Sky Studios Alum Tapped for Ben Stephenson’s Poison Pen


Preethi Mavahalli has been appointed as creative director of Ben Stephenson’s new transatlantic scripted label Poison Pen Studios.

Mavahalli will join when the label launches in the new year from Sky Studios, where she has been creative director of in-house drama. Prior to Sky Studios, Mavahalli was director of drama at Mammoth Screen.

Focused on high-end premium drama, Poison Pen Studios will be based in London and Los Angeles, with teams situated in both locations. Mavahalli will work across both teams with Stephenson to develop a raft of British and American dramas.

Stephenson said: “When I decided to start my own company there was only one person I wanted by my side. I’m so grateful she agreed! Preethi is an exceptionally talented and lovely person with great taste and a fantastic track record. I cannot wait to get started, have fun and make some great drama with her.”

“To work alongside Ben, a producer I have admired for many years, is a dream of an opportunity,” said Mavahalli. “I am utterly delighted to be a part of this ambitious transatlantic venture and cannot wait to get started at Poison Pen Studios.”