The Team

Christian Baute - Executive Producer and Company Director

Christian joined Headline in 2010. Originally from Germany, he has spent 20 years in film and TV production, distribution and international sales. Before Headline he worked with Celluloid Dreams as Senior Vice President Productions and Acquisitions where he was responsible for setting up productions in the UK, the US, Latin America, Japan, Germany and Canada. He frequently collaborated with Paramount, Fox, Warner, and he also worked with Film 4, Canal Plus, Studio Canal, ZDF, BBC, Commerzbank, Coutts, OBC, CNC, BNP and many others.
Prior to Celluloid Dreams Christian has worked with the National Film Board of Canada, and Movimento Productions, his own company, producing TV documentaries and drama. At Headline Pictures Christian's producer credits include THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE, THE INVISIBLE WOMAN, QUARTET, and the International EMMY-winning PETER & WENDY.
He has served as Vice President at the Independent Producer's Alliance of France.

Jessamine Hugill - Head of Development

Jessamine is Headline's Head of Development. While at Headline she has worked on four seasons of MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE (Amazon Prime), on TV movie PETER & WENDY (ITV) and on TV series THE SABOTEURS (NRK), as well as working across Headline's Film and TV development slate. She also identifies and sources new projects and writing talent for the company.
Jessamine has previously worked for Michael Kuhn’s Qwerty Films, on the BFI London Film Festival, as a freelance script reader for Studiocanal and on set on various film and TV productions including Lasse Hallstrom’s SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN and David Hare’s PAGE EIGHT. She has a first class degree in Film & Theatre from the University of Reading.

Chris Grezo - Production and Development Executive

Chris joined Headline in 2015 having previously worked as Development Assistant at Spier Films and as a freelance script consultant, and prior to that in various temporary roles at production and distribution companies. His development and production credits include the award-winning African film noir OF GOOD REPORT and the Peter Pan adaptation PETER & WENDY.

He is also a produced screenwriter whose work has featured Richard E. Grant and Sheridan Smith and been praised by Ricky Gervais. He has scripts in development elsewhere, including with a BAFTA-nominated director. His articles have been published in Screen International and New Internationalist.

Derek Stubbs - Company Secretary

Derek has managed media production companies for over thirty years as well as working as a producer. He brings a wealth of experience in independent film production, combined with experience of consultancy and project management at a European level.

Derek is a director of the company and has particular responsibility for overseeing Headline's financial and business affairs.

Adrian Gifford - Company Chairman

Adrian was involved in founding Headline Pictures and took over as Chairman of the company following Mark’s death in 2008. After working for several years as an engineer for a major international mining corporation in Southern Africa, Adrian returned to the UK and requalified as a solicitor. He retired a few years ago as a senior partner at a leading law firm based in Newcastle upon Tyne. He continues as Chairman of the company, and is also Chairman of Samling Institute, as well as a trustee of several charities.

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