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ENTERTAINMENT ONE AND CREATIVE ENGLAND APPOINT POLLY WILLIAMS TO LEAD TELEVISION DRAMA VENTURE

Williams to lead recently-launched UK-based venture to support original UK voices and produce compelling television content for the international market

London – September 1, 2015 – Entertainment One (“eOne”) and Creative England today announced the appointment of Polly Williams as Head of Drama, Entertainment One and Creative England Television Drama Venture. Williams will handle day-to-day operations for the venture, which aims to attract and nurture original UK creators and to develop, finance and produce drama content for worldwide audiences.

Williams brings a wide range of experience from across television development and production and a passion for finding new voices.  Most recently, Williams held the role of Development Director at Sally Head Productions, overseeing the company’s dynamic development slate. Since 2005, Williams has served as a producer on medical drama Holby City for BBC1, on Kudos’ 6-part drama Lip Service for BBC3 and on two series of primetime drama-comedy Hotel Babylon for Carnival/BBC1. She has also worked as a script editor and script executive on numerous other dramas. Williams started her career in the industry with roles at two high-profile talent agencies, handling foreign rights for novels and discovering new writer and director talent. 

“We are delighted to welcome Polly. Her breadth of experience combined with her great instincts made her the ideal candidate to run this venture.  As both the first production outfit in the UK for eOne and the maiden television initiative for Creative England, we are thrilled to officially open our doors and start to share great stories with audiences across the global marketplace,” said Carrie Stein, Executive Vice President, Global Production, eOne Television.

“UK Drama has the ability to captivate the imaginations of audiences with international successes such as Poldark, Broadchurch, and Downton Abbey. Having Polly on board with her extensive network of contacts, her eye for a hit, and with eOne as our partner, I know we will find exciting new talent with stories from across the country which will continue to enthrall people world-wide,” said Caroline Norbury MBE, CEO, Creative England.

With close relationships across the UK industry and creative pool, Williams will ensure close collaboration with the production community throughout all phases of development, production and distribution. She will work in tandem with leads from both eOne and Creative England to source and evaluate projects with global potential. Additionally, through its London-based television sales headquarters, eOne will provide global expertise and handle worldwide distribution for all television content created.

“I am delighted to be part of this exciting new venture. eOne and Creative England are a dynamic combination with a broad reach from which to find and nurture new and established talent,” said Williams.
ENDS
 
For more information:
Jackie Rubin
Entertainment One
jrubin@entonegroup.com
416.979.7256
 
Kate Buxton
Creative England
kate.buxton@creativeengland.co.uk
0117 952 9973 
 
About Entertainment One
 
Entertainment One Ltd. (LSE:ETO) is a leading international entertainment company that specializes in the acquisition, production and distribution of film and television content.  The company’s comprehensive network extends around the globe including Canada, the U.S., the UK, Ireland, Spain, Benelux, France, Germany, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and South Korea.  Through established Film and Television divisions, the company provides extensive expertise in film distribution, television and music production, family programming, merchandising and licensing, and digital content. Its current rights library is exploited across all media formats and includes more than 40,000 film and television titles, 4,500 hours of television programming and 45,000 music tracks.
 
About Creative England
 
Creative England invests in and supports creative ideas, talent and businesses in film, TV, games and digital media. We aim to grow the brightest, the best, and those with the most promise so that individuals and businesses can achieve their full creative and commercial potential. We help identify future opportunities to grow the economy and generate jobs.
 
We have offices in Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester, Sheffield, Brighton, Pinewood Studios and Elstree Studios.  We are a not-for-profit private limited company that invests any surplus back into new programmes and initiatives that help talent and creative companies to grow.

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