The Night Manager and The Little Drummer Girl indie The Ink Factory has hired former Raw and Film4 exec Katherine Butler to serve in the newly created role of Creative Director. Butler will report to The Ink Factory co-founders and co-CEOs Stephen and Simon Cornwell.
In her new role, Katherine Butler will oversee the company’s film and television slate globally, setting priorities for the Johne le Carré partnership, seeking out creative opportunities with existing and emerging storytellers and building out a portfolio of projects that reinforce The Ink Factory’s commitment to high quality, thought-provoking entertainment.
She joins The Ink Factory from Raw, where she has served as their Head of Film & TV Drama since March 2014. Prior to that she held several key roles at Film4, including: Head of Development (2004-2009), Senior Commissioning Executive (2009-2013), and Deputy Head of Film (2013-2014). Before her stint at Film4 she also served as Head of Development for Ruby Films, having joined them from the New Zealand Film Commission where she held the position of Executive Producer & Head of Development from 1999 to 2002.
“I have loved my time at Raw, but when Simon and Stephen asked me to join The Ink Factory, I just couldn’t say no. Their access to extraordinary material combined with their ambition for bold, visionary authorship across their output, making TV and film with something to say about the world we live in now, felt irresistible to me”, Katherine Butler said in a statement. “I can’t wait to join Tom Nash, Michele Wolkoff and the brilliant creative team already in place at Ink, and to get started!”
While Simon and Stephen Cornwell, co-CEOs and Founders of The Ink Factory, added: “We are thrilled that Katherine has chosen to join our team to lead our creative endeavours. Katherine brings both insight and experience, combined with great industry relationships. Katherine has an impressive track record of collaborating with strong established talent while at the same time developing emerging voices. It’s incredibly exciting to embark on the next stage of The Ink Factory’s growth with Katherine, and we could not have a better person to lead both the shaping of our slate going forwards and our gifted creative team.”