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Established in 2002, B7 Media is an independent production company working across radio, television and film.

The company has an extensive track record in audio drama production and is a preferred supplier to BBC Radio and Audible.

Audio dramas produced for BBC Radio 4 include the critically acclaimed dramatisation of Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles starring Sir Derek Jacobi and Hayley Atwell (‘Best Drama Special’ 2015 New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards) and Sumia Sukkar’s moving story set during the Syrian conflict The Boy from Aleppo who Painted the War, dramatised by Richard Kurti and Bev Doyle (Jungle Book, Going Postal, Kidnapped).

Sci-Fi Bulletin said of The Martian Chronicles: “Kurti, Doyle and director Andrew Mark Sewell don’t hesitate to alter events, genders, characters (and especially nationalities) to suit their story needs, giving Hayley Atwell a strong role as Spender; Bradbury purists may moan, but this version has smoothed out the bittiness of the original.

Starburst Magazine praised the production as: “… an admirable rendition of a classic.

The Radio Times made The Martian Chronicles its ‘Pick of the Week’ and had particular praise for Derek Jacobi’s performance, describing it as: “… a subtle, nuanced but incredibly powerful performance as Captain Wilder.

The company is perhaps best known for the epic audio reboot of the cult BBC sci-fi series Blake’s 7 featuring Derek Riddell, Colin Salmon and Daniela Nardini (for BBC Radio 4 Extra), now released by Big Finish as a collectible box set. B7 also co-produced, with Big Finish, the very successful Blake’s 7 audio drama series reuniting the original television cast in all-new adventures.

SciFiNow stated the audio dramas were: “… a bold and revitalising addition to the Blake’s 7 story!

Jesse Willis of www.sffaudio.com praised the audio reboot as: “… a polished audio drama gem. Essential listening!

Beyond B7’s audio work the company has an extensive track record in film and television, with such credits as Haunted for UKTV (shortlisted for the Montreux e-Rose); the critically acclaimed Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont starring Joan Plowright, Anna Massey and Rupert Friend (winner, Best Narrative Feature, Palm Springs International Film Festival, 2006; winner, Best Actress, Joan Plowright, AARP Movies for Grownup Awards, 2006); and Tim Arnold’s Shakespeare-inspired rock album Sonnet 155, staged at the Almeida Theatre in a performance featuring Richard Briers, Benedict Cumberbatch, Hattie Morahan, Paul McGann and Lisa Dillon.

Other credits include the independent films of Canadian filmmaker Paul Kimball, The Cuckoo in the Clock, Roundabout and their latest collaboration, the multi-award winning thriller Exit Thread (winner, Best Feature Film, Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards, 2016).