New Pictures Co-Founder Charlie Pattinson to Step Down as CEO


Charlie Pattinson, who co-founded New Pictures, is stepping down from his CEO role to become non-executive chair.

Willow Grylls retains as CEO alongside Elaine Pyke as creative director.

Pattinson co-founded New Pictures alongside Grylls and Pyke in 2013, with Grylls becoming joint CEO in May 2020. Prior to his work at New Pictures, Pattinson set up Company Pictures with George Faber in 1998.

New Pictures is part of All3Media.

Pattinson said: “I am incredibly proud of the work we have all done at New Pictures and of the extraordinary team that Willow, Elaine and I have built over the last eight years. It’s time for me to work differently and take on new challenges and with Willow at the helm, I am looking forward to New Pictures next period of continued growth and creativity.”

Grylls said: “Setting up New Pictures and seeing the company grow has been a hugely rewarding and collaborative experience. Charlie has always allowed others to flourish, and I hope to do the same under my stewardship. He will still be a creative force within the company but I’m looking forward to taking New Pictures to the next stage of development with some exciting new projects in the pipeline.”

Pyke said: “The momentum around New Pictures and our growing slate of productions makes it a brilliantly creative place to be right now. Charlie has always been a strong champion of talent who love working with the company and that ethos will continue as we grow.”

Jane Turton, All3Media chief executive, said: “Willow stepping up to become the CEO of New Pictures is fantastic. The company has a remarkable track record with shows that are both critically acclaimed and hugely popular. The business is going from strength to strength and Willow and her team have a really exciting development and production slate. Working with Charlie is a complete pleasure and I’m delighted that he will continue as an executive producer on a range of projects.”