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the media lunch club was established in 1994, by producer Martin Cahill, as a non-profit making, and politically neutral, networking society and has grown to become the film, tv and media industry's premiere café du commerce.



Monthly lunches are held in London's West End (and a Brighton away-day lunch during the summer), with an invited guest speaker. Some of our previous speakers include:


Producers: Tim Bevan, Stephen Evans, Rebecca O'Brien, Richard Holmes, Jeremy Thomas, Duncan Kenworthy, Michael Kuhn, Nik Powell, Marc Samuelson, Richard Holmes, Michael Deeley, Simon Channing-Williams, Simon Oakes (Hammer films), Paul Brett and Jeremy Bolt.


Directors: Sir Alan Parker, Beeban Kidron, Robert Young, John Irvin, Stuart Baird, Waris Hussein, Roy Ward Baker, Vic Armstrong, Jack Cardiff, Ronnie Neame, Lewis Gilbert, John Glen, Guy Hamilton and Ray Harryhausen.


Executives: Duncan Reid (Ingenious), Greg Dyke (TV), Ian Hutchinson (Silver Reel), Lord Michael Grade, Amanda Nevill (BFI), Stewart Till (former UK Film Council Chairman), Lenny Crooks (formerly of New Cinema Fund, UK Film Council), David Thompson (formerly BBC Films), Steve Christian (Pinewood Films), Peter Bennett-Jones (Tiger Aspect), John Woodward (former CEO, UK Film Council), Jane Lighting (former CEO Channel 5), Simon George (Ealing Studios Productions), Lorraine Heggesey (ITV/BBC), Dr Kim Howells MP & Shaun Woodward MP (former Film Ministers), Sara Geater (all 3 media) and Robert Duval, David Cooke & David Austin (directors of BBFC);


Sales agents: Hilary Davis (Bankside), Mike Goodridge (Protagonist), Martin Myers (Miracle Communications), Andrew Loveday (Carnaby), Maura Ford (7 & 7), Alex Hamilton (former E One, now Pathe), David Grumbach (Juliette Films, Luxembourg), Michael Ryan (formerly J&M, now independent).


Actors: Sir Roger Moore, Britt Ekland, Honor Blackman, Judy Cornwell, Jenny Hanley, Sally Geeson, Virginia McKenna, Ray Brooks, Bruce Montagu, Brian Capron, Victor Spinetti, Richard Kiel, Madeline Smith.


Writers: Dick Clement, Sir Ronald Harwood, Rob Sprackling, Jimmy Perry, Brian Clemens, Raymond Allen, Jimmy Sangster. …. to name but a few!


the media lunch club also hosts occasional evening networking events, from 2009 additional and occasional 'Briefing Lunches', (to focus on a more specialised subject in an intimate board-room setting) and during the Coronavirus pandemic switched to online podcasts, with guests in discussion with committee member and broadcaster Olly Smith.


Membership is inexpensive and open to all in the media business.


On April 19th Sir Alan Parker joined us for our 200th lunch, and cut the special birthday cake!

On April 19th 2013 Sir Alan Parker joined us for our 200th lunch, and cut the special birthday cake!

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Friday March 22nd 2024

Director of original film, Sky

Julia Stuart


Last year Sky Movies released three of its biggest titles: Ferrari, The Beekeeper and May December, plus a raft of new projects as part of its Original Film lineup have been announced.


Many have emerged from its development slate, including action thriller Black Ops which will star Ashley Walters; Blarney, an Irish romantic comedy produced by Graham Norton’s So Television; Romulus, a sci-fi thriller based on Frederik Pohl’s novel Man Plus; and a new adaptation of Robert Harris’s bestselling novel Fatherland.


Sky has also taken UK rights from GFM Animation to Sneaks.


The company enjoyed a big success with Working Title-produced holiday comedy Genie starring Melissa McCarthy and Paapa Essiedu.


Both May December and Ferrari were pre-bought at script stage.


When the Original Film division was first established, its modest plan was to put out six films a year, but ambitions quickly grew as access to talent and projects expanded. The number grew to 12, then went above 20, before settling in at its current level of around 16 films per year.


The slate is focused on what Stuart describes as “that customer-facing, super-commercial space, things that we know work – big tentpole action movies like The Beekeeper, family films. That is our heartland, while leaving some room for awards, prestige, chewy projects”. “We are cast-driven,” she adds. “We need names in our projects.”


Sky takes all UK-Ireland rights and wants to give a wide cinema release, respecting the UK theatrical window – which post-pandemic averages around 45 days.

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