TWICKENHAM STUDIOS APPOINT CARA SHEPPARD AS NEW MANAGING DIRECTOR

Member News  |  29 September 2020

The Oscar and BAFTA-winning studios are a much-loved and world-renowned studios that have been reopened for the last four months with all the many numerous Covid-19 measures in place to ensure a safe industry leading standard in Film and TV production.

Cara Sheppard joins TW1 as the new MD.

Managing Partners Piers Read and Jeremy Rainbird acquired Twickenham Studios (operated by Time+Space Studios), earlier this year and took over management control, marking the beginning of a bold and exciting new era for the studios. Working closely with the new TW1 board they have been focused on nurturing the team and leading the business through the Covid-19 pandemic and into a bright new future.

Read and Rainbird are excited to bring across Cara Sheppard as the new MD to further grow the TW1 full service offering across post production and stages. Cara joins following a history of numerous positions at award-winning post production houses, in roles fundamental for the growth and success of every aspect of the studios.

“When we met Cara, we knew she was exactly what the Twickenham Studios needs to take this business and further grow its commerciality. She is a strong entrepreneurial and commercial leader with over 15 years’ experience in post-production – such a background will ensure the continued success of the company. Furthermore, as we enter a new phase in the redevelopment of TW1 Cara will be key to our future creative direction.”

TW1 Chairman Sunny Vohra

Heading up Twickenham Studios, Cara will lead and guide all aspects of production, postproduction and emerging technology. Her role is focused on helping the studios confidently navigate the ever-changing market ensuring TW1 is positioned to continue to lead the way. As MD she will further develop key relationships with UK as well as Hollywood and wider International clients, whose projects can all be supported at the studios through the remote working TW1 set up. Cara will also grow the focus on investment in films, grass roots talent, education partnerships and our diversity and inclusion programme.

“I’m delighted to be joining the world renowned and highly awarded film and TV studios that is TW1. On meeting Piers and Jeremy, the two Twickenham Studios Managing Partners. I instantly felt we shared a vision and strategic ambition for the business. This is a time to bravely respect the legacy of the studios and all the iconic work that has gone before, from the likes of Zulu, The Italian Job, 1917, War Horse, Baby Driver, The Iron Lady to Netflix’s The Witcher, ITV’s Belgravia, Netflix’s Black Mirror, Bohemian Rhapsody and most recently Netflix’s The Duchess and the current top trending film on Netflix Enola Holmes. From which I want us to be ambitious, so as to evolve TW1 into a future focused, multi-discipline studio aimed at UK, US and wider International clients.

I will be focused on our creative offering, the acquisition and development of the industry’s best talent. Enhancing our unique TW1 client experience here in St. Margaret’s. I want to ensure TW1 is a destination, as well as being able to house projects servicing clients anywhere in the world. TW1 will be a creative hub to collaborate with leading industry partners. A place to nurture grass roots talent and bravely lead our investment into the next generation. Ensuing we are the chosen London studio for large Hollywood and Independent features, TV series, music videos, commercials, documentaries through to a variety of emerging technology projects. At such an important time for film and TV, I am truly excited about our plans for TW1 and look forward to the journey”.

Cara Sheppard comments on joining TW1 as the new MD.

Cara’s last position was MD of Warner Bros De Lane Lea for 4 years, having previously spent over 5 years with Sky as a Senior Manager of Post Production Operations, as well as running Post Production at Goldcrest. Cara is also an important facilities council member with UK Screen Alliance.

“As we continue the rebirth of Twickenham Studios and finalise plans for the redevelopment of the complex, to invest into new facilities and the whole look of TW1; we are thrilled to attract someone of Cara’s calibre across from her successful role as Managing Director at Warner Brothers. Cara is such a key addition to the expanding team – further bringing vision, energy, creative direction and client focus. We share Cara’s vision to establish Twickenham Studios into a major tech and innovation hub hosting world-class production in the U.K.

She will be a key ambassador for the studios as we move ahead, with her reputation and profile within the Production and Post Production industry, we are keen for her to continue to nurture her close relationships within the industry worldwide to as to further evolve our important UK and wider Hollywood relationships with production companies, agencies, studios, leading industry manufacturers, vendors, clients and talent.”

TW1 Managing Partner Piers Read and Jeremy Rainbird

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