Founded by Emmy award winning director David Ward, Zola is a boutique production company providing competitively priced, bespoke production services from concept through to delivery.

A highly experienced, core team with a strong in-house skill set, we work with some of the UK's leading Cinematographers, Editors, Production Designers and Creative Talent to deliver exceptional films without eye-watering prices.

We take pride in our partnerships and have longstanding relationships with brands, clients and agencies who we work with on both local and global projects.

David Ward
Founder & Director

A 2 x Emmy winner and highly experienced director of commercials and brand films, David has travelled all over the world making award-winning films for brand clients and leading agencies.

David strives for creative and technical excellence whatever the project or budget, whether directing commercials for the likes of Nivea, Umbro, Sega, Barclays and Emirates Airlines or drama for the BBC, Scottish Screen and the UK Film Council.

David is an accomplished writer and editor and always works hard to ensure that each project not only produces brilliantly effective work but also is a pleasure for all involved.

Darren Mostyn
Post Production 

Long-time collaborator Darren Mostyn is our go-to Post-Production supervisor and a highly talented and experienced Colourist.

Darren has edited and graded scores of commercials and broadcast programmes for BBC, SKY and ITV and is regularly invited to speak at seminars and events the world over.

He is also an approved trainer for Blackmagic Design.

 

Mark Bader
Director of Photography

Mark is a highly talented and experienced DOP. He has a brilliant eye for creative and technical detail and vast experience working with international brands, directors and agencies including Thomas Cook, Prostate Cancer, BBC's The One Show, Nielson Interactive and the NHS.

Mark developed his skills as a Director of Photography after a long and varied career behind the lens as a photographer. 

Mark is a valued collaborator, bringing scripts and storyboards to the screen with competence, commitment and cinematic style. He is also an all-round lovely chap.

 

“Our experience of working with David Ward and his crew continues to be highly inspiring. The 'can do' attitude we have received has not only resulted in the ultimate success of our combined film projects but taken out the traditional issues of working with challenging directors.

The creative input that David provides really pushes the quality of the outcomes, bringing fresh thinking and a dynamism that avoids many of the typical risks of creating 'me too' films. As we have worked extensively with David and his team on corporate content, this is often one of the toughest genres and the fact we were able to submit for Cannes Corporate film awards presents the calibre we have been able to achieve. 

There is no doubt that we will continue to work with Zola in advancing better approaches to building truly engaging film content.”

Duncan Thomas, Head of Innovation, Pomegranate Media Ltd

"Clinic have been working with David for many years now. We get him and his team involved as early as possible to explore the various creative approaches and we always leave the initial meeting feeling that the creative idea has been expanded and reassured that budgets have been respected. The whole team is great - super professional and nice guys to be around." 

Zoe Anderson, Account Director - Clinic London Ltd

"David has wealth of experience with international clients, talent and crew. His attention to detail, passion for his work and ease with people means not only excellent results but a pleasurable production process. David is a highly skilled director with in-depth knowledge of how to tell a great story, get the most from all he works with and to deliver excellent and memorable work."

Manasvi Gosalia, Executive Producer – Déjà Vu Productions, Dubai