New Pictures CEO Charlie Pattinson has decided to step down, eight years after co-founding the All3Media-owned company behind Sky/HBO series Catherine The Great.
Pattinson will step back from day-to-day duties running New Pictures, but will continue to executive produce certain projects and will advise the producer as non-executive chair.
Co-CEO Willow Grylls will take full charge of New Pictures, overseeing a slate that includes Sky political thriller Cobra and an adaptation of P.D. James’ Inspector Dalgliesh Mysteries crime novels for Channel 5 and Acorn TV.
Pattinson, a heavyweight of the UK drama community, has built two companies and sold them to All3Media. Prior to New Pictures, he ran Company Pictures with George Faber, who also remains in the All3 orbit at The Forge.
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Pattinson said: “I am incredibly proud of the work we have all done at New Pictures and of the extraordinary team that Willow, Elaine and I have built over the last eight years. It’s time for me to work differently and take on new challenges and with Willow at the helm I am looking forward to New Pictures next period of continued growth and creativity.”
Grylls added: “Setting up New Pictures and seeing the company grow has been a hugely rewarding and collaborative experience. Charlie has always allowed others to flourish, and I hope to do the same under my stewardship. He will still be a creative force within the company but I’m looking forward to taking New Pictures to the next stage of development with some exciting new projects in the pipeline.”
All3Media CEO Jane Turton said: “Willow stepping up to become the CEO of New Pictures is fantastic. The company has a remarkable track record with shows that are both critically acclaimed and hugely popular. The business is going from strength to strength and Willow and her team have a really exciting development and production slate. Working with Charlie is a complete pleasure and I’m delighted that he will continue as an executive producer on a range of projects.”