Miles Ketley appointed CEO, Stolen Picture
LONDON [September 20, 2017] - Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has taken a minority stake in UK-based Stolen Picture, and signed an exclusive television distribution deal. Stolen Picture, the new production banner founded by Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, will produce television, film and digital projects geared towards a global audience across genres and formats.
Wayne Garvie, Chief Creative Officer for International Production at Sony Pictures, says “we couldn’t be more thrilled to announce this. Nick and Simon are good friends of the Sony group already, and this deal will help us take things to the next level. I’m sure that their boundless zest and creativity, coupled with Miles’ insight and energy, will help build Stolen Picture into an exceptional production company.”
Simon and Nick say "We're inordinately excited to be partnering with Sony and hope to create a diverse range of television and film in line with our own sensibilities. More than that we hope to receive free Walkmans and a lifetime's supply of cassettes."
Stolen Picture will also add Miles Ketley as CEO: “Simon and Nick have so many great ideas and are so versatile as writers, performers and producers,” said Ketley. “When you combine this with the authentic connection with audiences that they already have and the need for multi-genre content across proliferating platforms, Stolen Picture has a rare opportunity to create a diversified slate and have a lot of fun in the process.”
Stolen Picture’s first project is the film, Slaughterhouse Rulez, currently in production for Sony Pictures International Productions (SPIP). The film stars Finn Cole, Asa Butterfield, Hermione Corfield, and Michael Sheen, alongside Pegg and Frost. The comedy-horror is directed by Crispian Mills from a script he co-wrote with Henry Fitzherbert. Sony Pictures Releasing International has worldwide rights to distribute.
Pegg and Frost first worked together on cult Brit sitcom Spaced and have since collaborated on three films with director Edgar Wright – 2004’s Shaun of the Dead, 2007’s Hot Fuzz and 2013’s The World’s End. They also co-wrote and starred in alien comedy Paul in 2011. These films have collectively grossed more than $254M at the box office worldwide. Pegg is currently reprising his role in the latest instalment of the Mission Impossible franchise whilst Frost is filming the third season of AMC’s Into the Badlands.
Ketley was previously COO at the independent production company Bad Wolf, following his position as co-head of the Film and TV Group at Wiggin LLP, the UK’s largest media law-firm, which he joined from Fox Searchlight Pictures. He maintains his role as a partner in the media financier Stone Story.
The deal was negotiated by Michael Brader and Medwyn Jones of Wiggin LLP on behalf of Stolen Picture, with Richard Parsons leading an in-house team at SPT.
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