Daybreak Pictures’ co founder, Hal Vogel, has departed the Tinopolis-backed indie and set up new production company, Slate Entertainment.

Ringside Media, the investment arm of Newen-backed indie Ringside Studios, led by Gub Neal, is taking a stake in the new drama production co.

David Aukin, the co founder of Daybreak Pictures along with Vogel, has also left Daybreak.

At Daybreak they produced a range of television dramas and movies, winning numerous awards including Baftas for Peter Kosminsky’s ‘Government Inspector’ and ‘Britz’ and a Peabody for Paula Milne’s ‘Endgame’. Movies include ‘Hyde Park on Hudson’, ‘Hamburg Cell’ and most recently Justin Kurzel’s ‘True History of the Kelly Gang’.

Vogel said: ‘Daybreak Pictures was a fantastic company committed to making stand-out era-defining TV. We had great partners in Tinopolis and I had an amazing partnership with David (Aukin) but now feels like a good time for change. The industry has transformed . Partnering with Ringside and Newen and their extensive European network and support structure, and with my own relationships and projects, is a really exciting next step for Slate Entertainment. David and I will continue to collaborate on projects together as I build a company committed to powerful new voices and great stories that can make impact internationally.’

David Aukin said “The 17 years with Tinopolis have been fantastic , supporting us at all times, but now its time to move on and for me to focus on a few pet projects. I wish Hal every success with Slate.

Vogel is working on a range of high end scripted projects across film and TV. Slate Entertainment will focus on “smart quality material with leading international talent and international partners.”

Neal said: Welcoming someone of Hal’s exceptional experience and skill in the high-end scripted space into the Ringside family is a fantastic opportunity. We are excited about seeing his ambitious slate of projects come to life and working together in the future.”.

Both Ringside Media and Ringside Studios were founded by leading British producer and former commissioner Gub Neal (The Fall, Queer as Folk) and French media company and distributor Newen

Philippe Levasseur, Newen’s Head of International, said ‘We are delighted to welcome Hal in the Newen Group; He is a multi-award winning producer with a very strong team spirit and our producers across Europe are eager to team up with him on high end series and films’.


Jon Creamer

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