Colin Callender
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United Kingdom

Playground Entertainment


Founder / CEO

Wherever Callender goes, he leaves a trail of gold. Last year, his Broadway production of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” won six Tony Awards. This year, his Amazon-BBC adaptation of “King Lear,” starring Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson, earned an Emmy nomination. But that’s just of the tip of the awards iceberg. During Callender’s tenure as president of HBO Films in the late ’90s and 2000s, he oversaw productions that reeled in 140 Emmys, 44 Golden Globes and three Oscars, along with a slew of other honors. And his shiny haul is likely to grow with upcoming TV adaptations of “Dangerous Liaisons” (Lionsgate/Starz), “All Creatures Great and Small” (Channel 5/PBS) and “Tender Is the Night” (Hulu). 


  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Parts One and Two)
  • The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby


  • University of East Anglia (UK)

Variety Honors

  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
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Colin Callender's Playground Options 'The Widow,' 'Jeremy Hutchinson’s Case Histories'

Colin Callender's Playground Options 'The Widow,' 'Jeremy Hutchinson’s Case Histories'

LONDON -- Colin Callender's production company Playground, whose credits include Hilary Mantel adaptation "Wolf Hall," has optioned two books, Fiona Barton's psychological thriller "The Widow" and Thomas Grant's nonfiction account of a lawyer's life, "Jeremy Hutchinson’s Case Histories.”The deals follow Playground’s recent optioning of Patrick Kingsley’s "The New Odyssey -- The Story of Europe’s Refugee Crisis," which will be published in May.“The Widow” is about the wife of a man who is accused -- and eventually cleared -- of kidnapping...


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