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 Bafta winning 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. In 2014 Paul directed Murdered by My Boyfriend for the BBC, which won the RTS Award for Single Drama and was the highest watched programme on BBC iPlayer behind Sherlock and Top Gear.
Following this he directed the critically acclaimed The Eichmann Show and in 2016/7 he was the lead director of BAFTA-winning drama series Broadchurch as well as directing the Bafta-winning Murdered For Being Different for BBC Studios. In 2018 he directed Strangers, starring John Simm and Emilia Fox, co-produced by ITV and Amazon Studios. Most recently he has directed A Confession for ITV, written by Bafta winner Jeff Pope, staring Martin Freeman and Imelda Staunton.
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.
Ross has been working in Television Drama since 2001 and has extensive experience in both production and development – producing, story-lining and script editing major primetime drama series for the BBC, ITV and C4. His TV credits include, script editing Paul Abbott’s No Offence, producing EastEnders, Waterloo Road, Coronation Street and Holby City. Most recent projects include the upcoming reboot of All Creatures Great And Small for Playground Entertainment and LAGOS, an international thriller set in the world of Afro Beats, for UMG/Archery Pictures.
In 2012, Ross received a scholarship from Fremantle to undertake the Warner Bros MA TV Fiction Writing at Glasgow University and graduated with distinction. He continues to act as a mentor on this world-renowned course and prides himself on fostering and nurturing new talent alongside building on his extensive network of established TV writers.
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.
Kate is most recognisable to international audiences for her lead role in the cult classic; Shaun of the Dead. A powerful British actress, Kate is known for superlative and award-winning work in This Little Life (BIFA nominated Best Actress and RTS Award winning Best Actress), Late Night Shopping (BIFA Best Actress Award winner). She has also been seen in countless classical and contemporary television and film roles.
In recent years, she made waves with her first writing project, the highly regarded Born to Kill for Channel 4, which was nominated for an RTS award. She is currently writing a show for Finnish TV and has numerous projects in different stages of development, including two with Corestar Media.
Richard Montgomery is an experienced Investment Banking executive. Most recently, he was a Managing Director at JPMorgan, overseeing circa $50bn of credit risk within MENA, Africa, Eastern Europe, Russia, Turkey and Central Asia, as well as managing a team of 42 risk professionals based in London, Moscow, Dubai, Riyadh, Istanbul and Johannesburg.
He is an MBA educated senior executive with extensive boardroom experience, having held directorships of various financial institutions in the UK, France and Russia, both in an Executive and Non-executive capacity. He has also been a permanent member of various Committees within JPMorgan, including the Balance Sheet Committee, the Equity Commitments Committee, the Debt Underwriting Committee, the Reputational Risk Committee, and numerous Risk Committees at both National Subsidiary and pan EMEA levels.
Richard brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Corestar Media board, working with the team to ensure sound business practice, strategy and helping to develop a strong financial foundation for the company to build on.
Kirsti has worked for Corestar Media since its inception, she is the executive assistant to the Founding Directors and is a key element in both the running of the office and the Company in general.
Prior to this, she worked for Verizon as a project manager and then PA to the Vice President of International IT & Security EMEA & Asia Pacific.
Kirsti took a career break on the birth of her 2nd child, she returned to work in 2014 working for Mark Foligno, and was credited as Assistant to the Producer on the feature film Golden Years. In her spare time, she has been Chair of Governors at a local school for 10 years.
Penned by Bafta-winning writer Jeff Pope, Paul Andrew Williams has directed all 6 episodes. In 2011, the 22-year-old Sian O’Callaghan went missing in Swindon. DS Steve Fulcher was put in charge of the case, which involved a thousand police officers searching for O'Callaghan. Eventually, the taxi driver Christopher Halliwell was arrested… but not immediately taken to the police station. Fulcher took Halliwell to a secluded castle and extracted a confession – not only to O’Callaghan’s murder, but also the murder of Becky Godden who’d disappeared in 2003. Breaking police procedure, Fulcher was forced to resign because of the controversy.
Netflix has revealed it will be spending $500m (£400m) making more than 50 TV shows and films in the UK this year, as the streaming company prepares to dig deeper into its pockets to fight new rivals including Disney and Apple. It is the first time Netflix has detailed its spend on making and licensing British-made shows – which include The Crown, Black Mirror and Sex Education.
The end of March saw Paul Andrew Williams finish shooting the gripping drama Strangers 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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