LONDON — Jenny Borgars, the former head of the U.K. Film Council’s Development Fund, has joined Andy Harries, producer of “The Queen,” as head of film at his new company Left Bank Pictures.
Left Bank will launch in July, when Harries has served out his notice as controller of drama, comedy and film at ITV Productions, where he has worked for the past 13 years.
BBC Worldwide is taking a 25% equity stake in Left Bank, with an exclusive first-look deal on all of the company’s TV productions. Helen Jackson, BBC Worldwide’s director of independents, will sit on the board.
Francis Hopkinson, formerly senior commissioning editor for drama at Channel 4, will serve as Left Bank’s head of television. Marigo Kehoe is leaving ITV Prods. with Harries to join the new company as head of production.
Harries, the majority owner and managing director of Left Bank Pictures, said, “Our emphasis will be firmly on the top end of the market, focusing on intelligent scripts for the international market place, which is what makes BBC Worldwide the perfect fit for Left Bank Pictures.”
Wayne Garvie, director of content and production for BBC Worldwide said, “Andy Harries is one of the greatest producers of his generation. BBC Worldwide is proud to be able to support him as he realizes his dream and launches his own company. He has assembled a formidable team that I am confident will surpass their own proven track records.”