Stockholm-based MOPAR Studios has hired Carnival Films executive producer Jessica Pope as its Creative Director, Drama.

The appointment comes as the Swedish indie pushes into English-language drama/thrillers with global appeal.

Reporting to MOPAR’s COO, William Diskay, Pope will be responsible for consolidating the MOPAR brand, articulating its ambition in the European and global market and leading its creative vision in addition to over-seeing production.

Pope’s 25-year career spans script development, through production to post-production. She joins the Rig 45 and The Last Journey of the Vikings producer from Carnival Film & Television where she was Co-Exec Producer on The Last Kingdom season IV and V.

William Diskay said: “Jessica is one of the most sought-after talents in British television, with extensive experience across all areas of production and a string of international hits under her belt. Her appointment is an important cornerstone of MOPAR’s growth strategy and ambition to drive English-language drama that has broad global appeal. We couldn’t be more thrilled to have her join the MOPAR family.”

Jessica Pope added: “I am thrilled to be joining Mopar Studios at such an exciting time in their growth and ambition. The European drama market is currently experiencing a golden period of stand-out television drama and I look forward to becoming a part of that community and contributing to its continuing success.”

Prior to joining Carnival, Pope was an executive producer for BBC Drama Studios and BBC North, where her credits include developing and running all three seasons of the hit global series The Musketeers, the multi-award-nominated Burton & Taylor; RTS best drama serial winner Good Cop; Monte Carlo-award-nominated Bert and Dickie sand Golden Globe-nominated The State Within.

Pope also executive produced Sense and Sensibility; When I’m 64, which won the Prix Europa; Archangel and three seasons of Silent Witness, one of the BBC’s most successful returning procedural series. She also produced BAFTA, RTS and International Emmy-nominated bio-pic Hawking, which starred Benedict Cumberbatch.

Before joining the BBC, Pope worked as a Deputy Commissioning Editor for Channel 4 Drama across shows such as Pyschos; Kid in the Corner; Anna Karenina and Guy Ritchie’s Lock, Stock the series.


Jon Creamer

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