Jane Featherstone, Founder

Jane founded Sister Pictures in November 2015 - an independent television production company specialising in authored, bold and distinctive stories for UK and international audiences.  

Sister’s current projects include The Split by Abi Morgan for BBC 1, Clean Break by Mark Marlowstarring Sheridan Smith for ITV, Flowers by Will Sharpe and The Bisexual, created by and starring Desiree Akhavan, both for Channel 4 and The Power by award-winning writer Naomi Alderman.

Before setting up Sister Pictures Jane was Chief Executive of Kudos where she executive produced some of the most innovative and groundbreaking dramas in the UK, including the multi award-winning BBC1 hit Spooks; era-defining Emmy-winner Life on Mars, and the highly successful and multi-award winning Broadchurch (ITV1).

She was made a Fellow of the Royal Television Society in 2011 and in 2007 received the Contribution to the Medium Award at the Women in Film and TV awards.

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Dan Isaacs, Chief Operating Officer

Prior to joining Sister Pictures in June 2016, Dan spent 13 years working alongside Jane Featherstone at Kudos as Managing Director, COO and then latterly as CEO.

He looks after all the production, finance, commercial, legal and operational bits of Sister Pictures. Dan has a particular expertise in financing high end television and international co-productions, including: Humans (C4/AMC), River (BBC1/Netflix), Grantchester (ITV/Masterpiece), Flowers (C4 / Seeso), Broadchurch (ITV/BBC America), The Tunnel (Sky Atlantic/Canal Plus France), Hunted (BBC/Cinemax), and Tsunami The Aftermath (BBC/HBO).

Dan is an elected member of BAFTA’s Television Committee.

Before he started in television Dan worked as a Dentist and as an actor.

 


Naomi De Pear, Executive Producer

Naomi is an Executive Producer within Sister Pictures as well as heading up her own label, Hootenanny, specialising in distinctive narrative comedy. 

Her current projects for Hootenanny include the second series of Bafta-nominated Flowers by Will Sharpe, Desiree Akhavan’s The Bisexual, both for C4. And for Sister Pictures The Power by award-winning writer Naomi Alderman.

Naomi started her career writing, performing and directing live comedy. After a brief stint as a director’s assistant on New Line’s The Golden Compass, producing and casting in factual entertainment and a BFI-award nominated documentary about Malcolm Hardee’s anarchic Tunnel Club, she moved into script editing, working on Spooks, Lip Service and Mayday closely with Abi Morgan as Script Editor on The Hour and as an Associate Producer on River. She was head of Development at Kudos for four years, in which time she developed Humans, Apple Tree YardTin Star, amongst others. After developing and producing the first series of Flowers, she moved to Sister Pictures in Spring 2016.

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Chris Fry, Executive Producer

Chris spent the early part of his career as a first assistant director when he worked on many series including Spooks and Hustle; Tom Hooper’s Golden Globe® Award and BAFTA winning Longford (C4); Charles II with Joe Wright (BBC1), Secret Life with Rowan Joffe (C4); and Tsunami: The Aftermath with Bharat Nalluri (BBC1/HBO). 

After becoming a producer, Chris worked on seasons 8, 9 & 10 of the long running Kudos show Spooks, two of which were BAFTA nominated for best series. He has also produced Mayday, a 5x60 thriller for BBC1, and The Smoke, 8x60 series written by the award-winning playwright Lucy Kirkwood for Sky 1.

Chris also produced season one of Humans for C4 and AMC. The series recorded the highest viewing figures for a C4 drama in 26 years and was also nominated for best drama series in both the RTS and BAFTA awards. He then went on to executive produce season two that received great critical acclaim both in the UK and US.

He joined Sister Pictures as an executive producer in January 2017.


Katie Carpenter, Head of Development

Katie Joined Sister Pictures in January 2016 to develop a diverse slate of television projects from both new and established writers. Prior to joining Sister Pictures, Katie worked in the development team at Kudos and script edited both the BAFTA nominated Flowers for C4 and The Tunnel: Debris for Sky Atlantic. Katie began her career in theatre working for Battersea Arts Centre, Manchester Royal Exchange, Bristol Old Vic and Shakespeare's Globe.

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Magali Gibert, Head of Production

Magali joined Sister Pictures as the Head of Production after working as a freelancer on features, commercials, TV dramas and comedies for over 15 years.

 

Prior to her career in film and TV production, Magali worked in advertising, planning and buying campaigns across all media.

 


Matt Wesley, Head of Finance

Matt joined Sister Pictures in January 2017 as Head of Finance, and oversees all financial aspects of the company. Prior to Sister Pictures, Matt was Head of Finance at Shine TV, having joined in 2011, and was responsible for the financial management and reporting across a range of some of the UK’s most successful factual entertainment programmes including MasterChef, The Island with Bear Grylls and Hunted. Matt joined the Shine Group in 2010, and as part of the Group Finance function worked across the sale of the group to News Corporation in April 2011.

Matt is a qualified Chartered Accountant and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He trained at city firm Moore Stephens, qualifying in 2008.

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Laura Crowley, Head of Legal and Business Affairs

Prior to joining Sister Pictures in February 2017, Laura was a Counsel at international law firm Reed Smith LLP specializing in all aspects of film and television production and finance for dramas, feature documentaries and children’s programming.  She acted for independent film and television producers, banks, studios, completion guarantors and financiers and worked on projects includingDad’s ArmyTop Boy and A Little Chaos and the upcoming McMafia, Journey’s End and Stan & Ollie.

Laura is a qualified solicitor and member of The Law Society.  She qualified in 2001.

 

 


Alice Tyler, Development Executive

Alice started her career as a trainee at the BBC, gaining experience across production, development and commissioning, before moving to Monkey Kingdom to Story and then Field Produce several series of a BAFTA-winning structured reality show. In between series, she worked in scripted and non-scripted development and as a freelance script reader for a wide variety of broadcasters, independent production companies and theatres, before joining the development team at Drama Republic full-time. She moved to Sister Pictures in July 2017, to script edit the second series of FLOWERS and work across their busy development slate.

 

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Pelumi Akinyemi, Development Assistant

Pelumi joined Sister Pictures in July 2017 to support the busy development team. After graduating from Bristol University with a BA in English, he interned at Twofour Broadcast providing assistance for the development team there, with a focus on factual/entertainment. He soon moved on to become a reader for Element Pictures and Mammoth Screen and in September 2017 he joined The Agency as Agent’s Assistant/Receptionist, responsible for the day-to-day management of the office, before taking on the role of script intern for Tiger Aspect Drama team.

He enjoys long walks on the beach, Pina Coladas and getting caught in the rain.


Maja Wlodarczyk, Production Coordinator 

Working across all ongoing and upcoming productions, Maja supports a busy production team run by Magali Gibert. Before joining us, she coordinated Creative Skillset’s High End TV training fund, where she liaised with most of the biggest drama companies. Maja has also worked at Film London, providing support for international crews filming in the capital. She began her career producing a Tribeca award winning short film, and freelancing as Location Manager in Poland. In 2015 Maja graduated from the Script Development course at the NFTS.

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Suman Randhawa, Assistant to Jane Featherstone

Suman studied Marketing at London South Bank University and went on to interning at Scripps Networks International for 6months. Soon after this she became assistant to Jane Featherstone.


Rhiannon Jones, Office Manager and Assistant to Dan Isaacs, Chris Fry and Naomi de Pear

Rhiannon joined Sister Pictures in January 2017. She started her career in Post-Production soon after graduating from University with a BA in Media Production. Before moving to Sister Pictures Rhiannon was managing an Audio Post-Production company, Co-ordinating Post and Deliveries on popular UK Drama and Comedy for BBC, HBO, AMC and more.

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Abigail Mieszczayk

Abigail was Sister Pictures’ first runner back in 2016 as a summer intern. After graduating from University of Leeds in Cinema and Photography BA, Abigail returned to Sister in September 2017 as the office runner.  

Previous projects of Abigail’s have revolved around using animation and other mixed media to raise awareness on mental and physical health and uses her creative flare to find new ways tell stories and reach audiences. 

She will also make you the best Yorkshire brew.