Team
Susan Arnison
Claire Freeman
Denis Blackham
Dave Healey
Ben Castle
Julie Sharpe
Steve Chase
Hank Kinderman
Marc Marot
Simon Hill
Rob May

Rob May

Rob May

Rob co-founded Sitting Duck in 2003 with Simon Hill after they worked together supplying music for Fame Academy (BBC). TV writing and production credits include: ‘Good Morning Britain’, ‘Daybreak’, ‘Lorraine’, ‘Inside Out’, ‘Sunday Morning Live’, ‘Toughest Place to Be A..’, ‘Nolan’, ‘Wogan Now & Then’, ‘When Jordan met Peter’, ‘Janet Saves The Monarchy’, and ‘Setanta Premiership’, ‘FA Cup’ and ‘World Cup 2010 Football’. He has overseen the audio branding for FIFA, Guinness ICC, Jeem TV, Setanta Sports, Forces TV, NRT and Associated Press. He has also written/ produced the official 'Winter Olympic Theme' for the IOC and re-arranged/ produced the official 'FIFA 2014 World Cup' anthem.

In 1992 Rob co-founded and toured with Beehive, one of the UK's most sought after live acts, when the Acid Jazz boom was at its height. In 1997, their brilliant blend of Funk and Nu Soul won them a MOBO award for their self produced album, 'Brand New Day'. He subsequently worked with a number of top acts including Honeyz, Misteeq, 911, Louise and Lulu. Production and mix credits include Alex Parks, Moya Brennan, RyanDan, Will Martin and Connie Talbot.

Simon Hill

Simon Hill

Co-founder of Sitting Duck, Simon's TV writing, production and sound design credits include: ‘Good Morning Britain’, ‘Daybreak’, ‘FIFA 2014 World Cup Anthem’, ‘Official IOC Winter Olympic Theme’, ‘Lorraine’, ‘Fame Academy 2’, ‘Celebrity Fame Academy’, ‘When Jordan Met Peter’, ‘Janet Saves The Monarchy’, ‘Inside Out’, ‘Sunday Morning Live’, ‘Toughest Place to Be A..’ , ‘Nolan’, ‘ITV FA Cup Coverage’, ‘BBC F1 Coverage’, ‘Wogan Now & Then’ and ‘Setanta Premiership’, ‘FA Cup’ and ‘World Cup 2010 Football’. He has overseen the audio branding for FIFA, Guinness ICC, Jeem TV, Setanta Sports, Forces TV, NRT and Associated Press.

Simon started his career playing drums, becoming one of the top session musicians in the UK . Whilst recording and touring with bands including JTQ, Kim Wilde, Pet Shop Boys, Westlife and Steps, he also found time to team up with Andrew and Dan Frampton to produce their self-penned album, 'Welcome to Frampton Hill' (Warners). He has also employed his programming, production and writing talents with an array of top acts, including S Club 7, Victoria Beckham, Emma Bunton, Alex Parks, Natasha Bedingfield, RyanDan, Will Martin, Moya Brennan and Connie Talbot.

Dave Healey

Dave Healey

One of the Duck’s rising stars, Dave is a brilliant musician, writer and producer. He has Production credits on the RyanDan singles ‘High’ & ‘The Face’ as well as Will Martin’s ‘Into The West’, Connie Talbot’s debut album, ‘Over The Rainbow’, and the Shell Perris album, ‘Have You Heard’.

TV credits include ‘FIFA Anthem’, ‘Good Morning Britain’, ‘Omnisport’, ‘Setanta Sports Premiership Theme’, ‘Inside out’, ‘Star Sports’, ‘Globetrekker’, ‘Jeem’ and ‘I Got You’. He also composed and produced tracks for Sony’s Pom Pom Party and the Blackpool Pleasure Beach Thrillseekers Advert.

Hank Linderman

Hank Linderman

Based in Los Angeles, Hank provides an all important 'American-feel' to many a Sitting Duck project. A session guitarist, engineer & producer he has worked with some of  Americas biggest names including The Eagles, Don Henley, Timothy B Schmit, America, Robert Lamm and Gerry Beckley. UK credits include Honeyz, 911, Louise, Connie Talbot,  Fame Academy 2, Celebrity Fame Academy and Setanta Premiership Football.

Steve 'Barney' Chase

Steve Chase

Steve Chase is one of the most sought after and prolific mix engineers of his generation. He cut his teeth engineering for albums such as 'Sowing The Seeds Of Love' (Tears For Fears), 'Journeyman' (Eric Clapton), and 'East Of The Sun (Aha) whilst he was chief engineer at The Townhouse.

Selected mix credits include, the singles, Breathe (Toni Braxton), Stay (Eternal), Get Here (Oleta Adams), Goldeneye (Tina Turner), Knocking On Heaven's Door (Randy Crawford and Eric Clapton), Mary's Prayer (Danny Wilson).

Album credits include Elton John, Rza - Wu Tang Clan, Phil Collins, Bob Dylan, Oleta Adams, Lemon Jelly, Ricky Martin, Sting, Badly Drawn Boy, Mary J Blige.

In recent years Steve has become one of the UK's foremost 5.1 Surround Mix Engineers, notching up broadcast & DVD credits for Alice Cooper, Chick Corea, Deep Purple and Weather Report.

TV Credits include, The X Files, Ally McBeal ,The Simpsons, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Eastenders, Holby City and The Bill.

Writing and Production TV Credits include the Olympic 2000 Theme for the BBC, and various episodes of Lonely Planet. He also oversaw the 5.1 mix of the official Olympic Broadcast Theme for the IOC.

Denis Blackham

Denis Blackham

Mastering is a vital piece of the jigsaw when creating great sounding audio. As well as providing the final sheen to all Sitting Duck's output, Denis has been providing the finishing touches to some of the greatest songs ever recorded throughout his 35 year career - here's a selection of artists he has worked with:
The Who, Bee Gees, Brian Eno, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, Yes, Kraftwerk, Human League, William Orbit, Ronan Keating, The Damned, Evita, Cats, Status Quo, Madness, Black Sabbath, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, Robert Plant, Marti Pellow, John Williams, Mika, Travis, Antony & the Johnsons, Labi Siffre, Rod Stewart,, Dolly Parton, The Hollies, Stewart Copeland, Fairground Attraction, William Orbit, Ronan Keating, Fairport Convention, Tears for Fears, Dr Feelgood, The Rubettes, Mike Oldfield, Roy Wood, Thin Lizzy, Buzzcocks, Slade, Cliff Richard, Beverly Knight, Wizzard, Cleo Laine, Bing Crosby, T-Rex, Jean Michel Jarre, Jimi Hendrix, Vangelis.

Ben Castle

Ben Castle

An outstanding musician, composer & arranger, Ben effortlessly excels in any and every genre of music. An award winning Jazz musician, he has been hailed as 'One of the most important figures to emerge onto the jazz scene for years' (International Jazz journal). Musical Director for the Pop Idol Big band, he has also lent his talents to many pop acts over the past 15 years. It would be easier to list who he hasn't worked with, but here goes with a short selection of those he has: Sting, Amy Winehouse, Leona Lewis, Will Young, Dizzee Rascal, Acker Bilk, Jools Holland, Jamie Cullum, Quincey Jones, Debbie Harry, John Williams, Michael Buble, Beenie Man, Beth Rowley, Incognito, Chrissie Hynde, Supergrass, Michael Bolton, Omar, Damon Albarn, Katie Melua, Heather Small and Emma Bunton. TV Credits include composing the theme for 'Wogan Now & Then'

Marc Marot

Marc Marot

Marc looks for opportunities to use Sitting Duck compositions in TV, film and digital media. Appointed MD of Island Records in 1990, Marc was the youngest MD in the UK music industry at that time, and subsequently headed every division of Island. Artists signed and/or developed by Marc while at Island included The Cranberries, Pulp, PJ Harvey, The Stereo Mcs, The Orb, Talvin Singh, Tricky & Nine Inch Nails. During his tenure, Island artists won the prestigious Mercury Music prize three times, and a total of ten albums were short-listed.

He guided U2's career throughout the 1990's selling over 50 million records in total. His management clients include Jessie J, the Noisettes and composer, Trevor Jones (League Of Extraodinary Gentlemen, Last Of The Mohicans, Mississippi Burning). His film music supervision credits include Angel Heart, Notting Hill and Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels. He has recently been appointed as chairman of the Crown Talent and Media Group

Julie Sharpe

Julie Sharpe

Julie is a London based composer, arranger and orchestrator. Her versatility as a musician has led to many exciting collaborations with studio producers and live artists. Previous orchestration and scoring credits include TV Ads for Max Factor & Sky, Connie Talbot's Christmas Album, short films, 'Indians' and 'Processed', and the title music for the Metro-Boulot-Dodo art installation. Composition credits include Setanta Sports FA Cup & England Game Themes. She has also composed the Official Broadcast Theme for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, as well as re-arranged FIFA's official Anthem.

Susan Arnison

Susan Arnison

Susan looks after Sitting Duck Publishing. Her music publishing life started at SBK Songs, then to George Harrisons' 'Handmade Films', before working at Hit and Run Music Publishing for 10 years, administering the royalties of Phil Collins and Genesis. Susan also works for Air-Edel as their Publishing Manager with film composers such as Hans Zimmer and Patrick Doyle. She also independently looks after the publishing of artists such as Marillion, Billy Ocean, Gabrielle, Rozalla and Francis Rossi.

Claire Freeman

Claire Freeman

Claire looks for opportunities to use Sitting Duck compositions in TV, film and advertising. After studying film-making and music composition at Brighton University, Claire worked for many years composing synthetic scores and sound-scapes for television and a number of independently commissioned shorts, including 'Invaders', 'Goodbye Cruel World' and 'The Knowledge'. During this time she worked on several films in a variety of production roles including 3rd assistant director ('Kiss me Quick' & 'Conchie') & sound recordist ('At First Sight' & 'Edge'). She continued composing music in her own right, releasing three independent albums, 'Access Memory', 'Mindfields' and 'Little Dreams'. After a two year stint, co-producing the 'The Night Train' for Brighton Festival Radio, she made the move into music management working as assistant to Marc Marot, at Terra Firma. Clients included Paul Oakenfold, Lemon Jelly, Connie Talbot, film composer Trevor Jones, Mike McEvoy & Ian Green.

Now working as a music supervisor with Marc, recent credits include Marcus Warren's thriller 'The Heavy', Richard Linklaters 1930's period drama 'Me and Orson Welles' starring Claire Danes and Zac Efron, Phillip Ridleys 'Heartless' starring Jim Sturgess, and Jonathan Lynn's 'Wild Target' starring Bill Nighy and Emily Blunt.