BOB & CO ENTER NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH ACADEMY AND BAFTA AWARD-WINNING PRODUCER DAVID PARFITTPublished on: 18th July 2016
Bob & Co today announced a new partnership with Academy and BAFTA award-winning producer, David Parfitt of Trademark Films. He will act as Creative Consultant and sit on the Investment Committee for the Cultural Capital Fund (a Jersey based fund that invests in content). He will also consult across Bob & Co and their media partners Duchess Street Productions, SUMS Film & Media, and Ghost Light, advising on a range of TV, Film and theatre projects.
Parfitt will also support Bob & Co in their work developing and producing high-end projects and investing in emerging talent as a consultant, as well as continuing his work as Producer and Founder of Trademark Films.
Founder and CEO Bob Benton said: “David is one of the UK’s most respected Producers, bringing a wealth of experience across a range of TV, Film and Theatre projects. I’m delighted to welcome David to our family where stories come first”.
David Parfitt said: “I am looking forward to working with Bob, Tim, Donna, Andy and the team. I have worked closely with Bob & Co on their brilliant adaptation of Sebastian Faulk’s The Girl at the Lion D’Or and it seems a natural progression to help where I can on the rest of their very exciting slate. I will of course continue my commitment to all our Trademark projects”.
Donna Wiffen Managing Director of Duchess Street added: “I can’t wait to get cracking with David on board. He’s a great producer and brings a wealth of talent to the table”.
Parfitt is a highly experienced film, television and theatre producer. Former Chairman of BAFTA and current Chairman of Film London, his film credits include Henry V, Peter’s Friends, Much Ado About Nothing, The Madness of King George, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Twelfth Night, The Wings of the Dove and Shakespeare in Love.
In 2001 he established Trademark Films. Film productions at Trademark have included; I Capture the Castle, Chasing Liberty and My Week with Marilyn. Television productions include Tom Stoppard’s award-winning adaptation of Parade’s End which he co-produced with Mammoth Screen for the BBC and HBO, BAFTA nominated single drama The Wipers Times, the true story of the famous satirical trench newspaper, written by Ian Hislop & Nick Newman, and Glyndebourne: The Untold History, a feature length documentary for BBC4. Currently Parfitt is Executive Producing Loving Vincent; a unique hand-painted animation, co-produced with Breakthru Films in Poland and starring Douglas Booth, Saoirse Ronan, Chris O’Dowd and Aidan Turner.
David’s original passion is theatre and he worked as an actor before co-founding the Renaissance Theatre Company with Kenneth Branagh in 1987. Together they were involved in celebrated Shakespeare productions including Twelfth Night, Much Ado about Nothing, Hamlet, As You like It, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, King Lear and Coriolanus. In 2007 Parfitt co-produced the critically acclaimed production of Elling at The Bush Theatre and in London’s West End and he is currently producing a stage adaptation of The Wipers Times by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman.