Vaughan Sivell is an Award Winning Producer, Director and Writer. He runs Western Edge Pictures and the Gennaker Group, a suite of media finance companies based in Wales and London.
After establishing a successful TV writing and development career, Vaughan’s first feature film, THIRD STAR starring Benedict Cumberbatch, became a break-out hit in 2011 engaging passionate fans around the globe. After placing highly on the Brit-List, the script was also nominated for a BAFTA Cymru.
Vaughan then focused on growing his diverse production slate and establishing an independent finance base. WEP + Gennaker co-productions to date include; THE CANAL (Dir. Ivan Kavanagh) which premiered at Tribeca in 2014, multi-award winning short BALCONY (Dir. Toby Fell Holden) and PREVENGE (Dir. Alice Lowe) which opened Venice Critics Week in 2016.
In 2015 Vaughan made his directorial debut with MR CALZAGHE, an epic documentary about the Welsh Boxing legend. Financed by Gennaker, the film was released by eOne, and won three BAFTA Cymru awards including Best Director (Factual) and Special Achievement in Film Craft.
His follow up to this was PISTORIUS, the story of the Paralympic and Olympic athlete and convicted murderer set against the political backdrop of South Africa. This much anticipated 4-part documentary series was released globally by Amazon in 2018 to great acclaim. Vaughan is now developing his narrative feature debut, CRUSADERS, which pitches as ‘A Butch and Sundance set in 1190’. WEP will be shooting this in early 2019.
Vaughan is represented by Sean Gascoine at United Agents, who are key partners in the development of the Western Edge slate. In 2014, Western Edge Pictures were one of a small selection of companies to receive Company Support from Ffilm Cymru Wales.
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Franki Goodwin is Exec Producer and CBO at WEP, overseeing the marketing and audience strategy of all films on the slate. A graduate of Glasgow School of Art, she spent the first part of her career running boutique film marketing agency 'Franki&Jonny', making ground-breaking campaigns for the film industry. Since then, she has worked across numerous award-winning film, entertainment and brand campaigns – including winning over 80 international advertising awards, including 9 Cannes Lions, for 'Sea Hero Quest', a game that brought together scientists and gamers to revolutionise dementia research.
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Mike Rattenbury is In-House Legal Counsel for Western Edge Pictures and The Gennaker Group. He is a qualified solicitor in England & Wales and has over ten year's experience of corporate and commercial matters ranging from corporate finance to mergers and acquisitions. Mike is Executive Producer on all WEP / Gennaker titles.
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Will Kane heads up the day-to-day running of Western Edge Pictures, acting as Executive Producer on all in-house projects as well as producing his own slate. He has a Bachelor’s degree in History and a Masters in Chinese from the University of Oxford. Prior to working in film he practiced as a banking lawyer at an international law firm.
Mark Hopkins is a Producer at Western Edge Pictures, having worked within the film industry for the past 15 years. Starting out as an Assistant Director and Production Manager, he has worked on a number of features including ‘Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy’ and both ‘Paddington 1 & 2'. He has also produced a number of award winning short films. 'That Night’ (directed by Chris Foggin and starring James Corden, Alexandra Roach) screened at the London Film Festival, and ’Shield 5’ (directed by Anthony Wilcox and starring Christian Cooke) won a number of awards at the Raindance Web Fest. He has since co-produced 'Kids in Love’ (directed by Chris Foggin, starring Will Poulter and Cara Delevingne) for Ealing Studios, and most recently produced ‘The Toll’ (directed by Ryan Andrew Hooper, starring Michael Smiley and Iwan Rheon) for Western Edge Pictures.
Tom Wood is a Producer at Western Edge Pictures, working across the film slate. Tom began his career working as an assistant for Cat Villiers and Christopher Simon, going on to work in development for Embargo Films, Pukka Films, and Wellington Films. Tom has won multiple awards for his short films including Tom Hemmings's THE DARK (Vimeo Staff Pick starring Toby Jones and Jessica Barden) and WEP / Film London co-production FOG (dir. Shan Ogilvie - due to complete in 2018).
Tania Kenny is Head of Talent at Western Edge Pictures. Her role as the key point of contact for writers, actors and directors working with the company also extends to the research and development of literature, film and theatrical material; hand-picking and working with the creative teams in Development. With a Masters in Applied Theatre from Central School of Speech and Drama her exceptional career path from comedienne/actress and writer to a performance and development specialist has also seen her earn a PGC’s in Performance and Directing Text with Young People from The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.