Founded by a writing, directing and producing team of critically acclaimed and award-winning creatives; Corestar Media is committed to developing and producing high quality content for both traditional Broadcasters and Subscription Video On Demand platforms alike.
Our goal for the company is to deliver award-winning television drama productions that enjoy commercial success around the world. In doing so, the intention is to build a successful brand synonymous with quality, integrity and sustainability. We look to partner with like-minded companies and individuals who respect the craft and all those involved in the supply chain. We will provide a platform for creatives to flourish, whilst being anchored to a solid financial and commercially minded foundation.
Paul is an acclaimed writer and director. His body of work to date includes the theatrical release of four feature films and prime-time television programming for the BBC and ITV. Paul’s films include the critically acclaimed London to Brighton, horror comedy The Cottage, home invasion thriller Cherry Tree Lane and Song for Marion, which had its world premiere at the closing night of the Toronto International Film Festival.
Paul went on to complete Murdered by My Boyfriend for the BBC, which won the RTS Award for Single Drama and was the highest watched program on BBC iPlayer behind Sherlock and Top Gear in 2014. Following this he directed the critically acclaimed The Eichmann Show and in 2016 he was the lead director of BAFTA-winning drama series Broadchurch. He is now in pre production on White Dragon, co-produced by ITV and Amazon Studios.
As well as being a highly sought-after writer and director, Paul has a well-proven talent to self-generate high quality television and film projects.
Mark has a track record in both the commercial and creative side of the television and film business. Beginning his media career with Sony Broadcast, he moved to Molinare Post Production in 2003 and led a management buyout, taking the company from a (circa) £5 million a year business, specialising in light entertainment and factual television to a £12 million a year power house in high-end TV drama and feature film. During this time he also co-produced and executive produced a number of multi award-winning projects including Duncan Jones’ Moon and the Oscar winning The King’s Speech.
Since selling Molinare in 2011, Mark has built a list of credits in both film and television, including Best Laid Plans, The Rise (aka Wasteland), Montana and Golden Years. Last year he secured funding for The Retreat, hosted by Nick Knowles, which aired on BBC Two. Mark brings a wealth of production, post production and commercial expertise to the team, along with first-hand knowledge of what it takes to build a successful business in the media sector.
Richard hails from a post-production background and has worked in all areas of the sector, from advertising to award winning TV drama and feature film. In 2004 Richard joined the management team at Molinare and in 2009 moved into the role of Chief Operating Officer, assuming overall responsibility for Molinare’s UK operations. During this time the company completed post production on a vast number of television and film projects, including many of Britain’s most popular TV drama series, such as Silent Witness, New Tricks and Foyle’s War.
In 2011 Richard left Molinare to develop and produce Passengers, staring Anna Popplewell. The Messenger starring Robert Sheehan and Lily Cole, followed in 2014, which premiered in competition at the Edinburgh International Film Festival the following year. He has been involved in the development of a number of projects and has his own Christmas animation feature script in pre production. Recently, Richard executive produced The More You Ignore Me for Genesius Pictures.
Ken set up Steel Mill Pictures with Paul in 2005 and has produced all of the company’s films as well as the dark-comedy Filth, based on the Irvine Welsh novel. Ken also executive produced the award-winning documentary All This Mayhem. In 2015 he produced the critically-acclaimed The Eichmann Show, which premiered on BBC Two. More recently he was lead executive producer for the coming-of-age comedy Adult Life Skills, starring Jodie Whittaker.
Ken has also been a consultant and mentor for several low budget film programmes, including: iFeatures and Creative England, MicroSchool / Microwave, Film London and the National Film & Television School. In 2014, Ken was part of the first BFI-led UK film industry delegation on a trade mission to Beijing, to explore opportunities for building creative and business partnerships between the UK and China.
Robert has worked in the media industry since 2006. His credits include Executive Producer on The Mortician 3D, Associate Producer on The Rise, as well as Montana in 2013. In 2014 he was a Producer on Writer’s Retreat and in 2016 Executive Produced the highly acclaimed Golden Years. During this time, Robert has made it his business to make sure his many clients fully enjoy the television and film world, and all it has to offer. This includes visits to film festivals, set visits and lavish premiers with cast and crew.
More recently, he financed The Retreat with Nick Knowles – going out on BBC 2 in 2016, as a “healthy living” fly on the wall documentary. Robert has a wealth of experience in SEIS & EIS structures, giving investors the potential to enjoy tax relief on their media investments.
Rowan had an established career in property before moving into film as an Associate Producer on Montana. Since then Rowan has contributed to the British Independent film industry through his work as Executive Producer on a number of film credits that include Golden Years, Gloves Off, and Writer’s Retreat.
In 2016 year he secured funding for The Retreat, hosted by Nick Knowles, which aired on BBC 2 across five nights in a primetime slot and has gone on to sell in a number of territories around the world.
Rowan prides himself on building close client relationships, always ensuring that everyone gets an opportunity to get as close to the action as possible and that everyone gets complete enjoyment from their media experience.
Murdered for Being Different, directed by Paul Andrew Williams, won Best Single Drama at the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards 2018. Huge congratulations to Paul and the very talented cast and crew who were part of creating this incredibly powerful, must see drama. You can see a list of all the winners on the BAFTA website.
Corestar Media sponsored the Best International Sales Programme at this year's Broadcast Awards. Members of the management team and investors attended the gala evening, hosted by Jonathan Ross at the Grosvenor House Hotel London.
The end of March saw Paul Andrew Williams finish shooting the gripping drama White Dragon for Two Bothers Pictures, ITV, Amazon Prime and HBO Asia.
Starring John Simm and Emilia Fox, the eight part drama will air on ITV 1 later this year.
Corestar Media has engaged Channel 4's Born to Kill writer Kate Ashfield to develop Dear Mr Gates. The project is inspired by the book One Child at a Time, written by investigative journalist, Julian Sher.
Kate is creating an uncompromising drama based on the true story of the formative years of heroic police teams, desperately trying to tackle the misuse of the internet. One detective, at the end of his tether, emails Microsoft CEO, Bill Gates. Much to his surprise, he didn't only get a reply, he got the start of something that would help change the world of cyber crime forever.
Ticking is a critically acclaimed play written and directed by Paul Andrew Williams and was staged at the Trafalgar Theatre in 2015. It starred Anthony Head, Niamh Cusack and Tom Hughes.
Paul is developing the concept into a multi-episodic drama, which already has strong interest from a British Broadcaster…. more news to follow.
Following on from winning Best Single Drama at the Royal Television Society Awards in March, Murdered for Being Different, directed by Paul Andrew Williams, has been nominated for Best Single Drama at the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards 2018 - tune in to BBC 1 on Sunday 13th May to see the awards ceremony. Read all the nominees on the BAFTA website.
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