Colin Callender
Courtesy of Playground Entertainment
United States United Kingdom
2020

Playground Entertainment

Colin
Callender

Founder / CEO

Callender’s production of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” was playing to sold-out audiences in London, San Francisco and on Broadway and was about to open in Hamburg when the pandemic hit, closing theaters everywhere. On the upside, his new small-screen version of the beloved “All Creatures Great and Small” was a hit on Britain’s Channel 5 over the summer, and the seven-part series comes to PBS in the U.S. in January 2021. As president of HBO Films during the turn of the century, Callender oversaw productions that reeled in 140 Emmys. Later in 2021, he’ll begin work on a TV adaptation of “Dangerous Liaisons” (Lionsgate/Starz) and Peter Kominsky’s political thriller series “The Undeclared War” (Channel 4) as well as a second season of “All Creatures,” if production is permitted.

Career

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

Education

  • University of East Anglia (UK)

Variety Honors

  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
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