Magazine article Screen International

Former Matador Producer Charlotte Walls Launches Catalyst Global Media

Magazine article Screen International

Former Matador Producer Charlotte Walls Launches Catalyst Global Media

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Former Matador Pictures producer Charlotte Walls has launched a new independent film and TV development, finance, production and sales outfit, Catalyst Global Media.

The London-based firm will make high-end, mainstream films and TV series for the global marketplace. Walls, who most recently produced and financed Netflix acquisition Residue, is co-founder of Catalyst and will run the company as its CEO.

Al Hardiman and Gideon Lyons are co-founders and serve as principal partners. Hardiman, a musician who provided arrangements for Notes On A Scandal, will be president of Catalyst's music division.

A statement from the company said it aims to produce "commercially viable projects for the studios, networks, digital platforms and major independent distributors worldwide".

Backed by private equity sources out of London, CGM will develop, finance and produce four to six projects a year across feature films and digital/TV series. Budget ranges will vary depending on the size and scope of the individual projects.

Since 2006, the founders have launched a series of EIS companies engaged in film and TV development as well as international sales, each of which will now be advised by Catalyst.

Walls said: "We are launching Catalyst with a dedicated production finance specialism and as such we will advise a number of EIS companies engaged in the business of international sales for feature films and television as well as funding the development of original film and television projects."

As well as creating and financing original content across the film, TV and music, Catalyst plans to launch into the indie-gaming market within the next 18 months.

Walls added: "At our core we seek to nurture and champion creative talent and find ourselves taking creative risks and pushing boundaries as a matter of course.

"Content, in all forms, is increasing in value around the world. …

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