GREEN DOOR PICTURES
Our creative ethos is borne from a speech that Idris gave to Westminster in 2016 about diversity and inclusion in the UK film and TV industry. He talked about turning on the TV and not seeing the world that he grew up in. He shared his own career path as an actor, being offered only support roles in the UK and how going to the US enabled him to take on a diverse array of characters and ultimately come back to the UK a leading man. Green Door Pictures exists to enable a more direct route to goal for talented film and TV series writers, actors, directors and producers to bring the best of diverse storytelling to a global audience.

OUR CREATIVE ETHOS

ACTOR IDRIS ELBA DELIVERS POWERFUL SPEECH
Idris Elba
CEO

Idris Elba

CEO

SAG winning actor, filmmaker, musician and activist Iris Elba is continually securing his place as one of the most versatile performers globally. Behind the camera, Elba made his feature film directorial debut at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival with YARDIE.

In 2013, Elba founded production company, Green Door Pictures, to champion diversity of thought. With Green Door, Elba has produced, created and appeared in series such as IN THE LONG RUN which he was TAKEOVER for BBC Three, ELBA vs BLOCK, MANDELA, MY DAD AND ME. IDRIS ELBA: FIGHTER and NAACP nominated for as well as TURN UP CHARLIE. His other producing credits include THE IDRIS Showtime/Sky mini-series GUERRILLA. Elba most recently starred in and in produced feature film CONCRETE COWBOY for Netflix.

BAFTA, The Special Award, Idris Elba (recognised for both his craft and for championing diversity and new talent)

https://www.bafta.org/television/features/idris-elba-obe-the-special-award


Khaled Gad
Strategy Director

Khaled Gad

Strategy Director

Khaled joined in 2020 as Strategy Director and supports the CEO in a variety of initiatives and projects across the IE7 Group, including Green Door Pictures.

Prior to this Khaled produced the BAFTA-winning animated short A LOVE STORY, the Grierson-nominated documentary CHOMO, and the British Arrows-winning branded content film SNOWFLAKE. Previous roles include Creative Producer at M&C Saatchi World Services in international strategic communications and he has produced non-scripted content for VICE. He also assisted TV director Peter Kosminky on ‘The State’, and Idris Elba on his directorial debut ‘Yardie’.


Ana Garanito
Head of Scripted

Ana Garanito

Head of Scripted

Ana joined Green Door Pictures in 2016 to feed the pipeline of Scripted content across TV & Film and ensure the company’s creative ethos of diversity of thought, opportunity, inclusion and representation.  Her work for GDP includes ‘IN THE LONG RUN’ (Sky), ‘TURN UP CHARLIE’ (Netflix), ‘TREE’ a theatre co-production with the Young Vic & Manchester International Festival and feature film ‘CONCRETE COWBOY’ (Netflix).

Prior to this she worked at The Script Factory, Runaway Fridge and FremantleMedia where she was Director of Scripted Programming of Global Content working with award winning producers, writers and directors across the UK, Continental Europe, Australia/NZ and North America, responsible for shows including MERLIN (BBC), HIT & MISS (Sky) and THE IT CROWD (C4).


Haydn Palmer
Scripted Development Executive

Haydn Palmer

Scripted Development Executive


Moneeka Thakur
Scripted Development Assistant

Moneeka Thakur

Scripted Development Assistant

Moneeka joined Green Door Pictures in 2022 and works in the Scripted Development team, providing support with scripts, tracking talent and research.

Her degrees in literature from Queen Mary University of London and the University of Oxford respectively sparked a love for finding emotive and impactful global stories. After working for two not-for-profit organisations in diversity and climate change, she now fulfils her passion for change at Green Door Pictures, channelling the company’s ethos of providing authentic representation on screen.


Jamilla Dumbuya
Non-Scripted Development Executive

Jamilla Dumbuya

Non-Scripted Development Executive

Jamilla joined Green Door Pictures on a work experience placement in 2017. She has supported and contributed to the new Non Scripted slate, building bold and distinct projects that match the creative ethos of the company.  In 2021 she was promoted to Non Scripted Development Executive and is currently in production on Idris Elba’s Fight School for the BBC.
Before Green Door Pictures, she graduated from Leeds University where she studied Broadcast Journalism and helped produce an award-winning radio show.


Katie Hoyles
Production Manager

Katie Hoyles

Production Manager

Katie joined Green Door in 2016 and oversees the production slate from development through to delivery - from creating and managing budgets & schedules, overseeing post production and delivering programmes and assets.

With over 12 years experiences in the industry, Katie started out as a receptionist working her way up to Production Manager. Prior to joining Green Door, Katie spent 5 years at Firecracker Films where she worked on programmes such as MY BIG FAT GYPSY WEDDING and THERES SOMETHING ABOUT SUSAN. She’s delivered many hours of TV to the major UK and US broadcasters.


Susan Benjamin
Group Human Resources

Susan Benjamin

Group Human Resources

Susan joined Green Door Pictures in 2018 as the Group Human Resources, working across IE7’s group of companies, including Green Door Pictures. All aspects of her work centres around partnering the businesses from a strategic and operational perspective, to help achieve their objectives, whilst simultaneously managing and supporting every facet of our employee’s work-life cycle, and wellbeing.

With an HR career spanning almost 25 years, she cut her teeth in the world of media, including THE BIG BREAKFAST (Planet 24) and from there, Cartoon Network (Turner Broadcasting), Celador Productions, DRG, BBC and ITV.


Marsha Graham
Executive Assistant to Idris Elba, CEO

Marsha Graham

Executive Assistant to Idris Elba, CEO

Marsha has worked at Green Door Pictures since 2016 and supports the CEO in every aspect of his various businesses, philanthropic activities and interests. She manages the schedule and operations of his day to day professional and personal life.

Previous roles include Executive Assistant to the CEO of Betty where Marsha was across productions such as COUNTRY HOUSE RESCUE, UNDATEABLES and OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE CLEANERS. Before this she worked at 45 Communications and Jackie Cooper PR.


Lisa Peterson
Administrative & Personal Assistant

Lisa Peterson

Administrative & Personal Assistant

Lisa joined GDP in 2021 and works closely with the Executive Assistant in supporting the CEO.

A graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, her previous roles include stints at Endemol Shine as an Executive Assistant with Initial, working on shows such as BIG BROTHER, SOCCER AID and TENABLE. She has also worked with Marv Studios and MGM in Los Angeles where she was part of the Music and Post-Production teams.


Joel Cohen
Head of Legal and Business Affairs 

Joel Cohen

Head of Legal and Business Affairs 

Joining in 2021 Joel is a qualified solicitor responsible for managing, organising and advising on commercial rights and business affairs for the IE7 Group, including Green Door Pictures across all its activities.

During his career he has acted in a senior role in house for film and television production companies including Luminaire Films, working in partnership with Lionsgate and Paramount digital - as well as the global model agencies Premier in London and Freedom in Los Angeles. Most recently he worked in Formula 1, Formula E and W Series motorsport for the UK’s national governing body.


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