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Shona Collins Joins Nexus Studios as Senior Development Producer

Studio also announces they’re in production on ‘The House,’ Netflix’s first stop-motion commission out of the UK. 

Nexus Studios has announced the appointment of Shona Collins to their original content team as senior development producer. She will work alongside co-founders Christopher O’Reilly and Charlotte Bavasso and executive producer, Diego Rosner, to find and develop their slate of original animation ideas, existing IP, and talent.

Most recently, Collins was with Pathe UK where she developed titles including Judy starring Renee Zellweger; Lenny Abrahamson’s The Little Stranger; and Misbehaviour, starring Keira Knightly, Gugu Mbatha Raw and Jessie Buckley. She previously worked as a story editor at the British Film Institute and prior to that, was a writer and journalist, developing a sitcom and comedy drama with Eleven Films (Sex Education). Collins was a presenter and reporter on two seasons of the Channel 4 prime time TV show How to Look Good Naked.

Since her arrival, Collins has worked to further the studio’s ambitions of being home to unique voices in animation. She is contributing to the development and shaping of a diverse slate featuring adult and family projects, including Wishtales a magical realist specials series.

Nexus Studios is also in production on The House, Netflix’s first original stop-motion commission out of the UK. The project is led by stop-motion directors, Paloma Baeza, Niki Lindroth von Bahr, Marc James Roels and Emma de Swaef, who have been joined by playwright and screenwriter Enda Walsh (Steve McQueen’s HUNGER DISCO PIGS), composer Gustavo Santaolalla (Brokeback Mountain, Babel), and editor Barney Pilling (The Grand Budapest Hotel, Annihilation).

“This is a hugely exciting time to be joining such a dynamic studio - jumping straight into a Netflix series, getting to know the super accomplished roster of directors, and honing the existing slate of film, TV and interactive projects,” commented Collins. “The range of talent and genres Nexus traverses is formidable. The outlook and appetite for animation is so vast and expanding, it’s a rare chance to allow writers and directors the time and space to find their ideal projects - and for some filmmakers to bridge the gap between live-action and animation.”

“We are thrilled that Shona has joined us at this particular time,” added O’Reilly and Bavasso. “Her impeccable eye for story and writing talent and her story development skills are key additions to our team. Our focus at Nexus Studios has always been to be a home for unique directorial talent, where they are able to create their best work at the highest quality, across a broad range of tones and styles. It’s very exciting to see this ethos now also firmly underpinning our original content slate.’

Source: Nexus Studios