You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Number 9 Films Hires Claudia Yusef to Head Development

British independent producer Number 9 Films has set Claudia Yusef as its new head of development, the company announced Tuesday. Yusef will oversee development of all upcoming projects as well as focusing on discovering and nurturing emerging talent.

Yusef (pictured) joins Number 9 from Scottish Film Talent Network, where she was a talent development executive and ran the Scottish arm of the BFI’s emerging talent initiative BFI Network. She will report to Number 9 co-founders and producers Stephen Woolley and Elizabeth Karlsen.

“As a European-based production company embracing both film and television drama, we are reliant upon high quality scripts and original source material,” said Woolley and Karlsen in a statement. “Claudia’s enthusiasm and impressive credentials ensure that she can help take our company to a new level and enable us to continue pursuing our ambitious and challenging goals.”

Current feature projects in development at Number 9 include “So Much Love,” alongside Studio Canal, a biopic of British soul singer Dusty Springfield written by “Carol” screenwriter Phyllis Nagy; and “Mothering Sunday,” alongside Film4, which is being adapted by “Lady Macbeth” writer Alice Birch from the novel by Graham Swift. Television projects in development include an adaptation of Iris Murdoch’s “The Sea,” alongside Archery Pictures, for the BBC; and an adaptation of Henry James’ “The Portrait of a Lady,” developed alongside Red Production Company.

Recent productions include Dominic Cooke’s “On Chesil Beach,” starring Saoirse Ronan, which debuted at the Toronto Film Festival last September; and Wash Westmoreland’s “Colette,” starring Keira Knightley, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January.

Yusef commented: “Stephen and Elizabeth’s track record speaks for itself, and I’ve enjoyed and admired their work for years, but what I’ve found truly inspiring since meeting them is their infectious passion for the films yet to come. I’m thrilled to be joining Number 9, to work on its fantastic – and fantastically varied – slate.”

More Film

  • Steve Golin The Revenant Spotlight Producer

    Steve Golin, Prolific Producer and Founder of Anonymous Content, Dies at 64

    Steve Golin, an Oscar-winning producer who was founder and CEO of Anonymous Content, has died of cancer. He was 64. Golin was a pioneer in blending the business of talent management with production. Anonymous Content, which Golin founded in 1999, worked with a stable of big name artists such as Steven Soderbergh, Emma Stone, Edgar [...]

  • David Leitch

    'Hobbs and Shaw' Director David Leitch Signs First-Look Deal With Universal Pictures (EXCLUSIVE)

    Universal Pictures is signing David Leitch, his longtime producing partner, Kelly McCormick and their recently founded 87North Production banner to a first-look production deal. “David and Kelly have established themselves as a distinctive, stylish filmmaking team who can do it all, from contained thrillers to franchise tentpoles,” said Universal’s president Peter Cramer. “We are confident [...]

  • Still from cannes competition film "Parasite"

    Cannes: Bong Joon-ho Says ‘Parasite’ Is too Local to Win Competition

    Having been partially responsible for the Netflix fall out with the Cannes Film Festival, “Okja” and “Snowpiercer” director Bong Joon-ho returns to Cannes competition this year with conventionally- financed “Parasite.” But the Korean-language film is a tragicomedy that Bong says may be too nuanced for the festival. “Cannes always makes me feel excited, fresh, and [...]

  • Summer Box Office: 'Avengers: Endgame,' 'Lion

    Summer Box Office: Five Weekends to Watch

    Popcorn season is upon us, and it’ll be up to comic-book heroes, a wise-cracking genie, and a lion who would be king to ensure movie theaters are still the hottest place to spend the summer. Last summer, blockbusters like “Avengers: Infinity War,” “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” Ocean’s 8,” and “The Meg” drove moviegoers to their [...]

  • Critics Week

    Cannes Critics’ Week Unveils Its Lineup

    Lorcan Finnegan’s science-fiction thriller “Vivarium” with Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots, Jérémy Clapin’s fantasy-filled animated feature “I Lost My Body,” and Hlynur Pálmason’s Icelandic drama “A White, White Day” are among the 11 films set to compete at Critics’ Week, the section dedicated to first and second films that runs parallel with the Cannes Film [...]

  • China Box Office: 'Wonder Park' Fails

    China Box Office: 'Wonder Park' Fails to Impress While 'P Storm' Rages On

    Even on one of the quietest weekends of the year, new U.S. animated release “Wonder Park” failed to inspire Chinese audiences as much as Hong Kong and Indian movies already in their third weekend in theaters. Starring the voice talents of Matthew Broderick, Jennifer Garner, Mila Kunis, and Ken Jeong, among many others, the film [...]

  • David Picker dead

    David Picker, Studio Chief Who Acquired James Bond Novels for UA, Dies at 87

    David Picker, who headed United Artists, Paramount and Columbia’s motion picture divisions and was known for forging relationships with groundbreaking filmmakers and material, died Saturday in New York. He was 87 and had been suffering from colon cancer. MGM tweeted, “We are saddened to hear that a member of the United Artists family has passed [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content