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Al Hardiman, Charlotte Walls and Gideon Lyons

Charlotte Walls' Catalyst Global Media already has two feature film projects in development.

Charlotte Walls, the former Matador Pictures producer behind such British titles as Wild Target, Killing Bono and the recent Netflix series Residue, has launched production and finance outfit Catalyst Global Media.

Walls will run the company as CEO, backed by private equity sources out of London, with her co-founders, Al Hardiman and Gideon Lyons, serving as principal partners. Unveiled on Friday, Catalyst is set to develop/finance/produce four to six projects a year across film and TV.

"At our core we seek to nurture and champion creative talent and find ourselves taking creative risks and pushing boundaries as a matter of course," said Walls.

"Content, in all forms, is increasing in value around the world. Whether exploiting original stories, developing an epic franchise or adapting/reimagining classic works, the strategically vetted approach to financing new films and properties is appealing to us. We’re aligning high-quality content with funding and business execution in a way that can maximize the exploitation and commercialization of that content for the content owners, distributors, investors and Catalyst alike."

Catalyst has already unveiled two projects for its first feature films.

Late Iranian writer Marsha Mehran’s best-selling novel Pomegranate Soup, about three Iranian sisters who open up a cafe in an Irish village, is being adapted by Oscar-nominated Irish writer Kirsten Sheridan (Dollhouse). Sheridan is also attached to direct.

Genus, the sci-fi thriller from author Jonathan Trigell, who also wrote Boy A, is being adapted by Mike Carey, the award-winning novelist, graphic novelist and screenwriter behind graphic novels Lucifer, Hellblazer and X-Men: Legacy.

Both films are set to go into production within the next year.