Netflix has hired Fruit Tree Media executive Fiona Lamptey as its director of U.K. features.
Based in London, the newly created role will see Lamptey 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 U.K. talent.
Lamptey spent 13 years at U.K. broadcaster Channel 4 and film division Film4 working on features and short film productions before launching talent hub Fruit Tree Media in 2016 to champion underrepresented voices and stories. In 2019, the former production executive was identified as a future leader in film through Film London’s leadership initiative.
She sits on the BAFTA film committee and the BAFTA Learning and New Talent Committee, and has also served as a tutor at the National Film and Television School (NFTS), a live event host for BAFTA and a mentor to new writers and directors.
Lamptey recently wrapped filming a sci-fi miniseries for Film4, which focuses on people of colour in the future in the U.K. She is currently producing Debbie Tucker Green’s feature film, Ear for Eye. Her other credits include Fright Bites, Random Acts, Sitting in Limbo and Aisha and Abhaya.
Lamptey joins a U.K. team that includes Anne Mensah, who oversees original scripted/drama; David Kosse, who oversees non-English language film; Kate Townsend, who manages documentaries; Alexi Wheeler, who oversees kids and family; and Ben Kelly and Daisy Lilley, who will manage non-fiction films.
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