Tom Manwaring advises New Pictures on a sale to All3Media

One of the UK’s fastest growing independent drama producers, New Pictures has produced two internationally successful series in The Missing (All3Media International’s highest grossing drama worldwide in 2014 which averaged 8m viewers across Season 1 in the UK) and Indian Summers (Channel 4’s highest rated drama launch for 20 years), both of which have been recommissioned for second seasons. The company has followed up on this success with two new series commissions for BBC One in 2015: Rellik and Requiem.

New Pictures was founded by industry leading executives, Charlie Pattinson, Willow Grylls, Elaine Pyke and Richard Nelson. Together, this team has been responsible for creating or commissioning some of the most popular shows of the last decade including Shameless (11 Seasons), Skins (7 Seasons), Wild At Heart (7 Seasons), Inspector George Gently (7 Seasons), Strike Back (5 Seasons) and Mad Dogs (4 Seasons). They have not only worked with every major broadcaster in the UK but also with HBO, Cinemax, CBS, MTV and Showtime in the US.

Prior to founding New Pictures, Charlie and Willow, supported by current New Pictures COO Richard Nelson, worked together at Company Pictures where they were responsible for growing the business from inception to becoming one of the leading producers in the UK drama space. Elaine Pyke was the former Controller of Drama at Sky and Channel Director of Sky Atlantic.

This transaction enables Charlie, Willow and Elaine to benefit from the support of an in-house distribution partner in All3Media International and international infrastructure of the All3Media group, whilst maintaining the creative independence to continue to produce high quality, award winning and internationally successful programming.

"I have worked with Tom for over ten years and have always found his sound advice and guidance invaluable. He worked tirelessly to make the sale process smooth, transparent and professional. The whole team benefited greatly from his expertise. This is a very exciting new phase for New Pictures. We have a long and successful history with All3Media, Jane Turton and her team and we are looking forward to working together even more closely to grow our slate both in the UK and internationally."
Charlie Pattinson, CEO New Pictures