Kestrel Creative specialises in scaleable digital planning and production for media, military and international organisations, using a networked approach that gives you fast and flexible results.
At our core is a small team of journalists with over 20 years experience in journalism, production, marketing and social media working in some of the most challenging environments in the world for clients like NATO, the United Nations, Vice and Vocativ. We offer staff with security clearance, hostile environment training and a light touch when it comes to sensitive subjects.
From live reports in your language to full documentaries, digital strategy to social media support, Kestrel offers a no-fuss, modular team to fit your project and be by your side from start to finish. Across countries and continents - low-cost, boutique service with a high-end result.
Ruth Owen began her media career working for the BBC, MTV and Stuff.tv, as a technology and current affairs journalist when the social media revolution was just beginning. She left for Afghanistan just before the US-led “surge” in 2009 and has since worked in every country ending in ‘Stan for employers like NATO, The Washington Post, Al Jazeera and NATO in multimedia digital storytelling. Ruth has worked alongside military public affairs since 2009 and is security cleared to NS level.
Jake Simkin started out as a music video and commercial cinematographer who left home one day to help out Banda Aceh after a tsunami. He never stopped. Driving a motorbike through Asia and into the Middle East covering humanitarian and conflict, he has so far worked in 9 war zones, Somalia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, South Sudan, Sudan, DRC, Sierra Leone, Iraq and Syria covering the best and worst of men for employers like Vocativ, Associated Press, CARE and New York Times.
Kestrel Creative specializes in being truly flexible and modular. Need a traditional production company? A digital content strategy for social media? A temporary newsroom with live-streaming capability? A deployable video journalist to file from hostile environments? We can provide all of this and more with the hard-earned experience to back it up.
Hi-resolution images that tell a story from photo journalists, not wedding snappers. We can capture the images that will make your message go further.
Whether it’s unscripted TV features, live reports from seasoned journalists or promotional videos to set your business apart, we offer quick turnaround on high quality video and help with scripting and storyboarding from concept to finish.
What’s your project? Who’s your target audience? How are you going to engage social and mainstream media? And how will you measure your success? We can help you realise your media campaign from planning to production to publication.