Film4’s Tessa Ross and Working Title’s former Head of Television Juliette Howell – who have worked together many times over the last 20 years – are teaming together to launch independent production company House Productions, with the backing of BBC Worldwide and Danny Cohen’s Access Entertainment.
Based in London, House Productions will have a focus on scripted projects across feature films and television, tapping into the experience of Tess Ross and Juliette Howell, who will serve as joint CEOs. In addition to extending their existing relationships with noted creators, the duo will also be looking to forge relationships with new and up and coming talent.
“Along with our partners, Tessa and I share a vision for the company where the flow of ideas and creative talent between film and television can achieve the best and most ambitious work”, House Productions co-CEO Juliette Howell said in a statement. “House Productions will be the home of original, exciting stories, a place where ideas can be nurtured and produced in a supportive environment.”
In exchange for their investment, BBC Worldwide has taken a 25% stake in House Productions and will serve as the international distributor for the indie’s TV slate. Meanwhile, Access Entertainment – the division of Len Blavatnik’s Access Industries focused on investments across the entertainment sector which is headed up by former BBC Director of Television Danny Cohen – has agreed a first look deal to develop and finance feature films with House Productions.
“Supporting House Productions helps us to continue our mission of delivering high end British content to the world”, said Helen Jackson, BBC Worldwide’s Chief Content Officer. “Tessa and Juliette are two of the most inspirationally creative people I have ever met and we’re proud to play a part in enabling yet another great British start-up”.
While Access Entertainment President Danny Cohen added: “The mission of Access Entertainment is to work with the world’s leading creative talent and this first-look film deal with House Productions is an important step in our plans. I’m excited to get going on developing a slate of premium quality movies with them.”