Writer-actor Tom Hollander, who is best known for BAFTA-winning comedy series “Rev.,” but has also appeared in two “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies and “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation,” and producer Hannah Pescod, who won a BAFTA for “That Summer Day,” have launched production company Bandstand Prods.
Pescod and Hollander first worked together on BBC show “Rev.,” which won a BAFTA for best situation comedy, and earned three BAFTA nominations for Hollander. The series was co-created by Hollander, who was also an executive producer, with writer James Wood. Pescod joined the “Rev.” team in the early stages of development, producing the first two seasons before becoming executive producer on the third and final season.
Former Shine Group chief Alex Mahon joins Bandstand as non-executive chair, and the company has entered into an exclusive first-look deal with leading distributor All3media International.
In a joint statement, Hollander and Pescod said: “We are excited to continue our creative collaboration, supported by Alex Mahon’s immense experience and expertise.”
The pair are working together to build a slate of drama projects, including original ideas from writers they already know, those from new relationships, and some of their own creations, as well as adaptations of classic and contemporary novels. Hollander will be actively involved in development and production of all Bandstand’s projects. He will also feature on screen in some of them.
Maartje Horchner, head of acquisitions at All3media International, said: “Tom and Hannah bring a wealth of experience and a strong creative energy to this new partnership, and I am very much looking forward to showcasing their innovative and compelling slate to our global clients.”
Hollander recently won best actor at the Royal Television Society Awards for his performance as Dylan Thomas in “A Poet in New York.” He has just completed filming “Dr. Thorne,” a six-part drama series produced by Hat Trick Productions and The Weinstein Company for ITV, in which he plays the title role, and he is shortly to be seen in “The Night Manager” for BBC/AMC, “Tulip Fever” for The Weinstein Company and Andy Serkis’ “The Jungle Book: Origins” for Warner Bros.
Previous television work includes “Any Human Heart,” “The Lost Prince,” “Gracie” (for which he received a BAFTA nomination), “Absolutely Fabulous” and “The Cambridge Spies.” Film includes “Pride & Prejudice,” winning the London Critic Circle awards for his performance as Mr. Collins, “In the Loop” and “The Libertine,” both of which saw him nominated for best supporting actor at the British Independent Film Awards, “Gosford Park,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” II and III, “Valkyrie,” “The Soloist,” “Hanna,” “Enigma” and “The Invisible Woman.”
Pescod trained as a script editor on cop show “The Bill,” before joining children’s indie Darrall Macqueen, where she set up and ran the scripts for their first drama “UGetMe,” and also co-created and co-produced sitcom “The Crust.” For Hat Trick, she produced BAFTA-winning children’s drama “That Summer Day” and went on to develop a slate of drama projects for them, including an anthology of contemporary re-tellings of fairy tales for primetime BBC One, for which she produced two of the pieces, “Billy Goat” and “Rapunzel.”
Pescod joined Big Talk to develop the BAFTA-winning series “Rev.,” which she produced for two seasons before going on to executive produce the third. She also developed new drama and comedy projects for the company, including ITV sitcom “The Job Lot.”