Alex Cooke is currently the CEO and one of the two founders of RENEGADE PICTURES. She has jointly overseen both its rapid growth and its acquisition, seven years ago, by Warner Brothers.
Alex has just Exec Produced Lost At Sea, for Channel 4, a personal story of a British rowing legend – a moving exploration of obsession, endurance and a family left behind. Last year she Executive Produced her first feature length drama for BBC2. Doing Money was a tense, thought provoking thriller exposing how modern-day slavery in Britain can hide in plain sight, It told the shocking true story of Anna – her kidnap on the streets of London and her treatment at the hands of her traffickers who sold her as a sex-slave around Ireland for 9 months. The film was written by Gwyneth Hughes and Directed by Lynsey Miller. The film has won various international Best Film awards including the Human Trafficking Foundation’s Best Film of 2019 and has been used as a training tool by the Police and Charities working in the field.
Over the past ten years Alex has Executive Produced a range of feature documentaries for American, British & international broadcasters including Baghdad High (Dir: Ivan O’Mahoney) BBC/HBO, Children Of The Tsunami (Dir: Dan Reed) BBC/CCTV/ZDF , Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine (Dirs: Alfonso Cuaron and Michael Winterbottom) Channel 4, and The Yes Men Fix The World, C4/HBO and Sean Langan’s Bowe Bergdhal V The US for BBC 4.
She has also overseen the development and production of multiple series, singles and international formats produced by the company including The Town That Took On The Taxman BBC2, An Idiot’s Guide To Politics BBC3, Mozart in Prague BBC2, Secrets of The Sales BBC1, Fear of Flying Channel 4, Secrets of The Pop Song, BBC2, Teen Exorcists, BBC3, Conspiracy Coach Trip, BBC3 Toby Young: Start Your Own School, BBC2, Cherry Healey – Seven Ages of … BBC3, The Twins Who Share a Brain, C4 A WI Lady’s Guide To Brothels, Channel 4, Excess With Nicky Taylor, BBC3.
Alongside running the company, Alex spent six year’s as an active Trustee on the Board of THE GRIERSON TRUST. She chaired various judging panels, as well as taking part in the selection panels for three of the Mentor Programmes and as mentoring individual trainees.
Her work as a director includes the current affairs documentaries Closing Guantanamo, Tea Party America, & United Gates Of America for the BBC. In 2005 she initiated and produced the 10 part series for Discovery Times, Only In America, immersing herself in subcultures across the US. Collaborating with Pulitzer Prize winner, Charlie LeDuff, she directed four of the shows including Gay Rodeo, Country Preachers, The Real 8 Mile & Fight Club trailing a bike gang who ran fight clubs in Oakland California. In 2004 Alex Cooke made her debut feature documentary How Arnold Won The West, following Arnold Schwarzenegger on the campaign trail to become Governor. The film was picked up for international theatrical release. Before directing Alex was as an editor and producer for UK broadcasters.
From 1997 to 2001 she was the sole programmer of SHEFFIELD INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL programming film and masterclasses. Highlights of her time at Sheffield involved curating programmes honouring the work of Michael Moore, Errol Morris, Alan Berliner, William Klein, Kim Longinotto, Victor Kossakovsky, Heddy Honnigman, Morgan Neville, D.A.Pennebaker + Chris Hegedus, Pavel Pawelkowski, Thomas Balmes, as well as showcasing the work of local British talent including Dan Reed, Molly Deneen, Kevin McDonald, Nick Broomfield, Sean McAllister, Franny Armstrong, John Akromfrah, Issac Julien,
From 1991 to 1993 she was a founding member and Managing Director of THE BIG ISSUE, a newspaper initiative for the homeless in London. She was involved in creating the infrastructure of the company from conception. She helped to recruited and train vendors. And tried to navigate the rocky road between vendors, agencies for the homeless, charities, the press, advertisers, lawyers, sponsors and main financial backers, Anita and Gordon Roddick.
Her additional voluntary work includes running weekly soup runs on The Strand for The Simon Community, a frontline stint on the shores of Lesbos working with refugees as they arrived, assisting at the Hope Centre, and a stint inside the central refugee camp on the island.