Co-founder / Producer
Julia co-founded Rooks Nest in 2010 with the ambition of bringing a US sensibility to the UK film industry. Under the RNE banner, Julia produced Sally El Hosaini's award-winning debut MY BROTHER THE DEVIL, and most recently executive produced Gillian Robespierre's Sundance hit OBVIOUS CHILD and Robert Eggers' acclaimed horror THE WITCH. Prior to Rooks Nest, Julia was an assistant producer for James Wilson and worked on Joe Cornish's ATTACK THE BLOCK, Jonathan Glazer's UNDER THE SKIN and Sophie Fiennes' THE PERVERT'S GUIDE TO IDEOLOGY. Before moving to London, Julia worked at the William Morris Endeavor Agency as a trainee agent in the Motion Picture Literary Department. Julia speaks Russian and German.
HEAD OF DEVELOPMENT / PRODUCER
Sophie joined London-based Rooks Nest Entertainment in 2012 to grow the company's slate of original projects, and has since executive produced Gillian Robespierre's OBVIOUS CHILD, EL Katz's SMALL CRIMES, and Adam Leon's TRAMPS, as well as working on Robert Eggers' THE WITCH. Rooks Nest currently has projects in development with Fox Searchlight, BBC Films and the British Film Institute.
Prior to Rooks Nest, Sophie worked at Ruby Films where her credits as production executive include Cary Fukunaga's JANE EYRE, Stephen Frears' LAY THE FAVOURITE, SJ Clarkson's TOAST, John Lee Hancock's SAVING MR. BANKS for Disney as well as CASE HISTORIES and DANCING ON THE EDGE for BBC2. Sophie was selected in 2011 by the British Council as one of their Young Creative Entrepreneurs in Film.
COMMERCIAL MANAGER / EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Will joined Rooks Nest in 2017 to support the company's commercial development. Prior to this, he was an executive at a production and financing business, where he was responsible for work across TV and film investment, acquisitions and operations. His credits in business and commercial affairs include KODACHROME, starring Ed Harris; HAMPSTEAD, starring Oscar-winner Diane Keaton and COME AND FIND ME, starring Emmy award-winner Aaron Paul. He trained as a strategy consultant at PWC, where he worked with some of the world's largest film, TV and music companies and rights holders.
DEVELOPMENT & PRODUCTION ASSISTANT
Isobel joined Rooks Nest in 2020 to assist the team across development, production and operations. Her diverse experience encompasses roles in film, theatre, dance and live cinema at Studio Wayne McGregor, Casarotto Ramsay & Associates and Secret Cinema. Isobel was a mentee on the Guiding Lights: Feature Focus mentorship scheme for emerging talent in 2018 and, prior to joining Rooks Nest, worked in film production and development on a number of short films - most recently Bitesize Horror, NYX (Ben C. Lucas), released on Hulu as part of their 2020 Huluween anthology and BAFTA longlisted DỌLÁPỌ IS FINE (Ethosheia Hylton). DỌLÁPỌ was one of five short film projects supported by Bumble's Female Film Force fund in 2019 and is currently streaming on Netflix.