See-Saw Films appoints Creative Director

Helen Gregory to expand television slate for production co. behind The End, Top of the Lake.

See-Saw Films (The End, Top of the Lake, The North Water) has appointed UK drama producer, executive and commissioner Helen Gregory of Trapeze Entertainment as Creative Director.

She will be responsible for the creative strategy of the company and the development of their  growing television slate. She will work closely with Managing Directors Emile Sherman and Iain Canning on the company’s film strategy.

Canning and Sherman said “See-Saw is at an exciting juncture, with many returning television series, limited series and films now in production, working across the theatrical, streamer and broadcaster landscape. We need a creative director to join us for this next stage of our journey, and are so fortunate to have enticed Helen. She’s a truly exceptional creative leader with deep expertise as an executive producer, commissioner and managing director, but most importantly we share a vision for distinctive, original storytelling.”

Gregory says “I am so thrilled to be joining See-Saw whose brilliantly authored work I have long enjoyed and admired. See-Saw’s growth over the last year is so exciting and impressive and I’m looking forward to working with Iain and Emile and their fantastic team to further build upon that success to deliver ambitious, inventive and relevant stories for international TV and film audiences.”

Based in the London office, she reports directly to Canning and Sherman and will work closely alongside Simon Gillis in his role as COO from September 1.

Gregory joins Saw-Saw at a particularly busy time for the Academy Award, Emmy and BAFTA-winning independent production house. See-Saw has hired eight new starters over the last year, taking its team to over 30. Upcoming television projects including ‘The North Water’, written and directed by Andrew Haigh; ‘State of the Union: Season Two’, written by Nick Hornby and directed by Stephen Frears; ‘Heartstopper’ created and written by Alice Oseman and directed by Euros Lyn; ‘The Essex Serpent’, written by Anna Symon and directed by Clio Barnard; ‘Slow Horses’, written by Will Smith and directed by James Hawes; and they are currently in pre-production on ‘Firebite’ written and directed by Warwick Thornton and Brendan Fletcher. Upcoming film projects include ‘The Power Of The Dog’, written and directed by Jane Campion; ‘Operation Mincemeat’ written by Michelle Ashford and directed by John Madden; ‘The Unknown Man’, written and directed by Thomas M Wright; and they are currently in pre-production on ‘The Son’ written by Florian Zeller and Christopher Hampton and directed by Florian Zeller.

Gregory joins See-Saw from her company Trapeze Entertainment and was most recently an executive producer on Pulse and Sister Pictures’ season two of ‘Gangs of London’ for Sky/AMC. At Trapeze Gregory set development projects up with the BBC, Netflix, Sky and with Jude Law’s production company Riff Raff Entertainment, which she will continue to build at See-Saw.

Before founding Trapeze Entertainment, Gregory was Managing Director of Twelve Town (formerly Pinewood Television) and executive produced ‘The Child In Time’, an adaptation of Ian McEwan’s novel for BBC One starring Benedict Cumberbatch. Other credits include BAFTA award winning ‘Case Histories’ which she executive produced for BBC One, ‘The Enfield Haunting’ which she executive produced for Sky Living, Julian Fellowes’ ‘Dr Thorne’ which she produced for ITV/Amazon, ‘Cider with Rosie’ which she produced for BBC One, the second season of ‘Fortitude’ which she developed for Sky Atlantic, and ‘The Catch’ which she co-created and co-executive produced for Shondaland/ABC. Gregory’s past executive roles include serving as Head of TV at Ruby Film & Television, Joint Head of Drama at World Productions and Commissioning Editor for Drama at Channel Four.

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