Who we work with
We are Octagon Content!
We think big, innovate and make it happen.A multi-platform media company on a mission to inspire.
Led by a young management and creative team, our company creates broadcast content that aims to reach new audiences, along with making engaging and shareable multi-platform long and short form digital films for emerging platforms.
We focus on factual entertainment, culture, music and lifestyle content across linear TV, streaming, mobile, digital and audio platforms. From original content to social video, we specialise in every aspect of storytelling.
Meet The Team
Steffan Thomas Managing Director / Founder
Steffan is the Founder and Managing Director of Octagon Content and is responsible for driving the commercial operations and strategic development of the company.
Prior to establishing Octagon Content, Steffan worked in the music industry, starting his career in the recording and production industry in Los Angeles where he gained valuable media and business experience. He later returned to Wales in 2010 to establish a music production company and commercial recording facility before moving into the broadcasting industry in 2018.
Steffan is actively involved in both the business and creative side of Octagon Content, helping the company to realise it’s goals and growth ambitions across all media platforms. He has been instrumental in securing commissions and leading as executive producer on Octagon’s short form content projects for S4C’s Hansh brand and producing Octagon’s recent documentary film “Wyt Ti’n Iawn?” for S4C, in which a group of young men from rural communities share their collective experiences of struggles with mental health and isolation. Steffan is also a member of the twice yearly industry panel of Swansea University’s Media and Communication Department, after being nominated to join in 2021.
Ffion Rees Board Representative / Editor
Ffion represents Telesgop Media on the board of Octagon Content after the production company was invited to take a minority shareholding in Octagon Content at the start of 2020 to offer facilities and post production support for Octagon’s growing slate of linear and digital productions.
Ffion’s work includes working as an editor on the weekly magazine series “Ffermio” and the climate change documentary series “Her yr Hinsawdd” for S4C, she edited “Climate Challenge” for Sky Vision and has edited both inserts and complete programmes of coverage of various events for S4C, “The Royal Welsh Show” for BBC Wales and BBC FOUR. Ffion also works as a radio producer and has made programmes for BBC Radio Cymru, BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio 2.
Her radio work has included a documentary with the original cast and creative team of the 1981 Cats, the musical -“First Cast” and an exclusive interview with Sir Tom Jones, recorded during lockdown, celebrating his 80th birthday for BBC Radio 2; a documentary programme on the moon landing for BBC Radio Wales – “The Moon and Us”; two series of “Emyn Roc a Rôl” which invited well known Welsh rock musicians to produce contemporary versions of well-known hymns for BBC Radio Cymru and a Christmas special of the same format, “O! Carol Roc a Rôl”.
S4C commissions 10 episode short form content.
S4C has commissioned Octagon Content to produce a 10×3 run of short and sharable digital content for it’s popular digital channel Hansh.
The series will see us working with young Welsh digital creators, universities and local communities to create a series of fun, innovative, short and sharable video content that will inclusively represent what it means to be a Welsh person in todays Wales.
5 Dêt Emma (S4C)!
In a short form series for S4C ‘Hansh’ channel, model and former Miss Wales, Emma Jenkins brings you her definitive guide to dating and relationships in the 21st century.
In a 5 episode digital series, Emma delves deep into all aspects of dating as a young single woman, often putting herself on apps and taking an amusing look into the many available options in the new world of online dating.
Emma covers everything from dating apps and sugar daddy websites to those unwanted creepy Insta DM’s…. it’s one not to be missed.
Ffit, Blas ar Fyw (S4C)
S4C commissioned us to produce a new short form healthy cooking series to inspire young audiences to get involved in a healthy lifestyle
The series is presented by Caris Hedd Bowen a keen body builder, personal trainer and cancer survivor.
During this unique series Caris shares her inspirational story with viewers and creates quick, easy and tasty snacks to keep the Nation healthy.
‘Wyt Ti’n Iawn?’ – 1×30 S4C
In 2021 we were commissioned by S4C to create a 1×30 documentary film about rural mental health within the agricultural communities of Wales and this was one of our most challenging and hard hitting projects to date. The agriculture industry has one of the highest rates of suicide, more than any other profession. In 2018, 83 farmers ended their lives in England and Wales. In the film we meet 6 brave and courageous young farmers who share their experiences of mental health in this powerful, moving and emotive documentary. The programme, filmed on location at the Royal Welsh Showground in Builth Wells was made for S4C’s linear and digital broadcast platforms.
‘Ni Bia’r Dewis’ – Urdd Gobaith Cymru
We recently completed a project for Urdd Gobaith Cymru. The brief was to create a package of social media video content for the Urdd’s ‘Ni Bia’r Dewis’ campaign. The campaign was aimed at inspiring first time voters, aged 16-17 to get out and cast a vote in the Welsh Assembly Elections. We created branded, multi platform social video’s promoting the campaign and co-produced a live
event, working alongside streaming partners to deliver and live stream the event across a range of digital and social platforms.
New relationship with Swansea University
During 2020 Octagon started a new working relationship with the media and communications department of Swansea University, co working with the department and it’s students on a digital media project for S4C’s Hansh Brand. The project offered students real world experience of developing and pitching short form content on a digital broadcast project for Hansh S4C. The project was delivered during one of the most challenges periods of the 2020 Covid lockdown and gave students new skills, the ability to learn about stringent health and safety protocols and how to self shoot and edit their content at home. Following the success of the project we have been invited to give lectures to students on working in the industry and have developed close links with the department. Recently our MD, Steffan Thomas joined the Industry Panel at the university, where industry leaders from various companies meet twice yearly to advise the department on changes in the industry, enabling the university to keep the courses as current and relevant as possible to maximise experiences and skills for it’s students.