Jo Tongue, CEO
With over 15 years in the Industry Jo has experience across the board in the media.
Starting out at the BBC as a sports reporter she moved into radio and TV working on programmes such as Wright and Bright, Fighting Talk, Baker and Kelly, The Eamonn Holmes Show, BBC News and BBC1’s Inside Sport. She produced high profile documentaries such as Spoony meets Sir Alex Ferguson, Spoony Meets Mourinho, Glenn Hoddle’s Top Ten Number Tens and Euro 96 – When Football Came Home. She has also been the Editor of BBC Flagship Football programme, 606 for nine years.
Jo worked in Kenya for the World Service Trust training footballers, coaches and the press in media skills. Since working as talent manager she has developed the careers of many prominent sports personalities and broadcasters.
She has a season ticket at Tottenham Hotspur and since Italia ’90 has had a strange love for Nicola Berti.
Sara Butler, Head of Production & Business
Sara’s background lies in setting up productions globally and working with production companies at start up level to develop their brand and grow their business.
She started at the BBC over 15 years ago and her credits include Silent Witness, The Bill, Footballers Wives, Casualty and Eastenders. Sara produced her first feature film, Papadopoulos & Sons, in 2011 to much critical acclaim.
As well as drama Sara’s expertise lies in commercial and digital content and recently she has headed up branded content for clients such as House of Fraser and McDonalds.
Sara is not afraid to stand out from the crowd, as testified by her having Justin Edinburgh’s name on her shirt when she and Jo met aged 12 at Spurs!
Veronica Kent, Production Manager
Production Manager Veronica has over 15 years experience working across many TV genres – Live Outside Broadcasts, Drama, Entertainment, Childrens, Comedy and Classical Music. Credits include Sport Relief, the Queen’s Diamond Jubliee, Eastenders, Holby City, Derren Brown, Watchdog & Come Fly with Me.
She is a retired “steady” marathon runner who did manage to beat Katie Holmes in the New York Marathon. Obsessed with astronomy Veronica is currently studying the stars whilst aiming to meet the Apollo moonwalkers.
Chloe Shearer, Junior Agent
Starting out on the news team at Metro Radio, Newcastle Chloe has been immersed in the media for 7 years.
Chloe has worked across many BBC productions such as Sport Relief, 606 and the recent law series Raising The Bar. She has worked with high profile talent since the beginning of her career and is known for her calm, professional and practical attitude when both planning programmes but also when on live sets.
Recently working as the production co-ordinator at a sports marketing agency, she was responsible for co-ordinating live global broadcasts with international clients.
The highlight of Chloe’s career so far was reading the showbiz news on Metro radio at 6pm daily because she could spend all day on showbiz websites as “research”. She and Jo are currently fighting over who is going to open the international Tongue Tied Media office.a>
Jessica Hall, Talent & Operations Manager
Theatre credits include Room On The Broom (KW & NB), Top Hat The Musical (Kenny Wax Ltd), Matilda The Musical (Royal Shakespeare Company), The Woman In Black (PW Productions Ltd), Showstopper! The Improvised Musical (SFTW) and An Evening With Sir Roger Moore (Meadow Rosenthal Ltd).
Outside of the theatre world Jess delved into working across the entertainment industry as a whole which included working for brand based live event companies and festival organisations.
Credits include Brainiac Live, Science Museum Live and Guinness World Records Live (Dan Colman Creative), VAULT Festival (The Heritage Arts Company) and as the Live Events Coordinator for Guinness World Records.
As part of a sport obsessed family Jess can often be found at Craven Cottage…or The Oval on a Friday evening…sometimes watching Formula 1… a bit of NFL action at Wembley…. heading to the Olympic stadium for the athletics…the list goes on!
Steve Tongue, Director
A sports journalist and broadcaster for 45 years, Steve was the voice of London football from day one of LBC and later the BBC radio football producer.
He has worked for three national newspapers, covering nine World Cups and two Olympic Games.
His new book on David Beckham – David Beckham, Fifty Defining Fixtures- is out now.
Steve is a loyal Leyton Orient fan and the only time we have ever seen him shed a tear was when Orient reached the play off final in 2014 and he actually became a pitch invader!
Matt Horsman, Broadcast Intern
Matt hails from the Scottish capital of Edinburgh. After 18 years, and a high school career littered with mediocre sporting achievements, Matt set off for the sunny shores of Cape Town to live and work for a year at Wynberg Boys’ High School.
It was here that comparisons between South African sporting cultures and ones closer to home ignited a passion in him for a career in sports media. Since then Matt has graduated with a degree in English Literature from the University of Glasgow, and is now studying for a Masters in sports journalism at St. Mary’s University in Twickenham.
His first and most passionate love was for Heart of Midlothian football club, and after 17 years as a season ticket holder Matt feels grateful for the harrowing lessons he has learned along the way of the fleeting highs and gut-wrenching lows of modern sport.
Away from sport Matt is a keen musician and a four-time World Bagpipe Champion, and still plays with his group ‘Pipers Incorporated’. They have toured across Europe, down the east cost of America and most recently were booked to play a gig in Milan for New Year’s Eve!