in media, culture and entertainment.
Simon is a trustee of the Brighton-based AudioActive, a charity working to challenge disadvantage and enhance the development of children and young people by providing high quality creative and musical experiences throughout the South East. Simon continues to work as a musician, currently leading the projects Boom Logistics and Abyssal Labs, which he views not only as satisfying creative projects in their own right but as a test-bed for experiments with business models afforded by new technology, including new distribution methods and social media marketing. He runs his own digital label and blog at DGMFS Media.
Additionally, Turner Hopkins have a wide range of associates with whom they work, specialists including social media producers, front- and back-end developers, SEO and usability consultants, programme and projects managers and interaction designers.