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Stephen graduated from The National Film and TV School as a producer with several award-winning and widely screened shorts including A Long Way Home, written by Dennis Potter award-winner John Milarky, and Sidney's Chair by Roberto Bangura, broadcast on Channel 4 and BBC2 respectively. After being awarded the MEDIA funded Nipkow Fellowship, and developing a feature film in Berlin, he produced The Star, a 20-minute Tartan Short for Renegade Films, BBC Scotland and Scottish Screen. The Star won two BAFTA Scotland awards, as well as a Royal Television Society award.
Stephen has also line-produced several IVCA award-winning drama serials for OUP, and worked as as a script analyst/editor for a diverse range of broadcasters, independent producers, feature film financiers and distribution companies (BBC Films, Intermedia, Alliance Atlantis, Momentum Pictures and The New Zealand Film Commission).
As a co-founder of Whistling Thorn Films, Stephen has been central to the running of the company and the growth of the development and production slate, as well as writing and producing numerous award-winning brand films, commercials, animations and documentaires for global companies like BP, General Motors, IBM and HSBC. His recent projects include interactive and immersive moving image experiences, writing an animation for Nick Hornby's Ministry of Stories, Radley Yeldar and One Small Pixel, and he is currently Executive Producer (for Jack Morton Worldwide) on the Nespresso Talents vertical film contest.