About

FilmWave is a UK-based television drama and feature film production company, launched in 2016 by Paul Trijbits and a diverse range of producers and executives.

We are a highly committed and passionate international team with a deep understanding of the industry across multiple territories who regularly collaborate with the US, UK, Benelux, Scandinavia, France and Germany.

Our 12 daytime Emmy Awards winner, £30m+ Netflix Original series, The Letter for the King, which launched globally in March 2020, demonstrates our ability to create four quadrant stories with contemporary thematic relevance, and is proof of our team’s ability to adapt to the ever-changing commercial demands of the industry.

Our relationships with a diverse range of A list and emerging writers and directors allow us to match compelling, moving, and relevant stories with the best talent. We make ambitious, high-quality content for a global audience demonstrating our shared belief in the power of storytelling.

Team

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.

Emma Clarke – Head of Drama

Emma has most recently been consulting for international film and television clients, and teaching a Screenwriting MA she co-designed at Manchester University. Prior to that, she was a Senior Exec at the UK Film Council for 10 years as where she shepherded 50 plus films through from development to completion. These included the films of Paul Greengrass, Andrea Arnold, Shane Meadows, Armando Ianucci, Sarah Gavron, Saul Dibb and Sally Potter. Many of these were nominated or won at the BAFTAs, BIFAs, and at major international festivals. Before that she was a Senior VP of Production and Acquisitions at Fine Line Features, running their London office.

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 started her career as a NewYork corporate finance lawyer working for Hughes, Hubbard and Reed in New York City. She then joined Banque Paribas Capital Markets, London as an investment banker in the Derivatives Securities Group. Sylvie joined the film and television industry in 2015 as an Executive Producer of Time Trial before joining Filmwave. Sylvie has a BCL from McGill University and a Post Graduate Script Development Diploma from NFTS. She is also a Member of the Board of Trustees for 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.

Regina Verner – Executive Assistant

Regina joined FilmWave in June 2021. Prior to joining FilmWave, she was at Big Talk Productions for 3 and a half years, where she spent 2 years as a Front of House and working on set as a Production Assistant. She then joined Comedy team as a Development Assistant. She has graduated from Tallinn University with a BA in Television and Film, and grew up speaking Estonian and Russian. 

Diren Özçelik- Assistant Development Coordinator Intern

Diren joined FilmWave in May 2021 as an Intern. Prior to joining FilmWave, she graduated from the University of Oxford where she studied English Language & Literature.

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