Marisa Clifford

CEO & Founder, Pulse Films

The difference between something that is good, and something that is truly ground-breaking or spectacular is craft. Creativity is of course crucial to any creative endeavor, but without true craft it seldom comes to life. It is craft that truly elevates an idea.

As co-founder and CEO of Pulse Films (UK and Europe), Marisa has been instrumental in growing the company from its inception into a multi-award-winning global media company and studio for the modern day. Since forming Pulse Films with Thomas Benski in 2005, she has overseen production of all of the company's award-winning film, television, music, advertising and digital content. 

Marisa has been pivotal in positioning Pulse as a creative force and has played a vital role in building the company’s roster of top-tier directing talent. She has worked with a host of market-leading agencies, brands and partners. Her innovative direction has been key to the company's global expansion, leading to new offices in Paris, Los Angeles, New York and Berlin.

Pulse has been nominated for, and won, a host of leading industry awards, including Grammys, BAFTAs, Sundance, MTV Music Video Awards and D&ADs – across all its business disciplines. The company was also recognized as one of the fastest growing creative studios in 2012, and won the Outstanding Achievement Award in the same year for The Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 programme. Fast Company also named Pulse the 4th Most Innovative Global Company in Music in 2013 – just behind YouTube and Spotify.

Marisa is an active member of several industry organisations, including Women in Film and Television, Action for Children, and the APA Council.