Colin Callender

Anonymous hits UK with Playground exec leading new prodco

Sophie Gardiner is exiting Playground Television to lead a new production outfit that has True Detective producer Anonymous Content backing it. She will lead Chapter One as managing director, aiming to create high-end television drama and film. LA-based producer and management firm Anonymous, which has been long been connected with a UK launch, is partnering […]

BBC exec joins Playground gang

Long-serving BBC exec Dan Leon has joined London-based producer Playground as head of business affairs and director of operations. The exec spent eleven years with the UK pubcaster, working its rights and business affairs division alongside the drama commissioning and central commercial units, but will now manage Playground’s strategic growth and day-to-day operations. At the […]

Callender’s Playground ups two

Colin Callender’s drama prodco Playground has upped Scott Huff (left) and Elsye Dolbec (below right), and said it wants to expand its slate of US scripted projects. Huff becomes senior VP, development and production, overseeing Playground’s drama slate, and Dolbec becomes director of development, working with Huff on TV and theatre projects. Huff exec produces […]

In the spotlight: Colin Callender

Wolf Hall producer Colin Callender reveals the influences that have shaped a five-decade career spanning television drama, film and theatre Colin Callender’s career began in British network television in the 1970s at ITV network Granada. After running indie Primetime Television and launching his own firm, The Callender Company, he moved to the US to work […]

Colin Callender’s Playground adds another UK exec

Playground Entertainment, the fast-growing prodco run by former HBO programming chief Colin Callender, has hired another UK exec as it staffs up its London office, with Tom Leggett joining as director of development. Leggett (left) joins from Channel 4’s UK digital movie service, Film4. He will work with broadcasters and talent as the Wolf Hall […]

Starz developing New Orleans drama with Playground

US premium cable net Starz is developing Storyville, a period drama set in turn of the 20th Century New Orleans, with ex-HBO exec Colin Callender’s prodco, Playground Entertainment, on production duty. The show will be set in the Storyville district of New Orleans at a time when prostitution has been decriminalised and the city’s jazz […]

Channel 4’s Gardiner enters Playground

Channel 4’s commissioning editor, drama Sophie Gardiner has joined Playground Television, the TV arm of former HBO Films president Colin Callender’s prodco, Playground Entertainment. Gardiner joins Playground as creative director ahead of the launch of a London office, which former All3Media International managing director Louise Pedersen will oversee as UK MD. Gardiner was responsible for […]

Endemol making Phantom of the Opera TV series

Endemol’s scripted division and Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Tony Krantz are adapting Phantom of the Opera for TV. The script for the TV adaptation of the classic Gaston Leroux French novel, first published in 1909, has been written by Tony Krantz (Mulholland Drive, 24), having been developed at Endemol Studios in association with US indie Alcon […]