Who We Are

Emergence Films is a film and television development and production company committed to supporting female filmmakers and underrepresented storytellers around the world and exploring new ways to tell stories that showcase strong, complex and multidimensional women. We believe it’s time for women’s stories and perspectives to emerge more strongly in the entertainment industry and we are committed to helping make this a reality. We are currently based in Los Angeles, London, and Seattle.


Sienna Beckman

Head of Development and Production - (London & Los Angeles)

Sienna Beckman is a seasoned producer, whose passion has always been hiring more women. Living and working in Los Angeles for 10 years, Sienna has produced for NBC Universal, Scott Free Productions, Verizon go90, Fullscreen Media, Esquire TV, Refinery29, Prettybird Entertainment, Fullscreen Media, and Disney Maker Studios, among others. Her short film BIRTHDAY BOY was executive produced by Jean-Marc Vallee (Director of BIG LITTLE LIES & WILD) and is now streaming on HBO. Sienna also worked as Head of Production for YouTube influencer Anna Akana (2.5M+ subscribers) from 2015-2017 where she produced over 30 scripted scripted and sketch comedy videos, totaling over 12M views. In addition to producing, Sienna is an active member of Women in Film & TV UK and Times Up UK, and she hosts a speed-networking event series with WFTV to promote the hiring of more female crew members, creatives, and technicians.

Rachel Noll James

Head of Creative - (Los Angeles & Seattle)

Rachel is the award winning screenwriter and producer of feature films THE STORYTELLER and DON'T PASS ME BY and multiple award-winning short film PARAMNESIA. She was also the recipient of the Silver Prize in the PAGE Screenwriting Awards 2015 and Best Feature Writer at LA Femme Festival 2014. Rachel wrote and directed the short film HALF LIGHT which received exclusive distribution through Seed & Spark, and a 10 minute proof of concept for the female driven Western FOLLOW THE RIVER which is currently doing the festival circuit. Rachel is also an active member of Women in Film and passionate about bringing the female gaze to stories and genres traditionally dominated by a male perspective.

Sam Jukes-Adams

Non-Executive Director, TV - (London)

Sam has spent 20 yrs in TV Production. She has worked at the BBC, was Head of Production for Impossible Pictures, and later SVP of Scripted Production, NBC Universal International Studios. Working on and across development, financing, production and delivery of award winning content for both domestic and international networks (US NBC/AUS/CAN) and companies, ranging from science, (Horizon) CGI heavy Specialist Factual (Walking with Dinosaurs, Space Odyssey:Voyage to the Planets, Project Earth) and Drama (Primeval, Quacks, Camp, London Spy, Yonderland, You, Me and the Apocalypse, Glitch, Deadline Gallipoli). Sam has always been a passionate advocate for the development of talent and teams, and is a Mentor on the Women In Film and TV's annual mentoring programme, and a visiting Lecturer on the Producer’s MA at MetFilm (London)

Natalie Mitchell

Development Producer - (Los Angeles)

Natalie Mitchell is the LA-based development producer and director for Emergence Films. She received her a BFA from the University of California, Santa Barbara and her MFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Natalie has directed multiple one-person shows including, Hot Dates, which was ‘critics choice’ at the Hollywood Fringe in 2017. Her feature script, 30 CAMELS, was a final round selection at the Sundance Film Theater Lab. She also has spent many years in front of the camera. Her acting credits include leading roles in reputable theaters such as the Shakespeare Theater Company in Washington D.C., Malibu Playhouse, and the San Francisco Playhouse. She has also been in many national commercials and TV shows such as The Young and the Restless. Before joining Emergence, Natalie worked for 3 years as an Associate Producer for Sterling K. Brown and Ryan Michelle Bathe. Natalie is currently working on producing her feature film 30 CAMELS, which is based on her life, as well as Emergence projects Fearless & Fierce and The Time Key.

Tolu Akisanya

Publicist, Danver Communications

With over 10 years of experience, Tolu has worked in some of the UK's top organisations and campaigns in a range of industries, including personal profiles/talent, Sport, Finance, Consumer, and specialising in Entertainment, Film and TV. Tolu is also co-host of The Culture Reel podcast and co-founder of The First Film Club.