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LAVINIA WARNER

Company founder and creator of the outstanding drama series TENKO, Lavinia has a particular talent for bringing true-life stories to the screen, but also creates original pieces too. Well-known for stories with strong female roles, her interests are diverse and she’s been responsible for a wide variety of productions. For a relatively small company, Warner Sisters’ successes have been numerous, and the accent is on popular, high-quality programming.


With a BA Degree in History & Psychology, Lavinia first joined LWT’s drama department as a PA, moving on to be a Researcher at Thames TV mainly on THIS IS YOUR LIFE, and soon after became a freelance Producer/Director at the BBC. There, she made programmes within the Features, Current Affairs and Drama departments, including LORD MOUNTBATTEN - A MAN OF OUR TIMES, LIZZIE – AN AMAZON ADVENTURE, WOMEN IN CAPTIVITY, A LIFE WITH CRIME, PRIVATE LIVES, as well as TENKO (see Tenko page).

 

 

Shortly after the launch of C4 in the early ‘80’s, Lavinia set up Warner Sisters and was among the very first tranche of independent commissions with her JAILED BY THE BRITISH programmes. Her next C4 production, GI BRIDES, won the Broadcasting Press Guild Award and BAFTA nomination for Best Documentary. Soon after, she optioned Robert Harris’ book SELLING HITLER, sold it to ITV, and executive produced the drama series. When her next drama WISH ME LUCK, gained 14million viewers and was re-commissioned for a further 2 series, her future as a leading Independent was assured.

After 5 years building up Warner Sisters Productions, Lavinia asked Jane Wellesley to join her in ’88, and a successful, happy 14 year partnership ensued. They created a new branch of the company (WS Film & TV), and while Wellesley produced such hits as A VILLAGE AFFAIR and DRESSING FOR BREAKFAST, Warner was producing the high-profile DANGEROUS LADY, THE JUMP, and big co-productions such as THE BITE and DO OR DIE. Anne Marie Casey helped introduce the company to feature film production, making JILTING JOE, among others.

 

Since 2002, the Company has re-located to Ealing Studios and re-structured so that Lavinia can also take on other Exec Producing/Consultancy* work and do some writing. Warner Sisters is still busy making TV Drama and has enjoyed a (non-exclusive) Development Deal with SMG since 2003. The Company is also developing Factual programmes again, and is optioning best-selling books.

Lavinia has been a Vice-Chair of PACT, on the committee of the Edinburgh TV Festival, and an original member of the 25% Campaign for increased Independent access to the BBC and ITV. She was Consultant to Hollywood director Bruce Beresford on his feature film, PARADISE ROAD, starring Glenn Close and Cate Blanchett – Lavinia’s book WOMEN BEYOND THE WIRE (written with John Sandilands for Michael Joseph/Arrow Books) was the prime source material for the film.


* LW’s agent is Paul Stevens at ICM
paulstevens@ICM.co.uk

 

 
   
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