We are Overcoat


We are Overcoat

We tell stories in sound that 

beguile, inform and intrigue.

From podcasts to live concerts, arts features to factual series, our content’s got a reputation for turning heads – blending the intimacy and rigour of documentary storytelling with narrative playfulness and sonic adventure.

Our work

A selection of our projects produced either in-house or for others

Our vision

A launchpad for new talent and new sounds

We are bespoke audio producers, dedicated to highly-crafted content for the radio, podcast and commercial worlds. And we’re determined to do things differently.

We hunt for new talent, new stories and new experiences on both sides of the microphone. And we’re passionate about giving expression to a fresh and diverse array of voices that matter.

Our home is Wales, and our language is international.

Steven Rajam, creative director

Bold, imaginative ideas that tease the mind

As a BBC documentaries and music producer for over a decade, Steven built a reputation for arts and factual programmes that combine captivating stories with fresh, playful and original approaches to narrative and form.

His feature “Tim Key and Gogol’s Overcoat” won the 2013 Prix Italia, and he’s made award-winning programmes on subjects from politics to sport, visual arts to history, comedy to poetry.

Steven’s also a vastly experienced creator of bespoke music content – having produced and managed more than 300 hours of live concerts, events and strand programmes for BBC Radio 3.

Michael Surcombe, managing director

We are at the heart of an audio revolution

Michael has a track record of being at the cutting edge of technological innovation, combining a content-maker’s creative flair with an eye for the latest digital ideas. A music specialist, he’s produced numerous key strands for the BBC – including Composer Of The Week, Radio 3 in Concert and Cardiff Singer Of The World – alongside documentaries for BBC Radio 4.

He’s also a respected technology professional and trainer, and led BBC Wales’s innovations programme in audio, video and digital from 2014 before setting up his own production company.

Amy Wheel, business manager

Attention to detail with a can-do attitude: Amy loves making things happen. She worked at BBC Wales for 13 years, coordinating a busy team making a vast array of network radio features before coming to work for Overcoat Media. She has also produced programmes for the BBC – including presenter/producing two documentaries for BBC Radio 4, editions of Radio 3's Composer Of The Week, and live Radio 3 concerts.

Our Team

We work with a wide range of freelance producers, editors and sound designers from across the world, with our core staff based near Cardiff, Wales.

You can find out more about some of our freelancers below.

If you would like to talk to us about making a documentary or podcast please drop us a line at sounds@overcoatmedia.com. Overcoat Media is a supporter and signatory of the Equality In Audio Pact. Find out more about the pact here.

Alia Cassam, producer

Alia is a freelance radio producer who has made documentaries for BBC Radio 3, Radio 4, the World Service, Tate, and regularly features on BBC Radio 4's Short Cuts. She trained on the BBC's flagship Production Trainee Scheme where she focused on current affairs and arts broadcasting. She is interested in radio as a medium for "encounter culture", and for working with poetry in a prose-saturated world.

Melvin Rickarby, producer

Melvin is a freelance producer of podcasts, radio and music recordings. As an in-house documentary specialist at the BBC for 20 years, he authored features on everything from natural history to business takeovers and jazz to Nordic culture.

Recognised for a creative, crafted approach to audio, he now brings that expertise to radio and podcast projects for broadcasters and brands.

Katherine Godfrey, executive development producer

Katherine is a freelance executive producer who, most recently, was Head of Audio at the Guardian. Over a decade as an audio producer, she has created new strands for BBC Radio 4 that celebrate smart thinking across disciplines from history to social science and the arts and exec produced major BBC Radio strands.

She’s created podcasts for Art Fund and Glyndebourne Opera and documentaries across the spread of BBC Radio and loves location recording. But she has, honestly, never enjoyed a production more than the comedy podcasts she made for BBC Sounds.

Her work emphasises the long tail of ideas and the importance of emotion, and reverberates with her love of experimental music. She is interested in audio that challenges our perceptions, particularly about mental health, and helps us make informed decisions about the way we live.

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