Following its launch at last month’s Cannes Film Festival, the transatlantic production company Hangtime International Pictures has hired British producer Jessica Malik (She Will) as Head of Development, it was announced today by CEO Frank Murray and Co-CEO Frida Torresblanco.

Effective immediately, Malik will report directly to Murray and will be based out of Hangtime’s London office. She will be tasked with developing a slate of high-end, specialist and mainstream content across film, television and documentaries.

Prior to Hangtime, Malik co-founded film and television production company, Rebel Park Productions, with Gemma Arterton and Jessica Parker in 2017. The company was established with the goal of raising the voices of female filmmakers and producing female-led stories.

As part of a strategic partnership between Hangtime and Rebel Park, the companies will partner to co-produce select film and television series. The first projects of this partnership, now in advanced development, are expected to be announced in the coming months.

During her time at Rebel Park, Malik executive produced the first and upcoming second series of the popular six-part TV show Funny Woman for Sky, based on Nick Hornby’s novel ‘Funny Girl.’ The series features a strong ensemble cast including Gemma Arterton, Rupert Everett, Tom Bateman and Arsher Ali.

Malik also produced the satirical short Leading Lady Parts in support of the Times Up and #MeToo campaigns and broadcast by the BBC, starring Arterton, Catherine Tate, Gemma Chan, Florence Pugh and Tom Hiddleston, amongst others.

Malik’s feature film credits include writer/director Alice Lowe’s Timestalker which premiered to rave reviews at this year’s South by Southwest Film Festival and will be released theatrically in the fall, Daliland starring Ben Kingsley as Salvador Dali, the horror film She Will, for which Malik was nominated as Breakthrough Producer at the 2021 British Independent Film Awards and Eran Riklis’ Zaytoun starring Stephen Dorff, which was a runner up for the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2012.


Pippa Considine

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