Large lands in U.K.

Dover Films opens Brit op for themed pix

L.A.-based Dover Films Inc., which specializes in the creation of large-format films, is opening Dover Films Ltd. in England to serve the growing British and European markets.

As part of the new U.K. subsidiary, Dover prexy and CEO Peter Henton has formed a strategic alliance with four entertainment execs to assist in a range of large-format film projects.

Experienced partners

The four — all partners in the Great Entertainment Group, a leading provider of management services to the film and entertainment industries — are Malcolm Cockren, chairman of Ardent Prods., the international television production company which he founded with England’s Prince Edward in 1992, and chairman of RME Entertainment; John Chambers, an entertainment company exec with wide experience in film and entertainment management and finance; Michael Nunn, a film and television producer and one of Britain’s leading independent production consultants; and Simon Baxter, a film and TV sales and marketing exec.

“The U.K. and Europe represent an important opportunity for Dover Films, and some really exciting projects are now coming out of these markets,” said Henton.

Simulations, musicals

The new venture, based at Pinewood Studios in the Great Entertainment Group offices, will seek out and develop new large-format film projects as well as produce simulation and other themed-entertainment pics. The company will also explore opportunities for developing large-format film versions of more traditional entertainment products, including musicals, plays and movies. Four projects are currently in development.

“Large-format films are a relatively new entertainment product in the U.K. and Europe, and the opening of Dover Films Ltd. means that Peter and his team can now bring their considerable experience to clients in this market,” said Cockren.

Dover Films, founded in 1998 by Henton, has already completed or is close to completing projects for several major clients, including the official simulation film of the Nagano Winter Olympics for the Olympic Spirit Organization.