Power (production company)

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Type Television Production and Distribution
Country United Kingdom
Availability Worldwide
Founded 1995
Slogan Powerful Entertainment
Key people
Susan Waddell, CEO
Official website

Power is an independent international producer and distributor of televisual content. Based in London, Power develops, co-produces, pre-sells, deficit finances and distributes third party productions, including a current co-production with Company Pictures, New Worlds, a historic drama mini-series commissioned by Channel 4. Power is the trading name of Power Entertainment Media Limited, formerly Powercorp International Limited.

Since being acquired by South African-based Sabido Group in 2011, Power forms part of a media group with assets across the globe — including South Africa's first commercial-free to air broadcaster e.tv, eNCA the pan-African e-news channel as well as the jointly owned Cape Town Film Studios, jointly owned The Africa Channel International (UK), e.tv China and a host of other media investments.

Power has the exclusive distribution rights to the film library of Bankside Films and the factual and wildlife documentaries produced by NHU Africa and Sabido Productions.


Power distributes drama and factual mini-series, series, TV movies, feature films and specials across all broadcast platforms worldwide. As well as selling its own original content, Power distributes programming produced by a number of companies including, ITV Studios, TMG, Muse and Graham King's GK-TV.

Power also has a number of volume deals in place, including exclusive worldwide representation rights to Bankside's feature film library with a first look option on all films as they become library, worldwide representation rights for NHU Africa's entire catalogue of over 160 hours, worldwide representation rights for Sabido’s entire catalogue and all new programming and multi-territory rights to over 1000 hours of new and library programming from Sonar Entertainment (formerly RHI Entertainment).


Power has collaborated as co-development partner and co-producer with broadcasters and producers worldwide. These partners include the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Granada, Red Productions and Company Pictures in the UK; NBC in the United States; Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, CTV and Global, Shaftesbury and Muse in Canada; and Australian Broadcasting Company and Screentime Australia.

One of Power's first productions was Henry VIII (2003), the recipient of the International Emmy Award for Best Mini Series starring Helena Bonham Carter and Ray Winstone and co-produced with Granada.

In 2006, ITV commissioned Flood, Power's most ambitious production to date, with a budget of $31 million. The mini-series, featuring Robert Carlyle, aired on ITV in 2008. It was the most watched drama of the week with a 30% share and in the top 40 most watched programmes of the year.

Power became the first independent British producer in 40 years to be commissioned by a US broadcaster when NBC commissioned 13-part series Crusoe, based on Daniel Defoe's novel Robinson Crusoe and starring Philip Winchester, Sam Neill and Sean Bean.


New Worlds (Channel 4)[edit]

A four-part drama mini-series set in England and America in the 1680s. Written by Peter Flannery and Martine Brandt, New Worlds premiered on Channel 4 on April 6, 2014. It features Jamie Dornan, Freya Mavor, Joe Dempsie, Eve Best, Jeremy Northam and Alice Englert. It is the sequel to The Devil's Whore, which also aired on Channel 4, in 2008.

Air Force One is Down[edit]

The two by two hour action mini-series charts the tense and potentially catastrophic events following the kidnap of the US President when the iconic Air Force One is hijacked by rogue Serbian militants. It stars Jeremy Sisto, Linda Hamilton, Rupert Graves, Jamie Thomas King and Emilie de Ravin.

The Day of the Triffids (BBC)[edit]

Blinded by a freak solar storm, the human race faces annihilation by the terrifying "Triffids" – a mobile species of genetically modified, carnivorous plant – in this modern, VFX-laden adaptation of John Wyndham's seminal novel. The two by two hour mini-series was awarded a BAFTA TV Craft Award for its visual effects. Featuring Dougray Scott, Joely Richardson, Brian Cox, Eddie Izzard, and Jason Priestley.

Crusoe (NBC)[edit]

This thirteen part, one-hour episode series for NBC Universal wrapped production in North Yorkshire's historic walled city of York. Stars Sam Neill, Sean Bean, Anna Walton and Joaquim de Almeida; and Philip Winchester as Robinson Crusoe. Crusoe premiered on NBC on October 17, 2008.

The Devil's Whore (aka The Devil's Mistress) (Channel 4)[edit]

This 2 x 90 minute period drama tells the story of one woman's attempt to stay alive as she is caught between loyalties in an England torn apart by a bloody civil war. The cast of The Devil's Whore includes Andrea Riseborough, Dominic West, John Simm, Peter Capaldi, and Michael Fassbender.

The Diplomat (aka False Witness) (UKTV)[edit]

In this two by two hour mini-series, a dangerous and deceitful game is played out between international secret service organisations and a terrorist cell possessing a nuclear explosive. Starring Richard Roxburgh, Claire Forlani and Dougray Scott.

Pinocchio (RAI)[edit]

The popular and classic children's tale is retold in this two by two hour mini-series starring Bob Hoskins.

The Summit[edit]

Bruce Greenwood, James Purefoy and Rachelle Lefevre star in the story of how a corrupt government and deadly secrets culminate in a race against time. When a grieving mother loses her son to an illegal pharmaceutical trial her desperate want for revenge leads her to the G8 Summit with a vial of smallpox infected blood.

XIII: The Conspiracy (Canal+)[edit]

Val Kilmer and Stephen Dorff star in this two by two hour mini series based on the 1984 Franco-Belgian cult comic book series. When a wounded man is found suffering from amnesia, bearing a tattoo with the Roman numerals ‘XIII’ on his neck, his search for clues to his identity leads him to discover he is wanted for the assassination of the US President. Written by David Wolkove and Philippe Lyon and directed by Duane Clark.

Flood (ITV)[edit]

Flood is the award nominated depiction of London under siege by the elements. This 2 x 120 minute disaster feature, which was optioned, developed and produced entirely by Power, was brought to life with a raised production budget of $30 million without the aid of a US sale. Starring Jessalyn Gilsig and Robert Carlyle, Flood received a limited theatrical release in the UK in August 2007 before going to DVD and selling over 200,000 copies to date. A TV mini-series has since been sold to more than 50 countries worldwide and the disaster series received its UK premiere on ITV in May 2008.

Above and Beyond (CBC)[edit]

Above and Beyond is a four-hour mini-series about the Atlantic Ferry Organization, which was tasked with delivering aircraft from North America to Europe in the early years of the Second World War. The mini-series stars Richard E. Grant and Kenneth Welsh.

Answered by Fire[edit]

Based on true events; two UN observers get caught up in the crossfire as East Timor descends into violence following its independence referendum. This four-hour, two part mini-series stars David Wenham.

Archangel (BBC)[edit]

Based on Robert Harris' best selling novel and starring Daniel Craig, Archangel is a contemporary thriller, set amongst the frozen landscapes of deepest Russia. The cast of this 3 x 60 minutes mini-series also features Gabriel Macht and Yekaterina Rednikova.

Casanova (BBC)[edit]

This 2 x 120 minute mini-series depicts a love triangle involving the young Casanova (David Tennant), Henriette and her husband, Griming (Rupert Penry-Jones) and the swan song of the world's most notorious lothario.

Colditz (ITV)[edit]

Based on true events, BAFTA winning mini-series Colditz depicts the journey of three officers whose capture in Nazi occupied Poland finds them transferred to the infamous, maximum-security prison camp of Colditz. ITV's headline drama of the year, starring Sophia Myles and Damian Lewis.

The Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant[edit]

Written by BAFTA winner Peter Berry The Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant stars Sam Neill, Jack Davenport and rising star Romola Garai. When crime, punishment, love and unparalleled heroism become inextricably linked in an 18th-century Australian penal colony, Mary Bryant must fight for the life of her children, her marriage and herself. This true saga of unsung courage and bravery is dramatically celebrated in this four-hour mini-series.

Jessica (Network Ten)[edit]

From Australia's best selling author, Bryce Courtenay, comes Jessica, a story of one woman's fight for justice against enormous odds. This 2 x 120 minute mini-series is based on a true story. Power's adaptation stars rising star Leeanna Walsman and Sam Neill.

To The Ends of the Earth (BBC)[edit]

William Golding's classic trilogy of novels paints the epic story of a 19th-century ship journey from England to Australia. This 3 x 120 minute mini-series stars Sam Neill and Benedict Cumberbatch.

The Virgin Queen (BBC)[edit]

The life of Elizabeth I (Anne-Marie Duff) is depicted in this BBC co-produced 4 hour series.

Gunpowder, Treason & Plot (BBC)[edit]

This 2 x 120 minute mini-series documents the politics and prejudice that leads up to the attempt to assassinate James I (Robert Carlyle), the newly appointed King of England and Scotland, by Guy Fawkes. Gunpowder, Treason & Plot was co-produced by Box TV Productions and Raging Star Films for the BBC.

Lives of the Saints (CTV Television)[edit]

Nino Ricci's bestselling trilogy was adapted into a two by two hour mini-series featuring Kris Kristofferson and Jessica Paré.

Shattered City[edit]

A disaster tale, Shattered City tells the true story of the Halifax Explosion that killed thousands in and around Halifax, Canada during World War I. Starring Pete Postlethwaite, Tamara Hope and Shauna Macdonald, the 2 x 120 minute mini-series was the winner of two awards at the Directors Guild of Canada.

Henry VIII (ITV)[edit]

With Ray Winstone taking the role of Henry VIII. This International Emmy Award-winning TV 2 x 120 minute mini-series also stars Helena Bonham Carter, David Suchet and Emilia Fox and was co-produced with the BBC.

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