Andy Harries, outgoing ITV Productions / Granada Controller of Drama, Comedy and Film, today reveals the creative team and financial backers that will launch LEFT BANK PICTURES in July 2007.
In a significant collaboration, BBC Worldwide will take a 25% equity stake in the new company, and Helen Jackson, BBC Worldwide’s Director of Independents, will take a seat on the Left Bank Pictures board. The investment will also give BBC Worldwide an exclusive first-look [distribution] deal on all of Left Bank Pictures’ television productions.
Projects in development include a range of TV films and mini series for broadcasters both in the UK and worldwide and theatrical releases in conjunction with international film partners.
With a creative board made up of key players from across the film and television industries Left Bank Pictures will exploit its board’s recognised strengths in quality drama, film and comedy. While also looking to develop projects in arts and documentary films.
Andy Harries, says: “Our emphasis will be firmly on the top end of the market, focussing on intelligent scripts for the international market place,” says Harries, “which what makes BBC Worldwide the perfect fit for Left Bank Pictures.”
“BBC Worldwide is an impressive and influential organisation that provides Left Bank Pictures with the perfect platform to launch a range of projects for both domestic and international markets. Both Wayne Garvie and Helen Jackson share Left Bank Pictures’ sense of creativity and BBC Worldwide has the infrastructure to successfully launch Left Bank Pictures globally.
“I am confident that the creative board of Left Bank Pictures will inspire creativity within the company and envy throughout the industry. I am tremendously excited about the challenges ahead.”
Wayne Garvie, Director of Content & Production for BBC Worldwide said:
“Andy Harries is one of the greatest producers of his generation. BBC Worldwide is proud to be able to support him as he realises his dream and launches his own company. He has assembled a formidable team that I am confident will surpass their own proven track records.”
Harries is the majority stake holder and Managing Director of Left Bank Pictures, and he will oversee the company’s growth with the following board members.
Jenny Borgars – Head Of Film
For 15 years Jenny has specialised in film project development and was most recently Head of the Development fund at the UK Film Council. In this role, Jenny set up and managed the largest public development fund in the world which has, to date, developed 45 films through to production including The Other Boleyn Girl and Brideshead Revisited.
Francis Hopkinson – Head Of Television
Formerly Senior Commissioning Editor for Channel 4’s Drama Department, Francis has overseen projects from the multi-award winning Elizabeth I with Helen Mirren and Jeremy Irons to Sugar Rush, Bradford Riots, All In The Game, Longford and E4’s Skins.
Marigo Kehoe – Head Of Production
Since 2001 Marigo has been been Head of Production for Drama, Comedy, Factual Drama and Film at Granada/ITV Productions overseeing output including Life Begins, Murder In The Outback, The Deal, Dirty Filthy Love and the return of Cracker and Prime Suspect. Marigo has recently overseen the features Pierrepoint and The Queen. Her department has received 18 BAFTA nominations this year alone.
Joining the company from Granada Productions is Jenna Jones, as Development Executive.
For more information, please contact:
Ian Johnson Publicity
020 8675 2020 / 07711 118 019
Notes to Editors:
BBC Worldwide Limited is the main commercial arm and a wholly owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The company exists to maximise the value of the BBC’s assets for the benefit of the licence payer and invest in public service programming in return for rights. The company has six core businesses: Global Channels, Global TV Sales, magazines, Content & Production, Home Entertainment and Digital Media. In 2005/06 BBC Worldwide generated profits of £89 million on sales of £784 million.