LONDON — Yu-Fai Suen, the chief operating officer at Elton John’s Rocket Pictures, is set to become managing director of Pinewood Pictures, the movie production and financing arm of Pinewood Studios Group. Robert Norris will take up a new position as senior VP of Pinewood Pictures.
Before joining Rocket, Suen held senior roles at Aramid Capital Partners and Momentum Pictures, and was involved in the film financing of “District 9,” “Blue Valentine” and “Bronson,” amongst others, as well as arranging a number of studio slate deals and corporate media transactions.
At Pinewood, Suen will administer Pinewood’s own investments and those of its client funds, including the Isle of Man Media Development Fund and the Welsh government’s Media Investment Budget. He will join the company on March 7.
Pinewood Pictures’ past projects include “Spooks: The Greater Good” and “Pressure,” which it distributed in the U.K., “Belle,” “Dom Hemingway,” “Genius” and upcoming action comedy “Mindhorn,” horror “Don’t Knock Twice” and “Their Finest Hour and a Half.”
Pinewood Pictures sits alongside Pinewood’s recently announced joint venture, Pinewood Television, which will develop and finance long-form television drama.
Ivan Dunleavy, chief executive of Pinewood Group, said: “Pinewood Pictures has benefited in the last year from growing interest in our offer to independent film and television producers, and our ability to introduce funding from our relationship with the Welsh government and Isle of Man government. Yu-Fai will be working with the existing Pinewood Pictures team successfully driven by Robert Norris to extend our offer to the wider production community, and to further raise the funds accessible by Pinewood Pictures to grow its media investment portfolio.”