Tuesday, March 06, 2007

New Head of Development at Film Council

From UK Film Council's website:

"Tanya Seghatchian, co-producer of the first two films in the Harry Potter franchise and the independent British film My Summer of Love has been appointed Head of the UK Film Council’s Development Fund from 1 April, it was announced today (2nd March).

Segatchian has been in the film industry for 10 years during which time she had shown extensive versatility. She worked with screenwriter Steve Kloves and producer David Heyman of Heyday Films to develop one of the biggest studio film franchises from JK Rowling’s Harry Potter books, and with filmmaker Pawel Pawlikowski she set up independent production company, Apocalypso Pictures.

As a development consultant to Heyday Films, Segatchian brought in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time which she is exec producing with Steven Kloves as writer/director for Warner Bros. Most recently, she has been exec producing French filmmaker Francois Ozon’s first English language film Angel which was shown In Competition as the closing night film at the Berlin Film Festival last month and is developing/co-producing Arnaud Desplechin’s adaptation of Philip Roth’s novella Deception. Before working in film, Segatchian worked as a script editor on BBC dramas and script-edited The Lakes for Jimmy McGovern.

Announcing Segatchian’s appointment, John Woodward, Chief Executive Officer of the UK Film Council says: “Tanya has an exceptional reputation for finding exciting film projects and for working with talent to develop scripts which win audiences and awards and make money.”

Segatchian replaces Jenny Borgars who has headed the £4 million Lottery-funded Development Fund since 2000 and steps down from the post at the end of this month. The Development Fund supports single project script development, six slate development companies and a number of script of initiatives."


Anonymous said...

It's an interesting appointment. And an important one for all those UK screenwriters out there trying to access the same pot of development money. They obviously think that the Harry Potter connection gives her some commercial and international credibility. And it does. But her main work still seem to be rooted in the independent sector. Here's hoping she'll prove to have some commercial instincts too and be able to find some original comedy, horror and thrillers from UK writers - some films audiences actually want to see!

Piers said...

Wonder if that means 25 words or less (or something similar) will be starting back up again?