Kudos executive producer Ollie Madden has been named as Film4 head of creative, taking over from Rose Garnett who recently departed to become the head of BBC Films.
Madden looks set to inherit a slate of feature productions already in production/post-production from the likes of Martin McDonagh, Steve McQueen, Andrew Haigh, Mike Leigh, Asif Kapadia, Clio Barnard, Lenny Abrahamson, Tom Harper, Bart Layton, Yorgos Lanthimos, Sebastian Lelio, Stephen Merchant, Michael Pearce and Lynne Ramsay, with a further spate of films ready to be made by the likes of Kevin Macdonald, William Oldroyd, Sarah Gavron, John Crowley, Peter Strickland, Coky Giedroyc, Babak Anvari, Tobias Lindholm, Rachel Tunnard, Sean Durkin and Iain Morris.
Film4 also announced that eOne Features business and legal head Cassandra Carias is set to join their business affairs team.
Film4 director Daniel Battsek released the following statement:
“We are delighted to welcome two such brilliant and well-respected individuals to the immensely talented Film4 team. I have long been an admirer of Ollie’s skills and am thrilled to have his depth and range of experience on board heading up our creative team. Cassandra comes with such an impressive wealth of knowledge and understanding of our business, and will be a huge asset as we navigate the changing landscape of film finance and distribution models.”
Ollie Madden has previously worked for Warner Bros. and Miramax, and will take over during a bumper period for the company following two premieres at Cannes and a further two Film4 films being exhibited at the prestigious festival.
Film4 is among the premiere film production companies in the United Kingdom. As a branch of terrestrial television station Channel 4, Film4 has been able to bring funding to projects by many important and influential British filmmakers, as well as support European filmmakers in their early-career English-language endeavours. In appointing Madden as its most recent head of creative, the brand will no doubt be looking to extend its reputation as an invaluable part of the British film industry.