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Minnow Films bolsters team with new hires, promotions

Minnow Films is set to become a bigger fish in the pond with a recently announced roster of appointments and promotions. This comes as part of a major restructure to ...
February 2, 2021

Minnow Films is set to become a bigger fish in the pond with a recently announced roster of appointments and promotions. This comes as part of a major restructure to fulfill the indie’s growth and sustainability plans.

For starters, director of programs Sophie Leonard (pictured) has been named creative director, where she will continue to report directly to founder and CEO Morgan Matthews. In her new role she will have increased responsibility across the development slate and creative direction of the company.

Other new appointments include Sophie Jones as executive producer, Mark Raeburn as chief finance officer and Louise Murray as director of production; Louise Malkinson has been promoted to executive producer; and further appointments to the development team will be announced shortly.

“I’m delighted to be in a position to unveil such a stellar raft of appointments and promotions and am looking forward to revealing more in the coming weeks,” Matthews said in a statement. “We’ve always been ambitious in our programme-making, and with these new appointments we are bringing that ambition to the company as a whole as we expand our capability to produce premium content for domestic broadcasters and global platforms. With the fantastic incoming team and the superb talent we already have, we are very much looking forward to the possibilities ahead.”

Leonard has been with Minnow Films since 2016 to oversee its factual series SAS: Who Dares Wins. She developed the Celebrity SAS brand in 2018. SAS is currently in its sixth series and third series for celebrities. The brand is considered one of Channel 4′s highest rated factual shows.

Leonard’s other executive producer credits include BBC1′s documentary Katie Price: Harvey and Me; BBC2′s four-part series Manctopia: Billion Pound Property Boom and Channel 4′s Yorkshire Jobcentre.  She is currently co-executive producing a BBC2 constructed specialist factual series about DNA.

Before joining the Minnow team, Leonard worked as a director and producer on documentary and factual singles and series including series producing the Channel 4 series First Dates.

Sophie Jones previously held the role of series producer at Story Film, where she was responsible for Losing It: Our Mental Health Emergency and NHS Heroes: Fighting to Save Our Lives for Channel 4. Jones will be reporting to Leonard in her new role.

Industry veteran Mark Raeburn joins Minnow as a consultant, while also maintaining his current responsibilities of MD and CFO for Renowned Films. Previously, he spent a large part of his career at Channel 4, where he was the finance head responsible for the entire Channel 4 program budget for eight years.

Louise Murray will land at Minnow in March, she is currently Barcroft Studios’ director of production, television. Prior to Barcroft she was employed at Wall to Wall where her credits include Who Do You Think You Are? for BBC1.

Minnow’s Louise Malkinson will now be executive producer, following her series producing sting on two out of three of the indie’s BAFTA-nominated The Detectives for BBC2.

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