Influential Media


Influential Media is a Manchester based production company run by Creative Director Mike Swindells.

Mike formed the company in 2003 to specialise in producing music videos for acts such as Ash and Space together with various other projects for EMI Music, Atlantic Records and BBC Television.

He relaunched the company in 2009 to spearhead a push into full-time television production by developing new, exciting & innovative programmes.

Influential Media secured their first commission ‘DNA Detectives’ in May 2009. In summer 2010, they were commissioned to produce a broadcast pilot for an international broadcaster.  


Mike Swindells:

Over the past 14 years Mike has worked in both television and music video production as a producer and director.

Having spent most of his television career at the BBC, Mike has worked across a range of programming from Entertainment and Features to Religion and Current Affairs.

Mike went on to specialise in making observational documentaries and after spending time filming everyone from the fire fighters of Manchester to Lulu in Kosovo, he then decided to move into music video production.

However the lure of television production was too strong and Mike continues to freelance.

In recent months he was one of the producers of MTV’s hit reality show ‘Geordie Shore’ and the BBC Three series ‘Hot Like Us’. 

Mike also produced & directed the BBC Three documentary on phone hacking, super injunctions & privacy titled ‘Sex, Lies & Gagging Orders’ as well as MTV’s first ‘Geordie Shore’ spin off, ‘Get Thin Or Die Tryin’’.  

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