Who we are.
Alice Russell and Francesca Zampi have been friends since they met at primary school in 1988. They spent most of their twenties in different continents – Alice working in talent management in London and Francesca in entertainment in New York and LA.
In 2014 they decided to leave their respective careers and start Found, combining their interest and expertise in finding and developing talent, with their belief that the changing social media landscape was going to shake-up traditional media and create significant commercial opportunities.
They haven't looked back.
Alice’s career in entertainment all began at the Edinburgh Festival in 2000. She was hooked from day one – on comedy, on selling tickets and on building an audience, a buzz.
After graduating from university Alice joined HarperCollins, working on the team responsible for publishing the biggest names in commercial fiction at the time, including Tony Parsons and Cecelia Ahern.
In 2006, she moved to Avalon Entertainment. In addition to supporting the MD on his roster of broadcast talent (including Frank Skinner, Fiona Bruce and David Baddiel), and managing the careers of her own client list (including Iain Stirling, Phil Wang and Chris Ramsey), she ran the publishing slate, and produced over 50 shows at the Edinburgh Festival.
Alice started Found in 2014, combining her experience in traditional broadcast media and agenting with her passion for developing (and protecting) flourishing personal brands - be they in traditional entertainment or the then newly-emerging digital space.
Francesca's career started at the Royal Court Theatre in the International department, before she moved to New York to work in production on the televised Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show and then later for the The Box (nightclub) as Producer of their international events. She moved back to London in 2011 to launch and run The Box alongside Simon Hammerstein.
Francesca executive produced feature film, DIFRET, in 2012 with Dr Mehret Mandefro and Angelina Jolie, which chronicled a legal-precedent-setting court case in Ethiopia. DIFRET won Audience Awards at both Sundance and the Berlinale, and whet Francesca's appetite for visual storytelling.
Francesca is especially passionate about working with talent on content creation, and, as Found’s resident Instagram expert, understands deeply how to grow informative social media accounts that cut through algorithms and maximise the potential for monetisation.
LITERARY AGENT - CHILDREN’S/YA/ADULT
Gillie’s passion is discovering new voices with a gift for great storytelling, in any genre, for children of 9+ to Young Adult. For 10 years she was Publishing Director for Children’s Fiction at HarperCollins where she published authors as diverse as Michael Morpurgo, Louise Rennison, Judith Kerr, John Green and Garth Nix, amongst many others.
Her clients include Moira Young, whose debut novel Blood Red Road, the first book in the Dustlands Trilogy, won the Costa Children’s Book Award and has been optioned for film, and sold world-wide, and Mark Lowery, whose first two comic novels were shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, and whose book Charlie & Me has been optioned for film. Other authors include Emily Thomas, S. E. Durrant, Jane Hardstaff, Emma Hill, Rhian Ivory and Nicola Penfold.
Gillie also represents a few adult authors. ‘I love Kate Atkinson, for example, and I’m looking for women’s commercial/literary fiction that has that ability to involve the reader through wonderful characterisation and observation combined with a strong narrative style. It’s the voice that is most important for me.’
Senior talent manager
Daisy joined the Found team in 2015. She works closely with talent on every aspect of their personal brand from managing content creation for partnerships and social campaigns to building cohesive digital platforms. We call Daisy our resident "hacker" as she has a deep understanding of platforms such as Squarespace and Google Analytics and helps our clients understand the data they own and how to improve traffic and optimise user journeys. Daisy is brimming with creative ideas to engage with both existing and new audiences whether it is putting on live events or producing an online course or programme.
After realising her love for working with talent while working in PR on campaigns such as the launch of the Nike Air Zoom Strong 2 boxing trainer for KOBOX London, Nora joined the team as a Talent Manager at Found in early 2018. Her finger is firmly on the pulse with trends in fitness, fashion, beauty and food and is the willing guinea pig for any new class or programme.
Harry works with Francesca across all of her clients as well as managing her own growing list. Having trained and worked as an actor, as well as spending several years as a personal trainer in London, Harry's passion for helping people achieve their goals combined with her love for the arts and her knowledge of the world of wellness led her to Found in 2018. Being a talent manager is the culmination of the many industries she has worked in and the varied skills she's acquired along the way. Harry is also an exceptional writer which won her a place as a judge on the people's panel for the Olivier Awards in 2016.
Katie-Jane (KJ) Sullivan
KJ’s career in entertainment began at the BBC Good Food Shows in 2013 working with TV chefs, such as Mary Berry and James Martin. She quickly realised how much she enjoyed working with talent and transitioned into the world of talent management.
She worked at M&C Saatchi Merlin for almost three years, managing the careers of a number of Entertainment and Sports personalities. She worked on numerous commercial partnerships, broadcast projects, events and book launches.
KJ joined the Found team in 2019 and works both managing her own clients and working with Alice across all her clients.