Daybreak on horizon for Mentorn


LONDON -- U.K.-based T.V. production banner Tinopolis is restructuring its production subsidiary Mentorn to accommodate a new permanent home for veteran producers David Aukin and Hal Vogel under the banner Daybreak Pictures.

Mentorn said Thursday it is moving its drama output across to Daybreak Pictures, which will be headed by current Mentorn drama chief Aukin and executive producer Vogel.

Daybreak aims to ramp up Mentorn's drama output based on contemporary events while also branching out to include fictional dramas and serials.

Aukin will serve as Daybreak managing director while Vogel and Mentorn CEO John Willis will be directors of the new company.

Tinopolis managing director Arwel Rees becomes Daybreak's chairman, with the company falling under the Mentorn Group umbrella.

The new-look setup comes hot on the heels of news that U.K. broadcaster Channel 4 has commissioned the Daybreak team to produce a drama based on the Alexander Litvinenko poisoning, with Peter Kosminsky writing and directing.

Kosminsky and Aukin most recently worked together on the Mentorn production "The Government Inspector," which garnered a trio of TV BAFTAs including a best writer nod for Kosminsky.

Said Aukin: "Mentorn's skills in factual research have been integral to our drama successes. This binds us to the group and I'm delighted to be renewing my working relationship with John Willis after our years together at Channel 4."

Added Willis: "This launch ensures that the Mentorn Group will, through Daybreak, have the capacity to make award-winning, distinctive drama for years to come. I am looking forward to working once again with David Aukin to help build Daybreak Pictures."

Aukin's executive producer credits in television include the multi-BAFTA winning "The Government Inspector," "The Hamburg Cell" and the award winning "A Very Social Secretary" while, during his time at Channel 4 as head of film, titles made under his watch included "The Madness of King George," "Trainspotting" and "Four Weddings and a Funeral."

Vogel's credits include "Nostradamus" -- Discovery's first ever drama -- and documentary "Sven -- The Cash, The Coach and His Lovers," based on scandals affecting England soccer team coach Sven Goran Erikson.
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