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An Independent Studio

The Ink Factory is an independent studio with global reach, founded in 2010 by Stephen and Simon Cornwell.

We believe in telling original and exciting stories reaching a wide audience, partnering with talent who inspire, challenge and innovate.

We work across television, film, games and immersive experiences, developing these from inception to release, through long-term relationships with authors and creators. We take bold creative and financial decisions and seek out opportunities for ambitious and genre-defining work.

A core pillar of the company is the adaptation of the work of author John le Carré for film, television and other media. To date, we have released two films and a television series based on his books, with several more projects underway.

The company is behind the Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning drama series The Night Manager, based on a le Carré novel of the same name for the BBC and AMC. We are currently in post-production on a television adaptation of le Carré’s The Little Drummer Girl directed by Park Chan-wook which will air on the BBC and AMC this Fall, and are developing a series based on The Spy Who Came in from the Cold produced in association with Paramount TV, both for the BBC and AMC.

The Ink Factory’s latest feature – Drew Pearce’s directorial debut Hotel Artemis, starring Jodie Foster and Sterling K. Brown – was released this Summer in both the US and UK. Fighting with My Family, the forthcoming Film4 feature written and directed by Stephen Merchant and starring Dwayne Johnson, Florence Pugh and Vince Vaughn is produced in association with The Ink Factory and will be released in 2019.

Our first film, A Most Wanted Man, based on a novel by John le Carré, was released in 2014. Other past projects include Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, directed by Ang Lee and based on the award-winning novel by Ben Fountain, and Netflix Original Message from the King, a noir thriller written by Stephen Cornwell and Oliver Butcher and directed by Fabrice du Welz, which premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival and is now among the most popular films on Netflix.

The Ink Factory has also partnered with one of the games industry’s top talents, Matt Nava, to found digital studio Giant Squid. Giant Squid’s first game, the twice BAFTA nominated ABZÛ, was released in August 2016, and is a significant success, selling close to a million units to date.

The company is headquartered in London and Los Angeles.

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