Who we are

Chilworth Media Associates is a partnership established in 1987, as a spin-off company of the University of Southampton, to produce film and video programmes and support material in the business, health and education sectors. 

In the early years we combined this commercial work, (for clients such as the major pharmaceutical companies and medium to large corporations), with public sector and university commitments. This incredibly busy schedule and our, (then), scarce resources gave rise to a way of working which is very service-based, cost effective and ensures that we deliver the right solution to a clearly-defined problem.

The film which does what is sets out to do!

Which is what we do now, producing film and video for large screen, small screen, DVD and the Web, to solve your communication problems or to solve your problems with communication.


Ian Kelso graduated from film school in 1985 and joined the University of Southamptonís film unit as a sound recordist and editor. Within the year he was producing teaching, training and public relations programmes across a wide range of subjects. In 1987 Ian and John Allen started CMA as a spin-off company of the University. For a time he was also Head of Television at a University in the City of London before giving up commuting to return to CMA full-time. He has won over a dozen awards for his films, including most recently in the 2007 British Medical Association Book Awards, first prize in Electronic Media for a programme about chronic pain in haemophilia. He serves on the Southampton Branch Committee of the Federation of Small Businesses, is a member of BECTU and a member of the Guild of Television Cameramen.

John Allen is a former geography teacher, University Lecturer and television producer who, as Director of the University of Southamptonís Department of Teaching Media set up the award-winning film and video production unit which gave rise to CMA. He has forty yearsí experience as a photographer, producer and executive producer of hundreds of film and video programmes.

While the partners are the only full-time employees, our name reflects our philosophy of having a select group of associates around us, in order to supply the very best people to pursue your specific project, to which we give our name, our reputation and our guarantee.

Chilworth Media Associates 
Filmworks for Business and Health