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Exclusive: Eleven Film MD joins Sherlock producer

Eleven Film MD Dan Cheesbrough has stepped down to join Sherlock producer Hartswood Films. 

The exec left the Sex Education prodco in late September, and has boarded Hartswood as commercial director, TBI has confirmed.

Cheesbrough joined the Channel 4-backed Eleven as MD in July 2016, tasked with advising the business on strategic direction and overseeing production, finance, commercial and operations.

The exec helped the Enfield Haunting producer build out a slate that includes the forthcoming Gillian Anderson and Asa Butterfield-starring Netflix comedy drama Sex Education, E4/Hulu comedy Gap Year and Channel 4’s True Horror.

Prior to joining Eleven, Cheesbrough served as VP of scripted, legal and business affairs at NBCUniversal International Television Production. Before that, he was head of business affairs at Big Talk Productions.

Cheesbrough will oversee commercial operations for Hartswood, which recently scored three-part BBC One/Netflix commission Dracula.

Its slate also includes an adaptation of The Time Traveller’s Wife for HBO as well as Sherlock.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to have Dan join the Hartswood family as commercial director and already have no idea how we managed without him,” said the business.