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Independent Talent



Film4 is Channel 4 Television’s feature film division. Film4 develops and co-finances films and is known for working with the most distinctive and innovative talent in the UK, whether new or established.    

Film4 has developed and co-financed many of the most successful UK films of recent years, Academy Award-winners such as Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire, Martin McDonagh’s In Bruges and Phyllida Lloyd’s The Iron Lady in addition to critically-acclaimed award-winners such as Mike Leigh’s Another Year, Chris Morris’ Four Lions, Shane Meadows’ This is England, Ben Wheatley’s Sightseers and Clio Barnard’s The Selfish Giant.

Film4’s recently released slate includes Damon Beesley and Iain Morris’s The Inbetweeners 2, Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin, Richard Ayoade’s The Double, David Mackenzie’s Starred Up, Ken Loach’s Jimmy’s Hall, Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank, Anton Corbijn’s A Most Wanted Man, Lone Sherfig’sThe Riot Club and Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard’s 20,000 Days on Earth. Forthcoming releases include Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner, Kevin Macdonald’sBlack Sea, Sarah Gavron’s Suffragette, Todd Haynes’ Carol, Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth, Debbie Tucker Green’s Second Coming, Alex Garland’s Ex Machina, and Yann Demange’s ’71


IMDb is one of the most popular online entertainment destinations, with over 100 million unique visitors each month. IMDb offers a searchable database of over 1.5 million movies, TV and entertainment programs and over 3.2 million cast and crew members, making it the Web's most comprehensive and authoritative source of information on movies, TV and celebrities. IMDb features include cast lists, photographs, quotes, trivia, reviews, box-office data, celebrity biographies, coverage of film festivals and major events, and the ability for users to watch trailers, clips and thousands of full-length TV episodes and movies for free. IMDb also offers IMDbPro, a site designed specifically for entertainment industry professionals.
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Film House Germany

Film House Germany AG is a Berlin-based multi-faceted European film company, covering the development, financing, production and co-production of movies mainly in English language for local and international audiences. Film House subsidies include established film production companies Egoli Tossell Film and Summerstorm Entertainment.
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Creative Skillset

Creative Skillset supports skills and training for people and businesses to ensure the UK’s Creative Industries maintain their world class position.
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Corniche Pictures

Corniche Pictures
In 2007 Hani Farsi established Corniche Group and within that, Corniche Pictures to specialize in funding, producing and distributing independent features.  Since that time Corniche Pictures has been involved in many impactful projects such as Atiq Rahimi’s The Patience Stone, Elia Suleiman’s The Time That Remains and Mira Nair’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist. In the summer of 2008 Corniche took a significant stake in Le Pacte, the French distribution company established in 2007 by respected French distributor Jean Labadie. Le Pacte and Corniche are developing video, television and international sales as well as expanding the distribution business. Increasing Corniche Pictures’ reach is the focus moving forward and this is represented by partnering with John Battsek and Greg Barker on their feature doc Revolution, and Film4 on the Nick Cave documentary 20,000 Days on Earth.  Corniche is also proud to be collaborating with Barbara Broccoli’s Eon Productions on The Silent Storm, a romantic drama starring Damian Lewis and Andrea Riseborough.  
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Pinewood Studios Group

The Pinewood Studios Group is a leading provider of studio and related services to the global film and television industry. Synonymous with world class British and international productions, the impressive heritage of its UK-based Pinewood and Shepperton Studios date back to the early 20th Century and are home to some of the most successful feature films and TV shows ever made.

The facilities comprise the best quality sound stages, a globally unique underwater filming stage, a wealth of specialist production resources, state of the art TV studios, post production and digital content services. The studios also offer easy access to the world's most experienced crews as well as the expertise of hundreds of complementary media companies based at its Pinewood and Shepperton Media Hubs. 

Renowned across the globe for excellence in its field, the Pinewood brand is now being exported overseas to studios in Toronto, Canada; Atlanta, Georgia USA; Berlin, Germany; Iskandar, Malaysia and the Dominican Republic.

The Pinewood Group offers equity and debt financing to UK film and television production as part of its growing range of advisory services, representing media funds of both Isle of Man and Welsh Governments. 

Recent film and TV productions that have used the Studios’ facilities include, Gravity (Warner Bros); Guardians of the Galaxy (Marvel Entertainment); Jack Ryan Shadow Recruit (Paramount Pictures); Maleficent (Walt Disney Studios); 8 out of 10 Cats, Would I Lie To You and The Guess List.

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STUDIOCANAL, a subsidiary of the CANAL+ Group, is one of Europe's leading companies in the market for production, acquisition, distribution and sales of international feature films and TV series. It operates simultaneously in three main European territories - France, the United Kingdom and Germany - as well as in Australia and New Zealand. Moreover, STUDIOCANAL owns one of the most important catalogues in the world, containing more than 5000 international titles. The company is responsible for their custody as well as restoration. It also manages the sales of rights to those films, notably for remakes.

Alongside its film activity, STUDIOCANAL developed the production of TV series, thanks to the acquisition of Tandem Communications, a German leading company in the market of production and sales of international series, as well as the British RED Production Company, specializing in British quality TV series. Finally, STUDIOCANAL just associated with Danish partners to create a Scandinavian production company called SAM.
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Lionsgate UK Ltd

Lionsgate U.K. is the diversified U.K.-based filmed entertainment arm of Lionsgate (NYSE:LGF), the leading independent filmed entertainment studio. The company (formerly Redbus Film Distribution) was acquired by Lionsgate in October 2005 and has since established a reputation in the U.K. as a leading producer and distributor and acquirer of commercially successful and critically acclaimed product. With over 150 top ten Box office hits, including numerous number one successes, the company recently released The Railway Man, starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman, Out of the Furnace starring Christian Bale, Zoe Saldana and Woody Harrelson and the BAFTA and ACADEMY AWARD nominated The Invisible Woman starring Ralph Fiennes and Felicity Jones.

In 2013 the company’s diverse slate included the second instalment of the blockbuster franchise The Hunger Games: Catching Fire starring Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson as well as Olympus Has Fallen starring Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman, Ariel Vromen’s The Iceman, Nicholas Winding Refn’s Only God Forgives and Jon S. Baird’s Filth starring the BIFA award-winning James McAvoy. 

Upcoming releases in 2014 include Locke starring Tom Hardy, The Expendables 3, Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For, Chef starring Jon Favreau, Scarlett Johansson and Robert Downey Jr., the third instalment of The Hunger Games franchise Mockingjay pt.1 as well as a host of British productions including Love, Rosie starring Sam Claflin and Lily Collins, and What We Did on our Holiday starring David Tennant and Billy Connolly.

Investment in British feature production has been one of the main focuses of the company in recent years, and Lionsgate UK has become one of the most prolific financiers of independent British films in the UK, financing between 6 to 8 British films annually. Its prestigious and prolific library of nearly 13,000 motion picture titles and television episodes – including Mad Men, Anger Management, Nurse Jackie and Weeds – is a valuable source of recurring revenue and a foundation for the growth of the company’s core businesses – film production and distribution, TV programming, home entertainment, family entertainment and video-on-demand content. The Lionsgate U.K. brand is synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the globe.
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European Film Bonds

EFB provides completion bonds to film and TV producers, financiers, distributors and government support agencies to guarantee the professional production, completion and delivery of film and TV productions, documentaries and computer games.With offices in Copenhagen, London, Stockholm and Melbourne, and affiliated offices in Cape Town and Madrid, we have bonded productions in over 35 different countries including USA, Cuba, China and Kenya, and all key international financiers have approved our bonds.

EFB’s bonds are underwritten by DFG Deutsche Filmversicherungs Gemeinschaft on behalf of our insurers and re-insurers. The lead insurer in our insurance scheme is Allianz Global Corporate and Specialty A.G., with the scheme re-insured by Munich Re and Swiss Re.
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Robertson Taylor W&P Longreach

Robertson Taylor W&P Longreach are a group of specialist entertainment insurance and risk advisory experts to the global entertainment industry. We have over 36 years of experience providing insurance and risk management advice on Theatre, TV/Film & Media, Music & Events, Sports and high net worth Private Clients. With offices located in London, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York, Atlanta and Toronto we are specialists in providing worldwide cover and insurance solutions for every entertainment need. We provide a range of services and policies for Film and Television production companies from factual to drama, comedy to lifestyle and everything in between. From micro-budget projects and shorts from first time producers and directors to multi million pound blockbusters with established producers.                                                                                        

We have access to the whole market of insurers as well as specialist, bespoke Lloyds facilities. We are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week providing excellent levels of service and claims handling with experienced underwriters and loss adjustors. We are a business full of energy, drive and passion. For more information please visit our website
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Company 3

Company 3, part of Deluxe Creative Services, is a group of post-production facilities for features, commercials, games and music videos. Known for creative colour artistry, pioneering technology and global reach, Company 3 is trusted to deliver a quality product every time.
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Universal Pictures International UK

Universal Pictures International (UPI) is the international marketing and distribution division for Universal Pictures. In the United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, France, Russia, Korea, Australia, Mexico and India, UPI directly markets and distributes movies through its local offices, creating campaigns and release strategies that respond to the culture and market behavior of those territories.  

In other parts of the world, UPI partners with Paramount and Sony in the distribution of all three companies’ films. Universal Pictures is part of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.
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Entertainment One

Entertainment One is the leading independent film distributor in the UK and Ireland.
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Baker Tilly

Baker Tilly is one of the principal mid-tier professional services firms in the UK, with over 4,000 Partners and staff operating from 54 offices across the country. The firm’s clients include growing entrepreneurial companies, listed businesses and high net-worth individuals. At Baker Tilly we have a team of specialists that bring together a unique blend  of professional services and film expertise.   Services offered by the Media team include:
  • Dedicated media experts
  • In depth experience and technical capabilities in audittaxcorporate finance and mergers and acquisitions
  • Excellent relationships with funding networks such as banks and other debt providers, venture capital trusts, private equity, and experience in listings on public markets
  • We understand the key tax and business implications of structuring the ownership and exploitation of intellectual property
  • How to incentivise staff and establish incentivisation programmes
  • Baker Tilly International’s global network enables us to replicate our services in markets and jurisdictions throughout the world
Our partner led, nationally recognised media expertise focuses our experience and technical skills for the benefit of our clients. We offer a one-stop-shop approach for all our clients whatever their business lifecycle stage. From start-ups to established multinational businesses, we offer advice and support in:
  • Removing the burden of compliance
  • Enabling our clients to get on with their businesses
  • Providing pro-active input, building on our media expertise and experience
  • Accessing appropriate funding by locating suitable financial partners
  • Addressing staffing and remuneration issues in businesses where human capital is the chief asset
  • Overcoming funding constraints so that fast growth businesses can grow and reach their full potential
For more information please contact Vikram Menon on or 020 3075 2593. 
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Film London

Film London is the capital’s screen industries agency. We connect ideas, talent and finance to develop a pioneering creative culture in the city that delivers success in film, television, animation, games and beyond. We work to sustain, promote and develop London as a global content production hub, support the development of the city’s new and emerging filmmaking talent and invest in a diverse and rich film culture. Funded by the Mayor of London and the National Lottery through the BFI, we also receive support from Arts Council England and Creative Skill set.

Film London’s activities include:
• Maintaining, strengthening and promoting London’s position as world-class city to attract investment through film, television, animation and games.
• Investing in local talent through a range of specialised production and training schemes.
• Boosting employment and competitiveness in the capital’s screen industries by delivering internationally facing business development events.
• Maximising access to the capital’s film culture by helping audiences discover film in all its diversity.
• Promoting London through screen tourism.

Film London also manages the British Film Commission through a public/private partnership which is funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport through the BFI.
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United Agents

United Agents LLP (UA) is one of Europe’s leading talent and literary agencies.  Founded in 2007, the agency represents actors, authors, cinematographers, composers, designers, directors, editors, playwrights, presenters and voiceover artists.  The partnership is chaired by Lindy King and the managing director is St John Donald.  UA Actors is headed by Kirk Whelan-Foran, UA Books by Robert Kirby and UA Film and Television by Natasha Galloway. 


With over £26m to invest a year, the BFI is the UK's largest public investor in film - supporting first-class film-making through development and production, to distribution and international sales.  

Recent releases backed by the BFI Film Fund include Mike Leigh’s critical and box office hit, Mr. Turner. Matthew Warchus’s Pride; Lone Scherfig’s The Riot Club; Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin; Yann Demange’s ’71; Amma Asante’s Belle; Ken Loach’s Jimmy’s Hall; Joanna Hogg’s Exhibition; Stephen Frears’ Philomena; Destiny Ekaragha’s Gone Too Far!; Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank; Dexter Fletcher’s Sunshine on Leith; Ruairi Robinson’s The Last Days On MarsRichard Ayoade’s The Double; John Michael McDonagh’s Calvary; Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard’s 20,000 Days on Earth; and André Singer’s Night Will Fall. 

New films that the BFI Film Fund has backed include James Kent’s Testament of Youth; John Boorman’s Queen and Country;  Randall Wright’s Hockney; Peter Strickland’s The Duke Of Burgundy; Carol Morley’s The Falling; Guy Myhill’s The Goob;  Duane Hopkins’ Bypass;  Daniel & Matthew Wolfe’s Catch Me Daddy; Debbie Tucker-Green’s Second Coming; Gerard Johnson’s HyenaJohn Crowley’s Brooklyn; Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years; Louise Osmond’s Dark Horse; Rufus Norris’ London Road; Sarah Gavron’s Suffragette; Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster; John Maclean’s Slow West; Terence Davies’ Sunset Song; Richard Bracewell’s Bill; Brian Hill’s Thomas Quick; Jon Wright’s Robot Overlords; Morgan Matthews’ X+Y;  Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise; Omer Fast’s Remainder; Esther May Campbell’s Light Years; and David Farr’s The Ones Below. 

The BFI is the lead organisation for film in the UK with the ambition to create a flourishing film environment in which innovation, opportunity and creativity can thrive by:
• Connecting audiences to the widest choice of British and World cinema
• Preserving and restoring the most significant film collection in the world for today and future generations
• Investing in creative, distinctive and entertaining work
• Promoting British film and talent to the world
• Growing the next generation of film makers and audiences
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