LONDON — London’s Ealing Studios is looking to further expand its TV division by acquiring a significant stake in production company GreenAcre Films, and forging a creative partnership with the company. Earlier this year, ITV commissioned Ealing to produce two stand-alone films based on the “Maigret” novels, starring Rowan Atkinson.
Ealing’s stake in Greenacre will see them develop an “ambitious and innovative” TV slate for both U.K. and international broadcasters. This is the first of what Ealing says will be many new partnerships at the newly restructured Ealing, which is headed by Ben Latham-Jones.
GreenAcre was co-founded by Nadine Marsh-Edwards and Amanda Jenks in 2010 and became a division of Wall to Wall in 2012. They will continue to co-produce their current drama slate, which includes projects for HBO, BBC and ITV. As well as developing TV projects, they will also expand their feature film roster, which already has a number of films in development with the BFI.
Latham-Jones said GreenAcre “share our ambition to develop and produce television of the highest quality for a global audience.” He added: “It was a natural progression for Ealing Studios to build our television slate alongside our burgeoning film division, and we can’t think of a better partner.”
Jenks has most recently produced the BAFTA-winning “The Girl,” starring Sienna Miller and Toby Jones, and was an executive producer on Jeff Pope’s “The Widower,” starring Reece Shearsmith. Other projects include “Mysterious Creatures,” starring Brenda Blethyn and Timothy Spall, and alongside Marsh-Edwards she produced “The Grey Man,” starring Daniel Ryan and Olivia Colman, and “An Englishman in New York,” which was nominated for three BAFTAs, and starred John Hurt, Cynthia Nixon and Denis O’Hare.
Marsh-Edwards has extensive drama experience in both film and television. As an executive producer in the drama department at BBC Scotland, she worked on “Two Thousand Acres of Sky,” “Tinsel Town” and “Sea of Souls.” Her feature film credits include “Bhaji on the Beach” and two Isaac Julien projects, “Looking for Langston” and “Young Soul Rebels.”
It was announced earlier this week that Latham-Jones has fully acquired Ealing Studios Entertainment, the production entity of the iconic studio, and is taking over the role of head of the studio from Barnaby Thompson.
Latham-Jones is spearheading a new era at Ealing Studios with an international slate, and will also focus on building and expanding the Ealing brand. Current projects include “Nina,” staring Zoe Saldana as the jazz musician Nina Simone; “Kids in Love,” starring Will Poulter, Alma Jodorowsky and Cara Delevingne; “D-Train,” starring Jack Black and James Marsden; Julie Taymor’s theatrical film adaptation of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”; “Encounter,” written and directed by Dominic Savage; “Fisherman’s Friends,” written by Piers Ashworth and Nick Moorcroft; “Vacation,” a Swedish drama written and directed by Jesper Ganslandt, and starring Noomi Rapace, and the recently announced “Callas,” also starring Rapace.