SEE-SAW FILMS APPOINTS NICKY EARNSHAW AS HEAD OF PRODUCTION FOR UK FILM AND TV DIVISIONS
UK: May 31, 2018: See-Saw Films’ joint Managing Directors Iain Canning and Emile Sherman today announced the appointment of Nicky Earnshaw as Head of Production for their UK film and television divisions. Effective July 9, Earnshaw will be responsible for the production and day to day operations of See-Saw’s expanding film and TV slate developed and produced out of the UK office. In addition, she will oversee productions greenlit through the recently announced first look deal with New Regency, as part of See-Saw’s increasing presence in the US.
Canning and Sherman said “Nicky is undeniably one of the most experienced and respected production executives in the business with extensive industry knowledge particularly in the UK and excellent relationships with globally renowned filmmakers and talent. We are excited to have her join our team and have no doubt she will be an extraordinary asset to our growing film and television business.”
Earnshaw takes over the role from Amy Jackson who is moving into independent producing. Jackson will continue to collaborate with See-Saw on various projects to be announced shortly. Earnshaw will report to Co-Managing Directors Canning and Sherman and Chief Operating Officer for TV Hakan Kousetta. She will collaborate closely with Head of TV Jamie Laurenson, Head of Commercial Affairs, Film, Simon Gillis, and LA based Vice President, Creative Affairs Negin Salmasi on relevant projects.
Earnshaw commented, “I am thrilled to be joining Iain, Emile and the See-Saw family as they enter their second decade of leading the way in independent film and television production. They are a vibrant and dynamic company with an excellent track record and an exciting upcoming slate. I’m looking forward to immersing myself in projects of all shapes and sizes with brilliant colleagues and talent from around the world.”
Earnshaw joins See-Saw from her role as acting Head of Production at Film4 where she has worked with a mix of debut and established filmmakers from the UK and global film industry. There, she oversaw physical production on titles including Disobedience, Beast, I Am Not a Witch, The Festival and Calm with Horses. “Film4’s commitment to independent filmmakers and emerging talent is unique and it has been a privilege to be part of their culture and community. It is a wonderful place to work and I’ll miss the team and slate enormously,” added Earnshaw.
See-Saw’s current film projects that have been backed by Film4 include the upcoming Widows, directed by Academy Award® winner Steve McQueen, as well as the recently released Mary Magdalene starring Academy Award® nominees Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix and John Cameron Mitchell’s How to Talk to Girls At Parties starring Elle Fanning and Nicole Kidman.
Daniel Battsek, Director of Film4, said “We’re extremely grateful for Nicky’s tireless work, particularly during the last few months while she’s been acting up and leading Film4’s production team. We’re delighted she’s joining such a respected company and one that we have such close ties with. We wish her the very best in her new role.”
Prior to joining Film4 Earnshaw freelanced as a co-producer, line producer and production manager on projects such as Berberian Sound Studio, The Disappearance of Alice Creed, Johnny English Reborn, Cuban Fury and Attack the Block. In 2012 she became head of production for Pinewood Pictures where she supervised a number of films including Belle, Dom Hemingway, Mindhorn and Spooks: The Greater Good.
Earnshaw joins Saw-Saw at a particularly exciting time for the Academy Award-winning production company having recently expanded its UK and Australian operations to include a US office in addition to signing the three-year first look development, financing and production deal with New Regency. See-Saw is producing the upcoming Widows for New Regency to be released by Twentieth Century Fox later in 2018.
The appointment also follows the success of the six-time Academy Award® nominated Lion, starring Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman and Rooney Mara. See-Saw is known for producing The King’s Speech which swept up 4 Academy Awards in 2011 including Best Motion Picture of the year, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for Colin Firth and Best Director win for Tom Hooper.
ABOUT SEE-SAW FILMS
Academy Award® winning producers Iain Canning and Emile Sherman founded See-Saw Films in 2008. See-Saw is a UK and Australian company specializing in international Film and Television production.
See-Saw produced six-time Academy Award® nominated Lion, starring Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman and Rooney Mara as well as The King’s Speech which swept up four Academy Awards® in 2011 including Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for Colin Firth and a Best Director nod for Tom Hooper.
See-Saw’s current film projects include Mary Magdalene starring Academy Award® nominees Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix; John Cameron Mitchell’s How to Talk to Girls At Parties starring Elle Fanning and Nicole Kidman; and Academy Award® winner Steve McQueen’s Widows which See-Saw is producing for New Regency to be released by Twentieth Century Fox in 2018.
See-Saw’s television division formally started in 2012 and kicked off with the multi-award winning first season of Jane Campion’s ‘Top of the Lake’. Campion returned with ‘Top of The Lake: China Girl’ starring Elisabeth Moss, Nicole Kidman and Gwendoline Christie which premiered at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for a Golden Globe.
‘The New Legends of Monkey’, is See-Saw’s live action television series produced for Netflix, ABC Australia and TVNZ. See-Saw is currently in development on ‘The North Water’ to be written and directed by Andrew Haigh (45 Years), adapted from the novel by Ian McGuire.