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Lee Thomas



Ian Benson

Lee’s rare combination of experience in development, physical production, finance and exec producing makes for an unusually well rounded film and television drama producer

His producer credits include Oscar nominated The Voorman Problem starring Martin Freeman and Crush (Film4, Sony Picture Classics), the international hit comedy starring Andie MacDowell. A positive communicator and fluent in Japanese, Lee’s production career started in Tokyo as a producer-director for Asahi TV and Space Shower Networks.

Prodigal Film & Television / Pipedream Pictures 1998-Present

Following the success of Crush, Lee had a First-Look deal with Film4. His current slate includes NUMBER9DREAM, an adaptation of David Mitchell’s Booker short-listed novel with director Asif Kapadia (Amy), and The Last Tree by Shola Amoo for the BFI/Creative England. Prodigal also co-develop original drama material and recent collaborations include Adam Hamdy’s 6 part crime thriller Carousel with Warp Films and a 3-part Trinidad set thriller based on Amanda Smyth’s gripping novel A Kind of Eden with Smuggler Entertainment.

BBC Drama Production 2014-Present

Freelance Producer for day-time TV drama series Doctors. Producing in a fast-paced, constrained and challenging production environment, the role involves script development, casting, physical production, editing and sound post supervision across multiple blocks.

Lee produced the 1-hour special The Heart of England, which won Best Single Episode at the 2016 British Soap Awards.

Regional Screen Agency (SWM) 2005-2010

Tasked with stimulating Film & TV production in the West Midlands, Lee launched, managed and exec produced funds aimed at local and national talent. Regional discoveries included the BAFTA winning writer Geoff Thompson (The Pyramid Texts) and writer-director Debbie Isitt (Confetti, Nativity). The production fund grew from £1M to £5M as a result of films like Isitt’s Confetti (BBC, Fox Searchlight) and Michael Winterbottom’s Silver Bear winning The Road to Guantanamo (Ch4, Roadside Attractions). The Fund was arguably the most successful public production funds in the UK at that time. Lee initiated with KUDOS the relocation of HUSTLE to Birmingham and was Production Executive on season 6.

Freelance 1996-2000

Bi-lingual Production Manager on high budget Japanese car and fashion commercials (Subaru, Uniqlo, etc) shooting in Europe, and line producer of animatronic effects for Jim Henson’s (Nativity, Dr Dolittle) and Channel4 / BBC funded Brief Encounters shorts including Menhaj Huda’s JUMP BOY, the F4 prequel to KIDULTHOOD.

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