NICKY BENTHAM – PRODUCER, FOUNDER
Nicky is an accomplished, hands on producer with success in feature drama and documentary. She is currently in post-production on a children’s film entitled YOU CAN TUTU which Neon will directly distribute, and has recently completed THE SILENT STORM, a tempestuous drama starring Andrea Riseborough and Damian Lewis. The film was Executive Produced by Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, their first film outside of the Bond series. It premiered at the BFI London Film Festival and will be released theatrically by Sony in 2016.
Other feature producing credits include Duncan Jones’ multi award-winning sci-fi MOON, starring Sam Rockwell and Kevin Spacey. Following a Sundance premiere the film was released internationally by Sony Pictures Classics, and proved both a critical and commercial success, picking up the top prizes at Edinburgh and the BIFA’s as well as a BAFTA. It went on to be on of Sony’s highest grossing independent releases of 2009. Prior to this Nicky teamed up with Kurt Engfehr (producer Bowling for Columbine, Fahrenheit 9/11) to produce the BAFTA nominated feature documentary TAKING LIBERTIES, which examined how the war on terror has affected civil liberties.
Nicky sits on the board of directors of two EIS film funds managed by Ingenious Media. Recently the funds have financed films including Ben Wheatley’s HIGH-RISE, produced by Jeremy Thomas, and BBC Films / Lionsgate production of WHAT WE DID ON OUR HOLIDAY. She is also an active member of the PACT (Producer Alliance for Cinema and Television) Film Policy Group and Women in Film & Television and is a full voting member of BAFTA. She is a volunteer mentor for IdeasTap (a charity that provides creative opportunities for young people) and regularly speaks schools in order address young girls through the organisation “Inspiring the Future”. Nicky is the co-founder of the community interest organisation, Raising Films. The organisation was established to help the film industry become a more welcoming workplace for parents and carers.
In 2012 Nicky was appointed by the British Film Institute as the Executive Producer on high level short film scheme designed to propel the next generation of outstanding British filmmaking talent. The 17 resulting films have so far garnered 3 BAFTA nominations, won the Canal + Award at Cannes Critics Week 2014, a BIFA nomination and continue to screen at top festivals including Berlin, Telluride and Palm Springs. Three of the filmmakers have since shot their first features.
KATHARINE OTWAY – BUSINESS AFFAIRS
Katharine trained as a banking lawyer for city law firm Clifford Chance, where she qualified in 1995. She then worked in general media/entertainment before specialising in film and television in 2000. She worked for Olswang from 2000 to 2004 and for Wiggin from 2005 to 2009. At both firms she worked on all aspects of production, financing and distribution of feature films and television programmes, ranging from low budget independent productions to big budget studio productions. She acted for various US Studios, UK independent producers and sales agents/distributors. Whilst at Olswang Katharine was involved in giving lectures to students at the NFTS and students at the Film Business School in Rhonda.
Katharine set up her own business affairs consultancy in 2009 to advise on and negotiate contracts in respect of all aspects of film and television development, production, financing and distribution. She now acts for various independent film and TV production companies and has been working with Neon Films across all development and production projects since 2014.