STEPHEN POLIAKOFF - Writer/Director/Executive Producer
ALISON OWEN - Executive Producer
Stephen Poliakoff won the Most Promising Playwright award in 1976 for “City Sugar” (in London’s West End), at the age of 23 and was Writer in Residence at the Royal National Theatre from 1976–1978. In 1997, Poliakoff’s “Blinded by the Sun” (also at the Royal National Theatre) won the Critics Circle Best Play of the Year Award and was nominated for the Olivier Award for Best Play.
Poliakoff’s other playwright credits include “Clever Soldiers” (Hampstead Theatre, 1974); “Hitting Town” (Bush Theatre, 1975); “Strawberry Fields” (Royal National Theatre, 1977); “Caught in a Train,” directed by Peter Duffell and starring Peggy Ashcroft (BBC, 1979, BAFTA Award Winner for Best Single Film, 1980); “Breaking the Silence” (Royal Shakespeare Company, transferred to Mermaid Theatre, 1984); “Playing with Trains” (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1989); “Sienna Red” (Peter Hall Company, 1992); “Sweet Panic” (Hampstead Theatre, 1996); “Talk of the City” (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1998 and The Young Vic, 1999), “Remember This” (Royal National Theatre, 1999) and the production of “Sweet Panic” at the Duke of York’s Theatre (2003).
Poliakoff has written and directed numerous films including Hidden City starring Charles Dance (1988); Close My Eyes starring Alan Rickman, Clive Owen and Saskia Reeves (Winner of the Evening Standard Best British Film Award 1992); Century starring Charles Dance, Miranda Richardson and Clive Owen (1993) and The Tribe (Deep City Films/BBC, 1996). After a number of award-winning television projects, Poliakoff returned to film in 2009 with Glorious 39 a British thriller starring Romola Garai, Eddie Redmayne, Bill Nighy and Hugh Bonneville.
In television, he wrote and directed “The Lost Prince” (BBC, 2003) for which he won three Primetime Emmy® Awards (including Outstanding Mini-Series), as well as the South Bank Award for Best Television Drama and the Broadcasting Critics Award for Best Drama for 2004.
His other television credits include “Friends and Crocodiles” (2006); “Gideon’s Daughter,” which won two Golden Globe® Awards (2006) and a Peabody Award (2007); “Joe’s Palace;” “Capturing Mary;” the television film “Shooting the Past,” which won the Prix Italia, the Royal Television Society Best Drama Award and the Best Screenplay Award at The International Television Festival Cinema Tour Ecran in Geneva; the television film “Perfect Strangers” (2001) for which he won the Dennis Potter Award at the 2002 BAFTA Television Awards and the short “A Real Summer” (BBC) starring Sir Michael Gambon, Dame Maggie Smith, David Walliams and Kelly Reilly.
PAUL TRIJBITS - Executive Producer
Alison Owen is one of the UK’s leading independent film producers and is currently the founding partner of a leading film and television production company Ruby Films, since 1999. Under Ruby Films, she executive produced the multi-Emmy® Award winning made-for-television film, “Temple Grandin” (HBO), an inspiring true-life drama starring Claire Danes, David Strathairn, Julia Ormond and Catherine O’Hara. Owen recently produced Saving Mr. Banks (Walt Disney Pictures), directed by John Lee Hancock and starring Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell and Paul Giamatti (December 2013 release date).
She executive produced Edgar Wright’s zombie comedy Shaun of the Dead; The Men Who Stare at Goats; Steve Barron's “Rat;” Philippa Collie-Cousins' “Happy Now?” for BBC Films and Menhaj Huda's “Is Harry on the Boat?” She also executive produced the made for television film “Toast” (BBC One) and won an International Emmy® Award for the period drama “Small Island” (BBC One).
Her producer credits include the award-winning Jane Eyre; Stephen Frears’ Tamara Drewe (Cannes 2010 Official Selection, Out of Competition); Christine Jeffs’ Sylvia; David Auburn’s Proof; The Other Boleyn Girl; Brick Lane; Shekhar Kapur’s Academy Award® winning historical drama Elizabeth; Paul Weiland’s Roseanna’s Grave; Danny Cannon’s The Young Americans; David Anspaugh’s Moonlight and Valentino (with Whoopi Goldberg, Kathleen Turner and Paltrow) and Peter Chelsom’s Irish comedy, Hear My Song. Owen earned a nomination as Most Promising New Producer from the Producers Guild of America.
JAMES D. STERN - Executive Producer, Endgame Entertainment
Paul Trijbits is currently executive producing J.K. Rowling’s “The Casual Vacancy” (BBC One, 2014 premiere), as well as producing several international films including Saving Mr. Banks (Walt Disney Pictures, December 2013 release date). He served six years as Head of the New Cinema Fund at the UK Film Council, and late joined Ruby Films in 2007. He recently left his role as managing director and executive producer of Ruby Films earlier this year.
Trijbits’ executive producer credits on television includes “Case Histories” (BBC One) starring Jason Isaacs as Kate Atkinson’s hero Jackson Brodie and the television movie “Toast,” for BBC.
In film he has executive produced a number of critically acclaimed British features including Paul Greengrass’ Bloody Sunday, Peter Mullan’s The Magdalene Sisters, Ken Loach’s The Wind that Shakes the Barley, Kevin Macdonald’s Touching the Void and Andrea Arnold’s Red Road.
DOUGLAS E. HANSEN - Executive Producer, Endgame Entertainment
James D. Stern is a film producer, award-winning theatrical producer and CEO of Endgame Entertainment. Stern has produced over 50 films and shows.
In film, he directed and produced the critically acclaimed documentary Every Little Step as well as Michael Jordan to the Max and Its The Rage. His other producer film credits include: Side Effects, Looper, An Education, Proof, The Brothers Bloom, Hotel Rwanda, I’m Not There and Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle.
Stern’s Broadway credits include “Lucky Guy,” “Leap of Faith,” “A Little Night Music,” Tony Award® winning musicals “The Producers” and “Hairspray,” as well as the Tony Award® nominated “Legally Blonde” and the international hit, “Stomp.”
COLIN CALLENDER - Executive Producer, Playground
Douglas E. Hansen is the President of Endgame Entertainment and Endgame Releasing and has been a financier and adviser to the entertainment industry for twenty years. He has managed the financing of more than 150 individual film productions, totaling more than $2.0 billion of financing and managed capital commitments of more than $4.5 billion in entertainment facilities. His past posts have included SVP and Managing Director, Corporate Finance for the Entertainment Finance Division of Union Bank of California, Managing Director and head of the Entertainment Finance Group of Banque Paribas and Bank of America's Entertainment Industries Group. Hansen has a BA in Economics from Stanford University and an MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA.
NICKY KENTISH BARNES - Producer
Colin Callender was born and raised in England and is an award-winning film, television and theatre producer, who founded the production company Playground in 2011. Prior to Playground, Callender served as president of HBO Films from its inception in 1999 through 2009. He was responsible for overseeing the development and production of all its films–both theatrical and for the service–and miniseries under the HBO Films banner including a range of award-winning dramas such as: Mike Nichol’s “Angels in America,” Tom Hooper’s “John Adams” and Gus van Sant’s Cannes Film Festival Palme D’Or winner, Elephant.
Callender started his career as stage manager at the Royal Court Theatre in London. He produced the nine-hour television adaptation of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s stage production “The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby,” for which he won an Emmy® Award for in 1983. Later that year Callender launched the Callender Company, where he produced the movies The Belly of an Architect and John Schlesinger’s Madame Sousatzka starring Shirley MacLaine, along with “The Bretts” a 13-hour miniseries for Masterpiece Theatre and “Mr. Halpern and Mr. Johnson,” with Jackie Gleeson and Sir Laurence Olivier for HBO.
Callender currently serves on the board of the Creative Coalition, is a trustee of the NYU Tisch School of the Arts and an honorary council member of the New York Shakespeare Festival Public Theatre. He is the winner of the WGA 54th Evelyn F. Burkey Award for services to writers, the Humanitas Award, the Geffen Distinction in Theater Award and was awarded the CBE for services to the U.K. film and television industries in the U.S.
FAYE WARD - Producer
Recently, Nicky Kentish Barnes co-produced Woody Allen’s film, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (with Anthony Hopkins, Naomi Watts and Antonio Banderas), as well as Simon Beaufoy’s adaptation of Salmon Fishing in Yemen (starring Emily Blunt, Ewan McGregor and Kristin Scott Thomas). Her other film credits include co-producing the Loch-Ness; The Matchmaker; an adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s “An Ideal Husband,” starring Rupert Everett; an adaptation of About a Boy, starring Hugh Grant and based on Nick Hornby’s novel; Woody Allen’s Match Point starring Scarlett Johansson and Jonathan Rhys Meyers; Cassandra’s Dream starring Colin Farrell and Ewan McGregor.
Barnes served as the line producer for the television adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s The “Heart of Darkness,” directed by Nicolas Roeg.
ADRIAN JOHNSTON - Composer of Music & Lyrics
Faye Ward is Managing Director at the UK-based independent production company, Ruby Films and Television. Ward has a number of upcoming film projects including The Fury, set to shoot in early 2014 for Focus Features, written by Abi Morgan to be directed by Sarah Gavron; Asking for It (Studio Canal); and My Life in Orange, adapted by Jack Thorne and set to be directed by Eva Sorhaug.
She recently co-produced Jane Eyre for Focus Features, directed by Cary Fukunaga and starring Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender and Judi Dench. Ward’s other film credits include being producer on associate producing Stephen Frears Tamara Drewe starring Gemma Arterton; Chatroom starring Aaron Johnston for director Hideo Nakata.
Her television credits include John Alexander’s miniseries for BBC One “Small Island” starring Naomie Harris, David Oyelowo and Ruth Wilson, along with SJ Clarkson’s “Toast” (BBC), starring Helena Bonham Carter and Freddie Highmore.
ASHLEY ROWE - Director of Photography
Adrian Johnston is an Emmy® Award winning British musician and composer for film and television. Johnston's first film score was for the 1996 Thomas Hardy adaptation Jude. He has also composed original scores for Kinky Boots (2005); Becoming Jane (2007); the adaption of Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited (2008).
His television credits include recent work on “Common,” “The Politician’s Husband” (BBC Two) and “The 7.39” (BBC). Earlier television work includes the Emmy® Award-winning “The Lost Prince” (BBC, 2003); the television film “Perfect Strangers” (2001); BBC’s “Capturing Mary” (2007) for which he received a BAFTA Award; Charles Sturbridge’s miniseries “Shackleton,” which he was awarded an Emmy® Award; the British science-fiction procedural series “Paradox;” the WWII Drama “The Sinking of the Laconia” and he recently composed the theme music for the BBC detective series “Zen.”
LINDSAY PUGH - Costume Designer
Ashley Rowe is a multi-award winning cinematographer. He joined the BBC Wales Film Unit as an assistant cameraman working on dramas and documentaries, then later became a lighting film cameraman with BBC Wales.
His feature film career began after director Chris Menges discovered him and hired him to photograph Second Best. He then went on to win Best Technical Achievement for The Woodlanders (1997), Twenty Four Seven (1997), The Governess (1998), Still Crazy (1998) at the Evening Standard British Film Award. He has also acted as the director of photography for films such as Calendar Girls and Alfie.
His television credits include “The Roman Springs of Mrs. Stone” (2004), for which he was nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography.
GRANT MONTGOMERY - Production Designer
Lindsay Pugh is an acclaimed costume designer for film and television. In film, she most recently served as the costume supervisor for Quantum of Solace, Mamma Mia!, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), The Village and Closer. Her other film credits include Will starring Damian Lewis, Kristian Kiehling and Perry Eggelton; The Professor and the Madman directed by Farhad Safinia and starring Mel Gibson and Sean Penn; Deep and Crisp and Even starring Tim Spall and Natascha McElhone, Goal!, Goal II, Ding Dong, Through the Window, Let It Snow, as well as short films The Equestrian and All the Way for Love.
Her television credits include “Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs,” the series “How Do You Want Me?,” MTV’s “Made” Bond Girl Special, “Eldorado” (BBC), as well as the miniseries “Jason and the Argonauts” and “A Christmas Carol.”
Grant Montgomery is an award-winning production designer. He first served as the Design assistant in television series “Taggart,” as well as “Eastenders.” He then went on to be the Art Designer for all three Sharpe TV movies, directed by Tom Clegg. Later credits as Art Director include “Casanova” and “Shameless.” Grant then worked as production designer on Cold Blood, Inspector Lewis and Unforgiven. Grant received the award for Best Production Design (Drama) at the 2011 RTS Awards for his work on the ENCORE Original Miniseries “The Crimson Petal and the White.” The judges said that the program “simply took you to another world with its stunning imagery of Victorian life.”