Creative Director - Dan Edge
Dan has produced, directed and executive-produced films from all over the world and has won almost every major award in broadcast journalism and documentary, including BAFTAs, Emmys, Royal Television Society Awards and the Grierson. He has made films in the main for US investigative series Frontline PBS, as well as for Channel 4, the BBC and HBO. He is now a senior producer for Frontline PBS across their whole output.
Across 2018 and 2019, he senior produced three high-profile feature documentaries currently playing in festivals and about to be released theatrically: For Sama (dir. Waad al Kateab and Ed Watts; Winner of Best Documentary at the Cannes Film Festival, and Best Documentary at SXSW festival); On the President’s Orders (dir. Olivier Sarbil and James Jones, played at the Copenhagen Documentary Festival and the Human Rights Watch Festival in New York); and The Trial of Ratko Mladic (dir. Henry Singer and Rob Miller).
Dan’s most recent film as a director, Last Days of Solitary, was a feature-length documentary for Frontline and BBC Storyville telling the story of solitary confinement in US prisons. It was praised by critics as ‘revealing the dark truth of solitary’, ‘a harrowing visceral documentary’ and ‘unflinching and harrowing.’ Dan and his co-director Lauren Mucciolo together won the Royal Television Society Award for best director.
Before that he filmed, produced and directed Outbreak – made during the height of the West African Ebola epidemic – for FRONTLINE and the BBC. The film won the BAFTA for best current affairs film, an Emmy, a Grierson and numerous other awards. In 2012, Dan travelled to Fukushima’s radioactive exclusion zone to film Inside Japan’s Nuclear Meltdown for FRONTLINE and BBC2, which won an Emmy and an RTS Award for international current affairs. Prior to that, he made The Wounded Platoon for FRONTLINE and BBC2, an investigation into a string of murders by US soldiers returning from Iraq, which won a Peabody in the States and an RTS award in the UK. He filmed extensively in the border areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan for the Emmy award-winning PBS / C4 film Children of the Taliban, which broadcast in 2009.
In 2011 Dan was awarded the Peter McGhee Fellowship by WGBH, which honours an individual whose work reflects ‘excellence, intelligence, fairness, passion and scholarship’.
As a senior producer for FRONTLINE PBS, Dan has been lucky enough to help craft some extraordinary films, including Evan Williams’ and Paddy Wells’ BAFTA-winning Myanmar’s Killing Fields, James Bluemel’s Peabody-winning two-hour film on the refugee crisis, Exodus; Marcel Mettelsiefen’s searing film on the Syrian War, Children of Syria; Najibullah Quraishi’s Emmy-winning ISIS in Afghanistan, and James Jones’ hard-hitting investigation Saudi Arabia Uncovered.
Dan continues to direct films of his own, and lives with his family in the wilds of Oxfordshire.
Head of Production – Belinda Morrison
Belinda has been working on both sides of the Atlantic in documentary production since 1999. She cut her teeth as an associate producer and production manager in New York, working on projects including PBS Presents The Blues and The Trials of Henry Kissinger for renowned documentary maker Alex Gibney.
After returning to the UK, Belinda went on to production manage the Emmy-winning HBO documentary Death in Gaza, line produced the travel-cooking-comedy series The Hairy Bikers Cookbook for BBC, and production managed several projects for independent UK production companies. She has managed shoots, schedules, and budgets in a dozen countries.
Since joining Mongoose Belinda has production managed several documentaries for Frontline/PBS, including The Wounded Platoon, Last Days of Solitary, and Battle for Mosul. She currently oversees all aspects of production for Mongoose.
Belinda lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and three children. She holds a first class degree from Leeds University in Broadcasting.
Mongoose has worked with many superb freelance filmmakers, including:
James Jones is an award-winning British documentary-maker. He has tackled difficult subjects like suicide in the military (Broken by Battle) and homelessness (Britain’s Hidden Housing Crisis), and focused on some of the world’s most dangerous and secretive places like North Korea (The Secret State of North Korea), Iraq (Secret Iraq), Gaza (Children of the Gaza War) and more recently, Saudi Arabia (Saudi Arabia Uncovered). His films have won two Emmys, two DuPonts, a Grierson, a Rory Peck and been nominated five times at the BAFTAs. He has just completed Mosul, co-directed with Olivier Sarbil, which had its theatrical premier in Los Angeles in August 2017. Before that, his most recent work was the critically acclaimed feature-length documentary, Unarmed Black Male, which tells the story of a police shooting in America.
Olivier Sarbil was a commando in the French marines before turning to filmmaking. He started to work as cameraman in 2011 covering events in Thailand and Burma. Since then he has filmed from the frontlines of the Libyan revolution as well as the war in Syria and the spill over of that conflict in Lebanon and Jordan. Olivier was also in Gaza in 2012 during the war with Israel, accompanied French troops deployed to combat jihadists in Mali and covered the Central African Republic at the height of the interethnic violence before travelling on to Ukraine at the start of the armed uprising where he spent six months documenting the war in the east, from both sides of the battle lines. He was nominated for a Royal Television Society and Rory Peck Award for this work. Olivier's most recent film is the theatrical documentary MOSUL, which premiered in Los Angeles in August 2017. He recently won two Prix Bayeux for his work in Iraq, as well as a One World Media Award.
New York-based Lauren Mucciolo has directed and produced films for PBS Frontline since 2011 that straddle the worlds of investigative journalism and character-driven storytelling. Most recently she co-directed and produced Mongoose's “Last Days of Solitary” (2017), a co-production of Frontline and BBC2, in which she spent three years inside a solitary confinement prison unit. She also directed a complementary virtual reality film “After Solitary,” which premiered at SXSW 2017 and went on to the World VR Forum and numerous film festivals (winning the top prizes at SXSW and WVRF). In addition, Lauren produced Frontline's "Being Mortal" (2015), "Prison State" (2014) and "Poor Kids" (2012). She has won two RFK Journalism Awards and been nominated for two News and Documentary Emmy Awards.