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Charles Thompson MBE
Founder and CEO
Chief Charles Cheata Coblah Thompson MBE, the son of one the UK’s first African barristers, resides in London via Accra, Ghana and is a graduate of Film & TV Production Techniques, Arts and Media. His 25+ years experience in the international film & TV industry includes a number of years as an editor before commencing a career as a Film Producer with a commitment to new drama by black writers and directors. He has produced many multiple award winning narrative films in Europe, Africa and USA, with most gaining long term distribution and has worked in producing on important black British dramas & TV magazine shows. He is commited to producing African international cinema for tyhe 21st century.
In 1996 Charles helped found Off the Grove, London’s first ever live screenplay reading event, a forerunner to the BFI’s highly rated Script Factory. Between 1999-2002 Charles co-founded and served as Festival Director for one of Europe’s premier black film showcases the annual bfm International Film Festival. In 2003 he created the Screen Nation Film & TV Awards (aka ‘the Black Bafta’s’) and takes the brand to Africa very soon. He is currently developing screen nation into an innovative web based media rights company. Future plans include a series of heritage events recognising the contribution black British film & TV practitioners have made to the UK industries since the early 1900’s.
His commitment to black British filmmaking has seen him develop local training and screening programs across the UK. He consults and works as Exec Producer with new creative talent, gives talks and has put several feature/TV/online projects into development & production with international partners, including a global entertainment show featuring the best of the black Hollywood, European & African media scenes.
In 2011 Charles received an MBE in the Queens Birthday Honours List for his contribution to the British and global black film industry. Charles is a former Chair of the Alliance of Black Media Professionals, a member of the Roundhouse Creative Centre Advisory Panel, a Millennium Awards Fellow, @Diversity Europe Idea judge, Chief Judge of the Ghana UK Based Achievement Awards (GUBA) and has been honoured twice by former London Mayor, Ken Livingston for his contribution to London life. He can soon be found in the Dictionary of International Biography.