Origin Pictures is an independent production company making bold and ambitious drama for both film and television. As well as working with established voices, we place a strong focus on nurturing emerging talent to bring powerful and distinctive stories to the screen.
The company was launched in 2008 by David Thompson, having run BBC Films for over a decade. They have a deal with Fremantle Media Enterprises for television distribution and producer/financier Anant Singh also backs the company through Distant Horizon, the international production and distribution company.
David Thompson, former head of BBC Films, has been the recipient of multiple awards, including three BAFTAs, two Golden Globes, and three Emmys. He has produced/executive produced over 100 films. His feature credits include Billy Elliot, Iris, Dirty Pretty Things, Notes on a Scandal, Revolutionary Road, Fish Tank, Eastern Promises, In The Loop, My Summer of Love, An Education, Bright Star and Men Who Stare at Goats.
Over his career, Thompson made a special contribution to introducing the work of new directors such as Pawel Pawlikowski, Lynne Ramsay, Andrea Arnold, Saul Dibb, Dominic Savage, Sarah Gavron, Francesca Joseph, Justin Chadwick and Nick Murphy. His TV credits as producer include several Alan Clarke films such as The Firm and Road, as well as the first Shadowlands and numerous award winning television dramas which he executive produced/produced such as Into the Storm, The Gathering Storm, Conspiracy, The Lost Prince and Einstein & Eddington.
Ed Rubin has worked in the film industry across development and production since 2000. He began in the independent sector working for Mission Pictures across a number of films, including Danny Boyle's Millions, before going on to work for companies including Working Title, Ealing Studios and the UK Film Council. He joined BBC Films in 2005 as Development Executive and became Head of Development at Origin Pictures at its launch in 2008. He runs the television and film slates and has served as Executive Producer on BBC serials The Crimson Petal & The White and Hidden and as Associate Producer on feature films The First Grader and The Awakening. He has produced two award-winning short films.
Livia Burton began her career in 2000 as Producer’s and Development Assistant at Cowboy Films. Working with prolific writers and directors such as Nick Love (Football factory) and Peter Morgan (The Queen) and most notably assisting on Kevin Macdonald’s acclaimed feature The Last King of Scotland, and Andrea Arnold’s short film debut Wasp among others.
Following on from this she branched out into Freelance Production. Gaining experience over 7 years in the Independent film sector, both in the UK and abroad. Her Production feature credits include Bafta winning Moon, Mr. Nice, Wild Target, and Mr. Bean’s Holiday. Most recently she Production Managed the forthcoming Jonathan Glazer film Under the Skin.
Livia joined Origin in February 2013 as their Production Executive across both TV Drama and Film.
Claire started as a script reader and intern at EUE Screen Gems studios in the US after winning a scholarship to UNCW film school. After graduation she worked for the Edinburgh International Film Festival, edited The Film UK Guide to British Film 2007 and then joined Film4 as a junior script reader.
Claire moved over to Channel 4 drama where she became a development editor working across shows including ‘Skins’ and ‘Coming Up’. She launched the Channel’s first new writing initiative, 4Screenwriting, as well as a collaboration with Paines Plough theatre company to support new playwrights. She left Channel 4 to produce 'Coming Up' for Touchpaper Television and joined Origin in 2013 after script editing 'Case Histories' for Ruby Film and Television.
Claire is Origin's development executive working across film and television.
Neeral began his career in 2009 working on various feature films and television dramas. He joined Origin Pictures in 2010 as assistant to director Marc Munden on The Crimson Petal and the White and then assistant to David Thompson before taking up the role of Production Manager.
Alex’s experience in film and television began at talent agency ICM in Los Angeles, working in the Motion Picture Talent and Literary departments. Since then Alex spent time at BBC Films before joining Origin in January 2013 as assistant to David Thompson, working in many capacities across all Origin developments and productions. Alex is the point of contact for any enquiries regarding David.
Over the last two years, Thirza has accumulated experience in film development and radio drama. After working as an assistant at The Agency, she joined Origin Pictures as development assistant in March 2013; also acting as production assistant on Origin productions. Thirza writes film criticism for Sight & Sound, among other print and online publications.
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