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The Essential List: Dan Mallerman

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The head of new business and partner at Kode may never finish that stage script he’s working on, but he’s fuelled by London’s best Turkish street food so here’s hoping

The Essential List: Dan Mallerman
When Dan Mallerman joined Kode in 2015 it was a small production house with big ambitions but a fairly limited body of work to show off. Since then, as head of new business and, since 2018, as partner, he’s helped the company reach the grand ambitions it had back then.

Just a glance at Kode’s recent work proves that. Look at what it’s done for adidas, Michael Kiwanuka and Electrolux.

Here’s what stokes Dan’s engines.


o Place of birth: Royal Free Hospital, London
o Hometown: London
o Staycation: Polzeath, Cornwall

o Vacation: New York
o Pet: Dog, Pippa. Cats, Otis and Marvin


o Place of work: Kode Media
o Place of workout: Clissold Leisure Centre
o Side project: The unending stage script
o Mode of transport: Preference - walking. Necessity - the Tube
o Bonus travel essential: Taser


o Artist: Sydney Mead – neofuturistic concept artist on Blade Runner, Alien
o Musician: Bruce Springsteen (today)
o Commercials / music video director: Martin de Thurah
o Film director: Martin Scorcese
o Photographer: Don McCullin, Lee Jeffries
o Film: Ghostbusters
o Series: The Sopranos
o Commercial: Under Armour ‘Rule Yourself’

o Music video: Chet Faker ‘Gold’

o Board game: Chess (Connect Four, really)
o Book: Cicero trilogy – Robert Harris
o Podcast: Desert Island Discs
o Newspaper (off or online): The Guardian
o Magazine: Men’s Health
o Bonus culture essential: Not complaining that Google Maps isn’t working

Food and Drink

o Breakfast: Banana, two eggs, peanut butter smoothie
o Restaurant: Number One at the Balmoral, Edinburgh 
o Cheap bite: Turkish stall – Paul Street
o Working lunch: See above
o Favourite dish: Steak, chips
o Signature dish: Yogurt lamb kebab
o Snack: Crisps – any crisps. 
o Guilty pleasure: Fish and chips from the chips shop at the top of my road
o Bar: The Auld Shilellagh 

Picture credit: Ewan Munro 

o Booze: Guinness
o Not booze: Tea
o Bonus food: Jacob’s Cream Cracker towers – buttered.
o Bonus beverage: Horlicks


o Phone: Google (for now)
o Computer: MacBook Air
o TV: Panasonic
o Headphones: Beats
o Camera: Phone
o Soundsystem: Bose
o Pen / pencil: Bic
o Where you document an idea: Phone, notebook
o Casual clothing: Denim shirt
o Smart clothing: Non-denim shirt
o Footwear: Reebok Classics
o Watch: Tag
o App: Instagram
o Website: Little White Lies / Huck
o Morning grooming / makeup essential: Toothbrush
o Bonus kit essential: Toothpaste
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Kode, Wed, 15 Jan 2020 15:04:33 GMT