Press Release

Hartswood Films West

20 Aug 2009

Hartswood Films have announced they are setting up a new office in Central Cardiff – Hartswood Films West –  to be headed up by Welsh-born Film and Television Executive Philippa Collie Cousins.

The first production to be shot in Wales is Sherlock, co-created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, which has just started filming. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as Dr John Watson, the three ninety minutes films for BBC One are produced by Sue Vertue.

Philippa has joined Hartswood Films from the BBC where she was Head of Production for Robin Hood series 2 and 3, Spooks 7, the BAFTA award winning White Girl and the highly anticipated Small Island.

Before that she was Business Affairs Manager for Drama on BBC4 on productions such as Fanny Hill and Crooked House and BBC One Comedy Playhouse. She joined the BBC after ten years as a Development Producer and award-winning Director in Drama, Animation, Commercials and Factual Entertainment.

Her first Drama, The Deadness of Dad starring Rhys Ifans won a BAFTA, and she received the Variety Critics Choice award for Best Film Director for Happy Now? an off-beat black comedy set in a remote Welsh town and starring Ioan Gruffudd and Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Philippa’s brief is to focus on the needs of the broadcasters and to develop ideas particularly in Drama, Comedy and Factual Entertainment.

Beryl Vertue, CEO of Hartswood Films, says: “I am delighted Philippa has joined the Hartswood team. She brings a wealth of production and business experience with her, and is working closely with Hartswood’s key creative talent, Sue Vertue and Elaine Cameron.

Philippa says: “I am really looking forward to finding writers and directors to create the outstanding new series of tomorrow. Hartswood has always had good working relationships with writers and it is our intention to find and nurture more Welsh writing talent. There is already a strong talented production workforce in Wales, and hopefully if we can play a part in bringing more production to Wales, the talent pool will increase.

“We may also do some co-production deals with Welsh producers if they feel our expertise would be helpful. Backed by Hartswood’s already outstanding reputation and my own network of relationships with key players across the television and film industry, I believe Hartswood Films West has a lot to offer established and new talent.”