Creative England and The Agency kicked off their week-long trip to LA with a reception at the British Consul General's Residence.
The event aimed to forge new partnerships and pathways for UK filmmaking talent on an international level. In attendance were talent agents, managers, producers, financiers and industry executives including representatives from HBO, Warner Brothers TV, BBC Worldwide and Future Film Group, among others.
Creative England's CEO Caroline Norbury was in attendance alongside The Agency founder Stephen Durbridge. Both were at the event to showcase the wealth of filmmaking talent on offer in the UK and discuss ways in which US and international companies can help take that talent to new levels.
“When creative talent from both sides of the Atlantic comes together, great things happen," explained The Consul General Chris O'Connor, opening the reception. "Today we are laying the foundations for future partnerships between British and American film professionals.”
Left to right: British Consul General Chris O'Connor, Creative England CEO Caroline Norbury, The Agency Founder Stephen Durbridge.
Stephen Durbridge from The Agency said “We are honoured to introduce Creative England to the Hollywood community; their approach to supporting exciting new talent in England is a breath of fresh air.”
Caroline Norbury, CEO of Creative England, said: “England's creative industries enjoy global success and our talent is world class. At Creative England we want to make sure it stays that way.
“Our low-budget indie film lab iFeatures, which helps outstanding filmmakers make their first feature, continues to grow and gain recognition. Most recently The Goob, directed by Guy Myhill, had its world premiere in Venice, won the Golden Hitchcock award at the Dinard British Film Festival and has been nominated for three BIFAs.
“We are in LA to meet partners who are as passionate about discovering and nurturing new talent as we are so that programmes, like iFeatures, can be brought to international audiences and to new platforms.”
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