Growing up in London as a man of mixed heritage, Yann has always been passionate about telling unexpected stories. Yann made a name for himself as a filmmaker in the U.K. on productions like TOP BOY and ‘71, for which he received the British Independent Film Award for Best Director. Transitioning to working in the U.S., Yann most recently directed the feature film WHITE BOY RICK (Sony) and the television drama, LOVECRAFT COUNTRY (HBO).
Thomas Benski is the BAFTA and Grammy Award-nominated producer and CEO and founder of Pulse Films. Since launching the company in 2005 with Marisa Clifford his co-founder, Benski has led the company's evolution into a multi-disciplinary, award-winning global studio producing feature films, television series, music videos, commercials and branded content. With Pulse Films offices in London, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Berlin and Milan, Benski is responsible for the studio’s worldwide creative and strategic development, as well as lead producing specific projects and overseeing output from the company's scripted motion picture and television divisions. Benski oversees an award-winning film team producing narrative and documentary feature films that are redefining in their approach, working with the world’s best emerging and established filmmakers and actors. He produced the 2020 Berlinale International Film Festival award-winning MOGUL MOWGLI starring Riz Ahmed; Tribeca Film Festival hit XY CHELSEA; seminal LCD Soundsystem film SHUT UP AND PLAY THE HITS; and Spike Jonze-directed BEASTIE BOYS STORY. Benski is also personally producing the upcoming feature PERFECT, a biopic on the life of Olympic gymnast Kerri Strug, from director Olivia Wilde and PIG starring Academy Award winning actor Nicolas Cage. In television, Pulse Films produces provocative scripted and non-fiction television for leading networks and streaming services around the world and has cultivated a creator-first sensibility in its approach to content. Benski’s also personally oversaw and served as a hands on executive producer of Pulse’s most recent project, the acclaimed drama series GANGS OF LONDON, debuted in the UK to rave reviews and record ratings. Benski also served as executive producer on THE DISAPPEARANCE OF MADELEINE MCCANN, 2019’s most watched Netflix UK docuseries. Upcoming television projects include the taught global thriller ATOMIC BAZAAR, looking at the world of nuclear trafficking. Music videos, commercials and branded content have always been a principle part of Pulse's DNA and the multifaceted company Benski has established. Partnering with the most celebrated names in the music industry, such as Radiohead, Drake, and The Weeknd, has brought about culturally important and award-winning music and concert films, content and videos. Similarly, collaborations with the leading creatives in the commercial and branded entertainment space have brought about bespoke imaginative solutions and compelling stories that build brand value. McDonald’s compelling “Lights On” COVID-19-related commercial and Apple’s ‘Bounce’ are among the diverse and award-winning work of these Pulse Films units. Much of the company success is driven by the multifaceted and forward thinking vision of our in-house roster of high-quality directors James Marsh and Yann Demange.