Matt Simmonds

I connect brands with people


About Me

I’m a creative production leader with sixteen years’ experience making multi-channel marketing content. I’ve shot on location in five continents and worked on campaigns for EMEA, APAC and LATAM markets. My work’s won several awards including MediaWeek and Drum. I’ve given talks at multiple events including IAB and NAB.

I’m currently the UK Head of Creative and Production at Publicis Media. As the title suggests, I’m responsible for both creative and production leadership. A deep understanding of what’s traditionally separate specialisms enables me to deliver award-winning work with greater effectiveness and efficiency than would otherwise be possible.

In 2014 I was headhunted by The Telegraph and joined as Creative Director of Video. I was tasked with transforming the team and leading all commercial and premium editorial video content. I generated a 276% increase in revenue and won several awards by significantly improving the quality and effectiveness of The Telegraph’s video content.

In 2008 I became a freelance designer/director specialising in video content for some of the biggest media owners, agencies and brands in Europe. I worked on numerous B2C and B2B projects across a multitude of industry sectors. I also conceived and produced agency brand films and story-led pitch films for global media accounts on behalf of both Omnicom and Dentsu Aegis agency groups.

During this time I also taught and lectured on the BA (Hons) Graphic Media Design, BA (Hons) Design for Advertising, and the MA Branding & Identity courses at London College of Communication.

I started my career in 2003 co-founding and co-running a design studio. I directed music videos and designed record sleeves for artists and labels such as Paul Weller, Manic Street Preachers, Bloc Party, Sony BMG, Universal, Rough Trade and EMI.

My Work



Featuring work for Colart, Aviva, AMEX, Head & Shoulders, Mini Babybel, Halo Top, Minute Maid, The Telegraph, Schwartz UK, Citi, Sky Atlantic, Manning Gottlieb OMD and Nestle Nespresso.


2017 – 2018

Featuring work for Craghoppers, Isle of Mann Tourism, The Telegraph, Royal Mail, Tokyo Tourism, Subaru, Dentsu Aegis Network, BMW, Vodafone, Marcus Lupfer, Samsung Mobile, AMEX, AA, Head & Shoulders, Sony Xperia, Royal London, Minute Maid, Mahou, Aldi, Nikon, Sky Atlantic, The Home Office, Volvo and Shell.



Featuring work for Nikon, Sky Atlantic, Nowness, The Telegraph, Isle of Mann Tourism, Subaru, Shell, AA, IPC Media, Michelin, SSE, Head & Shoulders, Manning Gottlieb OMD, Maserati, Aldi and Marcus Lupfer.



Featuring work for Manning Gottlieb OMD, The Telegraph, IPC Media, Soho House, Subaru, Dentsu Aegis Network, Head & Shoulders and Marcus Lupfer.


2013 – 2014

Featuring work for Marcus Lupfer, IPC Media, The Telegraph, Galicia Tourism, Citroën, Canada Tourism, The Singleton Whiskey, Sainsbury’s, and Nivea.



Featuring work for Oxfam, TAG Heuer, Nivea, The Telegraph, Citroën, St Kitts Tourism and Sainsbury’s.



Featuring work for The Telegraph, St Kitts Tourism, Atlantic Records, John Lewis, Sainsbury’s, Sony BMG, V2 Records, Marston’s and Oxfam.


My (2019) Reading List

Liquid: The Delightful and Dangerous Substances That Flow Through Our Lives, Mark Miodownik

Swan Song, Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott

Ness, Robert Macfarlane & Stanley Donwood

The Old Ways, Robert Macfarlane

Are Filter Bubbles Real, Axel Bruns

The Yellow Admiral, Patrick O'Brian

The Hundred Days, Patrick O'Brian

Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioural Economics, Richard H. Thaler

The Offing, Benjamin Myers

Help the Witch, Tom Cox

Fifty Things That Made the Modern Economy, Tim Harford

Elastic, Leonard Mlodinow

Nature’s Mutiny, Philip Blom

The Gallows Pole, Benjamin Myers

Where Good Ideas Come From, Steven Johnson

Dune, Frank Herbert

21 Lessons for the 21st Century, Yuval Noah Harari

Sick Little Monkeys, The Unauthorised Ren & Stimpy Story, Thad Komorowski

Milk of Paradise, Lucy Ingles

Gods and Robots, Myths, Machines and Ancient Dreams of Technology, Adrianne Mayer

Love is Blind, William Boyd

Underworld, Robert Macfarlane

The Great God Pan and Other Stories, Arthur Machen

Reality is Not What it Seems, the Journey to Quantum Gravity, Carlo Rovelli

The Silence of the Girls, Pat Barker

The Look Away, Richard Skelton

Magic and Loss, The Internet as Art, Virginia Heffernan

Out of the Woods, Luke Turner

How Democracy Ends, David Runciman

Sweet Caress, William Boyd

How to Fix the Future, Andrew Keen

Pale Fire, Vladimir Nabokov

The Sellout, Paul Beatty

WTF!? An Economic Tour of the Weird, Peter T. Leeson

Invisible Cities, Italo Calvino

Barracoon, The Story of the Last Slave, Zora Neale Hurston

The Wine Dark Sea, Patrick O’Brian

The Commodore, Patrick O’Brian

Bridge of Clay, Marcus Zusak

Moon Palace, Paul Auster

The Complete Cosmicomics, Italo Calvino

Pig Iron, Benjamin Myers

Under the Rock, Benjamin Myers

The Creative Spark, Augustin Fuentes

How We Got to Now, Steven Johnson

Contact Me

For speaking engagements, questions, more examples of work or just for lols: