Colin Callender
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Playground Entertainment


Founder / CEO

Callender completed production on three of his Playground Entertainment series — season two of “All Creatures Great and Small” (PBS), “The Undeclared War” (Peacock) and “Dangerous Liaisons” (Starz) — shot back-to-back across Europe with no COVID stoppages. On the live-theater front, he’s been working to remount his Tony-winning production of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” in seven cities around the globe and prepping a stage adaptation of Stephen King’s “The Shining” to open in London in the spring of 2022. In June 2021, Playground teamed with Red Arrow Studios International to option all 75 of Georges Simenon’s “Inspector Maigret” books to adapt for an English-language series. He’s also adapting F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “Tender Is the Night” with director Cary Joji Fukunaga for Apple TV+.


  • 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
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2020 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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