Orinoco Communications was started with one goal: to harness the power of digital media to boost the impact of the most valuable research and ideas.

Drawing on a decade's experience in broadcast television documentary director, Peter Barker, set up Orinoco Communications to help promote research and innovation in the fields of science, the social sciences, and the humanities.

Orinoco Communications has grown into a specialist communications company, creating inspiring video and visual content that makes complex ideas accessible and promotes mutually beneficial engagement between specialists and the public.

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As digital content explodes online audiences are becoming far more discerning about what they choose to consume and only the most inventive and captivating campaigns are likely to hit the mark. 

So, whether you already have a strong idea of what you want, or you just know that you need something, we will work with you to devise content that perfectly matches your brief.


Whatever the size of your budget we will produce a campaign that suits your needs.

We're experts at turning complex ideas into accessible pieces of captivating visual content, from early stage development and script-writing all the way through to final delivery, we will work hard to make the production process as smooth, transparent and pain-free as possible.


The rapid proliferation of video content online means it’s no longer good enough to simply make a video, stick it up on your website and hope for the best. A campaign that lacks a proper strategy for distribution will most likely sink without trace.

We will work with you to devise a strategy to ensure that not only is your content seen by as many people as possible but that it's seen by the right people to suit your brief.

Working with the Orinoco Communications team has been a real pleasure. Their enthusiasm, rigor, tenacity and artistic ability are exemplary. From the earliest phases of development they have shown great creativity in making challenging scientific concepts accessible to the wider public. Their experience provides unparalleled support throughout the journey of content creation, from conception through to final delivery.
— Dr Rickie Patani - Patani Lab, UCL
The videos are absolutely brilliant and will be a great addition to the website. I still can’t watch the Patient Story films without a tear in my eye, and everyone I have shown them to is the same. You have caught the emotion, tragedy and optimism brilliantly.
— Professor Sir Doug Turnbull - Wellcome Trust Centre for Mitochondrial Research
It was a pleasure working with Peter Barker and the Orinoco Communications team, who showed attention to both scientific and aesthetic detail. They produced a hand-drawn animation on a tight budget in just 10 weeks. Every member of the team is efficient, responsive, and friendly. The animation has received only positive feedback, and has racked up several thousand views in a short space of time.
— Julia Turan - Communications Manager, The Physiological Society
It was a pleasure working with Orinoco to put together a film celebrating the centenary of the UK’s venereal disease act. The project ran to time and to budget and the final product was of excellent quality. Peter and the team communicated well throughout and responded to feedback and proposed changes quickly and effectively. Thank you!
— Dr Craig Tipple, British Association for Sexual Health and HIV
Orinoco Communications were a pleasure to work with, responding professionally and creatively to the brief. I would highly recommend them
— Nicola Freeman - Curator, the Foundling Museum