Marc is a creative producer, with a passion for supporting, developing and producing emerging talent across film, new media and visual arts.
He is also Founder and Managing Director of B3 Media; an award winning media arts agency, which has been responsible for a number of innovative initiatives ranging from new media, moving image and film.
Formerly, Marc worked as a Senior Executive at the UK Film Council’s (UKFC) New Cinema Fund and at the Bank of England. He holds an MBA and is the recipient of a NESTA Fellowship award (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts).
Founder and PAL President
I grew up on a small remote lake in Michigan with many summers on a cattle ranch in Montana with my pioneer relatives. I learned as a child to round up cattle, shoot game and catch fish (all year round even through the ice in winter). I read and wrote stories and did a lot of drawing. My education at Cranbrook, a brilliant school in the States, was special. It gave me a creative approach to learning for the rest of my life. Following an undergraduate year in architecture at the University of Michigan, I came to the Royal College of Art at the age of 19 to study textile design and later did an MA the Courtauld Institute in London with the notorious double agent, Anthony Blunt, as my tutor. I worked as a textile designer in Scotland and Paris in the ‘60s; then became a publisher of children’s and illustrated books in London and New York in the ’70s and early ‘80s; Rupert Murdoch bought The Times in 1980 and ‘killed’ my national children’s newspaper Small Times after its first issue. I left publishing then to become a reportage photographer in the ‘80s and ‘90s. All these professional experiences have taught me to trust and value lateral thinking, multitasking, cross/inter/trans-disciplinary thinking and practice.
In the late ‘80s, I developed a passion to make experimental laboratories for small, diverse groups of exceptionally talented practicing artists to make new work in theatre, film and opera. Nicky Singer, then an aspiring novelist, and I created Performing Arts Labs to do this. We discovered generous talented Lab Directors from around the world who attracted talented people with brave ideas. PAL has never looked back since. Each new Lab informes the next.
In 2000, in recognition of PAL’s achievements at that time, I received a miraculous four-year education award of over £1m from the National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts (NESTA). This enabled our company to create new forms of Lab programmes with more artists, architects, animators, scientists, educators, researchers, policymakers and many others. PAL’s achievements are due to many people’s shared commitment to back brave independent talented people of all ages and to continue the struggle, no matter how difficult it is, to find the funding to do this. I have now retired from working at PAL and am busy developing my personal projects, I’m always happy to hear from people so please do get in touch, you can reach me at Susanbenn@mail.com.
Rehana Mughal is Head of Arts Partnerships, Middle East for British Council. Until very recently she was Executive Producer at PAL Labs and led the development of our LabSchool© programme. She has worked as Creative Producer at the Southbank Centre in London co-curating an exhibition of young peoples art work. She has worked in the cultural sector for ten years managing national and international cultural partnership projects. Rehana has expertise in intercultural dialogue, partnership project design and management and she is an Arts Award Advisor. Prior to working independently Rehana worked at Creativity, Culture and Education on the Creative Partnerships programme since its inception. She spent six years working with Arts Council England, developing collaborative cultural projects working with artists, museums, galleries and teachers in London. Rehana graduated from the Slade School of Art at University College London with a Masters in Fine Art Sculpture. After graduating she worked in higher education, lecturing at universities. She is a Trustee for the Kingsgate Gallery and Workshops in London and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA). Rehana has a particular interest in the transformative power of arts and culture and is interested in projects that use creativity to develop a capable and enterprising population.
I have a passion for numbers, I’m a qualified accountant and studied for an MBA at Jilin University in China. I have worked to manage finances for both public and private sector clients for over 15 years. I am highly self motivated and adaptable with up to date accounting and auditing knowledge. I am committed to partnership working, social enterprise and making finance an enjoyable experience. At PAL I manage the finances and work with the team to develop new business ideas and prepare budgets for PAL programmes and projects. I live in east London and when I’m not polishing my calculator I like to spend my spare time keeping fit and going to the cinema.