Fiona Lamptey joins Netflix as Director of UK Features as the company continues to invest in local programming across the UK and Europe.
After 13 years at Channel 4/Film4 working on features and short film productions, Fiona launched Fruit Tree Media – a talent hub which cultivates original storytelling and champions unrepresented voices. A 2020 BFI Vision Awardee, 2019 Screen Star of Tomorrow, the former Film 4 Production Executive was identified as a future leader in film through Film London’s 2019 leadership initiative.
Based in London, in this newly created role Lamptey will identify books, theatre, and other material to develop into feature films, focused on British productions and IP. Lamptey is also charged with spotting new, emerging UK talent.
Fiona says – “As Director of UK Features, I’m eager to continue championing fresh, arresting and provocative ideas, where both new and established voices are empowered to tell their stories. I look forward to working with Scott to help connect distinctively British, and globally appealing filmmakers and their work to a wider audience.”
Scott Stuber, Head of Netflix Film says – “Fiona has been widely recognised for developing underrepresented stories and talent, and has quickly made her mark on the UK film industry. We are excited that Fiona is joining the team and further deepening our commitment and investment to UK stories and talent.”
Upcoming Netflix UK Feature Films include Midnight Sky, Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey and The Dig.
The UK is one of Netflix’s top three locations for production globally, along with the U.S. and Canada.
We have filmed in a variety of different locations across the nations and regions, helping to boost employment in those areas and contribute to the local economy. For instance: we film Sex Education in Wales, Outlaw King was shot in Scotland and Rebecca in locations across the country.
Last year, we also announced our new UK production hub at Shepperton Studios, which will serve as an additional space for creatives to make the next globally successful series or film.
In the past year, Netflix UK has significantly increased its commissioning team, who are on the ground and working every day with local creatives. This includes: Anne Mensah – original scripted/drama, David Kosse – non-English language film, Kate Townsend – documentaries, Alexi Wheeler – kids & family and Ben Kelly & Daisy Lilley – nonfiction.
About Fiona Lamptey:
Fiona Lamptey is an experienced film and TV producer whose work focuses on original storytelling and voices.
Graduating in Film and Video Production in 2004, Fiona shortly got an offer from Channel 4 to work in documentary, reality, and live entertainment television shows. After 4 years in TV commissioning, she went to work for Channel 4’s feature film division, Film4, and over the next nearly 9 years, she helped to manage low budget and short film production.
Always on the lookout for distinct British talent, Fiona set out to cultivate original storytelling and champion unrepresented voices within a structured and supportive framework within her own production company Fruit Tree Media (www.fruittreemedia.com) which she has run for the last four years.
Fiona sits on the BAFTA film committee and the BAFTA Learning and New Talent Committee and has also served as a tutor at the NFTS, a live event host for BAFTA, and a mentor to new writers and directors.
Having produced a number of distinctive and cross-disciplinary works, Fiona has been able to act as a support, providing a launchpad for some of the UK’s most exciting talent. This has led to her being recognised as a 2019 Screen Star of Tomorrow and being a recipient of the recent BFI Vision Award.
Fiona has just wrapped filming on a mini sci-fi series for Film 4, which focuses on people of colour in the future in the UK, and is currently producing debbie tucker green’s feature film, ear for eye.
Credits include: Fright Bites, Random Acts, Sitting in Limbo, Aisha and Abhaya (for the Royal Opera House) Foresight and ear for eye.
Talent collaborators include Shola Amoo, Remi Weekes, debbie tucker green, Prano Bailey Bond, Adeyemi Michael, Kibwe Tavares, Stella Corradi, and Ben Aston.