Daniel Battsek
Paul Tait
United Kingdom
2021

Film4

Daniel
Battsek

Chairman

As head of the British film financing and production entity Film4 since 2016, Battsek has to balance the artistic with the commercial, scoring notable success with Oscar winners such as Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri” and Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Favourite.” In 2021, the former Miramax exec presented a trio of films at the Cannes virtual market: Aml Ameen’s romcom “Boxing Day”; Jim Archer’s comedy “Brian and Charles,” about a human-robot friendship; and Peter Middleton and James Spinney’s documentary “The Real Charlie Chaplin” (sold to Showtime in the U.S.). He also released Jonathan Butterall’s feature adaptation of the hit West End musical “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie” and Michael Pearce’s sci-fi thriller “Encounter,” starring Riz Ahmed, direct to Amazon Prime.

Career

  • THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI
  • THE FAVOURITE
  • COLD WAR

Education

  • Oxford Brookes University (UK)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
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The U.K. production boom, while good news for crews (and audiences), has not necessarily proved a boon for independent filmmakers.Largely generated by the streamer wars, film and high-end television production spend in the U.K. hit $7.6 billion in 2021. A closer look at the figures, however, revealed that the majority of that spend was on high-end TV production, which had nearly doubled compared to 2019, while expenditure on film grew only by 3%.Worse, the boom has created a scarcity of...

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