‘No Escape’ prodco New Pictures recruits Vertigo Films’ Sandra Shuttleworth as head of production

Sandra Shuttleworth

New Pictures, the All3Media-backed UK prodco behind The Long Shadow and No Escape, has hired Vertigo Films’ Sandra Shuttleworth as head of production.

Shuttleworth will be responsible for leading New Pictures’ production management teams and will work alongside co-founder and CEO Willow Grylls and COO Lisa Selway on overall business strategy.

She replaces Emily Russell, who exited New Pictures in July to join Doctor Who producer Bad Wolf as director of production.

Shuttleworth joins New Pictures from Vertigo Films, where she also served as head of production and oversaw series and features including A Town Called Malice for Sky, Mammals for Amazon and the romcom This Is Christmas which premiered on Sky Cinema.

Prior to joining Vertigo, she worked as a head of production at Dancing Ledge on series The Responder and Crossfire, and at Bend it Network on Beecham House and Blinded By The Light. She also worked in the US on documentaries and dramas such as Three Identical Strangers and American Animals at Raw.

New Pictures, meanwhile, is behind titles including The Long Shadow and Protection for ITV, Champion for BBC Two and Netflix, No Escape for Paramount+, Cobra for Sky and Dalgliesh for Channel 5.

“Sandra is a hugely respected head of production with a wealth of UK and international experience in delivering critically acclaimed dramas and documentaries. She’s also brilliant at building relationships with globally renowned creative talent, which is at the heart of our company,” said Grylls.

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