About ShoutOut - Crowdsourced video production

The team

Dan, CEO


Over the last 35 years, Dan has worked on hundreds of TV programmes including some groundbreaking shows such as The Word, The Brit Awards, Big Brother and Top Gear.

He has shot and directed many corporate and music videos and has been on the board of various media companies including Air Studios and Resolution, who pioneered non linear editing in TV production. Dan is also a qualified Master NLP Practitioner, Hypnotherapist and Counsellor and is a well known figure in the television industry. Dan brings his filmmaking, production workflow and business experience to ShoutOut and is passionate about making quality video available to everyone.

Dan was nominated for a BAFTA in 2002.

John has been working in software for many years and has built and contributed to a host of different projects, working with startups, larger international companies and as a freelancer. He has experience working in many domains from APIs and server-based technologies, to native mobile apps, to browser based apps and websites. Automation, and specifically automated media generation, is a speciality of John’s and he has brought his passion for saving people time and energy to ShoutOut.

John, CTO


Dilys, CCO


Dilys is an expert in communicating with a wide variety of target audiences. Her expertise has proved invaluable in ensuring ShoutOut’s message is on point. She has many years’ experience in personal and professional development, career management and executive/leadership development working with all levels within an organisation from graduate intake to board level. She consults, designs and delivers career development and leadership programs globally.

Advisory panel

Jazz Gowans


An award winning journalist, executive producer and creative director, Jazz founded and ran one of the UK's leading Television Production companies (Transparent Television, part of the Argonon Group) for some 15 years, creating, winning and delivering hundreds of hours of primetime documentaries and formats, showing in over 100 countries around the world. Highlights include C4's :- 'My Daughter Amy'; 'Queer as Old Folk' ; 'A Very British Brothel' ; Britain's Forgotten Army’ with Joanna Lumley; ITV’s :- 'MOBOs: Paving The Way' and 'Leslie Ash:Face to Face'; BBC hit series ‘Supercar Superfam' and 'Restoration Roadshow'. There were also no less than nine series of C5's medical access, lightly formatted 'Botched Up Bodies' and four series of 'Portillo's Hidden History of Britain' with Michael Portillo, filmed in locations all over the world. As a journalist, Jazz contributed to several national newspapers and magazines including Vogue, Elle, The Face, The Sun, The Mail, The Mirror , The Guardian, and The Independent. She was recently honoured to be a part of a national exhibition and book as one of the UK's top 50 B.A.M.E leaders in Television and is a voting member of BAFTA, RTS and The Edinburgh TV Festival, often chairing and being part of various broadcasting awards juries across the industry.

Simon Woodroffe


Founder, owner and creative driving force behind all things YO!, Simon Woodroffe left school at the age of 16 and spent 30 years in the entertainment business. His production companies in London and Los Angeles designed and staged concerts for many artists during the 70′s and 80′s, including The Moody Blues, Madness, Rod Stewart, Stevie Wonder and George Michael. In the 90’s, he spearheaded the development of television deals to show huge international rock concerts worldwide, including Nelson Mandela concerts and shows for Amnesty International.

In 1997, Simon Woodroffe founded YO! Sushi, a conveyor belt sushi bar. The concept was to make eating a complete entertainment experience and featured call buttons, robot drinks trolleys and Japanese TV. The first restaurant opened on London’s Poland Street and became an overnight phenomenon. Today it continues to expand both at home and abroad.

In 1999 Simon won the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and became part of the CBI/BCC Ambassador of Entrepreneurism campaign, with which he is still actively involved. In 2001 he was awarded the accolade of Best Venue at the Retailer of the Year Awards. In recognition for his contribution to hospitality, Simon was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2006.

Simon has further developed the YO! brands including YOTEL, the world’s most revolutionary hotel that opened in 2007. YO! Home: Simon’s re-invention of the city apartment launched at the 100% Design event in London in September 2012 and YO! Zone: part spa, part cafe, part bar and part nightclub is in development.

His television appearances include the BBC 2 Dragons’ Den as one of the panelists, who make and break the dreams of would-be entrepreneurs as they pitch their business ideas for financing, Discovery TV’s VIP Weekends with Ian Wright, ITV’s Homes & Property and ITV’s The Millionaire’s Club.