Film4 Names New Head of Creative

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Ollie Madden

Ollie Madden joins from Kudos and replaces new BBC Films head Rose Garnett.

Ollie Madden has been named Film4's new head of creative, taking over from Rose Garnett, who recently left the organization to head up BBC Films. 

Currently executive producer at Broadchurch and Spooks banner Kudos, Madden's career spans production and development over both TV and film, including spells at Warner Bros. and Miramax before joining Kudos in 2011. 

At the same time as announcing Madden's appointment Wednesday, Film4 also revealed that Cassandra Carias is to join the business affairs team. Carias moves from eOne Features, where she is currently the head of legal and business. 

“We are delighted to welcome two such brilliant and well-respected individuals to the immensely talented Film4 team," said Film4 director Daniel Battsek. "I have long been an admirer of Ollie's skills and am thrilled to have his depth and range of experience on board heading up our creative team. Cassandra comes with such an impressive wealth of knowledge and understanding of our business, and will be a huge asset as we navigate the changing landscape of film finance and distribution models.”

Madden inherits a development slate that includes new work from Kevin Macdonald, William Oldroyd, Sarah Gavron, John Crowley, Peter Strickland, Coky Giedroyc, Babak Anvari, Tobias Lindholm, Rachel Tunnard, Sean Durkin and Iain Morris, as well as films in production or postproduction from Martin McDonagh, Steve McQueen, Andrew Haigh, Mike Leigh, Asif Kapadia, Clio Barnard, Lenny Abrahamson, Tom Harper, Bart Layton, Yorgos Lanthimos, Sebastian Lelio, Stephen Merchant, Michael Pearce and Lynne Ramsay.

Film4 recently enjoyed a bumper Cannes, where four films it backed — including main competition prize winners You Were Never Really Here and The Killing of a Sacred Deer — had their world premieres. 

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