makes drama with a purpose
Stewart Mackinnon, Co-Creator and Executive Producer of Amazon’s Man in the High Castle has assembled a global network of partners, journalists and storytellers committed to producing world class drama which explores the pressing issues of our times.
The aim is to connect with a global audience who are looking for distinctive drama which touches their lives and reflects their values.
New content platforms have demonstrated what can be achieved with outstanding drama with multiple meanings which reflect the human condition. Our ambition is to build a European company with the same objectives and known for producing work of a similar standing.
We are looking for other co-producers, writers, journalists, storytellers, directors, broadcasters and platforms etc. who are interested in working together with us to achieve these objectives.
Our current slate includes a number of movies and returning drama series which deal with current environmental, social and political concerns which effect us all.
Stewart has a distinguished track record as a drama producer. He was founder of Headline Pictures, a London-based production company that he formed with the late Mark Shivas who was BBC’s Head of Drama where together they created an impressive catalogue of movies and television dramas. He has four decades of experience producing award winning film and television for the global market.
He developed and produced some of the most iconic award-winning drama including his 40 hour long Amazon series Man In The High Castle which has become the cornerstone of the streaming network’s lineup, winner of two Primetime Emmy’s and many other awards, Quartet Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut and Golden Globe nominee, The Miners Tapes winner of the Grierson Award, This Little Life BAFTA nominated and winner of the Dennis Potter, BANFF and RTS awards, The Invisible Woman Oscar nominated, starring and directed by Ralph Fiennes, Saboteurs the Prix Italia winning series, and the Emmy Award winning Peter and Wendy starring Stanley Tucci and Paloma Faith.
Circle Pictures and our partners have long standing relationships with leading media organisations including BBC Drama, BBC Films, HBO, ITV, ITV Global Entertainment, Fremantle, Channel 4, Film 4, A&E, ZDF, NRK, Sky Atlantic, Amazon, Microsoft, Sony Entertainment, Lionsgate, Red Arrow, E-One, Catalyst, Edelman and Participant Media. They have worked with many of the world’s leading writers, directors and actors including Sir Ronald Harwood, Adrian Hodges, Howard Brenton, Jed Mercurio, Michael Hirst, Frank Spotnitz, Eric Oleson, Eric Overmyer, David Semel, Abi Morgan, Ian Martin, Georgia Pritchett, Sir Ridley Scott, Mike Newell, Dan Percival, Diarmuid Laurence, Sarah Gavron, Adrian Shergold, Dustin Hoffman, Pierce Brosnan, Rupert Sewell, Michael Douglas, Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes, Kristin Scott Thomas, Sheridan Smith, Tom Hollander, Dame Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Billy Connolly, Michael Gambon and Felicity Jones.
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PETER & WENDY
November 13, 2019 4:17PM PT
‘The Man in the High Castle’
Producer Stewart Mackinnon
Launches Circle Pictures (EXCLUSIVE)
By Stewart Clarke
CREDIT: Courtesy of Amazon Studios
As Amazon prepares to launch the fourth and final season of “The Man in the High Castle” on Friday, the show’s exec producer, Stewart Mackinnon, has gone out of the gate with Circle Pictures. The newly minted production outfit will, Mackinnon told Variety, work across TV and film, and will major on drama projects with a purpose.
Mackinnon was co-founder and CEO of Headline Pictures until earlier this year, one of the production companies making Philip K. Dick adaptation “The Man in the High Castle,” and behind shows including ITV’s “Peter & Wendy,” starring Stanley Tucci and which won an International Emmy.
He has also produced films including Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut “Quartet” under the Headline banner, having co-founded the company with the late Mark Shivas, a former BBC head of drama.
“Whether it’s for a broadcaster or one of the new platforms, my interest is always in telling stories that have strong underlying themes,” Mackinnon said. “They may be fun, they may be serious, but they also need to carry something else as well.”
Amazon took “The Man in the High Castle” around the world as one of its first originals and the advent of global platforms mean a guaranteed audience for the type of content in which Circle will specialize, said its founder.
“If you aggregate [viewers] around the world, what’s interesting is you can do things that are profound, that might not be mass-market, but will appeal to a distinct group,” Mackinnon said. “Viewers nowadays are aggregating their drama much like they do their news and we are going to meet their demands by delivering content that has something meaningful to say.”
The new London-based banner is privately backed and, without an industry backer, a true indie. The word the seasoned producer keeps returning to in conversation is “purpose,” and Circle’s output will tackle environmental, social and political concerns accordingly. There is a development slate that spans international series, period drama, a trio of movie projects, and family-skewed animation. The first projects are funded and set to be unveiled soon.
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