Headline Pictures

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Headline Pictures
TypePrivate limited
IndustryFilm and television production
FoundedJanuary 2005.[1]
Key people
  • Stewart Mackinnon
  • Christian Baute

Headline Pictures is an International Emmy-winning[2] British film and television drama production company founded in 2005 by BAFTA nominee Stewart Mackinnon.[1][3]

The company has developed and produced film and television including The Man in the High Castle for Amazon Studios written by X-Files creator Frank Spotnitz, based on the classic novel by Philip K. Dick; the feature film Quartet, directed by Dustin Hoffman and distributed by The Weinstein Company; and feature film The Invisible Woman directed by Ralph Fiennes.[4]


Headline Pictures grew out of Trade Films,a Newcastle-based production company which made TV documentaries (including the Grierson Award-winning[5] The Miners' Campaign Video Tapes[6]) and TV drama between the mid-1970s and the mid-1990s,[7] and Common Features,[1] which produced award-winning films such as This Little Life, winning accolades such as the BANFF Award[8] and the Dennis Potter Award.[9]


Headline Pictures' first television mini series was Bag of Bones starring Pierce Brosnan, based on the book by Stephen King, which was filmed in Nova Scotia and premiered in 2011 on the A&E Network in the USA.[10]

In 2015 Headline Pictures produced the International Emmy-winning[2] TV film Peter & Wendy: Based on the novel Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie, starring Stanley Tucci, Paloma Faith and Laura Fraser, written by BAFTA winner Adrian Hodges and directed by BAFTA winner Diarmuid Lawrence, produced in association with Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity for ITV over Christmas 2015[11]

Over the course of many years[12] Headline Pictures developed and finally produced, in partnership with Scott Free and Electric Shepherd Productions, The Man in the High Castle, a 10 part returning series for Amazon Studios based on the classic alternate history novel by Philip K. Dick.

In 2014 and 2015 Headline Pictures co-produced The Saboteurs, a six-episode TV miniseries which tells the story of the Nazi nuclear weapon project and the sabotage in Norway to disrupt it during The Second World War, with a particular emphasis on the role of Leif Tronstad, broadcast on More4 and across Europe.

Headline Pictures' films include Quartet, starring Dame Maggie Smith and Tom Courtenay, a British comedy about professional rivalry and lost love. It was released in 2012 and to date has grossed over $60 million worldwide.[13] It was written by Academy award winner Sir Ronald Harwood and was the directorial debut for Academy Award-winning actor Dustin Hoffman. Other films include The Invisible Woman directed by Ralph Fiennes, starring Felicity Jones, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Tom Hollander, written by Abi Morgan, telling the story of the secret love affair between Charles Dickens and Nelly Ternan.

Headline Pictures is currently developing feature film Reykjavik, a drama about the Reagan/Gorbachev summit in Iceland in 1986 which effectively ended the Cold War;[14] and a TV series based on the Martin Cruz Smith Renko novels, adapted by Adrian Hodges[14][15]




  1. ^ a b c d Press Office (18-12-2006) Great Ormond St entrusts film & tv rights to Peter Pan In Scarlet to BBC Films, UK Film Council & Headline Pictures BBC Press Office
  2. ^ a b "International Emmys Press Release". Archived from the original on 26 November 2017. Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  3. ^ IMDB
  4. ^ Geoffrey Macnab (03-01-2013) Headline Pictures co-founder Stewart Mackinnon talks to Screen Screen Daily
  5. ^ The Grierson Award 40 Years On BFI
  6. ^ British Universities Film & Video Council
  7. ^ Rick Poynor (04-12-11) Stewart Mackinnon: Ruptured and Remade Design Observer
  8. ^ (17-06-2004) Film company's prestige award The Journal
  9. ^ Fiona Fraser (31-05-2002) New Common Features production for BBC2 C21
  10. ^ Nellie Andreeva (22-07-2011) A&E Greenlights 'Stephen King's Bag Of Bones' Miniseries Starring Pierce Brosnan Deadline
  11. ^ New ITV drama 'Peter and Wendy' based on the novel Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie Great Ormond Street Hospital website
  12. ^ (07-10-2010) Brenton adapts Dick’s ‘Castle’ for BBC Variety
  13. ^ Quartet Box Office Mojo
  14. ^ a b Geoffrey Macnab (07-10-2014) Headline Pictures reveals TV slate Screen Daily
  15. ^ Adrian Hodges The Agency official website

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