Welcome to the Pitch Podcast in association with Factory.
Guests are interviewed by Nadya Powell, co-founder Utopia / Pitch guest editor.
Ade Hassan, MBE
Ade Hassan, MBE is the founder of Nubian Skin and grew up between the UK, Nigeria, and the US, an experience that was integral to the founding of her business – a trailblazing hosiery and lingerie brand which caters for black and brown women and their varying shades. In this episode Pitch founder and editor Sherry Collins interviews Ade. They discuss how Ade went from finance (private equity fundraising) to fashion, the reactions from friends and family; as well as the difference between launching a business to running a business. She talks about the importance of giving back and mentoring in order to pass on the knowledge she wishes she had. Ade finally discusses the importance of her childhood and how growing up in a place where everyone looks like you allows you to see the world with no limits; so that you don’t settle and the impossible becomes achievable. In 2017 Ade was awarded an MBE services to fashion in recognition of Ade’s commitment to her mission to redefine nude.
Interviewed by Sherry Collins
Tea Uglow is Creative Director at Google’s Creative Labs and works in Sydney. In this episode of #PitchPodcast Pitch guest editor and co-founder of Utopia Nadya Powell interviews Tea. They talk about Tea’s childhood obsession with drawing and how interactivity formed a key part of her art as a student at Oxford’s Ruskin School. Tea discusses the importance of moving from being settled to being unsettled throughout your life and career; recounting a multifaceted career which includes her working in a bar, doing book art degree, learning how to code and freelancing at Google for a year and a half before landing a permanent role there. We learn that following a wiggly path is sometimes the best thing to do, as when you do finally end up where you’re supposed to be you’re ready for it. Tea is a trans woman and talks about the project of inclusion and diversity, challenging cultures and the importance of allowing people to bring a perspective that is not in the room into the room.
Chaka Sobhani - Part 1
Chaka Sobhani is Chief Creative Officer of Leo Burnett London. An award-winning director, writer and creative director for the biggest broadcasters as well as brands and agencies worldwide, she is anything but a typical ad person. At ITV, she set up its first in-house creative agency, production company and design studio. At Mother, she ran accounts and built the agency's content ability. Since joining Leo Burnett, the agency has been named Agency of the Year 2016 by Epica, Direct Agency of the Year 2016 by Campaign and is part of the world’s most awarded network (AdAge's 2015 Awards Report).
Jenn Nkiru - Part 2
Jenn Nkiru is a visionary artist and director from and based in Peckham, London. An MFA in Film graduate of Howard University, her first film EN VOGUE shot by Bradford Young & Arthur Jafa screened internationally to critical success. Previous credits include a documentary series for Redbull and a campaign for photographer Rankin where he selected Nkiru as one of 20 of the "industry's top directors and most creative talent." Additional credits include short films for the BFI, Condé Nast, Channel 4 and the Tate. Her most recent credit is REBIRTH IS NECESSARY, a dreamlike art film centred on Blackness past, present and future premiered on NOWNESS.