Co-founder / Producer
Julia joined Michael as co-founder in 2010 to grow the company's slate and oversee RNE's financing arm, eventually taking over as Managing Director in 2015. 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 Rooks Nest in 2012 as Head of Development, to grow the company's slate of original projects and has since executive produced Gillian Robespierre's Sundance hit OBVIOUS CHILD. 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.
Michael founded film / TV production and finance company Rooks Nest in 2010. Since then, Michael has produced or executive produced 10 films including the award winning MY BROTHER THE DEVIL, and breakout Sundance hits OBVIOUS CHILD and THE WITCH. Michael is also an active investor, and has invested in wide range of early-stage companies, mostly across the media and tech spaces. He currently sits on the board of Doodle Productions (Animation), Heist Studios (Fashion), and PunchDrunk Global (Theatre), amongst others. Michael is also involved in charitable and philanthropic work in humanitarian aid, environmental sustainability and the arts.
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.
Amy joined Rooks Nest in 2015 as a Development Assistant. Before joining she completed an internship at Warp and worked as script reader and researcher for various film and theatre companies, including Red Planet Pictures, Origin, Warp, Theatre 503 and New Writing South. Amy works closely with the Head of Development across all projects in development and is responsible for keeping abreast of new talent and submissions.