Welcome to Mek It Media

Mek It Media (say it with a Yorkshire accent!) is a collaboration between former BBC/ITV journalist and writer Helen Leavey and filmmaker Simon Collins, both based in York. They’ve regularly worked together on short films, including several for the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. They’ve also now turned their hands to podcasting.

Mek It Media’s ‘Voices from Herriot Country’, initially released in April 2020, captures heartwarming tales from 21st century Yorkshire characters and was created to mark the 50th anniversary of the first book by James Herriot, a pseudonym for Alf Wight. The vet-turned-bestselling author’s stories went on to feature in the popular BBC TV series ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ in the 70s/80s. A new Channel 5 version came out in September 2020.

Voices from Herriot Country series graphic

You can listen to it on Itunes here: https://t.co/AuNh6Fb18H

and on Soundcloud here: https://soundcloud.com/user-127319777

In the first series of ‘Voices from Herriot Country’ you’ll hear a great-grandmother with more than 50 owls in her garden, an old farmer who discovered buried treasure in his yard, a lady who went to a wedding on the back of a donkey, and more! Some interviewees personally knew James Herriot himself.

What services do we offer?

As well as offering professional visual storytelling and production services, Helen and Simon also create podcasts. They do extensive background research to find the best themes, stories and interviewees before they begin to go out and about gathering material. They then do all scripting, editing and post-production for each podcast episode, including finding or creating suitable music, before uploading and listing the finished audio on platforms such as iTunes, Spotify and Soundcloud.

Mek It Media can also offer video and photography, which can be hugely beneficial in promoting a podcast. And, with extensive links to the media and a lot of PR experience, Helen can generate coverage on a national scale. For ‘Voices from Herriot Country’ she was able to get articles in many newspapers including The Daily Mail, the Yorkshire Post, and The Northern Echo. She was also interviewed on BBC radio. In its first few weeks the podcast picked up thousands of listens in the UK and around the world, from Europe to the USA — even China.

For Funeral Director Hayley Owen, we produced this suicide awareness campaign film. Starting with a brief, we created a script, filmed at multiple locations, completed the edit and post production, and then ran a full marketing and promotion campaign for the final video.

Background research

Capturing & creating quality content

Post production

Any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch