Oscar and BAFTA nominated producer Ivan Mactaggart launches Cambridge Picture Company
Flying high off the back of Oscar and BAFTA nominations for his animated feature Loving Vincent, producer Ivan Mactaggart has launched his Cambridge-based film and television production company, Cambridge Picture Company, with private equity backing.
The company launches with a strong existing slate, including several projects co-produced with David Parfitt’s Trademark Films in which Mactaggart was, until recently, a partner. Cambridge Picture Company co-produced the Trademark feature film Red Joan, starring Judi Dench and Sophie Cookson, which shot in and around London and Cambridge in late 2017. Other projects on the slate include elevated sci-fi feature Android, hitman drama People Die and found footage cop thriller Cover.
Also joining the team are Head of Development, Pete Daly, a script consultant whose clients include Universal Pictures, Ealing Studios and BBC Films; and Producer’s Assistant, Florrie Priest, a Cambridge University graduate with varied experience in student and professional film making. Joining the company’s board as non-executive director is renowned theatre producer Karl Sydow, producer of Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage, and Sting’s musical The Last Ship.
Cambridge’s economy is forecast to be the UK’s fastest growing in 2018, primarily due to being Europe's largest technology cluster with 57,000 people employed by over 1,500 technology firms with total annual revenues of over £13 billion. Accordingly, Cambridge Picture Company has partnered with several world leading firms to build an innovative research and development function, using data analysis, machine learning and other technologies to improve development and production processes in film and television.
Ivan Mactaggart said “Cambridge is a hotbed of growth and innovation, and we plan to harness that energy to build Cambridge Picture Company into a modern, dynamic and prolific media production company. I will continue to work closely with David Parfitt, Trademark Films and other producers throughout the UK to bring exciting stories to the screen.”
Image: (L-R) Florrie Priest, Ivan Mactaggart, Pete Daly.
Audiovisual production company specialising in feature films and television drama.