FilmWave produces high-end television drama and feature films for audiences of all ages, including our Netflix Original series “The Letter for the King” (2020). With the passionate belief that telling stories can cross generations in both exciting and impactful ways, we create entertainment for, by, and about young people worldwide.
Paul Trijbits – Co-Founder & CEO
Paul is the co-founder of FilmWave, whose credits include Disney’s BAFTA and Golden Globe-nominated SAVING MR BANKS, J.K.Rowling’s THE CASUAL VACANCY for the BBC & HBO, and Cary Fukunaga’s JANE EYRE. When running Ruby Films & Television, and in his role as Head of the UK Film Council’s New Cinema Fund, Paul has produced and executive produced many critically and commercially successful films and television dramas, including Andrea Arnold’s FISH TANK, Kevin McDonald’s TOUCHING THE VOID, and Paul Greengrass’ BLOODY SUNDAY. Although now far from the ten year old boy that was enthralled by Tonke Dragt’s The Letter for the King, he has now completed the Netflix Original Series of the book adapted by Will Davies, which launched in March 2020 into Netflix top ten lists across the globe.
Leyla Hobart – Head of Drama
Leyla joins FilmWave from Aardman Animations where she has been working as a Producer on a number of CG and stop-motion family features. She previously worked as VP Creative Affairs at Rocket Pictures, Elton John’s production company, where she worked across a slate of live-action, animation and original stage musicals. Before that she worked in development at Working Title Films and at The Agency.
JJ Lousberg – Producer
JJ joined FilmWave in 2018 from Focus Features and Universal where he worked across the slate as SVP International Productions and Acquisitions on films like Ex Machina , Mama, Dad’s Army and Theory of Everything. He also lead the local language strategy for the studio, acquiring films like Heartbreaker, Babysitting, Spanish Affair and Julia’s Eyes. Previously he was at the UK Film Council, overseeing international project investment and before that he worked at New Line Cinema in Acquisitions and Development.
Sylvie Richards – Business and Creative Development
Sylvie commenced her career as a corporate finance lawyer working for Hughes, Hubbard and Reed LLP in New York City. She then joined Banque Paribas Capital Markets, London in the emerging derivatives securities group working across the legal, marketing and trading divisions. Sylvie was an Executive Producer on Time Trial before joining Filmwave in 2015 as a Business and Creative Development Executive, and is a Member of the Board of Trustees for both the Barnes Film festival and the McGill European Advisory Board.
Laura Douras – Head of Finance
Laura started her career at Mazars where she qualified as a Chartered Accountant. She has over 10 years’ commercial experience in the TV & Entertainment sector. Prior to working with FilmWave, she was Director of Finance for Avalon Entertainment in the UK. Before that, she spent 8 years at Fremantlemedia in a variety of roles gaining extensive exposure to the television sector in the UK as well as Fremantle’s global operations.
Kiren Dhadwal – Story Producer
Kiren joined our team as Story Producer after working as a Script Editor at Chapter One Pictures – primarily working in development and on Jack Thorne’s Best Interests. She started out in drama, working her way up on continuing series at the BBC such as, Doctors and Holby City. She then trained as a Script Editor with Paul Abbott on Channel 4’s No Offence 2 and then was Script Editor on the BBC’s EastEnders, Sky’s Strike Back and Riviera, and Riz Ahmed’s Englistan. Kiren is passionate about developing stories with people from underrepresented backgrounds at the heart of them. She loves working with new and experienced writers, to help create the vision they want.
Chris Spurgeon – CFO
Chris is CFO at FilmWave. He is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years’ commercial experience in the UK creative industries sector. Prior to working with FilmWave, he was Director of Finance for FilmFour Ltd. Before that, he was also Finance Controller, then Finance Director of the Television Division of Chrysalis Group PLC, gaining extensive exposure to the independent television sector.
Will Lord – Development Co-Ordinator
Will joined FilmWave in 2018 after studying at King’s College London & the University of California for an English & Film Studies degree. He worked as a Producer’s Assistant on the Netflix series The Letter for the King for a year, and now coordinates the company’s development slate & submissions.
T’arah Inam-McDermott – Junior Assistant
T’arah joined FilmWave in August 2020 through a Creative Access recruitment process. She has been a director at The Story Emporium for 7 years, where she helped create storytelling videos designed to improve oracy and literacy in primary schools around the world. She graduated from UCL with a BSc in Physics.