Element Pictures, the production company behind Ordinary people, chatting with friends, and Oscar-winning movies Favourite and Room, and recently acquired by Fremantle, has expanded its creative team with the appointment of Christopher Aird as creative director.
Aird is appointed by Element Pictures founders and Co-CEOs Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe and will commence the role in January 2023, based in Element’s London office.
Aird joins the team from Two Brothers Pictures, where for the past 5 years he has served as head of television series, executive producing many TV series including Jamie Dornan. Tourists for BBC One, HBO Max and Stan, two series Baptiste for BBC One, Liar, Angela Black and Cheat for ITV and Relict for Amazon and ITV. He is currently executive producing Jack & Harry Williams’ new TV thriller for BBC One, to be announced later this year. Previously, Aird served as BBC Drama’s drama editor and BBC Production’s drama creative director in the UK and Scotland, following his work as a producer for Carnival Films and Kudos .
Aird said: “It was hard to leave Two Brothers because I loved working there but the opportunity to become a Creative Director at one of the most exciting screenplay companies in Europe was too good to pass up. ,” said Aird. “Everything the Element has created from Lobster arrive Room arrive Normal person and Chat with friends shows the writer and director’s commitment to realizing the vision. I look forward to working with Ed, Andrew and the team. ‘
In the newly created creative director role, Aird will work alongside Guiney to manage Element’s busy development and production on television and film for the UK, US and international markets, and at the same time will manage the editorial team while continuing his own work as executive producer on selected projects.
“Chris is an extraordinary producer and shares our DNA with a keen eye for quality and detail,” said Guiney and Lowe. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to have him on the team during such an exciting time for Element, as we continue to expand and build our vehicles into the future.”
The new hire marks Element’s continued expansion, following news earlier this year that Fremantle took a majority stake in the international manufacturer. Based in Dublin, Belfast and London, Element’s recent releases include Joanna Hogg’s Eternal Daughterthe film had its European premiere at the Venice Film Festival, by Sebastián Lelio Marvel, had its North American premiere at the Telluride Film Festival and by Stephen William Chevalier, premiered in North America at the Toronto Film Festival.
Element is currently in post-production on Shane Meadow’s historical drama The gallows pole for BBC and prepare to launch Yorgos Lanthimos’ bad things, starring Emma Stone, next year. Element and Lanthimos’ sequel with Emma Stone and Willem Dafoe, Andwas just announced, with shooting coming later this year.