Magazine article Screen International

Ealing Studios Entertainment Gets New Owner

Magazine article Screen International

Ealing Studios Entertainment Gets New Owner

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In a deal reportedly worth seven figures, producer Ben Latham-Jones (Nina) has bought Ealing Studios Entertainment - the production arm of the iconic studio - from Barnaby Thompson and will take over the role of head of studio.

Thompson, who is set to focus on directing, will retain his shares in Ealing Studios Operations, which runs the stages and facilities business side of the business, alongside partners, Harry Handelsman and Uri Fruchtmann.

Included in the deal is part of the studio's catalogue, comprising 26 films while further library and company acquisitions are understood to be in the works for former Fox Searchlight creative director Latham-Jones, who raised a multi-million dollar fund to support Ealing Entertainment, which he has worked at since 2013.

New projects on the outfit's development slate include Swedish director Jesper Granslandt's (Blondie) drama Vacation, set to star woman of the hour Noomi Rapace (The Drop) and Marwan Kenzari (Ben Hur); Dominic Savage's Encounter; St. …

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