The Night Manager producer The Ink Factory has upped Michele Wolkoff to creative director, overseeing the global slate of development and production for the company out of its LA office.

Formerly head of Film and TV, LA, Wolkoff takes over from previous creative director Katherine Butler, who stepped down from the role this summer.

Ian Spence has also been promoted to head of Finance and Operations, reporting to Simon Cornwell in London. The company recently completed a successful round of financing with key investors Fifth Season and 127 Wall.

The Ink Factory, also producer of Fighting with My Family and The Little Drummer Girl, is currently working on: The Plotters, a Korean language television series adaptation of Un-su Kim’s critically acclaimed novel of the same name, with Soo Hugh (Pachinko, The White Darkness) attached to create and executive produce; a series based on the debut novel of Ghanian-American author Yasmin Angoe – thriller Her Name is Knight; an adaptation of C Pam Zhang’s How Much of These Hills is Gold with Anita Gou’s Kindred Spirit; and War Doctor, a feature based on British trauma surgeon David Nott’s memoir of working in conflict zones.

Michele Wolkoff joined Stephen Garrett’s production company Character 7 as head of Development in 2016, and has been head of Film and TV, LA at The Ink Factory since 2020. At Character 7, Michele identified the book Culprits: The Heist was Just the Beginning, and now serves as a co-ep on the upcoming show adaptation for Disney+ from J Blakeson.

Prior to that, Wolkoff ran the film department at The Mark Gordon Company and Bazelevs, the production company for Russian filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov. Michele met Timur while at Universal Pictures, where she worked for over seven years as director of Development and managed the studio’s deals with Bazelevs, Cha-Cha-Cha (Alfonso Cuarón, Guillermo del Toro and Alejandro Gonzáles Iñárritu’s production company), and Fernando Meirelles’s O2 Filmes. Michele started her career at Universal as the creative assistant to then Universal Chairman Stacey Snider.

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