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									                                      2009 Producers and Speakers

This list has been compiled by TwelvePoint.com for the Screenwriters’ Festival from the internet. You
are advised to check the websites of the companies in question and imdb for updates. This document
will remain on the Festival website so that you can refer to it during the Festival (there is wifi at the
venue). There may be last-minute changes to the list: for the most up-to-date information please check
the Festival website.

Luke Alkin – Big Talk Productions (Executive Producer Drama)

Luke Alkin joined Big Talk from Channel 4 where he was Acting Head of Drama. During his time there,
Paula Milne’s Endgame, Peter Flannery’s The Devil’s Whore and Tony Grisoni’s adaptation of The Red
Riding books were all greenlit. He also oversaw production of The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall directed
by Rowan Joffe, Fallout adapted by Roy Williams from his acclaimed play and Ben Ross’ Poppy

Prior to this, Luke worked at BBC Films as a development executive. During this time, his credits included
The Gathering Storm, Out Of Control, Tomorrow La Scala! and Bulletboy. Luke also developed the up-
coming Men Who Stare At Goats. For BBC television, Luke produced Dirty War and Learners and Frank
Cottell Boyce’s Grow Your Own for BBC Films, the UK Film Council and Pathe.

Tamzin Cary – Big Talk Productions (Development Executive)

Tamzin Cary began her film career as assistant to Vadim Jean and Bharat Nalluri at The Mob Film
Company before moving on to assist Ruth Caleb at BBC Films. During her time with Ruth, she worked as
Production Secretary on four BAFTA winning features and singles including the Michael Powell winning
film Last Resort as well as managing a slate of 17 projects. Tamzin then moved over to be BBC Films in-
house script reader, before leaving to take up the post of Head of Development at indie production
company, The Producers Films. She continued to work in a freelance capacity for BBC Films, Fox Phillips
and Mission Pictures. Following a short stint working with Film4, Tamzin took over as Development
Executive at Big Talk Productions.


PAUL is a comedy about two sci-fi geeks who embark upon a pilgrimage in a RV to the center of America’s
UFO heartland: Nevada’s infamous Area 51. While in the middle of that desert, the two friends encounter
a fugitive alien by the name of Paul. Somewhat reluctantly, they embark upon an adventure that will
change not just their lives forever, but also the lives of the friends and enemies they encounter along the

Writers: Simon Pegg & Nick Frost
Director: Greg Mottola (Superbad, Adventureland)
Producer: Nira Park

Cast: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Seth Rogen, Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader and Jane Lynch

Company Credits: A Working Title production in association with Big Talk Productions.

Status: In Production

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World Meet charming and jobless Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera). A bass guitarist for
totally average garage band Sex Bob-omb, the 22-year-old has just met the girl of his dreams…literally.
The only catch to winning Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead)? Her seven evil exes are coming to
kill him. Genre-smashing filmmaker Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead) tells the amazing story of
one romantic slacker’s quest to power up with love in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.

Scott Pilgrim has never had a problem getting a girlfriend. It’s getting rid of them that proves difficult.
From the girl who kicked his heart’s ass—and now is back in town—to the teenage distraction he’s trying
to shake when Ramona rollerblades into his world, love hasn’t been easy. He soon discovers, however, his
new crush has the most unusual baggage of all: a nefarious league of exes control her love life and will do
whatever it takes to eliminate him as a suitor.

As Scott gets closer to Ramona, he must face an increasingly vicious rogues’ gallery from her past—from
infamous skateboarders to vegan rock stars and fearsomely identical twins. And if he hopes to win his
true love, he must vanquish them all before it really is game over.

Cast: Michael Cera, Kieran Culkin, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Satya Bhabha, Chris Evans, Anna Kendrick,
Brie Larson, Alison Pill, Aubrey Plaza, Brandon Routh, Johnny Simmons, Mark Webber, Mae Whitman,
Ellen Wong

Directed by: Edgar Wright

Writers: Michael Bacall and Edgar Wright

Based on the Oni Press Comic Book Series by: Bryan Lee O’Malley

Producers: Marc Platt, Eric Gitter, Nira Park, Edgar Wright

Executive Producers: Ronaldo Vasconcellos, J. Miles Dale

Online: Visit the production blog at http://www.scottpilgrimthemovie.com

Status: In Production

Young, Unemployed and Lazy

Logline: An acutely observed, forensically honest, warts-and-all look at a working-class couple in their

Writer: Stefan Golaszewski
Director: Richard Laxton
Producer: Kenton Allen
Executive Producers: Matthew Justice, Nira Park

Cast: Russell Tovey (Being Human), Sarah Solemani (Suburban Shootout), Kerry Howard (Reggie Perrin)

Broadcaster: BBC3

Episodes: 1 (Pilot)

Synopsis: Young Unemployed and Lazy is an acutely observed, forensically honest, warts-and-all look at a
working-class couple in their mid-twenties and the minutiae of their relationship.

All the action is confined to the couple’s unmade bed and their rather too lived-in bedroom.

Young Unemployed and Lazy reveals the hilarious and often shocking truth of what really goes on behind
the bedroom doors of today’s 20-somethings.

It’s a bold and innovative modern day reinvention of the traditional ‘married couple’ sitcom.

83 Great Titchfield Street, London, W1W 6RH

Jack Arbuthnott – BBC Films (Executive Producer/Producer/Development Editor) (See also Ed

Albert's Speech (2008) Executive Producer - Jack Arbuthnott

Introvert, Albert, has a Best Man's speech to deliver. In 18 minutes. In front of 100 people. Welcome to
the world of the best man - as seen from the inside out. With the minutes ticking away Albert finds
himself surrounded by fun-loving extroverts who have zero understanding of what his mind is going
through. Each and every one of them pile on the pressure, oblivious to Albert's ever growing inner
turmoil. As Albert battles to control his nerves and wrestle with his over-active imagination, the idea of
escape becomes all encompassing

RELEASE DATE: 20 November 2008 (Encounters Short Film Festival)

Trimming the Fat (2008) Executive Producer - Jack Arbuthnott

When a hotel barman discovers a guest is an old school friend he becomes determined that they hang out
for the night. As boundaries are crossed it can only be a matter of time before it all ends in tears.

Written and Directed by Matt Huntley

RELEASE DATE: 20 November 2008 (Brief Encounters Short Film Festival)


An Education,
Winner of the Sundance Film Festival Audience Award 2009, a delightful romance directed by Lone
Scherfig and written by Nick Hornby based on an article by journalist Lynn Barber, starring Peter
Sarsgaard, Carey Mulligan, Alfred Molina and Emma Thompson.

RELEASE DATE 30 October 2009

Bright Star
Selected for competition at Cannes Film Festival 2009, Jane Campion's lush period romance stars Ben
Whishaw as Keats and Abbie Cornish as his first love.


Glorious 39,
Romola Garai, Bill Nighy and Julie Christie star in Stephen Poliakoff's tense psychological thriller, in which
a young woman uncovers a world of dark secrets in the lead up to the Second World War.

RELEASE DATE: 20 November 2009

The Boys are Back,
Scott Hicks directs this classic drama which is in equal parts both moving and humorous. Based on
adaptation by Alan Cubbitt from the memoir by Simon Carr, Clive Owen plays journalist Joe Warr,
tragically thrust into single parenthood.

RELEASE DATES: Canada – September 2009 USA – 25th September 2009 (limited release) Australia – 12th
November 2009

Recent theatrical releases include:

Fish Tank,
Andrea Arnold's powerful urban drama; winner of the Cannes Prix du Jury 2009 and the Edinburgh Film
Festival PPG Award for Best Performance in a British Feature Film for its newcomer lead actress, Katie
Jarvis, the film also stars Michael Fassbender, Kierston Wareing and Harry Treadaway.

In the Loop
A contemporary comedy from satirist Armando Iannucci, comedy from inside the 'special relationship' - a
bold and cutting look at international politics.

Directed by Armando Iannucci
Written by Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche and Ian Martin (additional

Jon Amiel directs Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly in the story behind Darwin's personal struggle
writing On the Origin of Species, from a script by John Collee.

The Damned United

Brian Clough's fateful 44 day reign at Leeds United, the eponymous Clough is portrayed by Michael Sheen,
directed by Tom Hooper from a Peter Morgan adaptation.

Is Anybody There?
John Crowley directs Michael Caine and Anne-Marie Duff, David Morrissey and Bill Milner in this charming
tale of an unusual friendship between a child obsessed with the afterlife and a retired magician.


Artist Studios

Launched in February 2009 and based in South Wales and London, Artists Studio works with scriptwriters,
authors and other originators of intellectual property in innovative partnerships which empower those
creators with a far greater control of their work than in conventional UK production models.

Artists Studio offers a tailored service to creators, following its key principles of transparency, flexibility
and commercial efficiency. It provides an effective business infrastructure with the writer at the heart,
allowing as much (or as little) involvement in each and every stage of development, production and
exploitation as he or she wishes.

This infrastructure is provided by an experienced team, including producers and executive producers of
award-winning programmes such as Cracker, Prime Suspect, Sunday, The Last Enemy who have expertise
in film and television production, financing, business affairs and accountancy.
NEWS – 9 JULY 09

Wolf Committee and Artists Studio are pleased to announce they are in development on a project about
Paul Raymond. Channel 4’s Head of Drama, Liza Marshall has commissioned a script about the life of the
legendary Soho entrepreneur, who died in March 2008. The script is to be written by BAFTA-nominated
Simon Block (The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall).

People at Artists Studio:


To email people individually simply email firstname@artists-studio.tv

Simon Beaufoy
Screenwriter/Filmmaker (Slumdog Millionaire, The Full Monty)
Simon, the multiple Oscar-winning writer of ‘Slumdog Millionaire' and ‘The Full Monty' is a graduate of
Bournemouth Film School where he produced RELEASE ME, a half-hour drama which premiered on BBC 2
and won five awards at international film festivals. He subsequently made a 30-minute documentary
SHATTERED DREAM, a co-production with John Gau Productions, broadcast on BBC 2's 40 Minutes in

Simon's first script CELLO won the Euston Films Best Script Award at the 1991 Fuji Film Competition.
PHYSICS FOR FISH, co-written and co-directed with Bille Eltringham, was produced for BBC 2's 10 x 10
series and was transmitted in December '93. In June '96 Simon co-directed with Bille Eltringham a short,

YELLOW, which he and Bille co-wrote for Footprint/BFI/Channel 4. In October '96 he co-directed (again
with Bille Eltringham) CLOSER for Footprint/BBC/Channel 4, as part of the Brief Encounters strand. ‘The
Full Monty' was his first feature. His second feature, a three-way love story entitled ‘Among Giants' was
released in 1999. Simon co-directed his third feature ‘The Darkest Light'. ‘Yasmin', Screen Yorkshire's first
venture, followed in 2003. The following year's ‘This is Not a Love Song', filmed in Scotland as a low-
budget DV project was well received.

Susan Breen – Aardman, Head of Development
Arthur Christmas
Directed by Sarah Smith and Barry Cook (November 2011) Arthur Christmas is an action-adventure
comedy set on Christmas eve, which reveals how Santa and his huge army of high-tech ‘combat elves’ can
actually get round the whole world in one night. .

The Pirates! - In An Adventure With Scientists

Directed by Peter Lord and co-directed by Jeff Newitt (2012) The Pirates! In An Adventure With
Scientists… A delicious confection of piracy on the high seas.

Timmy Time (2009)
NEWS: Wednesday 5th August 2009 Aardman’s first pre-school show, Timmy Time, launched on CBeebies
in April this year.

Other Films in development:
Tortoise vs. Hare (2009)
A mock documentary take on Aesop's fable of the race between the slow, steady tortoise and the quick
but overconfident hare. (Screenwriter Mark Burton)

Wallace & Gromit's Grand Adventures: Fright of the Bumblebees (2009)
Video Game for PC, XBOX, 360 and Wii. Part of series of four games.

Episode 1: Fright of the Bumblebees - Wallace's idea for accelerating his honey business' growth with
supersized flowers has unintended side effects.

Wallace attempts to save his bumbling honey business, through the growth of extra large flowers. When
these giant flowers lead to an unintended consequence — giant bees! — Gromit steps in to save the town
from the angry swarm.

Episode 2: The Last Resort - Will the perfect holiday turn into the perfect crime?

When unrelenting rain ruins their holiday plans, Wallace & Gromit bring the beach to 62 West Wallaby
with a makeshift resort — in their basement. Keeping customers satisfied is tricky business, especially
when one of them is clocked on the head by an unknown assailant. Whodunnit? Find out... with a little
help from Wallace's latest invention, the Deduct-o-matic!

Episode 3: Muzzled! - Introducing Monty Muzzle - charitable philanthropist or canine conniver?

Monty Muzzle, a newcomer in town, is holding a grand fundraiser to rebuild the local dog shelter. Gromit
soon realizes that Muzzle's intentions aren't exactly charitable and he must foil the huckster's plot to save
the town's investment and rescue his canine friends.

Episode 4: The Bogey Man - Wallace & Gromit Take on the Country Club

Wallace has been admitted to Prickly Thicket, the oldest country club in Lancashire. Wallace and his
faithful caddie Gromit get wrapped up in a decades-old club dispute that threatens to destroy their
peaceful West Wallaby lifestyle, and the duo must fight to save the neighborhood they hold dear!


Phil Collinson- Head of Drama, BBC North

Phil Collinson started in television as a script editor for Granada. After working in this capacity on the
popular soap opera "Emmerdale Farm" (1972) he joined the medical drama "Peak Practice" (1993),
subsequently being made into producer of the series. He then joined the BBC to become producer of
"Born and Bred" (2002), "Linda Green" (2001), "Sea of Souls" (2004) and the revival of "Doctor Who"
(2005), working under chief writer and executive producer Russell T. Davies. In 2008 he left "Doctor Who"
(2005) to become Head of Drama for the BBC in Manchester.


He has produced several series for the BBC, including the comedy drama Linda Green, and the first
seasons of 1950s-set Born and Bred and paranormal thriller Sea of Souls. In January 2004, he started work
as the tenth full-time in-house producer of the BBC science-fiction programme Doctor Who.

While he was an actor, the role of Alexander in the 1999 Channel 4 drama Queer as Folk was written
especially for him by his friend Russell T Davies. However, after Antony Cotton auditioned for the
production team, Davies and his fellow producers felt they had no choice but to offer the role to him.

Collinson took a vacation from his Doctor Who production responsibilities for at least part of the 2007
series; Susie Liggat took his place for a month according to issue 372 of Doctor Who Magazine, while
Collinson took a holiday. There was some confusion when Collinson's break was first announced, with
some reports claiming that Collinson was leaving the series. "There was this whole madness last year
when it was announced that... Susie was going to produce a couple of episodes," Collinson told DWM in
issue 380, "cos everyone immediately thought that I was leaving, and she was taking over. My friends
thought I was seriously ill! Why else would I leave Doctor Who?" Collinson's holiday coincided with the
filming of the two-parter "Human Nature"/"The Family of Blood", he does however receive an executive
producer credit for these episodes. Liggat also produced five episodes of the 2008 series.

The BBC confirmed on February 1, 2008 that Collinson would be leaving his position on Doctor Who, to
return to Manchester as BBC Head of Drama for the region.

He also serves as an executive producer on the CBBC Doctor Who spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures.

Collinson is openly gay, and admits that Doctor Who has a special appeal for LGBT people: "I can only talk
for myself, and when I was a teenager," he said in a March 2007 interview. "For me, as a young boy and a
teenager, growing up in the north of England, in a world where I could never imagine being a gay man, let
alone settling down and finding someone, I think Doctor Who was really asexual. There were programmes
like The Sweeney which were very much about men chasing women, men getting women, whereas with
Doctor Who you had a show that never really dealt with that."


           Emmerdale (1998)


           Peak Practice (1 episode, 2000)


           Linda Green (2001)
           Born and Bred (6 episodes, 2002)
           Sea of Souls (6 episodes, 2004)
           Doctor Who (48 episodes, 2005-2008)

Executive Producer

           Doctor Who (7 episodes, 2007-2008)
           The Sarah Jane Adventures (11 episodes, 2007)

Head of Drama

           BBC Manchester (2008-present)

Arvind David –Slingshot (Head Producer)

Arvind Ethan David is head producer and CEO at Slingshot, the next generation film company which he co-
founded in 2005. Arvind leads both business and creative strategy for the company, and has served as a
producer on all of the company’s films to date – SUGARHOUSE, FAINTHEART, FRENCH FILM and

Prior to Slingshot, Arvind served as Commercial Advisor to Headline Pictures, the production company set
up by Mark Shivas, Stewart Mackinnon and Kevin Hood. Between 2003 to 2004, Arvind was Interim
Managing Director of Ruby Films, working for Oscar-nominated producer Alison Owen. In 1999, he
founded and ran hahabonk, one of the UK’s early internet entertainment companies, which produced
more than 100 short animated films and interactive games for cable television and broadband internet, as
well as helped launch the careers of such comedians as Jimmy Carr, Mackenzie Crook and The Hollow

In addition to his career as producer and entrepreneur, Arvind is also a qualified solicitor and an
occasional writer of prose and plays; his stage-show DIRK, based on the Douglas Adams character, won
three prizes in the 2007 LA Weekly Theatre Awards.

Arvind is a member of the British Screen Advisory Council and the PACT Film Policy Group. He also spends
too much time speaking at conferences and as a regular guest lecturer at London Business School. He
grew up between Kuala Lumpur and London, speaks Malay (poorly) and Spanish (even more poorly) and
enjoys blogging.

Recently Released

TORMENTED- 2009 (Producer – Arvind Davis)

A bullied teenager comes back from the dead to take revenge on his classmates. Teen/Slasher film. In
association with BBC Films. Directed by Jon Wright. Written by Stephen Prentice

In Development

The Infidel (2010) POST-PRODUCTION (Producer – Arvind Davis)

An identity crisis comedy centred on Mahmud Nasir, successful business owner, and salt. Directed by Josh
Appignanesi         Written by David Baddiel. RELEASE DATE: 2010

Arvind was also a producer on French Film (2008) and Faint Heart (2008). He was Executive Producer for
Sugar House (2007)


DNA Films


An alternate history story of a woman who, as she reflects on her private school years in the English
countryside, reunites with her two friends to face the dark secrets tied to their communal past. Based on
the novel by Kazuo Ishiguro. Directed by Mark Romanek                     Screenplay by Alex Garland

The Sweeny (2010)
Based on the 70's UK TV show, The Sweeney focuses on a hardened detective in the Flying Squad of
London's Metropolitan police. Directed by Nick Love . Written by Nick Love and Ian Kennedy Martin


28 Weeks Later (2007) ... Production Company

Directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo. Written by Rowan Joffe, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, Enrique López
Lavigne and Jesús Olmo

28 Days Later: The Aftermath (Chapter 3) - Decimation & 28 Days Later: The Aftermath (Chapter 1)
(2007)... Production Company. Set in same time period as 28 Weeks Later but told in the form of an
animation comic strip

George Faber – Company Pictures (Executive Producer)

George Faber joined the BBC as a production trainee in 1984 and worked as a script editor, producer and
Execitive Producer in the Drama Department before becoming Head of Single Drama from 1993 to 1997.
In this capacity, Faber was responsible for the entire BBC output of films and plays - some 35 productions
each year with an annual budget of £25 million.

He was responsible for 13 feature films during that time, including award-winning Antonia and Jane
(Beeban Kidron) and Priest (Jimmy McGovern/Antonia Bird), TwentyFourSeven (Shane Meadows), My Son
the Fanatic (Hanif Kureishi/Udayan Prasad), Persuasion (Roger Michell), Cold Comfort Farm (John
Schlesinger) and Her Majesty Mrs Brown (Jeremy Brock/John Madden).

Over a four year period in the early 1990s Faber was Executive Producer of Screenplay, an annual season
of 12 original films for the BBC. During his tenure, the Screenplay productions garnered more than 25
awards at UK and international TV and film festivals. They also helped launch the careers of many of
Britain's leading writers and directors, including Danny Boyle, Beeban Kidron, Gillies MacKinnon, Michael
Winterbottom and Lucy Gannon.

In 1998 he set up Company Pictures with Charles Pattinson where he has been Execitive Producer on all
TV output and producer on the feature films Titanic Town, A Room for Romeo Brass and Morvern Callar.

The Take Spring (Based on best-selling book by Martina Cole) Wild at Heart George Gently 3 Spring 2009
(BBC) George Faber – Executive Producer Shameless 6 January 2009 George Faber - Executive Producer
(2004-2007), Skins 3 January 2009 George Faber – Executive Producer (2007 – 2009).

In Development

Wild At heart 5 January 2010

Back among the lions, giraffes and elephants, love is continuing to blossom for Danny Trevanion and
fellow vet Alice Collins, but will Danny have the courage to commit to her? Throughout the series the pair
will face many challenges, not least the pressure of working together, and Alice must make some difficult
decisions about her future at Leopard’s Den.

After a turbulent courtship, everyone’s favourite gruff Afrikaner, Anders Du Plessis, is set to marry his
beloved Caroline. Wedding plans are finalised but could someone from Caroline’s past threaten their

Alice’s estranged brother Rowan, has installed himself at Mara making the rivalry between the two
reserves more intense than ever. Alice is desperate to repair the relationship with her brother, but how
far can Rowan be trusted?

With lovelorn elephants, baby giraffes and troubled tigers all providing unique challenges for the
Leopard’s Den family, this series of WILD AT HEART promises to be the most exciting yet.

RELEASE DATE: 11 January 2010 (ITV). Directed by Nick Laughland, David Richards, Roger Gartland, Paul
Harrison. Series Created by Ashley Pharoah. Written by Ashley Pharoah, Jack Williams, John Moloney,
Matthew Evans, Ben Edwards & Rachel New, Jack Lothian, Chris Murray, Charlie Martin

Shameless 7 January 2010

Christenings, weddings, riots, extreme gambling, salsa dancing, school reunions, community service,
sibling rivalry, fugitives, gigolos, whirlwind romance and messages from beyond the grave… welcome back
to the world of Shameless.

This series joins the Gallaghers, the Maguires, and all the lawless, loveable characters of the Chatsworth
Estate nine months on for 16 brand new and unpredictable episodes for 2010.

Frank Gallagher turns 50, and finds true love with local Librarian, Libby. Liam Gallagher’s hit senior school
and develops his first crush. Maxine Donnelly and Carl Gallagher get adventurous in the bedroom. The
Jockey’s got a new landlady. Micky Maguire and Ian Gallagher live together as the perfect odd couple. And
Yvonne Karib struggles to cope as her debts spiral out of control.

With the loss of Mandy Maguire series seven sets a much more celebratory tone as both the Gallaghers
and Maguires face changes head on in their own inimitable way through optimism and solidarity when
loyalties and alliances are tested.

The Maguires prepare to welcome a new addition to the family in the guise of Karen Maguire and Jamie
Maguire’s baby son Connor. Kelly Ball takes her godparents duties to the extreme and Shane gets involved
with wedding scams. Patrick and Mimi Maguire come to terms with their new living arrangements. Joe
Pritchard hits a winning streak and continues his hold on Karen- whilst she discovers that certain traits run
in her family. Ian is shocked when he is unexpectedly attracted to the wrong person. Things turn from bad
to worse for Carl and Chesney Karib when they find themselves out of their depth.

Filming began in May. Directed by David Threlfall, Lawrence Till, Paul Walker. Series created by Paul
Abbott. Written by Tom Higgins, Emma Taylor, Sarah Hooper, Kevin Erlis, Jack Lothian, Frank Rickarby,
Darren Fairhurst, Ian Kershaw, Jimmy Dowdall, Davey Jones, Phil Charles, Malcolm Campbell

Skins 4 January 2010

Skins 4 will celebrate the triumph of the teenage spirit in the face of uncertainty and the institutional
pressure thrown up by the current cultural/economic climate – proving that teenagers are not simply
drugged-up consumers, but powerful beings whose emotional strength and determination knows no
bounds, and who can defeat any obstacle with an emotional purity and honesty lost to the adult world.

In these troubled times, teenagers are our moral and spiritual compass. They hold the world together.
This uncertain future belongs to them.

Directed by Philipa Langdale, Neil Biswas, Daniel O'Hara and Esther May Campbell. Written by Bryan
Elsley, Jamie Brittain, Ben Schiffer, Lucy Kirkwood, Georgia Lester, Ed Hime, Sean Buckley. Series Created
by Bryan Elsley & Jamie Brittain

The Silence – New BBC1 commission

5x 60min episode

The Silence, written by Fiona Seres, is a unique coming-of-age drama about a sheltered 18-year-old deaf
girl who unwittingly witnesses a murder and consequently becomes the key witness.

‘Generation Kills’ (2008) received 11 nominations at the Emmys – George Faber Executive Producer

BAFTA win for the costumer designer of ‘The Devils Whore’ (TV SERIES 2008) – George Faber Execitive


Helen Grace – Screenwriter/Producer/Director

Helen Grace has written, produced and directed her own projects, and co-produced author Irvine Welsh's
directorial debut for TV.

With a strong affinity to her film-making background, she set up Left Films to find new online distribution
and viral marketing opportunities for very low budget films, that may not suit traditional distribution
routes. Left represents a small catalogue of feature films and short films for video-on-demand and other

Helen is the sales agent for Colin, and is now working with Marc Price as producer of his next film. Helen,
who's from Wales, studied Law at Cambridge, and came to film from TV News (she was once a Producer
on ITN's News at Ten).

Recently Released

Good Arrows (2009) (Director)
A darts player slides into depression after an heart attack spooks him so much he loses his skill. Released
13 January 2009. Directed by Helen Grace and Irvine Welsh. Written by Dean Cavanagh and Irvine Welsh

Are You Ready for Love? (2006) (writer/director)

A pair of Californian dating gurus come to London to launch their book on how to find love in three days.
As a publicity stunt for the book, they try to find soul mates for three lonely Londoners, but things don't
go according to plan.
Release date 9 February 2009. Directed by Helen Grace. Written by Roberto Trippini, Helen Grace and
Trudy Sargent

To be Released soon

Hit the Big Time (to be released 2009) (writer/director/producer)
Two British hit men try to give up crime by going to Hollywood to pitch their life stories as a movie. When
they fail to impress, the only job they get is to execute an old B Movie actor.

Directed by Helen Grace. Written by Helen Grace, Jason Lee Hyde, J.C. Mac and Chris Regan. Story by
Chris Regan

Lunch Box (to be released 2009) (writer/director/producer) (filming)
Loosely based on real life events of a strip group that had its hey day ten years earlier. Directed by Helen
Grace. Written by Helen Grace

In Development

Thunderchild (2011) (Producer) (pre-production) Directed by Marc Price. Written by Marc Price

Lives (2009) Written by Peter Philips            Story by Peter Philips and Helen Grace.
Script was inspired by a real-life Elvis festival that takes place every September in Porthcawl, South Wales.

Robin Gutch – Warp X (Executive Producer/Producer)

Recently Released

All tomorrow’s Parties
A DIY concert film featuring performances from an eclectic mix artist. Will be available on DVD from the
21 September 2009. (No Writers/Directed credited)

She, a Chinese [With FILM 4 and the UK Film Council]
(Executive Producer - Robin Gutch)
A film that tells the story of MEI, a young Chinese woman, who leaves her monotonous village life behind
for the excitement of the nearest big city, Chongqing and ends up in London. (Won the Golden Leopard in
Written and Directed by Xiaolu Guo

Hush 2009 [funding by Film Four] (Producer– Robin Gutch)
A young couple on a motorway journey are drawn into a game of cat and mouse with a truck driver
following a near accident. Written and Directed by Mark Tonderai

To be released

Bunny and the Bull (2009) (Producer – Robin Gutch)

A young shut-in takes an imaginary road trip inside his apartment, based on mementos and memories of a
European trek from years before. Written and Directed by Paul King. RELEASE DATE: 27 November 2009

Email: submissions@warpx.co.uk

Kate Harwood – Controller of Series and Serials, BBC Drama

Joining the BBC Drama Serials Department in 1990 she worked on many productions first as a Script
Editor, Holding on; then as Producer Close Relations, Charles II - The Power and the Passion, David
Copperfield; and Execitive Producer, Daniel Deronda, Crime and Punishment.

She was appointed Execitive Producer of the BBC soap opera EastEnders in March 2005 taking the show
to a position where it won a Bafta and two National TV Awards.

In October 2006, she was appointed Controller Series and Serials, BBC Drama Production where she
oversees shows such as Lark Rise to Candleford, Criminal Justice, Little Dorrit, House of Saddam and

Recently Released

Little Dorrit 2008
Fourteen-part adaptation of Dickens' powerful story of love, honour, debt and hope in 1820s London,
Screenplay by Andrew Davies.

Criminal Justice (Summer 2008)
Ben's ordeal begins when he wakes up to find her stabbed to death in her bed. And, what's worse, he
can't remember what happened the night before.
Unable to recall what transpired with all the evidence pointing towards him, Ben is looking at a life
sentence. He thinks if he tells the truth, he will be believed – his legal team, however, know otherwise.
Directed by Otto Bathurst and Luke Watson. Screenplay by Peter Moffat

House of Saddam
A mini-series that explores the inner workings of Saddam Hussein's family and his relationship with his
closest advisers. Directed by Jim O'Hanlon. Written by Stephen Butchard and Alex Holmes

To be Released Soon

Cranford (Christmas Special 2009)

The railway was pushing its way relentlessly towards the town from Manchester, bringing fears of migrant
workers and the breakdown of law and order. The Christmas special picks up the story in September
1844, a year after the town celebrates the wedding of Sophy (Kimberley Nixon) and Dr Harrison (Simon
Woods). Directed by Simon Curtis. Written by Sue Birtwistle, Susie Conklin, Elisabeth Gaskell and Heidi

In Development

Lark Rise to Candleford series 3

An adaptation of Flora Thompson's autobiographical novel "Lark Rise To Candleford", set in 19 century
Oxfordshire, in which a young girl moves to the local market town to begin an apprenticeship as a
postmistress. Filming to start this summer, for transmission in 2010. Directed by Alan Grint. Written by
Flora Thompson, Bill Gallagher, Gaby Chiappe, Carolyn Bonnyman and Kate Gartside

Elizabeth Morgan Hemlock – Arturi Films (Producer)

Co-Founder - Int., Screenwriters Festival

Producer - Creative Business Wales

Arturi Films is a UK based producer and co-producer for the international marketplace in the business of
MAKING STORIES TRAVEL. It does this by producing feature films and by developing and producing the
first International Screenwriters' Festival, dedicated to the art, craft and business of screenwriting which
launches in June 2006 at the Cheltenham Films Studios in the UK.

We aim to make commercial films focusing in two brand areas:

                 Our horror label is developing intelligent low budget horror movies that will terrify you,
Touching Fear
                 whilst entertaining you.
                 World Cinema movies with Writer/Directors


Mugabe and the White African (Producer – Elizabeth Morgan Hemlock)

In 2008 Mike Campbell - one of the few remaining white farmers in Zimbabwe to have held fast in the
face of the violent 'Land Reform' programme - took the unprecedented step of challenging President
Robert Mugabe before the SADC International Court (SADC - South African Development Community) to
defend his farm, which is also home to 500 black workers and their families, and to charge Mugabe and
his government with racial discrimination and with violations of Human Rights.

Directed by Lucy Bailey and Andrew Thompson



Welcome to Petersfield, a town full of Stiffs, where the young wankers have something more than being
discovered by their mothers to worry about. Comedy/Horror. Director: Dictynna Hood (Journey Man).
Written by Stephen Prentice (Tormented)


A mysterious chain letter rewards Tina when she forwards it to her friends, but kills those that break the
Chain. She must find a way to stop the Chain letter before time runs out and her boyfriend dies.
Supernatural Horror. Written by David Ross


Kara is president of the Fantasy Role Play Games Society but now she has to play for real to survive.
Thriller Horror . Written by Andrew Phillips

No-one could foresee the horror that would be unleashed as a result of Mark and Karen building their
new home on Dark Ground. Supernatural Horror. Director: Philip John. Written by Paul Finch

Chris Jones – Screenwriter/Producer/ Director

Chris was educated in the fine arts of film making and business at Bournemouth Film School after which
he produced an award winning short film with colleague Genevieve Jolliffe, before starting a film
company together, Living Spirit Pictures Ltd.

Through the company, Chris has produced three mega low-budget films, The Runner, White Angel and
Urban Ghost Story; a series of film making hand books, Guerilla Handbooks which turned into a series of
workshops and masterclasses on low budget film making and recently written and directed a second
award winning short Gone Fishing.

Recently Released

Gone Fishing (2008) (writer/director)
The touching story of a boy and old man coming to terms with bereavement through their shared love of
fishing, and the legend of Goliath, the biggest pike ever caught. Directed by Chris Jones. Written by Chris

EXAM (2009) (Associate Producer)

Eight talented candidates have reached the final stage of selection to join the ranks of a mysterious and
powerful corporation. Entering a windowless room, an Invigilator gives them eighty minutes to answer
one simple question. He outlines three rules they must obey or be disqualified: don't talk to him or the
armed guard by the door, don't spoil their papers and don't leave the room. He starts the clock and
leaves. The candidates turn over their question papers, only to find they're completely blank. After the
initial confusion has subsided, one frustrated candidate writes 'I believe you should hire me because...,'
and is promptly ejected for spoiling. The remaining candidates soon figure out they're permitted to talk to
each other, and they agree to cooperate in order to figure out the question: then they can compete to
answer it. At first they suspect the question may be hidden in their papers like a security marker in a
credit card, and they figure out ways to change their environment to expose the hidden words. But light,
liquids and other plans all come to naught. Soon enough, the candidates begin to uncover each other's
background, prejudices and hidden agendas. Tensions rise as the clock steadily descends towards zero,
and each candidate must decide how far they are willing to go to secure the ultimate job.

Directed and Written by Stuart Hazeldine. Story by Simon Garrity
CONTACT: Living Spirit Pictures Ltd. Ealing Studios, Ealing Green, London, W5 5EP

Huw Kennair-Jones – Sky One (Drama Commissioning Editor)

Sky1 announced it’s commitment to making great home-grown drama earlier this year and, as
Commissioning Editor for Drama, Huw is working at the forefront of this initiative. He has already worked
on one of Sky1's most successful adaptations - Terry Pratchett's Colour Of Magic - which enjoyed huge
ratings success when it aired at Easter. This year, Huw will play a key role in the development of Sky1
returning dramas, focusing on crime series. Huw started his career as a Script Editor before becoming a
Producer on programmes including Dream Team (Writer 2006), Holby City (Producer 2003-2004) and
EastEnders (Story Producer 2004-2005). He joined Sky in 2007.

How did you break into television?
I started photocopying scripts and making endless cups of tea for exhausted script editors at a small
Independent Production Company.


Grease the School Musical (August 2009)
School Musical returns this August with new host Duncan James, a new hit West End musical, and a new
school. Returning to help Duncan in his mission to transform our budding starlets are vocal coach Zoe
Tyler and choreographer Stacey Haines. They will put the kids through their paces with an intensive
rehearsal schedule.

Ross Kemp on Gangs (September 2009)
Ross travels from Liverpool to LA and Belize to Bulgaria securing access to the brutal gangs who terrorise
their communities. Directed by Anthony Philipson

Stargate Universe (October 2009)
The Previously unknown purpose of the "Ninth Cheveron" is revealed, and ends up taking a team to an
Ancient ship "Destiny", a ship built millions of years ago by the Ancients, used to seed Distant galaxies
with Stargates. This team, led by Dr. David Rush and Colonel Everet Young, are trapped on the ship,
unable to change its programmed mission, and encounter new races, new technology and new enemies,
as the runaway ship takes them to the far ends of the Universe. Starring Robert Carlyle, David Blue and
Alaina Kalanj. Directed by Andy Mikita and Peter DeLuise. Written by Robert C. Cooper Brad Wright Carl
Binder Paul Mullie and Joseph Mallozzi


Kevin Loader – Producer Free Range Films

Brideshead Revisisted, Venus, The History of Boys, Nowhere Boy

Kevin Loader is one of the UK’s most established film producers. His most recent film was Armando
Iannucci’s political comedy “In The Loop”, starring James Gandolfini, Tom Hollander, Peter Capaldi and
Gina McKee. The next film to be released will be Sam Taylor-Wood’s “Nowhere Boy”, the story of John
Lennon’s teenage years starring Kristin Scott Thomas, Aaron Johnson and Anne-Marie Duff.

He has a production company with directing partner Roger Michell, Free Range Films, for which Michell
has directed “Venus” from a script by Hanif Kureishi – for which Peter O’Toole achieved Oscar and Golden
Globe nominations for best actor; “Enduring Love”, starring Daniel Craig and Samantha Morton, and “The
Mother”, also written by Krueishi and starring Craig, which won the Europa Prise at Cannes in 2004.

Loader’s other recent productions include Alex de la Iglesia’s “The Oxford Murders”, Julian Jarrold’s
“Brideshead Revisited” and Nicholas Hytner and Alan Bennett’s “The History Boys”.

His other notable credits include producing “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin”, which starred Nic Cage and
Penelope Cruz, and English Civil War drama “To Kill a King”.

Loader began his career in 1982 at the BBC, producing and directing documentaries, arts programmes,
and television drama. His BBC productions included the award-winning mini-series “Clarissa”, “The
Buddha of Suburbia,” and “Holding On”. Loader has also worked for Sony Pictures Entertainment and Le
Studio Canal Plus as Manager of their London-based joint venture, The Bridge. He is Chairman of the
Cheltenham Screenwriters’ Festival.

Forthcoming productions include Tim Sullivan’s London marathon comedy “26point2”, and another Roger
Michell / Hanif Kureishi collaboration, “Weekend”, as well as scripts in development by writers including
Peter Berry, Richard Nelson and Emily Young.

In the Loop (2009) (Producer Kevin Loader)

The US President and UK Prime Minister fancy a war. But not everyone agrees that war is a good thing.
The US General Miller doesn't think so and neither does the British Secretary of State for International
Development, Simon Foster. But, after Simon accidentally backs military action on TV, he suddenly has a
lot of friends in Washington, DC. If Simon can get in with the right DC people, if his entourage of one can
sleep with the right intern, and if they can both stop the Prime Minister's chief spin-doctor Malcolm
Tucker rigging the vote at the UN, they can halt the war. If they don't... well, they can always sack their
Director of Communications Judy, who they never liked anyway and who's back home dealing with voters
with blocked drains and a man who's angry about a collapsing wall.

Directed by Armando Iannucci. Written by Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell Armando Iannucci Tony
Roche and Ian Martin (additional dialogue). Production Companies: BBC Films, UK Film Council and
Aramid Entertainment Fund. UK Distributor: Optimum Release.

Good (2008) Producer – Kevin Loader

John Halder is a 'good' and decent individual with family problems: a neurotic wife, two demanding
children and a mother suffering from senile dementia. A literary professor, Halder explores his personal
circumstances in a novel advocating compassionate euthanasia. When the book is unexpectedly enlisted
by powerful political figures in support of government propaganda, Halder finds his career rising in an
optimistic current of nationalism and prosperity. Seemingly inconsequential decisions lead to choices,
which lead to more choices... with eventually devastating effect. Original Play by C.P. Taylor. Directed by
Vicente Amorim Written by John Wrathall

Soon to be released

Nowhere Boy (2009) Producer – Kevin Loader

A chronicle of John Lennon's childhood. (Production Companies Aver Media, Ecosse Films, Film4, Lipsync
Productions, North West Vision, UK Film Council.

Directed by Sam Taylor-Wood. Screenplay by Matt Greenhalgh. Memoir by Julia Baird. TO BE RELEASED
25 DECEMBER 2009

In Development

Hyde Park on Hudson (2011) (Kevin Loader – Producer)

The story of the love affair between FDR and his distant cousin Margaret Stuckley, centered around the
weekend in 1939 when the King and Queen of the United Kingdom visited upstate New York. Directed by
Roger Michell. Written by Richard Nelson

Ollie Madden – Warner Bros Pictures (Vice President of Production)

Ollie Madden started his career at Graham Broadbent and Damian Jones' company, Dragon Pictures. He
later became an Acquisitions Executive at Atom Films, the world's largest short film distribution company.
In 2001 Madden moved on to be a Director of Production and Development at Miramax Films, where he
worked for three years and was involved with such films as Dirty Pretty Things, Bride and Predjudice and

In late 2004, Madden joined Intermedia Films as Head of UK Production and Development. Working
closely with Scott Kroopf, Intermedia's President of Production, his responsibilities include growing the UK
development slate as well as acting as a production executive on all films shot in the UK and Europe.

Currently Vice President, Production for Warner Bros. UK.

The Firm 2009
Loosely adapted from Alan Clarke’s 1989 classic TV film, Nick Love’s film is set earlier in the 80’s and
retells a similar story to the original – but
from a different character’s point of view. The film centres on Dom, a young
wannabe football casual, who gets drawn into the charismatic but dangerous
world of the firm’s top boy, Bex.
Accepted for his fast mouth and sense of humour, Dom soon becomes one the
boys. But as Bex and his gang clash with rival firms across the country and
the violence spirals out of control, Dom realises he wants out – until he
learns it’s not that easy to simply walk away.
Humorous, heart warming and set to a killer jazz funk 80’s soundtrack, The
Firm is a classic coming of age story set amongst one of England’s most
revered tribes. Directed and Written by Nick Love

Sherlock Holmes
Detective Sherlock Holmes and his stalwart partner Watson engage in a battle of wits and brawn with a
nemesis whose plot is a threat to all of England. Staring Rachel McAdams, Robert Downey Jr. and Jude
Law. Directed by Guy Richie
Written by Michael Robert Johnson Anthony Peckham and Simon Kinberg
UK RELEASE: 26 December 2009

In development

The Rapture
A young girl with the ability to predict natural disasters senses danger when an offshore drilling project
gets underway off the coast of Florida. Writtenby Daniel Hardy and Rupert Wyatt. Based on the Novel by
Liz Jenson

Our Brand Is Crisis
A feature film based on the documentary "Our Brand Is Crisis", which focuses on the use of American
political campaign strategies in South America. Written by Peter Straughan Producer – George Clooney

Untitled Johnny Depp/Alexander Litvinenko Project
A look at the life and mysterious death of Alexander Litvinenko, a KGB officer who was allegedly poisoned
by President Vladimir Putin's agents in November of 2006.

Paddington Bear
A young English boy befriends a talking bear he finds at a London train station. A live-action feature based
on the series of popular children's books by Michael Bond. Screenplay by Hamish McColl


Dan McRae – Optimum Releasing (Head of Development)

Dan MacRae is the Head of Development at Optimum Releasing. The company is currently exploring the
remake potential of the many thousands of titles from its back catalogue and that of its parent company
Studio Canal. Previously he was a Development Executive at Working Title Films and prior to that the
Deputy Head of the Development Fund at the UKFilm Council. In the distant past he worked across a
range of film activities in Scotland from repertory cinema programming to running a host of screenwriter
and producer training events.

In Development:

Brighton Rock (2010) – Production Company and Distribution
A small-town hood opts to marry the waitress who can prove he was behind the murder of a rival thug.
(KUDOS Productions and BBC Films are also credited for this film)

Coco avant Chanel (2009) ... Distributor (2009) (UK) (theatrical). The story of Coco Chanel's rise from
obscure beginnings to the heights of the fashion world. Based on the Novel by Edmonde Charles-Roux.
Directed and Screenplay by Anne Fontaine

Orphan (2009) ... Distributor (2009) (UK) (theatrical). A husband and wife who recently lost their baby
adopt a 9-year-old girl who is not nearly as innocent as she claims to be. Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra.
Written by David Johnson Story by Alex Mace

Whiteout (2009) ... Distributor (2009) (UK) (theatrical)
U.S. Marshal Carrie Stetko tracks a killer in Antarctica, as the sun is about to set for six months. Directed
by Dominic Sena. Written by Jon Hoeber, Erich Hoeber, Chad Hayes and Carey Hayes

Perrier's Bounty (2009) ... Distributor (2009) (Ireland) (theatrical), Distributor (2009) (UK) (theatrical). A
gangster named Perrier looks to exact his revenge on a trio of fugitives responsible for the accidental
death of one of his cronies.
Directed by Ian Fitzgibbon. Written by Mark O'Rowe

Jack Said (2009) ... Distributor (2009) (UK) (all media)
When his friend Nathan flees for his life, circumstances conspire to force Jack to work for crime boss, The
Gov’nor and his psychotic daughter Natalie. His chance at happiness with Erin, Nathan’s sister is
threatened by his new life and Natalie’s menacing advances. Desperate to protect those he cares, Jack
makes some difficult decisions with tragic consequences Based on the Graphic Novel by Paul Tanter.
Directed by Lee Basannavar and Michael Tchoubouroff. Written by Piers Pereira and Paul Tanter

Cracks (2009) ... Distributor (2009) (UK) (theatrical). A look at the lives and relationships among girls at an
elite British boarding school. Directed by Jordan Scott . Written by Ben Court and Caroline Ip.

Bunny and the Bull (2009) ... Distributor (2009) (UK) (theatrical). A young shut-in takes an imaginary road
trip inside his apartment, based on mementos and memories of a European trek from years before.
Written and Directed by Paul King.

And Soon the Darkness (2010) ... Distributor (2010) (UK) (theatrical). When two American girls on a bike
trip in a remote part of Argentina split up and one of them goes missing, the other must find her before
her worst fears are realized.
Directed by Marcos Efron. Written by Marcos Efron and Jennifer Derwingson
Original Screenplay by Brian Clemens and Terry Nation


Rafta Rafta (2010) ... Distributor (2010) (UK) (theatrical). A comedy set in an immigrant Indian community
in Northern England, where two newlyweds find it hard to consummate their marriage. Written by Ayub

Jack Falls (2010) ... Distributor (2010) (UK) (theatrical). Jack returns in this third instalment to repay those
that tried to kill him in Amsterdam. Written by Paul Tanter

Le Choc (2009) ... Distributor (2010) (UK) (theatrical). Directed by Pete Travis. Written by Don MacPherson

Conjure Wife (2010) ... Distributor (2010) (UK) (theatrical). A nightmare begins when Norman Saylor,
professor of sociology at Hempnell College, tries to force his wife to stop practicing the witchcraft
common to all women. Novel by Fritz Leiber Jr. Directed and Adapted by Billy Ray


Kate Ogborn – Producer

In 2006 Kate joined Revolution Films to head their Television division and was the Development Producer
on the Red Riding Trilogy, adapted for Channel 4 by Tony Grisoni.

Prior to joining Revolution Films Kate Ogborn worked as the Execitive Producer for Film at EM Media, the
regional screen agency for the East Midlands and as an independent producer at The Bureau Film
Company. Whilst at EM Media Kate executive produced Keith Fulton and Lou Pepe's 'Brothers of the
Head', Michael Winterbottom's 'A Cock and Bull Story' and Shane Meadow's'This is England'.

Kate was also instrumental in the setting up of Warp X, the low budget film scheme financed by Film Four,
UK Film Council, EM Media, Screen Yorkshire which is headed by Robin Gutch and Mark Herbert.

Kate continues to develop features at The Bureau Film Company with Tony Grisoni, James Marsh and
Chris Cooke and was Execitive Producer of the Cinema Extreme short film scheme for Film Four and UK
Film Council New Cinema Fund.

Recently Release:

The Unloved (2009) (TV) (Producer)
Lucy is eleven years old. Having been neglected by her estranged mother and father, she is placed in a
children's home. Through her eyes, we follow Lucy's struggle to cope with the system. Her saving is her
self-belief and her certainty that she is being watched over and protected by the holy spirit. Hers is a
heroic quest for love, beauty and transcendence. Directed by Samantha Morton. Written by Tony Grisoni
and Samantha Morton.

Red Riding Series (Channel 4 March 2009) – Co-Producer

Based on David Peace's novel "Nineteen Eighty". Screenplay by Tony Grisoni

Red Riding: 1974 (2009) (Co-Producer) (as Kate Ogbourne)
A rookie journalist looks to solve the increasingly vexing case of a serial killer on the loose. Directed by
Julian Jarrold. Released: 05 March 2009

Red Riding: 1983 (2009) (Co-Producer)

The seemingly untouchable, corrupt West Yorkshire police, and the true evil mastermind behind the child
abductions and murders of the last 14 years, can't resist doing it again. Against them, a fat useless lawyer,
and one remorseful copper. Directed by Anand Tucker. Released 19 March 2009

Red Riding: 1980 (2009) (Co-Producer)
Police corruption interferes with the search for a killer in Yorkshire, England.
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Directed by James Mars. Released 28 February 2009 (London Premier) 12 March 2009 (TV premier)

Keith Potter –Film Agency Wales (Head of Development)

With more than eight years experience in the film industry, Keith Potter joined the Film Agency for Wales
in September 2007 as 'Head of Talent'. He has responsibility for identifying and nurturing Welsh
filmmaking talent.

Keith was previously responsible for a slate of projects intended for cinema release at Dan Films including
'Blonde', a horror movie written by Wales' own writer-director Caradog James. He also developed the
latest Christopher Smith project 'Triangle' and Tom Rob Smith's 'Put Together', whose first novel has since
been optioned by Ridley Scott to direct. He has also worked closely with novelist Jeff Noon on adapting his
story 'Creeping Zero'.

As a member of the advisory board of the UK Screenwriters Festival, Keith is committed to developing film
writing and directing talent. Furthermore, he enjoys strong relationships with agents, funding bodies,
skills organisations and, most importantly, writing and directing talent having worked on adaptations,
speculative scripts and treatments, developing them all to draft stages.


Mugabe and the White African (August 2009)

In 2008 Mike Campbell - one of the few remaining white farmers in Zimbabwe to have held fast in the
face of the violent 'Land Reform' programme - took the unprecedented step of challenging President
Robert Mugabe before the SADC International Court (SADC - South African Development Community) to
defend his farm, which is also home to 500 black workers and their families, and to charge Mugabe and
his government with racial discrimination and with violations of Human Rights. Directed by Lucy Bailey
and Andrew Thompson

Sleep Furiously (2009)

Set in a small farming community in mid Wales, a place where Koppel's parents - both refugees - found a
home. This is a landscape and population that is changing rapidly as small scale agriculture is disappearing
and the generation who inhabited a pre-mechanised world is dying out. Much influenced by his
conversations with the writer Peter Handke, the film maker leads us on a poetic and profound journey
into a world of endings and beginnings; a world of stuffed owls, sheep and fire. Directed by Gideon Koppel

A Boy Called Dad (2009)
When he becomes a father at the tender age of 14, Robbie's life quickly spirals out of control. Feeling
angry and neglected by his own dad, he kick-starts a series of events that will catapult him at great speed
into adulthood. Directed by Brian Percival. Written by Julie Rutterford

In Development

Patagonia (2009) Parallel road movies through Wales and Argentina. Little Matador (2009) Set in the
astonishing world of child matadors, this feature documentary follows five children on their journey to
fight in the bullrings of Mexico and Spain. Directed by Marc Evans. Written by Laurence Coriat and Marc

Little Matadaor (2009) Set in the astonishing world of child matadors, this feature documentary follows
five children on their journey to fight in the bullrings of Mexico and Spain. Directed by Sandra Jordan and
Gabriel Range. Release date 2010 (for Channel 4)

Resistance (2010)

In 1944 a group of women in an isolated Welsh village wake up to discover all of their husbands have
mysteriously vanished. Based on the novel by Owen Sheers. Directed by Amit Gupta. Written by Amit
Gupta and Owen Sheers


Nik Powell – Producer

Nik went into partnership with Stephen Woolley, proprietor of the Scala Cinema, having sold out from
Virgin with the sale of his 40% shareholding in the previous year. Together they formed Palace Video,
followed by Palace Pictures, and then Palace Productions, soon establishing each as highly regarded
entities within the film distribution and production industry.

 As Execitive Producer Nik has worked on some of the most influential films over the past three decades
including Neil Jordan's 'Company of Wolves', 'Mona Lisa', 'The Miracle' and 'The Crying Game'; Michael
Caton-Jones' 'Scandal'; Richard Stanley's 'Hardware' and 'Dust Devil'; Ian Softley's 'Backbeat';Terance
Davies' 'The Neon Bible'; Michael Radford's 'B.Monkey'; Shane Meadow's 'Twentyfour Seven'; Chris
Menges' 'The Lost Son'; Mark Herman's 'Little Voice'; Kay Mellor's 'Fanny and Elvis'; Charles Dances'
'Ladies in Lavender' and Stephen Wolley's 'Stoned'.

Nick was appointed Director of the National Film and Television School in 2005, although he still remains
as non-chairman of Scala Productions.

Recently Released

The Last Thakur (2009) – Excutive Producer

UK film-maker Sadik Ahmed directs this intense contemporary Western, which takes place in a remote
town in the marshlands of Bangladesh. A mysterious young man, Kala, arrives armed with a rifle. He
immediately creates a stir in the small town and especially attracts the attention of two rival leaders: the
ruthless and powerful Chairman who runs the place and purports to represent his people and the one
man that stands in his way: the local Thakur, one of the last Hindu landlords, who is manically re-claiming
all the surrounding land for which loans remain un-paid in order to build a temple.

Walking into the middle of this bitter feud, Kala soon finds himself approached by both men to take their
side. Broke and hungry, Kala begins to bargain with them, but he is here on his own mission, to find the
man that raped and killed his mother and take his revenge. Some of Bangladesh’s finest theatre
performers offer great performances. Ahmed’s training as a cinematographer is clearly evident in the bold
picturisation of haunting landscapes and hollow-face-men with murder on their minds.

Directed by Sadik Ahmed Written by Sadik Ahmed and Heather Taylor.

Tessa Ross - Controller of Film and Drama Channel 4/Film 4

During her earlier stewardship of Channel 4 Drama, Ross successfully innovated the strategy that has
cemented a drama reputation based on risk and innovation. Pieces commissioned during that time
include Shameless, Teachers, Not Only But Always, Bodily Harm, White Teeth, No Angels, The Navigators,
Buried, Forty and Second Generation.

Other drama highlights commissioned by Ross include Peter Flannery's Civil War drama The Devil's Whore,
Longford starring Jim Broadbent and Samantha Morton, Bradford Riots, Skins and The Mark Of Cain.

Channel 4's film department has built a reputation for developing and financing films such as Danny
Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire, which has won multiple awards including eight Oscars, four Golden Globes,
seven BAFTAs and a BIFA for Best Film, Oscar®-winning The Last King of Scotland, BAFTA winning This is
England, Steve McQueen's Hunger, which won the Camera d'Or at Cannes, three BIFAs and BAFTA's Carl
Foreman Award, The Motorcycle Diaries, Touching the Void and The Road to Guantanamo.

Released last year:

How to Lose Friends & Alienate People (2008) (executive producer)
Genova (2008) (executive producer)
Slumdog Millionaire (2008) (executive producer)

To be release soon

Nowhere Boy (2009) (executive producer)

NOWHERE BOY, the debut feature of Sam Taylor-Wood, tells the never seen before story of John Lennon’s

Imagine John Lennon’s childhood A spirited teenager, curious, sharp and funny, growing up in the
shattered city of Liverpool. Two extraordinary sisters tussle for his love - Mimi, the formidable aunt who
raised him from the age of 5 and Julia, the spirited mother who gave him up to Mimi’s care. Yearning for a
normal family, John escapes into art and the new music flooding in from the US. His fledgling genius finds
a kindred spirit in the young Paul McCartney. But just as Johns new life begins, the truth about his past
leads to a tragedy he would never escape.
RELEASE DATE 25 December 2009. Directed by Sam Taylor Wood. Screenplay by Matt Greenhalgh.
Memoirs by Julia Baird

The Lovely Bones (2009) (executive producer)

Based on the best-selling book by Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones is the story of a 14-year-old girl from
suburban Pennsylvania who is murdered by her neighbour. She tells the story from Heaven, showing the
lives of the people around her and how they have changed all while attempting to get someone to find
her lost body.

RELEASE DATE: 29 January 2010. Directed by Peter Jackson. Screenplay by Fran Walsh & Philippa
Boyens & Peter Jackson

In Development

Never Let Me Go (2010) (executive producer)

An alternate history story of a woman who, as she reflects on her private school years in the English
countryside, reunites with her two friends to face the dark secrets tied to their communal past. Based on
the novel by Kazuo Ishiguro. Directed by Mark Romanek. Written by Alex Garland

The Eagle of the Ninth (2010) (executive producer)

In Roman-ruled Britain, a young Roman soldier endeavours to honour his father's memory by finding his
lost legion's golden emblem. Based on the novel by Rosemary Sutcliff. Directed by Kevin Macdonald.
Screenplay by Jeremy Brock

Ben Stephenson – Controller of BBC Drama Commissioning

Ben is Controller of BBC Drama Commissioning and is responsible for commissioning all the drama across
BBC 1, 2, 3 & 4 with the Channel Controllers.

Recent commissions include Small Island, Being Human, Spooks and the remake of Survivors.

Ben has previously worked at Yorkshire TV, Granada, LWT, C4, Tiger Aspect and Shed Productions.

Recently Released

Being Human (January 2009)
Off-beat drama about a vampire, werewolf and ghost who share a flat in suburban Bristol. Created by
Toby Whithouse. Series directed by Toby Haynes, Alex Pillai and Colin Teague (2 episodes each, 2009)

To be Released soon

Small Island (Part of the BBC Autumn 2009 line-up)

Adapted from Andrea Levy's award-winning and best-selling novel, Small Island is an epic love story about
the determined pursuit of dreams in the face of seemingly insurmountable barriers.

Set against the backdrop of the Second World War, at a time when landlords put up signs declaring: "No
Irish, no coloureds, no dogs", Small Island follows the interlocking lives of Londoner Queenie (Ruth
Wilson) and her husband Bernard (Benedict Cumberbatch); Gilbert and Hortense (David Oyelowo and
Naomie Harris), the young Jamaican couple who become their lodgers; and the handsome but mysterious
Michael (Ashley Walters).

From the heat and hustle of life in Forties Jamaica to the devastation of London in The Blitz, Small Island is
an ambitious yet personal tale that deftly touches on the weighty themes of empire, prejudice and war
with a warm, uplifting generosity of spirit.

This two-part drama is written by Paula Milne (Endgame, The Virgin Queen) and Sarah Williams
(Becoming Jane, The Secret Life Of Mrs Beeton) and directed by John Alexander (Life On Mars, Survivors).


A Ruby Television production

Directed by John Alexander. Screen play by Paula Milne

Spooks (Part of the BBC Autumn 2009 line-up)
The missions of MI-5, the UK's intelligence organization.
Directed by Alrick Riley, Sam Miller and Edward Hall. Written by Ben Richards, Zinnie Harris, Christian
Spurrier, David Farr, Jack Lothian, James Dormer and Dennis Kelly

In Development

Survivor’s Series Two
In present day England a devastating virus kills more than a million people and leaves few survivors. The
world is still coping with the as the structure of the world begins to disintegrate, you’ll see more of the
world collapsing. It will gradually become more tribal, in the sense that people will form alliances and
groups. Created by Adrian Hodges

Lark Rise to Candleford - Series 3

An adaptation of Flora Thompson's autobiographical novel "Lark Rise To Candleford", set in 19 century
Oxfordshire, in which a young girl moves to the local market town to begin an apprenticeship as a
postmistress. Filming to start this summer, for transmission in 2010.

Michael Stevens
Commissioning Editor, BBC Audiobooks
Originally trained as an actor, Michael worked as a website editor for Blackwell's before joining BBC
Audiobooks as a copywriter in 2000. For the past six years he has managed the company's portfolio of
Doctor Who and science fiction titles. He commissions and exec produces several ranges of ‘audio
original' CD and download stories based on the current series of Doctor Who, Torchwood and The Sarah
Jane Adventures. The readers of these include David Tennant, Catherine Tate, Freema Agyeman, John
Barrowman and Elisabeth Sladen. This year Michael conceived and script edited the Hornets' Nest multi-
voice series which, written by Paul Magrs, has seen Tom Baker return to the role of the Doctor for the first
time in 28 years.

Sam Taylor – F.A.M.E (Producer)

Guy X, White Lightnin’, Before the Rain, Iron Sky

Sam Taylor is director and joint-owner of Film and Music Entertainment who merged her company Mass
Productions Ltd into F&ME in January 2000. Her most recent credits are Deathwatch, Hilmar Oddson’s
Cold Light, Fridrik Thor Fridkriksson’s films Niceland and Falcons, Anders Ronnow Klarlund’s puppet epic
Strings, Loving Glances, which was selected for competition in Venice 2003, and Peter Timm’s My Brother
is a Dog.

Films to be released soon

Turtle: The Incredible Journey (2009)                 Producer: Sam Taylor

A loggerhead turtle follows the path of her ancestors on one of the most extraordinary journeys in the
natural world. From a beach in Florida, she rides the Gulf Stream to the frozen north, swimming around
the entire North Atlantic to Africa and then back to the beach where she was born. But her chance of
survival is low - just one in a thousand turtles will make it safely home. Directed by Nick Stringer

Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre (2009) Producer – Sam Taylor

An epic tale about a group of whale watchers, whose ship breaks down and they get picked up by a whale
fisher vessel. The Fishbillies on the vessel has just gone bust, and everything goes out of control. Directed
by Júlíus Kemp. Written by Sjón Sigurdsson

White Lightnin' (2009) Producer – Sam Taylor. Following the life of Jesco White through drug abuse, to
mountain dancing to murder. Directed by Dominic Murphy Written by Eddy Moretti and Shane Smith


Kenjac (a.k.a. Donkey) (2009) Co-Producer – Sam Taylor

It is 1995. The summer when the war operation Storm will take place. Boro, who is going to be forty in a
year and a half, with his wife Jasna and son Luka goes to his home village Drinovci, Herzegovina, after
seven years. He wants to see his brother who managed to leave Sarajevo with his family. Boro knew that
his brother was wounded, but when he sees him after many years, he discovers that the brother will
spend the rest of his life in wheel chair. Boro constantly fights with Jasna, and he doesn't speak at all to
his father Pako, whom he blames for his mother's death. In two weeks in August 1995, Boro will solve the
years long dispute with his father, he will learn to be a better husband and a father. Written and Directed
Antonio Nuic

A Congregation of Ghosts (2009) (post-production) (Sam Taylor - executive producer). The film, starring
Edward Woodward tells the story of legendary the Reverend Frederick Densham, a vicar who made
himself so unpopular with his parishioners that they boycotted his church in Warleggan on Bodmin Moor.
A drama filmed in Falmouth and Pencarrow House Cornwall, England, UK. Directed by Mark Collicott.
Written by Mark Collicott, Martyn Wade and Tom Wnek

Iron Sky (2011) (pre-production) (co-producer: UK – Sam Taylor). The Nazis set up a secret base on the
moon in 1945 where they hide out and plan to return to power in 2018. Directed by Timo Vuorensola
Screenplay by Johanna Sinisalo. Story by Antti Hukkanen and Jarmo Puskala

The Ugly (2011) Comedy/Western Film. Director Martin Koolhoven. Screenplay by Robert Fusco and
Martin Koolhoven

David Thompson – Origin Pictures (Executive Producer)
[Former Head of BBC Films]

David Thompson began his career at the BBC as a documentary maker. He began producing drama while
working for the BBC's Everyman documentary series, where he produced the original Shadowlands
(directed by Norman Stone), which won the British Academy Award for Best Drama and an International
Emmy Award. Subsequent productions included the BAFTA Award-winning Safe, directed by Antonia Bird,
and Alan Clarke's The Firm and Road.

Mr. Thompson was appointed Head of BBC Films in May 1997, overseeing a slate of films for cinema and
television. Past BBC Films productions include John Madden's acclaimed Mrs. Brown; Stephen Daldry's
Billy Elliot (the company's most successful film to date, which took in over $100 million worldwide, and
which won three BAFTA Awards and was nominated for three Academy Awards); Richard Eyre's Iris,
starring Dame Judi Dench, Kate Winslet, and Jim Broadbent, who won the Academy Award for his
performance; Stephen Frears's Dirty Pretty Things, written by Eastern Promises screenwriter Steve Knight;
Michael Winterbottom's In This World (BAFTA Award winner, and winner of the Golden Bear Award at the
Berlin International Film Festival), Code 46, and [Tristram Shandy:] A Cock and Bull Story; Lynne Ramsay's
Ratcatcher and Morvern Callar; Roger Michell's The Mother; Christine Jeffs's Sylvia (also a Focus Features
release); Ken Loach's Sweet Sixteen; Pawel Pawlikowski's Last Resort and My Summer of Love (also a Focus
Features release); Danny Boyle's Millions; Stephen Frears's Mrs. Henderson Presents; Michael Caton-
Jones's Shooting Dogs (a.k.a. Beyond the Gates); Andrea Arnold's Red Road, which won the Jury Prize at
the Cannes International Film Festival; Nicholas Hytner's The History Boys; and Richard Eyre's Notes on a
Scandal, which received four Academy Award nominations.

David announced in 2007 that we would be leaving the BBC after 32 years to start up his own
independent production company - Origin Pictures.

RECENTLY RELEASED (by Origin Pictures)

Love Hate (2009) (David Thompson - Executive Producer) (SHORT FILM). A sweet-natured charity worker
finds his life turned upside down, when he falls in love with a mysterious woman. Written and Directed by
Blake Ritson and Dylan Ritson

Freefall (2009) (TV) (David Thompson producer)

While the Western real estate market booms, London companies like big spender Gus' compete for
customers as 'easy money', repackaged as bonds sold to banks and private investors. Agent Dave
Matthews even happily follows instructions to sell discount mortgages to people with blacklisted credit
ratings. The charming born salesman overcomes his schoolmate Jim Foster's wife's suspicions: the
security officer with two kids buys a Tudor dream house beyond his means. In a matter of months, the
market crashes. Now business misery cascades, as do personal tragedies. Written and Directed by
Dominic Savage

TO BE RELEASED (David Thomson)

Into the Storm (2009) (David Thompson - Executive Producer). Continuing the storyline of The Gathering
Storm, Churchill at War is a look at the former British prime minister's life and career at the end of WWII.
Directed by Thaddeus O'Sullivan. Written by Hugh Whitemore

Bright Star (2009) (David Thompson - Executive Producer).

The drama based on the three-year romance between 19th century poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne,
which was cut short by Keats' untimely death at age 25. Written and Directed by Jane Campion

Fish Tank (2009) (David Thompson - Executive Producer).

Everything changes for 15yr old Mia when her mum brings home a new boyfriend. Written and Directed
by Andrea Arnold

Creation (2009) (Completed) (David Thompson - Executive Producer)

English naturalist Charles Darwin struggles to find a balance between his revolutionary theories on
evolution and the relationship with religious wife, whose faith contradicts his work. Based on the
Biography by Randal Keynes. Directed by Jon Amiel Screenplay by John Collee

Nativity (2009) (post-production) (David Thompson - Executive Producer)

An improvised comedy based around a school nativity play. (David Thompson - Executive Producer).
Written and Directed by Debbie Isitt. RELEASE DATE – 4 December 2009

Edge of Darkness (2010) (post-production). (David Thompson - Executive Producer)

As homicide detective Thomas Craven investigates the death of his activist daughter, he uncovers not only
her secret life, but a corporate cover-up and government collusion that attracts an agent tasked with
cleaning up the evidence. Directed by Martin Campbell. Screenplay by William Manahan and Andrew
Bovell. Original TV Series by Troy Kennedy Martin. RELEASE DATE – 19 February 2010

IN DEVELOPMENT (Origin Pictures)

The First Grader (2010) - IN PRODUCTION (David Thompson - Producer)

In 2003 the Kenyan government introduced free primary (elementary) school for all. Little did they know
that an 84 year old village elder, Kimani Nganga Maruge, would see this as an opportunity of a lifetime to
receive the education he had always been thirsty for, but could never afford. Together with Jane Obinchu,
the principal of Maruge's village school, they will try to overcome a controversy and battle an opposition
at a governmental level that will allow the human spirit to surface in their quest for education. Directed
by Justin Chadwick          Written by Ann Peacock. UK RELEASE DATE: 2010

Samba (2010) (David Thompson - Producer). The mother of a Moroccan samba teacher hires an imam in
an effort to cure his son's obsession with a telenovela star. Written and Directed by Hicham Ayouch

The Crimson Petal and White (TV mini series) - TREATMENT/OUTLINE
(David Thompson - Producer). Set in 1860s London, a young prostitute finds potential power and status
after becoming the mistress of a powerful patriarch.
Based on the book by Michael Faber. Currently optioned with Origin Pictures with plans for a four-part


Ed Wethered – (BBC Films Development Executive) – see also Jack Arbuthnott


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