Rod Henwood Joins The Night Manager Producer The Ink Factory


The Ink Factory, the production company behind the hit drama The Night Manager, has appointed Zodiak and Channel 4 alum Rod Henwood as chief strategy officer.

Henwood was formerly CEO of Zodiak in the U.K., Benelux and India, and he also previously held key roles at ITV, Channel 4 and Fox Kids, among other organizations. Henwood now joins the independent studio—which has been adapting the work of author John le Carré for film, TV and other media—to develop both new and existing franchises across multiple platforms.

In the newly created role, Henwood will be responsible for strategy, partnerships, story-world development and marketing. He is also taking a seat on The Ink Factory board of directors.

Simon and Stephen Cornwell, co-founders of The Ink Factory, said: “Rod is a trailblazer in the entertainment world, and it is great to have him join our ranks. We are thrilled that Rod is transitioning to a full-time role at The Ink Factory, where we have been benefitting from his brilliant commercial guidance for some months already. As we continue to rewrite the rules as an independent studio and explore new frontiers of storytelling, we are delighted to have him at our side.”

Henwood added: “Along with many others, I’ve long been an admirer of what The Ink Factory has achieved in building a global independent studio, responsible for creative and commercial hits across both television and film—as well as being a fan of the works of John le Carré. What’s most exciting about joining Simon and Stephen and their wonderfully talented team is that the scale of their ambition matches the opportunities that exist today: to partner with great storytellers and adapt their works in multiple forms globally, from TV and film to games and physical experiences—all at a time when premium quality storytelling has never been more highly valued. I have been working with the company for the last year on a number of exciting projects, so joining them formally now is both a natural extension and (for me) a special moment.”