BBC’s Faber Company man

LONDON — George Faber, the former BBC head of single drama, has launched Company Pictures, his new independent film and TV production company.

Company Pictures has a first-look deal with Canada’s Alliance Communications. Faber’s partner in the new venture is Charles Pattinson, another former BBC producer who was responsible for the award-winning series “Our Friends in the North.”

Faber’s first feature as an indie will be “Titanic Town,” directed by Roger Michell and written by Anne Devlin, which will shoot this fall. The $5 million project is a tragi-comedy set in 1970s Belfast, about a housewife who finds herself in conflict with the British government and the IRA when she mounts a peace initiative.

At the BBC, Faber exec produced several movies, including “My Son the Fanatic,” selected for the Directors Fortnight at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

Faber is also heading the Studio Pictures consortium, which is bidding for a national lottery film production franchise. This group is backed by Alliance and includes BBC Films, Electric Pictures, Samuelson Prods., Oxford Film Co., Little Bird Films, First Film Co. and Natural Nylon.

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