Ealing Studios has acquired a significant stake in TV and film company GreenAcre Films and forged a new creative partnership with the company that will see Ealing Studios expand its TV division.
Having already announced earlier this year the ITV commission of Maigret for two stand-alone films starring Rowan Atkinson, Ealing Studios’ stake in GreenAcre will see them develop a TV slate for both UK and international broadcasters.
It marks the first partnership at the newly restructured Ealing Studios headed by Ben Latham-Jones.
Co-founded by Nadine Marsh-Edwards and Amanda Jenks in 2010, GreenAcre Films became a division of Wall to Wall in 2012. It will continue to co-produce its current drama slate, which includes projects for HBO, BBC and ITV.
As well as developing new TV projects, GreenAcre will also expand its feature film roster which already has a number of titles in development with the BFI.
In a joint statement, GreenAcre co-founders Nadine Marsh-Edwards and Amanda Jenks said: “We have very much enjoyed our time at Wall to Wall and we are continuing to develop several exciting projects with them.
“However, this opportunity to be part of such an exciting new partnership with Ealing Studios felt like too good an opportunity to pass up.”
Latham-Jones, head of Ealing Studios, added: “It is great to be teaming up with GreenAcre who share our ambition to develop and produce television of the highest quality for a global audience.
“It was a natural progression for Ealing Studios to build our television slate alongside our burgeoning film division and we can’t think of a better partner.”
Jenks has most recently produced BAFTA-winning The Girl starring Sienna Miller as Tippi Hedren and Toby Jones as Alfred Hitchcock and was an executive producer on Jeff Pope’s The Widower starring Reece Shearsmith.
Other projects include Mysterious Creatures starring Brenda Blethyn and Timothy Spall, and alongside Marsh-Edwards she produced The Grey Man’ starring Daniel Ryan and Olivia Colman, and An Englishman In New York, which was nominated for three BAFTAs and starred John Hurt, Cynthia Nixon and Denis O’Hare.
Marsh-Edwards was executive producer in the drama department at BBC Scotland where she worked on ‘Two Thousand Acres of Sky’, ‘Tinsel Town’ and ‘Sea of Souls’.
Her film credits include Bhaji On The Beach and two Isaac Julien projects, Looking for Langston and Young Soul Rebels.
It was announced earlier this week that Latham-Jones has fully acquired Ealing Studios Entertainment, the production entity of the iconic studio, and is taking over the role of the head of studio from Barnaby Thompson.
Latham-Jones is developing an international slate and will also focus on building and expanding the Ealing brand.
Current projects include: Nina, staring Zoe Saldana as the legendary jazz musician, Nina Simone; Kids in Love, starring Will Poulter, Alma Jodorowsky and Cara Delevingne; D-Train starring Jack Black and James Marsden; Julie Taymor’s theatrical film adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Encounter, written and directed by Dominic Savage; Fisherman’s Friends written by Piers Ashworth and Nick Moorcroft; Vacation, an indie Swedish drama written and directed by Jesper Ganslandt and starring Noomi Rapace, and the recently announced Callas, also starring Rapace.