Co-Founder and Co-CEO
Stephen co-founded The Ink Factory with his brother Simon.
With The Ink Factory, Cornwell executive produced 2016’s award-winning mini-series The Night Manager, based on John le Carré’s best-selling novel. In 2016, he also produced the film Our Kind of Traitor, directed by Susanna White and starring Ewan McGregor, Damian Lewis, Stellan Skarsgård and Naomie Harris; he co-wrote and produced Netflix Original Message from the King, directed by Fabrice du Welz and starring Chadwick Boseman, Luke Evans, Teresa Palmer and Alfred Molina; and he produced Ang Lee’s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, based on the novel by Ben Fountain and starring Joe Alwyn, Steve Martin, Kristen Stewart, Garret Hedlund, Chris Tucker and Vin Diesel. Cornwell also produced Anton Corbijn’s 2014 feature film adaptation of A Most Wanted Man, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, as well as produced Drew Pearce’s 2018 original feature, Hotel Artemis, starring Jodie Foster, Sterling K. Brown, Dave Bautista, Jeff Goldblum and Sofia Boutella. Cornwell is executive producer for The Ink Factory’s production of The Little Drummer Girl, directed by Park Chan-wook and starring Florence Pugh, Alexander Skarsgård, and Michael Shannon, and will executive produce a series adaptation of The Spy Who Came in From the Cold, based on the best-selling novel of the same name.
With The Ink Factory’s sister company, Giant Squid, Cornwell produced Abzû, the twice BAFTA® nominated narrative interactive video game from multi-award-winning creator Matt Nava.
After working as an award-winning photojournalist, Cornwell moved to California in the late 1980’s to join the MA program at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema. His graduate film led him to direct two independent feature films and a TV movie for Showtime before he focused on his work as a screenwriter. In the following 15 years, Cornwell wrote for most of the major Hollywood studios, working with directors and producers including Ridley Scott, Guy Ritchie, Kathleen Kennedy, Joel Silver, Doug Liman, Frank Marshall, Thomas Tull and Lorenzo di Bonaventura. With his writing partner Oliver Butcher, Cornwell co-wrote 2011’s Unknown, starring Liam Neeson.