U.K. Producers Bennett McGhee, Dominic Buchanan Launch TV, Film Banner for Diverse Voices

Bennett McGhee and Dominic Buchanan
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Bennett McGhee and Dominic Buchanan

The 'End of the F***ing World' and 'Mogul Mowgli' producers have launched Home Team to identify and develop underrepresented creatives

Dominic Buchanan, best known as the BAFTA-winning producer of Netflix/Channel 4 series The End of the F***ing World, and Bennett McGhee, producer of the Riz Ahmed-starring Berlinale 2020 FIPRESCI winner Mogul Mowgli, have launched a new film and TV production company, Home Team.

The central aim of Home Team, announced Wednesday, is to identity and develop underrepresented creatives, primarily — but not restricted — filmmakers of colour and women filmmakers of all ethnicities.

The banner's initial development slate includes a collaboration with BBC Films of Shola Amoo's follow-up to the critically-acclaimed feature, The Last Tree; a new BFI-backed film project directed by Destiny Ekaragha (The End of the F***ing World, Gone Too Far!) and Danielle Ward (comedian and writer of In the Long Run); the feature debut from Nadia Latif & Omar El-Khairy (White Girl), which is the upcoming horror film Welcome, currently being developed with Film4 and the BFI; Rohan Blair-Mangat’s (Centrepiece, Jay-Z’s "Bam" music video) docu-series The Boombox Project, adapted from Lyle Owerko’s book of the same name; and a new television series directed by Kate Herron (Sex Education, Loki), which she is co-writing alongside Briony Redman (Angry Quiz Guy) and will be co-produced with Douglas Cox (Host).

Investment for Home Team comes from the Calculus Creative Content EIS Fund. The fund was launched in June 2019 in association with the British Film Institute, who awarded the fund to Calculus Capital and Stargrove Pictures. The BFI, as a charity, has no financial interest in the fund, but initiated the project to help generate a new wave of investors in the U.K. creative content industry and to support the growth of dynamic and ambitious UK production companies such as Home Team. Stargrove Pictures, the film/TV finance specialists, acts as adviser to the fund. Led by Stephen Fuss, the Stargrove team sourced this investment opportunity for the fund.

"I’m blessed to be partnering with Dominic and starting this new venture together, and thankful for the incredible support from the team at Calculus, Stargrove and the wider industry. We’d sown the seeds of these plans for a while and it’s incredibly exciting to now see them come to fruition, and champion projects from talent we believe in," said McGhee.

Added Buchanan: "Home Team will be a genuine home for talent, we're continuously driven to realise our wildest ambitions, and want to move the needle with everything we do. Fortunately, Bennett and I are now truly empowered to do so!"

Buchanan — who recently penned an emotional open letter calling out BAFTA for not allowing him to receive a physical award — was previously vp of production and development at Bold Films, where he co-produced 2018's Colette, starring Kiera Knightly. Dominic also produced director Hong Khaou’s lauded 2014 Sundance film Lilting, starring Ben Whishaw.

Bennett McGhee in 2015 established Silvertown Films, an independent film and television production company, which was the recipient of the British Film Institute’s Vision Award in its first year. Silvertown’s credits include Ron Scarpello’s feature documentary Bobby (2016), Ed Lilly’s rap-battle drama V’s (2018) and Mogul Mowgli, directed by Bassam Tariq. Prior to Silvertown Films, Bennett was an executive at Wildgaze Films, where he worked on Lone Scherfig’s multi-Oscar nominated An Education; Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut Quartet and as associate producer on the multi-Oscar and BAFTA-winning, Brooklyn.