Ealing Studios has acquired a significant stake in TV and film company GreenAcre Films and that will allow it to expand its own burgeoning TV division. The move is likely to be the first of many new partnerships sought by Ben Latham-Jones, who recently acquired 100% of Ealing Studios Entertainment, the iconic studio’s production arm.
Co-founded by Nadine Marsh-Edwards and Amanda Jenks in 2010, GreenAcre Films was acquired by Wall to Wall in 2012. The company’s drama slate includes projects for HBO, BBC and ITV. As well as developing new TV projects, they will also expand their feature film roster. Jenks most recently produced The Girl starring Sienna Miller and Toby Jones.
Latham-Jones is keen to ramp up Ealing’s production capabilities. In 2012, he raised $50 million in financing to produce or co-produce a slate of films. He has a number of projects in the pipeline, including Encounter, written and directed by Dominic Savage (Love + Hate); Fisherman’s Friends written by Piers Ashworth and Nick Moorcroft (St. Trinians); Vacation, an indie Swedish drama written and directed by Jesper Ganslandt (The Ape) starring Noomi Rapace (Prometheus) and Marwan Kenzari (Ben Hur), and the recently announced Callas, also starring Rapace.
He is currently in the midst of an additional capital raise to boost the studio’s planned future activities and has already spearheaded Ealing’s expansion into TV, with a buzzy adaptation for ITV of two Georges Simenon novels from his beloved Maigret series, with Rowan Atkinson playin the iconic detective.
Latham-Jones joined Ealing as a partner in 2013; since then he has produced three movies for Ealing alongside Thompson: Nina, staring Zoe Saldana (Guardians Of The Galaxy) and David Oyelowo (Selma) in a biopic about Nina Simone directed by Cynthia Mort. Entertainment One and Universal are releasing; Kids In Love, starring Will Poulter (The Revenant) and Cara Delevingne (Suicide Squad); and D-Trainstarring Jack Black (Kung Fu Panda), James Marsden (X- Men) and Kathryn Hahn (TomorrowLand), financed with Sony Pictures Worldwide and released domestically by IFC.