Netflix has hired producer and 2019 Screen Star of Tomorrow Fiona Lamptey as director of UK features, with a remit to develop films focused on British productions and IP.
Based in London, Lamptey will identify books, theatre and other material for development. She will also work on discovering emerging UK talent.
After working in TV commissioning for Channel 4, Lamptey joined Film4 as a production executive in 2009, where she earned production manager credits on titles including Kill List, Attack The Block and The Selfish Giant.
In 2011 she launched her own firm, Fruit Tree Media, through which she produced Film4’s Fright Bites mini-series in 2016.
Screen named Lamptey a UK & Ireland Star of Tomorrow as a producer last year. She was also the recipient of a BFI Vision award in 2020, and recognised as a Film London future leader on the organisation’s Breaking The Glass Ceiling initiative in 2019.
She has recently wrapped filming on a sci-fi series for Film4 focusing on people of colour in the future in the UK, and is currently producing debbie tucker green’s BBC Film-backed feature ear for eye, based on the director’s play of the same name.
Lamptey joins a UK commissioning team which includes Anne Mensah (original scripted/drama); David Kosse (non-English language film); Kate Townsend (documentaries); Alexi Wheeler (kids and family); and Ben Kelly and Daisy Lilley (nonfiction).
“Fiona has been widely recognised for developing underrepresented stories and talent, and has quickly made her mark on the UK film industry,” said Scott Stuber, head of Netflix film.
“I’m eager to continue championing fresh, arresting and provocative ideas, where both new and established voices are empowered to tell their stories,” added Lamptey. “I look forward to working with Scott to help connect distinctively British and globally appealing filmmakers and their work to a wider audience.”