Neil Gardner – Managing Director
Neil Gardner has worked in professional radio for 26 years, starting in local BBC and commercial radio as a technician and working his way up to programme controller. He has worked in local, regional, national and international radio stations. He is a multiple award-winning radio writer & director, with a love of sci-fi and comedy. He is also the Managing Director of Ladbroke Productions, the UK’s oldest radio indie. He is the company’s lead producer and editor, with over 400 audiobook titles to his name, plus numerous readings series for the national BBC Radio networks. Neil also works as a sound designer for hire, working on series such as Doctor Who, Survivors and Dorian Gray for Big Finish.
Other Production Talent
We are very fortunate to work with some of the best talent in the audiobook industry. Here’s a few of them:
- SCOTT HARRISON – writer, anthology editor
- JAMES DUNLOP – composer
- DIRK MAGGS – legendary director, writer, producer, editor, sound designer, etc…
- STEVE CROFT – audiobook editor
- OLIVER DENMAN – audiobook editor
- MATTHEW DILLON – cover artist
Voices & Other Talent
We also have the chance to work with some of the very best audiobook readers in the UK. Here’s just a small selection of who we have available:
- JOHN BANKS
- MICHAEL FENTON STEVENS
- TERRY MOLLOY
- BARNABY EDWARDS
- LOUISE JAMESON
- STEVEN CREE
- BILLIE FULFORD-BROWN
- WILLIAM HOPE
- JILLY BOND
- PETER NOBLE
- MEL HUDSON
- NICOLA BRYANT
- INDIA FISCHER
- CAROLYN SEYMOUR
- SARAH DOUGLAS
- PETER OWEN
- RICHARD FRANKLIN
- SOPHIE ALDRED
- CLARE CORBETT
We are lucky enough to have worked for some truly fantastic clients. Here’s a few of our faves:
Random House Audio (also known as Penguin Random House Audio) – As the premiere publisher in the audiobook industry, Penguin Random House Audio is dedicated to producing top-quality fiction and nonfiction audiobooks written and read by the best in the business, including books by bestselling authors John Grisham, Dan Brown, Janet Evanovich, Kathryn Stockett, Khaled Hosseini, J.K. Rowling, and Rick Riordan, as well as Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. Their audiobooks have won 13 Grammy® Awards, 69 Audie® Awards, and 15 Odyssey Awards. Random House Audio, and its sister imprints Penguin Audio, Listening Library and Books on Tape, are a division of Random House LLC, a Penguin Random House Company.
Audible.co.uk, an Amazon company, is the UK’s largest provider of digital audiobooks available for download – including literary classics, new releases, best sellers and fully unabridged performances – they feature the best narrators performing books by top authors. With Audible, you can make more time for books, by downloading and listening to them wherever you are and whatever you are doing. Whether you are commuting to work, doing the housework or walking the dog, you can be catching up on the latest best seller at the same time. Audible has more than 60,000 titles for you to start with, and they are adding more every day. We are very proud to work closely with Audible UK to develop bespoke commissioned audio titles.
For the majority of non-bespoke Audible titles we work through the incredibly talented folk at Red Apple Creative. This also includes many titles for the likes of Bolinda, WF Howes and Luebbe. We have also worked for Audible US through our partnership with Red Apple/SNK.
SPCK are the Anglican mission agency which works through publishing. Their mission is to promote Christian ideas and values; they do this by publishing, and supporting the publishing of, books and resources for people for people of all denominational and faith backgrounds. We had the immense honour of producing The bible for them in 2015/16, and have a strong relationship developing other SPCK titles and productions for audio release.
Fantom Films are an amazing group of people publishing some truly incredible books. From autobiographies and memoirs of the stars of stage and screen, through to classic literature and exciting new fiction. We are in partnership with Fantom to produce and release audio versions of some of their stunning publications.
The audiobook self-publishing service ACX is brought to you by Audible.com, an Amazon.com, Inc. subsidiary, and a leading provider of premium digital spoken audio information and entertainment. We have been very proud to help many authors create audio editions of their books, and to see them do so well on the Audible platforms. Audible specializes in the spoken experience, providing digital audio editions of books, newspapers and magazines, original programming, and TV and radio subscriptions. ACX reflects Audible’s deep commitment to producing well-told stories and delivering those stories to as many listeners as possible. ACX is Audible’s way of creating meaningful opportunities for authors, narrators, other studio professionals, and publishers.
The UK’s (former) leading audiobook publisher producing a broad, diverse and inclusive range of spoken word and large print titles. AudioGO was formerly known as BBC Audiobooks, which won Audio Publisher of the Year six times. AudioGO is one of the most prolific publishers of complete and unabridged audiobooks and large print books in the world today. Their expanding range currently extends to more than 10,000 titles in all, encompassing a wide range of best-selling authors and catering for all tastes. In addition to their unabridged audio and large print imprints, AudioGO is also the publisher of the BBC Radio Collection, incorporating radio dramatisations and non-fiction derived from BBC Radio programming (including programming made by our sister company Ladbroke Productions!) N.B. Sadly AudioGO went out of business in 2013, but we had many very happy years working with, and for, these fantastic people. BBC AUDIO has now returned and we are enjoying being their production house of choice for new Doctor Who audios.
Blackstone Audio is one of the USA’s largest independent audiobook publishers, offering over 10,000 unabridged audiobook titles, plus more than 100 new releases each month, including titles from Blackstone, Hachette, HarperCollins and BBC. They are dedicated to providing the best audiobook content available.
SpokenWorld Audio is the new home for audio fans…a safe-haven for forgotten and ignored audio…a commissioner of new audio productions…and your one-stop shop for independently-produced radio programmes! No longer do you need to put up with poor-quality downloads. No more should you feel bound by the broadcasters and their lack of commissioning opportunities. SWA are starting a revolution in audio and you are invited to join…as a listener, as a contributor and as a supplier.