Pegg announced the news on Twitter today. He wrote: “We are beyond heartbroken at the sudden and unexpected passing of our friend and colleague, Miles Ketley.
“He was the captain of our ship and the head of our family at Stolen Picture. We will miss him with all our hearts. We send boundless love and sympathy to his family and friends and ask that everyone’s privacy be respected at this time.”
— Pegg News (@simonpegg) October 19, 2020
Ketley joined Sony Pictures Television-backed Stolen Picture in 2017 after a spell as the COO of His Dark Materials producer Bad Wolf. Previous roles took him to media law firm Wiggin and Fox Searchlight Pictures.
According to his Stolen Picture bio, Ketley is also a trustee of the Independent Cinema Office and sits on the event committee for the British Independent Film Awards.
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His death comes just days ahead of the premiere of one of Stolen Picture’s first major TV projects — the Amazon comedy Truth Seekers, which debuts on October 30.
Wayne Garvie, Sony’s president of international production, said: “This is devastatingly sad news and we send our condolences and support to Miles’ family and friends at this time. Miles was achieving great things at Stolen Picture, and everyone there and across the wider SPT family will miss him greatly.”
Bad Wolf co-founders Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner added: “Like everyone we are heart-broken by the news about Miles. He was enthusiastic, big-hearted and a significant part of our early BW years. We wouldn’t be where we are without him. He will be much missed by many. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues.”
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