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01 May 2012

Televisual's inaugural film survey kicks off with a showcase of the UK's leading film production companies. Tim Dams profiles the indies behind some of Britain's biggest and best films

The British film industry is currently enjoying the best of times and the worst of times.

Home grown hits such as The King’s Speech and The Inbetweeners have delivered awards and huge box office. The UK is also a magnet for big budget Hollywood shoots, with features such as Prometheus, Snow White and the Huntsman and John Carter employing thousands of crew.

But it’s still an industry that remains as tough as ever in which to do business. In particular, financing and getting films made has not become any easier.

Former UK Film Council chairman and ex-Polygram boss Stuart Till summed up the situation neatly last month at a Bafta debate on the future of independent production. Citing the box office rewards of The Inbetweeners and The King’s Speech, he said: “It’s like a one arm bandit. The jackpot pays out more, but the chances of hitting it are getting less.”

The UK does have, however, several factors in its favour that increase its chances of hitting this global jackpot. In particular, the UK has benefited from the existence of a stable and easily understood film tax credit system that can deliver up to 20% of budgets.

Most importantly – and as the following pages demonstrate – the UK boasts a wealth of world class filmmaking talent and a respected film heritage.

The UK’s talent pool – so evident as you scan the lists of top directors, producers, DoPs, vfx houses and studios in this film special – provides a solid base to make acclaimed UK films and reassures Hollywood that its big budget shoots are in good hands here.

The UK’s top producers
Below is a list of the top 40 film production companies in the UK, which has been compiled with help and feedback from a number of leading film producers, agents and film PR executives.

The companies selected are those that have a track record of making films that attract box office, critical acclaim and awards. They are not just producers for hire – rather they are producers who look for and develop scripts, attach talent to projects, raise finance and risk their own money in films that they believe in. Missing from the list are companies that are owned by broadcasters (like FilmFour and BBC Films) as well as outfits that are predominantly distributors (Lionsgate, Pathe) or financiers (Prescience, CinemaNX).

The companies vary considerably in size and scale. We’ve chosen to list them alphabetically, but if we did try to rank them, it’s clear that Working Title would sit at the very top of the list. Having produced over 100 films and generated over $5bn at the global box office, the producer of Notting Hill, Elizabeth, United 93 and Green Zone is on a completely different scale to other production companies here. Fully funded by Universal Pictures, it feeds prestigious films with a British and European sensibility straight into Hollywood.

The top-tier of film production companies would then comprise about 15 other outfits. They are companies that make one or two films a year – some of which, like The King’s Speech or Slumdog Millionaire, become global phenomena.

Those companies are: Aardman, Big Talk Pictures, Cloud Eight, DNA, Ealing Studios, Ecosse Films, Heyday, Hammer, Number 9, Recorded Picture Company, Revolution, Ruby Films, Seesaw and Vertigo.

Aardman Animations - Peter Lord, David Sproxton, Nick Park
Bristol’s Aardman has won four Oscars, and over the past 40 years has established itself as a world leader in model animation. It’s been a productive year for the studio that takes years to make its lovingly crafted films - it’s just delivered two movies for Sony in less than six months, Arthur Christmas and The Pirates!  Aardman is a fully integrated company, with successful TV, commercials and digital divisions too. Credits: Chicken Run, Wallace and Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Flushed Away, Arthur Christmas, The Pirates!

Archer Street Films - Andy Paterson, Anand Tucker
Production started in Scotland last month on Archer Street’s latest, the long gestating adaptation of The Railway Man. Oscar winners Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman lead the stellar cast in the £12m film about the true story of a Scottish prisoner of war and his journey to confront his Japanese captors. Archer Street was launched after the success of producer Paterson and director Tucker’s 1998 hit Hilary and Jackie. Credits: Girl With a Pearl Earring, Beyond the Sea, Burning Man

Bedlam Productions - Gareth Unwin
Bedlam’s Gareth Unwin partnered with See-Saw on the The King’s Speech, for which Unwin became an Academy Award winning producer. Working across film and TV, Bedlam is now shooting Zaytoun, about an Israeli fighter pilot who is shot down over Lebanon, and is readying The Lady Who Went Too Far with The King’s Speech writer David Seidler. Credits: The King’s Speech.

Between The Eyes - Ben Pugh, Rory Aitken
Set up in 2005 to make films, ads and music videos, Between the Eyes’ first film was the Bafta-nominated Shifty. This year sees the release of its anticipated second feature, Welcome to the Punch, directed by Eran Creevy, a British attempt at a glossy action thiller like Heat. Credits: Shifty, Welcome to the Punch

Big Talk Productions - Nira Park, Matthew Justice, Kenton Allen
Big Talk is one of the UK’s most highly regarded production outfits that’s enjoyed success across film and comedy TV. It also has a track record of finding and working with young and upcoming talent – many of which, like Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish, have now graduated to the big time. Big Talk is taking Ben Wheatley’s black comedy Sightseers to Cannes this month, where it plays in Directors’ Fortnight. Credits: Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Paul, Attack the Block, Sightseers, Rev (TV), Spaced (TV), Him and Her (TV)

Blueprint Pictures - Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin
Riding high after its latest film – John Madden’s The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – topped the UK box office earlier this year, Blueprint’s next release is Ol Parker’s Now is Good. After their success producing 2008’s In Bruges, Blueprint is reteaming with director Martin McDonagh and star Colin Farrell for upcoming black comedy Seven Pyschopaths. Boss Pete Czernin is a close friend of David Cameron, while Broadbent was previously a co-founder of Dragon Pictures and Mission Pictures with Damian Jones. Credits:  Becoming Jane, In Bruges, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Now is Good.

Cloud Eight - Christian Colson
Christian Colson hit the big time with Slumdog Millionaire. A frequent producing partner for Danny Boyle, Colson won an Oscar for his work on the film and was also nominated this year for 127 Hours. Colson most recently produced Boyle’s upcoming art heist thriller Trance, starring James McAvoy and Rosario Dawson. Credits: The Descent, Eden Lake, Slumdog Millionaire, The Scouting Book for Boys, Centurion, 127 Hours

Cowboy Films - Charles Steel
‘A serious talent’ is how one rival describes Cowboy Films’ Charles Steel, who has found success focusing on both feature films and TV drama. Run by Steel, working alongside producing partner Alasdair Flind and TV development producer Sara Murray, its most recent credits include Kevin Macdonald’s feature doc Marley and C4’s drama hit Top Boy. Cowboy is producing MacDonald’s next film, How I Live Now, a teenage love story set against World War 3 which is set for a June shoot. Credits: Marley, Top Boy (TV), The Last King of Scotland, Fire in Babylon.

DJ Films - Damian Jones
A blue chip producer whose most recent film The Iron Lady won Meryl Streep an Oscar, Damian Jones has just produced the upcoming Fast Girls. Hoping to cash in on Olympic fever, it charts “the rollercoaster journey of a British female sprint team.” Jones was previously partnered with Graham Broadbent at Mission Pictures, but set up on his own in 2003. He’s just signed a first look deal with Pathe UK. Credits: The Iron Lady, Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, The History Boys, Kidulthood. Welcome to Sarajevo.

DNA Films - Andrew Macdonald, Allon Reich
Known for its brilliant deal making, DNA is behind some of the most distinctive UK films of recent years. DNA was the recipient of large amounts of lottery cash soon after the creation of the UK Film Council in 1997 and went on to strike a joint venture with Fox Searchlight which yielded films like 28 Weeks Later and The Last King of Scotland. DNA is putting the finishing touches to Dredd, Alex Garland’s re-imagining of Judge Dredd which is directed by Pete Travis. Forthcoming projects include a Garland supernatural thriller that he will direct, a project with BBC Films and Fox Searchlight, a contemporary musical, as well as a variety of TV projects. Credits:  28 Days Later, The Last King of Scotland, Sunshine, Never Let Me Go

Ealing Studios - Barnaby Thompson
Ealing Studios is the UK’s only vertically integrated film studio, making its particularly British brand of films like St Trinian’s as well as owning legendary facilities Ealing Studios. Its Ealing Metro arm also focuses on international sales and distribution. Ealing is now in development on another of its hugely successful St Trinian’s films. Other upcoming Ealing productions include Nina Simone biopic Nina, written and directed by Cynthia Mort and the thriller Vanished directed by Pete Travis. Credits: The Importance of Being Earnest, St Trinians, Dorian Gray, Burke & Hare

EON – Barbara Broccoli, Michael G. Wilson
The home of the James Bond film franchise, Eon is very much a family business and is run by original 007 producer Albert R ‘Cubby’ Broccoli’s daughter Barbara and stepson Michael G Wilson. Their first film in charge of Eon was 1995’s GoldenEye and they are set to release Skyfall later this year, with Sam Mendes directing Daniel Craig in his third outing as 007. Credits: Quantum of Solace, Casino Royale, Die Another Day, GoldenEye, Octopussy, Moonraker, Live and Let Die, You Only Live Twice, Goldfinger, Dr. No.

Ecosse Films – Douglas Rae, Robert Bernstein
Ecosse has a strong reputation in both film and TV. Last year it released Andrea Arnold’s Wuthering Heights, and is set to shoot Girls Night Out this year, based on the true story of Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret being let out of Buckingham Palace for one night to join the VE celebrations in 1945. New films in development include: Treasure Island, On Green Dolphin Street and American Adulterer. It’s also remaking its BBC1 drama Mistresses for ABC in the US. Credits: Mrs Brown, Becoming Jane, Brideshead Revisited, Nowhere Boy, Wuthering Heights.

Hammer - Simon Oakes
Legendary horror brand Hammer hadn’t released a feature for over 30 years until it became part of Guy East and Nigel Sinclair’s Exclusive Media in 2008. Now, after years of false starts, it’s enjoying huge success with its ‘smart horror’ output, most notably 2012’s Daniel Radcliffe starring The Woman in Black which has taken over $125m worldwide. Follow up The Woman In Black: Angels of Death is now in the pipeline, as well as features The Quiet Ones, Boneshaker and Gaslight. It’s diversified too, launching a publishing imprint through Random House and plans a Hammer Theatre of Horror. Credits: Let Me In, Wake Wood, The Resident, The Woman in Black

Heyday Films - David Heyman
One of the UK’s pre-eminent producers, David Heyman struck gold as the producer of the Harry Potter franchise for Warners, and his Heyday Films has a first look deal with the Hollywood studio – one of very few such deals in the UK. War drama St Nazaire about the British commando raid in 1942, directed by Potter’s David Yates, is on the cards. November sees the release of space drama Gravity, starring George Clooney. Credits: Harry Potter films, I am Legend, The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, Page Eight.

Independent Film Company - Luc Roeg
A diversified and highly regarded business which specialises in development, financing, production, sales and distribution, Independent produced Lynne Ramsay’s We Need to Talk About Kevin. Projects in development include adaptations of Bernard Cornwall’s Azincourt and Dean King’s Skeletons on the Zahara. Credits:  We Need to Talk about Kevin, Mr Nice

JW Films - James Wilson 
JW Films is one of the production companies behind Jonathan Glazer’s upcoming Under the Skin, starring Scarlett Johansson. Run by former Fox Searchlight and FilmFour exec James Wilson, JW Films is also producing Sophie Fiennes’ The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology. Described as a ‘cineaste’ who is drawn to edgier material, Wilson is also a director of Big Talk Pictures. Credits: Under the Skin

Liberty Films - Stuart Fenegan
With a background in commercials production, Fenegan’s first film was Duncan Jones’s well received debut Moon. The pair set up Liberty Films together, and are understood to be working on a massive Ian Fleming biopic that will be directed by Jones. Credits: Moon.

Neal Street - Pippa Harris
Set up by Sam Mendes, Pippa Harris and Caro Newling in 2003, Neal Street spans film, TV and theatre. Its TV arm produced BBC1’s ratings smash Call the Midwife, while its film operation is readying long delayed Ian McEwan adaptation On Chesil Beach and is making Nick Murphy’s Blood starring Paul Bettany and Brian Cox. Neal Street’s theatre division, run by Newling, produced Shrek The Musical. Credits: Revolutionary Road, Starter for Ten, Jarhead.

Number 9 Films - Stephen Woolley, Elizabeth Karlsen
Number 9’s Stephen Woolley together with partner Elizabeth Karlsen hardly need any introduction, having produced some of the UK’s most distinguished films from the 1980s on. Upcoming releases include Mike Newell’s highly anticpated Great Expectations and Neil Jordan’s Byzantium and it’s also readying John Crowley’s Carol. Credits: Mona Lisa, Ladies in Lavender, Little Voice, Interview with the Vampire, Crying Game, How to Lose Friends and Alienate People, Made in Dagenham

Origin Pictures - David Thompson
Launched by the former head of BBC Films in 2008, Origin is in pre-production on Nelson Mandela biopic Long Walk to Freedom in South Africa which stars Idris Elba and is directed by Justin Chadwick. It’s been a busy few years for Origin, which is active across film and TV, producing the Rebecca Hall starring The Awakening as well as BBC2’s The Crimson Petal and the White. Origin has a deal with Fremantle Media Enterprises for TV distribution and producer/financier Anant Singh backs the company through Distant Horizon, the international production and distribution company. Credits: The Awakening, The Crimson Petal and the White (TV)

Passion Pictures - John Battsek
Passion is the name in feature documentaries in the UK, having produced over 25 films starting with the Oscar winning One Day in September in 1999. Passion is currently working on several new feature film projects, including - with Cowboy Films - the new feature adaptation of Meg Rosoff’s How I Live Now which is due to shoot this summer with Kevin MacDonald directing. Credits: One Day in September, In the Shadow of the Moon, Restrepo, Fire in Babylon, Project Nim

Peapie Films - Kris Thykier
Former Freuds PR vice-chairman Kris Thykier set up Peapie Films in 2009, having run Marv Films with Matthew Vaughan for two years previously where he’d exec produced hit film Stardust. With a focus on international movies with commercial appeal, Peapie’s slate includes Trash with Working Title Films, written by Richard Curtis and to be directed by Stephen Daldry. Thykier’s recent producing credits include his current film I Give It a Year by Dan Mazer and Madonna’s W.E. Credits: Stardust, Harry Brown, Kick-Ass, W.E., Ill Manors

Recorded Picture Company - Jeremy Thomas
Legendary producer Jeremy Thomas has made some 60 films and continues to produce on average two a year. Thomas’ operation employs some 56 people across RPC and sales outfit Hanway Films. RPC starts shooting a new Jim Jarmusch film in July, and is readying a feature about The Kinks as well as JG Ballard adaptation High Rise.  Thomas is also considering branching out in to TV production soon. Credits:  Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence, The Last Emperor, Naked Lunch, Stealing Beauty, Crash, Sexy Beast, The Dreamers, 13 Assasins

Revolution films - Andrew Eaton
Prolific, nimble and smart, Revolution produces all of Michael Winterbottom’s films including his latest, the Paul Raymond biopic The King of Soho. But Revolution isn’t just a one director indie - it makes a range of other projects, including Ron Howard’s next film, Formula One epic Rush, and last year’s London Film Festival opener, Fernando Mereilles’ 360. Like many other film producers, Revolution has also successfully moved in to TV, producing C4’s Red Riding trilogy as well as Winterbottom’s hit comedy The Trip. Credits: 360, The Trip (TV), The Killer Inside Me, Red Riding (TV), A Mighty Heart, In This World, 9 Songs, Jude

Ruby Films - Alison Owen, Paul Trijbits
Ruby is an entreprenuerial and creative indie that’s on a roll. It’s diversified into TV with acclaimed dramas such as Toast and Small Island and is currently shooting Stephen Poliakoff’s Dancing on the Edge. Set up by Lily Allen’s mother, Alison Owen, in 1999, Ruby was bolstered by the arrival of ex UK Film Council New Cinema Fund head Paul Trijbits in 2007. With nine full time staff working from its Clerkenwell offices, Ruby is readying David Yates’ (Harry Potter) next film Your Voice in My Head as well as Saving Mr Banks, which has Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson attached to star in the true story behind Disney’s Mary Poppins. Credits: Jane Eyre, Tamram Drew, Chatroom, The Other Boleyn Girl, Sylvia

Scott Free - Liza Marshall
Ridley and Tony Scott’s London and LA based production outfit houses both of the brother’s films, and signalled its intention to bolster its UK activities with the appointment of former C4 head of drama Liza Marshall as head of film and TV in late 2010. Scott Free is readying Rowan Joffe’s (Brighton Rock) psychological thriller Before I To To Sleep, and has executive produced Eran Creevy’s Welcome to the Punch.

See-Saw Films - Iain Canning, Emile Sherman
Arguably the most interesting young production company in the business, the Anglo-Australian See-Saw was launched in 2008 by London based sales exec Iain Canning and Austalian producer Emile Sherman. Soon after they hit the big time with The King’s Speech, winner of four Oscars, including best film. Since then, See Saw has produced Steve McQueen’s Shame. See-Saw Films has a first look deal with Momentum Pictures in the UK and has a sister company in Australian/NZ distributor Transmission Films. Credits: The King’s Speech, Oranges and Sunshine, The Kings of Mykonos, Linear.

ShoeBox - Paul Webster
The former boss of FilmFour, Webster recently launched Shoebox with Guy Heeley and director Joe Wright. Shoebox’s first film is Hummingbird starring Jason Statham, which wraps this month. Just before setting up Shoebox, Webster produced Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina, alongside Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner. It’s now in post for a likely autumn festival debut. Webster was previously head of Elisabeth Murdoch’s Shine Picture’s film arm, producing Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. Credits: Hummingbird

Shine Pictures – Ollie Madden
Shine Pictures is the film division of Elisabeth Murdoch’s Shine Group, which is behind Lasse Halstrom’s Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. Warner Bros exec Ollie Madden took over running the business from veteran producer Paul Webster last year. Shine Pictures has a joint venture with New Regency, and is producing the Brad Pitt starring The Gray Man, directed by James Gray, through that. Shine is also producing the big screen version of bestselling Scandinavian thriller Three Seconds for New Regency and has a sequel to Eastern Promises set up at Focus Features. Credits: Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, Brighton Rock, Eastern Promises, Miss Pettigrew Lives for A Day.

Slate Films/Potboiler – Andrea Calderwood, Gail Egan
Experienced producers Calderwood and Egan joined forces in 2009 to co-develop a slate while keeping their standalone companies. They’re now making their adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s bestselling novel Half of a Yellow Sun, set during the Nigerian-Biafran War of 1967-1970. Calderwood also produced HBO’s TV drama Generation Kill. Credits: I am Slave, The Last King of Scotland, The Constant Gardener

Sigma Films - Gillian Berrie, David Mackenzie
Scotland’s pre-eminent film production company, the Glasgow based Sigma has produced director David Mackenzie’s films including Young Adam and The Last Great Wilderness. It also has strong links with Danish producer Zentropa, which has seen it contribute to films such as Lars von Trier’s Dogville and Susanne Bier’s After the Wedding. Sigma’s most recent film, Citadel, won the audience award at SXSW. Credits: Red Road, Young Adam, Hallam Foe, Perfect Sense, You Instead.

Sixteen Films - Rebecca O’Brien
Clever, entrepreneurial and viewed as a ‘national treasure’ by one fellow producer, Rebecca O’Brien runs Sixteen Films with Ken Loach.  Their latest film, An Angel’s Share, plays in competition at Cannes this month. Sixteen is adept at working with European partners to raise finance for its projects. Credits: Land and Freedom, Sweet Sixteen , The Wind that Shakes the Barley, My Name is Joe, Looking for Eric.

Synchronicity - Colin Vaines
The Weinstein Company’s former head of European production and co-president of Graham King’s GK Films, Vaines returned to freelance production in 2010 having amassed credits including The Gangs of New York.  The prolific Vaines was one of the producers of Ralph Fiennes Coriolanus, co-produced Madonna’s directing debut W.E and co-exec produced My Week with Marilyn. Dividing his time between London and LA, he’s now readying the story of gay Welsh rugby star Gareth Thomas and a ghost story from Bafta nominated chiller specialist David Pirie. Credits: Coriolanus, W.E.

Toledo Films - Duncan Kenworthy
Kenworthy set up Toledo Pictures in 1995 soon after producing Four Weddings and A Funeral through Working Title, continuing to work with Working Title on Notting Hill and Love Actually. The former chairman of Bafta, his most recent film through Toledo was Kevin Macdonald’s Roman epic The Eagle. Credits: Four Weddings and A Funeral, Notting Hill, Love Actually, The Eagle.

Trademark Films - David Parfitt
Trademark is run by Oscar winning producer David Parfitt and film financier Ivan Mactaggart. Still as tenacious as ever, it recently released My Week With Marilyn which picked up two Oscar nominations. Trademark is best known for its award winning, prestigious dramas like Shakespeare in Love and Madness of King George but is actively developing across a range of genres. Next up is anticipated TV drama Parade’s End, adapted by Tom Stoppard for HBO/BBC. Credits: My Week With Marilyn, Shakespeare in Love, Madness of King George.

Vertigo films – James Richardson, Alan Niblo, Rupert Preston
Vertigo has carved out an impressive business across production and distribution by knowing its market well and fearlessly backing ever more commercially ambitious films.  Over the past few years it’s made a name for itself with an eclectic slate including hits Streetdance and Streetdance 2, as well as Monsters and Horrid Henry. Coming up is The Sweeney, while it is readying a Pusher re-make starring Agyness Deyn. Vertigo also owns Berlin post outfit The Post Republic and is a partner is sales outfit Protagonist Pictures. Credits: The Football Factory, The Business, Bronson, Streetdance 3d, Streetdance 2, Horrid Henry, Monsters

Warp films - Mark Herbert, Robin Gutch, Peter Carlton
Warp has been behind some of the most distinctive British films of the past decade. Buoyed by the transfer of Shane Meadows’ This Is England from the big to the small screen, the entrepreneurial Warp Films has also been developing its TV business and now has at least four drama and comedy series in the pipeline, including a multinational crime story for Sky Atlantic and Canal Plus with director Kevin Macdonald attached. Warp’s strong relationship with Shane Meadows also continues and he’s shooting his Stone Roses documentary at the moment. Credits: Dead Man’s Shoes, Four Lions, This is England, Submarine, Kill List, Tyrannosaur

Wildgaze Films - Finola Dwyer, Amanda Posey
Well respected, old school indie whose most recent credit was the Oscar nominated An Education. Dwyer and Posey recently formalised their partnership to develop and make distinctive, high-end films through Wildgaze. Upcoming features include Nick Hornby adaptation A Long Way Down, which has Pierce Brosnan attached, and Brooklyn, based on Colm Toibin’s best seller, which has Rooney Mara attached. Separately Dwyer has just produced Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut Quartet. Credits: An Education, The Hamburg Cell, Fever Pitch, Backbeat

Working Title - Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner
Working Title’s scale, size and success is unique to the British film industry. “There’s no other company that does what it does,” says one rival, who describes it as being like the 51st state of Hollywood. “They are in a category of their own.” Although several of its recent films haven’t matched the commercial success that one expects from the producers of Notting Hill and Bridget Jones, it remains the pre-eminent British production company of its generation, ranking as one of the world’s – not just the UK’s – leading producers. Backed by Universal Pictures through to 2015 via a new first look deal which funds its projects, it’s trusted by the studio to deliver films which marry a British sensibility with Hollywood production values. Working Title has made nearly 100 features since 1983 that have grossed over $5bn at the box office. And that’s not to mention six Oscars and 30 Baftas. The company’s 2012 slate looks strong, and includes Baltasar Kormákur’s Contraband, starring Mark Wahlberg and Kate Beckinsale, which recently posted the Working Title’s all-time biggest US box office opening weekend; Les Misérables, by The King’s Speech director Tom Hooper and starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, and Anne Hathaway; and Joe Wright’s epic love story Anna Karenina, starring Keira Knightley and Jude Law. It’s now shooting Rush, the Ron Howard directed film about Formula 1’s Niki Lauda and James Hunt based on a Peter Morgan script, and Closed, the John Crowley-directed film that stars Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall. Working Title also has a burgeoning TV division Working Title TV (WTTV), producing comedy and drama content such as Birdsong and The Borrowers for UK and US broadcasters. Credits: Senna, Green Zone, State of Play, Frost/Nixon, Atonement, Hot Fuzz, United 93, Nanny McPhee, Pride and Prejudice, Love Actually, Johnny English, About a Boy, Bridget Jones’ Diary, High Fidelity, Notting Hill, Elizabeth, Four Weddings and A Funeral, Wish You Were Here, My Beautiful Laundrette.

 
 























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