The Night Manager producer The Ink Factory has appointed several key executives in its London office.

The hires include Anna Higgs, a former Film4 exec and most recently Creative Director at digital channel Nowness, who will join as Head of Story Worlds and Marketing. 

She will work alongside Emma Broughton, Head of Development.

Sophie Johnston and Arielle Gottlieb both join Broughton’s team as Script Executives.

Higgs’s brief is to expand The Ink Factory’s digital activities. The Ink Factory said she ‘will lead on strategy for, and execution of, the building of film and TV projects into fully realised immersive narrative universes in digital media and beyond’. She will also oversee the audience development and marketing functions for The Ink Factory.

Gottlieb and Johnston both joined The Ink Factory in May 2017 as script executives working across development, focused on the le Carré library and on other forthcoming projects.

Stephen Cornwell and Simon Cornwell, Co-CEOs of The Ink Factory said “Anna, Sophie and Arielle joining our team reinforces our continued commitment to storytelling in film and television and beyond, and to deepening audience engagement by extending storytelling worlds into the digital domain. We are continuing to explore narrative in creative, boundary-pushing ways, and we are thrilled to be working with a collection of the best in the industry on developing our offering.”

Before joining The Ink Factory Arielle Gottlieb script edited Hooten And The Lady for Red Planet Pictures. Previously, she was a story producer at Nutopia, script consultant for Euston Films, head of development at MakeFilm, and acquisitions assistant at Fine Line Features. She scripted edited on long running dramas The Bill and Casualty and worked in business affairs for TVO in Toronto

Sophie Johnston  began work as a script editor on The Bill before joining Kudos where she oversaw the scripts on Hustle and MI High before moving on to Silent Witness and Foyle’s War.  Prior to that she worked as an Associate Producer in news and documentaries for seven years and has a special interest in factually inspired stories which led her to work on Greg Burke’s Blackwatch, David Harrower’s 365 and Jack Thorne’s Woyzeck. 

Staff Reporter

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